Blog post for September 29th
The Grade fours have been busy creating their Lorax presentation to share with the class. They have refined their ability to creatively represent their thoughts and ideas about Waste in Our World. With our presentations over, we will be moving forward into how waste breaks down and what types of waste cannot break down.
Want a head start on the topic? Visit this link:
In math students have continued their development of math facts, math warm up activities and basic problem solving. Students learned 4 different warm up activities and spent 2 classes exploring each activity. Students then completed a practice activity where they worked through each of the 4 tasks. This led students into their first independent assignment where they had to do each of the 4 tasks without support of their peers. This is the assignment they have brought home on September 28th with the reflection. The assessment was based on their ability to complete each section independently and created a benchmark of what skills they will need to further develop. Students had 30-40 minutes to work through the task. Students had 25 minutes to write their reflections. Now with these activities at home, students can continue to practice these skills with you.
Next week we will continue to work on number fact warm-ups during math as well as short problem solving questions. An area of our warm ups are now focused on estimation. Estimating visual images as well as numbers and math equations. For example:
Estimate the follow math equations
More estimation practice? Try these links:
Starting next week we will also begin to look more into creating patterns and labeling patterns that we see.
Blog Post September 20th
The students have been extremely busy this week, as they get further into their studies. In math the students have been learning multiple warm up activities, which are focused on mental math skills, place value and organizing numbers. This work led to an independent activity, which they needed to apply all their learning. These will be coming home next week so the students can teach you the activities and you can continue to practice at home.
If you want more work with number lines and mental math games visit these links:
In science the students have begun their first project connected to Waste in Our World the first of our science topics. The students listened to the story “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. They then were given each a problem connected to the story and science curriculum to solve. They are working in groups to present their ideas to their peers. Examples of the questions are:
Was the Once-ler driven by the need to provide Thneeds to everyone? Or was he motivated by something else. Should we be able to create and spill toxic chemicals if it will benefit us?
The Once-ler had many great plans of making things that everyone needs. This came at the environment’s expense. What examples of waste and destruction did he create?
These are to help the students create connections from literature they hear and problems our world faces. Through understanding the science of saving our planet, adding their creativity with Dr. Seuss’ and working with peers we have a great start for how the Once-ler could have been more environmentally friendly.
Want to dive deeper into our topic? You can talk to your family about:
How do companies both make a profit and keep the environment safe?
When is it ok to use our natural resources and when should we not?
How do we know when our environment is being impacted negatively?
This week students worked on creating math equations that equaled a certain value. For example, they were given the number 62 and they needed to use their skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing to equal 62. Can you challenge a family member to find equations for the number 84?
Students also began building 3 digit numbers and organizing them from least to greatest. Need more practice building these numbers? Use the following game online to build your skills.
Building three digit numbers
Students also began using numberlines as a tool for helping organize numbers from least to greatest. Here is a link to practice!
Students have started their first unit in science called Waste in Our World. We started the unit by looking at the new composting system being implemented by the City of Calgary. The students started to look at why household items are organized in to different categories such as waste, recycling and compost.
To learn more about what goes in each bin check out the following link:
Hello Grade fours,
Welcome to NCS school. I am very excited to begin this year with you as we have many great topics to cover in both Math and Science. On our blog we will post important dates, tasks, additional questions or scenarios and additional information that can be useful. Lets get started!