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 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

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.

What’s Happening in Grade 4

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Thank you for coming to the Holiday Concert yesterday. If you were not able to make it, please click on the link below to watch it. 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13Ipz8NuoLlZ3lCOgaomgDXv5OujtRiig

Unit of Inquiry/Reading/Writing

We have started our units in Reading, Writing and Unit of Inquiry. Students have been busy and are in the early stages of researching, note taking, reading and writing articles related to energy. They will be sharing their learning journey with you dImage result for energy cliparturing our Grade 4 Expo.

Unit of Inquiry Central Idea.Understanding how energy is used, transferred, and stored promotes innovation.

Writing Big Idea: Authors investigate a topic and structure their writing to inform their reader.  

Reading Big Idea:  Using a variety of skills and strategies, readers read nonfiction to learn about the real world (a real experience, person, an idea or a belief). 

Math: Mathematicians develop more efficient strategies for solving problems through noticing patterns and repeated reasoning.Image result for division and multiplication

Students have been using their place value understanding and visual representations to solve multiplication and division problems with multi-digit numbers. This unit unit moves slowly but comprehensively to develop students’ ability to reason about the methods and models they choose to solve problems with multi-digit factors and dividends.

Click on the links to know how you can help at home:

G4 Unit 3 Topic A Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic B Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic C Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic D Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic E Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic F Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic G Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic H Newsletter

 

AAS PTO New Book Fair 2019

The Book Fair is being held in the Malyy Theatre from Tuesday 10th December to Thursday 12th December, 2019.

The goal of the book fair is to sell all the books we’ve bought, so the selection of books is better earlier and thinner later.  

During the week preceding the fair, teachers will be given zip bags for students to take home with instructions for parents. Parents will be invited to place money in the bag and to return it to school, on the first day of the fair, for their child to buy books during the class visit to the fair.

 Opening hours of the New Book Fair:

Tuesday 10th of December 8:30 – 16:30 pm
Wednesday 11th of December 9:00 – 17:00 pm
Thursday 12th of December 8.30 am – 16:30 pm

Please send money in zip bags.

If you have any questions, please contact pto.newbooks@aas.ru 

Thank you!

 

ES Drama 2020 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade 

The ES Drama team will be holding auditions this year on Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th. There are only 30 spaces available for the 2020 ES Drama musical and, therefore, there will be only 30 spaces available for auditions. 

Please read this IMPORTANT PARTICIPATION INFORMATION before considering signing up for an ES Drama audition. 

Parents: We hope that only students seriously interested in performing in a musical will sign up for an audition. Please do not sign up your child for an audition without speaking to him/her first and ensuring this is something she/he wants to commit to doing for 12 weeks. 

The ES Drama team will assign a role to each of the 30 students who audition based on the consideration that everybody who signs up for an audition is someone who is serious about making the commitment to being a part of our show. 

Audition sign-ups will be coming out through Time Center, the same method used for signing up for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. Look for this information in a message on the morning of Friday, November 29th, at 10:00 A.M.   

VERY IMPORTANT: If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending an audition on December 5th or 6th, then please sign-up for one of these audition days/times anyway and contact Ms. Cevallos (kristina.cevallos@aas.ru). We will not open auditions up to those who have not signed up (we can only take 30 students), but we will work on rescheduling with those who have signed up for an audition who are unable to make it on one of those days. 

We are looking forward to creating a wonderful musical production with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade thespians!

Warm regards, 

The ES Drama Team

Kristina Cevallos, Pol Sembrano, Anastasia (Nastya) Antonik, and Jeff Hinton 

 

What’s Coming up?

Dear Parents,

Unit of Inquiry

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We will be  starting our next unit of inquiry next week, How the World Works. The central idea of this unit is Understanding how energy is used, transferred, and stored promotes innovation. We will be inquiring into: 

  • different energy sources
  • how energy is converted, transferred, and used
  • technological advances in energy

We would love to have parent volunteers especially if you have experience with this field. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available to come speak.

Math

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We have started our third unit in Math – Multi-digit multiplication and division. The central idea of this unit is: Mathematicians develop more efficient strategies for solving problems through noticing patterns and repeated reasoning. We will be inquiring into:

  • interpreting properties of multiplication and division
  • strategies for multiplication and division 
  • representing problems

Essential Questions:

  • How can I multiply multi digit numbers? 
  • What is the relationship between multiplication and division? 
  • What do you do with the remainder? 
  • What are some division strategies? 
  • What is the relationship between area and perimeter? 
  • How can I determine area? 
  • How can I represent an unknown quantity in an expression or an equation? 
  • How can I use estimation and mental math to make sure my answer is correct?
  • How can the reasonableness of a solution be determined?
  • How can I develop my fluency with factors and multiples – to support my work with calculations and noticing patterns?

These are the topics we will be focusing on in the next few weeks:

Language

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Reading: Students continue their learning about the different Non-fiction Signpost and are beginning to have a deeper understanding through reading articles which are related to our Migration unit.

 

 

 

Writing: Students are definitely enjoying our Persuasive writing unit. They are learning to use the different persuasive writing techniques that we are learning in class.

Persuasive techniques:

  • Anecdote/Small moment
  • Expert – who is an expert, how do we know we can use this expert, does what they say back my point
  • Groups of 3 – alliteration, using powerful words to stick in readers’ minds
  • Repetition: use the same words over and over
  • Emotive language (Powerful/thoughtful/accurate/ words)
  • Facts/evidence – how do you know it’s a fact?
  • Questions – how and when to use a question – what are you asking your reader to do with this question?
  • Exaggeration (Hyperbole) exaggerated language used for effect

The big idea of this unit is that People can use writing to influence the thinking and/or actions of others. 

