Mrs. Cooper

June 20-24, 2022 - Farewell from Room 13

Wow, it is hard to believe it is the last full week! There was a lot of mixed emotions in our room today as we started talking about summer plans, taking some things home and sharing about the best parts of grade 4.

Some of the highlights from this year were:

  • Floor hockey because it is a really fun sport and we liked playing games – C.H.
  • Gym because I got to play with my friends and my teacher – B.P.
  • Being outside and doing so many things like gym, science, dug in the garden and read out there. – B.T.
  • When we had fun building the Lego. We built the things to move around. It was a vehicle. –S.U.
  • Playing GaGa Ball with my classmates because I like playing it and it is a fun game. –M.O.
  • The best part was library because they had good books and Ms. B. is really nice and generous. It was also our first time in like 3 years that we could go to the library. –E.M.

There was lots of other things we came up with too. Look at our writing books when they come home to see what else we came up with.

This week in math we at our work.  That was because we made 3D shapes out of marshmallows and toothpicks! “We were learning about vertices, edges and faces. Mrs. Cooper gave us shapes by telling us how many sides and points. Then we had to make it.” – T.D. We also learned that nets are 2D plans that fold into 3D shapes. We had to predict when the net would be a pyramid or a prism. “A prism has two matching sides and pyramids have one pointy top.” -M.C.

This week was also National Indigenous Peoples Week and Tuesday was National Indigenous Peoples Day. We spent a lot of time looking at Indigenous Culture, being on the Land and reading stories together.

“We also made posters to represent summer solstice after watching a video about Summer Sostace. Elder Saa'kokoto taught us to respect every day, enjoy everyday. He taught us that Natoosi meant sun. Natoosi gives sunlight to animals and plants.” – L.H.

“We also went outside a read the story on these signs in the dip. It was called Trail Tales. It was good because you got to get some fresh air and see the nature while you read about nature.” – E.M.

As always we did lots more, so make sure you ask us about all the things we did:

  • Finishing with our reading groups;
  • Appreciation cards for teachers in our school;
  • GaGa Ball in Gym;
  • Our last community walk;
  • Our sidewalk chalk message for the grade 6s; and
  • So much more!!!

Mrs. Cooper also wants to remind everyone that Monday is Sports Day. Please remember hats, sunscreen and a water bottle to keep hydrated.

Finally, Mrs. Cooper wants to thank everyone for a spectacular year! As you may have heard, she is moving onto a new school next year. She has loved her time at EMJ and all the fantastic families she has had the pleasure of working with.

IMPORTANT DATES

  •  June 27 – Sports Day 
  •  June 28 - Last day of classes 
  •  June 29 - Appeals day 
  •  June 30 - Staff Organizational Day

Have a GREAT SUMMER!!!

June 13-17, 2022

It was a rainy start to the week, but we made the best of it! We were just glad that it cleared up by Thursday so we could get out on our community walk. We enjoyed time together, exercise, and an opportunity to explore our community even further. I think both classes agreed however, being in a new space to play and demonstrate healthy living habits was the best part! Here is what one blog group had to say about our community walk:

Yesterday we went for a community walk. We walked to the playground and we took turns for 5 min then we walked to the dog park in the neighborhood. Then we went back to the playground and we passed the playground then. We saw Cheetos in the bush beside then we want back to the school then we played recess. Then we played soccer. –C.D. & N.F.

 


In Science, we learned that you can grow a plant from many different ways, not just seeds! A.D described:

This week in science we learned about the 4 ways to grow a plant. The 4 ways to grow a plant are to plant a seed, runners are like a stem that with a baby plant. Strawberries are runners, and another way is cutting. You have to cut a part of the plant and place it into water, and the last way is to split it. All you have to do is dig out the plant with the roots and cut it into halves and dig two holes and replant the two splitted plants.

 

In social studies we looked at the learning intention “I value and respect others ideas and cultural identities.” After thinking about our own culture last week, we talked about all the cultural differences in our class, our school and in Alberta. We learned that you should never guess about someone’s culture and the best thing to do is ask them and be accepting of their beliefs. It is important to respect all cultures because:

“you will have new friends” –S.U.
It “makes them feel good because they’ll feel accepted for where they are from” –C.L.

In writing we had a top secret project that you will learn more about on Sunday. But we were looking at words, their meanings and puns to have fun with language. Check out our special surprise on Sunday for more information (but these photos may give you a hint!)

This week in writing we did puns and jokes. We did that for a special  occasion and made some joke packs. – C.L.
This week in writing, we made a card for a person in our life.  We made a mint pun on the card too.  We made a joke pack with the card too. Today we wrapped it up and we're going to give it to the person we made it for. Also we finished our song for a whale project. – M.O.

 

Be sure to also ask us about:

  • patterns in math and how to write a pattern rule;
  • how t-tables can help us with word problems involving patterns;
  • ways to show you care and why it is important (health);
  • our reading groups and what story we have; and
  • our dandelion seed art from Friday.

And finally, a reminder about "Sports Day" this upcoming Friday, June 24th:

Friday, June 24th is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 10:30 am to participate in various ‘Fun Day’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray. Thank- you to parent council for providing a small treat for after our ‘Sports Day’ activities.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  •  June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE) 
  •  June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day June 23 – Grade 6 Farwell Events 
  •  June 24 – Sports Day June 27 – Alternative Sports Day 
  •  June 28 - Last day of classes 
  •  June 29 - Appeals day 
  •  June 30 - Staff Organizational Day

 

June 6-10, 2022

Once again we used our writing time on Friday to write about our week in blog teams. We like co-writing things because “then you can think of more ideas and put your brain cells together”. When writing, we were really focusing on having complete sentences (no fragments or run-on sentences) and making sure that we were using complex and compound sentences to describe parts of our week. Mrs. Cooper is so impressed at how much our writing has improved. She only included some of the blog posts (otherwise our post would be just too long!

In math, we finished up our work on algebra and equations while focusing on the learning intentions “I can use a symbol to represent an unknown number in an equation” and “I can solve one-step equations that have a symbol to represent an unknown number.” Here is a little more about math this week:

"So this week we learned about Algebra Like with the letter b. Also in algebra we made symbols to represent a number. We also learned a Fun Math game. My partner was B. W put some base 10 blocks under a cup and had some left over we put them in our pocket. Then we wrote the equation to show how many were under the cup.  Also I had a great time. I also had way too easy equations to solve. We also made our own solve me mobiles And other people had to solve them it was really easy." = G.W.


A favorite part of the week was gym because we played floor hockey. Mrs. Cooper knows it was our favorite because so many groups wanted to write about it. Here is what some of us had to say about gym this week:

This week we Played Floor hockey. It was fun. I really want to play again. It was amazing .When everybody was playing by the rules." - K.S.
"This week in gym, we did floor hockey. Floor hockey is a very lively toned down game of ice hockey. To play floor hockey, first you need hockey nets, a puck, and hockey sticks. Next you need  teammates and you need about teams of 4 to 20 people. You need a goalie and defense and forward .Lastly how to start the game is N-H- L and N-H-L  stands for National Hockey  League. So when you do that you go face to face with somebody on the opposite team. After you go face to face then you say N-H-L and cross your sticks." -E.M. & A.B.
"This week in the gym we did Floor Hockey. Have you ever played floor hockey? You need two nets and a gym floor. You’ll also need hockey sticks and a one hockey puck. And lastly the most important thing of all is a team! The teams need to be as equal as possible. When you are playing you need to work together and work hard. You must remember to pass to each other because you don't want to be a hoger! Now you can play!"  -L.H & J.D.


Another highlight of the week was literacy because we started a choice project about our class novel, A Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. We had lots of choice in how we would represent and share our understanding of the connections we made in the book:

"This week in literacy we were building, writing, and researching for our Song For A Whale project. Song For A Whale is a book about a deaf girl named Iris. In the book, Iris wants to go to Alaska to meet a whale named Blue-55 that she researched in school.  Iris left her family to go on a cruise with her grandma to meet the whale. Iris made a new friend on the cruise her name was Benny. Back to the project, we made dioramas about our favorite part in the book. The dioramas were made out of plasticine on a cardboard base that we painted or put plasticine on with tissue paper. That's what we did in literacy this week." -W .C. & C.H.
"This week in literacy we made sculptures of Blue-55. Blue-55 is a whale from a book. But first you had to write down what you wanted to do. Then you could make sculptures or you could do research about animals. And then you have to write out why you made this area of the book. But I wanted to do the area when  blue 55 sang his song and when Iris met blue 55." -A.B. & B.T.


Be sure to also ask us about:

  • Our thoughts, feeling and what we learned in health this week about puberty;
  • What photosynthesis is and how plants make food;
  • Our My Culture write up in Social Studies and what we still wonder about our heritage;
  • How to show depth in our drawings; and
  • Our community walk this week.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 16 - Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE) 
  •  June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day June 23 – Grade 6 Farwell Events 
  •  June 24 – Sports Day June 27 – Alternative Sports Day 
  •  June 28 - Last day of classes 
  •  June 29 - Appeals day 
  •  June 30 - Staff Organizational Day

May 30-June 3, 2022

On Friday this week, Mrs. Cooper had our class use our fantastic writing skills to write the blog for you. We wrote in pairs or groups (and some of us wanted to write alone). Here is what we came up with (lots of us wanted to talk about algebra)…..

This week in Science we drew a picture of a life cycle of a bean. We started to draw the seed, then we drew the seed coat and the seedling. After we drew the plant and roots in its pot, we drew a picture of the plant blossoming into a beautiful flower. Lastly, came the plant with a bean pod attached to it so that it can make more beans. So now you know what we did this week in Science. – E.M.

After lunch we usually do a mindful moment. We do  a mindful moment to calm down and get ready for the afternoon. Also during the mindful moment you get to sit wherever you want. –G.W & K.S

A Song for a Whale is the book we are reading. We are almost finished. And Iris made a song for blue55 so she can make him know that she can understand blue55. Iris was going to bring her song to Blue55 so the whale could understand. It made me feel sad because Blue55 couldn’t connect with the other whales. I wanted her to play the song for the whale so bule55 will not be alone.-C.D. & S.U.


