Week 23

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: Students will use personal strategies to solve multiplication facts up to 9x9 (Powell and Dunning). Students will use personal strategies to describe area and perimeter (Lisa and Echo). 

 “We learned a new math game using dice and making arrays.” “We had to do a check-in for Mrs. Powell (it’s in my math homework duotang).” “In Ms. Lisa’s math group, we had to complete exit slips at the end of class.” “We’re doing area and perimeter with match sticks with Ms. Lisa.” “We did this impossible math word problem that we still haven't solved yet!” “With Mr. Dunning we practiced our multiplication with dice games and little square tiles. We also worked on breaking apart strategies” 

Literacy

Students will identify main characters, main ideas, sequence of events, make connections and express their own ideas about texts read aloud in class. 

“We started our book report cereal boxes with Mrs. Powell.” “We did a new reader response for “That’s What Friends Do” and we learned about the Famous Five and Nellie McClung.” “In our reading group, we’re reading about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we’re creating graphic organizers in our visual journals.” “We did a Socratic circle.” 

Other: “We got the second “Our Alberta” book for Social Studies.” “Mr. Dunning made a pulley and we lifted a heavy log and a student!” “We took a bike from the basement and looked at it. We get to tear it apart!” “We have library on Fridays now.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Please sign and return all field trip forms. 

Sign up online for parent-teacher interviews with Mr. Dunning.

Read 20 minutes per night. Ask your child to create a “thin” question. 

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 22

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We did a bunch of math games with Mrs. Powell to help us practice multiplication.” “With Ms. Echo and Ms. Lisa we learned about centimeters and meters.” “We learned a new multiplication war card game to practice our multiplication.”

Literacy: “We read two versions of Little Red Riding Hood and compared them.” “For Pink Shirt Day we made hearts that said something positive about how to be a friend.” 

Other: “We made Pokemon cards based on our region of Alberta.” “We worked on our Science levers project. We were supposed to list first class, second class and third class levers.” “We had a yoyo sale at our school!” “We learned about the compass rose.” “We drew a map of our school from above and gave directions to where the cool kids hang out.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Practice your multiplication and skip counting.

Read 20 minutes per night. Ask your child to create a “thin” question. 

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 21

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math:  In Mrs. Powell’s class we learned about “perfect squares” while solving a word problems. We also learned how charts can help us organize information to make it easier to solve problems in multiplication.  In Ms. Echo’s we used flashcards and we started the Shape and Space unit. In Mr. Dunning’s class we learned to make arrays to represent multiplication.  

Literacy: We did a reader response with 2 books at one time. We learned about comparing and contrasting books.  

Other: We had a presentation on NED mindset. We learned about finding our “Go Brain.” In Science we watched a Bill Nye Video on Simple Machines. We also started a slideshow in GoogleSlides to identify everyday 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers.

 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Practice multiplication.

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 20

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: In my group we got to play prodigy! In Ms. Echo’s group we learned some multiplication games to help us learn.  In Mrs. Powell’s group we word problems with multiplication. We also learned to play some math card games. In Mr. D’s group we did time tables. We are learning to read multiplication sentences. We got a ‘cootie catcher’ to practice multiplication.  

Literacy

In Ms. Baidoo’s group we had to write all the words that start with e in it. With Ms. Kristi we did a reader response on The Cool Bean. We leaned “ Somebody wanted, But, So”

Other: In Social Studies we learned how to use the different parts of GoogleSlides. In Gym we skipping. We had options in Gym on Wednesday. We did “spoony science” to learn all about concave and convex.

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Check out my Iris. Iris.cbe.ab.ca

Practice your multiplication.

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 19

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “I did a multiplication assessment!...and we get homework now. :(  In Ms. Lisa & Echo’s class we played Prodigy on the computers and they set up an assessment on Prodigy. We learned the 24h clock AKA military time.  We played math games on the computer to help us read analogue time. 

Literacy: We did a Reader Response on A Sick Day for Amos McGee. We learned about visualization in Reading Power.  We are finding key words in reading passages and creating outlines. We are using the outlines to create paragraph retells. 

