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Week of June 21 - 25

WOW! It is hard to believe that this week is our last full week and thus our last blog.  Before we recap the week, a few important reminders about next week:

  • Monday is a full day.
  • Tuesday is the last day of school and is early dismissal.
  • It is supposed to be hot. (In the words of our class, “If the days of next week were chicken wings, Monday would be spicy hot and Tuesday will be ultimate, mega hot jalapeno wings with hot sauce for the drink and spicy cheese on nachos.") Please make sure your student has a water bottle!!

Our week began with recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day.  For our commitment to reconciliation, we celebrated Indigenous culture and artists all week.  On Monday, we listened to some Indigenous Music called “Ukiuq" by the Jerry Cans and wrote an opinion paragraph about it. Many of us did not like it at first because it was in another language. Some people also thought the throat singing was a bit different. Then, we listened to the English version called “Northern Lights" and most people then said they liked it better.  We had a great discussion about how sometimes our first reaction to things that are not what we are used to can be feelings of dislike, but it is important to give them a chance!  After time, you can learn to appreciate them – like we did with this song.  By Friday, the class was asking to listen to it. We hope that you will give it a listen too! In language arts, we also watched some short animations by Indigenous Filmmakers from the website “Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom". We were impressed by the stop motion animation and all the detail in the short film “Vistas: Dancers in the Grass". We were also lucky enough to listen to the CBE Indigenous Read Aloud: “Omahkitapiksi Okakinikiiwa" (Teachings from our Elders) by Iikiinayookaa M. Yellow Horn.  It was so lovely to hear from her the teachings from Elders and her own connections to each part of the book.

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​Reflection on : Omahkitapiksi Okakinikiiwa” (Teachings from our Elders)


We were also able to have an extra connection to the land, reading Trail Tales in our gully.  It was a beautiful way to read about the wind in the trees while also listening to it.  One student shared that to her, “the wind rustling in the trees sounds a bit like the ocean". We then connected this to our learning in Social Studies and made a representation of our own connection to the land in Alberta. ​

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In math, we played fun games like battleship, division bingo, multiplication blocks and more to review all of the things that we have talked about in math this year. This was important because it helped us to practice our math facts. These are games that we can play at home over the summer to continue to master our memory of them.

We also did a lot of letter writing this week! Some of the letters included: letters to our self, letters to our Grade 5 teacher, and to people that we appreciate in our school.  It was important to give a big shout out to all of those people who made this year possible for us.!! We also added a little bit of science and art to this project because we repotted the mint plants that we made from cuttings and painted the pots.  We gave each person a card or two as well as a mint plant to show our appreciation. In the card, we used our knowledge of paragraph writing to write one paragraph to show our appreciation and another to explain how we grew the mint plant  (and we added a few minty puns! ). We can tell you all about how to make a new mint plant from a cutting.


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We have so much more to say, but our blog is alreay pretty long, so just be sure to also ask us about:

  • Capture the Flag
  • Silent Soccer
  • Drawing flowers in art 
  • and photosynthesis


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It has been an amazing year! We have all learned so much and grown so big! Thanks for following along on our learning journey.

From,

The Amazing and Compassionate Room 13​

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment​​


Week of June 14 - 18

On Friday, we finished our class read aloud "Almost Super" by Marion Jensen. As the book came to an end, we starting really using all the "hints" that the author was using at different points of the book to make our predictions about what was going to happen.  In many cases, we were right! We learned if you really pay attention to the details an author gives, it can be fun to piece them all together. Unfortunately, the book ended on a cliff hanger and some of us want to know what happens next. So if you are looking for a family read aloud or a great novel for your "almost Grade 5er", see if you can find "Searching for Super" at the library this summer.​

This week we spent a lot of our reading time, learning about seeds and plants. Mrs. Cooper gave us a Reading Quest in Epic Books with a digital book called “Killer Plants".  We used our jot note skills to record interesting facts about dangerous plants. Did you know:

  • A venues Fly Trap can capture a small frog (T.M.H)
  • A small amount of water hemlock can kill a cow or even a human (N.H.)
  • Insects like bees, wasps and flies slide down into a pool of poison liquid and they die and turn into the plant's soup (in a pitcher plant). (N.D.)
  • Some pitcher plants are so big that they can drown a rat. (M.I.)
  • The Puya is a plant that hooks on to animals and they slowly dies from hunger. (J.C.)
  • The bladderwort has a trap door to catch prey. (R.W.)

We did a second Reading Quest about bear scat and seeds. Ask us about what scat means and why plants in Alaska can't live without bears.​

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In Science, we focused on our observation and inferencing skills in four different centres.  We observed bulbs, roots, leaves, and stems.  After learning that the stem helps to transport nutrients and water to the leaves for photosynthesis, we watched the stems do their job by putting celery in water with food colouring. Within an hour we saw the leaves change colour.


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Speaking of plants, when we arrived back to school on Monday, we had to give our garden some love.  Our plants did not look like they were doing very well at all. We learned that some of them weren't planted deep enough and the roots were showing. This dried them out. We also learned that we need to water our plants deeply. Just putting a little bit on top doesn't get the water to where it needs to be – at the roots! We worked very hard carrying water from the staff room and nursed them back to health!​

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In writing, we examined “I can write a friendly letter".  We talked about how the tone of the letter is important depending on who we are writing to.  Then we had some fun with it. After writing a letter of gratitude to someone special, we wrote a friendly letter to an object in our life (thanks Josh for the idea!). Some of them were hilarious! Ask us what object we wrote to and what we had to say to it.

We also spent some time on a “special project". We can't tell you details yet, but here is a hint: We didn't need a lot of encouragement to show our commitment to this project.  We will tell you more in our blog next week! 

We really enjoyed the nice weather this week and are hoping next week is just as great. Remember a water bottle, hat and to put on sunscreen each day so we can spend lots of time outside learning.  Also a reminder that any classroom books and library books need to be returned to the school as soon as possible.​ Finally, make sure to check out the important dates below.​ 

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*Ms. Cooper is still having some issues with adding photos to the blog. Thanks to Anu J. with CBE tech support who is helping out and posting them for her! 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment​



​​​Week of June 7 - 11

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*Ms. Cooper is still having some issues with adding photos to the blog. Thanks to Anu J. with CBE tech support who is helping out and posting them for her! Unfortunately Ms.J cannot add them until next week, so be sure to come back to look at our photos.



In math, we are learning about 3-dimensional shapes. We were exploring how to tell the difference between regular pyramids and prisms. After looking at the base, the number of faces, and number of vertices, Mrs. Cooper asked us to name them. Then she asked us how we knew which ones were pyramids and which ones were prisms.  This is what we came up with:

Pyramid
Prism
  • Points at the top (L.L.)
  • All the side faces come together at the top at a point (L.O.)
  • The side faces look like a triangle (J.C.)
  • The sides go up at an angle, not straight up (N.D.)
  • Have more than one base (or a top that looks the same as the base so you can flip it over) (R.W.)
  • Side faces always look like a rectangle (L.J.)

 

We then used what we learned to see if we could predict which nets made up pyramids and prisms.  Looking at our list above, can you tell which of these would make a prism and which would make a pyramid? 

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In Language Arts, we finished our research project and we presented it to the class over the span of two days. Specifically, we focused on the skills:

  • I can locate important information about places to visit in Alberta.
  • I can paraphrase new information about Alberta into my own words.
  • I can organize my information using titles, headings and pictures so that it makes sense to my audience.

In Social Studies, we talked about the diversity of Alberta. Diversity means “there are a lot of differences". We also explored what ethnicity means by looking at piece of art called “Our Colorful World" by: Yasmina Akhavan Kharazi. After brainstorming about our own ethnicity and multiculturalism in Alberta, we made our own art to represent these ideas.

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In Music, we started to build robots out of paper musical instruments. The point of doing this is to have a little fun art project at the end of the year. It was inspired by a video called Orchestra Bots. There were four orchestra bots because there are four different instrument families: string, brass, woodwind and percussion.

The most exciting part of our week however happened on Monday when we planted plants in our garden. Mrs. Cooper split the class into five groups and we got to pick plants. You had to pick them carefully. To do this, we were given a pretend amount of money and had to buy them by figuring out how much they cost. This gave us practice adding decimals. We also needed to think about the needs of the plant, how it would grow and how the whole garden would look together.  We were happy it rained this week so our plants got a lot of water!​

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Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment​



Week of May 31 - June 2

​​​​*Please note: Mrs. Cooper is having technical difficulties and is hoping to have photos working again soon!

