Monday, Oct 3, 2022
It is hard to believe that we have finished our first month of school! We are enjoying the pleasant Autumn weather, but can feel that the change of season is on its way!
We have been busy here in room 14.
Last week, we had several discussions about Terry Fox and his legacy. Students represented their learning about Terry Fox in their visual journals. Along with noting events from his life and his historical significance, students connected personal characteristic words to Terry Fox (i.e. determined, persistent, etc.) and included them in their Terry Fox web. After our school-wide assembly on Wednesday afternoon, we ran the 3.4 km Terry Fox route with the other grade ⅘ classes. Thank you to our parent participants who accompanied us!
We discussed Orange Shirt Day and Truth and Reconciliation in Social Studies last week. The Grade 4 listened to the story Shi-Shi-Etco and discussed the main characters' feelings about starting school. Grade 5 students reflected on their past learnings about Residential Schools, discussed the history of Orange Shirt Day, and looked briefly at a student friendly version of the 94 Calls to Action document.
In Math, both grades are working on place value and representing numbers in different ways. We use standard form, expanded form, base ten models and word form to show numbers. Grade 4 students will represent numbers up to 10 000, while grade 5 students will show numbers up to 1 000 000. We have started work in our Jump Math books . We are using number talks such as estimation clipboards to discuss math strategies and numerical thinking, and continue to use math games to reinforce math facts.
A few reminders:
- Run club is Tuesday morning
- There is no school for all students on Friday, October 7th
- Schools are closed on Monday, October 10th for Thanksgiving.
- Photo day is on Tuesday, October 11th. This is for individual and class photos.
Have a great week,
Friday, September 23
It was a pleasure to meet families during our Meet the Teacher Conferences the past two days. I have gained insights into your child’s personality and learning styles. If you were not able to attend conferences, please email me to set up an alternative time to meet.
We have begun discussing Terry Fox in class to prepare for our Terry Fox Walk on Wednesday, September 28th. We are learning about Terry’s history, his motivation, and his perseverance as he embarked on his Marathon of Hope. Grade five students are applying map scale to measure the distance that Terry ran in km. We will run in remembrance of Terry on Wednesday afternoon.
In Math, both grades have been working with place value. The grade 4 students are showing 4 digit numbers using a place value chart as well as expanded form (3456 = 3000+400+50+6). Grade 5 students are brushing up on their place value by reviewing place value for 5 digit numbers. We continue to practice our math facts.
In Science with Mr. Wolfe, both grades have begun their first science units. Grade fours are beginning the year with a light and shadow unit, while Grade five students are beginning with weather study.
In Social studies, both grades continue working with maps. Grade fours are using map coordinates to show places on maps using grids. They are also working with relative positions (Edmonton is NORTH of Calgary) Grade fives are using map scale to compare distances on maps. They will move on to longitude and latitude next.
We have been listening to a Podcast called Mars Patel as our class shared novel. Students are enjoying this mystery story and it is fun to listen to with the fun voices and sound effects.
A few reminders for next week:
- Run Club begins on Tuesday. September 27th at 8:15 am
- Our Terry Fox Run is on Wednesday, September 28th in the afternoon - please donate if you are able!
- Thursday, September 29th is Orange Shirt Day
- Friday, September 30th - No school
Have a wonderful weekend