Other: We learned that we will now be getting homework each Friday that will be due next Friday.  We worked on our Social Studies Regions Project and went on a 'light hunt' in Science. We learned what transparent, translucent, and opaque means.

Please remember:

To work on your analogue clock homework. 

For extra practice check out ABCYa.com ->Learn To Tell Time 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings


Week 18

Happy 2020!!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “In Math we created our own analogue clocks.” “In Ms. Echo and Lisa’s class we did Muffles Truffles. We had to sort chocolates into boxes.” “We worked on multiplication” “We learned metric notation for dates with only numbers.”

Literacy: “We started writing with Ms. Kristi and started finding key words and making outlines.” We did Holiday in a Jar.

Other: “We got our own regions to research, I got the Boreal Forest!” “ We are doing hockey in gym!!!!!” “In music we started singing a new song”

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Remember to talk about telling time. 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 17

Dear Parents and Students,

We wish you all the best over the break! See you all on Tuesday, January 7th.

Mr. Dunning & Mrs. Powell

Week 16

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We got math homework from Ms. Echo that had 11 and 12 and a lot of times tables.” “A key tells what the picture mean on a pictograph.” “We created topics for graphing and came up with good questions to ask the grade 1’s and 5’s.” “Gather data for our graphs from the grade 5s and grade 1s.” 

Literacy

“We did more reader responses.” “We continued writing about Piggybook or our own book.” 

Other: “We painted and drew snowmen.” “We painted these wooden tree cookies to look like a wintry night’s sky.”  “We did the front and the back of our tree cookies.” “We learned about the eye and eye safety.” “We played a new dodge ball where you have to catch the ball to get your team back in.” 

Please remember:

Bring your recorder and practice at home. Concert is on Wednesday!

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings

Week 15

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “In math we are learning about different types of graphs like pictographs and bar graphs.” “In math our group is learning how to do multiplication.” “In Ms. Echo’s group we did math games like The Keys” “We went on the iPads and did math chase.” 

Literacy: “We did more reader responses. We wrote first, second, third and fourth paragraphs.” “In the fourth paragraph we had to write why we think the author wrote the book and recommend the book.” 

Other: “We weaved and my stick broke so I get to weave on a CD instead.” “Today is the last day for our Rocky Mountain region posters.” “we answered the BIG QUESTION in Science that asked, “If you could do anything to STOP Canada from sending it’s garabage to other countries, what would you do?” “We worked on our winter puzzle sheets.” “I made the wonderful flag Yeetland.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder and practice at home.”

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 14

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We did our math stations and we solved problems with bananas when 15 were bruised and Mrs. Powell shared 2 bananas with each person in the class!” “In math we did a problem with flowers. One student called it “Tulip Trouble!” 

Literacy: “We did a Reader Response and we had to describe the book, we had to write the book’s name and we also had to write the author’s name.” “We had to write a paragraph four which says why you think the author wrote the book.” “We started centers in literacy” “We started a novel study in word work.” 

Other: “We made a dance in gym!” “We had crazy hat and crazy hair day” “We’re learning about our brain.” “We started our posters for Social Studies.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder and practice at home.”

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 12

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: This week’s focus was learning to estimate sums and differences.  “We did group stations and rotations.” “We got to use a computer in math groups” “We are learning how to become mathematicians.” “I love practicing math on abcya.com.” 

Literacy: Students worked hard to use writing checklist to guide their writing. “We did Reader Response in writing.” “We learned how to make great beginnings.” 

Other: “We made poppy art.” “ We did the Gym fitness test and I can do 100 jumping jacks!” “We got to rock our Mocs this Friday.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Remember to bring your recorder.

Study the science review sheet for the test on Wednesday...and remember to bring it back on Monday so we can work through it in class. 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 11

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math:  We estimated  and rounded to the nearest ten and hundred in math. We did all sorts of math challenges to do with 3 and 4 digit sums. We did a Pokemon lego question in Math. 

