March 13th, 2020

Distance Learning

In order to prepare for the possibility of the AAS school campus closing for a certain period of time, the 4th Grade team has been preparing the students. Teachers have gone through some new online learning platforms that could be used, such as Google Meets and Explain Everything. Furthermore, students have been given folders to take home which contain some materials that may be useful at home. Additionally, students have been asked to take certain books, such as their Writer’s Notebook and reading book back and forth from school so they can be used in either location. 

 

Math Unit

All 4th Grade students will be finishing their Geometry unit next week, and beginning their new unit on Fractions. The unit is entitled,  ‘Fractions, Equivalence, Ordering and Operations’. Our Central Idea is: Understanding the relationships between fractions and wholes allows people to gather data and solve authentic problems. Our Lines of Inquiry are:

-fractions, referring to the same whole      
-modeling and solving algebraic operations with fractions
-questioning and defending mathematical strategies

Please see the Newsletter which outlines this unit. Furthermore, for more detail, please refer to the different topics: 

Topic A

Topic B

Topic C

Topic D

Topic E

Topic F

Topic G

Topic H

Reading Unit

Next week we will be starting our new reading unit. Our big idea is: Readers ask questions and critique the text to help them understand the story and generate a deeper level of discussion points. Students will be put into Book Clubs for the majority of this unit. The unit will be guided by the following questions:

  • How do we ask questions?
  • How do we go deeper with our thinking?
  • What is critiquing?
  • How do I read as a writer? 
  • What is a good question?
  • How do you turn a thin question into a thick question?
  • What does the author think that I already know?

What’s Happening in 4th Grade

Unit of Inquiry

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We spent this  week discussing and answering these questions:

  • What is innovation?
  • Why do we need to innovate?
  • How can we innovate using technology?
  • How does a problem lead to a technology innovation?

In the following weeks, we will be focusing on how we can use design thinking as a way to solve problems that encourages positive risk-taking and creativity.

Language Arts

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Reading: In reading, students are making connections, predictions and inferences on the books they are reading. They are carefully evaluating which information is useful or not useful to make good predictions and inferences. They are also learning how to determine the theme of a story using details from the Texts. 

Writing: Students spent this week adding important details to their fantasy stories.They are applying what they are learning in reading into their stories. They are experimenting with similes and metaphors and using powerful fantasy words in their writing. 

Math

In Math, students are learning about Symmetry.  Students have been practicing:

  • how to recognize lines of symmetry for given two dimensional figures; identify symmetric figures and draw line of symmetry. 
  • analyzing and classifying triangles based on side length, angle measure, or both. 
  • defining and constructing triangles from given criteria. Explore symmetry in triangles. 
  • classifying quadrilaterals based on parallel and perpendicular lines and the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. 
  •  reasoning about attributes to construct quadrilaterals on square or triangular grid paper. 

 

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL  FOR STUDENTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY

(MARCH 9TH-10TH) 

March 13th – Crazy Hair/Hat Day 

March 13th

Invitation-HWOO Expo & Market Day (1)

March 20th- Jersey Day

Student Lunch Card

1.) ES students are NOT allowed to take their lunch card and go into the MS and HS cafeteria after school UNLESS they are accompanied by an adult (ie: driver, parent, nanny).

2.) ES students who have an ASA and want to get a snack after school are to go to the ES cafeteria.

3.) ES students are NOT allowed to take their lunch card after school.Image result for STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Student-Led Conferences:
On Thursday, March 27 students in the elementary school will be leading conferences for their parents. This is an important process for students to develop self-confidence, reflect on their practices, and to gain a better understanding of their learning.

What is a Student-Led Conference?
The student is in charge of the conference and shares work selected from his/her learning journey. Evidence of student work have been compiled to demonstrate each student’s growth. The students will share the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the year. Conferences will last for up to one hour.

Why Student-Led Conferences?
–> Students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their work, goals and their success throughout the year in developing their portfolio, which they share at the conference.
–>Students take ownership over the conference; this active involvement promotes student responsibility and accountability.
–>Students are able to reflect upon their learning when leading conferences.
–>Conferences allow students to share their perspective on their own learning and development with teachers and parents.
–>Conferences allow students to showcase their knowledge, skills, and understanding through actively participating in learning engagements.
–>Conferences provide an opportunity for the students to share their learning with parents.
–>Parents gain a better understanding of the classroom experience of their child.

