Tuesday, 6 June 2017

June news - Last post!

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Well, June is finally here!  There are only a few more weeks of school left for the year.  Can you believe how quickly it has flown by??

In Language, students are finishing up their Narrative stories.  They were asked to write a fictional story about anything they wanted and boy oh boy, they write and write and WROTE!  They had a checklist of the Success Criteria, as well as a peer editing checklist.  The students had some reservations about peers reading their work, but realized that some of their comments and suggestions would make their stories even better!  
I have been reading many of them over the last few days and they are so well written and very interesting!

Image result for fractions related to decimalsIn Math, we are finishing up our Fraction Unit and will be connecting this with decimals.  
They finished their "Fraction Pizzas".  Equivalent fractions were included, but was a challenging concept for some.

Some things to practice over the summer:

*Basic Multiplication and Division facts
*Sight words (see link)  Dolch Sight Words
*Keep a journal to continue practicing your writing
*Read, read, read!!

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I thank each and every parent for their support throughout the school year and I hope you all have a wonderful summer vacation! 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

"Angle Birds" finished products

Here are some examples of the finished "Angle Birds" project for Geometry.  They all turned out so well!  Bravo students!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

May news

April Showers bring May...flooding?

Let us pray for all the families who have been affected by recent flooding.  

Grade 4 News


In math, we are just in the process of finishing up our project on 2-D Geometry.  The students have designed an Angry Birds Level "Angle Birds" in which they are to measure and label many different Geometrical attributes (e.g., various quadilaterals, and angles).  They have had so much fun and their final products look amazing!  Here are a few pictures of their projects in process.

I will post photos of the finished products soon!

We will be starting Area and Perimeter next!

A few funny pics:
(Look Mrs. D'Souza!  I found quadilaterals in my lunch!)

(Look Mrs. D'Souza!  I found a Parallelogram dorito!)

(And a trapezoid!)

They are learning in many different ways!  :)

We are finishing our research on Bees and Butterflies.  The students were asked to complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting both insects and writing two paragraphs explaining some interesting facts about them, including what is happening to them and why they are so important to human beings.

We have taken a break from our Readers' Theatre story based on the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but will be getting back into it this coming week.  The students are reading and speaking aloud with a focus on tone, pitch, volume, pace and sufficient expression in order to help hold the listener's attention and interest.

The students were involved in creating advertisement posters for our school musical "Tut Tut".  They turned out just wonderful and received many positive comments from students and staff!

Our trip to the National Gallery was a huge success.  The students created amazing sculptures which will be sent home soon.

*Last Note*
If you would like to purchase a copy of the year book, please go to School Cash Online!  Only $20 and such a great keepsake to remember your 2016-2017 school year.

Monday, 3 April 2017

April news

Hello Grade 4 families!

Welcome to spring!  Here is some information regarding what our class will be doing over the next few weeks.

We have finished reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a read-aloud.  The students enjoyed the book so much!  We discussed new vocabulary, characters, setting and learned how to summarize the story using the most important parts. The students had some really excellent questions regarding the time frame that the book was written in (World War II).  Some even questioned if the book was related to the Easter story in the Bible.  (Aslan the Lion as Jesus)

We then watched the movie and are in the process of creating a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the book and movie.  The students remember more than I do!!

We are also starting a reader's theatre based on the book as well.  The students will get to act it out and practice reading out loud with expression and clarity.

Georges Vanier is presenting the Musical "Tut Tut" this coming week.  The Grade 4 students will be designing and creating posters which will be hung up around the school to advertise this special event!

We have finished our Multiplication and Division unit in math.  Please continue to work hard with your child to practice those basic multiplication skills.  Some students are still finding them very difficult.  I will continue to send home review sheets every week so that they can practice.

Our next unit of study will be 2-D and 3-D Geometry.  Please look at the Nelson website (link below) to gain more knowledge about what the students will be learning. 

Nelson Math Grade 4

Here are a couple of videos discussing quadrilaterals.

The grade 4's will also be going on a field trip with Mme Natalie, Mrs. Hewitt and myself on April 27th.  We will be going to the National Art Gallery.  More information and permission forms will be sent home soon.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Long Division

Hello all!  

Thank you for continuing to complete all of the multiplication review that has been going home.  I have seen such a difference in the students' work.  It is not taking as long to figure out the equations and the students really understand what multiplication means.  

Review will continue to go home over the next few weeks.

Our next unit of study in Number Sense and Numeration is long division.  I have included a video on what we will be studying over the next couple of weeks. 

Keep in mind, that this is only one strategy to finding the quotient. (standard algorithm)

Long Division Video

                                                Another division video (funny) using the
                                                standard algorithm.
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There are many alternative strategies for long division as well.

For example:

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Basic Multiplication game

Here is a multiplication game to practice basic facts.  It is timed and each question is asked twice in hopes that you eventually remember the answer.  You can either click the numbers on the number pad that shows up on the screen, or use the numbers on your own keypad.  Good luck!

Multiplication Game

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

February News


Image result for Elapsed timeThis month in Math, we are focusing on Telling Time to the nearest minute and elapsed time.

Remember:  The hour hand must move between the two hours as the minute hand moves around the clock!

Elapsed time is challenging - make sure to use a timeline when practising this skill at home.
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We will be moving on to Addition and Subtraction of bigger numbers and then on to Multiplication and Division.  I will be sending home some practice sheets focusing on basic multiplication facts. Please help your child memorize facts up to 9x9, as it will make multiplying larger numbers easier and faster.

In Language, we are starting our Narrative story writing entitled "Trapped in a Snowglobe".  Here is the link to the success criteria for our stories.  I look forward to reading them!


We are also creating a Media Poster based on a favourite book. The students are designing a poster, advertising a movie based on their chosen book.  They have a set of criteria they must meet.  The posters are on Google Slides and it will be completed in class.  You are welcome to take a look at their progress on google drive!

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Valentine's Day

The students have been asking if they can hand out Valentine's to our class in the afternoon.  The answer is YES! (if they wish). If handing out Valentine's, please make sure your child has one for EACH STUDENT in the class so no one feels left out. Here is a list of students in our afternoon class.
*NOTE*  Please check with your child's homeroom teacher if you are unsure about handing Valentine's out in morning classes.
Sarah B.             Owen M.
Liza                    Mateo
Alyssa                 Zakk
Kyle                    Cecilia
Lindsay              Spencer
Sarah D.             Owen Mc.
Nicholas              Michael
Alia                     Libby
Katerina             Finn
Ru                       Peyton
Alex                    Samantha
Maya                  Phoebe
Qiu Qiu
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Report Cards

Report Cards will go home on February 16, 2017.  Interviews will be held on February 23, 2017. This term, interviews are only for those parents who wish to speak with the teacher or by teacher request.  Not all parents will need to be seen.  

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Family Day

Family Day is on Monday, February 20th.  There is no school. Have a wonderful day together!