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May 20, 2022

We continued our art gallery for Social this week.  The students worked on an in-depth ‘OWI’ where they wrote down their observations, wonderings and inferences.  Many students made deeper connections as they studied each photograph.

A poem by Judith Viorst called, ’If I were in Charge of the World’ inspired the students to write their own poem about what they would change or eliminate if they were in charge.  As we annotated the poem, we saw that the author used rhyme, rhythm and alliteration in the poem.  We are using those techniques in our poems as well.  Next steps are to publish these poems next week!

Money was used in math to help us understand how to add and subtract decimals.  The students also played several decimal games to practice.  Next week, we will start to add and subtract decimals on our Monday morning math quizzes!

For Gym, we played a handball game to ensure we understood the rules.  Then, we tried handball on scooters.  Earlier in the week, we went outside to play camouflage in the dip on the field.  Some students were great at hiding behind trees.

In Science, we took our bean sprouts out of the baggies and examined the roots.  We are drawing, measuring and examining the sprouts every few days and recording our date.  Many bean seedlings were ready for planting in soil.  Students were able to create a list of new vocabulary words from seed germination videos and were challenged to use these words in their observations.

Important Dates

May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 – Last day of school

June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

June 30 – Organizational Day

May 13, 2022

In reading this week, we have been working on reading a few pages of our class novel, A Song for Whale. After reading, the students have been working on discussing the text and answering questions where they need to infer and find clues to the answers from the text.  This week, the students were pretending to be a character from the novel who is writing a postcard to another character in the novel.

We had an art gallery for Social where the students were able to do a gallery walk and choose 4 pieces of art from the past that they wrote about in their visual journals.  They were asked to write down what they observed in the picture, what they wondered about and what they inferred from looking at the faces of the people from the past.

Poetry continued to be on the agenda for writing.  The students wrote a cinquain poem and started a concrete poem where they are writing a poem in the shape of their topic. We looked at many examples and the students are working on including onomatopoeia and alliteration in these poems.

Clothesline number lines were what we used to order decimals in math.  The students wrote a series of decimals on paper and worked together to put them in the correct order from least to greatest.

We spent some time outside in the gym, learning a new game called 7-Up and we also played four square.    We  played cooperatively with the parachute inside the gym again this week and a class favourite was the Sharks and Lifeguard game.

Every week, we check in to see how the students are feeling about themselves, school and school related goals.  The students fill out a ‘Beginning of the Week Check In’ in google classroom and this helps the teacher to check in with them personally, if they are struggling or need some help with something.

The gum chewing has been going well in class! The students have been very respectful with throwing the gum into the garbage for gym, recess and lunch. Also, they’ve been working on chewing with their mouths closed.

As the weather gets warmer, we will be going on more community walks with the students.  Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather and has a water bottle, hat and has applied sunscreen and/or bug spray or has it packed in their backpack.  Thank you.

Important Dates

May 20 – School PD Day

May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 – Last day of school

June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

June 30 – Organizational Day

May 6, 2022

Science started outdoors this week! The students transplanted their seedlings into bigger containers.  We learned about the parts of a plant such as the roots, stem and leaves and how each part helped the plant to grow.  Later we learned what a plant needs to grow and in our visual journals we drew and labeled the parts of a plant.

Learning about Alberta immigration in the 1900’s was interesting! The students learned about the free ¼ acre of land that the government was giving out to entice people to come live in Alberta.  Creating persuasive posters that demonstrated what the west had to offer settlers, was a lot of fun and a great learning experience! Here are some of the posters that the students created.

Poetry was on the agenda for writing.  The students wrote several formatted poems this week, such as the ‘I am’ poem.  Also, many students published their ‘What I found in my desk’ poem and some students are working on an alliteration poem.  More poetry will continue next week!

When reading this week, the students have been focusing on reading about self-confidence.  They are improving at finding the main point of an article by using the highlight tool on the chromebook when they read.  Later, some students answered questions about the article to show their comprehension and understanding.

Math was all about fractions and decimals.  We had several math talks this week where students are beginning to use math vocabulary like numerator, denominator, tenths and hundredths.  We played many games where we had a time limit and in a group, students had to put decimals in order from least to greatest or greatest to least.

In gym, we spent some time outside doing throwing and catching games with the velcro paddles and tennis balls.  We also played cooperatively with the parachute inside the gym. That was a lot of fun and taught us how we had to work together!

On Wednesday was ‘Hats on for Mental Health’. The students wore hats in school all day to raise awareness and talk about mental health.  As a class, we are working on making a chart where we work on our own mental health, by learning to solve problems and not making problems bigger than they need to be.  We are realizing that many problems are ‘glitches’ and don’t need to turn into anything big.  It depends on how we react to the ‘glitch’ and how we problem-solve.  Stay tuned, this discussion and work will be on-going!

We have been having the discussion of gum in the classroom. Some students feel like it helps them to focus and others feel like it helps them to regulate and stay calm.  I am allowing gum (one small piece not a big Hubba Bubba cube) in the classroom as long as the students do not chew it during gym or at recess and lunch when they are running and playing. The students must keep their mouth closed when chewing and no blowing bubbles please.  When finished with gum, it goes in the garbage. Thanks!

Important Dates

May 20 – School PD Day

May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 – Last day of school

June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

June 30 – Organizational Day

April 29, 2022

For Science this week, the students built a device that moved down an incline plane or ramp.  Many students experimented with the best design to test their vehicle  for distance and accuracy. Some of the variables that the students noticed which affected their vehicles were the size of the wheels, making sure the vehicle did not have a lot of weight and making sure the axle was fastened to the vehicle well.

Social was fun! We were able to take our research and create a visual representation of Alberta’s symbols in our visual journal.

Writing has been about poetry and word play.  The students learned how to count the lines in a poem, and defined rhythm and rhyme.  Then many students were able to write a rhyming poem about what belonged and didn’t belong in their desks. We started to learn about the technique of alliteration which we shall continue next week!

When reading this week, the students have been using non-fiction text features to read about a growth mindset. They are learning about the difference between a growth and fixed mindset and how they can apply that attitude in school.

Many students are enjoying the visual aspect of math as we learn about fractions.  The students are starting to use vocabulary such as numerator, denominator, halves, quarters and more.  We have been looking at how equal parts make a whole.  Also, we have engaged in numerous math talks where we are justifying which fraction doesn’t belong with the others.  Next steps are to look more closely at fractions on a number line next week.