The student’s role
To collect, select, organize and reflect on the items for their portfolio and to share learning experiences.

The teacher’s role
To ensure students are prepared for the conference.
Teachers will be circulating and participating in conferences as appropriate.  You can always schedule an additional conference with teachers to discuss your child’s progress.

The parent’s role
To attend the conference with your child. It is important that you are there for them.

To ask supportive and inquiring questions. Examples of questions will be provided during the conferences if you would like to use them.

Grade 4 Update

Welcome back! 
We hope you all had a wonderful and restful February break! Thank you again for all coming to the Grade 4 Expo. It was a huge success and students were so proud to show off all they’d learned to their parents.

From the office: Student Usage of Personal Devices Before and After School
Recently, a few students have begun pulling out their digital devices (phones, computers etc.) to play games in the gym, hallway or playground. To clarify our policy, for ES students, personal devices are not to be used at school. If children are with their parents/guardian on campus, their parents/guardian can override this rule. Aside from that circumstance, these devices are not to be used when on campus and should be turned off and put away during the school day. As for working on school projects, that would need to occur under teacher supervision.  

Student-Led Conferences:
On Thursday, March 27 students in the elementary school will be leading conferences for their parents. This is an important process for students to develop self-confidence, reflect on their practices, and to gain a better understanding of their learning.

What is a Student-Led Conference?
The student is in charge of the conference and shares work selected from his/her learning journey. Evidence of student work have been compiled to demonstrate each student’s growth. The students will share the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the year. Conferences will last for up to one hour.

Why Student-Led Conferences?
–> Students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their work, goals and their success throughout the year in developing their portfolio, which they share at the conference. 
–>Students take ownership over the conference; this active involvement promotes student responsibility and accountability. 
–>Students are able to reflect upon their learning when leading conferences.
–>Conferences allow students to share their perspective on their own learning and development with teachers and parents.
–>Conferences allow students to showcase their knowledge, skills, and understanding through actively participating in learning engagements.
–>Conferences provide an opportunity for the students to share their learning with parents.
–>Parents gain a better understanding of the classroom experience of their child.

The student’s role
To collect, select, organize and reflect on the items for their portfolio and to share learning experiences.

The teacher’s role
To ensure students are prepared for the conference.
Teachers will be circulating and participating in conferences as appropriate.  You can always schedule an additional conference with teachers to discuss your child’s progress. 

The parent’s role
To attend the conference with your child. It is important that you are there for them.

To ask supportive and inquiring questions. Examples of questions will be provided during the conferences if you would like to use them.

In Unit of Inquiry (UoI) we are diving into our next unit, How We Organize Ourselves.  We will be looking at the Central Idea:  Technology and innovation impact human-made systems.  Students will be analyzing different systems in our world (ie: traffic systems, airport systems, etc) and looking at how technology is used to automate, improve, and make those systems run efficiently..  Additionally, students will be learning and using coding language to program robots as an age-appropriate introduction to programming technology.

In Math, we continue our unit on identifying and measuring angles. We will be focusing on decomposing angles using pattern blocks. In class students will use concrete examples to discover the additive nature of angle measure. Working with pattern blocks, they see that the measures of all the angles at a point, with no overlaps or gaps, add up to 360 degrees, and they use this fact to find the measure of the pattern blocks’ angles.

Students continue to get excited about reading and writing fantasy stories. They are working on learning about  the different fantasy characters, plots, settings, problems and adventures to help them create their own Fantasy stories. Writers are also learning to organize their ideas into a beginning, middle, and end so that they can have a clear plan before writing their fantasy story/ies. 

Grade 4 Expo a Success!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming to our expo today! The students were so excited to share all their learning with you. We hope you enjoyed!

We are including some photos for your perusal.

There will be no home learning over the break. Enjoy your time. See you all on Monday, February 24th!

Sincerely,
Grade 4 Team

 

4th Grade update

Angle Measure and Plane Figures

Today we started our new unit about angle measure and plane figures. The central idea of this unit is: Mathematicians understand shapes through studying attributes and taking precise measurements.

