Welcome to the 17th week of school at NCS!
I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! This week we've gotten right back into the swing of things here at Nose Creek and in our humanities class. This week we've been continuing with 20 minutes of reading each day (today we actually did 23 minutes!) and working at our literacy centers! Students have been on task and focused this week at their centers, and done a great job working independently on their tasks.
We've also been continuing our exploration of fossils in Alberta! This week we watched a movie about fossils, learned about where fossils have been found in Alberta, how fossils are protected, and some of the important people who've found fossils in Alberta (e.g., Joseph Tyrrell)! We also have talked about the fact that fossils have contributed to our heritage and identity as Albertans.
On Wednesday, Students were involved in several small debates about the protection of fossils and who they thought should have ownership when a fossil is found. We learned about the laws put in place to protect fossils in Alberta. Currently, students are writing an opinion piece about Alberta's fossil heritage.
I'm attaching a link to an interesting article about a recent(ish) fossil discovery in Alberta - we'll be talking about in in class more next week. Give the article a read if you wish!
We will also be working on reading and presenting in small groups on Friday! This will help prepare students for some upcoming projects and presentations in the coming weeks/months.
I am also including a link to the "word work" section of our blog - it's got some great links that students can check out this weekend!
Word Work Page
-This week we talked to students about how important it is to stay organized and be respectful of locker partners/the people around us. We've talked about a few common strategies that seem to be helping students!
-The LC is back up and running for book sign out- both 4A and 4C had a chance to head to the Learning Commons this week to sign out new books!
-Book orders will be sent home soon.
-It's been quite cold this week and students have been dressing up quite warm, but are encouraged to remember to have indoor shoes, and stay warm!
-Please make sure you are filling in reading logs each time a student reads! It helps us to address needs and find interests when reading.
Have a great rest of your week and weekend!
Welcome to the 16th Week of school at NCS!
I first and foremost wanted to say thank you to all families for their warm wishes and thoughtful gifts. I hope each and everyone of you has a restful winter break, and that you spend this holiday season with family and friends. Stay warm, it seems that winter is here to stay!
This was a short and sweet week here in humanities. We started our new unit on Monday, FOSSILS! Students have been very excited to learn all about Alberta's history from this perspective. We started off the week with doing some brainstorming about what we already know about fossils (and other related topics), and asking questions that we had been wondering about! We then had a chance to learn about paleontologists and experience a little bit about what they do! We had "the great cookie dig" and students had to carefully take out as many chocolate chips as they could (just as if they were taking fossils from the ground). See below for pictures! Students really seemed to enjoy this lesson!
Students also worked this week on writing a descriptive paragraph to describe what they would see if they were in a time period with dinosaurs! They used pictures of fossils as prompts. They had to describe the landscape and any animals that they would see! They then had to draw a picture to match their description! I snapped a photo of a few, see below!
We continued to work on our 20 minutes of reading and our Literacy Centers! This week there were no RRJ's due, just catching up on anyone who had an overdue RRJ. The next week of RRJs will be week 12 and due on their days, the first week back.
Our classes continued to have holiday visitors, Brownie Snowball and Oreo the Kindness Elf! Oreo got up to all kinds of things this week, including ziplining, making snow angels, and leaving candy canes for everyone! We also completed our acts of Kindness (Secret Kindness Project) and delivered our candy cane reindeer to all off the staff at school!
-Homework over the break - 15 minutes of reading daily, there is a reading log in students agendas for the to fill in!
-Check out "tumblebooks" on the main NCS website - there are lots of great resources and activities for students to do over the break
-Don't forget to check at home for any overdue library books over the break!
-I sent a note home with 4C this week about bringing in any old/recyclable items for our class maker center, so please check that note out!
-School starts back on January 8th 2018
Have a wonderful holiday season and see you all in 2018,
Welcome to the 15th week of school here at NCS!
It's been a busy week here in Humanities with lots of things going on!
We've been continuing to read in class for 20 minutes everyday. We have also been continuing with our Literacy Centers, and started our new center "Reading with Ms. Clark". Literacy Center groups also got switched up, so students have the opportunity to work with other classmates!