This week in math we started algebra. Algebra is an equation with an unknown number. Over time algebra gets harder. Multiplication in algebra will trick you because it is written like this 3x=12 it is different then the original multiplication. A link on google called solveme mobiles and you can learn algebra, but the questions became harder overtime like puzzle 61 and 68 they all have ½. – A.D.

This week I learned about math and in math we did algebra. We used SolveMeMobiles for practice and something in our heads so we made real ones. If you don’t know SolveMeMobiles are, it is a balance game with shapes and you have to figure out the questions and there are over 200 questions. They get harder and harder. Also, some of the questions give you a limit for the numbers on the balance beam. We made our own SolveMeMobiles with straws for the top and cut out shapes for the SolveMeMobiles and we taped the shapes on the string. Next week we are going to put them up and figure out each other's SolveMeMobiles. I think it will be spectacular.  –M.O.


This week in math we did algebra. In algebra we were doing solve me mobiles.Solve me mobiles is a math platform that teaches algebra like 40 - 20 =␣ ␣ = 20. It is basically a teeter totter with shapes that equal numbers which adds up to equal parts on each side. It adds up to a whole number. It is a mix between easy and hard. It is hard because you have to find the number that is not shown in the legend.In this mobile each side has to equal the same number to the sum 18 which means each side has to equal 9. The moon is 3 because I did "what times 3 equals nine" using mental math. Then, it says the triangle is five 5, so the hexagon has to equal 1 because 5+4=9 and there are 4 hexagons. – W.C. & C.H.

This week in math we did SolveMe mobiles and we made our own mobiles. SolveMe mobiles are like a balance beam game where you try to find out how much the shape is. Some of the mobiles are hard because they have double mobiles. When we made our own mobiles we used paper and strings. First we had to make a mobile in our math book by drawing it. Then we could ask the teacher and if you could solve it you could make it. It was easy because you just tape the shapes to the string. –N.F.     

On the community walk we walked further than we usually walk. When we were walking we went all the way to the dog park. We found a tree with a remove sign on the tree that is going to be taken down. We described the tree and we noticed that one of the branches might fall and the tree has super long roots that come out of the tree. We saw two baby decomposers, also a dead decomposer that got squashed  - A.B. & Mrs. C.

This week we had a community walk. We walked for an hour then we had a seat, then we ate our snack at the park we went to. We walked all the way to the dog park and then we walked back to the park. So first we needed a partner to walk with then I picked B to be my partner. When we were walking in the middle of the dog park we saw a slimy caterpillar with a red head and a white body in the middle of the path. Some people in my class and the other grade 4 said kill it. Then we continued to walk, but then when we were finished at the dog park we saw dog poo. Mrs. Cooper said watch out for their dog poop. – N.N.

Also ask us about:

  • discussing what it means that Alberta is multicultural, thinking about our own culture and looking up the meaning of our last names;
  • learning French days of the week;
  • kickball and bucketball in gym; and
  • learning about bees in our reading and how they help gardens

 Mrs. Cooper would also like to remind all families that our Human Sexuality Health Unit begins on Monday. Please make sure you return the form only if you do not want your child to participate. Also, as we are spending more and more time outside, please remember to bring a water bottle each day, a hat and to put on sunscreen each morning.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • June 6-10 Human Sexuality Health Unit in Grade 4
  • June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 16 - Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE) 
  •  June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day June 23 – Grade 6 Farwell Events 
  •  June 24 – Sports Day June 27 – Alternative Sports Day 
  •  June 28 - Last day of classes 
  •  June 29 - Appeals day 
  •  June 30 - Staff Organizational Day

May 24-27, 2022

We had another fantastic week in Room 13! There were so many exciting things happening this week.

On Monday, we had a community walk as part of our Health and Wellness curriculum. We talked about what it meant to be a good community member and the actions we need to take when we are out in the community. We also reviewed how to cross the street safely and what safe play looks like. We then played a game at a park called “Camouflage”. Camouflage is:

“Awesome because it is kind of like hide and seek but the seeker can’t move around. Also if you wear a camouflage hoodie it is easier to play.” (G.W.)
“When the speaker says ‘Camouflage’ everyone hides behind a tree or a bush or garbage can. If the seeker finds you, you come to the middle and hunt.” (A.B.)
“There is also food and water and numbers. Food and water is when the seeker calls food and water. Everyone would run to a certain spot and run back to a hiding place but they only have 20 seconds. When they call "numbers" everyone has to look out of their hiding spot without getting caught to see what the number is. When the seeker calls "all in", everyone goes back to the seeker and tells what the number was.” (L.H.)


Another special thing about this week was that we had a guest speaker in to help us with the learning intentions: “I can explain why plants are important to humans” and “I can explain how agriculture is important to Alberta and its people.” We learned that:

“Many things can be made from farms, actually most things can be made from farms. They can make things like our clothes, and toothpaste and footballs. The most important things that come from farms is food. Flour can me made out of wheat and how that is done is first they pick the wheat, then they put it into these big storage buildings and then they put it onto a train. Next, it goes on a boat to a mill where they bleach the wheat to turn it that white colour and turn it into flour. Finally, they put it into a bakery and it is made into pastries and we eat the pastries.” (E.M.)


Our bean plants are also really growing tall and the tulips that we planted in the fall are now in full bloom. We have been talking about why it is important to have a school garden and how it helps to make our connection to the land and our school stronger. Some ideas we have are:

“It is pleasant and it can make people happy. We can also encourage more people to plant gardens, which can make even more people happy. And then it can go on and on and on.” (W.C.)
“If we plant a garden, then it can help some people with food because some plants have food. For example, peas and beans and peppers. Flowers can help with the air because plants make oxygen.” (B.T.)

Of course, we did lots more too! Ask us about:

  • Fluency games in math and any of our 6 or 7 times tables facts;
  • The thank you cards we made for our guest speaker;
  • Our poems “If I Were In Charge of the World” and what we would do if we were in charge;
  • The silly sentences we wrote with homophone words;
  • How to say the days of the week in French; and
  • Playing kickball.

Finally, Mrs. Cooper would like you to ask you to watch for the letter coming home regarding our upcoming Human Sexuality Health unit the week of June 6th. After this letter comes home, if you have any questions, please email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca. Please remember that the form only needs to be returned if you do not want your child to participate.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • June 6-10 Human Sexuality Health Unit in Grade 4
  • June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)  
  • June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  • June 28 - Last day of classes 
  • June 29 - Appeals day 
  • June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


May 16-20, 2022

It is hard to believe that the May long weekend is here already! We feel as though the time is flying by in Room 13. Perhaps it is because we have been so busy learning so many things.

In math, we continued to explore decimals and fractions. We learned that one quarter (1/4) is expressed as a decimal as 0.25 which makes sense because:

“you need four 0.25s to make a whole” (C.H)
“because the 1 is like 25 if the 4 is like 100” (M.O.)
“because if you add 20 four times, that would only be 80 but 25 for each fourth, well that would be 100 or that would be $1.00 moneywise” (C.L.)

We also worked towards gaining confidence with the learning intention “I can add and subtract decimal amounts to hundredths”. A.D explains how you do it this way:  “The whole number needs to go with the other whole numbers and the decimal, tenth and hundreds need to line up. Then you have to add them together”. We played some math dice games and also added and subtracted money amounts.


We were so excited to watch our bean seeds grow this week! After learning about the parts of a seed, we continued to watch our seed germination.  Our beans got so big that we needed to plant them in soil. They needed soil because “they get water and nutrients from the soil” (C.D.). “The soil also helps the stems to stay sturdy in harsh conditions and the roots spread” (W.C.).  Many are also starting to grow their first leaf which means that they can use that leaf to make energy from the sun.


In writing, we explored  new types of poetry like concrete poems and diamante poems.  We are focusing on the learning intention “I can create a poem that intentionally uses words and word combinations to influence or convey meaning.” Specifically we are trying to include word play, repetition, rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, or onomatopoeia in our poems. Our final poem is “If I Were In Charge of the World” which we will be finishing up next week.

As always, that’s not all! Ask us about:

  • What life was like for the first immigrants to Alberta and why farming was so important to their lifestyle;
  • The novel or book that we are reading during quiet reading time;
  • Homophones in word work and some of the new homophones we have learned; and
  • Our class read novel “A Song for a Whale” – what is happening and how we think the book will end.

Finally a reminder from Mrs. C that there is no school on Friday May 20 because it is a professional learning day for teachers and Monday May 23 is Victoria Day so there is no school.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 – School PD Day
  • May 23 – No School – Victoria Day
  • June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)  
  • June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  • June 28 - Last day of classes 
  • June 29 - Appeals day 
  • June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


May 9-13, 2022

This week flew by in Room 13. We had lots going on as always, and the great weather is making it feel like spring.

Speaking of spring, our garden is beginning to bloom and we have lots growing in our room.  This week we got out into our garden to do some weeding, check out our tulips and prep our garden for planting annuals in a few weeks. We know that the root system is how a plant gets its water and nutrients, so when we were weeding, we needed to make sure that we got the whole root so the weed wouldn’t grow back.  We also explored the learning intention “I can identify the stages of a plant” by beginning our bean seed observations.

“First we got some beans. We took a paper towel and made it damp. We folded the bean into the paper towel and put our names on the bags. Then we hung them up on our wall. When we looked at them again, the seed coat was coming off and a bit of the roots were coming out. This is called germinating.” -E.M.
“Also, beans need food, the right temperature and water to get them to grow. The food is inside of the bean when it starts. When the roots come out, you have to put it into wet soil.” –C.D.


In Social Studies, we explored pictures from the past to examine how agriculture helped to build early communities in Alberta.  For each picture, we had to make an observation, a wondering or question and an inference about what we saw. Some of the things we noticed were:

“There were pioneer playgrounds where the pioneers had fun. I think they needed that because their life was hard. They had to build houses and farm. That would be hard work so they deserved a break.” –G.W.
“There were schools cabins. There were wooden desks in the school. It was a one room school.”      –A.B.
“On the picture about coming to Alberta by train, two people had to share one bunk bed. Lots of people wanted to come to Alberta. They were offered free land to farm on there for three years or more.”-A.D.


