Grade 4: HTWW SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists

Grade 4: HTWW SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists
Serrin Smyth

An update of the new SOLO Taxonomy for current and year long units of inquiry and vocabulary lists to support your child at home. 

Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists for Grades 4. It is important to note that in alignment with the Enhanced PYP, students may develop the SOLO taxonomy by co-constructing this with their teachers. This is to provide students with agency - choice, voice and ownership throughout the process of their learning. Therefore the SOLO co-constructed by students may look slightly different this one. This learning progression and vocabulary list is developed so you can support your daughter's learning at home. These can also be found as a hard copy near the Cafeteria Display. Please feel free to come and take one. 

How can I use the SOLO at home?

You will now see a row underneath the possible assessment criteria titled 'Possible questions to discuss'. These are teacher guided questions that help to direct the unit of inquiry. You may wish to use these questions to begin a conversation with your chid about their unit of inquiry at home. 

How can I use the Vocabulary Lists at home?

The Vocabulary Lists are a guide for the possible vocabulary that may be explored throughout the unit of inquiry. It is encouraged that you explain and explore the words within this list with your child in their mother tongue. Perhaps you may talk about the concept of some of the words in English and also in your home language in order to deepen their understanding of them. 

GRADE 4

Grade 4 have recently begun their unit of inquiry How the world works - Weather Systems. They are exploring the central idea Understanding climate and weather patterns informs decision makingThis involves investigating and exploring the relationship between weather and climate, measuring and predicting weather and the impact of and response to extreme weather events.

HTWW - Weather Systems: SOLO Taxonomy

HTWW - Weather Systems: Vocabulary List

If you have any experience or expertise with the content of these units of inquiry, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our PYP Coordinator (ssmyth@seisen.com) or your daughter's homeroom teacher. 

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