This week, we mainly focused on the question "what makes Alberta unique?" This was a week long project that students worked towards with the end result was for students to create a detailed paragraph explaining 3 things that they thought made Alberta Unique. They also had to edit their paragraph and include 3 pictures that reflected their 3 things that made Alberta Unique.
The "what makes Alberta unique" project was broken down into many smaller steps. As a class, we made mind maps about what we thought contributed to making Alberta unique. We then worked to create some example paragraphs as a class, and also worked on editing and giving feedback. Students also had a chance to do some research on the computers and get ideas for their 3 images. Then, once they had brainstormed and decided on their 3 reasons, they were able to organize their ideas into a detailed paragraph. They just handed in their project today!
See below for some photos of the mind maps we created!
This week Oreo (the Kindness Elf) visited our classroom! He Did lots of kind acts for us including sharpening pencils, writing in our kindness jar, decorating the classroom and reading books! He's been an exciting addition to our classroom!!
-Thank you SO very much for all of the donations for the stocking from Inn From the Cold! We are so appreciative and the families will be very grateful.
-Secret Acts of Kindness are ongoing and we will hand them out or do their acts of kindness next week!
-Next week there are several SPIRIT days happening! They are as follows:
Monday: Hot chocolate ($1) and caroling in the gym at lunch – 12:25
Tuesday: Rice Krispies ($1) and caroling in the gym at lunch – 12:45 it's also hat day!
Wednesday: Christmas Cookies ($1-2) and caroling in the gym at lunch - 12:45 it's also PJ day!
Thursday: Stocking Probability in the main foyer ($1) its also Dance/Activities day!
** all proceeds go to the ChooseKind Project and Inn from the Cold.
Have a happy weekend,
Welcome to the 14th week of school at NCS!
This week was another exciting week in grade 4! The highlight of the week was our ski/snowboard trip, and students had a blast! So many students said they want to try skiing/snowboarding again and were really happy that they got to try a new skill (or to keep on practicing something they've tried before)!
This week in humanities students continued to read daily for 20 minutes in class! We didn't work at our Literacy Centers as much this week, as students worked to catch up on any unfinished center activities from previous weeks, and we did a few small lessons about giving/receiving feedback and working on adding detail to our Reading Response Journals. We'll be back to working at centers daily next week and we'll be adding in a new center, "Reading with Ms. Clark" - this means that Literacy Center Groups will be slightly smaller, and students will also have a chance to read with me in a small group setting.
This week was week 10 for our RRJs!
We also had our Alberta Natural Resources Quiz on Wednesday of this week and did some review in class on Monday. This quiz will be sent home late next week (there are still a few students who were absent and need to complete that quiz before I hand it back out). Students: please remember to bring back your Social Studies Duotangs if you haven't already!
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we also had a chance to discuss and learn about some National/Provincial Parks in Alberta! Students were able to make many connections to this topic and were really engaged in class! We learned about why parks were created, where they are located (what natural regions), what animals that can be found there, why parks need to be protected and some interesting facts/features about these parks. We looked at maps, did some reading/writing, and overall had some really wonderful conversations this week. Great job grade 4's!
Both 4A and 4C also learned about our "Secret Kindness" project that is taking place in December! A note went home with students on Monday, and there is more information posted on the main blog! In flex time this week, students worked on making a card for their secret friend, and we worked on community in the classroom and showed some Nose Creek Spirit!
-The 3 secret kindness acts will be completed during the last week of school, starting on December 18th. Students are welcome to come into my room during lunch to work on any acts of kindness!
-Our school is also working with Inn From The Cold to do the "Spirit of Giving" - where we will try to fill a stocking with items to give to a family in need. We brainstormed ideas in class and students were excited to spread even more kindness within our community! This is completely optional and is not required.
-Winter Concert is on December 15th (4A is performing, 4C is watching).
Thanks for your continued support and have a wonderful weekend,
Welcome to the 13th week of Grade 4 at NCS!