In math, we continued to explore decimals to hundredths.  We placed decimals and fractions on a number line and created pixilated drawings and then needed to describe our drawings in a decimal and explain how many tenths and how many hundredths that would be. On Thursday, we looked at decimals in money and explained how cents are really hundredths of a dollar. We even began to add money amounts using decimal notation for dollars and cents.


We did lots more as well! Be sure to ask us about:

  • Our concrete and cinquain poems;
  • Cooperative games in gym; and
  • Practicing our French pronunciation of greetings and conversation.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 – School PD Day
  • May 23 – No School – Victoria Day
  • June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)  
  • June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  • June 28 - Last day of classes 
  • June 29 - Appeals day 
  • June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


May 2-6, 2022

April showers bring May flowers! And we are trying to grow some of our own flowers. The tulip bulbs that we planted in the spring are starting to pop up. Also, the seeds we planted a few weeks ago have turned into seedlings.  We are growing Calendulas and Marigolds. A few of our students would like to tell you more:

“We transplanted our plants into bigger cups so the roots can go further. If the roots are too shrivelled up under the small cups the plant would die because it would not get any nutrients at the bottom of the cup. The job of the roots is to collect nutrients and water so they can go to the leaves.” –W.C.
“We had to peel off the old cardboard pot and then we had to carefully take the plant out and hold it in our hand. Then we used a bigger pot that was a cardboard cup. We had to put soil in there so that the plant didn’t just go to the bottom. Next, we put the plant in delicately and we surrounded it with more soil. Finally we sprayed it with water.” –A.B.


This week we continued to work on poetry (more information on that later).  Here is what a few of us think about poetry:

“Poetry has lots of ways you can write it and one of the ways is to use rhyming words. You can also use alliteration. Alliteration means each word will start with the same letter or sound in the same sentence. Writing poetry can be really hard because you have to use words that would fit well in poetry. You don’t have to use periods.” L.H.
“Poetry has lots of lines that have patterns in it. It has a rhythm of beats and it rhymes. I find writing poetry easier because you don’t have lots of periods. The hard part about poetry is that you have to find what rhymes.” –N.F.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a school week without math.

“In math we did decimals and fractions. A decimal is another way to show a fraction. We use place value and we put a dot for the decimal. The place value to the right of the ones is called tenths. It means a whole divided into ten pieces. We also played a fraction game on the computer that we needed to put the fraction or decimal on the number line.” –M.O.


Also ask us about:

  • Our Georgia O’Keeffe inspired Art (but please wait until Sunday to ask us);
  • Our posters that showed why the government wanted people to move to Alberta;
  • How to say some classroom items in French; and
  • How to throw a football.

Finally, Happy Mothers Day!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 – School PD Day
  • May 23 – No School – Victoria Day
  • June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)  
  • June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  • June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  • June 28 - Last day of classes 
  • June 29 - Appeals day 
  • June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


April 25-29, 2022

We are having fun with words and writing spring poems while we explore the learning intention “I can recognize how words and word combinations, such as word play, repetition and rhyme influence or convey meaning”.  We have learned that alliteration is “a sentence starting with the same letter that makes sense”. Word play is using more than one meaning of a word to make a pun or joke.

We also explored the poem “What I found in My Desk” By Bruce Lansky. We looked at the rhyming patters and rhythm in this poem. After listing things we might and should not find in our desk, we played with rhyme and then tried to write pairs of lines with about 8 beats. This is our collective poem:

 

An open glue stick that is sticky
My best friend’s tissue, ew that’s icky
A blue glow stick that has no light
A hairy spider that wants to bite
Cool, I found my old pair of shoes
There are those missing stick-on tattoos
My neighbour’s used up mint tooth paste
A rotten apple with no taste
A white eraser, half eaten – yuck
A slimy gooey thing that looks like muck
My old Halloween costume from last year
My moms’ old recipe book that brings a tear
All these things, in my desk I’ve seen
I think for sure it is time to clean!


In math, we spent the week talking about fractions.  We explored the learning intentions:

  • “I can express fractions as parts of a whole and name them”;
  • “I can name and describe fractions using the terms numerator and denominator”; and
  • “I can compare and order fractions with different denominators”.

We represented fractions with blocks, fraction tiles and with pictures. Then we talked about the size of fractions and how to tell which is bigger.  Our class discovered that the more pieces a whole is cut into, the smaller the pieces will be, so one eighth is smaller than one third. Here is what A.D. wrote about math this week:

“Do you know what fractions mean? Well no worries, I will tell you what it means. Fractions are parts of a whole, for example a half or ½ are two parts of a whole. There are two parts in fractions, the numerator and the denominator. The numerator tells you how many are shaded or not and the denominator tells you how much to make a whole”

 

We definitely want to share with you what we did in gym this week. It was the end of our gymnastics unit, which meant Mission Impossible! When we arrived on Monday the gym it was NOT what we expected.  Here is how some of us would describe it:

“there was equipment EVERYWHERE, it was a bit crazy. The first thing I saw were the nets you had to crawl under. You would crawl under and there were bean bags everywhere. You couldn’t touch the beanbags or you would have to restart.” (L.H.)
 “The first thing I saw was the huge parachute in the middle section of the climbers. It was tied to the top and to the bottom. There were three cups underneath and they represented what you had to do.” (W.C.)
 “It kind of looked intimidating.” (A.B.)

In Reading and in Health we read and talked about what a fixed mindset and a growth mindset is. For our mission impossible course, we really needed to have a growth mindset.  As C.L. wrote:

"It is kind of hard to finish the whole thing. But the most frustrating thing was the very last station because it had hoops with balls and bean bags. I was about to give up but then I said to myself 'never give up'. So then I kept trying."

As you can see, it was another great week of learning in Room 13!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health
  • May 5 – National Day Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women • May 10 – School Council Meeting
  • May 20 – School PD Day
  • May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

April 19-22, 2022

Happy Earth Day Grade 4 Families! Did you know that Friday was Earth day? It is a day to “celebrate the Earth” and a day that “reminds us to help our planet”. We talked about all the things that we can do to keep our Earth beautiful and protected. We can:

  • Pick up garbage;
  • Plant a flower or a tree;
  • Recycle things so we have less garbage and can reuse materials;
  • Reduce the amount of things we use that end up in the garbage or that harm our planet, like reducing the amount of electricity we use; and
  • Reuse things that we would otherwise put in the garbage.

This week in science we built catapults.

“We used popsicle sticks, spoons and elastic bands. Then you have to build a catapult. It has to launch the pompoms far. To make it launch you have to press the spoon and then you let it go.” (C.D.)
“Catapults can be made in different ways and with different materials. To launch it you have to pull the lever or the spoon backwards and then let go of the spoon.” (A.B)
“It is so fun but you also have to use your brain to create your own ideas. Sometimes your catapult can turn the way you don’t want it to. It will get frustrating but if you don’t like your catapult you can restart and you can build it again so it is better than last time.” (C.L.)


Another exciting part of our week was gymnastics. We continued to explore ways to move focusing on safety. 

“This week we started using the climbers. The climbers are special because they have big ropes and they have wobbly ladders. I think that the best part of gymnastics are the crash mats. They are like a giant mattress stacked on top of each other.” (E.M.)


Be sure to also ask us about the other things we did this week like:

  • Calculating area of rectangles and irregular shapes;
  • Writing and revising our stories;
  • Reading about whales and answering questions we have about them; and
  • Exploring the different symbols of Alberta.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health
  • May 5 – National Day Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women • May 10 – School Council Meeting
  • May 20 – School PD Day
  • May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

April 11-14, 2022

This week was extra fast because it was short due to the Good Friday holiday, but we sure did a lot.

As you know, we have been working on our writing skills all year and more recently story writing.  This week it was time to put everything together to create our own stories.  We are working on the learning intention: “I can create and interesting and believable story that uses the strategies we talked about in class.” Over the last few weeks we learned to make our stories interesting we should:

  1. Have exciting hook or “sizzling start” that makes our readers want to keep reading;
  2. Show not tell;
  3. Have an interesting setting that makes sense with the story;
  4. Make sure our characters are connected to the plot; and
  5. Only add details and events that make our story better.

We have now started writing our own realistic fiction stories. Ask to see what we have written so far.  Our work is in Google Classroom.

In math, we learned that “area is the space inside of a flat shape” or “the amount of a surface inside of a shape”.  We spent the week exploring how to estimate and measure the area of shapes in standard and non-standard units.  We also learned that to measure area, a square makes the best unit because “it covers the whole space and there are no gaps”.


As we are waiting for our seeds to germinate and sprout, this week we are working on a group project to design, build and test a catapult.  We were given limited supplies and our goal will be to try to shoot a pom-pom as far as we can get it to go, and then also for accuracy.  To work in a group it is important to communicate well, share ideas and listen to others.


Of course that isn’t all!! Be sure to ask us about gymnastics, French, our class novel “A Song for a Whale”, how to say whale in American Sign Language, what we learned about whales in our reading and what the song of a whale sounds like.


Mrs. Cooper also wants to remind everyone that Monday is a professional learning day for teachers, so there is no school. We will be back together again on Tuesday!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • April 15 – No School – Good Friday
  • April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day
  • April 22 – Class photos
  • May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health
  • May 5 – National Day Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women • May 10 – School Council Meeting
  • May 20 – School PD Day
  • May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

April 4-8, 2022

Spring is here and we are so excited!  We are exploring the question: “How can we use our school garden to make our connection to the land and each other stronger?” First in health, we talked about why it might be important to our school or community to make a garden. We also discussed what volunteering means and why we as a class should volunteer to do our school garden. We know that it will be a lot of work, but volunteering is important because:

  • “it means we can be helpful and helps other people” (A.B.)
  • “it helps others in need if they need help” (W.C.)
  • “it can make us feel good because you are helping others” (C.H.)
  • “if people are having a bad day, looking at our garden could cheer them up” (M.O.)
  • “you do things for other people without them asking you to” (B.T.)

