# Mrs. Higgs and Mrs. Shank

Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Welcome back to the blog! Between isolating, holidays, and online learning it has been a while since our last blog post. We couldn’t be happier to be back in the classroom with everyone this week. We worked hard this week and had a lot of fun!

Our writing focused on the literary devices of onomatopoeia’s and alliteration’s. We began the week identifying onomatopoeia’s within text and then illustrated some of these sound words. Later in the week, students created an alliteration acrostic poem.

In math we started our fractions unit by identifying fractions of a shape and fractions as sets. Students used the pattern blocks to determine the different ways they could divide different shapes.

Art this week connected to our science unit of light and shadow. We examined the work of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Check out the links in our Google Classroom to learn more about the artist.

Important dates…

January 2021

• January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Welcome back to the blog! Between isolating, holidays, and online learning it has been a while since our last blog post. We couldn’t be happier to be back in the classroom with everyone this week. We worked hard this week and had a lot of fun!

Our writing focused on the literary devices of onomatopoeia’s and alliteration’s. We began the week identifying onomatopoeia’s within text and then illustrated some of these sound words. Later in the week, students created an alliteration acrostic poem.

In math we started our fractions unit by identifying fractions of a shape and fractions as sets. Students used the pattern blocks to determine the different ways they could divide different shapes.

Art this week connected to our science unit of light and shadow. We examined the work of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Check out the links in our Google Classroom to learn more about the artist.

Important dates…

January 2021

• January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Welcome back to the blog! Between isolating, holidays, and online learning it has been a while since our last blog post. We couldn’t be happier to be back in the classroom with everyone this week. We worked hard this week and had a lot of fun!

Our writing focused on the literary devices of onomatopoeia’s and alliteration’s. We began the week identifying onomatopoeia’s within text and then illustrated some of these sound words. Later in the week, students created an alliteration acrostic poem.

In math we started our fractions unit by identifying fractions of a shape and fractions as sets. Students used the pattern blocks to determine the different ways they could divide different shapes.

Art this week connected to our science unit of light and shadow. We examined the work of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Check out the links in our Google Classroom to learn more about the artist.

Important dates…

January 2021

• January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Nov. 30- Dec. 4

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In language arts we continued to explore different ways to make connections. We started the week with connecting to a Pixar Short called “The Present”. Later, students listened to read aloud of a picture book and eventually read a picture book on their own. Each day we wrote a reflection based on our connection. To end the week, students chose one of piece of writing to publish in Google docs. Here are some samples of their work. Login in to Google Classroom to see what your child submitted.

We started our next mini unit in social studies this week. For the next couple weeks, we will be taking a close look at Dinosaur Provincial Park with the focus on fossils. Students were introduced to new vocabulary such as paleontology and geology. We also learned about the different types of fossils. You can review these types of fossils with your child by watching the following video.

Important dates…

December 2020

• Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
• December 11 Wear your favorite holiday sweater
• December 18 PJ day
• December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

• January 4 Classes resume

Week of November 23 – 27

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In math we reviewed division and explored different strategies we can use to solve equations. One strategy we used was separating objects into groups and looking at arrays. We also reviewed fact families and how multiplication can help us solve division equations. Lastly, we compared division and multiplication word problems and used key words to determine which operation was needed to solve the problems.

During language arts, we explored different ways we can make connections. We discussed how we can connect to characters, music, and pictures. After sharing some of the connections, we wrote about the connections. Next week we will continue to make connections.

Important dates…

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

December 2020

• Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
• December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Week of November 16 – 19

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

We would like to extend our greatest thanks to Parent Council for the amazing new books we received this week!

Thank-you to all parents who were able to meet with us on Thursday and Friday. It was nice to see so many faces via Mircosoft Teams. If you were unable to make it or missed your appointment please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime to set up a time to meet.

This week…

In math we continued with multiplication basic facts. We explored some strategies we can use for the 2 times tables and 4 times tables. One strategy we tried was doubling for the 2’s and double, double for the 4’s. Ask your child about these strategies. We ask all students to practice multiplication facts up to 7x7, as they are expected to have recall of these facts by the end of grade 4.

We continued with the light and shadows unit in science this week. Students used flashlights to test whether objects were translucent, transparent, or opaque. Below are some photos of the experiment.

Important dates…

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
• December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Week of November 9 – 13

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We had our first virtual assembly on Tuesday to acknowledge Remembrance Day. In preparation for this day we reflected on what peace means to us and how we can contribute to a peaceful school environment. Students completed a C.S.I on peace, where they thought of a colour, a symbol, and an image that represented peace for them. Next, students wrote a paragraph stating actions they plan to take to make EMJ peaceful.