Gardening season is upon us and we are so excited to begin planting our flowers next week! To prepare, this week we learned the difference between annuals, biennials and perennials while reading.  Specifically, we were exploring “I can use my reading skills to pick out important information and the main ideas." Students read articles and annotated things they understood and had questions about.​​

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We also spent time in math using our newly acquired skills in estimating area to figure out the size of our garden.  We could not use our formula for the area of a rectangle (A= l x w) because our garden is not a rectangle.  So, we took the metre sticks outside and made 1m2 boxes and then estimated the rest by guessing how many full metre squares were left over.  Mrs. Cooper also made us a scale drawing of our garden. On this, one square metre equalled a flat. Our estimate of the real garden and our estimate of the scaled garden were almost the same!​

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Also exciting this week was our CBE Amazing Race finale. Some awesome people in CBE made some great challenges for us over the last few weeks. Our final challenge was to create something that showed what “we are better together" meant to us.  We decided to make a video of our garden project so far. A big thanks to Ellexa and Layla for editing the video and putting it all together and to Ms. McKay for putting it up on YouTube! Check out our video here: https://youtu.be/YEM2VgEMRyE

Finally as part of our Social Studies, and to help each other understand the recent discovery at the Kamloops Residential School, we spent some time discussing and reflecting on Alberta's history.  In particular, we discussed how life in Alberta is different today because of what happened in Alberta's past.  One student reflected, “Today, we don't need to worry about someone coming and changing the way we live."  Mrs. Cooper showed us the video “We Won't Forget You". We spent time discussing and writing about what this video made us think, feel and wonder.  One student wondered, “What would the teachers of the residential schools think if they heard that song?" and another asked “How come people were treated bad just because they were different?". Another student wondered if something like this could happen again, and another wondered about how the parents of the children who were sent to Residential Schools must have felt.  One student reflected “To me, this makes me appreciate that this was a long time ago but people are still racist." What we like about the video however is that it was also about hope, and that it is important that we reflect and move forward in a positive and respectful way. 

 A line in the chorus is "we were sitting in the dark, now we're letting in the light". Here is what that line meant to some of our class:

“They used to live in fear and they were mistreated but now we are trying to make up for everything”


“We were not helping the Indigenous people that were in the Residential schools but now we are trying to help them”


”It means that they didn’t have much hope and they were forced to do things but now we are not forced. We have lots of hope”


“To me it feels like for the indigenous people they were forced and punished but now we are trying to make things better and not make it happen again for anybody”

What do you think of the video?

In gym we are learning camp, camping and backyard games.  We played two circle games, one called "Burn" and the other "1, 2, 3 Look!".  We also had our first attempt playing bocce!


Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day

  • June 14 - All library books due back

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment​


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​Week of May 24-28

This week we began our research project for Language Arts.  We are researching different cities and towns in Calgary.  In the end, we will be creating a brochure or commercial to show how amazing some cities and towns are in our province.   

We were excited to see our Monochromatic Art displayed in our classroom.  It was a great way to add some more colour into our learning space. 

We began practicing some soccer skills in Gym this week.  Next week we are planning to play some mini soccer games.  

We are so proud of the points we accumulated this week for our Amazing Race Challenges.  We travelled to Brazil and did some soccer, rainforest and carnival challenges.  We also received an extra 200 points for creating a class wave together.  Next week is our last stop for the Amazing Race. I wonder where we will be going next? 

We played an area game with Geoboards.  We found it difficult at first, but the second time around we were feeling more confident in creating different regular and irregular shapes.  

Lastly, we learned a new Word Work Game!  It's called Scattergorie.  It was so fun to work in small groups and brainstorming words for our team. 

 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day

  • June 14 - All library books due back

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment​


Week of April 26-30 

Ms. Daynes continues to fill in for Mrs. Cooper during her leave. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Daynes aadaynes@cbe.ab.ca, Mrs. McKay (hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca)  or Mr. Radu (crradu@cbe.ab.ca) during this time.

There were so many things sprouting in grade four this week! The bean seeds we planted a couple of weeks ago are flourishing. Lots of sunshine and students spraying them with water twice a day has resulted in quick growth. Be sure to ask you your child about their seed and what they are noticing.

In Science, students worked in pairs to create a catapult with a lever, using popsicle sticks, elastic bands and a spoon. It was challenging to build! Students tested the effectiveness of their designs by measuring distance and accuracy. Ask your child what they think they could do to improve their catapult and what they learned through the building and testing process.

The class continued with planning, writing and editing their realistic fiction stories this week. Students' planning of plot was focused around creating a problem that kept getting worse. A good question came up when planning stories. Do all stories have to have a happy ending? Because it is ‘realistic’ fiction, students get to decide. 

​Additional highlights from this week included:

· We started hockey in physical education. Our focus was on learning stick handling techniques, passing, and shooting into targets.

· All grade four students participated in the global PIRLS reading assessment this week. It was hard work and we are very proud of the focus and effort each student put forward to do their very best!

Looking Forward:

Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. EMJ will relax our hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Students will also participate in classroom discussions around understanding mental health and the importance of removing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.  

 Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 5 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


 

Week of April 19-23

Ms. Daynes will be filling in for Mrs. Cooper during her short leave. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Daynes aadaynes@cbe.ab.ca, Mrs. McKay (hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca)  or Mr. Radu (crradu@cbe.ab.ca) during this time.


 

One of the most exciting parts of grade four's week was our collective work on our garden project. School council delivered fresh soil so that we can properly prepare our garden bed. We sat in our sit spots and continued to journal about what we know a garden will need, what it might look like, while also consider the planning we still need to do and what research might support us in planting a successful garden. We are very appreciative to everyone who is helping us gather supplies and knowledge for this community project!

In writing we continued to work on linking character and plot. We focused on using action, dialogue and character traits to tell our readers about a character. Learning how to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ is one way to write a plot driven story. For example, you could write “As the wind picked up, I pushed my sunglasses to the top of my head to keep my long hair out of my mouth” rather than saying “I have long hair”. Students loved writing their own ‘Guess Who’ paragraphs, which had their peers guessing who was the author by the details they included:

  •  Who Am I? “At recess, T and I may have gotten N angry and she was chasing me and T every direction on the playground. She was using the quickest paths to get to the both us. “Please have mercy please!” I yelled in fear. “Nope,” N said in a deep voice. And this game of cat and mouse was mayhem. T and I were scurrying around everywhere instead of thinking of certain routes. Then a strong sweep of wind came and my ears were cold, but T’s were red. Thankfully recess ended and that was a relief.”
  • Who Am I? “The bell rang as we raced out to recess, kids bumping into me. I got to my outdoor shoes and slipped my vans off ran out the door. I am the biggest out of us three. We tackle, we dare each other. Sometimes we're so bored we don’t do anything. We like hockey and gaming. Sometimes I say to somebody let me demolish you in tetherball but they say no every time . Then I go back in and slip my vans back on. “

Other highlights from the week included:

  • Many students’ favourite part of their week was their monochromatic art where the explored creating different tints and shades.
  • In physical education we completed racket games (ex. badminton, tennis) and will be starting our new hockey unit soon.
  • We read up to chapter 13 from the novel ‘Almost Super’ focusing on predictions, making and confirming inferences and learning new words. Students discussed the relationship between characters. Ask your child what they think about the unlikely friendship that is unfolding.
  • In math, we investigated time, exploring both analogue clocks and calendars this week. We also practiced our mathematical reasoning by debating, which number doesn’t belong? Here is an example that your child has not yet done. Which number doesn't belong: 17 - 26 - 44 - 65 Can you say why it doesn't belong? Try it out at home and see if you agree or disagree by sharing your reasoning.


 

Important Dates

April 2021

·       Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

·       May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

·       June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

·       June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Week of April 12-16

It was such a busy week in Room 13, that Mrs. Cooper will be writing the blog this week (with ideas generated from the class).

As part of our health program (giving back to the community) and science program (plant growth and changes), the Grade 4 Classes at Ethel M. Johnson School are doing a garden project.  What started as a few ideas from the students has blossomed into a wonderful opportunity to literally, get our hands dirty and make a difference in our community.  To make things even better, our generous School Council is donating funds and some time to do a few things we cannot do.  A huge thanks for the rototilling, soil, seeds, funds for additional plants, and call out to the community for perennials.  Our class also wanted to ask that if while you are cleaning up your garden and splitting perennials, if you have some part sun or full shade plants you are getting rid of, please let Mrs. Cooper or Ms. McKay know.  We are also looking for donations of student appropriate gardening tools (small hand shovels or rakes) and gardening gloves.


 


 

In health, we discussed volunteerism to kick our project off. The students brainstormed that volunteering is “doing something you don’t have to, but want to do”, “helping others” and “doing things out of the kindness of your heart”. The reason people should volunteer is “for fun”, “to be helpful or kind”, “to feel good” and “for something to do”. We then talked about what a sit spot is and learned that a sit spot is a place in nature that we go back to over and over again to improve our awareness and study patterns of plants, birds, trees, etc.  It was lovely to go outside this week, choose our sit spot and make our first observations of our garden.