To get us ready for gardening we continued to use the learning intentions “I can read to learn new information” and “I can use non-fiction text features to understand what I am reading” while reading an article about seeds. Did you know:

  • “You need water, sunlight and usually soil to grow a seed. They need to move from the parent plant.” (C.D.)
  •  “Seeds have to move and they can move in lots of ways like floating like a parachute.” (A.B.)
  •  “Inside a seed it is a baby plant that is called an embryo.” (A.D.)


We learned all of this and more while reading our seed article.  We then went outside and examined three types of seeds. One of them looked like  “a curled up dragon. It had spikes and kind of like a bird beak. It did not have wings.” (G.W.), another one looked like “an animal tooth. It was tiny and pointy” (K.S) and the last one looked like “a hedgehog spike with a black middle and fluffy stuff on top” (S.U).  If they all germinate and grow they will turn into flowers. To take care of them, we need to put water on top and put them out on the sunshine. We hope that they will grow!

We also spent much of our week making a special book for Ms. McKay because Friday was her last day at our school. We continued to work on elaboration in our writing by making sure we are connecting our characters to the events.  We wrote about what Ms. McKay might do in two different situations as her first day as Principal at Douglasdale School. Our writing turned out FANTASTIC! Mrs. Cooper said it was our best writing of the year. Please look at what we wrote in google classroom because we are very proud of it.


Of course, we still did more. Be sure to ask us about:

  • Our first week of gymnastics:
  • The difference between area and perimeter and what units we use for area;
  • What class 1, 2 and 3 levers are and how to tell what kind it is; and
  • The name of classroom objects in French.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • April 15 – No School – Good Friday
  • April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day
  • April 22 – Class photos

March 28-April 1, 2022

We began a “special project” in writing.  We are trying to describe a person’s personality and physical traits and connect our character to the story. We listed the traits and then we had to write about how they would act in a situation. To do a great job of that you have to include punctuation and capital letters. You also have to “show don’t tell” which means you don’t just say what the character is doing, but you describe how they would act and feel. It is all about elaborating, or adding details to "create a picture in someone's mind". Also to make our writing better we can use onomatopoeia, alliteration or compare the thing we are talking about to something else, like when we say "her eyes got as big as dish plates".


For our class read aloud, Mrs. Cooper is reading a “song for a whale” and most of us are enjoying it. It is about a deaf girl named Iris and a whale called Blue 55 who can’t communicate with other whales because he makes different sounds than they do. L.H. wrote the following summary about the book:

"Imagine you were Iris (the main character). You would not be able to hare anything and you loved to fix old radios. Her annoying classmate is always putting her hands in her face trying to do sign language. Her parents are rejecting the school she needs. She is being rejected. Sometimes when she walks home from school she will text her dead grandpa. She learned about a whale who has a different song than all whales. Iris thinks the whale is deaf just like her."

This week we made a list of characteristics about Iris and Blue 55 and talked about why the author might include all these details.  We then used the details to make a prediction about what might happen in the book. In our own writing, we have also been talking about how each character detail needs to be important and move the story forward or help our readers make predictions, just like in the books we read. 

In Science we learned about levers outside. We discovered that to make a lever you need a fulcrum, a plank or long object and a load. You also need an effort. When we were outside, one person stood on one side of the lever to be the load. Each student took a turn to push down on the lever to try to lift the load. It was hard at first but then got easy. We found out if you move the fulcrum closer to the object or load then it gets easier to lift it. We also watched Science Max to learn more about simple machines.



Of course, we learned a lot more. Ask us about:

  • Dividing 2 digit numbers with and without remainders and what efficient strategy we have chosen;
  • Reading about annuals and perennials, what we learned and why we are learning about plants; and
  • How Canada and Alberta came to have 2 official languages and what those two languages are.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes before Spring Break
  • March 28 – Classes Resume after Spring Break
  • April 15 – No School – Good Friday
  • April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day
  • April 22 – Class photos


March 14-18, 2022

Mrs. Cooper apologizes, but she is unable to do a post this week.

HAPPY SPRING BREAK! Classes resume Monday March 28.

March 7-10, 2022

This week in Room 13 we continued to develop our story writing skills by focusing on describing a setting using lots of details and descriptions. We call this “Show don’t tell”, because instead of just saying something in our writing, we want to elaborate by showing what it would be like.  To do this, as a class we first talked about what kind of story we wanted to write. Through talking, we

  • planned who our characters were;
  • what our characters were feeling; and
  • what was going to happen to our characters

We discussed how this is important to know if we want to “show not tell” because we first need to understand what is going to happen. We then made some point form notes about what the setting would be like and how our character would feel.  Then together, this is what we wrote. Can you guess where it takes place and how our character is feeling?

I step terrified into the shiny clean building. I have been there many times, but not for a while. The sinks are sparkling squeaky clean. I can feel the soft chair leaning backwards as I stare into the face of the dentist. My heart is pounding so hard it feels like it will pop out.

After writing the start of this story as a class, we got to partner / group write another setting while working on the learning intention “I can partner write a setting with a great hook.”


In math, we continued to explore division, and in particular, looking for ways that we can divide big numbers more efficiently.  We began by using blocks, putting the tens that we have into equal groups, then splitting up any tens that didn’t fit into groups into ones and dividing those up.  Mrs. Cooper showed us that this is what we do when we long divide with the standard algorithm, only with number symbols instead of blocks. We then began practicing dividing larger numbers both ways.


We did so much more this week as well including:

  • what a drive train is and how the gears and drive train on our bicycles help us to pedal easier or go faster;
  • what life was like for Metis and Indigenous Women during the fur trade and how their life changed;
  • when words end in y and we add “ing”, “ed”, or “s” to the end, when we change the y to an i and when we don’t; and
  • of course lots more.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes before Spring Break
  • March 28 – Classes Resume after Spring Break
  • April 15 – No School – Good Friday
  • April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day
  • April 22 – Class photos

February 28-March 4, 2022

The best part of the week in Room 13 happened on Friday, and we were so excited! Mrs. Cooper got the okay to move our desks out of rows and our class could not be happier! This meant it was easier to share our learnings with each other, help each other out and work together in teams.


Working together in math this week was important because we have been  division working on the learning intention “I can divide with remainders”.  We already knew that division meant “dividing into equal groups” but we explored what that meant when we had too many or two few to make full groups.  We played a game called Leftovers where we rolled a dice and had to make that many equal groups out of the total number of cubes we had.  If any were left over, that person got to keep them as points and the total number was reduced.  After playing, we talked about the different strategies we could use to divide when the total number of cubes couldn’t make equal groups. Some of the strategies we came up with are:

  • “Using blocks and dividing them into groups.”
  • “Skip counting but not going higher than the starting number and counting up”
  • “Using a multiplication table to get as close to the starting number, then subtracting.”
  • “Using fact families to get close to the number then subtracting that number from the starting number.”; and
  • “Finding a number that is close, splitting that number into numbers that we know divide by the number, adding them and then figuring out how much we have left over by subtracting.”

Even though we all have different ways, we can all get the same answer. The picture below shows all these strategies without remainders, but they work for remainders too!


In Science we explored the learning intention “I can explain how gears can be used to change the speed or direction” by building with the Lego kits. We had to build different set-ups that changed the size and placement of the gears. We learned that if you only have two gears that are touching each other, the follow gear will always go in the opposite direction of the drive gear. Also, if you have a big driver gear and a smaller follow gear, if something is attached to the follow gear it will turn faster than if it was a big follow gear.


We also built our understanding of what caused people to move to Alberta in the 1700s and what life was like for the voyageurs who came to our province.  W.C. explained, ”When the British and French came to Canada to trade muskrat, fox and beaver furs, they travelled west from Atlantic Canada all the way to B.C.”, while C.L wrote “They came to Alberta so they could get more beaver furs to make hats.”


In writing we were working towards being able to say, “I can explain what makes a good story” and “I can identify positives as well as things to improve in others writing.”  Mrs. Cooper gave us some sample stories written by grade 4s in Ontario.  In groups, we read each and talked about what was good about each one, and how it could be better. Then we shared our ideas with the class to make one giant list about what makes a great story!  To practice making our stories interesting and not boring, we talked about how we can describe a setting without actually saying the place. Can you guess where these stories would take place?

“AAAAAAA! As the rollercoaster zoomed over the tracks. I heard children squealing as they dropped down. “ – by M.O.,

C.H., W.C. and C.L.

“The crispy grains of sand brushed against her feet. “I'm in the middle of nowhere,” she whispered to herself. Then she looked around her and she saw a black panther and it looked hungry!” – by E.M. and L.H.

Of course, that is not all! Please check out our home and school journals to see what we wanted to tell you about our week!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • March 5 – Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting, online 6:30 pm
  • March 10 – Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders if you placed one from School Council 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • March 10 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm to 7:30 pm) - Regular day of school.
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes before Spring Break
  • March 28 – Classes Resume after Spring Break
  • April 15 – No School – Good Friday
  • April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day
  • April 22 – Class photos

February 22-25, 2022

Mrs. Cooper is still feeling a bit under the weather, so she is hoping that everyone can provide a more detailed update to their grown-ups and families.  Also remember to read our Home and School Journals each week, as our paragraph writing is really coming along!!

This week, ask us about:

  • Pink Shirt Day / Health: why it is important to have Pink Shirt day every year; our kindness discussion and what we think it means to "Lift each other up"; what we wrote in our Kindness Paragraphs; and Netiquette and online behaviors that keep us safe and show respect to others;
  • Reading: Finishing our class Novel The Grand Escape and how we would rate it; Book Club - how our book is going;
  • Math: how we would explain what division is, our "Stack 'em Up" multiplication game and division with remainders;
  • Science: Our work with gears using the Lego kits; what a driver and follower gear are; how you can use a gear to change the speed of something; 
  • Social Studies: Why people moved to Alberta in the 1700s and how our research and posters turned out; and
  • Gym, Art, Music and French!

~ Mrs. Cooper is still hoping to post some pictures here. She is just trying to get caught up from being away. Thanks for your understanding.~

IMPORTANT DATES

  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes before Spring Break
  • March 28 – Classes Resume after Spring Break

February 14-16, 2022

Short Week: Teachers Convention ~ No Blog Post

Check out our blog next week!