This week in Humanities, we've been busy! Students continue to read for 20 minutes daily in class, and work on Literacy Center activities. Below you will see a few photos of some great learning taking place! Students get to work at 2-3 centers a week!
This week was week 9 of Reading Response Journals - most students are caught up with their RRJs, and a few will be handing them in/completing them tomorrow, before the weekend! Way to go 4A and 4C!
We've also been continuing our discovery of Natural Resources found in Alberta! We watched a great video about Wind Power and all kinds of innovations that people have been working on! This was also a great opportunity for students to work on their visual note taking skills! We've also learned about agriculture/ranching, and the forestry industry in Alberta! We learned about how those roles are important to Albertans, and some everyday uses of the natural resources. We also had a chance to explore how communities are formed (because of natural resources), and where certain resources are found in Alberta (in what natural regions)! Below, you'll see a few photos of some note taking practice that we've done this week!
There will be our "Alberta's Natural Resources" Test next Wednesday, December 6th. Tomorrow we will complete a study guide page in class, and start reviewing for this test. I'll also remind students of effective study tips. Students will be encouraged to take home their duotangs and review their material and notes. If students have questions, please let me know!
-Ski/snowboard day is this Tuesday, December 5th! The students are all very excited about this field trip! In order to ensure a great day for all students, we are reminding students to dress with the appropriate gear, including: snow pants, jacket, gloves, hats, scarves, sunglasses or ski goggles, and warm layers! We are also asking students to bring a lunch/water as well (in a backpack or something similar). Please make sure their names are on/in the bags!
-Book Orders are due December 6th to Ms. Clark
-Please check with your child to see if they have any overdue books to return to the LC!
-Winter concert is on December 15th if any parents/guardians are interested in attending!
-Special Note is going home on Monday for all Grade 4 students- we'll getting into some acts of kindness to spread around the school!
-4C parents/guardians - if you haven't seen the note that went home this week with your child, please ask them to show it to you!
Have a wonderful week!
Welcome to the 12th week of grade 4 at NCS!
Students have been busy this week in Humanities! We're continuing to read for 20 minutes at the beginning of class, and then moving on to Literacy Centers for approximately 15 minutes. The groups for literacy centers will rotate soon, so students get a chance to work with different classmates and grow as a community of learners!
Week 8 RRJ's are due this week. There are still a few students in each class that have week 7 RRJ's due. Please check in and make sure you're all caught up!
Students are continuing to work on learning about Alberta's Natural Resources. We finished learning about fossil fuels/non-renewable energy sources found in Alberta, and even had a chance to practice exploring issues and events from different points of view (this is one of the HUM outcomes). Students were asked to write a paragraph on their points of view, and then share their paragraph by reading aloud to their group members to practice presentation and fluency skills.
We also continued to practice note taking (visual note taking and standard note taking) by reading about the resources, having class discussions, and brainstorming as a group to determine what information is important information and how to record our ideas (pictures, text, a combination of both).
Later this week and into next week, we'll be looking at renewable resources, watching a video on wind power, and then moving on to forest and agriculture! After that, we'll use maps to explore WHERE all of these resources can be found, how Albertan's use these resources, and how all of this helps factor into Alberta as a community!
-If you ordered a book at the book fair, please check in with Ms. Bennett to see when those books will be here!
-Don't forget to hand in any overdue library books!
-Ski/Snowboard day is December 5th - please make sure that you have everything they need to keep warm that day, including snow pants, jacket, warm clothes/layers, warm socks, gloves/mitts, hat, etc. More information to come soon! We're all looking forward to a great day.
Have a great week,
Welcome to the 11th week of grade 4 at NCS!
This week was a short one at Nose Creek School, as we had Parent-Teacher interviews on Thursday and Friday of this week! Ms. Jagger and I were both glad that so many families were able to attend, despite the snowy weather!
This week in Humanities, students continued to complete 20 minutes of reading each day, as well as worked at various literacy centers, and worked on week 7 of our RRJS. There are still a number of students who need to hand in week 7 of their RRJs as it was a shortened week. They can hand in week 7 RRJs this Monday, November 20th, and I will return them ASAP so they can then work on week 8. Students seemed to be engaged in the various centers, and lots of students have mentioned how much they like the partner reading center!