In science, our indoor flowers have begun to sprout and our bean seeds have germinated. After comparing how everyone’s seeds are germinating at different rates, we put the seeds in order to examine more closely “I can draw and describe the stages of a seed germination.”

In Social Studies, we played The Fur Trading Game as we explored the learning intention “I can explain the movement of People within early Canada that contributed to the populating of Alberta” and “I can infer how the Indigenous People were impacted by the arrival of the Europeans in Alberta".  We learned that the Europeans knew the values of the furs but the Indigenous People did not always have the same information. This meant that things were not always fair.  Also, the fur trade and movement of the French Europeans to Alberta is what established the Metis People in Alberta.

Also ask us about:

  • our story writing and the characteristics of a “disappointing story” compared to an “entertaining story”;
  • all our gym activities this week including gardening, camouflage, kickball, soccer and badminton; and
  • using algebraic thinking in math to find solutions to SolveMe Mobiles and write equations for them


 

Finally, a reminder that Ms. Daynes will be taking over for Mrs. Cooper’s leave beginning next Wednesday, April 21.  With the help of Ms. McKay and Mr. Radu, we will continue to have blog messages for the upcoming weeks, but they may look at little different as Ms. Daynes settles into our new routines.

Important Dates

April 2021

  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


 

Week of April 6-9

It was great to be back after the break and see everyone’s smiling faces! Although it was a short week, we packed it full of learning! Thanks to Adi, Abbi, Ellexa, Kira and Lucien for their contributions to the class blog this week.

In writing we are beginning to look at how to write stories. 

“Specifically we are trying to write realistic fiction. This means that we create our own fiction story, but our story is something that could actually happen. To brainstorm ideas we thought of something that could go wrong in every day activities.” (ED)

Here are some of the activities that we thought of….. and what could go wrong!


 

In math after reviewing multiplication and division, we started our exploration of “I can understand parts of an equation” and “I can use algebraic thinking to solve equations”.

“We were doing SolveMe Mobiles but we were building them instead of only solving them. We had to make them total an amount, like 10, and then we needed to show the teacher and write an equation.” (AD)

We then created our own paper SolveMe Mobiles by choosing a number to​ use and then picking the right numbers to balance them. At the end we wrote an equation to show our mobiles. Next week, we will try to solve each other’s mobiles and match the equations to them.


 

In science, although we are still exploring Wheels, Levers and Devices That Move, we took a little break because we wanted to get a jump start on some planting. 

“We planted beans and learned about germinating them. We also planted some flowers and some spearmint and peppermint. I hope all of our beans start to grow soon.” (AA)

In gym we started our next area of study – racquet sports! When we can get outside we will be practicing our tennis skills and indoors (or if it isn’t windy) we will be exploring badminton.


 

“We learned about badminton and how to hit a birdie to a partner.” (KL)

 Also ask us about Social Studies, Art and Health!


 


 


 


 


 

Finally, Mrs. Cooper would also like to remind everyone that as the weather improves, we will be doing more outdoor learning.  Because some days we will be outside for some time, please remember to dress for the weather. It is also a good idea to put on sunscreen each morning, pack a hat and also a water bottle so we can be our best learners outdoors.

Important Dates

 

April 2021

  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


 

Week of March 22-26

This week we have a photo blog of our learning.  Our class is wishing everyone a wonderful and restful spring break!  See you back on April 6, 2021.

Important Dates

March 2021

  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning


 


 


 

Week of March 15-19

This week Kira, Reid, Duke, and Queylan, volunteered to contribute to our blog.  We have been working on being more descriptive and detailed in our writing. I’m sure you will notice by how clearly they explained our week:

This week for Science we built Lego gears (with instructions) and we were trying to figure out what changed and what stayed the same. Mrs. Cooper asked us what we saw, and what we learned with different sized gears and in different places. We used these unique Lego build kits to make our own stuff with wheels and axles before. Now we followed the instructions to see what was different and what changed. Here are some examples of what we were asked by Mrs. Cooper “Which gears were bigger? How did the Lego gears change? What did you do to make it change? Watch the groove peg on the opposite side of the stand from where the gears are. Describe how it moves. Is it slow or fast? Is it in the same direction or the opposite direction as the gear?” (K.L)

We learned that two gears that are connected will always move in opposite directions. Also, if you want to make something move fast, have the handle attached to the large gear, but the object to move fast needs to be attached to a smaller gear.

This week in the gym we did more cup stacking. We had six different stations with different skills. There was the speed stacking.  Speed stacking is when you use speed stacking mats which are these mats that you place your hand on. It has a timer, then you have to put pressure on the timer and then when the light goes from red to green you can go. Then you can stack and then destack. You can stack in four different ways the three three three then you can also do the three six three and then the one ten one. Then after you're done stacking and destacking then push the timer. (R.W.)

The other stations were height stacking, design stacking, movement stacking and free play.

Movement stacking is were you stack then do something like push ups, jumping jacks burpees, sit ups or run on the spot and then go destack so then you can race people and do movement stacking. (R.W)

In math this week we did long division. This means to split things into even groups but we are using bigger numbers. You need to divide, multiply, subtract then check and bring down in long division. To remember that, Mrs. Cooper taught us “Does McDonalds Serve Cheese Burgers”.  The answer is yes they do. (D.S)

And we can do long division.  

It was not easy or hard though, it was in the middle. (D.S.)

In Social Studies we read stories about Iktomni. It teaches us sharing and to be honest. We are reading these to learn about the stories First Nations told many years ago. The First Nations made stories about animals. Then other First Nations passed the stories on. (Q.H.)

As we began to look at and write our own poetry, Mrs. Cooper asked us why people write.  We came up with lots of great ideas.  To look deeper at this, Mrs. Cooper has given each of us a little piece of homework. For Monday, we need to bring in some kind of writing that means something to us.  It can be ANYTHING: an inspirational quote, part of song lyrics (that are appropriate), part of a book, a poem, a message from a family member…  What is important is that the piece of writing is special to us.

Below are a few more photos from our week. Ask us about them! But also remember to check the important dates below them!


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Important Dates

March 2021

  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning


 

Week of March 8-11

This week we spent a lot of time celebrating our progress and looking at all the things we have learned, got better at and can now do.  If you have not seen our celebration packages yet that were sent home on Friday, please make sure that you look through them. We are all so proud of how far we have come!! Also, Mrs. Cooper wants to thank all those parents she was able to talk to this week. If you didn’t have a chance to connect with her, email her anytime to set up a time.

Our blog contributors this week also wanted to highlight some of our key learnings and favorite moments of the week. Thanks to Nicole, Adi, Duke and Lucien for volunteering to be our blog team on what felt like an especially busy week.

“Thursday disguised as Friday! Thursday is Friday today because we only have Free Write Friday on Friday. But ‘today’ we have it on Thursday. On the bright side it is a short day. And we have short days on Friday and full days on Thursday” D. S.

For Free Write Thursday, if we couldn’t think of what to write about, Mrs. Cooper suggested we write about what she calls her “Green Smoothie.”

“We are writing about what is in Mrs. Cooper’s green drink. I think that it is something that is Zombie guts and it’s heart with green slime.” A.D.

“For art we started a warm and cool colour picture. Everyone’s drawing is so different. Some people did a half moon and the other half the sun. Then others did a picture of a turtle. It is based on the Indigenous legend Turtle Island that we learned about in Social Studies.” N.H.

We went outside to listen to different versions of the legend and then compared and contrasted two of the stories in a Venn diagram.

“In gym we started our new unit: cup stacking J. Yesterday we used timers to see how fast we can stack and destack.  We all got our own bag of cups to stack and destack. I think everyone loves our subject right now.” L.L.

 

Important Dates

March 2021

  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 


 

Week of March 1-5

This week’s blog is brought to you by our blog team of the week: Queylan, Abbie, Emily, Navedra and Reid (and a few additions by Mrs. Cooper).

“This week we learned about fixed pulleys and movable pulleys in Science. We attempted to make a fixed  and a movable pulley. The hardest part was to set it up. We had a duct tape wood stick and string and a plastic pulley. And we learned how much force is needed. The fixed pulley was pretty easy. You needed to put the pulley at the top and hook it to the wood stick, tape up on the top and then tie the string to your load that you need to lift. The movable pulley was the hardest to set up. You need to clip the load to the pulley and pull it up. That one (the moveable pulley) was the one that needed the least force. And that's what we learned in science.” (R.W.) 

“In Social Studies we are learning about Alberta’s First People and lots of their traditional stories like Buffalo Calling Stone and Turtle Island.” (E.A.)  

Mrs. Cooper read to us the Ojibway legend The Creation of Turtle Island while we were outside sketching what we saw in our minds. We learned that the land and animals were very important to Indigenous perspectives.  For example, we learned in our note taking earlier in the week that the Blackfoot people 

"had help from the Spirit of Animals during Buffalo hunts.” (E.A.) and “the Buffalo were willing to give themselves to the hunters if they showed respect.” (Q.H.)