February 7-11, 2022

It was so great to see so many of our classmates back this week! A reminder that if you do need to stay at home and are well enough, to check Google Classroom for things to work on.  You can also email Mrs. Cooper at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca if you have questions, need help with your login or anything else.

It was a bit of a sad week for many of us when we learned that Mr. Radu was leaving us for a new position. The following paragraph by A.B. really captures how many of us felt:

“One day in the middle of the week Mr. Radu told us that he was going to be a system principal of 38 schools. I was happy for Mr. Radu but also sad that he was going. He left the classroom to go inform other classes. As he was leaving, Mrs. C closed the door and told us about a top secret project.”


As you can see, we are still working on the learning intention “I can write a descriptive and interesting paragraph about one topic.” We are really focusing on making sure that we plan what we are going to say, stay on topic and also elaborate. That means giving details so that it doesn’t sound like a list.

Here’s a description of Science this week by A.D.:

“Do you know what a pulley is? Well I am going to tell you what it means! A pulley is a simple machine that helps us lift heavy things without lots of effort. There are three types of pulleys: a fixed, moveable and compound. A fixed pulley is a pulley connected to a wall. A moveable pulley is a pulley that holds on the load and moves with the wool rope, and a compound pulley is a fixed and moveable pulley working together.”


M.O wrote the following about gym:

“In gym this week I had sooo much fun because our class has a new unit and it’s Dodgeball. One of the dodgeball games we played was River Run. It really made me feel out of breath because of the launching dodgeballs fired at me. Also we played Bench Ball. I was hit by a dodgeball. I went on the bench and Mrs. Cooper launched the ball across the gym and I caught it.”

And you guessed it.......we did lots more too! Ask us about:

  • Which method we like to use to multiply 2digit by 1 digit numbers (number line, box, distributive, standard algorithm or our own way;
  • All the sounds that –ed can make at the end of a word, and also some “irregular” verbs that don’t get an –ed ending like caught, ate and wrote;
  • More about our top secret project;
  • Mental Math Strategies for our multiplication facts;
  • What it means to “Be You” and why we should celebrate all the wonderful things about ourselves; and
  • The Indigenous Language Words we learned in Social Studies this week.


Finally, Mrs. Cooper would like to remind everyone of a few things:

  • If you are choosing to participate in Valentines, please include everyone! There is a list in our Google Classroom.
  • Next week is a very short week with Teacher’s Convention. Please see important dates below!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • February 14 - Valentine’s Day
  • February 15 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes before Spring Break
  • March 28 – Classes Resume after Spring Break

February 1-4, 2022

It was another short week with the Teacher Professional Learning Day on Monday, but we fit in so much great learning as

usual!

In writing, we used feedback from Mrs. Cooper on our first draft of our opinion writing to make our writing even better. Our goal was to make sure that our opinion writing:

  • had enough detail so it was convincing;
  • was interesting and not boring;
  • didn’t sound like a list; and
  • used all the other strategies we have been talking about in class like using great “triple scoop words”, starting our
    sentences in different ways, including a hook and using both simple and compound sentences.

We then spent a lot of time examining what makes good paragraph. We did this by reading some sample paragraphs, organizing pre-made sentences into a paragraph and then writing a well constructed paragraph in our home and school journals. Please make sure to read our home and school journals this week – they’re awesome!!

Science was the highlight for many people in our class this week. We made Pop Can Speedsters when we explored the learning intention “I can design and construct a device that moves using what I know about simple machines”.  First we made a design of how we might make a speedster out of a pop can.  We will come back to this design later after we learn even more about wheels, pulleys and gears.  We then followed a set of instructions to make a Speedster.  The hardest part was troubleshooting at the end to make it go far and straight.

In math we used our knowledge of arrays to work on the learning intention “I can multiply 2digit by 1 digit numbers”. After building arrays for these numbers, we decided that it can take a long time when the numbers are big. We noticed that we can break down the array into the tens and the ones for the two digit number to make two smaller arrays and then just add them together.  Some of us do this with the “Box Method” and some of us do this with the “Breaking Down (or Distributive) Method”.  Ask us which one we do.

Of course, we did lots more too! Ask us about:

  • Clay maps in Social Studies to show where the Indigenous groups of Alberta first lived;
  • The words we know to describe our family in French;
  • Book Club and the new book we are reading;
  • The Grand Escape Novel Mrs. Cooper is reading to us (we are almost finished); and
  • Dodgeball in gym.

Important Dates

  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume

January 24-28, 2022

It is hard to believe we have finished the last week in January! This week when we did our home and school journals, we looked back at how far our writing has come. We have worked on:

  • Writing in complete sentences and avoiding run-on sentences or sentence fragments;
  • Making sure that our writing makes sense to the reader;
  • Using strong “triple scoop” words; and
  • Adding detail and elaboration.

Please look at our home and school journals when they come home this weekend. We have really improved our writing! Ask us about what we think we still need to work on.

In math we have been working on multiplication and division, patterns, patterns in our multiplication facts and patterns in pictographs. This week we looked at all the patterns on a multiplication chart.  We also talked about how the patterns in fact families and in other facts can help use memorize our multiplication and division facts to 7x7.  To practice our facts, we played “Shout It Out”, “Multiplication War”, and “Salute”.




In Science we explored the learning intention “I can use rollers and other simple machines to move heavy objects”. Mrs. Cooper gave us some heavy books that we needed to move across our desk with only a tiny push with one finger. Here is how some of us explained our designs:

“We used markers and glue sticks underneath. We used them because they were cylinders and they were slippery.” – A.B.
“We used two glues sticks taped together because they are cylinders and they roll easily.” – N.F.


Then we came up with a class definition for a roller.  We decided a roller is “a cylinder shape that rolls to help something heavy move more easily”. We also explored how a roller is different from a wheel and axle.  Ask us where in everyday life we might see a wheel and axle.

In Social Studies we used the “Raven Tales” and “Trickster Tales” graphic novels to look at the learning intention “I can describe what the oral stories of Indigenous People tell us about their beliefs about people, animals and the land”.  Next week we will finish up our five finger re-tells about the different stories that we read and share them with the class.


Art is always a highlight of our week.  This week we looked at texture and how we can show textures in drawings. To practice, we made texture doodle art animals and they look AMAZING!!


Please remember that Monday is a Professional Learning Day for teachers so there is No School on Monday January 31.  See everyone on Tuesday!

Important Dates

  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume


January 17-21, 2022

Hello Grade 4s and Families,

This week was a little different because our class was a smaller than usual. Mrs. Cooper tried to stay connected to everyone by using Google Classroom. Remember if you end up at home for awhile, log into Google Classroom because she is posting some work there. If you do not know how or need help with login information, email her at tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca.

It was still a full week even though we were missing some of our friends.  In writing, we are learning about how to elaborate and add detail when writing our opinions.  We read about different opinions on Epic Books, wrote an example together as a class and now we are researching about pets so that we can write our opinions next week.  Mrs. Cooper gave us a way to remember how to structure our writing.  It is called the O.R.E.O.:

OREO writing is when you have an opinion and reasons with explanation and opinion. You can make a double stuffed OREO which is an  OREREO an opinion, reason, explanation, reason, and another explanation. We also wrote about pets. – W.C.

In math we did a lot as well.  For example:

“This week in math we learned how to do multiplication really fast, fact families, and patterns. – N.N
“We did multiplication with arrays. It was very very fun. Arrays are squares with the numbers on the side and top.” – N.F
“Then we moved onto word problems. These are super fun because it's like you have to solve a mystery!” – A.B

Many students in our class really liked Social Studies this week. We watched a presentation by the Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Philharmonic.  It was a play that was filmed and sent to us.  Here is what some of our class has to tell you about it:

“We watched napi and the rock and they played music. The character made lots of funny jokes.” – C.D.
“This week in social studies we built very cute and cool clay structures. They’re all part of a scene from Napi and the Rock. It was created by the Indigenous people. They created it so it could spread around the culture so everyone could see the beautiful story.” – C.L.
“Napi & Kit fox were so hot and slept on a big rock. Napi took out his coat and gave it to big rock to thank him for the place to sleep zzzz. And then a storm came by so they ran from the storm then Napi said to Kit fox “I need my coat!” – S.U.

Of course, there was a lot more as well! Ask us about:

  • Learning volleyball in gym;
  • What we saw when we looked through a periscope;
  • Our science Kahoot for review; and
  • Our science quiz.

Important Dates

  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume

January 10-14, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL THE FAMILIES OF ROOM 13!! 

We are all so happy to be back and to be seeing each other. We are also excited about what 2022 will bring.

Our first week back was a great one!  We began our week with a check-in to see how everyone was doing, and then

practiced throughout the week different mindfulness and calming techniques that we can use when we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.  Some of the things we tried were mindful viewing (watching things specifically and with focus), repetitive tasks (we tried braiding), sketching or drawing, and breathing.

Speaking of drawing, Mrs. Cooper introduced to us a new way to help focus our thoughts and ideas that we hear or learn. It is called sketchnoting.  Sketchnoting is “like a note and you are sketching a picture to go with it. You don’t have to write a sentence. You put a note beside the picture you drew so you can visualize it“-A.B.  We are sketchnoting when Mrs. Cooper reads to us from our new novel – The Grand Escape.  (Ask us what the book is about! Most of us are really loving it!) We also used sketchnoting to review all the concepts we have learned in our Light and Shadows Unit so far.


In science this week, we explored the learning intentions “I can show how light can be broken into colours” and “I can explain what refraction is and where we see it in everyday life”.  “Refraction is when light travels through something that is denser than air. The light will bend.” –W.C. On Tuesday, we went outside and the sun was actually shining! We made rainbows on our paper by getting the light to go through a prism.  A prism is a triangular shaped piece of glass. Then on Thursday, we investigated refraction.  To do this we “had blue and red lines and we connected them to a wall. We had two cups, one filled with water and the other one was empty. Then we looked through the empty one so we could see the lines. We poured the water in and it became opposite”-A.D. We discovered that refraction of light through a lens or water  can change:

  • the position of what we are seeing;
  • the size of what we are seeing; and
  • how clear or fuzzy what we are seeing looks like.

