Today we joined together with partners from Mrs. McElhinney’s class to investigate the changes in a countries population based on it’s birth rate, death rate and the number of immigrants or migrants from that specific country. Students found that some countries populations were increasing due to the rate of birth being greater than the number of deaths and an increase in the number of migrants moving there. However there were some countries whose population was not following this trend as it had more deaths than births and the number of migrants from there, or immigrants to there was not increasing that countries population. Here is a link to the website the students were using
Hi, I showed the following Migration Video to the class today and it really got them thinking about the Push & Pull factors involved in migration. It is only 7 1/2 minutes long and is quite interesting. Perhaps if you have the time you could take a look at it and help your child understand the reasoning behind migration as well as discuss the reason(s) you may / may not have migrated to somewhere. We are continuing with our discussion and work on this unit until the end of December so the more they know and understand will certainly assist their greater understanding of the concept and its causes.
As we get the year rolling we have been working on story writing so I decided to ask the class “What do good writers do”? After a brief discussion I split the class into groups and here is what they came up with.
The dispositions we use at ISM are our school wide Student Goals. The are as follows:
1) Effective Communicators:who can interact through a range of modes of communication and for a variety of purposes.
2) Knowledgeable and Skilled Learners:who continually acquire useful knowledge and skills while developing understanding(s) across a broad and balanced range of contexts.
3) Self-directed and Balanced Individuals:who strive to achieve their personal best and understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance.
4) Inquiring and Reflective Problem Solvers: who can think critically and creatively to make informed decisions and then take appropriate action.
5)Responsible, Caring and Ethical Contributors:who can empathize and be tolerant of difference and are committed to make a positive impact on their communities and environment.
These concepts, although straightforward are difficult to understand for most Grade 4 students. They can understand the basis and underlying premise of them all but to further their understanding and to help others apply their meanings to all we do here at ISM, we took some time to “unpack” them and put them into our own words.
Since we have been studying different forms of procedural writing we thought it would be a great idea to follow some instructions telling us how to make chocolate chip cookies. We went down to the Science Lab and split into small groups where we all had to follow the recipe and mix up all the ingredients. Afterwards we baked them up and enjoyed our early morning snack – learning is GREAT fun at ISM!
Small groups of students went searching around ISM to see if they could find examples of arrays and take pictures of them with the iPads. Arrays are grid patterns – they can also be used to solve multiplication problems. Here is what they found.