Thursday, July 5, 2018

Flash Mob and Reading Celebration!



During the last week of school, we finished off our final unit of the year on 'How we express ourselves' by working with the Grade 3 students to prepare a flash mob. 

Our focus was to use dramatic tools to create an engaging performance. We came up with our own moves and improved the quality of our performance by responding to feedback given by our teachers and other students. 

Once we set ourselves up in front of Island Center Station, we were ready to rock and roll! 




Check out our cool moves!

During this eventful week, we also celebrate reaching our goal of reading 500 books by the end of the school year. Our final book count on the last day of school was 535 books!

On Wednesday, we celebrated this major accomplishment by hosting a water party. Students from other grades who contributed ten or more books to our book count were also invited. 




Here is our BEFORE photo. 

We were so excited to get started!

Ready...

set...

GO!!!!!





























Here, we have our AFTER photo!




Message from Miss d'Amours to the Grade 4 Families:


I would just like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for such an amazing year. 

I truly enjoyed teaching this class and appreciate how supportive you have all been. 

It has been such a pleasure and privilege to watch the students develop in their learning and to see their personalities unfold. 

I know that all of the students are so proud of their learning, especially about their improved reading and writing skills, the creativity and passion they cultivated through Genius Hour projects, and the many risks they took in multiple subjects throughout the year. 

As a teacher, I was particularly touched by their attitude of approaching learning with a growth mindset as well as by the inclusive and caring nature of the children which visibly strengthened as the year progressed.

I cannot wait to hear about all of the amazing things your child will accomplish in the future. 

I hope that you will all have a fantastic summer!

Sincerely, 

Satya d'Amours







Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Recommendation Fair



On Tuesday morning, the Grade 4 class hosted a book fair for the Grade 3 students. 

At their booths, the Grade 4 students recommended the favourite books they read this year.


















After the fair, students from both classes researched titles of books using websites and links such as Bookopolis and Literary Hoots to create a list of books they would like to read in the summer and during the upcoming school year. 














Thanks for reading!






Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Visual Proof


In math, we have been inquiring into the question: What does a mathematician do?

Mathematicians do all of the following things below! 

Every day in math lessons, we confirm this idea by reflecting on what we did that day as mathematicians!




Over the past few weeks, we have been challenging ourselves to create visual proofs! In this way, we are building our communication skills so that we can prove our thinking to others. A visual proof should be easy to understand and not require any verbal explanations. 

We worked together to create success criteria and got started!




We made connections to the writing process to understand that as mathematicians, we also go through a drafting, revising and publishing process to improve the quality of our work. 

Take a look at our finished posters!









See you next time!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Spring Trip 2018



Right before Golden Week, Grades 3 to 6 went on a spring trip!

We stayed at the Mt. Rokko YMCA Global Learning Center and participated in a program focusing on environmental sustainability. 

Some of the activities during the three-day stay included team-building games...






leather stamping...







various physical activities on the field...







making pizza from scratch...











building a fire...







cooking curry...











canoeing...







working together on an egg-drop challenge...








...and reflecting on the wonderful memories we made!





What an unforgettable time we had!