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,