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!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Revising our Writing

In Grade 4, a major goal for all of us is to learn to independently work through the writing process with various genres. Our first genre in focus has been narratives. 

The writing process involves the following five parts: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. 

Over the past two months, we have been exploring various strategies that work for us to write independently. As writers, we need to think about the next steps which should be taken in order to improve our work. We make these important decisions by reflecting on our writing and conferring with the teacher. 

Last month, we worked very hard on revising our drafts in order to improve our writing. For example, we learned to develop our characters and describe settings by carefully considering our choices of words. 

Our final step in the revision process was to "take scissors to our drafts", meaning that we cut photocopied versions of our drafts apart into chunks to reorganize our writing so that it all makes sense. 

We needed to reread our entire pieces to make sure our narrative pieces flowed effectively. 

We considered how to make our work enjoyable as well as easy to understand for our target audience. 

Some of our pieces ended up becoming so long that they probably should be divided into chapters!

Take a look!

In November, we will be working on editing and publishing our writing for other people to enjoy.

Stay tuned 😄