@mrskalross: Planting bean seeds during Earth Week at NCS! #gradefourkodiaks #plantgrowthandchanges # beansbeans #lovetheearth @NCKodiaks
4E and 4F students will be heading to Shepard Landfill and the Composting Facility on Thursday this week. Here is a list of things that will help prepare our students for the trip:
4E and 4F students received this copy of vocabulary terms for our new unit in Science. Students should make a good effort to learn and memorize each of these terms.
Math – Students continued to work through "Telling Time" concepts and skills in math this week. They discussed and worked through various Calendar Time activities, including metric notation and reading/recording dates in both words and numbers. We also debated the different ways that dates can be interpreted, such as 03/04/79. As well, Students began to explore telling time to the hour (5:00), quarter after hour (5:15), half hour (5:30) and quarter to hour (5:45). They are learning to read both analog and digital clocks much more fluently now, but should continue to read and tell time daily for practice. Students enjoyed playing a game of Telling Time BINGO yesterday, which had them reading clocks and placing chips on their cards in hopes of winning a prize from the Ross Box!
Science – In Science, students had an eventful week as we wrapped up our Simple Machines unit. After spending time researching catapults last week, students were able to put their understanding to the test as they constructed their own unique marshmallow catapults! Students loved using their catapults to complete in our five "Catapult Olympics" events. I was extremely pleased with students' catapult projects and also how they supported and cheered on their classmates through each of the events! Rubrics with grades for the Marshmallow Catapult Project will be sent home next week. Our next unit in science will be: Plant Growth and Changes.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates -
- 4F Swim Ability Forms are due on Monday. If I don't have your form, I have emailed you!
- NCS's Earth Week is next week, including the homeroom Door Decorating Contest!
- 4E/4F Composting and Shepard Landfill Field Trip is on Thursday.
Here are some photos from our Marshmallow Catapult Project and Olympics!
Math – Students began their Telling Time unit in math this week! They learned about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.), as well as day and month abbreviations - e.g. Monday = Mon. and January = Jan. Students also learned that some months have thirty days, while other months have thirty-one days. And sometimes February has twenty-eight days and sometimes it has twenty-nine! Students enjoyed reading and discussing the months poem posted below.
4E and 4F students also began learning how to read time on both analog and digital clocks; they will continue to explore these, as well as elapsed time concepts in the coming week. Students wrote a short pop quiz on Wednesday, and I will distribute the quizzes with grades for parental review on Monday. Students should continue to explore and review the notes in their math duotang daily and throughout this unit as some concepts appear to be very challenging for students.
Prodigy – Students are always encouraged to log into Prodigy at home in their spare time to brush up on their math skills and understanding of concepts. There are a series of telling time challenges set up on Prodigy for 4E and 4F students to explore and tackle. Good luck!
Problem of the Week – This week's problem is posted below. In the problem this week students will look at the value of coins. They will need to use approximation skills and estimation. Enjoy!
Estimation Station – We had a tricky Estimation Station set up this week, thanks to T.O. from 4F. We will discuss the outcome on Monday!
Science – Students spent their class time this week researching and beginning to construct marshmallow catapults! The Marshmallow Catapult project will be the last one for this unit and students are very excited about it! A list of materials for this project was posted below earlier in the week, and students are welcome to bring in their own supplies too. 4E and 4F will use their catapults to complete in our very own Catapult Olympics! Here are a few photos from the research and construction process so far...
A big thank you and kudos to Mackenzie who brought in and shared her homemade trebuchet this week! The students loved seeing how the trebuchet worked and also spent some time comparing its parts and function to the catapult. It was a wonderful learning experience for everyone!
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
April 20, 2018: No School
April 26, 2018: 4E and 4F field trip to Shepard Landfill/Composting Facility
April 27, 2018: NCS Design Challenge, Day #2
May 1, 2018: Grade 4 Drama Club begins (Wednesdays, 3-4pm)
May 4, 2018: Food Truck Rally
May 18, 2018: No School
May 21, 2018: Victoria Day, no school
May 23, 2018: Healthy Hunger
May 29 - June 4, 2018: Japan Homestay
June 5, 2018: Nose Creek Triathlon
June 7, 2018: 2nd Annual Taste of the Arts Evening
June 13, 2018: Healthy Hunger
4E and 4F students are building marshmallow catapults in science! I will be supplying the following materials for students to use, however, students are allowed to bring in additional supplies from home. Please note: students will not be allowed to use hot glue guns/glue for this project and all portions of the project must be constructed at school.
- white glue
- glue sticks
- duct, electrical, clear and masking tape
- popsicle sticks
- unsharpened pencils (up to 4 per project supplied by me, if needed)
- small plastic lids (from pop bottles, milk/juice jugs)
- elastic bands (a variety of sizes)
- plastic spoons/forks
- metal paper clips
- wooden/plastic clothes pins
- pipe cleaners