Ms. Magee | Grade 4/5


Weekly Update September 26-29

This was a busy week, with both the Terry Fox run and Orange Shirt day. 

To commemorate National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we watched a video from Elder Etki Margaret about her experience in a residential school in Alberta. We had a sharing circle to share our thoughts and feelings about the video. 

We also looked at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. We thought about what we can do to support reconciliation in Canada. A few students have decided to write letters to our provincial government to encourage them to follow through with the Calls to Action. Other students created Orange Shirts to share messages of hope. We will continue this work next week. 

Every Child Matters Orange Shirt - IndigenARTSYSpirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action | CORE Alberta

In literacy, students completed a project called “Hopes and Dreams”. Students watched videos and looked at inspirational quotes to reflect upon hopes, challenges, and reaching our dreams. 

In math, students have continued to explore place value and are working on developing automaticity of our times tables. 

In social studies both grade 4 and 5 students participated in a drama circle about Turtle Island. Students had parts to read aloud and re-enacted the history of Turtle Island. 

In science, the grade 4s went outside 3 times during the day (early morning, midday and end of the day) and measured each other’s shadows.  We noticed the position of the sun and how shadows change throughout the day.

In support of our ongoing investigations of optical devices, grade 4’s are asked to bring in a regular size Pringles tube with the lid (clear lid/transparent) by Monday. October 3 if possible. If you have any extra, please send them along for students who may not be able to bring their own. We will be building our own kaleidoscopes.

The grade 5s continued their explorations of weather and the water cycle. We began to discuss hurricanes and made connections to current events.

In art, we finished our Minecraft Selfies, these will become our Visual Journal covers. Can you guess who’s who below?




Weekly Update September 19 - 23


This week we started talking about Terry Fox in preparation for the Terry Fox run on September 28. We brainstormed character traits about Terry, some of the words we came up with are resilient, courageous, athletic, and inspiring. We then used these character traits to write about Terry. We used the Hamburger Paragraph model to write our paragraphs. 


In math, we are learning place value. We completed a math doodle place value chart to help us when we completed some place value riddle. Have a look at a riddle and see if you can figure it out. 

In social studies, the grade 5s continued to work on their Create a Country project. We learned how to create our own place on Google Earth so that we could find the latitude and longitude of our created country. 

The grade 4s finished their dream playground maps and learned a mapping coordinates game. They also looked at a map of Terry Fox’ journey. We compared how far he ran to the total distance across Canada. 

In science, the grade 4s brainstormed natural and artificial sources of light, as well as things that reflect light.

In support of our ongoing investigations of optical devices, grade 4’s are asked to bring in a regular size Pringles tube with the lid (clear lid/transparent) by Monday. October 3 if possible. If you have any extra, please send them along for students who may not be able to bring their own. We will be building our own kaleidoscopes.

The grade 5s enjoyed watching the incredible Bill Nye investigate The Water Cycle, answered questions after viewing and learned the terms: Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation. 

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 28 Terry Fox Run

Thursday, September 29 Orange Shirt Day

Friday, September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation NO SCHOOL





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