Welcome to the 26th week of Grade 4 here at NCS!
This week, students worked on lots of different tasks in humanities! Students continued to read for 20 minutes in class each day this week. We also continued our creative writing/stamina writing activity - students can write for 15 minutes without interruption, when given a variety of story prompts! Students have also continued to share their stories with their peers. There are lots of hilarious, creative, and exciting stories that students have shared!
We also have continued to learn about First Nations in Alberta. We had a chance to talk about scared places and sacred items. We looked at 4 different perspectives that each shared their point of view about what should be done with sacred/special cultural items. The 4 perspectives were the museum visitors, the museum curators, First Nations Elders, and antique dealers. Each had a different point of view about how cultural items should be kept and shared. Students had a chance to discuss in both small and large groups, and then work individually on a few reflection questions regarding this topic.
Students also worked on another "sequencing comic" this week! We read the story "The Great Race" and students had to select key plot points, and organize their thoughts into 6-8 sentences/visuals. They had to colour in their images and work to create an organized and concise account of the story that they listened to. This story also had beautiful and inspiring artwork, and was a cultural story from a First Nations Group. Below you will see a few images from this task!
Students had a chance to begin our next project! On Wednesday, I read 3 stories to the students - "How The Fox Got It's Crossed Legs," "How The Turtle Got It's Shell," and "The Loons Necklace." The students were able to figure out the theme between these stories, which was "how the animal got it's ________" or, creation stories. This connects to our learning of Alberta's First Nations, as it is a style of First Nations stories! We spent some time on Wednesday and Thursday working out our outlines for our stories. Friday, will begin our rough copies, and continue this into next week. After that, we will tackle peer editing, good copies, and artwork!
-You can now sign up for Parent Teacher interviews. You can do so online, or by calling the school for more information. Parent Teacher (and student!) interviews take place next Thursday and Friday.
-Spring Break begins right after interviews, and goes until April 3rd (our first day back). Enjoy the break, hopefully with more spring like weather!