Sharing the planet

Sept 26-29 4F

Even though it was a short week it felt like five days of learning and work were put in.  The class was very busy finalising their research, explaining their ecosystems and how they can be impacted, then applying their learning to a new ecosystem for the final assessment in this unit.  Students will be sharing what they made with you soon.  We had time to look at measuring accurately, writing and solving math word problems (puzzles or stories) by thinking about vocabulary and everyday situations where we use math, and began reviewing the structure of paragraph writing.  The class also managed finish prepping the garden for planting and plant some pumpkin seeds, and play a game to consolidate adding 100s, 50s, and 1000s. As we were so busy with so many things I thought I would give the class some creative inquiry time, rather than write the blog post but here are some pictures of some of the learning this week.  We are looking for our next unit about how media influences our behaviour.

Sticky Situation

4F Sept. 19th-23rd

For some reason this week the class used a lot of sticky notes.  It was interesting to see how they enjoyed using these bite-size pieces of colourful paper to record a thought quickly and use it to annotate a page, add to a class brainstorm, or record their thoughts while reading.  No this is not a plug for 3M products, but this week through the multiple learning experiences that the class used sticky notes for I observed their value in helping students record and share their ideas. They were also a great tool to reorganize and regroup ideas without erasing, and incorporate a kinesthetic element to the lessons and really get students to physically organize their thoughts. Maybe it is the colours, the added perk of getting out of your desk and moving about the classroom to add it to the corresponding wall, or reading other’s ideas along the way could be just some of the reasons the class seems to fly through the sticky notes and the time in class.

The class began writing some reflections this week in preparation for writing larger posts, please see their thoughts on some of the main learning experiences we came up with together.


Rounding in Math: We learned that when you’re rounding always make a mental picture. Making a mental picture is good because it can help you see what to do. Skills we used: Number line skills. We learned that Rounding is easy when you use strategies. It is important to learn rounding because sometimes you will need it. Like when buying things, your item will probably have tax, so it will be ¥1007. Then you will need to round to the nearest ten because most people do not have 7 yen, you will pay ¥1010 then they will give you change.

By Kieran and Aiden

Reading Math Puzzles:  

We learned that we need to use adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing for word problems. For example, if someone caught 10 bugs and 2 groups of people wanted to take it you will use dividing. We used are observing skills to find out the answer. The steps to find out the answer is to first read the question carefully then circle the key words and then underline the things you need to add, subtract, multiply or divide finally check your work really carefully.  

By: Ryoma and Allen

Exploring Research Sources:

We learned that exploring resources was important because it can help a lot when you are researching about different resources. Also, you can find information about your ecosystem on other different websites such as, Pebble Lego, Encyclopedia Britannica, and also National Geographic!  

By: Leander and Zach

Making Connections: We had to make connection with a book. We had to make connection about text to text, text to self and text to world. We had different books. We had different book on each people on there leve. Connection is important because you can tell people what happen and learn more.

By: Kento and Showei

Digging in the Dirt: We learned how to dig a hole with a shovel to not dirt to be not too hard. The skills that we use is digging skills and strong skills because when you dig you need to use strong digging.

By:  Eren and Sihan

Explain Everything:

We learned how to use Explain everything. Its a app where you can color and insert many photos links and much more. Also you can make shapes and lightsabers and much much more. Later paste it into seesaw and post it so we can show what we did in more details.  We can use this to explain our learning in any subject. I am excited to use to to explain my ecosystem.

By: Polly,  Lucy and Sven

Inquiry in 4F

4F September 12th-16th

This week saw a lot of different uses of inquiry in class. We began with inquiry into patterns and operations by looking at Pascal’s triangle, We used measurement to further our garden inquiry and continue to develop a plan. The students also inquired into planting in the fall through independent research, and furthermore started practicing research skills such as developing questions and keywords to help inquire into different ecosystems. The final inquiry of the week was during P.I.C. today where the class was very busy inquiring into materials and techniques by taking things apart, putting them together, and searching for skills and ideas to help and inspire. It was great to see the level of engagement in learning through inquiry.  Inquiry!

Things, Skills, Questions

Week 3 4F

We used the formula of Things I learned, Skills I used, and Questions I have to frame our thinking in lots of areas of learning this week.  I mentioned this strategy during back to school night and watching it in action again this week taught me about what students are taking away from experiences, and also taught students that reflection is a way of metacognition.  Another tool in their thinking toolbox.  The Padlet below if a great example of their big takeaways from the week.  This week we also began individual inquiry time or P.I.C. and there was lots of fun and creativity in the class.  Next week’s home routine should change a bit as home learning will be sent out digitally on Monday afternoon. 


Catapults to butterflies

4F week 2

Since being introduced to the catapult challenge I have been amazed by the skills that the activity develops.  The students have to work together to read instructions, figure out how materials go together, persevere when things don’t work out, and think about how they can improve their device to create something that works consistently.  The success that each group experienced even though they wanted to give up attests to the effectiveness of this learning experience and it’s value at teaching so many aspects of the PYP transdisciplinary skills.  Combine this activity with consolidating place value skills through play, learning measuring skills through practical application, using images to inspire a story, researching online to answer questions about food chains, and looking closely at organisms and the connections between them in the park and we have a great week.  Please check out the slideshow for pics and the Padlet for student thoughts (although it may be a bit catapult heavy).