Last but not least, this week the students LOVED MISSION IMPOSSIBLE in the gym!  The students have worked extremely hard to control their movements to go through the MI course without knocking anything over or stepping on any of the ‘landmines’. Bragging rights were given for those that completed the course successfully! The grade 4’s will be taking down some of the light equipment after MI is over on Friday, as part of the volunteerism in our Health curriculum.

Students are asked to wear hats in school on May 4th which is 'Hats on for Mental Health Day'. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness for how important our mental health is and that we need to work to keep our mindset healthy!

Important Dates

May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

May 20– School PD Day

May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 – Last day of school

June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

June 30 – Organizational Day

April 22, 2022

Science was all about catapult construction this week!  The students were given rubber bands, popsicle sticks, tape and a spoon to create a catapult.  They chose from multiple designs and then tested their catapult for accuracy and distance.  After their first catapult try, many students adjusted and changed their designs to go greater distances and become more accurate.

In writing, Room 10 has been finishing their narrative stories.  Students used a checklist to revise and edit their work.  Also students have been using success criteria to improve on their writing and meet higher expectations.

We created a list of whale questions as an inquiry project and worked on reading using non-fiction text features in order to answer the questions.  This information helped the students to make connections and learn new vocabulary which was connected to our class read-aloud novel, A Song for Whale.

In Social, the students engaged in another inquiry project where they were given kid-friendly websites to read and find several Alberta symbols.  The students learned about the Alberta flag, mammal, fish, tree and shield.  They wrote a description of each symbol and typed their information on a chart.  Next steps will be to create a visual representation of these Alberta symbols in their visual journals next week.

Learning about the area of shapes was a continued focus in math.  Students played games and used non-standard measurement tools to measure area.  Later, they used square cm and m to find the area of regular and irregular shapes.  To find the area of an irregular shape, the students learned that breaking down a shape into smaller rectangles helped to measure area using operations such as multiplication and addition.  On Friday, the students had an area quiz.  Next week, we will begin our work on fractions.

One of the most exciting aspects of the week was Gym class!  Students moved through 7 stations in the gym which included mats, trestles, beatboards, crash mats and the climber station.  Over the week, the students really improved on their strength and coordination.  Their perseverance and confidence continually improved all week!  Stay tuned to hear about Mission Impossible next week!

Important Dates

May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

May 20 – School PD Day

May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 – Last day of school

June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

June 30 – Organizational Day

April 15, 2022

Even though we had a four day week, it was packed full of learning and fun!  We are writing our narrative stories!  After identifying parts of a good story and working on each part every week, the students are now ready to put it all together.  This week, the students completed their story plan, looked at the success criteria and started to write.  Stay tuned for next week, as we hope to publish our stories and share them.

For our reading, we continued to focus on using non-fiction text features to support our comprehension.  The students read an article about the songs of Humpback Whales which integrated well with our read aloud class novel, A Song for Whale. After reading the article, students were able to highlight the main idea and new vocabulary and answer direct questions from the text, as well as inferential questions where the students had to determine the author’s intent.

Our Science classes this week included building a lever to provide a mechanical advantage.  The students were given multiple designs and in a group, began to build a catapult.  Next steps are to finish the catapults, sketch the design and begin to test the catapult for speed and accuracy.

This week in the Gym, we moved through the mat and trestle circuits in gymnastics.  The students are practicing moving with low, medium and high movements across the mats. On the trestles, we have been working on using BMX grip and turning at the top to go down the ladder properly.  On the benches and mats, the students have been improving on their core strength, coordination and balance.

In Math, we began our work on finding the area of regular and irregular objects.  We looked at the difference between perimeter and area and wrote a class definition of area.  The students worked to find the area of their desk using non standard measurements.  They also used geoboards to find the area of irregular and regular shapes.  Later, we played several games where we had to find the area of regular and irregular shapes using grid paper.  We noticed that our knowledge of multiplication helps us a great deal with finding an area of a shape!

Important Dates

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

May 20 – School PD Day

May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 – Last day of school

June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

June 30 – Organizational Day

April 8, 2022

Writing this week was even more fun than last week! We looked at Ms. McKay’s character traits and wrote about how she would react to two situations at her new school. One situation was about a spider crawling out of her computer bag at her new school. The other situation was that there was a skunk on the property of her new school and all the Kindergarten students were running towards it.  Each student wrote about how Ms. McKay would react given those circumstances and tried to ‘show’ not ‘tell’ in their description.  We topped that off with some great character sketches of Ms. McKay and presented our collective writing to her in a Grade 4 book  as a farewell present.

Science was all about planting! We looked at three different types of seeds and related this to our reading this week.  We have been learning that seeds can travel because they stick on to other animals or float in the wind and even explode. We planted Marigolds, Calendula and Aster seeds!

For Gym we started gymnastics this week. We talked a lot about safety and doing our top to toe checks every day.  We worked on learning low, medium and high movements on the mats  such as the bird dog, the V, lunge, log roll, pencil roll and more!  Next week, we look forward to using the trestles and benches with the mats. We also went outside to learn some new games.

In Math, we worked to review division with two digit by one digit numbers.  Some students are using the steps of long division and others are using skip counting, drawing equal groups or fact families.  On Wednesday, we had a division check in. Next week, we will be working on reviewing perimeter and focusing on the area of objects.

Social included learning about the North West Mounted Police (N.W.M.P.) and how the railway affected different groups of people in Canada and specifically in Alberta. Students worked on sketching their ideas and discussing what they learned from the video, the slideshow and our class discussion.

Important Dates

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

April 1, 2022

Writing this week was fun! We read a book called ‘Library Lil’ and wrote about the character traits of the two main characters, Library Lil and Bust ‘Em Up Bill.  We brainstormed the physical appearance of each character and their personality and wrote using ‘showing not telling’. Each character reacted very differently to the problem that was presented.  We shared and gave each other feedback using ‘Two Stars and A Wish’.

In reading, we read about Flowers and how there were annuals and perennials.  We are using non-fiction text features to find the main idea of our reading.  Our knowledge of flowers is growing which is good because we will be planting flowers in our school garden soon.

For Gym we played many games! One day we set up the floor hockey games and played two games.  On a different day, we played cops and robbers tag, and various new dodgeball games like cone dodgeball.

