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Body Systems and More

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New Unit

This week we are beginning our 3rd unit.  This is an extended unit that will culminate with a time for parents to come into school and see the learning their children have been doing.   This will take place in January and we will let you know when the date is confirmed.

Central Idea: Our bodies are made up of interrelated systems, which need to be maintained for healthy functioning.

Lines of Inquiry: 

We are inquiring into:

  • The systems of the body and how they function 
  • Ways in which these body systems are interrelated 
  • How to maintain healthy body systems 

Skills Focus: Research Skills, Communication Skills, Thinking Skills

Learner Profile and Attitudes: Communicator, Knowledgeable,  Balanced, Curiosity, Cooperation, Commitment

Language: For this unit we will focuss primarily on research skills.  Students will be learning to locate and understand information from a variety of sources, and then to use this information to help complete their presentation.  This will include skills such as:

  • skimming and scanning
  • taking notes
  • determining importance
  • writing in their own words
  • using correct subject-verb agreement
  • report writing

They will be reading a lot of non-fiction books and making use of the varied sources of information available online.

Math: We will also be linking  Data Handling with this unit.  Students will be inquiring into graphs and charts and how they can best represent data related to the systems of the body.

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Pattern and Function

Alongside the data handling we will be working with during our unit about body systems, we will also be inquiring into Pattern and Function.  Please see the outcomes below that the students will be covering:

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Camp

We hope you enjoyed the photos and tweets that were made available from camp.  If you haven’t had a chance yet, please visit our camp page to see the photos.  For those of you that were wondering, the pictures for Friday at camp have now also been uploaded.

Welcome to Year 4

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We hope that your children have had a happy and interesting start to the new school year. Our aim over the first couple of weeks is to ensure everyone gets to know each other, students are comfortable in their new classrooms, and that they are all enjoying themselves.

 

What are We Learning?

Unit 1

Theme: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Individuals have responsibilities to find peaceful solutions to conflicts within communities.

Lines of Inquiry: We are inquiring into:
– Causes and effects of conflict
– Ways people resolve conflict
– The roles and responsibilities of community members to resolve conflicts

Language

In language we will be writing recounts. This will include students orally recounting events as well as them reading a variety of recounts. Students will also take part in regular guided reading times and begin working with a spelling program.

Math

Our first unit in mathematics is Place Value, and then Addition and Subtraction. Students will be developing mental and written strategies to solve problems as well as working with manipulatives and playing games to sharpen their understanding of the number system. Below is a copy of our ‘I can’ statements for the students:

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact your class teacher if you have any concerns or questions.  We can be reached at:

Kris Stanhope – kris.stanhope@dc.edu.hk

Dan Macheski – dan.macheski@dc.edu.hk

Lisa Wallace – lisa.wallace@dc.edu.hk

Tanya Surawski – tanya.surawski@dc.edu.hk

 

Don’t forget the Discovery College Parent Fair is also next Thursday 20 August.  We will answer a lot more questions about the specifics of year 4 then.  Hopefully we will see everyone there.