Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Accountable Talk / Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset

In Grade 4, we have been improving our communication skills by having discussions using "accountable talk" sentence starters. 

These sentence starters help us actively share and respond to other people's ideas to build our understandings about various topics. When we are accountable for what we say, we support and defend our claims with evidence.  

In the video below, we read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and came up with our own discussion questions.

When we use accountable take to discuss books, we are improving our oral language skills as well as our reading comprehension skills by connecting,  predicting, inferring and visualising!

Below, we are discussing the differences between having a growth mindset and fixed mindset.

Take a look at the video and the poster below to find out more about these concepts!

On another note, today we had a celebration party since we reached our goal of reading 100 books as a class! Each one of these chains represents a book that was read by a student. 

Our next goal is to read 250 books by the end of the school year. 

If you are interested in participating and starting your own chain, please come by to speak to Miss d'Amours! 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Genius Hour Part 2

Continuing on from our previous post, here are links to our wonderful Genius Hour presentations!

Topic: Learning about the Sun

Topic: How to perform tricks using a football

Topic: How to draw a Labrador Retriever 

We hope you've learned something new!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Genius Hour Part 1

Over the past few months, we have been spending one period a week to work on our very own passion projects. We call this time, "Genius Hour". 

To celebrate our learning, we spent some time presenting in front of our classmates. 

Click on the videos to see us in action!

Stay tuned for part 2 😎

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Vehicle Race!

Last week, we began our new unit with the central idea: 
Energy production and its effects on the environment.

On Thursday during a combined lesson with the Grade 3 class, 
we worked in small groups to build vehicles powered by a chosen form of energy. 

Some groups chose to power their vehicle with wind energy...

...while other groups worked with magnetic and other forms of energy. 

On Friday afternoon, we lined up our vehicles at the starting line for our much-anticipated race. 

Watch the video below to find out which team was the first to cross the finish line! 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Christmas Market

A Belated Happy New Year!

In December, we worked with the Grade 3 class to set up booths at the school Christmas Market which took place on December 15th. 

This project served as the summative assessment task for our Unit of Inquiry with following central idea: People share their responsibilities in communities through offering goods and services in marketplaces.

After some brainstorming and decision making at the start of the month, we pitched our ideas in front of a panel of all-star judges in order to receive feedback. 

Then, we demonstrated independence and commitment by setting up daily plans using a weekly schedule to make sure we would be ready by the date of the market. 

We were such busy bees!

In the weeks leading up to the Christmas Market, we applied our social skills in order to make various decisions within our groups with the goal of making a profit. 

We needed to make sure that our visitors enjoyed our services and were satisfied with our products. 

The day finally arrived and we were ready to go!

Some of us provided services by designing different games for the customers...

...while others sold products such as ornaments and different kinds of hot chocolate!

After the winter holidays, we applied our addition and subtraction skills in order to calculate the profit made by each group. 

We needed to take into account the total amount we had at the end of the market, the change we borrowed from the school office, and the list of expenses. 

We found out that between the two classes, a grand total of 16,000 yen was made which was donated to the Kansai Food Bank! 

What an accomplishment! 😎

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Sharing Assembly

Over the past two months, we explored the genre of narratives during writers' workshop. 

We learned to use various strategies during the different stages of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing) to improve the quality of our work. We especially worked hard on describing our characters, settings, and actions in order to help paint a picture in the readers' heads. 

During our last assembly, we finally had the opportunity to share our published work with our friends, families, and the rest of the school community!

We were all so proud of how far we had come as authors!

Click on the pictures of the books to read them online!


We hope you enjoyed reading the books!

Please feel free to take a look at the books in the library!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Boat Trip!

Last week, we took off on our second unit with the central idea "People share their responsibilities in communities through offering goods and services in marketplaces."

As a part of "tuning in", we went on a sea bus to tour the Kobe port area in order to notice and discuss the different things and places which make our city attractive to tourists and the people who live here. 

It was so exciting to see the different parts of the port area. 

Here are some pictures of what we saw!

Once we got off the boat, we had some time to hang out in the sun. 

Some of us took this opportunity to climb some trees!

Others relaxed and engaged in some spontaneous crafting using natural objects like twigs and stones. 

What a cool group of kids!!!