In Science, we reviewed the gears test from before spring break.  Later in the week, we went outside and found examples of simple machines on the playground and field.  The students found a pulley on the flagpole, and an inclined plane which was a ramp. Some students found several wheels and axles and levers.  Mrs. Cooper brought in a 2 by 4 wooden plank and the students took turns applying effort to either side and changing the fulcrum and the load to create first, second and third class levers.

We learned new division games in Math! Playing a Division memory game and a dice game to practice fluency really helped us! We are still learning the steps of long division so please practice at home if you get the chance. There is a long division video on google classroom.

Social was all about what Canada was like after the fur trade.  We learned about how Canada became a bi-lingual country where both English and French are official languages. Next week, we will be learning about the railway and the Northwest Mounted Police. Stay tuned!

Important Dates

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

March 18, 2022

As we added believable characters to our shared story in writing this week, the students also began to create their own characters.  To practice using triple-scoop words and focusing on outer and inner characteristics, the students traced each other on large sheets of paper and together in partners or groups they wrote down descriptive words that described their character’s appearance (outer characteristics) and personality (inner characteristics).  It was so fun!!

For reading, the students read an article about a venomous snake bite in Ireland.  This topic went well with St. Patrick’s Day this week and helped us answer Mr. Aylesworth’s trivia questions! The students worked on using text features like the title, photo, caption and the headings in order to find the main idea of the text.

Gym was fun this week as we started floor hockey.  We learned how to pick an appropriate stick, learned techniques for stick-handling and passing and we tried some shooting practice.  Later in the week, we divided the gym into two halves where we had experienced players and beginning  players in two different areas.  We played a  game of floor hockey to practice and refine our skills.  Now that it's nice outside, we have been playing many cooperative games outside like Evolution and Huckle Buckle.

In Science, we reviewed the drive gear and follow gear concepts from our bicycle video last week.  We learned that gears help with speed and direction.  Also gear sizes matter.  Later in the week, we had a ‘Gear Check in’ where the students could show what they learned.

Division continued to be the focus in Math.  We have been applying our knowledge of multiplication to division facts by using fact families.  Students have been working on identifying when to multiply or divide when working on word problems.

This Friday we celebrated ‘Rock your Socks’ day where students wore their favourite socks to raise awareness for Down's Syndrome.  We watched a video about a boy named Oscar who had Down's Syndrome.  He played with his family and did the same things that other children do.  Oscar’s mom talked about how it takes Oscar longer to learn some things but that he doesn’t want to be treated any differently than anyone else just because he has a disability.

Lastly, in Art class, we worked on using various lines and shapes to create doodle art shamrocks.  The students took their time and some chose to make them symmetrical or colour them.

Just a reminder that the first day of school after spring break is March 28th.  Enjoy your spring break and stay well!

Important Dates

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

March 13, 2022

Literacy was all about story writing this week! The students created a shared writing piece which included an interesting setting and when, where and what our class story would be about.  All student voices were incorporated in the setting and it sounds great! We are developing success criteria as we write together so when the students write their own story, they will know the expectations.  Next week, we will work on developing believable characters in our story.

We started a new class novel called ‘A Song for a Whale’.  Some of the characters are deaf so we are learning a lot about sign language and communication between people and animals.

For the last few weeks, we have played multiple kinds of dodgeball games like bench, Riverrun, 4 corner, King’s court and Doctor dodge.  This week, we played Sharks and Minnows with the dodgeballs and castle dodgeball.  It was great fun!

In Science, students continued to use the Lego kits to build pulley-type gears for the final week.  Later, we watched a video that explained drive and follow gears and the importance of these types of gears for speed and force when going up hills.

Math was all about division with remainders.  Students used online manipulatives to build division problems with and without remainders.  They worked hard on drawing the division problems  in our math notebooks and then connecting a division equation to their work.  It’s tricky but the students are starting to use their multiplication charts to help them with division facts which is an important connection!

In Social, we learned about multiple points of view of the fur trade.  The students watched a video and wrote jot notes about an Indigenous woman, Metis woman and Metis child.  Some students drew sketch notes and others cut out and pasted pictures to go with their notes from the video.

Just a reminder that next week is a regular week of school and the last day of classes is March 18th.  Classes resume on March 28th.

March 4, 2022

Literacy was about story writing this week! The students co-created a checklist in a group where they identified what story elements made a story good.  Later, the students annotated several stories to determine whether they were interesting stories and gave reasons why or why not.  Next week, we will continue to work on creating an interesting setting and will begin to examine what makes a believable character in a story.

In Science, students continued to use the Lego kits to build gears.  They worked cooperatively in a group to build two different types of gears and then answered questions about what they noticed about the gear system.

Math was all about division.  Students used several strategies to begin to divide 2 digit by 1 digit numbers.  Some of the strategies included building an array with manipulatives or by drawing a picture.  Another strategy was to draw equal groups.  Finally, students used the multiplication table and their knowledge of multiplication to find fact families to help them with division facts.  Next steps will be dividing numbers that have leftovers or remainders.

In Social, the students are learning about the Voyageurs.  They watched a video about ‘A Day in the life of a Voyageur’ and reflected in their visual journals.

Just a friendly reminder that parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually on March 10th from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm and March 11th from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Conference bookings open for parents on March 5th at 9:00 am.  If your child is on an Individual Program Plan, please book two 15 minutes time slots so that we have time to discuss your child’s goals.

***Sorry there are no pictures this week as Ms. D. has been sick.

Important Dates

March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 10 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 10 - Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

Feb. 25, 2022

For Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, we discussed the topic of kindness.  Students wrote about what kindness means to them both at school and online as a digital citizen.  Later in the week, students wrote about this quote from Pink Shirt Day:  ‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind.’

In Science, students were using the Lego kits to build gears.  They worked cooperatively in a group to build two different types of gears and then answered questions about what they noticed about the gear system.

Math was all about division.  The question was posed:  ‘What is Division?’ and students needed to work with their group to write down their thoughts by using pictures, words, numbers and number equations.  Student work was displayed around the room and a discussion followed.  Students also worked on ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ during our math talk.

In Literacy, students completed their 5 Finger Retelling and cover of the Grand Escape.  Many students were very creative in their depiction of story events.

Gym was about dodgeball! We are learning different types of dodgeball games.  During each new game, we talked about sportsmanship and connected that to kindness which was our theme for the week.  Students were able to learn how to speak to each other positively regardless of which team ‘won’ or ‘lost’ the dodgeball game.