In order to provoke the students’ thinking about this unit, we visited a number of metro stations to look at the beautiful shapes, angles and patterns that decorate the spaces. We took photos of what we saw. Students will use these photos throughout the unit to study shape attributes and consider the reasons why it’s necessary to have accurate measurements.  Please see some photos from our trip below.

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4th Grade Expo 

We invite you to attend the 4th Grade ‘How the World Works’ Expo. Come and learn about Energy through the eyes of your child. Your child will guide you through the entire process of a unit, from “Tuning In” to “Finding Out”; from “Sorting Out” to “Going Further” and “Taking Action”. It promises to be an interesting morning of learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Details: 

Who: G4 students

What: Expo of Learning (How the World Works: Energy)

When: Friday, 14th February, 8:45 – 9:45am

Where: Come to your child’s classroom to get started.

Students are to come to school wearing their formal school uniform. They will have an opportunity to change later in the day.

Grade 4 Weekly Update

Home Learning and At-Home Reading Reminder
Students are expected to complete 40 minutes of home learning, 4 days per week. Of that 40 minutes, students are to read for 20 minutes (or more). We assign the home learning on the previous Friday (except after vacations) as some students have requested to complete it on the weekend instead of during the week. They DO NOT have to do it over the weekend.

The other 20 minutes of home learning time will be from a variety of the following, depending on the week:

  • Math
  • Typing practice
  • Writing
  • Unit of Inquiry (UoI) (such as research)

*In special circumstances, teachers might coordinate with students to individualize homework expectations.

Reading/Writing/Unit of Inquiry

Students spent this week editing and revising their newspaper articles. They have been learning:

  • to ask questions of interest that can be research (technological advances in energy, energy problems in different countries, energy problems at AAS)
  • to locate, organize, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of trusted sources and online networks. 
  • to differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources
  • to use discussions and diagrams to generate new ideas and inquiries
  • Reflect on their learning by asking questions such as:
    • What did I learn today?
    • What don’t I yet understand?
    • What questions do I have now?
    • What can I already do?
    • What will work on next?

Our Grade 4 expo is scheduled on the 14th February. Students are excited to share with you what they have been learning in reading, writing and Unit of Inquiry. It will be at 8:45am to 9:45am.

Math

We are working on wrapping up unit 3 Multiplication and Division lessons. Looking at the data, some students are rockin’ this unit but some students still need practice and support on the following:

  • Using the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

We will be starting our next unit next week about angle measure and plane figures. The central idea of this unit is Mathematicians understand shapes through studying attributes and taking precise measurements.

The  lines of inquiry will define the scope of the inquiry into the central idea:

  • angles
  • classification of shapes
  • symmetry

Here’s how you can help at home.:
G4 Unit 4 Topic A Newsletter
G4 Unit 4 Topic B Newsletter
G4 Unit 4 Topic C Newsletter
G4 Unit 4 Topic D Newsletter

Have a great weekend!
Sincerely,
The Grade 4 Team

January 27th-31st 4th Grade News

Yearbook Make-up photos:

The photographer will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 28th and 29th to take make-up photos for any new students, students who joined us after the fall photos, or anyone else who was absent during yearbook photos.   Please send your child in his or her formal uniform on Tuesday or Wednesday.  He/she is welcome to change into their regular school clothes after they get their photo made.

Class News:

Literacy – Students should by now be experts on Energy as they have been reading a plethora of non-fiction articles about forms and sources of energy, as well as energy innovations.  Students are using their reading skills to identify main idea and supporting details and take notes in their own words.  This research is then turned into an Informational Article in writing.  We are working hard to have these ready before our big Expo Day!

Math – Students are close to wrapping up our unit on multiplication and division and should be taking/reporting back on their End of Unit test within the next week or so.  That will take us into Unit Four, a geometry unit on Angle Measure and Plane Figures.  A unit overview is available here.

UOI – We continue our investigation into how Energy is used and transformed.  We look at sustainable and unsustainable sources of energy, as well as how energy can be transformed for our uses.  You will find out all about it at our EXPO on Friday, February 14th.

In other news, winter just has not cooperated with us this year.  Due to lack of snow and soggy fields, it has been decided to cancel our winter sports day.