Literacy: We worked on the computers to finish up “The Best Part of Me” We talked about Remembrance Day. We wrote postcards to veterans. 

Other: We are having our Remembrance Day ceremony. We decorated the doves with our fingerprints. We finished our Badminton Unit in Gym. In Social Studies we talked about good ways to spend Remembrance Day and how can we honour veterans. We got our groups for a song that we are doing for the assembly in Music and Choir. We made a Rubric to help us plan our work so that we can do better on our assignment.

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder.”

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 10

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math:  We are learning to round numbers to help us to see if our answers to math problems are reasonable. “We counted seeds in different ways.”  We counted seeds in groups of ten and recombined them to find 126.” “We practiced sequencing with really big numbers.” 

Literacy: We finished “The Best Part of Me” writing. We used webs and graphic organizers to help in our writing. “We had to describe our pumpkin using our senses.”

Other: “We had a Halloween Happening in the gym.”  “We had snacks and watched a movie.” It was my first time ever winning one of the games in Halloween Happening and I got the highest score!” “I got to do face painting, one of my favourite things.”

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder.”

***Please return your signed math assessment.**

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 8

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: In math we learned about sorting with a Venn diagram. We used Carrol diagrams.  We were sorting numbers. We played place value Yahtzee. We made a Human Venn diagram. 

Literacy: We got to ask our buddy some question about “Monster Chef.” We learned about rootwords and suffixes. We used graphic organizers and wrote our all about me paragraphs. 

Our group was learning about compound words which are two words mooshed together. 

Other: Learning how to place badminton. We started recorders in Music. We went on a walking field trip. We learned bubblegum brain in mindfulness. 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning:

Contact Mrs. Powell or Mr. Dunning for a parent-teacher interview if you have not already had one.  

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask me about Place Value into the 10 000s 

Remember to encourage healthy sleeping habits. 

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 7

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We placed Place Value Yahtzee.” “We did the Place Value Game when we tried to win against Mrs. Powell.” “We did side to side and top to bottom addition.” “We put numbers in order.” “We put the numbers from greatest to least.” 

Literacy: “We’ve been doing a lot of mindfulness and reading.” “We did the smell writing for cheese.” “I got to read the three books I really wanted to read.” “We did descriptive writing.” “We’ve been working on Reading Power.” “We started on our Word Work.” “We did The Best Part of Me.” 

Other: “We played sharks and minnows with basketballs.” “We did Real Farmers Grow Pumpkins, Beets and Carrots.” “We did week two observations for our vermicompost.” “We went to the library.” “We learned how to dribble in sideline basketball.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning:

Contact Mrs. Powell or Mr. Dunning for a parent-teacher interview if you have not already had one.  

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 6

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We did standard form, written form and expanded form.” “In math we worked with numbers on pages with whiteboard markers.” “We went into a time machine.We went from grade one all the way back to grade four.” 

Literacy: “We’ve been doing a lot of reading.” “We did writing on sight, touch and taste.” “I’m starting to read my new book from the library.” “We learned to do descriptive writing.” 

Other: “It was two student’s birthdays!” “We learned how to dribble and do BEEF and now I’m doing basketball at home.” “We made a home for our red wigglers. We made their environment. It’s called a vermicompost bin.” “We got our pictures taken!” “We’ve been learning and doing a lot of basketball.”  “In S.S. we used textbooks about our Alberta.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 5

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: We finished our patterns and relations unit! Next week we will begin looking at numeracy. 

 “We had a math assessment.” “We practiced at home for the test.” “We’ve been learning how to use charts.” 

Literacy: We’ve started our guided reading groups. Next week each student will read with a teacher. Which group is your child in? Geese, Eagles, Deer, Bison or Elk? 

“We learned about subject, predicates, and fragments.” “We read with our reading groups.” 