Just a friendly reminder that parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually on March 10th from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm and March 11th from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Conference bookings open for parents on March 5th at 9:00 am.  If your child is on an Individual Program Plan, please book two 15 minutes time slots so that we have time to discuss your child’s goals.

Important Dates

March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 10 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 10 - Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

Feb. 11, 2022

For Home and School journal this week, the students are trying to choose one or two events from the week and create some paragraphs that include a topic sentence, supporting sentences and a closing sentence.  Building a good informational paragraph is exactly what we have been working on in Literacy!  Next week, they will work on an informational paragraph about a personal topic that they are researching themselves.

Math was fun because the students played a multiplication scoot.  They searched  for 30 multiplication cards around the room which they answered.  Later, we went through the answers together as a class and started to learn different methods to multiple 2 digit to 1 digit problems.  The students watched videos and then we walked through the steps of each method together.  Ask your child to show you the box method and algorithm.  The distributive method still needs some practice.

The four Indigenous languages of Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda, Tsuu ‘Tina and Michif were part of our Social Studies learning this week.  The students researched how to say common English words in each of those languages and created a bookmark with their new words and pronunciations.

Science was all about building pulleys.  The students worked on building a fixed, movable and compound pulley.  Later, we talked about how each of these pulleys applied a different amount of force.  We talked about which pulley was the most efficient and why.

For Gym, we went outside one day this week.  We worked on throwing and catching the football outside and learned how to punt the football. In the gym, we played a ‘football game’ using the rules of handball and utilizing the basketball nets as our goal nets.

On Valentine’s day on February 14th, the students can bring in their valentine cards to share.  Just a reminder that valentines are optional but if students decide to bring them, they must give all students a valentine.  The class list of student names is listed under ‘people’ in the google classroom. No candy or food sharing please, however I did tell the students that they could bring in a special treat for themselves if they choose.

Important Dates

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 28 – Classes Resume

Feb. 4, 2022

In Math this week, we found all the multiplication patterns in the multiplication times table chart.  Our class is working on learning the 6, 7 and 8 times tables, as those seem the trickiest.  As a class, we shared our learning when we worked on the Krispy Kreme donut problem. Some students figured it out by repeatedly adding in groups, others tried to use the partial products method and some students knew how to use the algorithm.

During Social we finished our Trickster Tale retelling of the graphic novel that we read in a group.  Later in the week, we worked on identifying the 6 natural regions of Alberta and where each First Nation group lived in Alberta.  We used plasticine and had to make it really thin to cover the regions accurately.

This week we constructed pop can speedsters! We used materials like a pop can, pipe cleaner, pony beads and an elastic band.  During Gym, we tried to make our speedsters go farther and straighter.  The directions for the speedster are on the google classroom if you want to make another one at home.

After we completed our opinion paragraphs, we started to learn about what is included in a good non-fiction paragraph.  We learned that the topic sentence introduces the paragraph and has to be a general statement.  Then the students learned about including details in their supporting sentences.  Finally, the closing or concluding sentence summarizes the paragraph and restates the topic sentence in different words.  The students were able to re-arrange cut up sentences in a logical order starting with the topic sentence and wrote their own closing sentence at the end of the paragraph.  More work on paragraph building will continue next week.

This week, we started a new unit in Gym class.  The students are learning how to throw and catch a football. We played relay games and a pinny tag game to practice the idea of flag football which we can hopefully play outside when the weather warms up.

Just a reminder that  report cards came out last Monday, Jan. 31 and are online.  Mr. Radu sent out a message about that last week.

Also, the students can go on ‘people’ in the google classroom to find student names if they wish to bring valentines on Feb. 14th. I just request that if the students choose to bring valentines that they bring for all students in class.  No candy or food sharing please.

Important Dates

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 28 – Classes Resume

Jan. 28, 2022

In Math this week, we continued to show multiplication in a variety of ways.  We continued our work with building arrays and began to explore the connection between multiplication and division.  Later, we worked on fact families.  We are working on including more math vocabulary during math talks and added to our math key words anchor chart.  The students loved the ‘Salute’ game where they worked on finding factors when they knew the product and saw one other factor with a group member’s ‘salute’ - a card they drew from the deck and placed on their forehead.

Social was all about exploring oral stories and finding the connection to the land as well as the moral.  Students worked in pairs and small groups to read a Trickster Tale story and worked on a 5 finger retelling of the story.  We will continue this work next week.

Simple machines are what we started to learn about in Science.  The students worked on finding ‘rollers’ in the classroom which they could use to move a book across their desk.  Later, they learned about wheels and axles.  They were challenged to explain the difference between wheels and axles and rollers, as well as identify wheels and axles in everyday life.

Students worked hard on their opinion paragraphs this week.  Some students that finished, ‘marked’ their own work with success criteria.  In this way, they were able to identify and add to their opinion paragraph to get closer to their very best piece of writing.

For Art today, we learned about different types of doodle patterns.  Students either drew their own animal or used a pre-made animal to add doodle patterns.  Students were working on adding depth with shading and white space.  Also, some students chose to add colour.  Here are a few masterpieces!

We wrapped up our unit on handball with a strenuous game of ‘Sharks and Minnows’.  Today we had gym class with Room 13 where we worked on cup stacking and building with a partner.  Next in gym class, we will be focusing on football skills and throwing/passing drills and games.

There is no school for students on Monday, January 31.

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 28 – Classes Resume

January 21, 2022

For Social this week, we went on a virtual field trip to watch ‘Napi and the Rock’ with two actors and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.  The play had sets, costumes and the orchestra provided the mood in the background.  We chose one part of the story that we could retell through art.  Using mixed media like plasticine, tissue paper, construction paper, pipe cleaners and yarn, we created one part of the story.

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For Art today, we combined our work in Social and created our favourite scene from the play, Napi and the Rock.  We used plasticine, tissue paper, yarn, pipe cleaners and card stock to create a mixed media art project.  It was fantastic.  Here are a few masterpieces!

In Science, we worked on reviewing our Light and Shadow unit by answering questions in a kahoot.  Then we worked on digital review worksheets in the google classroom.  On Wednesday, we were ready to write the Light and Shadow check in. Next, we will be learning about Wheels and Levers.

Literacy learning was all about opinion writing! On a google jam board, we worked on identifying the opinion, reason and explanation of the article about video games. We worked on a shared writing paragraph about our opinion of junk food.  Then we started our own research about pets and what would make the best pet and why.  Other students are writing about whether people should own pets and why.  We will finish this writing next week.

