A new adventure

 Week 5 in 4F

After our weekly hop back, the class reflected on our week through blog writing.  We also used this as an opportunity to learn about revision during the writing process.  Reading out loud constantly, crossing out, and adding interesting words all happened on paper before the good copy of the following post ideas.  We finished the week with a little creative fun, thinking about how natural textures can help us express ourselves.

This week we planned a story about a picture and, all the groups twisted and tweaked it a little bit so we ended up with sentences like this “ She gasped as the ice creaked beneath her feet” or “ She  snatched her knife from its sheath (sword carrier)  and prepared to fight the monster” One challenge of the booklet was had to agree to each other’s  ideas, we let them talk even if we were overflowing with ideas. some adjectives to describe the character. Another thing we had to do was agree to the setting the place that the action was in. Mr. McCreath chose a photo of his daughter  Josie  and we made ideas. The skills we used were our writing skills, we also made a mental picture in order to describe the story. We described the details and broke them into parts to understand better.  We think that this week was an adventure and fun!  Olivia  &  Maya

This week we learned about area and perimeter . When I was multiplying the teacher told me a new way to do times table. It is called a “Grid multiply”. I broke numbers into parts. When I multiplied it I also crossed out the zeros and then when I finished it I added the zeros.  Kae

Guess what we did this amazing week! One of our favorite things we did in the math station was learning to subtract on the number line. Mr.McCreath wrote on a small white board the number we had to subtract and we subtracted on a number line in are math books.  We broke the numbers into little parts and also put the parts together to get the answer of how apart they were from each other. We used what we knew in a new way to subtract. It was so fun! We learned that there were many more different ways of subtracting. We are excited to learn more about different ways to subtract.  Phebe

Music is Magic

This week in music class we learned a new song on the xylophone. It was a spanish song. Ms. Trefran (our Music teacher) Assigned different parts of the song to different classmates. The musical skills that we learned was to keep the beat and use both hands for cross over. Ms. Trefran had these sponge covered white boards and she put them on the floor like notes and used her body to show us the melody. Some people liked it and some people didn’t. At the end Mr. McCreath came in and took a video of us. We think we did a good job. This is the video.  By. Maya Bajaj.

We started to practice it was fun. At music class we did 3 parts of a song we are learning.  I think we are going to present our song.  Most people liked music class.  We are improving on our song I want to improve on Music.  How much I like music because  Music is  songs. This week we learned new songs.  Billy and Joshua



Research Skills and Gardening Fun!

Our Grade 10 buddy class came in this Friday to help small groups reflect on the week through blog writing,  The class then chose the top two blog entries  to represent our week of learning.

Week 4 in 4F



                                                Student Investigators
    What we learned this week is about ecosystems and the garden measurements. We learned about how to measure the garden and calculate the perimeter and to label a blueprint. We also learned how to put the calculations together. For our project we researched about the ecosystems, for example tundra, arctic, grasslands and other biomes. Our group also filled in a sheet of paper that had questions on our ecosystems. We felt that the projects was hard but fun at the same time. The ecosystem project also made us better researchers. I really enjoyed this week and it was lots of fun.
Maya, Phebe, Kyoka, Maia, Kaishyu
Garden project: Boom!! garden area plan. We had to draw a blueprint of the garden and write the area (length x width).  For the past week we have been working on our garden project. In this project we have been measuring the garden and creating blueprints.  We used the blueprints to find out how we could divide the garden equally between the three 4th grade classes. Through this project, we learned how to create blueprints and measure areas. We enjoyed creating blueprints because it let us think and we enjoy doing math (area). We want to know what kind of plants we should plant in the garden. With the measurements, we created a diagram and voted for the three best ones it is Joshua, Billy, Morris,Nevo,Overall, we enjoyed this project.By nini,cacy, Joshua, Billy, Morris,Nevo

Breaking News: 4F Students take over blog!

This week after reflecting on what we had learned and how we had learned the class chose what to write about in the blog.  Students worked in small groups to recount what we did this week on a collaborative Google doc.  After writing the descriptions it raised some questions about how we edit our work and the C.O.P.S system of editing (capitals, organization, punctuation, spelling) was introduced.