 

Other

“We got surprised by our class pet.” “We made a home for our new class pets!” “We learned how to take care of the red wigglers.” “We got to see a red wiggler worm hatching!” “We learned a LOT about composting.” “We learned about biodegradable and nonbiodegradable.” “We got to see a plum decompose from the middle. We got to see a pineapple implode and we got to see a watermelon sink.” “We saw snow melt inside a plastic bag and saw all the dirt and bacteria!” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 4

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: Patterns and relations. We are finishing up our unit on patterns and relations! A study guide will be coming home for this unit during the week.

“We were trying to figure out how to make shapes grow. “We were doing patterns.” “We made a sentence for an equation.” "We used pattern rules to find missing numbers in a T-chart."

Literacy: We’ve been using Reading Power! We are learning about how good readers think while reading and have been practicing making connections while reading. 

“We did D.E.A.R.” “We met our buddies and we read a story to them.” “EEKK! Elbow to elbow, knee to knee, book in the middle so we can see.”

Other

“We did leaf rubbings and learned about smudging.” “We learned about Orange Shirt Day and the Terry Fox Run.” “We learned about biodegradable and nonbiodegradable.” “We learned you need a subject and predicate to make a sentence.” “We learned about bacteria, isopods, worms and fungi and that they help break things down.” “We built a park and gathered leaves.” “Music, we got to use instruments like hand drums, triangles, and wood blocks.”

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Complete the practice questions on the study guide for math. 

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 3

A big thanks to everyone who was a part of Meet theTeacher night. If you weren't able to join us please call the school at lunch or after school to set up a meeting time with your child's teacher. If you are encountering problems with PowerSchool and not receiving messages from the school, please contact the Main Office for support. There are handouts to help with relevant phone numbers.

We are working on the following:

Math: Continuing to make use of pattern rules and t-charts to locate and extend patterns. "In Math we worked on 2, 3, and 4 star questions." "We described patterns and rules."

Literacy: "We finished our Introduce Me books." "We wrote about monsters in descriptive writing." "We had a huge increase in reading stamina this week." "We had a writing assessment."

Other: "We talked about waste in our world." "We learned that waste can be made of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable parts." "We made a waste vocabulary map." "We completed our Say Something art reflections."


This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Ask your child about our math code words (t-chart, attribute, patterns rule, pattern core, sort, increase, decrease, and extend). Can your child tell you what each word means? 

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings


Week 2

We are working on the following:

Math: Patterns and relations. Code Words we are learning: attribute, patterns rule, pattern core, sort, increase, decrease, and extend. 

“I liked how we got to build up the patterns.” “ I liked the stair math.” “ I liked when we were making patterns with our partners [on a 100 chart].” “ Math is so much fun. I love it!” “ We learned about increasing and decreasing patterns.” 

Literacy: Reading stamina and checking for understanding. Writing about ourselves, our hopes, dreams, goals, preferences and family. 

 “D.E.A.R stuck with me because I love reading”

Other

“We did more pages of “Let Me Introduce Myself.” “I liked Go Noodle. It was really fun.”

“We learned that Andy Warhol was a really famous Pop Artist.” “We learned about contrast and how it makes colors pop.” “ I really liked learning about Caine’s Arcade.” “I liked P.E. and dodgeball because it was fun”

 This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Ask your child about our math code words (attribute, patterns rule, pattern core, sort, increase, decrease, and extend). Can your child tell you what each word means? 

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings


Week 1

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: We are working on "Growth Mindsets" in the Week of Inspirational Math.

"We explained how shapes made out of squares go and working up to level 20 of our staircase." 

"We played the hoop game [using patterns] on Wednesday in the gym."

Literacy: We talked about picking "Just Right Books" and "I Pick Strategies"

"We learned about the library and we read a bunch of books like, Personal Space Camp, The Happy Book, and First Day Jitters.

Other: "We learned about our community." "We learned about respect." "We learned about personal space." "When we were in the garden picking weeds we saw a lot of slugs and I've never seen one before so it was really cool." " My favourite part was when we went outside for gym and we played horse tails."  

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings

Grade 4 Team

Week 23

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: Students will use personal strategies to solve multiplication facts up to 9x9 (Powell and Dunning). Students will use personal strategies to describe area and perimeter (Lisa and Echo). 

