Anglo-American School of Moscow – Grade 4 Team

Author: Olga Ashour

Friday, 16 October, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We have wrapped up our current unit on Beliefs, Values, Diversity and Racism. After the break, we will be starting our next unit titled, “Where We Are in Place and Time” with a focus on “Migration”.  We would like to let you know that our provocation to give students a feel for what the migration process makes people feel, will result in some students feeling they could not participate in some of the provocation experiences (for example being sent to a “waiting room” for reasons they aren’t quite clear about and made to wait until the end of a session before being allowed to move on.) This will be done on purpose to give students a sense of ‘rejection’ that real people feel when they are rejected from their application for migration to countries.  Please don’t let your child know of this background information. We just wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ so you can help support our efforts when and if your child gets upset during the provocation part of our next unit. 

Writing – Personal Narratives

This week was focused on editing our chosen piece of writing and using a rubric to reflect on what we need to include in it. Teachers also give their feedback on the rubrics to ensure that the student understands areas they need to continue working on as writers.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Place Value

We have wrapped up our learning on place value this week. We will focus on multiplication and division after the break. On that note, we recommend that students use Khan Academy to recap and to extend their math knowledge by exploring the learning activities that their teacher has assigned for them on the Khan Academy website.

Learning after the Break.

Please keep a lookout for the schedule of your child’s class, closer to the end of next week, in order to know if we will be returning to Hybrid learning or not.  We are optimistic that we will be back on campus, but just in case, we will wait until we are closer to the date, before sending out our schedules.

Important Dates:

October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

October 26 – School resumes

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Wednesday, 7th October

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We have continued working on exploring beliefs around the world. As a follow on to this exploration, we move into the meaning of racism and how we can work to become anti-racists.

Writing – Personal Narratives

We have continued to work on the features of a personal narrative. Most students are at the stage of editing and publishing a narrative of their choice by making sure they incorporate the features they have been learning about. 

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes is recommended.

Math – Place Value

Mid unit assessments on place value have been done this week or will be done next week – depending on your child’s class. These are a good ‘check-in’ to understand where each student needs further support as we continue our learning on place value. It is not a summative of your child’s ability. The unit continues and the mid unit assessment helps us to make sure we know where each student needs extra support.

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th, This Week

Professional development for the teachers on both days. No school for students. 

Distance Learning Next Week

All students will be learning daily through synchronous online lessons with all their teachers. The only session that will not take place is swimming. If your class has swimming scheduled next week, it is replaced in the schedule with a suggestion for your child to play outside.

Important Dates:

Saturday, October 10 – Last day for Mug Competition Design submissions to the PTO

October 12 to 16 – Distance Learning for all students. 

October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

November 26 & 27 – 3 Way Conferences (Parent-Student-Teacher)

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Friday, 2nd October, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We have continued to explore the beliefs and values of the people in our community by focusing on our individual values and beliefs that are transferred to us from our family and culture. As embracing diversity is high on our agenda in this unit, we are also continuing to explore different faiths and religions both in our community and around the world. If your family has a picture of a particular symbol, icon, or relic that is of particular significance to your culture, please encourage your child to share it with us. 

Writing – Personal Narratives

We have continued to work on the features of a personal narrative. Ask your child about the difference between simple and compound sentences.

Reading – A must for all students for at least 30 minutes every night.

Math – Place Value

We have been teaching and re-teaching rounding to different digit values within a five or six digit number. You can support us by quizzing your child on rounding numbers. So they have to remember to use the rule that 5 and above round up while 4 and below round down.

MAP Testing

MAP testing continues for Grade 4. It will be completed by October 13th.

Important Dates:

Monday, October 5 – Map Testing Huddle B

Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9 – Teacher PD – No school for students

Saturday, October 10 – Last day for Mug Competition Design submissions to the PTO

Monday, October 12 – Map Testing Huddle A

Tuesday, October 13 – Map Testing Huddle B

October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

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Friday, 25th September

It was so nice to see families at the Webex Goal Setting Conferences today. Thank you for taking the time to meet with us and supporting your child in the process of goal setting. 