When Mrs. Cooper asked us where in life we might use refraction, and we came up with fantastic ideas like at the movies, telescopes, magnifying glasses, microscopes and eye glasses.  Refraction is also part of the reason why we see that the sky is blue!!

We did so much more as well! Be sure to ask us about:

  • Patterns (different types and pattern rules);
  • Pictographs (and how to read them or make them when a symbol represents more than one thing);
  • Volleyball in gym;
  • Opinion and summary writing;
  • Alberta parks and protected areas; and
  • Reading about Animals who took “selfies” and opinions about if video games are good for kids.

Important Dates

  • January 4 - Classes Resume
  • January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents
  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume


December 6-10, 2021

Our week went so fast – at least for Mrs. Cooper. She was so excited to be back this week!

Our room is turning into a Winter Wonder Land! Mrs. Cooper taught us how to make giant 3-D snowflakes. We now have three haning in our room already! In art we also made “Snowmen at Night” pictures. We used our understanding of light and shadows to make our Snowmen look real.  To do this, we needed to think about what side of the snowmen the light from the moon was coming from, and what side would be shadowed.

This was easy for us because this week in Science we explored “I can explain what happens to a shadow when the light is moved from side to side and closer or further.”  To do this we “We did a science investigation. We put a letter on a Popsicle stick. Then we put a flashlight on the left side and saw where the shadow would go. Then we did it on the opposite side. ” - E.M. 

“We also did shadow puppets in Science. They are shadows about animals”. - J.D

“In math we did estimysteries. Estimysteries are like little puzzles to figure out. You get a picture of a jar full of beads. You need to figure out the clues to get the answer. They are good because you can use what you know about math like pluses and minus. You can use your brain to figure out the answers or do mathematics.” - A.B.

“Also in math, we did subtraction. We subtracted some big numbers up to four digits.” - S.U

Another thing we did this week was opinion writing. “An opinion is something that you think but not everybody else thinks. It’s not a fact. When you write about your opinion you can say things like ‘I think’.” – A.B.

“In social studies we learned about Alberta’s fossil heritage. We learned that you find fossils in the badlands. You can’t keep a fossil when you find it. You have to take it to the Royal Tyrell Museum". – C.D.

“In gym we did handball. We learned that there is a goalie crease in there and we can do some strategy to throw. One example is the baseball pitching throw. You need to throw it hard.”-C.H.

Mrs. Cooper wants to thank everyone who booked a conference with her. If you haven’t but would still like to chat with her, please send her an email.

Important Dates

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume

January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day


December 3, 2021

November 29- Dec 3rd Blog for Room 13- Mrs. Tempel

We had an amazing week in Room 13. It has been a pleasure getting to work with the lovely students in this room. They are respectful, funny and so very special. Mrs. Cooper will be returning on Monday and the students have truly missed her and look forward to her return. Here are a few highlights from this week.

Students worked diligently in Social this week. They made use of texts to find specific answers to questions about fossils. Students learned how to answer questions properly by using the question in part of their answer. 

In Science, we played some Kahoot games, which the students really enjoyed. It was a fun way to review what we have learned so far in our Light and Shadows unit. Students finished a quiz on google classroom, where they had to identify and object as Transparent, Translucent, Opaque or Reflective.

In Math we finished up our Break Apart method and moved to the final goal for addition, which is to be able to add and subtract numbers up to 10000. We practiced as a class and did many examples and even had some students be the teacher on how they solved the problem and what strategy they used. We found that some students like to use the same strategy for certain problems. Next week we will continue with solving Algorithms, students have been enjoying this unit.


In Literacy this week we talked A LOT. Students studied the difference between facts and opinions. Students had lots of opportunities to share their opinion and learned to be respectful of other opinions even if we do not agree. Students were excited to come to school in their pajamas on Friday and bring their stuffed animals with them. We celebrated their Personal narrative that they worked on so very hard, by having an Author's corner. Students had an opportunity to share it with the class, some students asked the teacher to read it instead. Listeners got a change to give some feedback, by using the 2 stars and one wish system.

In Gym this week students got a chance to play a full court Basketball game. They were very excited about this. We also learned a new game called “cone grabber”. Students enjoyed this game and came up with different strategies on how to get to their opponents' cones across the gym.

Art was a unique experience to the students. We learned how to draw a sketch in perspective on Friday. Students had to follow specific instructions in order to get the correct perspective, where objects closer to you are bigger and objects get smaller the further they are. We completed this sketch by making use of charcoal, which none of the students have ever used before. 


Important Dates:

December 3 - School Spirit Day - Favourite Hat Day

December 3 to December 10 Scholastic Winter 2021 Book Fair

December 10- School Spirit Day - Sweater Day (red/green or holiday sweater)

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


January 4 - Classes Resume

January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day


November 26, 2021

This week in room 13 with Mrs. Tempel

It has been another wonderful week with the students in Room 13. Here are some of our highlights:

In Literacy students worked exceptionally hard on their personal narrative where they had to take a small moment in their life and “magnify” it. I was amazed with their dedication and commitment to edit their work, to make sure they have a hook, transition words and different types of sentences. I enjoyed reading their moments that allowed me a glimpse into their lives.


In Math we learned a new strategy to add and subtract numbers up to 10 000, referred to as the “break apart method”. After a conversation in Social Studies about a zombie apocalypse we solved a Math problem with this scenario. Students had so much fun working out how to cross a bridge with 4 people before the zombies caught them. Please ask them about this.

In Science we continued to learn about Light and Shadows, but more specifically which objects reflect light well and which do not. The students have been so engaged in Science and enjoying the experiments with light these past few weeks. It has been wonderful to see how they work together to explore the concepts we have been discussing.

We learned about Natural resources this week in Social Studies and had an in depth look into what resources are found in Alberta and in what regions. Students studied an article about the Oil sands and the impact it has on our province and the people that occupy it.

Students learned how to pivot (one foot on the ground and turn around without moving the foot)  in Physical Education and incorporated their fake throws to get the basketball to their teammates and not in the hands of their opponents. We even got a chance to use the basketball hoops, which the students have been looking forward to. 

Numbers from 1- 20 were our focus this week in French. We learned to sing these numbers in a  song and played a memory game matching the number in English to the numbers in French.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.  

 Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021.

 Free Shipping!  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

 January 4 - Classes Resume

January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day


This week in Room 13 with Mrs. Tempel

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know the students in room 13. Students have been working hard and learning a lot. Here are some of the highlights from our week:

Math- I can round to the nearest 1000 to make it easier to add and subtract numbers up to 10 000. 

  • We reviewed how to use rounding and used this strategy to add and subtract numbers up to 10 000. We played rounding games and the students had so much fun learning this skill in groups.

Literacy- I can find the main idea in a passage. 

  • In book club students read books together and had discussions on what the main idea in what they are reading. 

I can annotate a personal narrative that identifies the important aspects of writing such a text.

  • Students annotated (took notes) a personal narrative to indicate what they have learned the past few weeks, regarding what important aspects need to be included in such a narrative. 
  • Students identified titles, types of sentences, hooks (to get the reader interested), transition words and also found descriptive words in the narrative.

Social Studies- I can use a flow chart to indicate how Alberta has changed over the past million years.

  • We explored Alberta millions of years ago and found it was covered in Ocean. 
  • We learned how fossils were formed and how they benefit our Province today. We created a flowchart of how fossil fuels were formed.

Science- I can describe an object to be Transparent, Translucent and Opaque.

  • We explored objects to find out if they were Transparent, Translucent or Opaque, with the use of flashlights. 

I can predict how a shadow will change as the sun moves throughout the day.

  • We went outside to see how our shadows change throughout the day.
  • In Art this week, students created a figure from tinfoil and used a flashlight to create a shadow to tie in with our topic in Science. Students enjoyed making their figures and were so creative. They played around with their figure’s shadows, to see how it changes as the light moves.

French- I can translate colours from English to French.

  • We learned the colours in French by singing a song and created beautiful tops.

Physical Education-  I can dribble a basketball and pass sideways to a partner, while another tries to block the pass.

  • We started Basketball this week and learned how to dribble, pass and fake a pass when throwing to another player.


This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop. Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021. 

Important Dates:

November 20 - Booking for Parent/Teacher Conferences opens

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume


Week of Nov.1-5, 2021

This week was another big and important week in our class.  We continued with many of our normal routines, like math talks and book club.  However, we also spent a lot of time reflecting on peace, kindness and the huge sacrifices soldiers have made to make our lives better.

Mrs. Cooper showed us the read alouds We’ll Never Forget by Jean Miso and Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox. We

used these books as inspirations for our many discussions, writing and artwork this week. When we think of peace, we think of things like “no one bothering you”, “sitting alone”, “listening to the sounds of nature”, and “no killing”.  We also decided that with Remembrance Day coming up next week, it is important to talk about peace because:

  • “the soldiers fought for peace and they didn’t get peace” - L.H.
  • “soldiers fought but now there is more peace for us because that war is over” -A.B.
  • “we need to remember the other soldiers that fought for peace.” - M. O.

We also discussed that it is important for each of us to do little things to help make our world and our community more peaceful. We should “be kind and caring to others all the time because we do not know what they are going through”. It is also important to “walk away if you are mad”, “make school a happy place for everyone” and to “make good decisions and choices”.  After having a great class brainstorm about actions for peace, we each started working on a paragraph to explain what we each can do to help EMJ be a peaceful place to learn. We are using our best-detailed writing to make these interesting and thoughtful.  Next week we will revise and publish them.

The favorite part of our week for most students was our Remembrance Day art that will be featured in our virtual assembly next week. We used mixed media (which means different materials, not just one thing) to represent peace or Remembrance Day.  Every one is unique and turned out beautifully!


There was lots more that happened this week, so be sure to ask us about:

  • Our social studies regions quiz;
  • Playing “Sharks and Minnows”, “Hunger Games” and building “Hula Huts” in gym;
  • Playing boggle in word work; and
  • Learning about natural and artificial light sources in our new “Light and Shadows” unit in Science.


Mrs. Cooper also wants to thank everyone for sending in flashlights for our upcoming science investigations. We will take great care of them and return them when we have completed the unit.

