This year has really flown by! Thank you all so much for your continued support of our classroom community. A special thank you for all of the cards and gifts I received this week – I really appreciate your thoughtfulness! The specialists teachers also send along their appreciation. I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday!

A Message From Ms. Williams

Dear Parents of 4C,

Thank you for the City Super gift card! It was so thoughtful of you!

I had fun teaching your kids this year! Enjoy your summer – so much time for reading! This year kids and parents can check out library books for the summer, plus everyone can read ebooks on OverDrive all year long. (The username and password are both their student number. Email me if you need help.)

Cheers and happy reading!

Ms. Williams

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June 1

Wow – I can’t believe next week is the last week of school! Time has really flown by this year. This week we filmed our commercials and finished up our advertisements to show our understanding of our central idea for HWEO. We’ll be presenting our projects to the class next week.

A few reminders for next week

Students are reminded they need to bring a protective case to take their laptops home on Friday. Bring a reusable bag to take home all notebooks and school belongings. 

Tuesday June 5 – 4C Class Party 1:00 – 2:00

Friday June 8 – Last day of school (early release) 11am

May 25

Thank you all for coming to our iTime Exhibition this week! We love having parents in school and sharing our learning with you. Thank you all again for being such a supportive parent community throughout this year – it makes a huge difference!

In math this week, we started exploring luck, or as mathematicians call it, probability! We’ve been playing a game called risk or greedy pig to help us develop strategies to determine the probability of a situation. All you need is a dice – ask your child to teach you the game at home!

We continued to look at print advertisements this week as we identified the tools and techniques used by the media to influence their target audience. We made tons of connections to what we see in our daily lives. Hopefully, we’ll all be more critical consumers of media after this unit! We’re preparing to create our own ads next week to show what we’ve learned.  

Reminders

  • June 5 : End of Year Class Celebration 1:00-2:00
  • June 8 : Last day of school – Early dismissal at 11:00am

May 18

This week we identified target audiences, types of media and tools and techniques the media uses to really start finding out about our central idea – Media influences the choices people make. We looked at commercials targeted at kids, advertisement campaigns, magazine and we even discussed the pre-assessment ads we made that showed what we already know about our central idea. We recorded our thinking using a graphic organizer in our online process journals. Ask your child to share theirs with you!  

We’re starting to wrap up our book club as groups are finishing their books. We’re going to be creating a poster to promote our books to next year’s Grade 4 students. We’ll be writing summaries and including the tools and techniques the media uses to encourage others to read the books we read!

We took a survey in math this week which allowed us to identify areas that we’d like to work on in the next upcoming weeks for math. We’ll be participating in small focus groups and stations to help us make further progress in the areas we want to work on.

iTime Exhibition

4C has worked hard exploring our passions this year and we’d like to invite you into school to share our learning with you! Please join us on Friday, May 25 from 1:30 – 2:10 in the 12th floor cafeteria to learn more about iTime!

Reminders

  • May 22 : No School Buddha’s Birthday
  • May 25 : iTime Exhibition 1:30-2:20 12f cafeteria
  • June 5 : End of Year Class Celebration 1:00-2:00
  • June 8 : Last day of school – Early dismissal at 11:00am

May 10

This week we’ve been exploring our prior knowledge for our new central idea : Media influences the choices people make. With partners, we brainstormed all of the forms of media we already know about and connected them with the actions we take because of the media we consume. We reflected on our ideas as we thought about if we are critical consumers of media. This unit is off to a fun start and we can’t wait to go deeper!

In math, we made connections between fractions and decimals to the tenths and hundredths. We explored the relationships using base ten blocks to help us visualize fractions and decimals. We’ll be wrapping up our unit on fractions and decimals and moving on to probability soon!

In book club, we identified and defined new vocabulary words from our text. We read independently and aloud with our groups. We generated our own questions and discussed them as a group. Book club is a blast! Ask your child about how their book club is going so far!

iTime Exhibition

4C has worked hard exploring our passions this year and we’d like to invite you into school to share our learning with you! Please join us on Friday, May 25 from 1:30 – 2:20 in the 12th floor cafeteria to learn more about iTime!

Call for Guest Speakers (repeat item – please help if you know anyone!)

We have already started our new unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves. Our central idea is “Media influences the choices people make”.

We are looking for some guest speakers in our parent community. If you are in marketing or advertising, or have some experience with campaigning, we would love to hear from you. We are hoping that you would be able to share some of the techniques or “tricks of the trade” that go into persuading a target audience. Our lines of inquiry for this unit are:

  • Different forms of media (FORM)
  • How persuasive tools and techniques are used by the media (FUNCTION)
  • How people respond to media (PERSPECTIVE)

If you are willing to be a guest speaker, please contact me at your earliest convenience, and we can arrange a time for you to come in and share with 4C, or possibly the whole Grade 4 cohort.

Thanks for all of your support!

Reminders

  • May 22 : No School Buddha’s Birthday
  • May 25 : iTime Exhibition 1:30-2:20 12f cafeteria

May 4

We’ve had another great week in 4C! We wrapped up our Sharing the Planet unit with a self-assessment rubric which provided an opportunity for us to reflect on our learning. As we gave thoughtful consideration to our learning throughout the unit, we identified areas of strength and development. We’ll be starting our last unit in Grade 4 next week! I really can’t believe how fast this year is flying by!

In math this week, we’ve explored improper fractions and mixed numbers as well as comparing and ordering fractions. As we wrap up our investigation into fractions, students have the option to choose how they want to show what they know about fractions by either completing a unit assessment or a poster about fractions.

