Lilly has shared some websites she thinks will really help us with our research for this unit. Click on the images to find out more.
Date - Friday 20th May
Location - Covered Court
Theme - Ancient civilizations have left an impact on the modern world.
Over the past couple of days we have begun thinking about our Grade 4 assembly. At the moment, we have a basic outline and you have been discussing with Mr Isaac's class what you might be interested in working on. Over the next week, we will get organised into smaller groups and begin planning the different components of our assembly.
I'm posting this simply because it links to two of our units of inquiry. In "How we express ourselves" we inquired into the way people communicate and reflect on thoughts and emotions through art. In "Sharing the Planet" we inquired into the use of energy resources and environmental sustainability.
This artist, Anthony Howe, creates what he calls "Kinetic Sculptures." He harnesses wind energy to make his art pieces come to life in a quite spectacular way. Explore his website, check out the videos and enjoy!
After watching the video, I would like you to comment on the blog (with a partner), brainstorm a list of at least 12 questions about ancient civilizations. You might want to use these question-starts to help you think of interesting questions:
How would it be different if...?
What are the reasons...?
What if we knew...?
What is the purpose of...?
What would change if...?
Review the brainstormed list and star the questions that seem most interesting.
Homework for this week is to make sure that the following are completed. You may think you can finish them in class, or you may decide to do some of them at home. I don't mind as long as everything is completed by Friday.
1. Symmetry Presentation
2. Comment on the moon photograph (in mathematics)
3. Comment on the UOI "History of the World" videos
4. Complete the first draft of your story
These are all due by Friday.
You have been working hard on the first drafts of your stories this week. We've looked at the ingredients that go towards making a great story and we've also talked a lot about the way you've matured as writers and how you are beginning to think more about your audience, painting vivid pictures in their heads and not presuming they know the background to your characters. We watched the presentation by David Almond and I also wanted to share this with you. Sienna, who was in my class last year, has just had her first book published. If you have a kindle you can buy it on amazon (click on the image below to find out more). It's a terrific example of someone writing with a real sense of audience and I hope it inspires you with your stories.
To help us understand how the world has changed over the time we also had a look at these videos. What do you wonder? What makes you think that?
In our unit of inquiry we are looking at the way ancient civilisations have impacted on the modern world. To help us reflect on how historians use evidence to create inferences, we took part in our own archaeological dig. This was to help us understand