Mrs. Cooper

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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