Welcome to the 31st week of School at NCS!
This week has been a fun week here at Nose Creek. We've done a variety of different things! Most notably, 4A and 4C went to the Shepard Landfill and Compost Facility on Tuesday! Our tour guide told us lots of interesting information, and we got to see many sections of the waste management area. As of earlier this year, Shepard Landfill has no longer been accepting residential waste - so the landfill did look a little bit different, but was still quite interesting to see. We got to see many stages of a "cell" which is where the garbage/waste is stored, once it's been sorted. We also got to see the brand new compost facility, and learn a bit more about waste reducing initiatives that the City of Calgary has been working towards. See below for a few photos of our trip!
We've also been working on many other things this week! Students have continued to share their creation stories with both 4A and 4C in flex this week. The stories are very creative, and it's great to have all of the students sharing as one big group! We've also had a small amount of time to read this week (a little bit less than usually though, due to field trips, and other activities planned)!
We've mainly been working on furthering our understanding of the early explorers and fur traders that traveled across Canada to Alberta. We've watched videos of voyageurs and their life! We've also read lots about them. We learned what challenges they faced, as well as, why they might have decided to become a voyageur. We learned about how they traveled, where they traveled, and what they did! Thursday, we wrote letters from the perspectives of the voyageurs. Some of the letters were very creative, and We've also begun to learn about the Metis, and their lives! Additionally, we've been looking at maps, writing down key notes, and learning how to use/read/create a timeline.
On Friday, we worked on our April Monthly Letters, and worked on a design challenge with other students from grade 4! We did our first school-wide design challenge in February, and now everyone has a second change to do some hands on problem solving and creating! The grade 4's saw a small presentation that the teachers put together, and then got started! They had to try and create a "Critter Carnival" attraction/ride. They had some great ideas, and everyone had a great time working together on the task! Below you will see a few photos of our design challenge work!
-Swimming- Monday-Friday next week! Please ensure that your child comes to class with proper footwear, and is dressed for the weather. They need their bathing suits, towels, a bag, goggles are optional. They should also bring an extra snack!
-Food Trucks are coming next Friday morning. Students can use "truck bucks" or money! See posters at school or the main school website!
-No more RRJ's - they are done for the year! :)
Have a great weekend!
Welcome to the 30th week of school at NCS!
This week, we did a variety of different tasks in humanities. We've started to present our creation stories to both 4A and 4C students in flex time. Students are reading their stories and sharing their artwork! We will present in flex a few times a week over the next little while -- in order for everyone to present their stories.
Students in 4A and 4C had their First Nations quiz on Tuesday, April 17th. We spent Monday, April 16th in class studying -- some students made flash cards or games, some students read through their notes, studied with a partner, etc. They used this time really effectively, and study practice is a great skill to work on!
We've been continuing to read in class for 20 minutes daily, and also working on creative writing! We've mainly been focusing on idea generation, and different types of writing that can be used. Students have also been reading some of their short-stories (from creative writing time) in class, as presentation skills is another great skill to work on!
Students in 4A and 4C have also begun our next unit - learning about the people of Alberta. We've already learned about the First Nations that lived here, and now we're learning about the other people that have come to Canada/Alberta. We've learned that there were European explorers that came to North America, and the Fur Trade that moved throughout Canada, and into Alberta. We've been discussing key words, looking at timelines and maps as well. As we continue in this unit, we will learn about who else has traveled here, who stayed, what they did, what communities were formed, and more! We'll be continuing this unit throughout April and May. Stay tuned for more information as we progress through!
-No School tomorrow (Friday, April 20th) as it is a PD day.
-Field Trip Tuesday April 24th - Please see the note that went home on Wednesday about the small changes to the itinerary for the day.
-Next week is Green Week! There are different challenges everyday. They will be recorded in student agendas. Monday, we will decorate our door with recyclable items.
-Gluten Free Pizza will now be sold in the office on Fridays (When there is pizza) - if your child wants to purchase this!
-Please return swimming forms by Tuesday, April 24th.
-Triathlon forms (separate from the swimming forms - we've had a few people double check with us. Triathlon is optional and happens after school, swimming is a part of the P.E. curriculum and will take place in school hours).
-No more RRJs - unless your child is still working to catch up on week 20 or week 21. Week 22 is optional.
Have a great long weekend!
Welcome to the 29th week of school at NCS!
This week students finished their "creation story" project, which we've been working on for a number of weeks! Students finished typing up their good copies of their stories, and did a little bit more editing and revising with a partner before printing their final copies! Students then started the artwork for this project, which was inspired by First Nations artists and "buffalo robes," a traditional way of communicating past events in history. The students have been working quite hard on this! We will soon begin to present our stories to both 4C and 4A! Below, you can see a few photos of the "in process" and finished artwork pieces!
This week we also did a small research project on a First Nations group that can be found in Alberta! Students used computers to research, and recorded their information onto a graphic organizer (yet another way to organize and manage information and ideas). Students were allowed to pick from a list of Alberta First Nations groups, and complete a "tic-tac-toe" research grid (where they had to pick 3 topics to research). This project allowed them to begin to get more in depth information on a First Nations group and to keep on practicing their research skills!
We also continued to read for 20-25 minutes and even worked on some creative writing and sharing of our stories! Week 20 of RRJs were due this week as well. Next week, week 21 is our last week of RRJs for the year! I have told students that they can choose to hand in week 22 of RRJs as an extra mark.
Grade 4 students in 4C and 4A will have a test on First Nations in Alberta on Tuesday April 17th. Today, students received a study guide today. Monday, April 16th will be a study day in class, where students can ask questions and use the time to read through their information. Please make sure you have your study guide and duotang here on Monday!
Then, we'll be learning about other people who have settled in Alberta!
-Social Studies quiz on Tuesday - Study guide and duotangs home today! Please make sure duotangs come back monday as we have time to study in class!
-No School Next Friday, April 20th (Professional Development Day for teachers)
-Field Trip on Tuesday, April 24th -bring your lunch, backpack (as part of the day will be a regular school day) and dress for the weather!
-We are looking into ordering some gluten free pizza on Friday for students who can’t eat wheat. If this is something that interests your child, please email Miss Malayko (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can gauge numbers.
-Green Week is coming April 23! Stayed tuned for activities, challenges, prizes and the bake sale information.
Have a great weekend,
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Welcome to the 28th week of Grade 4 at NCS!
I hope everyone had wonderful spring breaks! This week we got right back into the swing of things, and have been busy in the classroom thus far! We've been working on our "creation stories" -- and the writing process this week! All students are currently working on their good copy (with the exception of a few students who have been away). Our good copies are being typed on the computer, so it's also been a great opportunity to practice logging on to the computer and work on our typing skills. After our good copies are done, we will begin our artwork!
We've also continued to read for 20-25 minutes daily, and have done a small amount of creative writing and sharing our stories with the class.
We'll be finishing up with our First Nations unit in the next few weeks - and we will have a quiz (information to come), before we begin learning about other settlers in Alberta!
-Currently, 4C has filled the needed amount of volunteers for the upcoming April 24th field trip.
-Information will go home soon about a fundraiser that students will take part in
-RRJs - week 20 will be due next week
-Fun Lunch next Wednesday
Have a great weekend,