Meanwhile, in the ‘Grand Escape’ we have been sketching all the characters like: Marco, Polo, Carlotta, Boots, T.J. and Elvis.  The sketch notes help us to remember what we have read.

In Math we continued our work on finding and extending a pattern with visual and number patterns. We are learning to double numbers when working with the 2 times table.  Also, we are learning to build arrays to show multiplication and next week we will connect that to division.  We learned the rule about multiplying 0 and 1 and listened to a song about multiplying the 6 times table.

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 28 – Classes Resume

January 14, 2022

Science was very interesting this week! We worked on an experiment that demonstrated refraction.  The students used a blue and red bar of paper and looked at it through a clear cup and then one filled with water.  Later, we watched a video about refraction and discussed it.  We also went outside to use prisms in the sunshine. We may need to try it again on a sunnier day!

We learned about provincial parks in Social Studies.  The students read an article with a partner, highlighted the main points and answered some comprehension questions about the importance of parks and park preservation.

A new class read-aloud book was started this week!  The students are loving the chapter book, ‘The Grand Escape’.  We are learning how to draw and write sketchnotes about the main points and about the main characters so far.

In Literacy, the students read an article about animals taking selfies.  They were able to identify the main points and then write a short summary about the text.  We learned that writing a summary has to answer the questions: ‘Who, What, Where, When, Why, How’ and we tried to write our summary in 5 sentences.

In Math we started off the week with the Monday Morning Math Quiz.  Each Monday, the students will get 4 questions that include 4 digit adding and subtracting with and without regrouping.  We also worked on identifying what a pattern is and worked on increasing and decreasing patterns in a 100’s chart and in the multiplication chart.  Later in the week, we learned what pictographs were and created a pictograph based on information provided.  The students are learning that there can be many to one correspondence so one picture in the key can represent multiple things.

We learned the rules of handball in Gym class.  Students were beginning to work on strategies such as passing and controlling the ball in order to score goals on opposing teams.  Next week, we will work on incorporating more of the rules of play.

For Art today, we looked at many famous works of art and sculptures.  The students wrote down what they saw in the paintings and works of art and what the art inspired them to wonder about.  Some students recognized the famous artists and other students recognized works of art that they had seen before.

For mindfulness this week, we learned how to braid using pipe cleaners.  It was very relaxing!

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 28 – Classes Resume

December 10, 2021

For Light and Shadows in Science, we predicted shadow length when the light source was at various distances from the object.  We tried 10 cm, 30 cm and when the object was close to the wall.  We learned that shadows get smaller as you move them further away from the light source.  This is because the object blocks less of the light.

In Social we learned that it’s not necessarily ‘Finders, Keepers’ if you find a fossil.  The students learned that Alberta fossils are protected and people are not allowed to dig for fossils unless they have a permit.  Also, we learned about the Tyrrell Museum and its importance for Alberta.

We read an interesting book this week called ‘Just a Dream’ by Chris Van Allsburg. The students studied the illustrations and listened to the vocabulary in the book, in order to answer questions about the ‘gist’ or main idea, the mood of the book and how the author conveyed that mood.  Later, we learned how important punctuation marks are to our writing, especially commas!

In Math, we watched an excellent video that broke down the steps of 4 digit subtraction with regrouping.  We learned that the order of numbers when you subtract, really matters! Earlier in the week, some students created math problems for other students.  They had a lot of fun!

On Wednesday, the students went to the Book Fair. They had a great deal of fun shopping and spending money on books, posters, erasers, bookmarks and pencils!

Today will be the last day for Home and School journal entries in 2021!  Next week, we will keep the journals at school and will write in them again in January.

For Art today, we created snowflakes.  Some of the students wanted to make them at home so here is the website for instructions if you are interested.

3D Paper Snowflakes DIY

Next week, the students will continue working on their fluency and expression when reading by engaging with Reader’s Theatre scripts.  We will perform our scripts for each other throughout the week.  One group has the Polar Express story, so as a culminating activity, the students want to watch the Polar Express on our last day of school on Dec. 17th.  That day will also be pajama day for the whole school!

Important Dates

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

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break - PJ day (school-wide)

December 3, 2021

We celebrated our writing this week by publishing our personal narrative and having pajama and stuffie day on Friday!  The students shared their personal narrative writing with each other. The students that listened to the stories were able to give the authors feedback with two stars and a wish.  The stars represented ideas or words, sentences, hooks or transition sentences that students liked. The wish represented a question or something that the audience wanted to hear more about in the story. It was a terrific opportunity for students to receive positive feedback and celebrate their personal best in writing so far this year!

During word work, the students are practicing letter patterns in a group.  This week, the students worked on identifying their letter pattern in a text, underlining the word and sorting the new words under their letter pattern heading.

In Math, the students learned to round 4 digit numbers on an open number line.  Also, students learned the ‘algorithm’ strategy to add 4 digit numbers.  First, they underlined the important numbers and words in the story problem.  Then, they rounded and estimated the sum. Later, they used the algorithm to regroup when adding their numbers. Finally, they wrote their answer in a sentence.

Experimenting with shadows continued in Science.  First, everyone predicted where the shadow would be when the light source was on the left, then on the right.  Next, students worked with partners to discover, write and draw about where the shadow actually fell after they finished the experiment.

Social included technology this week.  Students read about Alberta’s fossil heritage on a digital format and answered questions.  The goal was to use non-fiction text features such as the title, headings, photographs, captions and bolded words to understand what they were reading and answer questions to further their understanding.

The students had a French check-in on numbers, colours and review on how to have a basic french conversation. Looking forward, we will be learning some new holiday vocabulary and listening to some French songs next week.

Next week, students will have an opportunity to ‘shop’ at the Scholastic Book Fair in the library on Wednesday, December 8th.  A flyer came home this week which showed some of the books that are in the Book Fair and gave instructions on how to purchase if interested.  If students want to buy at school, they can bring their money on Wednesday when we go ‘shopping’ as a class.

Important Dates

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 10 - Red and Green Sweater day (school-wide)

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

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break - PJ day (school-wide)

November 26, 2021

Math was all about developing personal strategies to add and subtract.  Some students are using rounding to help become more accurate with sums and differences.  Other students are using the break apart strategy or a numberline.  This week, the students worked in partners on a locked room task where they had to practice adding, subtracting and rounding to break the code of each level.  Later in the week, we used addition, subtraction and multiplication to solve problems with ‘Solve Me Mobiles’.