“In math we were listening to the six times table song. It helps us do our six times tables faster by learning to skip count by 6 -  6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60.” (Q.H.)

As we continued to explore “I can use personal strategies to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers”, we learned that some strategies are easier and faster for some people, but harder for others, but we still get the same answers.

“We were doing outside gym and we were on the playground. My classmates and I played 'You have 10 second to…' and it was so much fun. Mrs. Cooper would say 'you have 10 seconds to…' and she would give us an instruction. For example, you have 10 seconds to touch something red with your foot or she would say you have to be hanging. I literally hung upside down.” (N.D.)

“In book club we have one partner or two and your group gets to pick a book and you get to read a book to each other. I love book club because you get to read interesting chapter books. I like to read in the hallway because it is nice and quiet. We go back and look for interesting words or hook words and we add them to our vocabulary list.” (A.A.)

Here are a few other photos from the week. Ask us about:

  • The writing we are doing and what it means to “show not tell” in our writing.
  • What texture means and the types of textures we used in our own art explorations.

Finally, Mrs. Cooper wants to remind all parents that this is a shortened week because of Conferences.  Thursday is early dismissal and Friday there is no school.  Information about how to book virtual conferences will be sent by email.  However, if you are unable to book by Sunday evening, please email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca .

Important Dates

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes


 

Week of February 22-26

It was a fantastic week in Room 13. Our class continues to amaze Mrs. Cooper every day! With our Pink Shirt Day Activities our blog team wasn't able to compose our blog this week. But we will be back on track next week!

We spoke a lot this week about kindness – reading poems, writing poetry, doing kindness mindful moments and discussing how we can “lift each other up”.  Although many of our discussions were around Pink Shirt Day, as a class we want to show kindness everyday.  We talked about how it is important for everyone to feel that they “have someone in their corner” and what each of us can do to help others in our school feel that way.  The class also discussed how kindness spreads so if you show kindness it can have a big impact.  On Friday we began creating our Kindness Tree with members of our class making branches. We can’t wait to see how our tree and kindness in our building grows.


 

In writing, we focused on the learning intention “I can use the ‘show don’t tell’ strategy to make my writing more impactful". Mrs. Cooper was amazed at what our class came up with. These are just a few examples:

  • I had zero energy, I could just barely move. I just had enough energy to go to the pantry.
  • Me and my family were heading to Disneyland in California.  We were going on one of rollercoasters. When we were on top of the highest drop, It felt like I was on top of the highest skyscraper!  When we were going down the drop, I looked at my uncle and his face was green!  I counted 50 shades of it.
  • As the butterfly’s go into my stomach I tear up.  A gigantic frown shows on my pale face.  “Please Stacy, don’t be too mad once you found out that I lied.”
  • I had this feeling in my stomach like it was turning around over and over again. My head felt like there was a giant traffic jam, thoughts swirling around my head…
  • One day when I was at the ocean, I saw a dead fish so gross that my little sister almost peed her pants.  It smelled like rotten food.  It was the grossest stinkiest day ever.

 


 

In math we explored “I can use different strategies to estimate products and quotients”. Some of us used repeated addition, some of us used doubling of friendly numbers, some of us rounded numbers to a friendly number and some of us “broke down the two digit number into the tens and ones then multiplied”. We then used this knowledge to work towards the learning intention “I can use my understanding of multiplication to solve two digit by one digit multiplication problems.” After working with a complicated problem that needed us to multiply big numbers, we learned that some strategies are more efficient than others.

In Science we explored wheels and axels and brainstormed all the places in our school, houses and environments that we see wheels and axles.  Our class found wheels and axles everywhere – in door knobs, in volume control knobs, fans and more. We then made our own wheels and axles before exploring with pulleys.


 


 

We also started Book Club this week. Ask us about what book we are reading and who our partner is! And ask us about football and the skills we learned in gym!


 


 

Important Dates

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

Week of February 16-19

Mrs. Cooper was away for a few days this week so our blog this week was a class effort.  We will return to our blog teams next week.

Because of Family Day, Mrs. Cooper had us visualize someone who is important to us.  She asked us to picture in our minds the answers to detailed questions so we could focus on the learning intention “I can write a personal narrative that is descriptive and has a logical flow of ideas.”

We wrote about our important someone. We were writing about why they are important, what they do, how they are related to us and things we do with them. We were focusing on descriptive writing and adding detail so that it is not just “blah, blah, blah, blah”. (K.L. and R.W.)

 

In Social Studies we made clay maps of Alberta. We were showing where all the Indigenous groups are living in Alberta. (Q.H.)

In reading and word work we read an article about how the Mars rover "Perseverance" was named. Did you know that it was named by a grade 7 boy?  We also looked at the word perseverance more closely because we are working on the learning intention "I can use root words, suffixes and prefixes to help understand new words."  


 

In math we did a game called “Salute” and it was really fun. I couldn’t understand how to play it at first but I got it later on. You need three people to play and one of those people is the General and the other two people have to pull a card and they can’t look at their own, but can look at the other person’s card. When the general says “Salute” you salute with the card. The general says the number you get when they are multiplied and you need to be the first to guess your number.” (A.A. and R.W.)

 

We made dragsters last week so we used pipe cleaners, three elastics, a pop can and the bottom had a hole in it. Then we put it all together. We used the pipe cleaner so that we could twist the elastic so it could be like the engine for the dragster. (A.D.)

We did football in gym. First we started out by throwing and catching. Then we played some sort of tag game. (R.W., D.S and J.C.)

Please also remember to wear a pink shirt on Wednesday of this week to show your support for anti-bullying. If you don't have a pink shirt, wear a special shirt that means something to you.

Important Dates

February 2021

  • Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Wear pink to show your support for anti-bullying

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes


 


 

Week of February 1-5

This week was a really eventful week! There were so many crazy, weird and strange things that happened in our learning. Our blog team this week, Kira, Tazra, Nicole, Adi and Ellexa are going to share more about it. 

 

You wouldn’t believe what happened on Thursday. It was chaotic. Mrs. Cooper had just read to us a story about a puppy and then we were supposed to write about it. Ms. McKay and Mr. Radu barged into the classroom as we were writing and started playing catch with a red dodgeball. So many people were saying “WHAT IS GOING ON!” The ball went into the garbage can and Mr. Radu backed into a computer and it fell. Mr. Radu picked it up and then he ran out of the classroom. We found out later that it was a set up! Mrs. Cooper had planned it all except for the computer part, that was a total accident. 

Science was just as strange. We pushed Mrs. Cooper in a green recycling bin across the classroom and hallway. She gave all of us a chance to push her.  Next she asked everybody, “How can we move her easier?”. We took broom sticks and put them under her as she was in the bucket. We did this because we were learning about rollers. But it didn’t really work because they just kind of tipped down. Our rollers worked better when we did a challenge to make it easier to move a heavy book with just one pinky finger and just a little bit of force. We used pencil crayons and other round things like glue sticks as rollers. 

Winter Walk

 

On Wednesday we did our winter walk. It was hard for some people but we are strong! There was lots of snow everywhere because it had just snowed the night before. It was actually colder than expected but it was not that cold. Not everyone wanted to go on the winter walk, but we went and we all had fun and got fresh air. When we got back, everyone “ploped” into the freshly fallen snow.  Some people made snow angels. 

It was nice to see our own corner of Alberta as we finished our writing about what we appreciate most about the Alberta landscape. 

 

In math we explored “I can add decimal numbers to hundredths.”  We now know that it is important to line up the decimals and the place values because we “need to add the same things.”  For example, with money, we need to add the dollars together and the cents together.  We also played dice games to practice adding and ordering decimal numbers. 

Thanks to everyone who sent in Valentines and pop cans for Science. We are excited to see what we need them for.

A reminder that this upcoming week is a very short one because of Teachers' Convention and the Family Day long weekend. See important dates below.

IMPORTANT DATES:

February 2021

  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 


 

Week of January 25-28

Our blog this week is a creative collaboration from everyone in Room 13, so it may look a little different than usual. 

On Thursday, Mrs. Cooper had us write about our learning this week in pairs or small groups as we focused on writing for a specific audience.  We each wrote a paragraph or a few sentences about our learning. Mrs. Cooper then took all our great writing, pulled out a few sentences from everyone and then revised it into one blog post. (You will see initials after some sentences so that we can give credit to the authors in our class). We hope you enjoy the blog this week!!! 

