Grade 4 students recently began an inquiry into Sharing the Planet. Students are starting to gain an understanding of interdependence and how important this concept is within ecosystems. We have taken two out of three trips into the forest with a local biologist, with the final trip being Monday, 3 June. All students participated an a scientific simulation called Oh, Deer. Be sure to ask your child what they learned in this activity!
Sharing the Planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Biodiversity depends on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within systems.
causation, connection, responsibility
balance, biodiversity, interdependence
An Inquiry into:
- Physical and behavioral adaptations of plants and animals
- Events that affect the balance of an ecosystem
- Consequences of imbalance within an ecosystem
Questions to consider:
Why and how to species adapt?
How would they fare in a different environment?
In what ways have ecosystems changed? Why?
What is the cause of change?
What happens when an imbalance occurs in a system?
What is our responsibility to biodiversity?
What is our responsibility in managing human impact on the ecosystem?
Our current unit of inquiry is under the transdisciplinary theme of How We Organise Ourselves.
Our Central Idea is: Technology and innovation impact human-made systems.
We have begun be exploring our Central Idea through the following Lines of Inquiry:
- Technological advances in automation and robots.
- The impact of technical advances on human-made systems and society.
- How we can innovate using technology.
We have been inquiring into the different systems that humans have created to help organise our lives and our society, such as the education system, communication systems, government systems or transportation systems.
We have also been inquiring into what is technology (things created by humans to make life easier or to solve a problem) and innovation (the creation or improvement of a process or thing).
Students will be looking at how they can use Design Thinking to identify a problem they see within a system and create a solution. Check out the design process we will be following:
Also as part of this unit, we have been exploring coding and robotics. Check out some Grade 4’s working on coding robots to achieve simple tasks.
On Friday the 1st of March, the Grade 4s were fortunate to have a guest speaker, Angelina Quintero Sutil (Avril’s Mum) talk to our classes about migration from Venezuela. She talked about the problems that people are facing in Venezuela, the reasons people are migrating and where they are relocating to. This talk was linked to our ‘Where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry, which focused on human migration and the impacts of migration on people, place and time. We would like to say a big thank you to Angelina for her interesting and insightful talk. It was definitely eye opening for the students and teachers.
The Grade 4 students have been learning about the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. The students went to the inquiry lab and did an experiment that showed them that when heat is given to 2 beakers containing water, the one that had added Alka-Seltzer tablets increased in temperature at a faster rate and reached a greater temperature. This was due to the CO2 gas being formed as the tablets dissolved. We likened this to the increased level of CO2 in our atmosphere due to the burning of Fossil Fuels, and discussed the impacts that this has.
Students watched the following video about Green-House gases and Climate Change, and then drew diagrams, such as the one below, to show the impact of burning Fossil Fuels on the atmosphere.
NASA’s Earth Minute: Gas Problem
We have been telling the students but if you can help us remind them that next week we are doing the ice skate check before the break. Students this year just need to bring their ice skates (no outdoor hats or jackets). The helmet system this year is different so we won’t need to figure out that until we get back from break. Sorry for another post but thank you for helping us get the word out.
ES Physical Education Teacher
Anglo-American School of Moscow
The New Book Fair is being held in the Malyy Theatre from Tuesday 4th December to Thursday 6th December, 2018.
Teachers have been invited to bring their class to the Malyy Theatre to browse and purchase books.
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.
This week, students will bring home a ziplock bag with instructions for parents. Parents are invited to place money in the bag and to return it to school, on the day their class is attending the fair, so their child can buy books.
Grade 4 Class Visit Times:
Tuesday 4th of December – 4MS, 4SP, 4MA, 4LB
Wednesday 5th of December – 4BE
Opening hours of the New Book Fair:
Tuesday 4th of December 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 5th of December 8.15 am – 5 pm
Thursday 6th of December 8.15 am – 5 pm
Grade 4 are looking forward to three-way conferences this Thursday (22nd November). At the conferences students will have the chance to share, show and reflect on their learning journey. This process is centered around the student, with parents and teachers discussing, advising, supporting, and celebrating. It is a great opportunity for students and the adults around them to take stock of how far they have come and where they might move on to next.
Please see the following excerpt from Mrs. Alzamora’s letter to parents for logistics surrounding the day:
Conferences will be conducted from 8:00 – 16:00. Each conference will be a maximum of 20 minutes (if more time is needed, it must be arranged with the homeroom teacher for a different date). Out of courtesy and respect to other families, please be on time and adhere to the schedule. These conferences are valuable, and it is important that parents and students attend. We look forward to meeting with you on this day.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Grade 4 Team
Fourth Grade has just wrapped up our latest literacy unit…Graphic Novels. No longer just comics, Graphic novels have decidedly crossed over into the literary mainstream. Many classic children’s novels have been remade into graphic format, bringing some of the “old” classics into a format that modern children enjoy. And they seem to be here to stay.
Because of the fast pace of graphic novels, we learned that making inferences was an important skill to have to understand graphic novels as they jump from one scene to the next. We learned to use the context clues such as how facial expressions and gestures combine with speech and thought to help us understand the character; formatting of panels to show movement, time and place; onomatopoeia to show sound effects. We participated in book clubs to discuss these and many of the story elements in our graphic novels.
Students then applied the lessons learned from their graphic novel reading to create their own comics. It was a highly engaging unit that the fourth graders not only learned from, but enjoyed.
Enjoying graphic novels. (Confession: This picture was posed. But when we finished, they wanted to “borrow” the graphic novels to finish!
Reading Like a Writer….analyzing comics before we write our own
Plot Mountain – Planning our comics
Planning our characters
This year, the students had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween. The Class Mums and other parent helpers did a fantastic job planning fun activities and making treats for the students. There was a dance room, games room, face painting, crafts, and a whole room filled with delicious food. The students were really spoilt! It was a fun afternoon for all involved! Please peruse the photos below.
Crafts for Halloween and other Celebrations
A few parents have inquired about where they may purchase art/craft materials for Halloween parties, and other upcoming festivities. Please find links here, as to where you will most probably find what you need. Enjoy!!
Сеть магазинов художественных товаров “Передвижник” представлена четырьмя филиалами на станциях метро “Маяковская”, “Курская”, “Речной вокзал”, а также “Китай-город”.
Контактная информация магазинов Красный Карандаш. Телефоны, время работы, адреса магазинов и карты проезда.