Announcements

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,
The following messages come from our Aquatics and PE departments. 
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Message from PE:

The PE team would like to update everyone on the ice skating situation during PE. We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The ES PE Team
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ES Swim Club Term 3/4 Message: 
Dear Parents,
The Elementary School Swim Club is an activity designed to improve stroke technique, aerobic fitness, and to have fun in the water for Grades 2 – 5. The Aquatics Staff are offering an evaluation for the students that would like to join the ES Swim Club VIEW
 
In order to see the number of participants and to evaluate their skill level… Any G2-G5 student that would like to register for the T3/T4 ES SWIM CLUB ASA, is required to complete a PRE-REGISTRATION SWIM EVALUATION. There are no exception that can be made.
 
  • The evaluation will be happening on January 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 3 from 15:30 – 16:10
  • You must use this Registration Form to make an appointment with the Aquatics Staff
  • If your child will not be able to attend one of the following dates and times, they will not be able to join the program.
    • Students may register for ONLY ONE ES Swim Club session (pending numbers)
  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ES Swim Club – view here for requirements and evaluation criteria 
ES Swim Club will run from March 11 – May 28.  The students will swim for one extra week during (April 13-16). All ES Swim Club students will be invited to participate in the Penguin Spring Classic on May 16.
Thank you and see you at the pool!
 
Your contact person for ES Swim Club
Ms. Tatiana Goncharenko (AQ) <tatiana.goncharenko@aas.ru>
 
Sincerely,
Kirby Boychuk  M.AA., M.Ed.
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Have a great week!
Grade 4 Teachers

We hope you had a wonderful time over the break with your family and friends. Please see some 4th Grade updates below. 

Ice Skating in PE

There is no ice skating during PE for the next two weeks, and possibly longer. Instead, we will be having normal PE classes. Moscow’s weather is unfortunately not cooperating with us and we have no ice for ice skating.  For the crew to create the ice rink it needs to get to a certain temperature for several days in a row. When we have more information about ice skating we will send this information out. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the elementary PE team. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 

4th Grade Expo SAVE THE DATE

Please ‘Save the Date’ for Grade 4s ‘How the World Works’ Expo. Come and learn about Energy through the eyes of your child. Your child will guide you through the entire process of a unit, from “Tuning In” to “Finding Out”; from “Sorting Out” to “Going Further” and “Taking Action”. It promises to be an interesting morning of learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Details: 

Who: G4 students

What: Expo of Learning (How the World Works: Energy)

When: Friday, 14th February, 8:45 – 9:45am

Where: Come to your child’s classroom to get started.

Stay tuned for more information!

Last Update of the Year

The Winter Break is nearly upon us! We hope you enjoy time with your family and friends during the festive season. School will re-commence on January the 13th. Please notify your Teacher AND ES Admin. if your child will not be returning to school at this time. 

 

Skating in PE

Please remember that right after the break, skating lessons commence during PE classes. Students need the following gear for their lessons:

  • Ice Skates (fitted, sharpened and can be easily put on independently)
  • Snow pants
  • Winter Coat
  • Winter Gloves
  • Hood on coat (for under helmet, no hats)
  • Strong non-tear bag for skates, (the PTO store has these)
  • A piece of cloth or small towel to dry metal blades and clean skates 

Please have your child’s name on all skating clothing.

Home Learning
There will be no Home Learning during the holidays. It will re-commence on January the 13th. 

READ as much and as often as you can over the break. Good news! Your Overdrive account is now active just in time for Winter Break. You can either navigate to the Overdrive link from the ebook part of the library website or type it in directly: aas.lib.overdrive.com

Your login is: ST-000000 (*your personal 6-digit ST number)
Password: penguins

You have “juvenile” level access so you’ll see everything in our Elementary online collection.  Some books have an ebook icon and some have the audio book icon. It’s pretty user-friendly so dive in and enjoy. If you have any trouble then stop by to see either Ms. K or Ms. Kris with your preferred device so that we can help.

You can find Overdrive in the app store on your preferred device and download it for free. Our library name is Anglo American School of Moscow. You will need to search for that and then input your username/password. Once everything is established the first time it goes very easily and becomes password free.

We hope you will all enjoy both traditional and digital books and that you will have a break  filled with wonderful stories!

We will post PICTURES from our Holiday Party tomorrow.

Sincerely,
The Grade 4 Team

P.S.-Students may wear their uniform tomorrow or Holiday attire.