 “We learned a new math game using dice and making arrays.” “We had to do a check-in for Mrs. Powell (it’s in my math homework duotang).” “In Ms. Lisa’s math group, we had to complete exit slips at the end of class.” “We’re doing area and perimeter with match sticks with Ms. Lisa.” “We did this impossible math word problem that we still haven't solved yet!” “With Mr. Dunning we practiced our multiplication with dice games and little square tiles. We also worked on breaking apart strategies” 

Literacy

Students will identify main characters, main ideas, sequence of events, make connections and express their own ideas about texts read aloud in class. 

“We started our book report cereal boxes with Mrs. Powell.” “We did a new reader response for “That’s What Friends Do” and we learned about the Famous Five and Nellie McClung.” “In our reading group, we’re reading about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we’re creating graphic organizers in our visual journals.” “We did a Socratic circle.” 

Other: “We got the second “Our Alberta” book for Social Studies.” “Mr. Dunning made a pulley and we lifted a heavy log and a student!” “We took a bike from the basement and looked at it. We get to tear it apart!” “We have library on Fridays now.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Please sign and return all field trip forms. 

Sign up online for parent-teacher interviews with Mr. Dunning.

Read 20 minutes per night. Ask your child to create a “thin” question. 

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 22

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We did a bunch of math games with Mrs. Powell to help us practice multiplication.” “With Ms. Echo and Ms. Lisa we learned about centimeters and meters.” “We learned a new multiplication war card game to practice our multiplication.”

Literacy: “We read two versions of Little Red Riding Hood and compared them.” “For Pink Shirt Day we made hearts that said something positive about how to be a friend.” 

Other: “We made Pokemon cards based on our region of Alberta.” “We worked on our Science levers project. We were supposed to list first class, second class and third class levers.” “We had a yoyo sale at our school!” “We learned about the compass rose.” “We drew a map of our school from above and gave directions to where the cool kids hang out.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Practice your multiplication and skip counting.

Read 20 minutes per night. Ask your child to create a “thin” question. 

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 21

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math:  In Mrs. Powell’s class we learned about “perfect squares” while solving a word problems. We also learned how charts can help us organize information to make it easier to solve problems in multiplication.  In Ms. Echo’s we used flashcards and we started the Shape and Space unit. In Mr. Dunning’s class we learned to make arrays to represent multiplication.  

Literacy: We did a reader response with 2 books at one time. We learned about comparing and contrasting books.  

Other: We had a presentation on NED mindset. We learned about finding our “Go Brain.” In Science we watched a Bill Nye Video on Simple Machines. We also started a slideshow in GoogleSlides to identify everyday 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers.

 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Practice multiplication.

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 20

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: In my group we got to play prodigy! In Ms. Echo’s group we learned some multiplication games to help us learn.  In Mrs. Powell’s group we word problems with multiplication. We also learned to play some math card games. In Mr. D’s group we did time tables. We are learning to read multiplication sentences. We got a ‘cootie catcher’ to practice multiplication.  

Literacy

In Ms. Baidoo’s group we had to write all the words that start with e in it. With Ms. Kristi we did a reader response on The Cool Bean. We leaned “ Somebody wanted, But, So”

Other: In Social Studies we learned how to use the different parts of GoogleSlides. In Gym we skipping. We had options in Gym on Wednesday. We did “spoony science” to learn all about concave and convex.

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Check out my Iris. Iris.cbe.ab.ca

Practice your multiplication.

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 19

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “I did a multiplication assessment!...and we get homework now. :(  In Ms. Lisa & Echo’s class we played Prodigy on the computers and they set up an assessment on Prodigy. We learned the 24h clock AKA military time.  We played math games on the computer to help us read analogue time. 

Literacy: We did a Reader Response on A Sick Day for Amos McGee. We learned about visualization in Reading Power.  We are finding key words in reading passages and creating outlines. We are using the outlines to create paragraph retells. 

Other: We learned that we will now be getting homework each Friday that will be due next Friday.  We worked on our Social Studies Regions Project and went on a 'light hunt' in Science. We learned what transparent, translucent, and opaque means.