The students published their written personal narratives this week.  They looked at a success criteria checklist that we created together and revised one of their written pieces to the best of their ability.  It was wonderful to see how hard they worked and how proud they were of their best work!

Science included two hands-on centres this week.  Half of the class was working on sorting objects into transparent, translucent or opaque items and the students needed to justify why they sorted the items in that way.  The other half of the students were using flashlights to find out whether objects reflected light or not.  Then the groups switched.  The students learned a lot and had fun!

For Art, the students used tinfoil to make a person. Then with the help of a partner, they used a flashlight to create a shadow.  They sketched the shadow of the tinfoil person.  This was a fun project and it turned out really well!

Looking forward, next week students will be sharing their personal narrative writing with each other on Friday, Dec. 3rd.  If students would like, they can wear pajamas that day and bring a small stuffie. This is invitational, not compulsory.  If they choose to bring a stuffed animal, it should be small and be able to sit on their desk.

Important Dates

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

November 19, 2021

In Math, the students in Room 10 have finished their work on telling time and we are working on adding and subtracting numbers to 10 000.  This week, the students have worked on rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.  Also, students are beginning to use strategies such as the break it apart strategy to assist with adding accurately.  Later in the week, we had a math talk on estimation where students were using 100’s charts to eliminate numbers based on a series of  clues.  Next week, we will be working on applying our strategies to work with numbers in the thousands.

In Science, the students were given a set of materials and worked together in a group, to prove that light traveled in a straight line.  Many students used a variety of creative methods.  Earlier in the week, we went outside throughout the day to track the length and direction of the tetherball pole shadow at various times of the day.

Gym has been all about cooperative games and working together in a group. The students have been working together on running relays, over/under with the ball as they move in a group, and they also participated in a leap frog relay.  Today, we played a dodgeball game with Room 13 students.

Literacy learning has included some annotating where students worked together on a piece of writing.  They  identified  examples of grade level writing by using a success criteria checklist.  During book club, students have been working on finding the main idea or the ‘gist’ of their reading.

Parents, please remember to book a 15 minute parent/teacher conference (or 30 minutes if your child is on an individual program) for next week.  The interviews will be held virtually and are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 25th from 4- 7:30 pm and Friday, Nov. 26th from 8:00 - 1 pm.  The link is on the EMJ website and it will open to parents this Saturday, Nov. 20th.  I look forward to speaking to all of you about your child’s progress.

Important Dates

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

November 5, 2021

In Math this week, we have been working on sharing addition strategies with numbers to 10 000.  Some students have been using their beaded number lines to help build ‘bridging to 10’ strategies.  Other students shared that they add the place value numbers separately. We also used the Esti-mysteries clipboard to discuss estimation strategies during our math talk.  For our work with telling time, some students received help from a peer that understood the concepts.

The students performed a skipping routine with a group this week in Gym.  They worked on incorporating skipping tricks that we have learned and some groups used a pattern in their presentation to the class.

For Science, we started our unit on Light and Shadows.  We learned the difference between artificial and natural light.  We went outside to enjoy the natural light and talk about what evidence of natural and artificial light we saw outside.

***** If you have a flashlight at home, could you please send it to school so that we can use them for Science? Please put your child’s name on the flashlight so we can return it to the owner.

In Literacy, we continued to work on our ‘small moment’ personal narrative stories. The students were experimenting with various hooks to start their writing in interesting ways.  Next week, we will be exploring and writing about actions for peace to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Poppies for peace was the theme for Art this week. Students used mixed media such as plasticine, old book pages, tissue paper, paper and paint to create three ‘inchie’ pictures.  Photos of their art will be used in Wednesday’s Remembrance Day virtual assembly.

Important Dates.

November 8 - Indigenous Veterans Day

November 9 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

November 10 - EMJ’s Remembrance Day virtual assembly

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 15 - ADmazing coupon sales close - last day to order

November 15 - 19  Alberta’s Metis Week

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

October 29, 2021

French this week was so fun! We learned new vocabulary for numbers to 31.  Then on Friday, we listened to a Halloween song and learned some new French vocabulary for Halloween objects.  We played a memory game with colour and number cards in French.

For one of our math talks this week, we looked at 4 different clocks and played, ‘Which One Doesn’t Belong?’  Everyone chose one of the clocks and justified how it was different from the rest of the images. We shared our ideas as a class.

In Book Club this week, we started identifying the main characters in the novel.  The students looked at the personalities of the main characters, as well as their physical characteristics.  Students drew pictures of the characters based on the explanation in their books.

Carving a class pumpkin was a lot of fun!  Everyone was divided into 4 groups. Students were gutting the pumpkin, designing the outside, poking holes in the design and carving the pumpkin with support.  Math estimates of the pumpkin seeds were written down and revised once we compared 10 seeds to the total number of pumpkin seeds.

In Gym, we started skipping! Some of the tricks we learned this week were: the skier, the bell, backwards skipping, hopping on one foot, the criss cross, shuffle and so many more!  At the end of the week, we took out the long ropes and skipped in a group.

In Social, we played a jeopardy game in groups.  We are preparing for a Social check in next week, where the students will answer some questions about the Alberta regions.

In Literacy learning, we finished our word sorts and learned how to practice our spelling words with pyramid spelling and swirl curl activities on our choice board.  We read “Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'' and wrote a class list of small moment ideas to help us with our personal narrative stories.

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

October 22, 2021

The students in Room 10 would like to celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 29th.  Costumes are optional, however if students choose, they can come to school with their costumes and make up already on, so they are ready to start the school day. In our class we talked about using ‘common sense’ with their choice of costume, in order to make sure that they leave any play weapons at home.  Students will be able to bring a personal snack of their choice because we can’t share any food at school.

This week in Science, we looked at where our packaging comes from and watched some videos to help us understand.  The students made lists of what they used this week for the following categories:  what they used for eating and drinking, for self-care and for entertainment.  After they created their lists, we looked at where the packaging came from.  For example, was it cardboard and paper, plastic, metal or glass?  The students recorded their learning in their visual journals.

Word work was fun! Everyone received some words that they cut out and started to sort under headings. Next week, students will use a word work choice board to practice their words.

In Literacy, the students have been working on creating compound sentences.  Also, the class listened to the book, “All the Places to Love” and recorded their favourite places on their heart map.  Later in the week, students wrote about their favourite place and some students shared their writing with the class.