Students continued to practice the skill of summarizing a text this week. We listened to the Audiobook of Jumanji one more time, and then students worked to visualize and summarize 4 or 5 key points from the story. We will continue to work on this skill in the next few weeks.
This week we also finished up a few Infographic presentations, and we began to explore our new unit, natural resources in Alberta! Students started off this unit by looking at various items, and had to work with their group members to guess what each of the items at their table represented! There were lots of great guesses as students worked out what they though each item might be. Then, students began to make the connections to all of the items, and realized we were talking about natural resources! See photos below of this classroom activity!
This week students also began to learn about note taking. We learned about two main forms, which included standard jot notes, as well as, visual note taking! We watched a few videos, and looked at examples of both. Students have begun to take a few notes about Alberta's natural resources. We primarily learned about the meaning of natural resources, and about Alberta's oil this week, but will continue with learning about other resources in the coming weeks!
We started off note taking by reading some non-fiction texts about resources, and then had a class discussion/brainstorm about what the important/key details were. After that, we organized our ideas and put them on the whiteboard. Students then were able to manage their information and try note taking! Organizing/managing information and ideas is an important skill, and is an aspect of an outcome that we assess on at Nose Creek School. This is something that we will work on throughout the year, and learning how to organized thoughts and ideas will help out in many different learning areas!
Other Important information:
-Ski forms due this MONDAY, November 20th. Payment is also due, or please contact Mr. Price at email@example.com if you need to arrange payments. We want all students to have the opportunity, so please contact us if you have any questions!
-I will be sending out one more book order in early December for anyone who might want to make an order before the winter break.
-LC is back up and running next week, so students can return and check-out new books!
-Tumble books is a great resource that students can use at home. There is a link of the main grade 4 page for anyone who is interested, along with a few other fun resources that students can try!
-Another fun activity that students might want to try/practice is typing games! abcya.com has quite a few (search "typing" and several different games come up!) This will help students when they are using keyboards to research or type information!
Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday,
Welcome to the 10th week of grade 4 at NCS!
What a busy week it's been! Students in 4A and 4C have been working on lots of things in humanities class this week!
- Students continue to work on 20 minutes of "stamina reading" in class on a daily basis
- Students continue to work at various Literacy Centers (they spend 2 days at each center before rotating to the next center
- Students are continuing to work on Reading Response Journals (RRJ's) - this week, week 6 is due! You can check the right hand side for student's due dates.
- Ms. Clark is continuing to read individually with students (2-3 students per class, per day)
This week has been exciting as students have been presenting their Alberta Region Infographic Projects to the class! We brainstormed about how to present, how to be a good audience member, and students had a chance to practice/rehearse their presentations. Many students have been dressing up or bringing props in! We'll be done all of the presentations by this Friday, and I will send marks home in the assessment duotangs soon. Students have also been working to practice their listening skills and taking some jot notes during the presentations.
Below you'll see a few examples of our infographics!
We'll be starting our new unit next week, so stay tuned!
4A and 4C have both started reading "Sunwing" in flex time! This is the second book in the "Silverwing" series, by author Kenneth Oppel (we met him last month at school).
This week students had the opportunity to present their science projects (in Science Class), but also take a "gallery walk" during flex time to see other student's projects! It was a great way to talk to the grade 4 community at school!
Key Information/ Upcoming Information
- Remembrance Day Service tomorrow (November 10th) at 9:15 am. Students are encouraged to dress up as this is a formal assembly/service. All students will receive a poppy at school tomorrow. Poppy Donations will be accepted (if you choose to donate).
- Parent Teacher (and student) interviews next week, so book your interview time slot soon, spots have been filling up fast!
- No school next Thursday or Friday (due to interviews) - November 16th & 17th
- Nose Creek Book Fair is next week! Students in 4C will have an opportunity to go to the LC on Tuesday in flex time to take a look around (they can also go during lunch any day next week, or after school). Students can bring money to school to purchase items (if they want).
