BISS Grade 4

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Big Green World

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 in Finite Resources

Big Green World

This is our final post for the year! Thank you to all our parents, friends and teachers who have followed us from around the world. It has been a wonderful year in Grade 4 and we are very proud of our learning. To finish the year, we’d like to share our very own music video, “Big Green World”. (Read more about our environmental project in this previous post) While preparing this environmental message, we learned a lot about persuasive language, filming techniques and digital...

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Water Matters

Posted on May 29, 2013 in Finite Resources

Water Matters

Over the last few weeks, Grade 4 has been investigating water. We have discovered that fresh water is a precious resource. We also learned that it is often polluted. Agriculture, sewage, industry and detergents can make water unsafe to drink. Many people around the world do not have clean water. In China, over 100 million people are drinking unsafe water every day. This causes diseases. Today, special guests from  RISE  Tsinghua University visited to teach us how to keep water safe and make it...

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Grade 4 Goes Green!

Posted on May 23, 2013 in Finite Resources

Grade 4 Goes Green!

We have discovered a big problem! We are using resources faster than we can replace them!  To understand the issue better, we watched videos about fossil fuels, energy consumption, pollution and greener solutions. Then we began to collect our own data. We audited energy use in our homes and at BISS, and oh dear, what a shock! We are wasting resources every day! We found lights on in unoccupied classrooms, air-conditioners set below 18 degrees, electrical devices drawing power when not in use...

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Favorite Field Trips of 2013-2014

Posted on May 14, 2013 in General

Favorite Field Trips of 2013-2014

What a busy year it has been in Grade 4! Did you know that some of our best learning experiences didn’t even happen in the classroom? Beijing is a wonderful city for museums, parks and experts. If you have been following our blog, you have seen some of these photos and comments before. As we reach the final month of Grade 4, here’s a quick recap of some of our happiest learning moments!     What was your favorite field trip? Why? How do field experiences help you...

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The Power of Persuasion

Posted on May 8, 2013 in English

The Power of Persuasion

This week, we are learning about persuasive language. This is a powerful form of writing which can cause people to change their minds or take action. We have been practicing persuasive techniques such as repetition, rhetorical questions, exaggeration, inclusive phrases and emotive words. We are learning to balance this language with factual evidence. We always try to give a point, reason, evidence or examples, then re-state our point (PREP). Together, we wrote this memo to Ms O’Dwyer. We...

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Marshmallow Maths

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Maths

Marshmallow Maths

Have you ever used marshmallows in your maths class? Today, Grade 4 had a sweet morning! We made 3D shapes with marshmallows! We used toothpicks to represent the edges and the marshmallows to represent the vertices. Ms.O’Dwyer gave us clues and we had to work out which object to make. Then we had to record its name, as well as how many faces, edges and vertices that shape had. Sometimes it was difficult to work out whether to build a prism or a pyramid. The hardest shape was the one with...

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