 

Organizing a paragraph for logical order, reading Resart and Word Sorts


 

The highlight of our week (as wrote about by many students) was gym. We were exploring “I can control a volleyball with a set and bump pass” and “I can serve a volleyball.” Here is what our class had to say: 

“In gym we are on a new unit. It’s volleyball!” (D.B.) 
“To be specific, we learned how to serve, bump and volley.” (H.D.) 
“We started slowly by trying to keep the ball off the ground and then we increased the hardness by trying to keep it up as long as possible.” (D.S & R.W.)  
“We learned how to bump, volley and serve. (E.A.)” 
“On Monday, Mrs. Cooper taught us how to keep the ball off the ground. (L.J.) 
“The next day we were shown how to bump the ball to get it over the pretend net. We can’t have the nets out because of COVID, so we have to pretend the nets are there. Then on Wednesday, we learned how to underhand serve with a game. "(L.O & E.D) 

But it wasn’t only gym that kept us busy: 

“In math, we learned something new called decimals, or decimal fractions. They are found on the right side of the place value. The decimal is between the ones and the tenths.” (B.G.) 

Using digital base 10 blocks on the Chromebooks, we modelled, compared and ordered decimals to hundredths and made sure we could represent them in words and with numbers. Another way to think about decimals was described in this way:

“The way decimals work is you put a dot then put the numbers backwards.” (T.M.)

This is because the way we name place value to the right of the decimal is a similar pattern to the way we name place value to the left of the decimal, but in reverse. 

And if you are wondering how we feel about decimals: 

“They’re hard, but not too hard.” (R.W.) 

 

 

Many of us were also excited to share that:  

“We have been reading the book Restart. (D.C.) 
Restart is a book about Chase forgetting his memory. He forgot his memory because he fell off of a house roof and hit his head and got amnesia.” (M.I.) 
“ He had to go to the hospital. He did not remember anything except a girl that had blond hair and blue eyes.” (A.D.) 
“He used to be a bully until now – he's nice now. (K.L.) 
“In groups everyone read Chapter 13 of Restart” (N.H.) and “we had to draw a character from the book.” (L.L.) 
Resart is a great book. You should read it.” (N.D.) 

 

To review our Science unit and prepare for our quiz, we did a class Kahoot on the Chromebooks. 

“"How Kahoot works is that one person picks a theme and ours was Light and Shadows. We get questions and we have to answer the right answer. The person with the most points wins.” (J.C.) 

Be sure to also ask us about:

  • What we appreciate about Alberta and which project we choose to represent our thoughts in a visual way;
  • How to recognize a bully and what we should do if we see or experience bullying; and
  • What vocabulary words we remember in French for items found in the classroom.

Finally a few reminders and notes from Mrs. Cooper. Please remember that if you wish to send Valentine Cards, they must be at school by February 5th so that they can quarantine for at least 72 hours before we give them out on February 10th.  Also, February 3rd is "Winter Walk Day" so please dress for the weather as we will be participating and going for a walk in the community after recess. Mrs. Cooper will send out a School Messenger email on Monday to all parents to remind you.

Finally, if possible, please bring in a clean, dry and bagged empty pop can for Science.  Mrs. Cooper asks that you please clean it well with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, let it dry and then put it in a plastic bag.  Cans that are brought in will be labelled with the student's name, will quarantine for 72 hours, and will only be used by the student who brought it in. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca.

IMPORTANT DATES:

February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 5 - OPTIONAL: Last Day to bring in Valentines Cards to be handed out Feb. 10
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 22 - Spring Break - No Classes

 

Week of January 18-22

In writing this week, we continued to explore the importance of editing our writing because our first draft of things is often just to get ideas down.  We learned that revising is about adding, replacing, moving and substituting words or phrases to make the whole thing sound better. We also made a list of all the strategies we have learned so far to help improve our writing.  We remembered to:

  • “make our sentences not all sound the same”
  • use transition words
  • start with a “good hook first sentence”
  • add onomatopoeia or alliteration (where appropriate); and
  • make sure that it has a logical order.


 

To practice revising while keeping those things in mind, Mrs. Cooper gave us a piece of writing that did not have a good order and did not make much sense.  Using the learning intention: “I can revise a piece of writing so that: it has an interesting hook, a logical order and that uses good descriptive language appropriately” we took her writing and made it better. Everyone revised from the same starting sentences, but they still all came out different. Our class came up with fantastic writing!  The next day we used some of the writing from our classmates to identify and highlight the strategies that they used.

To finish off the week, Mrs. Cooper asked us to put our writing into action and write about the most memorable part of our week. As a group, this is what we came up with and is our first attempt at writing the blog post together:

“We did a challenging race in math that was based on the Amazing Race TV show. Most of our students had to run around the school to find clues. They had to solve the clues by finding the answer to the fraction problems, and then give it to the teacher so they could get the next clue. They had to crack the code. Do you want to know more about it? Then you need to ask the students in Room 13!”

The Fractions Amazing Race gave us a chance to put our math skills into action, particularly:

  • “I can use the terms numerator and denominator when discussing fractions”;
  • “I can compare and order fractions with the same denominators”;
  • “I can compare and order fractions with different denominators when the numerator is one”; and
  • “I can explain why the same fraction (e.g. one half and one half) can represent different quantities.”

 

We also continued with our class read aloud Restart by Gordon Korman and then in Health brainstormed what comes to mind when we think of bullying. We discussed how being rude, mean and a bully are different things.  Our ideas were very similar to the definition found on the CBE Bullying Prevention Website

 

You can also ask us about:

  • the periscope we used in Science, how it helps us to see around corners and what property of light is used; 
  • playing Heads Up with vocabulary words from our Light and Shadows unit; and
  • our thoughts on the responsible use of natural resources and what we need to do to take care of our Alberta landscape.

 


 

Finally, remember that Friday, January 29th is a Professional Learning Day for teachers so there is no school.  Mrs. Cooper also wants to make a note about Valentines day for those who wish to participate.  Students will be given the opportunity to write down the first names of all their classmates in the upcoming week in the event they wish to distribute cards for Valentines Day. This is completely optional, however if your child does want to give them out, they must be at school no later than Friday, February 5th in order to be distributed on the Wednesday, February 10th (as they need to “quarantine” for at least 72 hours).  Cards received after February 5th, will be distributed after the long weekend.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 5 - OPTIONAL: Last Day to bring in Valentines Cards to be handed out Feb. 10
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 22 - Spring Break - No Classes

 

 

 

 

Week of January 11-15

It was so great to see each other's smiling faces again and get back to in person learning! Our class did great learning at home during online learning last week, but we all agreed it was wonderful to be face to face again.

In math we explored "I can represent, order and compare fractions" in a variety of ways. Students built their own representation of a fraction and then we took a gallery walk to figure out the fractions each of our classmates made. We also discovered that a half does not always equal a half because "the size of the whole matters. If we have something big, the half will be bigger."  We proved this fact on Friday when we used blocks of different sizes called Cuisenaire Rods to see how different pieces compared to each other.

Math Fraction Walk
Representing Fractions
Fractions - showing 1/2 in many ways


 

In our writing, we continued to find ways to be more expressive with our words and draw in our reader.  We discussed how hooks (awesome grabby first sentences) can be used to catch the attention of a reader and make them want to read it.  After coming up with some creative hooks in small groups, we did a piece of writing that showed "I can use a hooks to drawn in my reader and write a descriptive and interesting narrative".  We then spent some time looking at the difference between revising and editing and revised this piece of writing with a partner.

Revising together

Two big highlights of our week were being outside in the beautiful weather and our art sculptures to finish off the week.  We used the natural landscape and available spaces to move our "Stations" unit in gym outside to continue the I can statement "I can move my body in safe and healthy ways for exercise, health and well-being."  In art, after viewing and discussing the movement in sculptures by  Alberto Giacometti, we made tin foil art that we are looking forward to completing next week. 

 

Sculpting with foil

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

IMPORTANT DATES

January 29  No School - Teacher Professional Learning


 

Week of December 7-11


 

As the Winter break is fast approaching, we decided to use our new knowledge of light and shadows to explore shading, highlights and shadows in art.  The students all worked so hard on their winter snowmen, being sure to pay attention to the light source in our pictures and think about where the light and dark areas would be. The students made some very impressive artwork!

Snowmen in Chalk Pastels


 


 

In literacy and Social Studies, we continued to improve our research skills finding out more about the Royal Tyrrell Museum.  Specifically we were working towards "I can take jot notes under appropriate headings to research and organize information" and "I can share how the Royal Tyrrell Museum adds to scientific knowledge regarding Alberta’s fossil heritage".  Next week we will use our research to create a video to advertise or create a news story about this important Alberta landmark.  


 

In Science we continued to investigate refraction, this time looking at coloured bars through a plastic cup and then adding water.  Do you know what happens and why?  Ask your grade four student to explain the phenomenon seen here.


