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Learning at AAS

Welcome to the Anglo-American School of Moscow’s Grade 4 Team Blog. Here you will find what’s happening in Grade 4 classrooms, student work and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts.

Swimming starts this week.

Dear Parents,

My name is Mike McKinney and I am proud to be the Aquatics Director at the Anglo-American School of Moscow. I bring over 25 years of experience coaching swimming, teaching swim lessons, competitive swimming and lifeguarding to the program.

Swimming is a required part of the elementary curriculum and each student will receive 1 lesson per week from March 19th – May 4th.   

Please label all personal swimming gear with your child’s name. Swimming “kits” should include:

  • swim suit (one piece for girls),
  • towel
  • goggles
  • a swim cap is recommended for those with long hair
  • pool shoes (flip-flops or crocs). For health and safety reasons, swimmers are required to wear proper deck shoes in the locker room and on the pool deck. 

The objective of the swimming program is to allow the students to become comfortable and more confident in and around the water.  Instructors will teach basic water safety, lead the students through a variety of water games and activities, have fun and enjoy the water.  Basic swimming techniques and strokes will also be taught and a time trial will conclude the unit. Our swimming instructors are American Red Cross certified and all haveexperience and extensive knowledge in teaching swimming.  In addition, swimming classes will be under the supervision of an American Red Cross-certified Lifeguard at all times. 

All students are expected to act appropriately in the locker rooms.    

Feel free to contact me for additional questions regarding our program.


Mike McKinney

AAS Aquatics Director

Winter Field Day and Sports Day

This Friday, February 2, we will have our Elementary Winter Field Day. Students will be playing games on the field from 1:30 to 3:00. Please make sure your children have appropriate clothing. The weather should be around freezing, so it may be cold, with snow melting. We have explained to students they must have snow pants, gloves, hat, and snow shoes.

Also, this Friday is Sports Team Day. Students may come dressed in their favorite sports jerseys.


Friday, February 9, teachers will be involved in professional development and there are no classes for students. They can enjoy the day.


Dear Parents,

Ice Skating starts right after the Winter Break

January 8th 2018 until the end of February

WHO: All ES students  (prek-grade 5) ice skate


Grades 2,3,4,and 5   Skate on their 60 minute lesson every other week on either an A week or B week schedule: as notified by the PE teams

  • A weeks:  4MA, 4PM, 4TS
  • B weeks:  4CB, 4LB



(Please put your child’s name on all skating clothing to ID misplaced items)

  • ∙ Ice Skates ready that fit, sharpened with laces ready to tie
  • ∙ Snow pants
  • ∙ Winter coat
  • ∙ Winter Gloves
  • ∙ Hood on coat preferred OR a thin pullover beanie cap with no pom-poms (to wear under helmet)
  • ∙ Strong non-tear bag for skates, the school store sells ice skate bags
  • ∙ Piece of cloth or small towel to dry metal blades clean after skating


  • ∙ A helmet with face-guard  ( NO bicycle helmet or helmets without a face guard allowed )      Students may bring ice hockey helmets if they have their own.

If you have additional questions please contact the ES PE teachers

Happy Skating!

Heath Buggs,  Jenny Collins, and  Todd Wohlberg

Who We Are: Beliefs and Values

fOur next unit of inquiry is developed around understanding of self and others under the transdisciplinary theme “Who We Are.” The central idea for this unit is “Through their ideas, actions, and attitudes people can influence each other and inspire others to act.” Throughout this unit students are asked to consistently reflect on their values and how they differ from the values of others. We will investigate major religions of the world to increase global mindedness; this will involve a trip to Victory Park where students will explore how different several religions express their beliefs and values. This unit provides many opportunities to discuss family beliefs and values and you are encouraged to do so.

Math Unit 3: Multi-digit Multiplication and Division

Grade 4 students have begun their third unit in math for the year. The central idea of the unit is:  Mathematicians develop more efficient strategies for solving problems through noticing patterns and repeated reasoning.

The unit will include inquiries into…

  • interpretations and properties of operations
  • strategies for multiplication and division
  • representations of problems

For more information about the unit concepts and strategies, and some practice problems for you to do with your child, click on each of the links below.

Unit 4 Overview

Our practice standards focus in this unit include:

  • MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Students solve multi-step word problems using the four operations by writing equations with a letter standing in for the unknown quantity.
  • MP.4 Model with mathematics. Students apply their understanding of place value to create area models and rectangular arrays when performing multi-digit multiplication and division. They use these models to illustrate and explain calculations.
  • MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically. Students use mental computation and estimation strategies to assess the reasonableness of their answers when solving multistep word problems. They draw and label bar and area models to solve problems as part of the RDW process. Additionally, students select an appropriate place value strategy when solving multiplication and division problems.
  • MP.8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Students express the regularity they notice in repeated reasoning when they apply place value strategies in solving multiplication and division problems. They move systematically through the place values, decomposing or composing units as necessary, applying the same reasoning to each successive unit.

Who We Are

Vocabulary to support our new Unit of Inquiry 

Our new Unit of Inquiry, Who We Are, begins this week, and we are looking forward to delving into our own beliefs and values and those of others. This is a fascinating unit and really facilitates meaningful discussion. With that discussion comes a high level of vocabulary that might be unfamiliar to some students. Here is a PDF of key terms that may be used throughout the unit. It might be useful to preview this at home in preparation for use in class, particularly if English is not your child’s first language and/or they are working on increasing their vocabulary. It is a long list and it is not intended for sitting down and learning every word – more to be used as a dictionary to refer to if needed. It should also give you a good idea of the kind of conversations we will be having.