Math was all about telling time this week! The students are learning to count by 5’s when recording time using an analogue clock.  Students were challenged to record the amount of minutes from the start of the school day until recess and the beginning of the school day until lunch.  Also, we had a math talk where students looked at 4 different images of analogue and digital times and had to verbalize and justify which one didn’t belong and why.  Today in math, we started ‘Fact Fridays’ where we played ‘Addition War’ and ‘101 and Out’, in order to practice our addition math facts.

This was our last week of badminton in Gym.  Next week, we will be moving on to skipping.  If students want to bring in their own skipping rope to use from home, they are welcome to do that!  Otherwise, one will be provided at school.

Wednesday was ‘Take me Outside Day’ and our class went outside and played several cooperative games, such as ‘SPUD’ and ‘Captain’s Coming’.  We had so much fun being outside together!

Student Quotes:

“It was an interesting week, like playing badminton in Gym.” S.E.

“This week many different things happened in Music.  We got the playground during recess.”  C.E.

“I think learning numbers to 31 in French might be fun but hard.” L. B.

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

October 15, 2021

Well it was a short week but a very busy one! Early in the week, the students created a heart map of the important people and pets in their lives.  We worked on some writing about one person or pet from their heart map and called it ‘Our Special Someone’.  The students focused on describing the physical features of their person. Later, they worked on describing what their special someone’s personality traits were like.

We reviewed our work with representing and comparing numbers to 10 000.  After the review, the students all completed a self-assessment about how they feel about the math concepts we have learned so far.  On Thursday, the students had a ‘Math Check In’ where they were able to show what they knew about numbers so far. Many of them asked if it was a ‘test’ but I explained that it was a ‘check in’ to see how much they’ve learned so far! We are working on a growth mindset and this shift in thinking seemed to help the students to be calm and show what they know.

Student Quote:

“The math check in was fun because I felt like I knew it”. B.P.

For our badminton unit in Gym, we practiced our serving and rallied with a partner.  We reviewed the forehand grip and started to practice the backhand stroke.  The students have been working on their fitness and Revenge and Freeze tag have been helping them work on fitness and stamina when running.

Student Quote:

“Badminton is okay but Gym makes me hungry for ‘cheese’ because we run.” D.W.

The Alberta natural region’s research is coming along well. The students are encouraged to finish their facts at home on google classroom, if they aren’t complete yet and they could also work on their slides if they have time this weekend.  Next week, the students will have one more class to complete their slide show presentation.

Student Quote:

“The Alberta research was tricky but fun!” R.J.

In Art today, we read the book “Sky Tree”.  As we were placing our reconciliation rocks in the garden outside, we chose a tree to look at to help us with a sketch of a tree in Autumn. Some students adopted the tree outside on the school grounds, as their ‘Wishtree’ and some wishes were made today!  Speaking of ‘Wishtree’, we finished the novel this week and the students rated the ending out of 5. The class average was a ⅘ rating which is fantastic!

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

Friday, October 8, 2021

On Monday, we went outside and experienced a beautiful Fall day outside as a class.  The students made a leaf pile by using rakes, their hands, an empty desk tray and some students were creative and emptied the gym equipment tub and used that to transport leaves to create a large pile.  The students took turns jumping into the leaves and described their experiences using their senses (what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, felt like). Back in class, the students created a ‘senses’ organizer of descriptive words. Later in the week, the students wrote a paragraph about their ‘Fall Day’.

Math included a survey this week! The students each thought about a survey question that they wanted to ask their classmates and included four choices. They asked their classmates to choose the best one. With clipboards in hand, they circulated the classroom and asked each other questions about their survey topic.  A few topics included: favourite recess snacks, favourite sports, favourite video games, favourite dinners and much more!  Later in the week, the students created a bar graph of their data.  Looking ahead, the students will review 5 digit numbers next week and then we will move on to telling time with analog clocks.

In Gym, we have started a new unit of badminton.  The students learned about a forehand grip and worked on keeping the birdie in the air, while standing on the same spot.  Later, we practiced serving against the wall. Next week, we will learn how to serve to a partner.

Social was all about research!  As a class, we used an Alberta region’s website and a region's video to find facts about the Boreal Forest by reading and viewing.  Together, we tried to put the facts in our own words and used an organizer to write down what we learned.  Later, the students worked on chromebooks to research their own Alberta region of choice. Next steps are to put their research notes into a powerpoint with complete sentences and visuals.

With word work this week, the students received a morning message where they needed to decide if they should use ‘Their’, ‘There’, or ‘They’re’ to complete the message correctly.  Then, the students were given sentences where they had to decide which homophone to use.  Later, they discussed their choice with other classmates to see if they were accurate. A colourful reminder of these three words are now in their LA notebooks for the students to use in their daily writing.

Important Dates.

October 11 - Thanksgiving, No School

October 18 - Professional Development Day, No School for students

Friday, October 1, 2021

This week we had Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30th.  In order to better understand what reconciliation means the students were presented with an example of what they would do if they had a fight with someone, or if they knew they had done someone wrong. Then they were asked how would they make it right? After discussions about reconciliation, the students painted reconciliation rocks which we will place in our flower garden at the front of the school next week.

Later in the week, we read several picture books about residential schools, like ‘When We Were Alone’ and ‘When I was Eight.  The students wrote about what they already knew, what they learned and what they still wondered about.  Here are some things that the students wrote:

• “Some kids were very mistreated and got separated from their brothers and sisters”.
• “ The kids didn’t come back to the family the same after residential schools. They couldn’t speak their language as well and they didn’t know how to survive in the wild anymore.”
• “They cut the kid’s hair to take away their power and their pride”.

In Gym we used our dribbling, passing and trapping skills to play a mini soccer game with the hockey nets outside.  Next week, we will learn how to do a throw in from the sidelines and we will practice our drop kicks.

In Math, we drew a rough copy of our birthday bar graph.  We made sure that we included the x and y axis, the scale, the labels and the title that we needed.  Then we used a ruler and carefully created our good copy of a bar graph in our math grid books.  We used the graph to interpret our results.

Science was interesting as we learned about over-packaging and how this contributes to waste in our world.  One student found some trash on the field which happened to be a Pringles chip can.  With a partner, the students read an article about the mixed packaging of Pringles cans and how they can’t be effectively recycled.  The students are beginning to learn how to annotate their reading by underlining the main point and then underlining what was unclear to them or didn’t make sense.