Finally, we are excited to have Ms. Tempel join our classroom for the next four weeks while Mrs. Cooper is on a short leave. If you did not receive the email about this upcoming change, please let the school know so they can send it to you. And please remember it is an extra short week this week with the Remembrance Day holiday on Thursday and then a Professional Learning Day for teachers on Friday.

Important Dates

  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 14 - School Council Meeting 
  •  December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


Week of Oct.25-29, 2021 

Happy Halloween!

This week was a super fun, spooky week in Room 13 because it was the week before Halloween.  That was an example of a compound sentence that explains what happened and why!

The special part about this week was that we carved a pumpkin in class. We had to be good citizens and work together because we made a group decision about what we wanted to do. We decided to carve “Meta Jack”, a creepy Halloween face, on our pumpkin.  Everyone got a job to do – cleaning the pumpkin, scrapping and thinning the pumpkin or poking the holes in for the design. Mrs. Cooper did the cutting.


But before we did that, we did group writing about the inside of a pumpkin. We were working on the learning intention “I can explode the moment by writing about more than one of the senses”. The goal is to make our writing interesting and to make it not sound like a list.  We first looked at, felt and smelled our pumpkin. Then we did a keyword brainstorm on the board. Finally, we wrote the paragraph together and this is what we came up with:

Have you ever seen the inside of a pumpkin? It looks disgusting and like a bunch of things all together. It has a stringy, slimy and mushy texture but looks like spider webs or string cheese. The fleshy part is soft and light orange like a mango but it does not smell like a mango! It smells more like a squash or antibiotics that you take when you are sick. When you put your hand in it, it feels weird. Have you ever touched the satisfying goo? It is squishy and mushy. WARNING! Do not wear anything white when you are carving a pumpkin because it will stain your clothes. This is what you should know about pumpkins. 

In groups we also compared two different writing samples about the same topic.  We decided the second was more interesting because it had more descriptive words, more details and more compound sentences.


In math, we also used our pumpkin to practice our estimation skills. Mrs. Cooper asked us how many seeds we thought were in our pumpkin after she showed us a picture of the inside.  This was hard to estimate, so we counted what we could see on the lid and then tried to guess how many would then be in the whole pumpkin.  When Mrs. Cooper showed us a picture of all the seeds and also how much a group of 10 was, we revised our estimations. We talked about the strategies we used. Here are just a few:

  • “I divided all the seeds into four groups and used the group of ten to guess how much was in one and then got 70. So then four groups would be 280.” (A.D.)
  • “I used the group of ten and made my fingers about the same size and then I counted how many groups there would be.” (N.N.)

Our class really loves art and definitely impressed Mrs. Cooper with our Haunted Silhouettes. We talked about how to create the illusion of a silhouette or dark outline and also how to show glowing windows and how that created contrast.  Check out our fabulous artwork!


Of course, we still did more in our busy week!! Be sure to ask us about:

  • Being good citizens and cleaning up the garden;
  • Our fall planting of bulbs, annuals and perennials and what we are hoping will pop up in the spring;
  • Our citizenship posters and what being a good citizen at school looks like;
  • Alberta regions jeopardy; and
  • Halloween words in French.

Important Dates

  • November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity
  • November 9 - School Council Meeting
  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 14 - School Council Meeting 
  •  December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


Week of Oct.19-22, 2021

Here we are at the end of week eight already! We are working so hard developing our skills and learning new things.

This week in Science, we learned where the materials that make the most common packaging comes from.  Did you know that to make paper and cardboard, we need to cut down trees and then it goes through a big process to turn it into paper?  Did you also know that it takes a lot of water and energy to turn oil and other fossil fuels into plastics? This is why we need to make sure that we aren’t wasteful, that we use only what we need and that we recycle those thigs that can be recycled.  Also, because we are nearing the end of our Waste and Our World Unit, Mrs. Cooper asked us why it was so important that we study this unit and why this topic matters.  Some of our classmates said:

  • “We need to care about this so we can prevent things getting worse in the future. We will be the grown ups of the world so we can prevent that from happening." (L.H.)
  • “So that in the future other people can have a better life. So if they go to the beach it won't be covered in garbage." (C.L.)
  • "We might think about the world and not make it a trashy place but a beautiful place. Because we could make the world be a beautiful place. It’s better to reuse the garbage." (A.D.)

In math, we were looking at the learning intention “I can tell time to the nearest 5 minutes” and “I can express the same time in more than one way”.  To do this, we reviewed the parts of an analogue clock, and how to skip count by 5 minutes.  Mrs. Cooper showed us a clock game, and we practiced telling what the time was.  As the week ended, we just started talking about how we can express the same time in more than one way.  For example 1:20 can be called “one twenty” or we can say “twenty minutes after one”.  Ask us what time it is and if we can say that time in at least two ways.

Our two goals in writing this year focus on how to make our writing more clear, and how to make our writing more interesting.  This week we focused on making sure our writing wasn’t boring by using different types of sentences.  We learned that two types of sentences are simple and compound.  We can turn two simple sentences into a compound sentence by connecting them with a joining word called a conjunction.  Some conjunctions are “for”, ”and”, “nor”, because”, “but”, “or” and “yet”.  We practiced combing sentences to make a compound sentence and then tried to use both types of sentences in our writing about a special place.


We also started two new books this week. One book is our class novel Restart by Gordon Korman.  We also each started a book in book club. We began both books by making guesses about what we thought the book would be about.  We used the title, pictures on the book, tag lines, as well as information from the back of the book to make and revise our predictions.

Of course, that is not all! Make sure you also ask us about:

  • Finishing our Alberta Regions Research and putting pictures on the different regions of Alberta to show the characteristics of the region;
  • Our watercolour landscape pictures of an Alberta region in Art;
  • Musicopology in Music; and
  • Playing games outside in gym on “Take Me Outside” Day.

Finally, Mrs. Cooper would like to remind everyone that photo retake day is November 2nd.  If your child requires retakes, please be sure to send her an email to tlcooper@cbe.ab.ca. And please remember to take a look at the important dates listed below. 

Important Dates

  • November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity
  • November 9 - School Council Meeting
  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 14 - School Council Meeting 
  •  December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

Week of Oct.12-15, 2021

This week seemed to go by especially quickly in Room 13. Perhaps it was the short week? Or perhaps it is because we always seem to fill our days with so much learning!

We began the week in Math by reflecting on everything that we have covered so far in our Number Sense Unit. Mrs. Cooper gave us a self-assessment. After talking about the things that we have learned, we filled in how we felt about each “I can statement” and then shared what we think we can do well and what we still need some help with.  We finished off math this week with SolveMe Moblies. This is how you play:

“ You have shapes on a scale and you have to figure out what each side is equal to." (L.H.)

"There are shapes that act like numbers and you have to figure out what numbers the shapes are." (C.H.)

"It's basically, you have to guess the numbers that equal shapes. You have the numbers to make a whole." (W.C.)


In Social Studies we finished up our research and jot notes about the Alberta region we wanted to learn more about.  We then put the information into our own words in a Google Silde.  We learned how to add pictures and change the text too. This helps us to make our information more interesting and appealing.  We also learned a lot about Alberta’s 6 Regions! Did you know:

  •  "A long time ago there was a fire in the Boreal Forest and it killed a lot of animals." (J.D.)
  • "In the parkland region there is the Red Deer Lake and the Battle Lake." (L. H.)
  •  "In the Boreal Forest bedrock is very important because it can only be found in the northern part of the Boreal Forest." (A.B.)
  • "In the Canadian Shield, the sun doesn't fully come up until 12:30 in the winter time." (B.T.)

Next week we are starting “Book Club”, so we talked about how to choose a book that is right for us.  We remembered that we can use the title, read the back of the book and also read a little bit of one page to see how much makes sense.  When choosing a book it is important to understand what is happening, and not just be able to read the words.  When we start book club, we will read the same book as one or two other people and do some activities.

In gym, we continued on our skipping unit and also played a little more goalie ball.  Our big focus this week was etiquette, fair play and cooperation.  Etiquette means…… Fair play means….

Of course, we did so much more too! Ask us about:

  • Our Heart Maps and the “special someone” writing that we completed this week;
  • What “over packaging” products means and why its important to think about packaging when we buy something;
  • How our class novel “Wishtree” ended and if we liked the book; and
  • What we know about complete sentences, simple sentences and compound sentences.

Mrs. Cooper would like to also remind everyone that Monday is the System-Wide Indigenous Education Professional Learning Day so there is no school for students on Monday.

Important Dates

  • October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
  • November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity
  • November 9 - School Council Meeting
  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of Oct. 4 - 7, 2021

There is once again so much to share about our week in Grade Four, Room 13! 

In math, we continued working on our graphing skills when we combined it with Science to start the week.  We recorded the type of waste in our recess snack as tally marks on the board.  We had 26 pieces of waste that would go in the garbage, 7 pieces of waste that could be recycled, 10 “return for refund” beverage containers, 5 things that could go in the compost and 10 reusable containers.  We recorded them with tallies because “tallies are easy to skip count by five and then just add what is left over.” We practiced making a bar graph with this information.  The next day we made a question for the class and recorded our results with tally marks. Then we each made our own bar graph of our data.


We also started some research in Social Studies about an Alberta region we wanted to know more about. “Research is reading about something to learn more about it.”  We used computers and made jot notes about the main idea for each heading.  We are now working at turning those jot notes into sentences in a Google Slide.

Speaking of reading, this week we read an article about a type of caterpillar that eats plastic.  We read this because we learned in science that there is a lot of plastic waste in our world and in our oceans.  After reading the article, somethings we wonder are:

  • “How do they digest it? And how much do they eat?” (A.B.)
  • “Do waxworms live in trees, on the ground or on plants?” (A.D.)
  • “I wonder if there are more species that can eat plastics?” (L.H.)
  • “I wonder are there different species of waxworms?” (W.C.)

We also learned the term “biodegradable” which means that it can be broken down by nature.  Plastic is not biodegradable.  We also did a picture sort of other materials to show our understanding of what things are biodegradable and what are not.


