We began exploring our Social Studies topic of wonders of the world. We watched videos and learnt how to take notes about interesting facts. We filled the board with all of the facts we collected. Finally, we used these facts to write our own persuasive paragraphs about which wonder was our favourite and why.
We tried our hand at some construction tasks this week. While looking at Ancient Wonders of the World Grade 2 and 3 discussed how they were able to lift heavy loads without the electricity and machines we have today. We then attempted to create our own crane after looking at some pictures. We had mixed success but enjoyed the process and look forward to trying again. Grade 4 and 5 specifically looked at the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and how they moved water as it was located in the desert. We experimented and created our own chain pumps to move water, which is what they would have used back then. Most of them worked.
Grade 4 have been working hard at learning about maps. We looked at the history of mapping and the changes throughout time. Then we looked at the different types of maps and sorted out examples creating a booklet. Finally we followed instructions to create our own maps. See our finished results below.
Grade 5 have been learning about culture – what it is and the elements included in it. They have been asking interesting questions throughout the unit and each session they see if they can form an answer for one of the questions on the wall.
In mapping, grade four (4) has been looking at the different types of maps for example we have looked at the political map, the physical map and climate map and more. Are there more different types of maps?
In social studies we have been learning about culture and what is in culture and the traditions, family, religion, the six elements of culture. We did a presentation and wrote some question about culture, like what is culture, what is culture for, and why does culture need to be a society of people, and we did positives and negatives about cultural diversity.
Grade 4 has been working on branches of government in the USA in social studies. We learned there are three types, the Legislative, Executive, Judicial. The legislative branch is mostly made of representatives from each state. The Executive is made up of the president and the vice president. The judicial is made up of nine judges who are responsible for constitution problems. This is only some of what I’ve learned from my amazing teacher, Mrs. Stacy in Social Studies.
This week in science we learnt about why do stars change at night and the reason why is because if you were to measure how much the sky shifted from one day to the next you would discover that it shifts approximately one degree per day.
Grade 4 has been working on US government. The US government is broken up into the legislative, executive and judicial. The legislative makes laws and the congress house of reps senate. The Executive is the president, vis president, and the directs national defence. They carry out the law.
Grade 4 is working on different types of governments. I enjoyed this work because we watched a video on it then we had to pull out the main points and write them in the correct government.