We are learning to use word lists to help us with our spelling.  This week, the students received a ‘No Excuse Grade 4 Word List’ which they will use to correct frequently misspelled words in their daily writing.  Students had fun playing a ‘Hangman’ game with the words they were having trouble with on their lists.

Important Dates.

October 8 - Professional Development Day, No School for Students

October 11 - Thanksgiving, No School

October 18 - Professional Development Day, No School for students

Friday, September 24, 2021

What a wonderful week of learning and fun we had in Room 10! On Monday, we learned about Terry Fox and what an inspiration he is to our community and the world! He inspired us to work towards our personal goals and ‘Try like Terry’ in school and at home.  The students set a personal goal for how long they would run or walk and also set some goals for improvement in academic areas at school as well as personal goals at home. A student in our class won a Terry Fox T-shirt in the school draw!

In Math we played a ‘Greater Than and Less Than’ game and worked on our mental math and estimation skills with an Esti-Math Mystery.  The students were given a visual of some items where they needed to estimate the total.  Then, they were given a series of clues and used their personal whiteboards to either keep their estimate or change it according to the clues.  Also, students created a beaded number line which will help give them a visual tool that they can use to add, subtract and count by multiple numbers.

One task the students used to improve their writing this week was to use ‘triple scoop’ words to replace a dull, boring ‘single scoop’ morning message from their teacher.  This really helped to encourage the students to pay attention to the words they use in their everyday writing.

On Wednesday, we integrated Social and Science outside! First, the students had the opportunity to learn about Treaty 7 through a partner reading task. Later, they coloured the Treaty 7 area on a map of Canada and learned a Treaty 7 Acknowledgement of the Land in sign language.  Along with Room 13, the students were able to weed the rest of the garden outside on the schoolyard and wrote positive messages to the land using sidewalk chalk.  It was a tremendous learning experience!

French is a new subject area for many students in Grade 4.  In Room 10, some students were so excited to learn the French words for a basic conversation that they asked their teacher to photocopy the words to practice at home! So if you hear ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Au Revoir’, please encourage them to teach you new French words!

Our focus next week in Social will be on Truth and Reconciliation, residential schools and Orange Shirt Day.  Just a reminder that there will be no school on September 30th to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Important Dates.

September 30- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No School

October 11 - Thanksgiving, No School

October 18 - Professional Development Day, No School for students

Friday, September 17, 2021

On Monday, the students brought in their items for our ‘Me in a Bag’ project.  There was so much excitement as they proudly set up their items on their desks. Students had the opportunity to view each other's items and ask questions.  Later, they wrote about what they learned about each other.

Also, this week the students participated in a school-wide writing project.  They were given a prompt to write about how they would design the school grounds and include places for learning, playing and nature.  It was interesting to read what the students wanted in their outdoor space and how they expressed that in their writing.  Next steps will be to work on how we can add more detail to our writing and the use of connecting words to make our writing flow.

In Math, students continue to learn about representing numbers in multiple ways such as standard, word, base ten and expanded form.  The students were presented with a math challenge where they worked with a partner to make four-digit numbers with four dice and then represented these numbers in multiple ways on their personal whiteboards.

Science was all about the topic of waste! The students watched a CBC video about waste in Canada.  We created a web together that included examples of waste and then later went on a walk outside on the playground and discovered more examples of waste on the field.  We are beginning to discuss how to classify items that we find outside. We are talking about whether we can recycle it, compost it or whether it is garbage.

This week we started Soccer skills outside.  We learned how to do a toe tap, side tap, and a drop tap.  We are working on improving our dribbling skills and maintaining control of the ball as we change directions in space.  Next week, we will work on passing and trapping the ball.

Another fun gym activity was playing ‘Capture the Flag’ outside with Room 13.  The Room 13 students are part of our Grade 4 cohort and this was a good opportunity for the students to get  to know each other better, as they share the same outdoor space during recess and after lunch.

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, wear your running shoes and bring a water bottle.  We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 20-30th.

You can either donate on-line  http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJohnson or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!

Please sign up for a 15 minute parent/teacher conference on the EMJ website.   Conferences are on September 23 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and September 24 from 8:00am - 1:00 pm. Thank you.

Important Dates.

September 20 - Terry Fox Run

September 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 pm

September 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No School

Friday, September 10, 2021

This week in Room 10, it was busy but fun!  We are working hard on creating a community of learners that are kind and respectful to each other.  We read a book called, ‘Be Kind’ and created pastel letters that we will put up in the classroom to refer to all year.  It says: ‘WE ARE COMPASSIONATE IN ROOM 10!’

The students will bring home their Home and School Journal today.  There is a letter tucked inside for parents to read.  Please read that letter to learn about the purpose of the journal and when it needs to be returned to school. Thank you!

Math was fun and provided some great opportunities for our class to read, write and build 4 and 5 digit numbers.  Also, we started the week with a ‘Math Talk’ where students were presented with 4 related pictures where they used math vocabulary to discuss which images were the same and gave reasons why.  It helped us all to see that there are multiple ways to see math questions and gave us practice on justifying our answers.  Later in the week, we played 'Highest Wins' where students compared numbers in the thousands and explained which one was greater and why.

The students have been engaging in Literacy learning each day.  A game that we played, called ‘Clap It Out’ helped many students to use a clapping strategy to use as a  spelling strategy during writing tasks. Some highlights of their writing occurred during our ‘Drop Everything and Write’ task where each student chose an animal and wrote a descriptive paragraph about what it would be like to be that animal.  Room 10 loves to read and we have been reading from our classroom library each day.  We are looking forward to our first Library time next Wednesday!

Social was all about the topic of Alberta! The students used Canada maps and went on a scavenger hunt to find Alberta and then answer questions about Alberta.  All students were able to locate Alberta on a map of Canada and they had a great deal of fun learning about Alberta geography, rivers, animals and more.

Looking ahead, on Monday, September 13, we will have the students bring in their items for the ‘Me in a Bag’ project.  Students will arrange their items on their desks that day and their classmates and teacher will ask them questions about their items. This will be a wonderful way to get to know each other better.

Some of the demographic forms and Technology Use Policy forms have been returned to school.  Please send those forms in with your child, as soon as you can if you have not done so.  Please read the important information below for important dates that are forth-coming:

Important Dates

September 13 - Me in a Bag Project items are due to school

September 16 - Picture day

September 20 - Terry Fox Run

September 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 pm

September 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 - 1:00 pm

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No School