Middle 3-4

 

GRADE 3/4 - Term 3 2017

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT UNIT OF INQUIRY

 

TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEME - How the World Works

 

 

Central Idea - All things go through a process of change



Key concepts - Form and Change

 

LP Attributes - Knowledgeable and Thinker

 

Attitudes - Curiosity and Enthusiasm 

 

 

Teacher questions:

 

  • (Form) How can we describe matter and its changes?
  • (Form) How does heat transfer?
  • (Change) Can matter be changed from one state to another and then back again?
  • (Change) How does heating and cooling cause changes in matter?



GRADE 3/4 - Term 2 2017

 

 

PREVIOUS UNIT OF INQUIRY

TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEME - WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME

Central Idea - Events of the past are connected with the present

 


Key concepts - Connection and Causation

LP Attributes - Inquirer and Thinker

Attitudes - Empathy and Tolerance


 

Teacher questions:

  

- What is exploration?

- Why did people explore?

- Do people still explore today?

- What significant historical explorations have taken place?

- How has exploration changed Australia and the world?

 


 

 

GRADE 3/4 - Term 1 2017

  

 

PREVIOUS UNIT OF INQUIRY: WHO WE ARE

 

Central Idea: Understanding Personal Identity Helps Us to Connect to Others

 

Students are exploring their world and connecting to the world of others through the investigation of their cultural heritage, name origins, collections of artefacts and the various spoken languages. Further explorations will be through finding their learning styles, creation of personal timelines, recording of significant events, favourite things and other personal information. Students will present this in a unique format to be unveiled at the ‘Celebration of Learning’ on Thursday March 30th 2017.

 

Students are learning to set their own personal goals in reading, writing and numeracy. Conferencing with teachers is a way for their goals to be reviewed and revised constantly.

 

LITERACY:

Literacy encompasses reading, writing and speaking and listening. Where possible, these areas are linked to the current unit of inquiry.

 

In Reading, students are making connections and reflecting on personal experiences through texts (paper and online). Through the key concepts of connection, students have explored stories from other cultures and made links to the world. They have also made links through text to text and text to self. Reading groups are differentiated, allowing students to work confidently at their level. Groups are fluid, changing with the needs of the students. It is expected that all students read for 20 minutes minimum, each night. They are able to access the school’s Library or classroom library to choose their take home book. For Independent reading, students are able to choose four books from the class library, which they frequently change. Reading groups use books aligned to the reading level of the students. Technology is utilised by ‘Reading Eggs’, ‘Kids News’ and researching for student wonderings.

 

In Writing, students are learning the power of persuasion through advertisements, letters and other formats. Their writing is based on a topic of their interest. Students are also given the opportunity every week to collect ideas in their Writer’s Ideas book and use these to write independently in Writer’s Workshop sessions. Students are refining their skills to self-edit, correct spelling, grammar and sense, before they conference with a teacher. Many students write directly on their ipads and share their work with the class teacher through Google classroom. Neat handwriting is a focus and an expectation in all student work.

 

Speaking and Listening is across all curriculum areas. Students are given the opportunity to present their work on a daily basis with their peers. Students are working co-operatively in whole and small groups, thus developing listening and speaking skills to become confident communicators.

 

NUMERACY: Numeracy encompasses number and non-number.

 

In Number, students are exploring numbers and place value to understand the significance of each digit and its value. They are able to name digits, construct and explain position and deconstruct numbers through extended notation.

 

In Non-number, students are collecting, recording, representing and analysing data. Data has been linked to the current inquiry, using country of origin and personal preferences. Students are learning to convert their data into tables using ipads or excel.


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