We have been thinking about the writing process and how it works, so that we can follow the steps of the writing process. If we are unsure of what to do we can look at the flow charts we have created to help us. We created a flow chart from the order of the writing process and thought about what to do if we are stuck for ideas, unsure of planning and what to do when we are given feedback. Below are some examples of the writing process. Look at how much is involved in writing!
This morning we had an unexpected visitor near our classroom. It was a small insect and at first some of us thought it was a grasshopper. We were so curious about what the insect was so we decided to research about it. We worked in pairs, first looking at pictures of different insects to find one that had some similarities. We think it is some sort of praying mantis, but we are unsure about which type it is.
“We think it is a mantidae because it has dots and skinny legs. It also has a fat body and green eyes” Lucas, Udjith and Mohamad.
“We predict that the insect is a teenager praying mantis because baby ones are very small and adult ones are very big” Sirat and Melissa
“We think the insect could be a Octospilota Praying Mantis because its skin is a very light brown which means it could be a baby and the Octospilota insects are very big even if they are a baby” Abaan and Zain.
“I think it might be a stick insect” Gisele.
Some facts we learnt when researching are,
-Stick insects can look like a tree, bush or and twig of a branch
-Praying Mantis have 4 legs and are camouflage in colou
Can you please help us to find out what insect we have living near our classroom.
In 4E we have been getting to know everyone in our learning community and thinking about what we want our learning community to look like. We have explored what a learning area should look like, sound like and feel like so that we can design a classroom where we can learn to the best of our ability. We worked in groups to design our classroom and then used teamwork to put it all together, making our new learning community!
We have also been exploring the school values, which are teamwork, responsibility, respect and achievement and what these might involve in our learning community. Below are some photos of our amazing work and showing our great teamwork skills!
Today is safer internet day, which is all about how we can make the internet a more respectful place. We were involved in a virtual classroom where we learned about how we can be safe and respectful online. We also made pledges to make the online community a more respectful place. We got to talk to different classes around the world, which was pretty awesome!
Every Monday we have year 4 Sport the sport we are playing this term is kickball. Kickball is a team game where we play against other classes and the aim is to kick the ball and try to make a home run without getting out.
This term we have experimented with Baitk painting. This Art style is a traditional art form in many Asian countries and is used to decorate fabrics that are turned into clothes. Our paintings were inspired by nature and we used primary colours to mix secondary colours with fabric paint. Fabric paint is runny ahd hard to control so they were a real challenge to paint. The outlines of our work were painted with cold wax- (Batik is usually done with hot wax but our pictures have the same effect as ones made using hot wax). We think our effects are really beautiful, what do you think?
This term we have been looking at environmental issues in Art to come up with designs for our own environmentally friendly green bag. First we brainstormed environmental issues that we could use to inspire our designs. We then sketched our ideas on paper using pencils and came up with a message to put on our bags.
The designs were drawn onto the bags using special fabric markers and pastels so that they can’t wash out.
We think that there are many really great designs with very powerful environmental messages on them. Have they made you think about how you can help to fix an environmental issue? We hope that our bags will make people think more about the things in our lives that impact on our environments.
In 4A and 4E we had the opportunity to skype a scientist. Before we skyped the scientist we had to find information about her job. We knew that she was a marine spatial ecologist that focuses on Gray whales. This means that she observes the food Gray whales eat and their behaviours when they find their food. We had to research information about her job and facts about Gray whales so we could ask her questions about her job.
When we skyped the scientist named Florence, we recorded key questions and notes to helps us learn more information about Gray whales and how this relates to biodiversity.
We used the information that we learned from the marine ecologist to write a persuasive or a information report in a group. We are using this information to help us understand biodiversity better and to help us with are solutions later on.
In math’s we have also been looking at maps of the Melbourne zoo so we would be able to find our way around when we went to the zoo. We were first given the challenge of writing directions to move around the enclosures. We were then given an ozobot and had to try to get the ozobot to move around the map of the zoo. We learnt that different colours mean different things. For example red means stop or slow.
Our trip to the zoo
On the 26th of October all the grade 4’s went on an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. We first ate our lunch under the shade and listened to a story about two swans. Then we were given lanyards with a map of the zoo. We were given the task to visit our five local legends. Animal legends are endangered animals which people are trying to help.
We then were given time to walk around the zoo and see many different species and types of animals. One of the animals we learned about which was also a local legend was the Philippines crocodile. This crocodile is endangered because people were throwing dynamite in the water to catch fish.
While we were looking for our local legends we explored the other animals. Some of our favorites were; the Geckos, Snakes, Meer cats, Elephants, Giraffes and Platypus.
This term we have been learning about ‘Biodiversity’ and we have been exploring biomes. A biome is an area that is made of ecosystems, which includes animals and plants. There are 6 major biomes. These include; deserts, grasslands, forests, taiga, tundra and rain forest.
We have also been doing activities around the classroom about biodiversity and biomes. One of the activities was about food chains and words about biodiversity. The world activity involved a sheet with tons of words and some questions and the food-chain involved questions, books and QR codes to give us information about food chains. (Damla)
Here is a link to a video that helped us learn about biomes.