Welcome to Grade 4

Welcome to the International School of Tanganyika’s  Grade 4 information site. Here you will find what’s happening, student activities and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts. Asante!

Grade 4 – Decimals in the library

This week, Grade 4 students had one of their annual library sessions on finding books on the shelves.  They hunted for the books with the toughest call numbers to track down — nonfiction books.

To ease into it, we practiced ordering decimals.

Students explained how to put these numbers in a sequence from smallest to largest, using the language of place value for the decimals – tenths and hundredths.
They explained that we had to imagine a zero in the hundredth place to know where to put 333.7.
Students got their own cards to put in order. They had to notice the digits in the hundreds and the hundredths places to succeed.
We practiced with call numbers with decimals and three letters from the author’s last name.
Students then hunted the shelves for nonfiction books to match their cards.
They found them!
They found them!
They finished with talking to each other about what helped their hunt the most.
They finished with talking to each other about what most helped their hunt.

Students talked about finding a shelf that matched the hundreds digits on their card, then hunting the tens digit, etc.  They also said they used the call numbers to get to the general area, and then looked at titles.  They used the picture signs in the nonfiction section, and tried again if they got lost.

Ms. Karen congratulated them on finding the books with the toughest call numbers in the library!


Africa Live – Music Concert, Friday March 11

Keep your eyes open for the Friday March 11 Africa Live concert posters as they go up around the school in the next few days. This concert will feature music from Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe. All of kindergarten, grade two and grade four students will be performing with their grade groups followed by a mass choral piece accompanied by Mr. Breese. We look forward to seeing you there. – Music Department

Africa Live PDF

Family Dinner Project

Since we came back, after the holidays, 4IM have been completing homework from a website called “The Family Dinner Project.” The Family Dinner Project is a nonprofit organization currently operating from the offices of Project Zero at Harvard University.

They say “Over the past 15 years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: Sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family meals with the kinds of behaviours that parents want for their children: higher grade-point averages, resilience and self-esteem.”

Another article says “Harvard Graduate School of Education professor, Catherine Snow – one of the world’s leading experts on language and literacy has conducted research which shows that talking with children leads to a larger vocabulary, and that leveraging this broader vocabulary through further discussion and storytelling leads to improved literacy outcomes.” This basically means that you can get better at reading, and writing, by having more conversations with your parents. Easy. Right?

“A 2006 paper by Snow and Diane Beals found that children between the ages of three and five heard about 140 rare words when caregivers read aloud to them from picture books. At the dinner table, they heard about a thousand rare words.”

“Kids who have bigger vocabularies learn to read more easily and earlier, because they can decipher the meaning of more words when they’re reading.”

For the homework, students have a question that they have to ask at the dinner table. The questions they’ve used so far are:

“What was the best vacation you ever had? Or the best you can imagine?”

“Who or what exemplifies the meaning of “love” to you?”

“Choose a situation from a book or a movie that you would like to find yourself in, such as visiting Narnia, playing Quidditch at Hogwarts or ___.  Explain why you chose what you did.”

“what would you like to get better at this year and why?”

There are lots more conversation starters here so why not give it a try.


Pyjama Day

Student Action Council Event – a message from the Student Action Council

Hi, we are Student Action Council (SAC). We are a student institution in IST who take action to what is happening around IST. Right now we have decided to have a Pyjama Day on Friday 29th January. This will also be mentioned to students at the Grade 5 assembly on the 22nd January. Please encourage your child to come in their pyjamas. If they would like they can bring an extra set of clothes to change into later. Thank you.