It was a short but busy week as we had no school today, and a fun-filled day of skiing & snowboarding at WinSport on Tuesday. Students finished their first semester option this week and will start their new option next week (for 4A it will be Art). We are looking forward to the Winter Concert next Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 in which 4A and 4F will be performing two songs. Parents are welcome to attend to watch the student performances from all grades. Students worked on making a card this week during Flex for their "secret buddy." A letter went home earlier in the week around the secret acts of kindness with more information and ideas located on the grade 4 homepage. NCS is also participating in the "Spirit of Giving." As a homeroom we will collect items and fill a stocking for a family in need in Calgary this holiday season. All stockings need to be completed by Friday, December 15th so that they can be delivered to the Inn From the Cold. Our homeroom is collecting for a family with a 6 year old female and a 1 year old female. As a class we brainstormed some possible ideas for our family (see below). Any donated items would be greatly appreciated.
-word search book
-food items (non-perishable)—candies & chocolates (peanut-free)
-hair bows/hair bands/hair elastics
-winter gear (mittens, toques)
-art supplies (colouring book, crayons/markers, etc.)
In math this week, students learned how to add multi-digit numbers up to 10 000. Our first strategy taught and practiced this week involved adding left to right (starting with the highest place value). Adding left to right is a great strategy if students struggle with understanding regrouping as usually there is little to no regrouping of numbers when solving an equation. Before calculating an exact sum, students also practiced estimating before solving their equation. We also worked on creating fact families (since addition and subtraction are just the opposite of each other!).
This week was “Computer Science Education Week” and both classes took part in the “Hour of Code” which is a movement to get students interested in the area of computer programming. This is a rapidly growing field that continually has more jobs available than qualified people can fill. Coding requires logic and problem solving, and is a skill that anyone can learn at any age. Students tried out different programming games that contained step-by-step instructions and video tutorials. I was impressed with how well both 4A and 4C performed and collaborated with each other on these tasks—well done! The link can be found in the sidebar under "Math Websites" –give it a try!
In science this week, we looked at the terms opaque, translucent and transparent. Students were given a bag containing many different objects that they tested and sorted into one of the three categories depending on how much light was let through. Students discovered that opaque objects do not let light pass through; translucent objects let some light pass through; and transparent objects let all light pass through. We discussed many different examples that fit each category at home and school. We also watched the Bill Nye video "Light Optics" which was a good review of refraction & reflection, as well as introducing concave & convex lenses which we'll be looking closer at next week.
Have a restful long weekend!
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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