Welcome to the 36th week of school here at NCS!
I can't believe how quickly the school year is going, we've only got 1 month of school left! This week, grade 4 students in 4C and 4A worked to complete a variety of different things! This week, students continued to read daily for 20-30 minutes each day. We also completed mini poetry unit! Students learned about 4 different types of poetry and 2 common poetic devices. We learned about Paint Chip Poetry, Acrostic Poetry, Haiku Poetry, and Cinquain Poetry, as well as the poetic devices - alliterations and onomatopoeia. Then, they had an opportunity to try creating poetry of their own! Once they had created a few different poems, we editing and created good copies! See below for a few examples!
We also spent a fair bit of studying for our quiz this week! Each day, students were given 30 minutes of class time to study! They were able to read notes, study with a partner, make a game, cue cards, or anything else that might help them! I have tried to give in class study time before each quiz this year, for students to prepare. Hopefully this helped many students! Thursday we had our last quiz of the year about People that have settled in Alberta. A few people still need to complete the quiz next week.
Thursday students were introduced to our Year End Project! It is called the ABC's of Grade 4. Students are creating an individual scrap book that represents their year in grade 4! They will make a scrapbook page for each letter of the alphabet, and have to cover a wide range of subjects within this. They each were given a planning booklet today, and began working on thinking of different things they learned this year! We also looked at a few past examples.
They will be spending 2 periods each day working to complete this scrapbook! It will be a great keepsake at the end of the year that they can bring home! At times, students might have a bit of homework, to make sure they are meeting the daily deadlines. They each have been given a calendar in the back of their planning booklet so they can stay on track. we will be doing daily check-ins to help them stay on task! Once the planning is done, we will get started on editing and then time for good copies! Students and I brainstormed how they could decorate their booklets to make them special. We have some art supplies at school, but I told students that if there is anything they want to buy/bring from home, they can, but it is not a formal requirement. Donations are also welcome. You will see a few photos below of the planning process!
On the Main blog you will find even more information about this project, as all classes are competing the project!
Students were also introduced to their final Humanities project for the year! It is called their multicultural project. Students had to pick a country (any country in the world) and they will be doing a research project on it! Students will be given a few days in class to research this country. Once the research is done, they will be creating a poster, and we will be having a "multicultural fair" - more info to come soon! We will begin researching on Monday.
-Heritage Park Field Trip on Wednesday. Forms and money are due by MONDAY.
-There is an ADDITIONAL NOTE that when home about Heritage Park on THURSDAY. PLEASE RETURN to school, signed by TUESDAY!!!
-Please make sure you are not locking your bike to the black fence at school.
-Volunteer Appreciation is Monday, June 4th from 5:00-6:00pm
-Triathalon is Tuesday, June 5th after school!
-Heritage Park field trip is Wednesday, June 6th. Please bring a lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, etc. in a backpack. Dress for the weather! Students are allowed to bring a few dollars to purchase a treat at the candy store or bakery (please no lunches though).
-Taste of the Arts night is Thursday, June 7th after school. Please check the school blog for more info.
Have a great weekend,
Welcome to the 35th week of school at NCS this year!
I can't believe how quickly the end of the year is approaching! In only a month or so, school will be done for the year, and our grade 4 students will be off to grade 5! Time really does fly.
This week was a short week, but we managed to accomplish lots of things! Students worked on spelling week 17 this week, it was sent home on Tuesday. We've also managed to get lots of reading time in this week! Students have been requesting that we read for 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes (some students even wanted an hour a day of reading)! It's really amazing to see how they've all grown as readers, and how they all seem to really enjoy finding a book and expanding their imaginations!
We also have been working to finish our unit on the peoples of Alberta! We've continued to lear about the immigrants and settlers that came to Alberta! We also learned about the many challenges they faced, including the drought of the 1930s, and the grasshoppers that came along with the warm/dry weather! We got a little bit of an insight into what life was like back then. We've been continuing to hear perspectives from people - either through journals, diaries, newspaper articles, and more! By hearing accounts of people and looking at photos/videos, it helps us gain more insight into the lives of Albertans. We finished our timelines this week, and our notes! Students did great with them! We will have a quiz next Thursday, May 31st. I will send home a small study guide on Monday. Students will have a bit of time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to study in class (approximately 30 minutes each day). Hopefully this will help prepare them!
-Volunteer Appreciation - June 5th - stay tuned for more info.
-Heritage Park Field Trip - Notes went home on May 23rd. Please return forms and money as soon as possible. The trip is on June 6th.
-The Nose Creek Triathlon is coming up quickly on June 5th.
-Taste of the Arts Night is on June 7th - check the main blog for more info!
-There will be a few fun projects coming up in June for students to work on! Stay tuned for more info!
-We had a library presentation Today, and monthly letters went home today as well!
Have a great weekend!
Welcome to the 34th week of school at NCS!
This week has flown by! In humanities, we've continued to learn about settlers who came to Alberta. We learned more about ranching and farming, about how groups of immigrants kept their cultural identity/language/traditions alive, and about how Alberta became a province! We learned about some of the main reasons why Alberta decided to join Confederation, how borders were decided, and the impact it had on Alberta and it's citizens. Students have been asking really insightful questions, and engaging in discussions - way to go 4A and 4C! We've continued to look at maps, reading passages, perspectives and information about what life was like in the late 1800's and early 1900's. We'll be continuing on with this unit for a couple of more weeks before we have our quiz in late May.
We also began a creative in class group task- our mind maps! Students were asked to look back through their notes/think about in-class discussions, and come up with a few key points to put on our mind map. Then, we created these mind maps in a collaborative way! All ideas were created by the students, and they came up with many important ideas! We've left some blank space for future important ideas. Please see photos below! The students know this will be another resource for them to study from, and it's a great way to organize information onto on key page (another study tip for students).
We've continued to read in class daily, sometimes for up to 30 minutes! Way to go Grade 4's! This week was week 16 for spelling. We didn't have a chance to share any Creation Stories this week- but we'll be back to presenting and sharing stories next week! Many students have already had the chance to present, and are now practicing being good audience members, while hearing about many creative ideas!
This week was mental health and wellness week! On Wednesday, we talked about ways to relieve stress, and we did mindful coloring! Students did a great job with their coloring, and brought home their pages yesterday! Please see below for a few photos!
-No School on Friday, May 18th or Monday May 21st - Enjoy the extra long weekend
-We had a practice fire drill this week - 4C, you did a GREAT JOB with being quiet and respectful during this!
-Fun Lunch is next Wednesday.
-Calgary Public Library Presentation next Friday in the morning!
Have a great long weekend!
Welcome to the 33rd week of school at NCS!
My apologies for the late posting - it didn't upload on Friday and I didn't realize it!
It's been another busy week here in grade 4! This week, students had a special experience with an "artist in residence" - we made "Pysanky Eggs!" This is a cultural tradition from Ukrainian people. It tied in really well to our unit in social studies, as we are currently learning about settlers that came to Canada and Alberta. In the late 1800's and early 1900's immigration from across the world to Alberta was occurring! This was mainly due to the offers of free farming land that the government of Canada was offering people if they moved to western Canada. We learned that this promise of free land was advertised around the world. Many Ukrainian settlers chose Alberta as their new homes, and brought with them, many cultural items and traditions. We were very excited to learn how it was done! Please see a few photos below! Some are during the process, and some are of the completed eggs, which were returned today (Monday) so I included them.
As mentioned, this week we took a look at how settlement in the "west" occurred. We learned that the railway played a big role, as well as, HOW advertisements happened/ how the word was spread that Canada was offering free land to farmers out west. We learned about some of the cultural/religious groups that moved to Alberta, some of the inventions that they brought with them (e.g., irrigation systems for farming), and lots more! Students have been engaging in several discussions that we've had, read various information and accounts of people who moved to Alberta in this time period, continued to practice note taking, and more! We've been able to look at maps and pictures to help us make sense of how life was like back then.
Additionally, we've looked at several advertisements that the government of Canada used to attract settlers to the west. We learned that some were able to be printed in colour, which helped to catch the eye of people. We also learned that they were printed in different languages too, to help inform potential settlers of what life was like! We practiced analyzing a poster, and worked on learning about effective forms of media. We looked at several old immigration posters. Then, students had a chance to create their own posters! They used lots of information that we've learned about in order to complete this project! Please see below for in-progress and completed posters!
-No School on Friday, May 18th or Monday May 21st - enjoy the long weekend!
-Bike Safety! If your child is biking to school, please have them wear a helmet!
-Thank you to everyone who donated to the "Calgary Reads" program!
-The triathlon registration is full.
-Next week is Mental Health and Wellness Week. We have a few activities going on at NSC. Please read below for details.
-Monday, May 14th - Hats on for Mental Health
-Tuesday, May 15th we will be having a dance/activity afternoon. Tickets are 2 dollars for the dance.
-Wednesday May 16th - Mindfulness and Wellness Wednesday (more info to come)
-Thursday May 17th - PJ Day
Have a great weekend!
Welcome to the 32nd week of school at NCS!
What a fun week it's been! This week students have been swimming daily, with their final lesson being on Thursday, and the "free swim" (no lesson, free time instead) being on Friday! They have been quite responsible this week, taking on this new challenge! I hope everyone has enjoyed their swimming lessons this week! :)
In Humanities, we've been continuing to learn about settlers who came to Alberta. This week, we've learned more about Metis, early Francophone communities, early British communities, missionaries, Confederation, the railway, and how the ways of life changed for those living in Alberta (quite a bit of information, actually). We've had some really great discussions, looked more in depth at maps, old photos, learned about points of view and perspectives, continued to work on our timeline (and how to read them), and continued to practice our note taking skills. Both classes have been quite engaged and have asked great questions! We will be continuing to learn about settlers in Alberta/Western Canada next week, and even do some hands on activities!
As this week was a bit of a different schedule due to swimming, it's a relatively short blog post this week for this week! Read below for a few key points of information for you.
-Food Trucks tomorrow - bring change (if you can - it will make it quicker!)
-Last day of swimming tomorrow!
-You can continue to bring in book donations tomorrow - we are supporting "Calgary Reads" as a school by donating books!
-Next Friday, we will be taking part in an exciting activity at school! More information to go home in our agendas next week. Stay tuned!
Have a great weekend, enjoy the warm weather!