Saturday, December 22, 2018

Term Four Evaluation ~ Monkey


Reading ~
* You can see from my weekly reviews that we read LOTS of books, aloud and independent.
* A book list is included in Monkey's portfolio with a list of all books read each term.

Writing ~
We still use, and LOVE, our Institute for Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

In Term Four, Monkey wrote paragraphs on the following topics: Aboriginal Funeral Traditions, The Fox and the Crow, The Dog and His Shadow, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Shepherd, Aboriginal Songs and Dances, Aboriginal Hunting and Gathering, and The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.
I introduced the narrative unit and Monkey did very well with it.

Spelling ~ 
We continue with Ozspeller lists that I source online.
Monkey is working through the Year 4 lists.
He has an oral quiz Monday through Thursday and a written test on Friday.

Handwriting ~
Foundation Handwriting Yr 3
Monkey finished his handwriting book a couple of weeks before the end of the term.

Grammar ~
This year we are using Junior Analytical Grammar
Term Four we worked through units ten and eleven: helping verbs and compound situations


Maths Plus Yr 4 Textbook
Term Four units covered the following topics:
5-digit addition, Commutative property, Data investigation, Kilograms and grams, 5-digit addition, Division, Temperature, Most likely/least likely, Square numbers, Equivalent tenths and hundredths, Recording data, Calendars, Contracted multiplication, Ordering and rounding decimals, Nets and cross-sections, Decimal notation - length, Number patterns, Fraction and decimal patterns, Data investigation, The square metre, 5-digit subtraction, Associative property, Describing paths, Litres and millilitres, Adding and subtracting decimals, Contracted multiplication, Isometric drawing, Displacement experiments, Number relationships, Estimating and checking, Mapping-scale, Timelines
Diagnostic Review 4


Below is a list of the science related books we read:

"Marine Birds, Mammals and Reptiles" by Barry Silkstone
"13 and 1/2 Incredible Things" by DK
"The Sign of the Seahorse" by Graeme Base
"The Brain" Digital Magic
"Fact Cat: Food Chains" by Izzi Howell
"Heating and Cooling" Carol Ballard
"Earthquakes" by Sean Connolly
"Storms" by Sean Connolly
"Science-Year-By-Year" by DK
"Food Chains" by Theresa Greenaway
"Oceans and Seas" by Catherine Chambers
"Who Eats What?" by Patricia Lauber
"Earth's Cycles The Food Cycle" by Cheryl Jakab
"Sea Turtles on the Edge" by Woody Brambles
"Amazing Habitats: Oceans" 
"Life Cycles: Ocean"
"Ocean Animals" by Johnna Rizzo


Monkey began and in-depth and intense Australian history unit.
This should take us two years to complete.

We read the following books as part of the unit study:
"Meet Letty" by Alison Lloyd
"Indigenous Australian Cultures"
"Strangers in the Land" by Joseph Harding
"Australia's People" John and Jennifer Barwick
"1841 Do You Dare? The Bushrangers Boys" by Alison Lloyd
"The Startling Story of Lachlan Macquarie: Founding Father or Failure" by Michael Sedunary
"M is For Mutiny: History by Alphabet" by John Dickson
"Building the Snowy Scheme" by Robert Hillman
"Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge" by John Nicholson
"Gaolbird: The True Story of William Swallow Convict and Pirate" by Simon Barnard
"The First Fleet" by Kenneth Muir
"Great Explorers" by Guy
"Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony" by Stephanie Owen Reeder
"Letty and the Stranger's Lace" by Alison Lloyd
"Poo! A History of the World from the Bottom Up!" by Sarah Albee
"1836 Do You Dare? Fighting Bones" by Sofia Laguna
"Never Lose Hope: The Story of Australia's First School" by Mark Wilson
"Beth: The Story of a Child Convict" by Mark Wilson
"Australian Geographic History: Convicts of the First Fleet" by Margaret McPhee
"A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land" by Simon Barnard
"The ANZAC Violin" by Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton
"Dreaming Soldiers" by Catherine Bauer
"Australia's Bridges" by Alison Hideki
"Letty's Christmas" by Alison Lloyd
"Christmas Truce" by Aaron Shepard
"Tea and Sugar Christmas" by Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen
"Truce" by Jim Murphy


We read the following books as part of geography this term:
"Floods" by Sean Connolly
"Outback Australia: Life on a Cattle Station" by Michael & Jane Pelusey
"Outback Australia: Life on a Sheep Station" by Michael & Jane Pelusey
"Outback Australia: Life on a Plantation" by Michael & Jane Pelusey
"The Murray-Darling River System" by Jane Pearson
"Earthquakes" by Sean Connolly
"Australia's Landforms" by Bruce McClish
"How Animals and Plants Survive in Australia's Deserts" by Greg Pyers


Monkey spent LOTS of his free time during the term sketching and drawing.


We focused on healthy eating, moving our body, and some discussions about healthy management of our emotions, in particular grief.


Term Three Social Events:
Attended our annual family reunion
Attended the funeral and wake of their great-uncle
Attended the Homeschool Creative Arts End of Year Dance Concert
Attended the new library grand opening
Attended homeschool group when able
Homeschool group excursion to the Return and Earn Recycling Centre

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