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4th Grade Celebrates Their Moms

In 4th grade we are currently focusing on the IB Transdisciplinary Theme of: How We Express Ourselves.  During this unit, the 4th grade class wrote a persuasive biography about one of the most important people in their lives: their MOMS. 

In order to learn more about their subject, all 4th graders interviewed their mothers; asking questions about their life from childhood to the present day. The class then used this information to write a five paragraph essay which was shared at our Mother’s Day celebration.  During this celebration the class not only shared their essays, but they also expressed their feelings through song, food and movement. 

In addition to this writing project, the 4th graders have been learning about how early Native American tribes of Oregon expressed their beliefs through dress, language, music, shelter, food, hunting techniques, spirituality and story telling.  

This project is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. 

Thinking and communicating were the two main Approaches to Learning we focused on during this project/event.  The class first had to think about their mother’s life when writing their essays and then communicate the information they discovered in a cohesive essay.  Additionally,  the 4th graders had to practice the best ways to communicate all aspects of this project to their moms during our Mother’s Day celebration.

The fourth grade class loved discussing and sharing with each other what their mothers were like as children, what pets they had and especially how their mom and dad met.  They also loved performing in front of their moms; singing and dancing to a reworked version of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock you’….Singing-We do, We do, Love you, Mom, Love you, Mom 

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