It was a busy week in grade 4 as we welcomed in December and look forward to lots of fun activities this month! Today 4A attended a dress rehearsal to practice their two songs for the upcoming Winter Concert with the final performance on Friday, December 15th from 9:30 to 10:30. Grades four to six will be watching the concert and parents are welcome to attend. A reminder that our grade 4 field trip to WinSport for skiing and snowboarding is next Tuesday, December 5th. Students are asked to meet in the gym at 8:00 as we are leaving at 8:30. We’ll be arriving back at the school at 3:15. Students are reminded to dress for the weather (coats, snow pants, hats, scarves, mitts, etc.) and to bring a lunch & water bottle. Read about our learning in your child’s November letter, which was written in class today.
In math this week, students reviewed patterning concepts and then wrote their test on Wednesday. The test will come home next week in their Assessment duotang for a parent initial. We also started work around addition and subtraction concepts. Students will demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 10 000 and their corresponding subtractions (limited to 3- and 4-digit numerals) by: using personal strategies for adding and subtracting, estimating sums and differences, and solving problems involving addition and subtraction. We went over addition vocabulary (addends, sum) and subtraction vocabulary (minuend, subtrahend, difference) before discussing some “What do you think?” questions around addition & subtraction concepts, and if they agreed or disagreed with each statement and why. Students were tasked with completing some addition challenges in class by working with a partner or small group. They did a great job working collaboratively together and solving many of the problems. Students continue to work on their addition basic facts in the Mad Minute booklets and we are definitely noticing an uphill trend in the bar graphs! We played the game “It’s a Fact Snap!” which practiced the skill of immediate recall of addition fact families. Students finished the week by working on assigned questions on the website Prodigy.
In science, students learned about the term “reflection” and completed an experiment in class. Students were given eight different materials and were asked to rank them in their groups from most reflective to least reflective based on how well the objects reflected light from their flashlight. They discovered that the best reflective surfaces are those that are flat, smooth and shiny—like a mirror! We talked about how the Moon doesn’t emit its own light, it actually reflects light from the Sun. Students were able to look into a kaleidoscope, which contains angled mirrors fixed in a cylinder with fragments of coloured glass or beads. Reflection from the mirrors causes constantly changing patterns to appear!
Students also had lots of fun today making laser light mazes and learning how light works & travels. Small groups were challenged with the problem: “Can you design and create a maze where a laser beam travels through something transparent, translucent, and a prism?” Light vocabulary such as refraction, reflection, and opaque, translucent and transparent was reinforced through this interactive and engaging lesson—thank-you to Ms. Williams for planning and teaching this lesson to both classes!
Enjoy the first weekend of December!
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Need extra practice? Below are math printable e-books for extra practice at home:
Patterns and Algebra
Reading and Representing Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Length, Perimeter & Area
“Math Makes Sense” Practice and Homework Book:
Can be found at the Virtual Learning Commons under “Student Links”:
Practice Problem Solving Questions
Multiplication Interactive Games
Hour of Code
Math Facts Games
Math Fact Fluency Activities & Games
Plant Growth & Changes:
Plant Growth and Changes Glossary of Important Terms
Plants for Kids
Easy Science for Kids
Plants Elementary Science
Wheels & Levers Resources:
Wheel and Levers Glossary of Important Terms
Simple Machine Facts
Simple Machines Interactive Sites
Light & Shadows Resources:
Light and Shadows Glossary of Important Terms
BBC Light & Shadows
How We See Things
Light & Shadow Activities
Waste & our World Resources:
Waste and our World Glossary of Important Terms
Recycle City Game