Welcome to the 11th week of grade 4 at NCS!
This week was a short one at Nose Creek School, as we had Parent-Teacher interviews on Thursday and Friday of this week! Ms. Jagger and I were both glad that so many families were able to attend, despite the snowy weather!
This week in Humanities, students continued to complete 20 minutes of reading each day, as well as worked at various literacy centers, and worked on week 7 of our RRJS. There are still a number of students who need to hand in week 7 of their RRJs as it was a shortened week. They can hand in week 7 RRJs this Monday, November 20th, and I will return them ASAP so they can then work on week 8. Students seemed to be engaged in the various centers, and lots of students have mentioned how much they like the partner reading center!
Students continued to practice the skill of summarizing a text this week. We listened to the Audiobook of Jumanji one more time, and then students worked to visualize and summarize 4 or 5 key points from the story. We will continue to work on this skill in the next few weeks.
This week we also finished up a few Infographic presentations, and we began to explore our new unit, natural resources in Alberta! Students started off this unit by looking at various items, and had to work with their group members to guess what each of the items at their table represented! There were lots of great guesses as students worked out what they though each item might be. Then, students began to make the connections to all of the items, and realized we were talking about natural resources! See photos below of this classroom activity!
This week students also began to learn about note taking. We learned about two main forms, which included standard jot notes, as well as, visual note taking! We watched a few videos, and looked at examples of both. Students have begun to take a few notes about Alberta's natural resources. We primarily learned about the meaning of natural resources, and about Alberta's oil this week, but will continue with learning about other resources in the coming weeks!
We started off note taking by reading some non-fiction texts about resources, and then had a class discussion/brainstorm about what the important/key details were. After that, we organized our ideas and put them on the whiteboard. Students then were able to manage their information and try note taking! Organizing/managing information and ideas is an important skill, and is an aspect of an outcome that we assess on at Nose Creek School. This is something that we will work on throughout the year, and learning how to organized thoughts and ideas will help out in many different learning areas!
Other Important information:
-Ski forms due this MONDAY, November 20th. Payment is also due, or please contact Mr. Price at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to arrange payments. We want all students to have the opportunity, so please contact us if you have any questions!
-I will be sending out one more book order in early December for anyone who might want to make an order before the winter break.
-LC is back up and running next week, so students can return and check-out new books!
-Tumble books is a great resource that students can use at home. There is a link of the main grade 4 page for anyone who is interested, along with a few other fun resources that students can try!
-Another fun activity that students might want to try/practice is typing games! abcya.com has quite a few (search "typing" and several different games come up!) This will help students when they are using keyboards to research or type information!
Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday,