Student-led Sign Language

Emily & Erin pave the way for ASL in 4J! This week we were lucky to have a special presentation by Emily & Erin on ASL (American Sign Language). Since our current Unit of Inquiry How We Express Ourselves focuses on communication and targeting specific audiences, these 2 students took action to share their learning…

4J Practice Blog Post ~ What, Who & Why the Message?

This Coca-cola ad was very popular during the 1990s (when I was around 9-10 years old). I remember thinking the bears were really cute and always liking the ‘Kchshhhh’ sound of the bottle opening. At the time, I never really thought about what the company Coca-cola was intending but now I understand that they were…

Math by All Means : Going further with the 100s chart

Mathematical Thinking & Teaching Inspired by Marilyn Burns Re-Building 100s Chart In preparation for 2-3 digit addition/subtraction operations, it became evident early in the first week of school that grade 4s needed a major refresher of 0-100 numbers. The 1000s project completed in week 2 gave way for investigations into number patterns and number bonds…

Collaborating with Grade 8s ~ PYP Math meets MYP DT

Planning for the Grade 8s In the first week of school, Mr. Brian invited our grade fours to be clients for his Grade 8 DT project: Kite Building. We were thrilled to have an opportunity to collaborate with Grade 8s! Last week students had a chance to design their ‘dream kite’! For homework, students explored…

1000s Project Final Reflections

Student Reflections & Sharing This week students finished their 1000s project and presented their findings with the class.Everyone completed a rubric & a group reflection(see below) on their project that explained the thinking behind their maths and also the challenges they faced throughout. Students then gave their first presentation to the class, and had classes…

Inquiring, Deconstructing & Reconstructing 1000

Day 3 of school, day 2 of 1000s Project… [Continued from previous post] Today students brought in what materials they were able to collect for their 1000s project. Most remembered and one group actually went over 1000 when they counted out their flowers and leaves! ¬†ORGANIZING their MATERIALS 1) Students had the opportunity to meet…