In literacy, we’re really getting into our book club novels. There is a true sense of enjoyment and appreciation going on during this time and it’s awesome to observe. We have such avid and enthusiastic readers in 4C! I am definitely one lucky teacher!

Call for Guest Speakers

We are starting our new unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves. Our central idea is “Media influences the choices people make”.

We are looking for some guest speakers in our parent community. If you are in marketing or advertising, or have some experience with campaigning, we would love to hear from you. We are hoping that you would be able to share some of the techniques or “tricks of the trade” that go into persuading a target audience. Our lines of inquiry for this unit are:

  • Different forms of media (FORM)
  • How persuasive tools and techniques are used by the media (FUNCTION)
  • How people respond to media (PERSPECTIVE)

If you are willing to be a guest speaker, please contact me at your earliest convenience, and we can arrange a time for you to come in and share with 4C, or possibly the whole Grade 4 cohort.

Thanks for all of your support!

Reminders

  • May 22 : No School Buddha’s Birthday

April 27

Our 4C classroom community has been seriously hard at work this week with completing our spring MAP testing sessions and preparing for and hosting our Student Led Learning Reviews. I love seeing the students take ownership of their learning during SLLRs. It’s such a wonderful opportunity for us to connect home and school. I hope you all enjoyed celebrating your child’s learning journey in Grade 4!

You may have noticed your child taking action this week by completing a personal challenge they set for themselves that was connected to our unit of inquiry. We had everything from students refusing plastic straws this week to trying out being a vegan for the week! Our action came from our personal inquiry questions we researched last week. We also completed consequence wheels to help us better understand how humans have both positive and negative impacts on ecosystems.

We’ll be wrapping up this unit next week and kicking off our last unit of the year! It’s hard to believe we’re already starting our final unit of inquiry! Check out our parent overview for How We Express Ourselves.

A note from admin. about class placements for 2018-19 school year

If there are any extenuating circumstances relating to your child’s needs that could impact his/her class placement please complete this form before Friday May 4. We ask that you refrain from making personal requests to select or avoid certain teachers. As per CDNIS policy, such requests will not be considered. Please reference these FAQs if you wish to learn more.

Reminders

  • May 1 : Labor Day Holiday : No School

April 20

We came up with our own inquiry questions this week that connect to our central idea for sharing the planet. We’re finding out more about our questions through research using a variety of sources including Epic, our class Symbaloo and unit related texts.

We continued to develop our understanding of fractions this week as we came up with multiple solutions to open-ended questions and spent more time on our math stations. Math stations teach us to take ownership of our learning and provide us with fun and engaging opportunities to show our understanding.

This week we’re diving into our book club books! We’re learning how to engage in conversations about books, which is such an important lifelong skill. We’re practicing being active listeners and adding supporting details to our thoughts. We’re using talking tokens and discussion prompts to help us scaffold these skills. It’s a process, but we’re definitely making progress. Ask your child to share their opinions on book club with you!

A note from admin. about class placements for 2018-19 school year

If there are any extenuating circumstances relating to your child’s needs that could impact his/her class placement please complete this form before Friday May 4. We ask that you refrain from making personal requests to select or avoid certain teachers. As per CDNIS policy, such requests will not be considered. Please reference these FAQs if you wish to learn more.

Reminders

  • April 23 : Free DDD : You must wear green to dress down otherwise you should be in your normal CDNIS uniform
  • April 23, 25 & 26 : MAP Testing
  • April 27 : Student Led Learning Reviews (No school for students, come to school in full CDNIS uniform at your scheduled appointment time)
  • May 1 : Labor Day Holiday : No School

April 13

I hope everyone enjoyed the spring holiday – welcome back to school! This week we’ve picked right back up to where we left off. We jumped back into our fraction stations and have really enjoyed learning about equivalent fractions through games in our classroom. We’ve been tuning into fractions using open-ended questions and manipulative like pattern blocks to help us visualize parts of a whole.

We’re moved deeper into our unit of inquiry as we looked at different types of symbiotic relationships that exist within ecosystems. We’ve discussed the interdependence of ecosystems through a great read aloud by David Suzuki called Salmon Forest.

We’ve also launched our book clubs this week. We’re SO excited to get into this new routine. We created our own essential agreements for our groups and set personal goals for what we wanted to get out of book club. Ask your child to share their goal with you!

Reminders

  • April 16 1:15 : Spotlight Performance in the LLAC
  • April 27 : Student Led Learning Reviews (No school for students, come to school in full CDNIS uniform at your scheduled appointment time)
  • May 1 : Labor Day Holiday : No School

March 29

A big congratulations to our Suessicial crew – they had such a big week! It was an awesome show and we’re so proud of their hard work and commitment! I hope you all had the opportunity to check out a show!

We started to explore fractions this week as we played games, talked about fractions through the key concepts, made art on the hundreds chart and even baked cookies! It was a fun way to introduce a concept that students often have negative feelings about. We’ll be going deeper into our fractions exploration when we return to school.

We looked back at our writing and identified our best sentences. We made a class anchor chart displaying what we think makes a good sentence. Then we played with word cards to create our own interesting sentences.

I hope you all enjoy your spring holiday and safe travels to everyone who is leaving Hong Kong! I’ll be excited to welcome everyone back to school on April 9.

Reminders

  • March 30 – April 8 : Spring Break
  • April 9 : First day back at school after spring break!