4F Week 3


Researching Skills (Skimming): Skimming is an important skill that you can get information fast and easily. Mr.Mccreath gave us a two pages about tundra and we had 7 minutes to skim those two pages and write the main ideas and three details. We learned how to skim fast and practiced it. We think skimming is a very good skill for researching things. skimming is reading the first and last paragraph. When you skim  read titles, subtitles, bold words and pictures. Used when there are short time and a lot to read!. Skimming is faster than reading. By:Nevo,Billy.  
Math Stations:  We rolled some dice and added the numbers in order for example we rolled 86,182 and then we rolled the dice again and rolled 3,6,0,9,9 and we had to make the closest to 86,182.  We also played math stations one of them was called sum it up, the point of the game was that we would roll the dice 9 times and you had to put 1 number in each box and at the end of the game we added all 9 numbers together and the person with the biggest number in total at the end of the game got to roll the dice the next game.  I learned how to add 9 numbers at the same time and how to add big numbers.  In my opinion these exercises were very helpful.By :Oliver and Kenta
Me as a reader: In the library we picked five books that represented ourselves as a reader. We learned more about ourselves as readers, where books go in the library and how to use shelf markers. We also found more interesting books that we haven’t read before and that we are interested in. We are excited to explore more books and become better reader’s. Student William Choi, student Kae Iwasawa and student  Phebe Clark.  Here are our Shelfies
Wolf Island: We read the book Wolf island  and then we made connections on how animals rely on one another. We learned how animals rely on each other. Everybody made a picture of an organism and they had to write different words that made a connection on how their animal survives. For example squirrels rely on trees for food and shelter. Another example is wolves rely on mice to spread the seeds of plants  so the deer that they eat will have enough to eat. Mr. Mcreath taught us a lot during that project. And we also learned a lot by ourselves by reading. The project was so fun. We all really enjoyed it!  Olivia And Maya
How to test PH: We tested the PH in the Aquaponics system  we predicted how much PH would be in the Aquaponics system . After that we started to test the water we all used different kind of PH testers. The PH was different in different places of the aquaponics system, all of the groups got different answers. Finally we did all 3 tests and we gathered for a meeting on the carpet and refelted. We all realize that they all did not have decimal points. We tried to find out which PH tester is the best and how much PH  was in the aquaponics system.   We learned how to test the fish water with PH testers and how to predict and observe. When we did it it was super fun and cool!.The groups had one question and the question was where do we find PH testers with  decimal points? Why was the PH different by the different groups and different places?   Joshua and Morris   
How to share a garden: In our sketch books we wrote questions from a google doc that Mr. McCreath made. Today we will measure the garden and divide it up so the other classes can use it too. I hope we get to measure the garden after recess. We think that we should grow tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, basil, peas, a little tree and lots more vegetables because they are healthy and nutritious. We also think that we should grow cabbage so that the worms eat it and poop out compost. We think that all the plants for this class will cost 1000-3000 yen. We can attract other organisms just by getting a lot of plants. For example, if we plant flowers we would attract bugs like bees, beetles, and butterflies.  Maia, Rise, Kyoka




Aquaman visits 4F!

Aquaponics expert, defining unit vocabulary, thinking about how we learn best, consolidating place value knowledge, identifying non-fiction text features, book mapping and connecting literature to our UOI, making scientific observations in nature, and linear measurement were just some of the ideas we explored this week. Outside the classroom we have an aquaponics system.  It is an excellent tool for gathering data, making connections, and thinking about our UOI and responsibility.  We hope to grow it over the course of the year, and the visit we had to teach us about the system was very enlightening to students and staff.  The class is already excited about the new responsibilities they are taking on to maintain the system.

2nd week in 4F


On Fridays afternoons the class reflected on what they learned this week, and what activities they used to learn, leading to how we learn best.  Here is an example of a reflection process we are using.


Mr. McCreath was also blown away when he walked into music class and saw this on only the second week of school.

Quotes from the classroom:

“It was a very busy week”  – Maia
“I learned a lot about aquaponics” – Phebe
“The guest speaker told us a lot of important information about the system” -Nevo
“This week was better than the last because we wrote a lot more”- Olivia
“I never knew that ecosystems were so interesting” – Morris
“I learned so much this week and had fun at the same time” – Maya
“I learned 10 new words in a fun exciting way” – Billy
“After the speaker talked to us I learned the information I needed, and when we started using the system I learned you don’t need so much food, and how it changes into different chemicals” -Joshua
“We went to the park and saw trees and bugs, we drew them and talked about how they are connected” – Kenta
“I learned about the different kinds of biomes” – Oliver