In math this week we started with multiplication facts. Students explored different strategies that can be used to find the product of a basic fact. Students also used a multiplication chart to create fact cards from 2x2 to 7x7. These cards will not only be used as a way to practice these facts, but students have also used them to sort and explore the relationship between multiplication equations. Here are some examples of how students sorted their cards.

Our focus in social studies this week continued with provincial parks. Students read an article about the history and importance of provincial parks. As they read the article, students used annotated notes to identify connections, facts, and words or phrases that were confusing. After conferencing with others in the class, students wrote what they identified on sticky notes and posted them on the chart paper.

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Week of November 2-6

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In math students were able to use their own deck of cards to play the game “What’s the difference?” This game reinforces the skills to subtract large numbers, sometimes with regrouping. It also allows students to create and compare numbers in order to develop equations with the smallest difference.

Students used flashlights this week to explore the way in which light travels. Ask your child how light travels (curved or straight) and how they know. Below is a picture of the experiment.

Important dates…

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Week of October 26 – 29

Reminders…

Thank-you for everyone who has been able to bring a flashlight and a deck of cards to keep at school for now. Anyone who has not brought these items yet, please do so for Monday. The flashlight will be needed for Science on Monday! If you are unable to send these please email us and we will be happy to provide them.

Teacher emails: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca and jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

It was another busy week at school for students. Students completed their writing paragraphs about Halloween Safety and wrote another informative paragraph about how to celebrate Halloween. After writing and editing this paragraph, students used the Chromebooks to publish and drew an illustration.

Students completed the pages for The Important Thing Book: Alberta Regions group book. Ask your child what region they wrote about and some facts. We also played Jeopardy to review facts about Alberta’s regions. Students will be completing a final assessment on the information we reviewed, early this week.

Important dates…

November 2020

• November 1 - Daylight Savings Time
• November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
• November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
• November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Week of October 19 -23

Reminders…

There are a few things that we ask for students to bring to school:

-       Indoor shoes

-       Headphones (most students have been doing this)

-       A flashlight (for our next science unit)

-       A deck of cards (to keep at school for math)

We realize this may be a lot for some, so if you do not have any of these items or if you are not able to locate an item please let us know and we can help.

This week…

Our writing this week focused on paragraph structure. We used a hamburger reference to explain the parts of a paragraph. The pieces that students wrote this week focused on fact based paragraphs where they gave information on topics they now. Next week we will continue to write these types of paragraphs and give opportunities for students to write about things they know about Halloween.

Students began their work on a group project in social studies where they are co-creating a book about Alberta’s natural regions. The title of the book will be The Important Thing Book: Alberta Regions. Click here to view the book that inspired this project. Next week students will complete the illustrations for their own page and each group will get the book.

During art, we examined the work of Jessica Anne Bruke. We took note of how she used lines and shading to create geographical features found in Alberta.  We then used her work to create our own, with hoodoos as our focus.

Important Dates…

October 2020

• October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

• November 1 - Daylight Savings Time
• November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
• November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
• November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Week of October 13 – 16

Reminders…

As the snow has begun to fall, students are encouraged to bring a pair of indoor shoes to keep at school.

We have noticed that some students have been bring personal objects from home such as toys or stuffed animals. Unfortunately, under the new regulations students are not allowed to bring these things to school, even if they plan to keep them in their backpacks. Please make sure your child is not bringing anything they do not need to school.

This week…

In math, we spent time practicing our rounding skills and played a game called ‘Roll It’. Students rolled 3 dice and created a 3-digit number. They then rounded the number to the nearest tens and crossed off the rounded number on the game board. The first one to get 4 in a row was the winner. We ended to week with a review of numbers up to 10 000.

Next week is Waste Reduction Week. The grade 4’s created Public Service Announcements to let all of EMJ know how they can reduce waste. Some students did a Flipgrid, other created posters, and a few will be doing announcements for the school next week.

Important Dates…

October 2020

• October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

• November 1 - Daylight Savings Time
• November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
• November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
• November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Week on October 5 – 8

Reminders…

There are a couple things that some students still need to remember to bring. We are still looking for earbuds for all students and Ms. Dafoe is waiting for a few more containers for music. Please help your child remember to bring these two things to school.

This Week…

In math, we have started to explore number lines. Students’ brainstormed where we see number lines in our lives and different ways they are useful. We went outside to build numbers lines in groups. We discussed the term intervals and considered spacing while constructing the number lines.

Our writing this week focused on making connections to text to personal experiences. As a class, we read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst as our focus for connection. This book allowed students to remember a moment in time when something bad happened. Some of the examples we heard about were, stubbing a toe, tripping on a skateboard, or getting gum stuck in hair. Students took these small moments and developed a personal narrative that included details such as who, what, when, and where.

Students began researching information about the different regions in Alberta in Social Studies. They have started working with a group digitally. Each group is sharing a Google Doc and each member is responsible for one category, such as wildlife, vegetation, or climate.