Please remember:

To work on your analogue clock homework. 

For extra practice check out ABCYa.com ->Learn To Tell Time 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings


Week 18

Happy 2020!!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “In Math we created our own analogue clocks.” “In Ms. Echo and Lisa’s class we did Muffles Truffles. We had to sort chocolates into boxes.” “We worked on multiplication” “We learned metric notation for dates with only numbers.”

Literacy: “We started writing with Ms. Kristi and started finding key words and making outlines.” We did Holiday in a Jar.

Other: “We got our own regions to research, I got the Boreal Forest!” “ We are doing hockey in gym!!!!!” “In music we started singing a new song”

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Remember to talk about telling time. 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 17

Dear Parents and Students,

We wish you all the best over the break! See you all on Tuesday, January 7th.

Mr. Dunning & Mrs. Powell

Week 16

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We got math homework from Ms. Echo that had 11 and 12 and a lot of times tables.” “A key tells what the picture mean on a pictograph.” “We created topics for graphing and came up with good questions to ask the grade 1’s and 5’s.” “Gather data for our graphs from the grade 5s and grade 1s.” 

Literacy

“We did more reader responses.” “We continued writing about Piggybook or our own book.” 

Other: “We painted and drew snowmen.” “We painted these wooden tree cookies to look like a wintry night’s sky.”  “We did the front and the back of our tree cookies.” “We learned about the eye and eye safety.” “We played a new dodge ball where you have to catch the ball to get your team back in.” 

Please remember:

Bring your recorder and practice at home. Concert is on Wednesday!

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings

Week 15

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “In math we are learning about different types of graphs like pictographs and bar graphs.” “In math our group is learning how to do multiplication.” “In Ms. Echo’s group we did math games like The Keys” “We went on the iPads and did math chase.” 

Literacy: “We did more reader responses. We wrote first, second, third and fourth paragraphs.” “In the fourth paragraph we had to write why we think the author wrote the book and recommend the book.” 

Other: “We weaved and my stick broke so I get to weave on a CD instead.” “Today is the last day for our Rocky Mountain region posters.” “we answered the BIG QUESTION in Science that asked, “If you could do anything to STOP Canada from sending it’s garabage to other countries, what would you do?” “We worked on our winter puzzle sheets.” “I made the wonderful flag Yeetland.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder and practice at home.”

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 14

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We did our math stations and we solved problems with bananas when 15 were bruised and Mrs. Powell shared 2 bananas with each person in the class!” “In math we did a problem with flowers. One student called it “Tulip Trouble!” 

Literacy: “We did a Reader Response and we had to describe the book, we had to write the book’s name and we also had to write the author’s name.” “We had to write a paragraph four which says why you think the author wrote the book.” “We started centers in literacy” “We started a novel study in word work.” 

Other: “We made a dance in gym!” “We had crazy hat and crazy hair day” “We’re learning about our brain.” “We started our posters for Social Studies.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder and practice at home.”

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 12

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: This week’s focus was learning to estimate sums and differences.  “We did group stations and rotations.” “We got to use a computer in math groups” “We are learning how to become mathematicians.” “I love practicing math on abcya.com.” 

Literacy: Students worked hard to use writing checklist to guide their writing. “We did Reader Response in writing.” “We learned how to make great beginnings.” 

Other: “We made poppy art.” “ We did the Gym fitness test and I can do 100 jumping jacks!” “We got to rock our Mocs this Friday.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Remember to bring your recorder.

Study the science review sheet for the test on Wednesday...and remember to bring it back on Monday so we can work through it in class. 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 11

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math:  We estimated  and rounded to the nearest ten and hundred in math. We did all sorts of math challenges to do with 3 and 4 digit sums. We did a Pokemon lego question in Math. 

Literacy: We worked on the computers to finish up “The Best Part of Me” We talked about Remembrance Day. We wrote postcards to veterans. 