Hoping everyone has a warm week,
Welcome to the 9th week of grade 4 at NCS!
We've done a variety of things this week in humanities class!
We've been continuing to work on 20 minutes of daily stamina reading, as well as working at our literacy centers everyday. Ms. Clark has also been reading individually with students (if she hasn't read with you yet, she will soon)! Students have been focused, helpful and cooperative with classmates during literacy centers! Some of the most popular activities are: creative story writing, reading with a partner, "would you rather" writing, using venn diagrams to compare characters, and our word wall!
We are also still continuing to work on our Reading Response Journals. This week is week 5.
On Tuesday, we did a few fun fall/halloween activities! As a class, we read "The Spider and the Fly", which was a poem originally written in 1829, but was republished with newer artwork in 2012. The students were then able to sketch in their Visual Journals any type of fall or Halloween inspired image. Many students took inspiration right from the poem we read. We practiced shading, and also looked at a few other artists and how they used shading to make a photo look realistic!
Both 4A and 4C have been reading the final chapters of Silverwing, and what an ending it was! Be sure to talk at home about the novel! Man students have signed out other books in the Silverwing series from our Learning Commons!
This week we've been working to finish our infographics and get them ready for presentations! On Monday, students worked to put any finishing touches on their projects. On Wednesday, students worked with another group to edit each other's infographics. We used a checklist to make sure that everything was included! Thursday, students will have a chance to make any changes to their project before we send them off to print! This week we are also talking about how to present a project to the class, and what key things they should do! Students will help to brainstorm and create the presentation rubric. Then, students will have a chance to practice/prepare before we present later next week. I'm really looking forward to seeing the final infographics and the presentations!
Below are a few images from the editing process.
As a quick note, photos went home today, and if you are ordering any, they are due back on November 8th. Book orders will be placed by Ms. Clark tomorrow.
Have a great week, and hope to see you all at parent teacher conferences soon!
Welcome to the 8th week of grade 4 at NCS!
Lots of things are happening here in grade 4 humanities at Nose Creek School this week!
Author Kenneth Oppel came to visit us on Tuesday, and was able to speak with us about why he wrote Silverwing, and a little bit about the book! He explained that he was very inspired by bats and wanted to write a story about a bat's journey, focusing on how they use "echo vision" to help guide them and help them see! He said that he did lots of research about bats, and had a great time writing the whole series! Students were also able to ask him several questions after the presentation.
Here is a link to the silverwing website, where you will be able to learn more about the characters, the journey, the echo map and more! Take a look:
Students are continuing to complete several literacy center activities each week. Some of the centers have partner or group work, and some centers have a more individual focus.
Each student gets to work at a center for 2 days before switching to a new center. Students have been working on a variety of tasks including: writing letters, creative writing, spelling activities, creating a classroom word wall and dictionary, practicing their reading with partners/readers theater, and responding to things that they've read.
Students have been focused and working well with their classmates at centers so far! Keep up the good work 4A and 4C!
This is just a reminder for students to complete their Reading Response Journals (RRJs) by their due date. There is a link on the right hand side about due dates! I can definitely help anyone if needed!
Brief summary of the 3 RRJ questions (the information is glued in the front of the books)
1) summary of what you've been reading
2) a strategy that helped you while you read
3) theres a list of sentence starters thats glued in your book for question 3 - you need to pick one and finish the sentence!
Alberta Regions Infographic Project
Students continue to work on their infographic project. Last week, students were able to research several topics about their specific region. Now that they've gathered all kinds of facts and information (from animals to cities to weather in their region) they are able to start the fun design process part! Students are being introduced to the app called "easel.ly" which allow them to use templates (or start from scratch) to make their infographic. We've talked about how we need to use pictures, words, graphics, and be aware of the design when creating. We've been lucky to have Ms. Asis (another teacher at NCS) come in and work with us and help us learn all about the program! The infographics will be completed at school in class.
Our goal is to complete these infographics in the next week, and then we will begin to talk about presentation skills, and get ready to show what we know!
Hope everyone has been enjoying the lovely fall weather this week!