Making stuf

There was a lot of making this week in the classroom and around the school. It ranged from making an explanation about a chocolate model of the Earth to duct tape wallets to television commercials about cooking with clay, with lots in between.  Tech days gave students the chance to make things from stories to bridges, and from computer programming to origami, and classroom experiences gave us the opportunity to make connections to artwork, make sense out of how division works and the properties of mass, build models, electronics, houses, and kites in P.I.C. time, and build relationships with each other.

There are so many reasons I enjoy making stuff in the class; it gives students an avenue to express themselves in a variety of ways, interact with the physical world around them and solve design problems that arise during construction with familiar or unfamiliar materials. Not to mention, they get to have a lot of fun doing it. I think the expressions on their faces in the pictures below show the level of enjoyment, concentrations, and sense of achievement with their results. Next week is a short week filled with online tests (ISA) and practicing the scientific method.

4F Jan. 30th-Feb. 3rd


Wrapping it up

No, it is not Christmas here yet and we are not wrapping any present although there is certainly something in the air as charity drives are in full swing, people discuss holiday plans, and the air gets more chilly.  I was thinking more about this week in class, the final week of How We Express Ourselves, persuasive writing, and a lot of work in the math strands of data handling and measurement comes to a close.

The students were busy polishing their writing and presentation skills, and applying their understanding about graphs, measurement, and advertising in new unfamiliar settings.  As the class is aware of the summative / test like nature of these assignments, it was amazing to see how quickly, thoughtfully, and respectfully they got down to business.  Although tests are not usually the norm in class, they are still a part of life and it was great to see the students rise to the unfamiliar situation of working independently and quietly.  The thoughts, reflections, justifications for opinions and answers were staggering and a pleasure to read and view on paper and seesaw.

Speaking of seesaw, I would urge you all to spend a minute or two to see the student presentations of their persuasive writing, even though I am not the biggest fan of Mario, Fifa 17, and dollhouses, I was convinced.  Please take a moment to view their speeches and leave a comment.

All that pent up energy was released Today at Cross Country.  A big thanks to the PE team for organizing this sunny morning in the park.  Picture album below.

4F Nov.14-18

End of year reflection blog post

Grade 4 was one of my favorite school years. It was fun and exciting because we did lots of fun field trips and I made new friend. I felt like grade 4 went by very fast because we had lots of fun.

I learn many new skills in grade 4 like using an exacto knife and researching. I also learned and got better at a lot of things like multiplication and music. My favorite parts were camp and sports day because we did lots of things in one event.

In grade 5 I would like to become better at multiplying bigger numbers and writing longer paragraphs. I would also like to start reading longer books. I’m looking forwards to grade 5 and playing koto. Thank you 4F and our teachers for a great school year!

Kenta’s Final Blog Post

This year in 4th grade we learned many things we also learned many topics and everyone enjoyed.I was excited in the first day to meet new friends learn more about them.Students this year was nice and helping each other.

I got better at multiplication,Reading,speak loud and teamwork.The highlights help me by writing blog post.The challenges help me by seeing what I need to work on.

My hopes are for next year is that I can learn more words and make new friends.I will want to get better at joining the conversation not staying out and not talking.Have a great summer break.   

Rion’s Awesome Grade 4

Grade 4 was a Joyful Fantastic year.I learn’t a lot of important things that I didn’t know before.The most AWESOME part of grade 4 was obviously camp because I got to laugh and talk with new friends that you have never talked before.In grade 4 I had opportunities to make cool friends that are really nice to me.

This year I have learn’t a lot by listening to the teacher and paying attention to all the important things that will be very useful for my life.All the challenges  Mr McCreath gave me made me grow so much that when I look at the work I have done in the past,I know that I learned a lot because I know way more things now then the past.

I hope I get better at maths because maths will help a lot in my life and my future.I would like to continue to get better at reading smoothly and understanding what I am reading.

Messages to my AWESOME classmates and my BRILLIANT teacher.

Thankyou for being awesome classmates.I appreciate for helping me and being kind to me.Thank You Mr McCreath for being a brilliant teacher.The thing I like you being a teacher is you get angry when you have to and you be nice as possible to the students.This was a fantastic class.THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fantastic 4th grade

This year I learned a lot of things I researched and if you think that’s not enough for you we even experienced deeper into government systems! 4F was the most unique class I have ever been in! We were so creative and made so many models and inventions  and helpful to each other in PIC spots day and more we learned how to make something cool something to last and how to even make it work just Think Make Improve and go back to think and go on. We had goverment week and we could experience so much things. I have a lot of friends some closer than others.

I have grown in exponents, fractions, dividing decimals and algebra. Algebra is really important if you want to become an Animator,Industrial Engineer,Physicist, and Astronomers. Start studying if you want to work in one of those jobs. My highlight of this year is the camp because we learned how to play with nature, climb trees and build forts. And PIC because we made models. The challenge was how to make the masts steady.

My biggest hope is to stay in Japan and to stay in touch with friends. I want to get better at reading by reading more. Hope to stay in touch.

Teacher appreciation week

This week was teacher appreciation week. On Monday we we gave our teachers flowers and made a class bouquet with all the flowers. Next on Tuesday we wrote a card and gave it to the teachers. On Wednesday  we gave our teacher their favorite snack. The next day we gave our teacher a hug or high five. On the final day we went to assembly and watched a video about teacher appreciation week. Thank You Teachers!