 


 

Social Studies Research
Water refraction investigation


 

In math we looked at numbers and data in a different way, this time exploring pictographs.  We explored "I can interpret information from a pictograph with many to one correspondence."  This means that the scale can represent more than one thing, and we needed to apply our understanding of multiplication and skip counting to figure out what data was represented.  We then used the data to solve problems that involved addition and subtraction.  Finally, we looked at how we might determine a scale in our own pictograph.  We used our daily math talks to reinforce how multiplication is the same as repeated addition, and how division can help us to solve problems.  The students really love the Solve Me Mobiles and are getting really good at solving the higher level problems.

Solve Me Mobiles
One of many solutions to the mobile
Another Solve Me Mobile Problem


 

Finally as we enter into our last week before the break a few important reminders and information items.  Mrs. Cooper will be sending home a schedule and some information needed for at home learning the week of January 4th-11th. You can expect this package of information on Thursday December 17th.  As classes will be virtual January 4th-11th, for students who have technology access, they should try to log onto google classroom from home (see the instructions below from last week).  If you have any questions about the at home learning January 4th-11th or about access to google classroom, please email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • We are currently collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • December 15 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater or red or green or both
  • December 18 PJ Day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break
  • January 4th - 11th - At home learning as per government guidelines

Basketball

Week of November 30-December 4

Lucky for us, the weather continued to cooperate as we explored how light interacts. Students investigated the learning

Splitting light into colours

intention "I can explain that light can be broken into colours as it refracts through another material", having great success with the prisms.  Immediately after when we stayed outside for gym, students noticed that Mrs. Cooper's water bottle was also producing a spectrum on the ground and concluded that it was because the light was passing through the water and getting refracted.

Refraction through Mrs. Cooper's water bottle


 


 

In Math, we began exploring patterns and relating the patterns that we saw to multiplication.  We discussed the different types of patterns (repeating, increasing and decreasing) before practicing "I can use patterns to predict the next numbers in a sequence."  The students then played Crack the Safe Code, finding the missing numbers needed to open the safe. We then applied our learning of t-tables and charts to "I can use t-tables, charts and diagrams to solve problems."

Playing Crack the Safe Code


 

In Language Arts, we began our class study of the author Chris Van Allsburg. We began with Mrs. Cooper reading us Just a Dream while looking closely at the pictures.  Mrs. Cooper taught us how to use"access lenses" from Trevor Bryant & Peter H Reynold's the Art of Comprehension to look at stories more deeply. We then read our own Chris Van Allsburg books to examine them closely for the main ideas, mood and theme.  

Reading Chris Van Allsburg and looking deeply at the stories
Exploring the mood of a story
Bryan's & Reynold's Access Lenses


 


 

We will continue to access classwork through Google Classroom on the Chromebooks in the upcoming week. If possible, students should practice logging on at home as well as it can be a little different using a different device. Students can also find word work lists in google classroom each week, as well as links for practicing multiplication and division facts. Please email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca if you would like a copy of the student instructions below, or if you need a copy of your student's CBE email or password. 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • We are currently collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • December 11 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater or red or green or both
  • December 18 PJ Day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


 

Week of November 23-27

The sun and warmer weather came out at a perfect time, as we started to explore shadows in Science this week. We

Tracing and measuring shadows

learned that the position of the light source can change the size, direction and clarity of a shadow in our investigations this week. We also went outside and measured how our shadows changed throughout the day.  


 

We then used our new found knowledge of shadows to recreate a character, scene/event or setting from our class novel The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick.  Our class was so excited to be able to choose a part of the book and make our own connections to the book to make the representation. To do this, we learned about the term silhouette and how silhouette images have more defined shapes that show up better in shadow.  Students then used the silhouette puppets they created to make up other oral stories about the characters and settings they created.


 


 

The Big Dark - Shadow Scene
The Big Dark - Shadow Scene


 


 

In math we continued to explore "I can show division in many ways" and "I can use multiplication and division to solve problems.  In our math talks, we used the block shapes in Steve Wyborney's Multiplication Course Videos to explain how we see groups of numbers.  We often see numbers or blocks grouped in different ways, but can get the same answer.  A reminder that students can be continuing to practice their multiplication facts up to 7x7 and the related division facts at home. Digital links are in Google Classroom. If you would like an extra paper set of flash cards, please email Mrs Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca.

Showing Division in two or more ways


 

In Social Studies and literacy, we completed our opinion writing on the closure of Alberta Parks. The students in our class

have some great ideas about whether they think some parks should be closed or kept open. Ask us about our reasons and explanations to support our opinions.  Finally, we did a little bit of research on a Park in Alberta that sounded interesting to us.  We worked on "I can capture main ideas in jot notes under appropriate titles" and "I can make a poster to advertise an Alberta Park." 


 

Next week will be our last week looking at our words with Long O Sounds.  Students have extra copies of their words and are encouraged to work with them at home doing sorts, using them in sentences and looking for patterns.


 


 

Finally, you still have time to visit our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair which is open until this Friday December 4!! Shop at this link: EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS 

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


 

Week of November 16-20

By far, the highlight of our week was the arrival of our new books for our classroom library courtesy of School Council. Students were bouncing up and down, squealing and literally holding onto their chairs as Mrs. Cooper unpacked the new arrivals. Mrs. Cooper heard: "There's so many I want them all!", "I can't wait to read Wings of Fire.", "It's like Christmas!" and "This book is really good - I want to read another one!".  We love to read in Room 13 and having new books to enjoy is so fantastic.


 

We continued to improve our writing this week, focusing on the use of transition words, making compound sentences and writing lots of detail. Mrs. Cooper showed the class some examples of grade level writing so we all know what we are working towards.  Each student has different things that we are working on in our own writing, but we are all working towards writing endurance which means writing more but also with quality.  If you would like to see a sample of grade level writing, please email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca.

In math we continued to expand our understanding of multiplication by drawing arrays and looking for all the different "factors of a given product". We learned that factors are the two numbers you multiply together and the product is the total or answer of a multiplication statement.  In socially distanced groups, we brainstormed what division meant to us as we began looking at "I can represent division in more than one way."

Different factors of 12
Showing multiplication
Arrays
Division Brainstorm


 


 

As we explore the ideas of opinions and backing our opinions with reasons and examples, we have been using the current event issue around Alberta Parks.  After doing some reading and viewing, we each gave our opinions as well as reasons to answer the question "Should the Alberta government close parks and protected areas?" Ask your student their opinion and reasoning.  


 

 


 

Due to technical difficulties, Mrs. Cooper’s post from last week didn’t publish.  See below for a modified post for the week of November 9-13.

Remember our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair starts this Monday November 23 and runs through to December 4, 2020. Use this link to shop: EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS 

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


 

Week of November 9-13

We spent a lot of time this week viewing, listening, reflecting and remembering those who have made sacrifices for each and every one of us.  After listening to and viewing stories we shared what we saw, felt and what it made us think about.  

We would like to thank Mr. Radu, Ms. McKay and all the teachers that worked to make our virtual Remembrance Day assembly so special.  Our class enjoyed seeing the other classes share their reflections. We would like to send an extra special thank you to Master Corporal (Retired) Fred Litchfield for his message about family, friends and actions of peace.  The story about Master Corporal Mark Isfield and the "Issy Dolls" he gave to children gave us a lot to think about. We discussed and wrote about how each of us can contribute to peace and kindness at EMJ.

This week we also brainstormed about multiplication, began working on speed and accuracy of our multiplication facts.  Each of us are working towards "I can recall multiplication facts to 7x7", beginning with the patterns in the 2 and 4 times tables.  It is important for each of us to continue to work on these at home. Mrs. Cooper has put links in Google Classroom for digital flashcards.  If you don't know how to access Google Classroom from home, please email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca.

Multiplication Brainstorming
Word Sort - What patterns do you see?


 

We also got our second set of words for our Word Work - this time looking at "I can recognize and use patterns in words that make the long i sound."  Ask your student about their words as we continue to explore them next week.

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

IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS 

  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 20 - No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


 

Week of November 2-6


 

Bouncing Light off a Mirror
Light in a straight line


 

This week we began our second Science Unit: Light and Shadows. After discussing light safety and sources of light, we began exploring the way that light moves.  We found out that light travels in a straight line. To get light to change directions, we need to have it interact with something like a mirror.  We found a dark space by the elevators and bounced light off of five mirrors and then onto a black piece of paper.

In Math we worked on mental math and some speed work with addition facts.  Mrs. Cooper has put a few links in Google Classroom so we can also practice our number facts at home. By being able to add and subtract numbers quickly in our head, we can then work with numbers more easily when we are adding and subtracting numbers to 10 000.  We also explored "I can show the meaning of subtraction in different ways" by making a group poster. We discovered that subtraction is "messy" when we try to show what it means.  

