The students spent the afternoon Inquiring into what causes Seasons? This question came up during a whole class discussion and the students were interested in showing what they knew and what they were continuing to explore and find out. In small groups, they used the materials to show what they knew about how seasons work and continued to question things they were uncertain about.
The students have been Inquirers during this Unit about Patterns in Math. They have been finding out what patterns are, how they work, types of patterns and how patterns are used in everyday situations. They have also been finding patterns in other areas of Math like multiplication tables, shapes and the 4 operations in Number. (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
The students in G4.1 and G4.2 spent the morning inquiring into primary, secondary and tertiary sources of information. This is the 3rd line of Inquiry in this Unit of Inquiry - Where we are in Place and Time. The students had to find definitions, examples in the library and then show their understanding by categorizing a list of sources. The students then spoke about the positives and negatives of each source of information.
This afternoon, Mr Gallagher presented an informative and helpful design session on CARP. This session helped us to start thinking about how we want to design our presentations for the G4 MINI EXHIBITION. He shared some great tips on how we can ensure our triboards are attractive, engaging and also easy to follow.
What does CARP stand for...
C - Contrast
P - Proximity
Today we began looking at the Human Body and the responsibilities of the body systems. The students shared what they knew on a live size body outline and then inquired into one major body part each. They had to formulate questions, read books, select key words, summarise information and then share their findings with their peers.
The students spent Friday morning learning about the significance of Deepavali or Diwali. Ms Devi - TA for Grade 4 presented an informative presentation about why Hindu people celebrate Diwali and the festivities that accompany this celebration. The students got to try snacks and sweets as well as create their own Rangolli patterns.
The Students in G4.2 had an incredible, interesting and intriguing International Day 2016. After seeing some amazing acts from the High School Students, they then participated in 4 workshops. Each workshop was set up and run by the HS students. The students got to take part in an Indian workshop, Musical workshop, Indonesian workshop and a Spanish workshop.
The students in G4.2 spent the day looking at De Bonos Thinking Hats and how they can help us to think in different ways. The students then connected their new understandings about this to our current Unit of Inquiry. They made connections between each of the thinking hats and what it means to be a RESPONSIBLE CONSUMER. They shared their perspectives with their peers and formed discussion groups surrounding the big question: What does it mean to be a responsible CONSUMER?
The students perform skits about some of the types of Governments they have been learning about in class.
The students in G4.2 playing an adaptation of an Indonesian Gamelan piece. This was their very first day of learning the piece!
Ms Rehu spent Monday and Tuesday afternoon taking the Grade 4 students through a Math Inquiry. She demonstrated what it should look like, sound like and feel like. The students in Grade 4 had to decide on a question they wanted to inquire into and by using the Data Handling process work through systematically and creatively to show the process of their thinking. The students worked in peers and had the opportunity to give and receive feedback too. Part 3 of the Inquiry will continue this Friday.