Welcome to the 21st Week of school at NCS!
This week sure was a busy (and snowy) one! Students in 4A and 4C spent the majority of their working on their "Ms. Moneybags" project. Ask your child about what the "Ms. Moneybags" project is all about - they should be able to describe our work with lots of detail! Last week (Week of Jan 29th), students researched their questions on the internet and from our textbooks. This week, we brainstormed what an informational paragraph should look like, and we talked about assessment. Students then worked to summarize all of their information into clear and concise paragraphs. Then, once they had written their 3 paragraphs, they had a chance to work through the editing process with a partner, and to practice their paragraphs for presentations that began on Thursday (and continued on Friday).
With the snowy weather, several students were away on Thursday, but many students were luckily still able to present! We moved the desks around to look like a conference room, and students had fun presenting to Ms. Moneybags (Ms. Clark with a wig). Presentations will continue next week. Below you will see a few photos from their work this week!
We continue to read for 20 minutes on a daily basis, and worked at Literacy Centers a couple of days as well. The majority of the time did go to our work with the "Ms. Moneybags" project. We also worked on different literacy activities too! Students also had an opportunity to work on "stamina writing" this week. This is similar to our 20 minutes of "stamina reading," but where students work to write, instead. We are able to work for approximately 8 minutes of uninterrupted, individual time spent writing, and this term, we will be working to increase our time spent writing each day. The writing tasks and formats will change, and students will often have choice in their writing.
On Friday, we had an exciting "design challenge" in which students had to work together in groups of 3 or 4, to solve a problem. The problem, was a scenario in which someone was hurt on a mountain, and had to be transported down the mountain. Students were able to combine skills and understanding from a variety of subjects (including their new unit in science, as well as humanities) in order to collaborate and come up with a solution. Design challenges present an opportunity for students to use their problem solving, team work, presentation, building, and critical thinking skills all at once. During the process, students had to identify the problem, brainstorm solutions, work with others to decide on and build a solution, and then present their ideas to the rest of the class. It was a fun morning, and students worked so hard! Below you will see photos from the design process, as well as, the finished prototypes of each groups solution.
-Report Cards went home Friday. Please sign the envelope and return to school with your child.
-Teachers Convention is on Thursday, February 15th and Friday, February 16th - so, there will be no school on Thursday or Friday of this upcoming week!
-Family Day is on Monday, February 19th - so there will be no school (which means a 5 day weekend for students!)
-4C has been working hard in Flex time and learning all about community, and helping me prepare for my presentation at Teachers Convention this week. They have done a phenomenal job, and I am so impressed!
-If you child wants to hand out valentines day cards this Wednesday, February 14th, there will be time to do so in the morning! Class lists went home last week for name spellings.
-Forms/Payment due this week for the field trip to the Calgary Hitmen game. Please return to your homeroom teacher.
Have a wonderful weekend,