Guiding Questions:

  • Why do writers want to persuade?
  • How do writers of persuasive pieces develop their topics?
  • What techniques do writers use to persuade?
  • How do writers consider their audience in their writing?
  • What is the difference between expressing an opinion and persuading?
Message from the librarians:
The theme for our newest library bulletin board is “The Greatest Gift: Books!” Do you have any pictures of your son or daughter opening a book present? If so please send it to library@aas.ru so that we can include it on our board. Thank you!
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences (Message from our Principals: Mr. Hinton, Mr. Burnett, and Ms. Villiers)
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Our Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are coming soon on Thursday, November 28. You will soon receive an email with directions on how to sign-up for conferences. Sign-ups will begin on Thursday,  November 14. Your child will play an essential role in this conference. We strongly believe that children learn best when they reflect on our experiences. Our students need to know that learning is something they do as opposed to something that is done to them. This type of conference allows your child to showcase their understanding and their learning journey. Three-Way Conferences provide students with the opportunity to take control of their learning by becoming independent and self-directed learners. Please note that teachers will also be sharing your child’s achievements during this conference.
During the conferences, students are responsible for sharing a variety of work and learning engagements. Your child will lead you through discussions about personal, social, and academic achievements and progress. Your role as a parent is to be an active listener and help assist your child with their learning journey reflection and their next steps.
We look forward to seeing you and your child on November 28.

Week 7 Happenings

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Math 

We have started our second unit in Math. The central idea for this unit is Systems for measurement and data collection allow mathematicians to solve problems and share findings.

The Lines of Inquiry are:

 

  • measurement and data collection
  • the relationship between the decimal system and the metric system
  • converting measurements to solve real-world problems

 

Here’s how you can help at home.

G4 Unit 2 Topic A Newsletter

G4 Unit 2 Topic B Newsletter

Unit of Inquiry

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We spent this short week introducing our 2nd unit of Inquiry, Where We are in Place and time. As part of our provocation activity, students were given choices on what activities they would like to participate in. They were then asked to reflect on their experience.

  • What happened?
  • How did you feel during the provocation?
  • How did you feel after the provocation?
  • Why did we do it?

Students will be recording and reflecting on their thinking throughout the unit using Book Creator. We will also be reading the book, Refugee in class. This is available on https://www.getepic.com/ at school.  This is just one of the resources for students to have a better understanding of the unit.

Message from the PTO:
The PTO Elementary School Craft Fair is coming this Saturday, October 12th, from 12:00-3:00 pm in the South Cafeteria and Student Lounge.  This is always a very popular event for our ES students, who get the opportunity to make lots of different crafts in one afternoon.  We invite all ES families to attend.

In addition, the Craft Fair is a volunteer-run even and we are still looking for parents to assist on the day.  No experience or crafting abilities are needed!  Hoping you can support this event, our PTO and our Community at AAS, by signing up being a volunteer. Here is the link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4eaead2da2f94-craft1

Many thanks from your PTO Craft Fair Team!

Message from the Health Office

Elementary School Health Screening Starts October 14h: Healthy Children Learn Better!

This consists of height/weight, vision and hearing testing. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they have them at school the day of screening. Students who are absent when their classes are scheduled will be individually screened at a later date. In cases where referral is needed, a letter will be email to the parents the student. It will also include a form with the student’s test results for the physician or other follow-up care provider to fill out. These forms should be completed and then returned to the school health office once the student has been seen.

If parents do not wish to have their children screened, they should notify the Health Office prior to the scheduled date of screening. Health screening is done privately and the results will be kept in your child’s school health record. The purpose of this screening program is to address the need to reduce the illness and associated academic failure from vision and/or hearing defects through early detection, referral and intervention, to give you information about your child’s health and well-being, and to increase community awareness of healthy eating and active living.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 231-4488 ext. 3911, or e-mail us at health.office@aas.ru

It’s HAPPENING in Grade 4!

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Home learning will start TODAY, Friday, August 30th and will be assigned via Google Classroom every Friday. It will be due the following Friday. We have begun teaching students how to upload their thinking (written or electronic forms). Should there be any questions, Ms. Klosinski is available each morning at 8am to help troubleshoot. Please send her an email (beth.klosinski@aas.ru) the night before if you will be coming in for help.

 

Message from the PTO:

Call for ClassRoom Parents!

Signup for Class Parents will begin this week on Wednesday, August 28.  We will use the same process as last year. There will be a SignUp Genius link in Wednesday newsletter.  Interested parents should click the link and enter their names and contact information on the SignUp Genius form.  The first two parents to sign up will become the Class Parents for each class. Note that the form only allows two parents to sign up.  We find that having two parents provides flexibility without overly complicating coordination. If this causes an issue in your class, please contact me to work it out.

Message from Art (Ms. Arnold)  

The ES art dept is looking for lots of interesting objects to draw. We would love any of your junk which has an interesting shape, texture or light/dark. Examples: shells, stones, toys, teddies, old/cheap jewellery, dried or plastic flowers/leaves/fruit, old machinery parts, nuts/bolts … (not too much bigger than your hand). We are also seeking materials which could be used for construction/3D junk modelling, such as toilet rolls, bottle caps, plastic food containers (cleaned), small boxes etc. Please forward to us in Room 3006 (the art room). With many thanks!

Math Message 

Please see the attached newsletters on how you can help your student with our first math unit. 

G4 Unit 1 Topic A Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic B Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic C Newsletter (1)

G4 Unit 1 Topic C Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic D Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic E Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic F Newsletter

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are