Other: We are having our Remembrance Day ceremony. We decorated the doves with our fingerprints. We finished our Badminton Unit in Gym. In Social Studies we talked about good ways to spend Remembrance Day and how can we honour veterans. We got our groups for a song that we are doing for the assembly in Music and Choir. We made a Rubric to help us plan our work so that we can do better on our assignment.

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder.”

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 10

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math:  We are learning to round numbers to help us to see if our answers to math problems are reasonable. “We counted seeds in different ways.”  We counted seeds in groups of ten and recombined them to find 126.” “We practiced sequencing with really big numbers.” 

Literacy: We finished “The Best Part of Me” writing. We used webs and graphic organizers to help in our writing. “We had to describe our pumpkin using our senses.”

Other: “We had a Halloween Happening in the gym.”  “We had snacks and watched a movie.” It was my first time ever winning one of the games in Halloween Happening and I got the highest score!” “I got to do face painting, one of my favourite things.”

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

“Remember to bring your recorder.”

***Please return your signed math assessment.**

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning

Week 8

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: In math we learned about sorting with a Venn diagram. We used Carrol diagrams.  We were sorting numbers. We played place value Yahtzee. We made a Human Venn diagram. 

Literacy: We got to ask our buddy some question about “Monster Chef.” We learned about rootwords and suffixes. We used graphic organizers and wrote our all about me paragraphs. 

Our group was learning about compound words which are two words mooshed together. 

Other: Learning how to place badminton. We started recorders in Music. We went on a walking field trip. We learned bubblegum brain in mindfulness. 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning:

Contact Mrs. Powell or Mr. Dunning for a parent-teacher interview if you have not already had one.  

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask me about Place Value into the 10 000s 

Remember to encourage healthy sleeping habits. 

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 7

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We placed Place Value Yahtzee.” “We did the Place Value Game when we tried to win against Mrs. Powell.” “We did side to side and top to bottom addition.” “We put numbers in order.” “We put the numbers from greatest to least.” 

Literacy: “We’ve been doing a lot of mindfulness and reading.” “We did the smell writing for cheese.” “I got to read the three books I really wanted to read.” “We did descriptive writing.” “We’ve been working on Reading Power.” “We started on our Word Work.” “We did The Best Part of Me.” 

Other: “We played sharks and minnows with basketballs.” “We did Real Farmers Grow Pumpkins, Beets and Carrots.” “We did week two observations for our vermicompost.” “We went to the library.” “We learned how to dribble in sideline basketball.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning:

Contact Mrs. Powell or Mr. Dunning for a parent-teacher interview if you have not already had one.  

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 6

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: “We did standard form, written form and expanded form.” “In math we worked with numbers on pages with whiteboard markers.” “We went into a time machine.We went from grade one all the way back to grade four.” 

Literacy: “We’ve been doing a lot of reading.” “We did writing on sight, touch and taste.” “I’m starting to read my new book from the library.” “We learned to do descriptive writing.” 

Other: “It was two student’s birthdays!” “We learned how to dribble and do BEEF and now I’m doing basketball at home.” “We made a home for our red wigglers. We made their environment. It’s called a vermicompost bin.” “We got our pictures taken!” “We’ve been learning and doing a lot of basketball.”  “In S.S. we used textbooks about our Alberta.” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 5

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: We finished our patterns and relations unit! Next week we will begin looking at numeracy. 

 “We had a math assessment.” “We practiced at home for the test.” “We’ve been learning how to use charts.” 

Literacy: We’ve started our guided reading groups. Next week each student will read with a teacher. Which group is your child in? Geese, Eagles, Deer, Bison or Elk? 

“We learned about subject, predicates, and fragments.” “We read with our reading groups.” 

 

Other

“We got surprised by our class pet.” “We made a home for our new class pets!” “We learned how to take care of the red wigglers.” “We got to see a red wiggler worm hatching!” “We learned a LOT about composting.” “We learned about biodegradable and nonbiodegradable.” “We got to see a plum decompose from the middle. We got to see a pineapple implode and we got to see a watermelon sink.” “We saw snow melt inside a plastic bag and saw all the dirt and bacteria!” 