Addition Speed Facts
Showing Subtraction


 

We shifted our writing focus this week to opinion writing. It is great to each have our own opinion, but when you are trying to persuade someone, or communicate your opinion, it is important to have good reasons and be able to explain your reasons with examples. As a class, we wrote a paragraph about Christmas being the best holiday and Mrs. Cooper wrote a paragraph about the best sport. In groups we highlighted the reasons in one colour and the explanations or examples in another colour. (We also looked for words with long a sounds because this was our word work focus for the week.) Finally, we each wrote a convincing opinion paragraph about the best pet to have, or if it is better to not have a pet.  We will continue to explore opinion writing a next week.

 

Identifying parts of opinion paragraphs

 

Word Work - ways to get the long a sound


 


 


 

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

IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS 

  • 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 20 - No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


 

Week of October 26-29

Princesses, Mandelorians, Peacocks, Garbage, Dinosaurs and more! What great costumes in Room 13!

In French we continued to explore “I can recognize and say Halloween words in French”. After reviewing our Halloween vocabulary, we listened to the famous song C’est L’halloween by Matt Maxwell and looked for all the words that we could recognize. We then used all the French Halloween words we knew in a game of Halloween Bingo.

It was a big week in Social Studies, wrapping up "I can identify key features of Alberta Regions" and "I can appreciate the diversity of Alberta's landforms, wildlife, vegetation and climate." We published our "Most Important Alberta Book" by finishing the editing of our writing, completing a good copy and illustrating our work.  We now have three complete books and although the information is all a little different, this is because we each appreciate different things about the regions of Alberta.  Finally, we wrapped up this section with a class game of Jeopardy. We used our whiteboards to answer questions as a team to show our understanding.

Boreal Forest Page
Foothills Page
Jeopardy Game - Showing our understanding


 

Addition and subtraction of four digit numbers as well as mental math continued to be the focus for the week. Each of us are working towards "I can use a variety of strategies to add and subtract four digit numbers" as well as "I can solve problems using addition and subtraction".  We practiced our skills in a game Mrs. Cooper created on SMART Learning Suite Online.  In our math talk, we looked at "Number Imposters" and explained the reasons why we thought a number was the imposter.

 

Addition & Subtraction Game
Number Imposter Sharing
Number imposter


 


 


 


 

In gym we applied our skipping skills with the long ropes. We learned that not only do you need to have good jumping skills, but the rope turning is an important job that takes a lot of coordination and team work. We practiced different types of jumping inside the long ropes and even tried a few tricks.

Skipping with long ropes


 

IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS 

  • Remember indoor shoes (now that the snow has arrived)
  • We are starting our light and shadows unit in science. If you have a flashlight that your child can keep at school for the next few weeks, please send it to school.
  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Photo Retakes *Please let Mrs. Cooper know if your child requires retakes by emailing tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day


 

Week of October 19-23

Recess snow art

The snow really came this week, but Room 13 was ready and it didn't slow us down. We had fun at recess playing winter games and creating snow art. Thanks to everyone who bundled up for the weather and brought inside shoes.


 


 

In math we talked about addition and what it means to add. We decided it was hard to put into words, but the students in Room 13 came up with things like "two numbers turn into another number" and "if you have 2 plus 2 and you smush them together you have 4". When looking at the I can statement "I can add numbers up to 10 000 using a variety of different strategies" we learned that there are many ways to do addition. We also spent a lot of time talking about mental math strategies like "doubles plus one" or "doubles plus two" and "bridging to 10". We then applied some of those mental math strategies in our math talks doing MashUps.

Math MashUp
Addition Strategies

In literacy and Science we read an article in small (socially distanced) groups on a Calgary boy who found a dinosaur

Getting the main ideas from an article

fossil while hiking in Horseshoe Canyon.  Together we talked about the main idea of the article, some facts that were in the article and also some vocabulary.  Since we learned earlier in the week how to craft a paragraph, we then each wrote a paragraph about the article with a focus on "I can relay the main ideas from something that I have read" and "I can write a paragraph with a topic sentence, three supporting details and a concluding sentence".


 

We also finished our class novel "Wishtree". Some of us really loved the book, some of us liked it and some of us didn't really like it at all. We discussed how everyone can have their own opinions, but you need to give reasons for your opinion.  

Wishtree Review

A few other highlights from the week: in gym we started our skipping unit and in Social Studies we continued to discuss the key features of the regions in Alberta and worked on our Important Alberta Book. In art we looked at Jennifer Anne Burke and her paintings of Alberta Badlands and Hoodoos for inspiration before we tried our own Badland and Hoodoo drawings.  

The important thing about...

Badland and Hoodoo Drawings


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS 

  • Remember indoor shoes (now that the snow has arrived)
  • We are starting our light and shadows unit in science. If you have a flashlight that your child can keep at school for the next few weeks, please send it to school.
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Photo Retakes *Please let Mrs. Cooper know if your child requires retakes by emailing tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

Skipping

Week of October 13-16

Sharing what we learned

This week we finished up our Social Studies group research on Alberta regions in our group google doc. We then shared what we learned with the entire class and Mrs. Cooper summarized all the information in to one chart.  She then read us The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown.  We discussed the imagery and also the patterns in the book, and then started looking at our research about Alberta Regions. We discussed in groups what the most important thing about each region is.  Next week, we will begin creating our own book: The Important Book of Alberta Regions.


 


 

Next week is Waste Reduction Week. To do our part and to begin applying what we have been discussing in Science, we started making posters with public service announcements that we will display in the school next week.  We also examined a product that we use that uses some sort of package and each created a slide presentation about where that package comes from, its raw materials and how best to dispose of it.  We are also getting really good at accessing assignments in Google Classroom and submitting them virtually to Mrs. Cooper

Story of a product - packaging
tracking
Waste Reduction Brainstorming


 

In math, we continued to compare and order numbers looking specifically at "I can use a number line to round to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand" and "I can use rounding and friendly numbers to help with estimation".  Mrs. Cooper learned some new ways to use SMART Learning Suite, and created a rounding game for us to do on the Chromebooks.

Rounding with Number Lines
Rounding Game


 

Goalie Ball

IMPORTANT DATES 

  • Remember indoor shoes (now that the snow has arrived)
  • Please return your technology Admirable Use Forms for those who haven't yet
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Photo Retakes *Please let Mrs. Cooper know if your child requires retakes by emailing tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day


 

Week of October 5 - 8

It was another busy and quick week for us in Room 13! 

In math we continued to focus on the learning intention “I can compare and order numbers up to 10 000 in a variety of

Comparing Numbers Explanation

ways”.  We broke down what the words “comparing” and “ordering” mean and the different ways that we can compare and order numbers.  We also worked on describing how we would explain to someone else how to order and compare numbers using terms like “digit” and “place value”. We then spent some time brainstorming what we remember about number lines and how we can use number lines to order and compare numbers.  We enjoyed making number line puzzles for each other and then took a gallery walk to solve the number line puzzles that we made.

 


 

Student created number line puzzles
What does comparing and ordering mean?


 

In our writing, we talked about descriptive words and how using the right words can help to create pictures in our minds.

Descriptive Writing

After Mrs. Cooper read a few chapters from “Wishtree”, we drew a picture of what we saw in our minds and talked about all of the ways the author added description. Later in the week, we used another read aloud “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” to think about an event that happened to us.  Using descriptive and strong words, we wrote about the event so that others could see it in their minds.  Some of the word choices our class used were descriptions like “a lightly dusted piece of paper”, “it was sticky and gooey” and “a huge bruise shimmered”. We then reviewed the success criteria and talked about how to improve our descriptions before beginning a good copy on the Chromebooks.

Writing Self Assessment

In Social Studies we examined the 6 Regions of Alberta more closely, by doing some research about the wildlife, landforms, vegetation, bodies of water, and climate in each region. We used the Chromebooks to capture main ideas about each region in a shared google document.  Next week we will share what we learned and consolidate the information into a group piece of writing.

Jot notes about Alberta Regions

Finally, as we prepare for inclement weather that is sure to come up at some point this winter, we are gradually moving our daily meeting spot closer to the school.  We are now meeting in the soccer field that is just behind the back compound.  We will also be dismissing from here, so feel free to adjust your drop off and pick up spots. If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca .

IMPORTANT DATES 

  • A few students still need a clean plastic container for music
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Photo Retakes *Please let Mrs. Cooper know if your child requires retakes by emailing tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

Happy Thanksgiving!


 

Week of September 28-October 2

Room 13 brainstormed many things on Friday that they wanted to share about our week. They were very excited about all the things that we did and wished we could share them all!

A big highlight was finishing our Alberta landscape pictures in Art on Friday.  The students learned and applied many

Our Alberta Landscapes

techniques in their representations of Alberta.  They used terms like Rocky Mountains, rivers, lakes, wild life, and forests in their descriptions of their paintings.  These are all terms we are learning about in Social Studies as we explore the learning intention "I can identify major regions, landforms and bodies of water in Alberta."  In social studies, we also began to look at our inquiry question "How are we connected as Albertans?"  We discussed how one way we are connected is through the places we have been or seen and what the landscapes of Alberta make us think of.


