Welcome to the 24th week of Grade 4 at NCS!
This week was quite exciting as we had our "Be Brave" Calgary Hitmen Field Trip! All students from grade 4-9 were able to attend the game, as well as all teachers and many parent volunteers! Students were wonderful ambassadors of our school, and really showed Nose Creek SPIRIT! Unfortunately the Hitmen lost the game, but it was still a great experience for our students. This week, we also had other activities, including button making, hat day, pink pop day, and tomorrow (Friday), which is Kodiak gear/red and black day. All money raise is donated to anti-bullying and mental health in the community! Below you will see a few photos from the game!
This week, we continued our exploration about First Nations communities in Alberta. Last week, we started a mind map that had lots of important facts and key details about First Nations in Alberta. Students did a great job and got lots of information written in! Students' mind maps included facts about First Nations homes, foods, key tools, and a little bit about art, music, and culture. They know that this will be a tool they can reference later, and study from at the end of the unit! We learned about the 6 natural regions and the different First Nations groups that traditionally lived in these areas. We also created a map that showed the 6 natural regions and the cultural groups that have lived in those different areas. Below you can find a few examples of these mind maps and First Nations maps.
Today, we learned about different symbols that have been found from petroglyphs (images) in different areas in Alberta! We also learned about the colours that First Nations peoples used. We learned that these images can be to communicate stories and tell about the past. These images could be found in artwork, on tipis, carved in stone, and other places! Students then had a chance to create their own symbol, that would represent a key part of their own story. Students had to then write a paragraph/story that would explain their symbol (imaging that someone could try and interpret their symbols in the future). This allowed students to gain the perspective of peoples from the past that used symbols to share stories and traditions. We will be using these symbols tomorrow in our special activity! Stay tuned for pictures next week!
This week we've also continued independent reading for 20 minutes, and our new activity, creative writing! Students have been working to increase their time while writing on a daily basis, using a variety of different story starters/ideas. Some of these ideas are our classroom "idea jar," story cubes, the "remarkable animals" book (which makes us combine 3 different animals), and our flip book of creative writing ideas! Students have also hard the opportunity to share their stories out loud and practice their presentation skills too!
-This week was week 17 of RRJS, there are still several students that need to hand in their RRJ for this week.
-Scholastic book orders are going home today. You can order online, or via cheque. Orders are due March 8th.
Have a wonderful weekend,