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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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A Day in Wu Lu Ju Chinese School

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in Communities

A Day in Wu Lu Ju Chinese School

Last Friday, we visited Wu Lu Ju Middle School to compare the similarities and differences between our neighbourhood Chinese school and BISS International School. We walked through the park to Wu Lu Ju and it only took about 7 minutes. When we reached the school, we went to look at their basketball court and running track. We noticed that their running track was much bigger than ours. Then the principal came to give us a tour. We walked throughout the building and looked at their hallways. The...

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My Awesome Sports Day

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in English, General

My Awesome Sports Day

Yesterday, the Elementary School had our Sports Day. At 1pm, Students from the BISS, BSB and the REGO Lions were all warming up excitedly on the track. The first event was 100m dash. Everyone was getting nervous and finally the wistle blew. I sped around the corner and crossed the finish line. I was in two races and got 3rd place on the first run and 1st place on the second run! I was very very proud of myself. The next event was long jump. Every competitor got a warm-up jump. When I warmed...

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Can you make a square meter that’s not a square?

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Maths

Can you make a square meter that’s not a square?

Can you make a square meter that’s not a square? We did! Last week, we enjoyed an investigation into area and perimeter. We were challenged to make two shapes with the same area of exactly 1 square meter but different perimeters. All our shapes looked different: triangles, hexagons, octagons and even an icosagon (20-sided polygon)! In each case, when we changed the form of the shape, the perimeter increased. At the end of the task, we recorded our understanding in a mathematical...

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Grade 4 Goes Global

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 in Communities

Grade 4 Goes Global

As part of our Communities Unit, we have joined a community of 800 students from all over the world. We are connecting via Edmodo to make friends and teach each other about “A Week in Our Lives”. So far, we have submitted a class handshake, to let the other schools guess where we are located. We have also posted individual handshakes, using pizap photo editing, to introduce ourselves to our teams. Now we are chatting in Edmodo about our commonalities, our differences and our topic....

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Our Amazing Documentaries

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 in Natural Forces

Our Amazing Documentaries

About 3 weeks ago, we started inquiring into a natural disaster of our choice…and now we have completed our own science documentaries! It was a 5-step research journey to create the documentaries. The steps were: Choose one natural disaster that was interesting to us. Prepare a speech about the 4 big concepts (cause, impact, response and detection/prediction). To do this, we found sources of information, took notes and kept a reference list. Make a model or skit to demonstrate one...

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