English Language Art Centres

We do English Language Centres to practice important skills. We do the centres in small groups.

It was really cool we do lots of different things. For example: super sentences, verb charades and guided reading.

Super sentences:

Super sentences is an activity that chose a sentence and we need to make it a SUPER SENTENCE.

for example,

My dog ran away.

My dog ran really really fast, I can not find him, he ran away.

Verb Charades

Verb charades is like mime. One person starts by getting a card with a verb on it and acting it out SILENTLY!!! The other players guess the verb.

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Acting out verbs can make you look a little silly!

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Guided Reading:

Guided reading is when you read the same book with a small group. Mrs. Siqueira assess our ability to read and reading comprehension.

Guided reading is important for us to practice new skills, work as a team and learn new words!!

Guided reading is important for us to practice new skills, work as a team and learn new words!!

These were our ELA Centres this week.

Do you have ELA centres in your school?

 

Science- Water Cycle

This unit we are learning about weather in other countries.

This week we did a cool experiment making clouds!

We are doing work about the water life cycle. The cycle is evaporation, condensation,, rain, water vapour and water travels to the ocean and all over AGAIN!!

On Friday, we learnt about types of clouds. There are three types cirrus, stratus and cumulus. Cumulus  clouds are round and fluffy. Cirrus clouds are spread out. Stratus clouds are layered.

We made examples of the types of clouds.

What is your favourite type of cloud? WHY?
  • Henrique, Ana Clara and Beatriz

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s day was very fun!! We played a very cool game. Everyone was wearing GREEN!! Mrs. Siqueira lived in Ireland for one year and she showed us some of her photos for the game. The game was like this: there are two teams. Team one and team two. First, Mrs. Siqueira put one photo on the SMART board and one person from each team had to write adjectives about the picture. We lost a point of we wrote a non-adjective word. If both teams wrote the same word no one got a point. The team that had the most points won!! 

Have you even played this game before? How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s day?

-Naiara, Helena and João Pedro

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Picture Day

Picture day was fun, on picture day we did a lot of things. The photographers took pictures of all the students it was exciting!! Almost all the girls wore make-up. We asked many times to go to the bathroom to put more on. One by one we went to the room to take our picture. There was a big camera for pictures, we hope the pictures turn out awesome!! After we took a big picture with all our students, a class photo!

Have you ever had picture day? Did you even have a bad photo from picture day?
  • Maria Luisa, Thiago and Bruna

Science

In science class we are working on atmosphere, air pressure and on a project called On the Same Day in March.

On the Same Day in March:

For this project we need to measure the temperature here (Rio, de Janeiro, Brazil) and record it in a shared google doc with other classes in different places in the world.

Atmosphere:

Atmosphere is the air around the earth and because of that we survive. The atmosphere has four layers and all together they are 500KM above earth.

Air pressure:

Air pressure is the force with which air pushes against the earth surface.

EXTRA: if we didn’t have air pressure we would explode. why??

If you don’t know the answer, here it is. Inside of us has air that pushes us in all directions at the same time and thank goodness we have air outside of us that pushes back and because of that we won’t explode. If we didn’t have air or our atmosphere we would explode.

  • Ana Beatriz, Mariana and Julienne

 

ELA Centres

ELA centres are activities in small groups that we rotate through. During ELA Centres we did an activity called super sentence. To make super sentence we start with a normal sentence and we transform it into a super humorous sentence. Another activity that we played was Top Ten. For Top Ten we write the top ten things we like or love or hate on any topic. Another activity we did was Making Words. Making words was very cool but was very difficult. We cut letters out and had to make words with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 letters. The last station for ELA centre was Verb Charades. Verb charades was awesome! We picked a card with a verb and we needed to act it out without any sounds.

ELA centres is soo fun our brains explode!

Bye,

  • Beatriz, Henrique and Ana Clara
What are your favourite games to learn English?

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Math Games

Math games are games based on math skills we are learning. Every Friday we play math games. Math games help us practice important skills to get smarter.  This week we played ‘make the biggest number’ with cards. To play the game we used a place value chart and 9 playing cards from 1-9. We shuffled the card and placed them upside down. The first player picks a card and places it on the place value chart. The higher numbers should go in the thousands, then hundreds. The lower cards should go in the ones place value.

We enjoyed this game a lot! It helps us for assessments and work.

  • Helena, João Pedro and Naiara
Have you ever played this math game before? Do you have a favourite math game?

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Our First Pen Pal Letters

About two weeks ago we received out pen pal letter and we were so EXCITED! Our letters came all the way from Surrey, BC, CANADA! Our class was crazy!! We wanted to read our letter in that exact moment. We did activities together to brainstorm what to write about us, our school and questions to ask. In class we did drafts in our English notebooks to write everything correctly. Our pen pals are ages 10, 11 and 12 years old. Their names are very different for us, we think they feel the same about our names.

– Maria Luísa, Bruna and Thiago

Do you have a pen pal?

Pair ‘Book Reports’

English language arts is getting exciting! As we work on developing independence and ownership of our learning we were introduced to our new project, BOOK REPORTS! Mrs. Siqueira ensures us that it is not old-school book reports. It is a monthly opportunity for us to share what we are reading at home. With so many options for ‘book reports’ we practices today in pairs to prepare us for April. Each pair was given a picture book to practice with. First we read the whole book and talked with our partner about it. Once we knew the story we chose from a big list which ‘book report’ we wanted to work on.

We made a few different options from the list like a new book jacket, character illustration, map of key locations and even a character wanted poster. Starting April we are going to get to try at home as part of our home reading program.

What is you favourite part of a book? Have a ‘book report’ idea to share it?

Want to know more about our book reports options, go here.

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Year 4 Vision Video!!

In the first week of school with all the newness surrounding us, with all the excitement that is back-to-school we took some time to look past the moment and imagine the whole year. As we thought about what we wanted this year our vision video came to be. After democratically choosing an inspiring song for our video we got to work in creating our posters. We each made two poster to inspire the year.

Here is the final product. Can you imagine if each day we focused on theses ideas! The year would be AWESOME!!

How can you help us stay focused on our best year ever?