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We are continuing to explore the beliefs and values of the people in our community. This week we had some guest speakers from our school community sharing the family values and beliefs with the students. Parents who would be happy to share their family beliefs or values that impact their way of life and/or decisions, are welcome to schedule a time with their class teacher. An example of beliefs could include thoughts and practices related to vegetarianism or religious faiths. Alternatively, it may be cultural practices that you do in your home as a result of your particular upbringing. We would be happy to hear about a wide range of beliefs and values in our community. Embracing diversity is high on our agenda in this unit. Your share can be done via a presentation or by speaking to the children. We will be hosting you through Webex as the meeting platform, so you will not need to physically come into school.

Writing – Personal Narratives

We have started writing our personal narratives. Students have been exploring writing ‘hooks’ to capture their readers’ attention. They have also explored what showing their readers means versus telling their reader when they write.  Please ask your child to explain the difference to you.

Math – Place Value

As we continue with exploring place value, a major focus has been on rounding. Whilst most students understand the basic principles of rounding, it has been an interesting experience for them to round numbers to the nearest 100 or thousand when looking at six digit numbers. We will continue to work on this, but you can support us by exploring a number such as 265,363 and seeing what the number would be when you round it to the nearest 100.  Most students need to be reminded to look at the digit in the hundreds place (3) instead of looking at the digit in the hundred thousands place (2).  In this example, rounding 256,363 to the nearest hundred would be 265,400 not 300,000.

Photo Days for students:

4AO – Wednesday, 30th September (Huddle B)

4SC – Monday, 28th September (Huddle B)

4WA – Tuesday, 29th September (Huddle B)

4WA – Tuesday, 6th October (Huddle A)

4SA – Thursday, 1st October (Huddle B) 

4SA – Friday, 2nd October (Huddle A) 

MAP Testing

MAP testing begins next week for Grade 4.

Important Dates:

Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9 – Teacher PD – No school for students

Monday – Friday, October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

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Friday, 18th September

Wednesdays are a Late Start

Lessons start at 9:15am. If your child is supposed to be at school on a Wednesday, s/he can be at school anywhere from 8:45 to 9:15am.

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are: We are currently focusing on different perspectives and the beliefs of different people in our community. Parents who would be happy to share their family beliefs or values that impact their way of life and/or decisions, are welcome to schedule a time with their class teacher. An example of beliefs could include thoughts and practices related to vegetarianism or religious faiths. Alternatively, it may be cultural practices that you do in your home as a result of your particular upbringing. We would be happy to hear about a wide range of beliefs and values in our community. Embracing diversity is high on our agenda in this unit. Your share can be done via a presentation or by speaking to the children. We will be hosting you through Webex as the meeting platform, so you will not need to physically come into school.

Writing – Personal Narratives: We have started noticing what writers do when they write personal narratives. We will use these noticings to help us begin writing our own personal narratives over the coming weeks.

Math – Place Value: We are currently looking at place value. Place value charts are a major focus. How to label them, use them to understand and compare numbers and their values was our focus for this week.

Reading: A love of books is what we aim to accomplish this year. Reading for joy as a pastime rather than choosing technology and games to stay occupied, especially as we have had to be at home more than ever over the last few months.

Student Goal Setting Conferences: Next Thursday and Friday, the 24th and 25th of September is when our Goal Setting Conferences will take place. Students will share with their parents and teacher their academic, social and/or organizational goals for the semester. We look forward to seeing you together with your child via a Webex meeting.  Your child is expected to wear his/her formal uniform even though s/he will be at home with you and joining the meeting virtually.

Important Dates:

Thursday, 24 September – Webex Goal Setting Conferences- formal uniform

Friday, 25 September – Webex Goal Setting Conferences- formal uniform

Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9 – Teacher PD – No school for students

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October – Autumn Break – No School

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