4KD Class Blog

End of the Year in 4KD

Well, it’s come to that time of the year again where we’re reflecting on the past 10 months and clearing out classrooms! It’s amazing how time flies!

Today 4th grade had a lovely visit with some elders from the community. It was a great experience for the students to find out what life was like growing up in China in the past.

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Next week is a short week but there are many events taking place.

On Monday we have the Grade 3-5 Field Day from 12:00-2:15.

Field Day involves lots of fun water-based activities on the field. Students should come prepared to get wet! Students should bring a towel and a change of clothes for the end of the day.

On Tuesday we have the final all elementary school assembly from 9:30-10:30 in the PAC. This will be the entire Elementary School in the PAC, so parent seating will be very limited.

On Tuesday we also have our Grade 4 class party at lunch time from 11:50 – 1:00. Students will eat lunch in the grade 3/4 project area and then have time to play outside.

Wednesday, June 8th is the last day of school! Students will be dismissed at 11:30.

Lunch will not be served at school.

It has been a wonderful year with a great class and I’ve been very thankful for all the parent support. I look forward to seeing you all next year in the fifth grade hallway! Enjoy the last week!

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4 KD New Units

We have finished our Structure and Function science unit and are now moving into Energy. In math we have just finished Geometry and are beginning a short unit on Fractions. Below please find some information about how and what we are teaching in this math unit.


Last week we hosted students from the Xuanqiao Migrant School for two days. Our students worked hard to make this a fun experience for our visitors!

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4KD Field Trip and Soccer Day

First I just want to say thank you for all your kind words and gifts as a part of teacher appreciation week. I do feel very appreciated!


We have our trip to the aquarium tomorrow!

Students should bring lunch and a water bottle. They should also wear their class shirts if possible. We have 3 parents who have volunteered to come along but we still have room for one or two more! Just let me know before 8am if you’d like to join us.

Soccer Day is on Thursday and at this point the game schedule for our class (SASPX4) is as follows:

10:00 – 10:20, 10:50 – 11:10, 11:40 – 12:00, 12:05 – 12:25

Come out and cheer us on if you have the time – it’s supposed to be a beautiful day!

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4KD Update

This week is short but busy!

Students are participating in China Alive this week during the language block with Chinese cultural events planned by the Chinese department. Each day is a new activity that helps to celebrate the culture of our host country.

In Science this week, as a part of our unit about structure and function in plants and animals, we had a visit from an eye doctor to talk with students about the structure and function of the human eye. We also continue to observe and learn about the plants and animals in our class and outside in the school environment.

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In math we have been using protractors to measure angles and are also using what we know about connected or neighboring angles and the degrees in a circle to find the measurement of angles. We will also be looking at lines of symmetry and rotational symmetry.

We continue delving into mystery novels as we work on reading and discussing stories in our book groups. Aside from enjoying a good mystery, students are also working on how to prepare for and effectively discuss books in a group. In writing we continue with our opinion essay writing as we move from gathering ideas to flushing out our supporting evidence.

Next week we have a field trip to the aquarium planned on Tuesday, May 10 and Soccer Day on Thursday, May 12. If you are interested in coming along to the aquarium please let me know on the field trip form.


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Soccer Day May 12



Please take note of the Soccer Day information in the letter below.

Parent Information Letter soccer

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Track and Field Day

Tomorrow, April 27, is the Grade 4 Track and Field Day. If the weather does not cooperate it’s possible that the Track and Field Day will be changed to Thursday. This decision will be made tomorrow morning at 8:15 so please send your children prepared even if it looks like rain.

Students need to bring/wear:

  • lunch
  • water bottle
  • class T-shirt
  • sunscreen and hat if the forecast is for sun

We love to have parents watching but we do not have room for parents on the bus so you would need to find your own way to Pudong campus. If the weather looks questionable I would suggest that you confirm with the school that the event is still on before making the drive out there. Calling the office would probably be the best option.

Here’s hoping the forecasts are wrong and we have a beautiful day!

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4KD Update

Relay for Life

The Relay for Life is on Friday! Students have been preparing luminary bags and will be spending some time on Friday supporting the event by running or walking laps. If you would like to make a donation to cancer research please fill in the form that was sent home and send it in with your child tomorrow or Friday. There will be lemonade and cookies for sale on the day of the relay for 5 – 10 Yuan each. All money will be donated to cancer research.

Classroom Work

In science we are studying about structure and function in living things. In the class we have various creatures to observe from tadpoles to fish to crayfish. We have also been looking at seeds and plants and their various structures.

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Math has us  learning about geometry – lines, rays and angles. In reading we are learning about mysteries and will be starting mystery book clubs next week. Writing is focused on opinion/persuasive writing – learning to write a thesis and giving supporting evidence in a five paragraph essay.

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Math Information

Please see the newsletters below for information about our current and upcoming math units.

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4KD This Week

Well it’s been a short but very productive week!

Students spent much of their time finishing up the Ancient Civilizations projects – building, painting, problem solving and adding finishing touches. They also continued to work on their non-fiction writing about their civilization and worked on putting that information into an ibook. We are now finishing up non-fiction writing and will be moving onto opinion writing.

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In Math we continued to work on multiples and factors as well as review all the things we have been learning about in Module 3 in preparation for an assessment next week.  On next Math unit will focus on Geometry.

Thanks to all parents who were able to make it in for the Student Led Conferences. It was great to see how the students were able to explain their learning and show parents the work they have been doing this year!

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What’s Going On In 4KD

Last week several members of our class were involved in the fantastic production of Aladdin! Many weeks of practice paid off and the cast and crew put on a wonderful show!






Currently we are working on non-fiction/informational texts in reading and writing. Students have been learning about how to interpret non-fiction text features in the books they read and how to write informational texts. We are combining our current Social Studies unit about Ancient Civilizations with the reading and writing units so students are researching and writing about Ancient China as well as other civilizations. This week we will also be going to the Shanghai Museum to support our learning about ancient cultures. In math we have been working on division strategies and are now heading into work with multiples and factors.


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