4D’s Exciting Week


In Maths we are learning about multiplication and division. We learnt how to use different strategies to help us solve fact families and large number algorithms. In multiplication we can use the grid method which decomposes (breaks apart) numbers in an array format to make it easier for us to solve. We can also use the algorithm method which we have been practising with 2 x 1 digit problems and 2 x 2 digit problems. Division is linked to multiplication and you can use multiplication to find the answer to division problems.

Storm Boy

This term our novel is ‘Storm Boy’. We have been discovering what some tricky words mean in this book. We have been using context clues from the text to predict what the meaning is. Some of the words we have found out about include tussocky, humpy and Murray mouth.

Spelling Investigations

In writing, we have been thinking about the way words change when they are in the past, present or future. In sentences it is the verb that tells us when it is happening. We found some generalisations about the endings of verbs:

  • Most present tense verbs use ‘ing’
  • Most future tense verbs use the base word (no ending)
  • Most future tense verbs have “will” linked to the verb

Today we also investigated what happens when we add ‘ing’ to a word. We learnt that for words that have a short vowel and one letter at the end, you double the last letter and add ‘ing’. For words that end in ‘e’, you take away the ‘e’ and add ‘ing’. For other words we just add ‘ing’.

Transition focus

Our school is focussing on transitions between outside play and going back into the classroom. After lunch and snack, if we show the behaviour that is expected from our School Wide Positive Behaviour framework and a teacher “catches you”, we receive a token. These tokens are for House Points. Year 4 is also keeping track of our tokens and we are working towards a game break for 100 tokens.

Some of the behaviours we are practising include:

  • Lining up calmly at the end of break
  • Entering the classroom calmly
  • Being at the classroom on time at the end of break
Mapping in CBL

This week we have been learning where the different states in Australia are and where some famous landmarks are located. We had to use Safari and Google Maps to find these locations.

Cultural Practices – similar and different

We have learnt that everyone has different cultures that they are a part of. We discussed what practices we took part in and found some people have the same and some people have different. We learnt that culture is not just religion. Culture relates to a group of people who take part in the same activity or thing. You might be part of a school culture, family culture, sport culture, country culture, work culture, etc.

What culture are you a part of? Please let us know in the comments below.

~ 4D

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