Grade 4 Month 2 The Wonder of Norse Mythology
The Norse Gods are mortal. They each represent one of the human character traits. With a mix of humour, honour and mischief these myths bring to life for us the wonder of the human spectrum of experience and emotion. These myths form the basis for a language arts learning block.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connections: You will introduce your child to the magic of Norse Myths. They will work with proofreading a dictation and reviewing nouns and adjectives.
Concept 2: Exploring stories and other texts help us understand ourselves and make connections to others and the world.
Connections: Your child will be working on making connections between other creation stories they have heard from different cultures. Your child will look at runes, learn to write them and possibly make their own set. Your child will work with the rules for apostrophe use with plural nouns. They will learn to write a dictation. Your child will work with making connections between the story of Loki and their own personal experience, as well as their own behaviour. Your child will work with literary elements: theme, character, setting, plot, conflict, and purpose, concerning the story, Sif's Golden Hair, through discussion, drama and writing. They will write a self-assessment to reflect on their skills, abilities and hopes for growth.
Concept 3: Using language in creative and playful ways helps us understand how language works.
Connections: You and your child will look more specifically at past, present and future tense in language, learn about root words, prefixes, and suffixes and proper spelling rules concerning them. Your child will play with verbs and adverbs and understand the use of the apostrophe. They will have a dictation using prepositions; they will work with commas and work on the writing process of proofreading. Your child will recall the previous day's story with drama and attention to the literary elements and write a concrete poem. Your child will work with oral language features and practice reciting and reading aloud to build confidence and develop a good speaking voice to bring interest to their audience.
Social Studies: Curriculum Competency: Construct arguments defending the significance of individuals/groups, places, events, or developments.
Connections: The Norse Myths provide a diverse group of behaviours and challenges that can create wonderful discussion built upon arguments and defence of a specific action.
Science: Concept: Earth and the moon's motions cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems.
Connections: Your child will observe the weather pattern each morning, noting the seasonal changes and how the plants and flowers outside are responding.
Math: Concepts: Regular changes in patterns can be identified and represented using tools and tables. Development of computational fluency and multiplicative thinking requires analysis of patterns and relations in multiplication and division.
Connections: Your child will review previously learned math concepts in their workbook and through math activities.