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 4

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: Patterns and relations. We are finishing up our unit on patterns and relations! A study guide will be coming home for this unit during the week.

“We were trying to figure out how to make shapes grow. “We were doing patterns.” “We made a sentence for an equation.” "We used pattern rules to find missing numbers in a T-chart."

Literacy: We’ve been using Reading Power! We are learning about how good readers think while reading and have been practicing making connections while reading. 

“We did D.E.A.R.” “We met our buddies and we read a story to them.” “EEKK! Elbow to elbow, knee to knee, book in the middle so we can see.”

Other

“We did leaf rubbings and learned about smudging.” “We learned about Orange Shirt Day and the Terry Fox Run.” “We learned about biodegradable and nonbiodegradable.” “We learned you need a subject and predicate to make a sentence.” “We learned about bacteria, isopods, worms and fungi and that they help break things down.” “We built a park and gathered leaves.” “Music, we got to use instruments like hand drums, triangles, and wood blocks.”

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Complete the practice questions on the study guide for math. 

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunning


Week 3

A big thanks to everyone who was a part of Meet theTeacher night. If you weren't able to join us please call the school at lunch or after school to set up a meeting time with your child's teacher. If you are encountering problems with PowerSchool and not receiving messages from the school, please contact the Main Office for support. There are handouts to help with relevant phone numbers.

We are working on the following:

Math: Continuing to make use of pattern rules and t-charts to locate and extend patterns. "In Math we worked on 2, 3, and 4 star questions." "We described patterns and rules."

Literacy: "We finished our Introduce Me books." "We wrote about monsters in descriptive writing." "We had a huge increase in reading stamina this week." "We had a writing assessment."

Other: "We talked about waste in our world." "We learned that waste can be made of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable parts." "We made a waste vocabulary map." "We completed our Say Something art reflections."


This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Ask your child about our math code words (t-chart, attribute, patterns rule, pattern core, sort, increase, decrease, and extend). Can your child tell you what each word means? 

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings


Week 2

We are working on the following:

Math: Patterns and relations. Code Words we are learning: attribute, patterns rule, pattern core, sort, increase, decrease, and extend. 

“I liked how we got to build up the patterns.” “ I liked the stair math.” “ I liked when we were making patterns with our partners [on a 100 chart].” “ Math is so much fun. I love it!” “ We learned about increasing and decreasing patterns.” 

Literacy: Reading stamina and checking for understanding. Writing about ourselves, our hopes, dreams, goals, preferences and family. 

 “D.E.A.R stuck with me because I love reading”

Other

“We did more pages of “Let Me Introduce Myself.” “I liked Go Noodle. It was really fun.”

“We learned that Andy Warhol was a really famous Pop Artist.” “We learned about contrast and how it makes colors pop.” “ I really liked learning about Caine’s Arcade.” “I liked P.E. and dodgeball because it was fun”

 This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Ask your child about our math code words (attribute, patterns rule, pattern core, sort, increase, decrease, and extend). Can your child tell you what each word means? 

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings


Week 1

Hello and Welcome to the Grade 4 blog!

At the end of every week students reflect on their learning to help create this blog post. All quotes are directly from students in Grade 4.

We are working on the following:

Math: We are working on "Growth Mindsets" in the Week of Inspirational Math.

"We explained how shapes made out of squares go and working up to level 20 of our staircase." 

"We played the hoop game [using patterns] on Wednesday in the gym."

Literacy: We talked about picking "Just Right Books" and "I Pick Strategies"

"We learned about the library and we read a bunch of books like, Personal Space Camp, The Happy Book, and First Day Jitters.

Other: "We learned about our community." "We learned about respect." "We learned about personal space." "When we were in the garden picking weeds we saw a lot of slugs and I've never seen one before so it was really cool." " My favourite part was when we went outside for gym and we played horse tails."  

This is what you can do at home to support student learning: 

Read 20 minutes per night.

Ask about the day.

Check out the School Website for Dates to Remember.

From,

The Powell Owls and Stunning Dunnings

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