Important Dates…

October 2020

• October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
• October 12 No School - Thanksgiving
• October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

• November 1 - Daylight Savings Time
• November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
• November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
• November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Week of Sept. 28- Oct. 2

Reminders...

Please make sure that your child brings headphones or earbuds to school as we will be using them throughout the year.

If your child is away for an extended period of time, please check in with our Google Classroom and have them complete the outlined tasks while at home. If your child needs assistance with longing into Google Classroom, please send us an email and we can help.

Teacher Emails...

jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In math we continued our work on numbers to 10 000. We played a game called Freeze and Compare. The students wrote a 4-digit number on their whiteboard. We played music and they danced or moved around the room. When the music stopped, they had to find 2 friends to compare numbers with. They then had to write them in either increasing or decreasing order.

On Sept. 30 we wore orange shirts in honor of Orange Shirt day. We discussed residential schools and listened to a story Called “When I Was Eight”. We brainstormed words and phrases that described how we thought children should feel at school and created our own orange shirts.

In art, we explored symmetry in a new way. The students wrote their name and cut it out along a fold to create a symmetrical creature with a line of symmetry down the center. It was a lot of fun creating these unique creatures!

Important Dates to Remember:

October 2020

• October 6 - School Council 6:30 pm
• October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
• October 12 No School - Thanksgiving
• October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

• November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences

December 2020

• December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
• December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Week of September 21 – 24

Thank-you to all the parents who were able to meet with us this week for our first phone conferences. If we did not get a chance to talk, please feel free to send us an email to set up a time that we can call.

Reminders…

We ask that all students bring a pair of earbuds or headphones to school each day. These may stay in their backpacks or stay in their desk.

Students will need a small container for music class next week.

Please help to ensure that students are bring and wearing clean masks every day. It is best to bring two each day, in case one gets lost or dirty.

This week…

As a school, we participated in the Terry Fox Run this past Wednesday. This year we ran with just our class during gym. Our class ran a total of 169 laps around the field! We used inspiration from Terry Fox and his family to #tryliketerry. Students reflected on things they wanted to work on and set goals for the school year.

In science, students sorted waste based on the guidelines set out by the City of Calgary. Visit our Google Classroom to watch a short video and play a sorting game.

Looking forward…

Next week in math we will continue to explore numbers to 10 000. Students will begin to compare large numbers and demonstrate their understanding of numbers by using a number line.

Students will begin to work with words next week. Each student will be given a specific list of words based on individual needs.

Important dates…

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy!

September 2020

·       September 23 Terry Fox Run

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

·       October 7 - School Council 6:30 pm

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of September 14 -18

This Week…

In math, we explored how to represent a four-digit number in a variety of ways. Students were asked to represent a given number using one dollar coins, ten dollar bills, hundred dollar bills, and imaginary thousand dollar bills. Later, students were challenged to represent the same number, but only using the hundreds, tens, and ones.  This activity allowed students to demonstrate their understanding of regrouping.

Students used their visual journals this week to identify landforms, animals and bodies of water that they have seen in Alberta. Next week we will review what students know about Alberta’s plants, climate, and natural resources.

Our art project for this week touched on concepts in math and science. We gathered some of the natural waste that we found around the school. We looked for natural lines of symmetry and found that leaves on the ground that were symmetrical. Once back in the classroom we cut the leaves, glued them on some paper, and used mira’s to sketch the other side. Students then coloured the leaves.

Here is a picture of students enjoying Friday’s weather as they read and have their snacks.

Looking forward…

Next week in language arts we will concentrate on word choice and sentence structure. In math we will continue with representing numbers up to 10 000.

Important dates…

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy!

September 2020

·       September 23 Terry Fox Run

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of September 8-11

Welcome to our weekly blog! Look here every Sunday for updates on what we did in class and what is coming up. School is very different this year, but we are very excited to be back with students!

These pictures show our two classrooms. We are one class that is spread out into two classrooms.

This Week:

In science this week, students went out to explore the different kinds of natural waste that can be found around the school. We are beginning the year with the Waste in Our World unit.

In math this week, students were introduced to analog clocks. They created their own clocks and used them to tell time to the nearest five minutes. Student were challenged by the teacher and each other to identify the time on an analog clock. If you have an analog clock at home or a watch, ask your child to read the clock. This will be reinforced all year in hopes that students will become fluent in reading time.

Looking Forward:

Next week in math we will begin our number sense unit with place value up to 10 000. In language arts, we will begin to explore ways to improve our writing based on word choice. We will explore Alberta’s landforms, bodies of water, and animals that are found throughout the province, in social studies.

Teacher Emails:

Important Dates:

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy!

September 2020

·       September 17 School Photos

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning