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!
Welcome to the 7th week of Grade 4 at NCS!
This is another short but busy week here in 4A and 4C humanities!
Our Daily 5 Literacy Program is in full swing now, with 20 minutes of "stamina" (silent, uninterrupted) reading, as well as working at our literacy centers. The first day to work at the literacy centers was Tuesday, and they went well! Students have the independence to choose any activity at their center that day! They will work at a center for 2 days in a row before they switch to another center.
Reading Response Journals
Students have been working on their first few weeks of their RRJs. They are each due once a week (see buttons on the righthand side for due dates). They are getting feedback each week after they hand them in! Students are expected to have their RRJ complete on the day it's due. There are 3 questions they must complete, and all instructions are glued into their booklets.
In flex time, both 4A and 4C have been reading the novel, Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel. He is coming in for an author visit on October 24th! Both classes are well underway in our books, and students should be able to share lots of details at home about their favourite parts and predictions of what might happen next!
This week students have also been focusing mainly on the research component of their Alberta Regions Infographic Project. They have been working with their partners to gather lots of information about their region! The students helped to create a list of things that should be included on their infographic. We've been discussing how to research effectively, and how to use google to find accurate and helpful websites. We've been trying to search using key words, making sure our research is for Alberta regions, and making sure to look at 3 (or more) websites.
Below you will find a link to some key information and the rubric for the project. Students also helped to create this! This project is an in-class project, but students will be able to share their work with you once it's complete!
Next week we'll be starting to create our infographics!
Don't forget that Picture Day is tomorrow, October 19th!
Have a wonderful week,
Welcome to week 6 of grade 4 at NCS!
This was a short but busy week in grade 4 humanities! We worked mainly on 3 different things this week in class.
This week students completed their first humanities quiz on mapping and the 6 Alberta regions. We brainstormed ways to study beforehand and came up with quite a list including: making cue cards, re-reading notes, looking at online resources, quizzing a partner, and more! Students were able to try out a technique at school and give a new study method a shot! The quiz was on Wednesday, October 11th.
We're continuing to work on our literacy program with 20 minutes of silent reading and students worked on their Reading Response Journals (week 2 is due this week). We also continued to explore the various literacy centers! All literacy centers will begin next week, and will give students a variety of to work on! They will rotate to each station once a week and there are many activities in each center. Sometimes literacy games will be posted to the blog, so stay tuned!
The Literacy Centers are:
-Working on Writing
-Response to Reading (students can work on their RRJs in this center)
-Literacy Games (Fridays only)
The last big item that we've started this week is our Alberta Regions Project! The students were just introduced to this today, and have been helping to co-create what exactly they should research in order to become an expert about their region. They will complete their research and then work on an infographic to share their information and then present it to the class! Once we've created all of the expectations together as a class, I will post a link to the project here on the blog. This project is a group project and will be completed in class.
Please note: there is a PD day on Monday, and Picture Day is on October 19th.
Welcome to week 5 of grade 4 at NCS!
This week students have been getting started with our Literacy Centers! They've had a chance to create their book bins which hold: their reading materials, Learning Commons Cards, their Literacy Center Duotangs and Reading Response Journals (RRJs).
Reading Response Journals will be due for each student once a week. Each student was able to pick their day to hand it in, and they will have it recorded in their Agenda. On the right hand side, you can also check due dates for RRJs.
They will have to answer three questions in their Reading Response Journals (RRJ), and I will mark it and hand it back to them the next day! They've had a chance to practice how to do an RRJ entry and seen examples of previous Reading Response Journals. They will be given some class time each week to work on this, but may bring it home if it is not complete!
Below you will find the rubric and expectations. These are also glued into their RRJ booklets. Reading Response Journals will begin next week after the Thanksgiving Break!
Students have also been reviewing their mapping skills, and learning about the 6 natural regions of Alberta; we will have a small quiz next Wednesday, October 11th. A small study guide has been attached in student's duotangs, and they can bring them home to review!
Lots is going on right now in humanities, but students are settling into our routines and we're looking forward to a wonderful October!