 


 

What do you think of when you think of "land" and "home" in Alberta?
Our personal connections to Alberta


 

Rm 13 mind map about Residential Schools


 

On Orange Shirt Day, we also explored how we are connected as Albertans to what has happened in the past.  After brainstorming what we remembered about Residential Schools, we read the story When We Were Alone by David Robertson. Parts of the story were sad, but we also discussed how the story made us happy because we can now talk about the past and learn from it and also honour the Residential School Survivors.  We created a web about the ideas we had about Residential Schools.


 


 

Residential School Mind Mapping


 


 

With our writing this week, we focused on the learning intention "I can include proper punctuation and capital letters in my writing."  We drafted an email to Mr. Radu and Mrs. McKay which we edited for periods and capital letters. When Mrs. McKay wrote back, she gave us a puzzle to solve because her reply had no vowels.  It was fun to decode her message and write one back.

Decoding a message without vowels


 

In math we continued with our daily Math Talks and the learning intention "I can order and compare numbers to 10 000".  Room 13 loves the game "beat the teacher" because you need to try to get a number greater than Mrs. Cooper's.  Because our class is getting very good at this game, we talked about the best strategy. Mrs. Cooper also added bonus points to the game if you could guess her number.  For example, the numbers were 4, 2, 6, 4.  The hint she gave was that only one number was greater than hers.  Do you know what her number was?

Beat the Teacher Strategy

IMPORTANT DATES 

  • Bring a clean plastic container for music if you haven't yet.
  • School Photo Proofs were returned - Order online by October 7th if you want to order
  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning


 

We had a great week, but are all also looking forward to another beautiful autumn weekend.

Autumn Morning at EMJ
Learning to play Four Squares


 

Week of September 21-24

This week we focused on a few special events and used those to have some great conversations and develop our skills. 

Tuesday was the anniversary of the signing of Treaty Seven.  To understand what this meant to us as Albertans, we looked at an article about Treaties. Using our annotation skills, we captured our thoughts, questions and ideas as we read.  We then used those annotations to develop questions we had as a class. Finally we used the article to answer as many of those questions as we could and make some jot notes about Treaties in Canada and in Alberta.

Article Annotations
Making connections


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Generating our questions


 


 


 


 

We also celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope by learning a little more about who Terry Fox was and what he did. We saw that the word "try" is in Terry's name and then brainstormed adjectives to describe Terry Fox.  We came up with words like "inspiring", "determined", "focused", "hard working", "special" and "dedicated".  We then thought of ways that we can #tryliketerry by setting our own personal goal and thinking of an adjective that would describe how we need to be to achieve our goal.  We will think of Terry and his "perseverance" when we find our goals hard.  Finally we had our Terry Fox Run on Wednesday and each did our best to #tryliketerry during our run.

Our Terry Fox Run of 2020
#tryliketerry


 

In our class novel we came to a part in the plot where Red, the main character, was developing a plan to grant a wish.  We stopped and came up with our own predictions for what Red's plan might be. We worked with partners (at a distance) to come up with specific details about the plan, focusing on who, what, when and how.  The class came up with some very creative and detailed ideas about how the plan might unfold. Next week will will do a final edit on our ideas to ensure we have good sentences with proper capital letters and punctuation.

Collaborative
W
riting

IMPORTANT DATES 


 

  • Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30. *Wear your favorite shirt if you don't have an Orange Shirt
  • Bring a clean plastic container for music if you haven't yet.
  • 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 was another busy and exciting one in Room 13. We have really settled into our routines.  The grade fours demonstrated “I can use personal strategies to perform mental math and solve problems” in our daily math talks.  We did three Subitizing Challenges by Steve Wyborney where we needed to show how we would group the dots to get the total amount.  We also saw that the way we approach a simple problem using mental math can be done in so many different ways. We are also working towards "I can represent numbers up to 10 000 in a variety of ways".  To do this, the grade fours have used ten frames, base ten blocks, drawings and other symbols to combine and break apart groups of tens, hundreds and thousands to show the same number.

Subitizing Challenge
How do you see how 8 + 13 comes together?

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Our class novel “Wishtree” and the learning intention “I can understand new ideas and information by responding personally and discussing ideas with others” led us to a great discussion about kindness, compassion and issues in our world like racism.  We used a NewsELA article about “The Little Mermaid” casting a black actress for their new live movie to explore this topic further.  To increase our understanding of the article, Mrs. Cooper explained the technique of annotation – where you add notes to a text or diagram to show what you are thinking, wondering or noticing.  We will be using annotation lots this year as it is a great strategy to help get the main ideas from what we read.

A sample of our first annotation


 

In Science we continued with our exploration about waste in our World, in particular “I can identify biodegradable waste” and “I can describe how nutrients are recycled in nature". After Mrs. Cooper took pictures of waste from our lunches and snacks and put them on the SMART board, we used our personal white boards to say if we thought the waste was biodegradable.  We then made our own diagrams of how nature handles biodegradable natural waste.

Pictures of our lunch waste to classify
Showing our understanding - Yes or No is it biodegradable
Nutrient Cycling Diagram


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

To work towards “I can appreciate the diversity of Alberta because of its geography, climate, geology and paleontology”, we explored Zooming In… Alberta’s Regions on Chromebooks. Next week we will continue to discuss research strategies and use or annotation skills to begin a collaborative Google Slide on one Alberta Region.

A few other picture highlights from our week:

Greeting each other in French
Playing "Heads Up" to generate more descriptive words


 

Sorting our lunch waste


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Terry Fox Run – Wednesday, September 23rd.
  • Conferences – September 24 & 25.  Early Dismissal September 24 (12:15pm) and no school for students on September 25.
  • Grade four students need to bring in a clean plastic food container with a lid for music sometime this week. 
  •  Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30. 

 

Grade 4 Week of September 1-4 and 8-11, 2020

Hello Grade Four Families,

It has been an exciting first few weeks in Room 13! We have settled into our new routines nicely, with a big focus on

Room 13 Compassionate Crossword

Health and keeping ourselves and others safe.  We used the learning intention “I can make responsible and informed choices to stay healthy and to promote safety for myself and others” and our school logo (EMJ is Creative, Compassionate, Inclusive) to talk about what being compassionate looks like in our classroom. We created a mind map together and the students decided they wanted to represent our ideas in a crossword style visual. 

 

Art inspired by Alex Javier


 

In Art on Friday we looked at artwork by Alberta Indigenous Artist Alex Janiver. We loved the “colourful and crazy” patterns and “random colour”.  We used the artwork we viewed as inspiration for our class “COMPASSIONATE” Crossword.  We are excited to see it come together next week.


 


 


 

We spent a lot of time in math looking at numbers and patterns and doing our daily Math Talks.  Some of our Math Talks looked at ways we can represent numbers, or see patterns in numbers. The grade fours are very good at “Which does not belong”.  Which of these numbers do you think doesn’t belong: 9, 16, 25, 43? Our group came up with at least 11 different answers and reasons for this one number set.

Representing numbers in various ways

To help follow our daily schedule, we also looked at the patterns on a clock and focused on the learning intention “I can tell time on an analogue clock to the nearest five minutes”.  Some grade fours can even tell time to the nearest minute now.

 

To keep each other safe and healthy, we have modified some of our favorite games in gym and at recess.  Ask your Grade Four Student how to play “Shadow Capture the Flag” or if they were part of the creative group who invented “Anything But Lines are Lava”. We even invented our own social distance game “Escape the Fortress” together on Thursday.

 

Escape the Fortress
Shadow Capture the Flag


 

In Science we began our Unit Waste in Our World by brainstorming all that we know about waste. We focused on the learning intention “I can identify wastes that result from human activity” before examining the ways that wastes are produced and recycled into other nutrients in the natural environment. We viewed a video on decomposers and we began a group poster about decomposition.

Waste in our World brainstorming and learning

We also began looking at where we live, and then specifically at Alberta and its geography.  We started our class novel “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate, spent time writing inside and outside, and also had great discussions about Red, Bongo and Samar, the main characters so far in our book.  Although everyone was excited to be back in class, the students loved using the Chromebooks this week.  We spent some time getting more familiar with our Google Classroom and reflecting on the online learning that was done last year. Finally we started looking at how to do research about Alberta and submit our work via Google Classroom.

It was a very busy and exciting first two weeks.  We are looking forward to more great learning ahead!

A few reminders and important dates:

  • Grade four students need to bring in a small, clean plastic food container with a lid for music sometime in the next two weeks.
  • 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 (If you don’t have an orange shirt, wear your favorite shirt).

 

Social Studies Research
Outdoor Writing








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