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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.

Are Fairies Real?

The Wonder

In this day and age where students can do what we only could dream about (or watch on Star Trek) it is often said that a child’s sense of wonder has been lost. If this is true, it would be a shame, not just for the dreamers but for all of us, as the greatest scientists of the world were dreamers first. But it’s not true. A case in point is the study, hunting and exploration of fairies. Yes, the picture below is somewhat foggy but there is no doubt that the children of grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and even 12 are on the hunt for wonder.

 

When this picture was presented to a certain class, there was an obvious lack of wonder. “Fake!” one child said. “Who put that up?” Was also a common question.

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The teacher didn’t challenge the neigh-sayers, but asked the question “Where do you think this is?” Students used the clues to make some pretty good guesses, but the conversation also changed subtly.

“Where are there horses?” one child asked. “There’s a sleigh but no horse.”

“They probably use mice or rats.” Another joked.

“No they move on magic; you’d see the mice tied to the sled.”

“Maybe they’re inside with the elves?”

“FAIRIES?” the others replied in chorus.

Humanities ability to create comes from our ability to imagine and wonder, so keep the wonder alive.

 

Are your skates ready to go?

Dear ES students, parents and teachers,

Rehearsal for putting on and lacing ice skates
DECEMBER 12th -15th 2016 (Monday– Thursday)
ALL STUDENTS are required to bring in their ice skates to PE class

We will NOT be skating.  Students will practice putting on skates, and we will check the sharpness of blades. Please have new skates ready with laces in eyelets ready for lacing up.

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Ice Skating Season at AAS Starts Immediately after the Winter Break on
Monday – January 9th 2017

WHO: All students skate as part of the PE program
WHEN: Once a week during one of your PE classes (class skate day schedule given in December)
WHAT TO BRING: (Please label all skating gear with your name)
Ice Skates ready that fit, sharpened with laces ready to tie
Hood on coat OR a thin pullover beanie cap with no pom-poms (to wear under helmet)
Snow pants
Warm coat
Gloves
Strong non-tear bag for skates, the school store sells ice skate bags
Piece of cloth or small towel for wiping the blades clean

HELP NEEDED:
Parents are invited to come and help Pre-K to 2nd grade students lace their ice skates

SCHOOL WILL PROVIDE:

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.

WHERE TO PURCHASE AND SHARPEN SKATES:

Sportmaster (www.sportmaster.ru)  50 locations
sharpening can be done on site when you buy skates (check new skates for sharpness) and they will sharpen dull skates you bring in

If you have additional questions please come to see us,

Thank you all, Heath Buggs, Katie Lennon, Todd Wohlberg

Into the Woods

dscn1038Last week, this week and next students will be exploring and making real-life connections to the study of ecology. The three walks will revolve around, food webs, the cycles of life, and the impact of humans on ecosystems. This is a science rich and engaging unit. Just be sure to bring your boots and rain-jacket.

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Module 1 Mathematics:

 

This week your child received (will receive) the results of the first mid-module assessment in Math. Embedded within this assessment are also the Standards for Mathematical Practice. These math practices are the “habits of mind” that students need to develop when they employ math strategies, talk about math and solve problems.

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The Common Core describes eight math practices that students need to develop to be effective problem solvers and ready for 21st century jobs. These eight practice standards span grades K-12. Students’ abilities in these math practices develop as opportunities are provided. With teacher guidance, students’ abilities expand from initial, to intermediate, to advanced. Throughout the year, students will receive regular feedback on their growth, and, as they become more familiar with these practices, will also self-assess their own progress.

In our first module we are focused on three of the practices:

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Students use the place value chart to draw diagrams of the relationship between a digit’s value and what it would be one place to its right, for instance, by representing 3 thousands as 30 hundreds.  Students also use the place value chart to compare large numbers.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively

Students are able to think both in real-world and the abstract. Taking a word problem for example and converting it into an equation, or the reverse. The importance is to be able to connect the symbolic and apply them to real-world challenges in math.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Students construct arguments as they use the place value chart and model single- and multi-step problems.  Students also use the standard algorithm as a general strategy to add and subtract multi-digit numbers when a special strategy is not suitable.

Attend to precision.

Students use the place value chart to represent digits and their values as they compose and decompose base ten units.

 

Grade 4 in Space and Systems!

 

We are very fortunate to have a strong representation from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as members of our school’s community.  Grade 4 was able to integrate their explorations of systems with the exploration of space. Today, Sean Fuller presented and inspired student learning as he described the multiple systems, and challenges, of living in space on board the International Space Station (ISS). The hour went fast and many students still have some burning questions to ask. To help with this, Mr. Fuller has provided us with some useful links to explore the ISS.

See the ISS Fly Over You!!!

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

LIVE HD Video of Earth from ISS

https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

Astronaut Imagery

https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov

A tour of the space station

Welcome to Grade 4!

With already one week down, Grade 4 is already moving fast! Thank you for all of your support!

Announcements

Updated Swimming Starts September l2

swimming-scheduleClasses will be offered throughout the school year as per the divisional physical education schedule. Students will be introduced to and engaged in a variety of aquatic activities which will allow each swimmer to become confident and comfortable in and around the water. Students will demonstrate safety in an aquatic environment and also demonstrate correct basic stroke technique. Physical education teachers and swimming instructors (as available) will guide swimmers through stroke development and improvement focusing on buoyancy, streamline, and propulsion along the guidelines of the most recent American Red Cross (ARC) curriculum. Students will experience swimming as a form of personal water safety, physical fitness, game play and challenging activities, small boat safety, movement exploration, social interaction and personal achievement. Swimmers will attain a specified simming level according to the ARC Learn-to-Swim program. Swimmers will also meet the AAS Moscow minimum swimming requirement.

Thank you from your fun and active PE team

Heath Buggs     Katie Lennon    Todd Wohlberg

Swim gear should include:

  1. Swimsuit (one piece for girls and suits not below the knees for boys)
  2. Goggles
  3. Swim cap or hair ties
  4. Towel
  5. Flip Flops
  6. Water-proof bag
  7. And a great attitude!
  8. Water resistant bag

Timings for each class are as follows:

  • 4BL: Monday 9:30
  • 4CB- Tuesday 9:30
  • 4TS- Wednesday 13:15
  • 4LB- Thursday 9:30
  • 4DJ – Friday 9:30

Swimming begins in PE the week after break!

PE Swimming Schedule: Spring 2016

Starting Monday, April 18th for 4 weeks, students will have one PE lesson a week in the pool for aquatic lessons. Here is the Grade 4 schedule:

4BL: Tuesday

4SS: Wednesday

4CB: Wednesday

4LB: Thursday

4HM: Friday

On swimming day, students should have their aquatics kit ready:

  • Swimsuit (one piece for girls and suits not below the knees for boys)
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap or hair ties  ( for long hair that can hinder vision when swimming)
  • Towel
  • Flip flops
  • Waterproof bag