In writing, we learned how to add even more detail to make what we write more interesting to our readers.  We went outside on Monday morning and "raked leaves, threw them around and stomped on them".  We then discussed all the ways that we could describe the fall season, specifically looking at what do we see, what do we feel, what do we hear, what do we smell (and maybe even in the case of pumkin pie and turky, what we taste).  We then did our fall writing about what the autumn means to us.  Some things that we came up with:

  • “When fall comes I like to pile up leaves and then jump in it.  Fall makes me feel fantastic.  Fall sounds like when kids crunch leaves. It smells like the sap on leaves.” (M. O.)
  • “To me, autumn is the freezing cold wind against my rosy red cheeks.  It looks like the colorful leaves drifting down the tree branches in front of the fresh sunrise. I think that the smell of autumn is the savory smell of the pumpkin coloured pie.” (E.M.)
  • “Autumn is a wonderful time of year and I will tell you why! When its autumn the leaves start to change colours every day and I think its fantastic! Plus piling up leaves and jumping into it can be really fun if you ask me!” (J.D.)

Also ask us about:

  • The game “Farkle” in math and how to add groups of 50s and 100s;
  • The difference between a conflict, rude behavior, aggressive behaviour and bullying;
  • How number lines and the scales on a graph are similar; and
  • Playing “Pins Down” in gym.

Room 13 would like to wish everyone a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving Weekend!

Pins Down
Farkle


Week of Sept. 27 - Oct.1, 2021

This week, our blog is brought to you by our whole class! After doing our home and school journals, we worked together to decide what we wanted to share. We really tired to focus on giving enough detail and making sure that the sentences made sense.
This week was significant because it was Truth and Reconciliation week.

“We painted rocks with acrylic paint to celebrate Truth and Reconciliation Day. The Indigenous people used a treaty to make a promise with the Settlers. The promise was broken and children were sent to residential schools.” (L.H.)

We read stories and did writing about our thoughts on residential schools and orange shirt day. We were so lucky to once again have "Trail Tales" where we went out into the "Dip" to read outside. This one was a Metis story called The Giving Tree.

“We have orange shirt day for the children that survived residential schools. It is also for the children that passed away at residential schools.” (M.C.)

Room 13 Reconciliation Rocks


“In math we did ‘splat’ which is a game on the smart board. You have a number shown in dots and there is this black splat that covers some of the dots. We have to figure out how many are underneath and then it revels it at the end. When we play we learn more adding and subtracting.” (A.B.)

We also ordered pizza.... just kidding! We ordered numbers on a number line that Mrs. Cooper put on the floor. When you order numbers, you can put them in acending or decending order. Ask us what these words mean.


“In Science we learned about trash and recycling. Plastic bottles can be turned into these kinds of sweaters. We also learned where the recycling goes and how the recycling machine sorts. Glass bottles break down and go into one bunker and cardboard boxes go to another bunker.” (A.D.)

“This week in gym we learned how to play the most fun game you will ever play - Goalie Ball! First, you need four benches and then you put them into a square. After, you need two or three people on each bench. Then after you have that done, all that you need to keep your butt on the bench and try not to jump. You kick the ball into other people’s benches.” (E.M.)

But that wasn't all! Be sure to also ask us about:
  • What reconciliation means.  You can break down the word into its parts: "re" "concile" and "ation".
  • When to use there, their and they're.
  • Our Orange Shirt Day Writing outside in nature.
  • Kickball in gym.
  • Painting our Reconciliation Rocks, which one in the picture is ours and why we chose the colours or words that we did.

Please also remember to look at the important dates are below. 

IMPORTANT DATES 

  • October 8 - No School  -School-based PL Day 
  • October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm 
  • October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
  • November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity



Week of Sept. 20-24, 2021

We began this week with our Terry Fox run on Monday, taking some time to read together information about Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope.  After watching a short clip of his journey, we discussed what it would mean to #TryLikeTerry because Terry Fox worked hard and never gave up.  We used this as inspiration to think about what is difficult for us as school and what we need to do to try like Terry.  When we went outside to run, we thought about the people who we were running for and Terry Fox.  When we wanted to quit, we kept on going.  By working together, we ran 128 laps!

This week was also special because September 22 was the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7.  Did you know that Calgary is in Treaty 7 territory? We talked about what this meant and why it is important. After reading  the article A Treaty is a Promise we learned that “There was a promise made for everyone to live on the land together”, that “Treaty 7 was signed between the Settlers and the Indigenous People” and that “A treaty is a promise that should last forever”.

In writing, we continued to work on making good topic sentences to start a paragraph so that our reader knows what the paragraph will be about.  This week we did partner writing which meant we worked together to write.  Our class really liked doing partner writing because “partner writing can help with ideas”, “two brains are better than one” and “if you forget a word or can’t think of what you want to say, your partner might have the right words.”

For a short week, we packed in a lot! Also ask us about:

  • Decomposers and how they clean up natural waste;
  • Using number lines and place value information to order and compare numbers;
  • Our class birthday graph;
  • The Kahoot games we played about Alberta's Regions and the 3Rs;
  • The article we read about Pringles packaging and why they are hard to recycle; and
  • The throwing and catching activities we did in gym.


Finally, Mrs. Cooper wants to thank everyone for taking time to talk with her at conferences this week!  Remember that there is no school on Thursday, September 30 for National Truth and Reconciliation day.  A few more important dates are below.

IMPORTANT DATES 

  • September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School 
  • October 8 - No School  -School-based PL Day 
  • October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm 
  • October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
  • November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

     


Week of Sept. 13-17, 2021

It was an exciting and action packed week in Room 13. “Exciting” and “action packed” are examples of triple scoop words – or words that are not boring like “good” or “great”.  In our writing this week, we were really focusing on one writing goal for the year, which is to make our writing more interesting for our readers. Using triple scoop words is just one way we can do that.

We continued to explore our understanding of numbers in math, specifically focusing on being able to say “I can compare numbers using less than, greater than and equal to” and “I can explain the relationship between ones, tens, hundreds and thousands”. To do this, we played a dice game called greater than/less than, we did another math challenge and made a beaded number line.  We will use our beaded number line throughout the year to strengthen our number sense and explore operations.

A very special part of our week, was relating our connections to the land in Alberta with a virtual teaching about O’ko (Fall) from Elder Saa’kokoto.  Our class heard Saa’kokoto talk about the power of the land, which reminded us of the poem we read by Duke Redbird during our first week of school.  These were great links to our Social Studies learning intentions “I can appreciate how the land in Alberta makes our life better” and “I can recognize oral traditions as important knowledge about the land.”


In science, we are also learning about how we can take care of our land by building our understandings about the waste that nature produces.  Did you know that nature recycles its own waste into new nutrients for other plants? And we can turn yard waste into nutrients by composting!! Our garden had a lot of waste, so we did some work removing weeds and leaves that could then be composted into nutrients.

There was so much more that we did this week as well! Ask us about:

  • Computers, logging onto Google Classroom and our first Flipgrid Reading task;
  • Library time in the library (books are due back each Wednesday);
  • Cooperative games, throwing and catching skills in gym;
  • The ideas we generated about learning with our minds, hearts, bodies and spirits; and
  • How to say hello and greet someone with our names in French.



Finally, Mrs. Cooper has a few announcements and reminders.  Conference bookings open this weekend. She would love to talk to each family, so please book at time to chat with her on either Thursday night or Friday. This can be done through the online booking system. There is no school on Friday because of conferences.

Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 20th.  Due to Covid protocols, each class will be participating in the run on our school field during their gym time.  Please remember to dress for the weather and wear your running shoes on Monday!  Bringing a water bottle is also a great idea. We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th.  You can either donate on-line  http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJohnson or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!

IMPORTANT DATES 

September 20 -Terry Fox Run  

September 22 – Signing of Treaty 7 Day

September 23/24-Conferences.  No School on September 24.  Note: Sept. 23 is a regular FULL DAY

September 30th- Truth and Reconciliation Day - No School 

Week of Sept. 7-10, 2021

Already there is so much happening in Room 13! Please make sure you ask to see our home and school journal, as we each worked hard on Friday to share something about our week. 

In our other classroom writing, and with our home and school journals, we are working on the learning intention “I can write to share my ideas and experiences”. For that reason right now we are focusing on picking an idea and getting our thoughts on paper.  One of our writing assignments this week was “If I were a…..”  Our class was very creative, explaining why they would be a sweet doughnut, fast turtle, swift fox and so much more.


In math we focused on writing numbers to 10 000 in standard form and in words.  We then made sure that we could model them with base 10 blocks and be able to explain how many thousands, hundreds, tens and ones make up each number.  When we were building our numbers with the base 10 blocks we ran out of thousands.  Some of our classmates explained, “It’s okay because we can make more with hundreds. We only need 10 for each thousand.” This was a great connection to the pattern found in the place value chart.  Can you see the pattern?

Our class is getting awesome at our math talks already!  In math talks, there are often many different answers. It is important that we try, support others, and explain what we are thinking when we do math talks.  In the picture below, which one do you think does not belong?

We also learned about the types of waste that humans produce in Science and how to get rid different kinds of waste.  Ask us what colour bins the compost, garbage and recycling are in Calgary and what goes in each.

In Social Studies we explored “I can find Alberta on a map” and “I can interpret a map to get information.” Mrs. Cooper gave us a scavenger hunt where we had to find things on a map of Canada and specific information about Alberta. 


We did so much more as well! Make sure to ask us about:

  • Our class novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • What we learned about crows in our reading, and how we have heard some of these things about Bongo the crow in our novel
  • Our Duke Redbird inspired art this Friday and our pastel “Compassionate” letters from last week
  • What “G.U.M.” Spelling means


Finally, remember we all need to have our “Me In A Bag” items at school on Monday and also to bring back our Home and School Journals. Mrs. Cooper also wanted to remind all parents that school photos will be on September 16th.  Also, if you still have forms to complete, please send them back A.S.A.P.!

IMPORTANT DATES

September  13 – Bring “Me In A Bag” Items to School

September 16 – School Picture day

September 20 -Terry Fox Run

September 23/24-Conferences.  No School on September 24.

September 30th- Truth and Reconciliation Day - No School

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