Math – Subtraction, subtraction, subtraction! Students worked SUPER hard in class this week to learn and solve various multi-digit skills and problems. I challenged them with basic numbers subtraction (up to 20), mental subtraction, vertical and horizontal subtraction, place value/rounding, estimating, word problems and even a few deeper thinking questions which had various outcomes and possibilities. 4E and 4F students worked endlessly through my challenges and games, and I am very proud of their perseverance and hard work! We will continue to explore subtraction concepts next week.
If your child is looking to take on even more subtraction problems and challenges this weekend, here are a couple of great websites for them to check out. I have also posted one paper/pencil challenge below entitled, "Subtracting Thousands". Good luck!
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. I have opened up and assigned various multiplication problems for the students to work through and solve.
Problem of the Week – Is problem solving supposed to be easy? Probably the answer is no. However, we can become better problem solvers by solving more problems. Here is this week’s Problem of the Week.
In order to purchase something often we need to save. That is the emphasis of the problem. Enjoy and thanks to all 4E and 4F students who attempted and solved last week's problem. Well done!
Estimation Station – There were 71 feathers in our Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to I.K. in 4E who estimated 70. Great job!
Science – Our studies in the Light and Shadows unit are quickly coming to an end! This has been a very engaging an insightful unit for students. From the discussions we've been having in class and in taking a look through students' duotang notes, it is evident that much learning has taken place in our classroom!
This week, students learned about the primary colours of light and the spectrum of colours - ROY G BIV (Visual Journal entry posted below). 4E and 4F worked through a rainbows experiment with a prism, which had them observing and comparing prism rainbows and natural rainbows. Students also learned about the human eyeball by watching a Bill Nye video. We have one more lesson on light safety before we write our unit test on Tuesday. Students were given the study sheet also posted below to prepare for Tuesday's test, and have been encouraged to study their notes and videos/websites posted on my blog throughout the unit for a minimum of 15 minutes per day.
ROY G BIV - Visual Journal Entry
Science Fair - 4E and 4F students enjoyed attending Nose Creek School's 2nd Annual Science Fair on Thursday afternoon in the Main Gym. There were many amazing projects on display! Here are some photos from the Science Fair...
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Enjoy your weekend!
- Mrs. Ross
Today we learned about the primary colors of light and ROY G. BIV. 4E and 4F students LOVED this video!
Math – This week, students began their studies in the subtraction unit. We reviewed subtraction concepts (with and without borrowing/regrouping) and tackled various number challenges. Students participated in a Khan Academy video activity, which had them listening to directions and modeling/representing subtraction problems in three different ways. I have encouraged students to ask their parents to set up a free account on the Khan Academy website to continue their learning and understanding of mathematical concepts at home. Here is the link to the Khan Academy website, if you are interested: www.khanacademy.org
Some students struggled with borrowing across zero concepts this week. We will continue to work through number and word problems (with more than one zero) next week. I have assigned a homework task for students to complete this weekend, which will further support their learning and comprehension of skills. Students should complete all work in their duotangs for Monday.
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. Students are currently working through an assigned Telling Time unit online. Here is the link to the Prodigy website: www.prodigygame.com/Play/
Problem of the Week – Beauty is all around us, even in the storms! It is so neat to see the snow in the trees and different areas of our city. There is also beauty in mathematics. Try to find some of that beauty this week!
There are many activities that we can do in the winter. This week's problem of the week involves four of them. Enjoy!
Estimation Station – There were 92 tiny pieces of paper in our Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to A.D. from 4F for her amazing estimate of 92! Bang on!
Science – We had a very exciting week in Science, as students spent most of their time exploring and learning about the following optical devices and tools: microscope, magnifying glass, overhead projector, diffraction grating, prisms and the Newton Colour Disc. Students also completed a few experiments to better understand reflection and refraction concepts. We wrapped up our learning yesterday by discussing white light and how we see colours. It was especially interesting learning about Enchroma glasses! All in all, it was a phenomenal week of hands-on learning for students. We owe many thanks to Ms. Williams for coming in to our classes to support our learning once again! Here are some photos from our week:
Flex – We are nearing the end of our Silverwing novel study! Students have been very engaged in this novel and have completed several activities in response to the events. Students are currently completing a Creative Journal task, which has them identifying and illustrating their favourite part of the book!
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Fun Lunch @ NCS - Wednesday, January 24
Grade 6/7 Science Fair - Thursday, January 25
Non-Instructional Day (school is closed for students) - Friday, January 26
4E/4F Light and Shadows Unit Test - Monday, January 29
If you have any questions about this blog post or any other learning we are doing in class, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- Mrs. Ross
@mrskalross: Bending a pencil science: A lesson in light refraction! #handsonlearning #gradefourkodiaks @NCKodiaks
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and fun Winter Break. I was very excited to see all of our Kodiaks back at school this week, and am looking forward to continuing our work together in the classroom!
Math – This week was a busy one for 4E and 4F students. Students wrapped up the addition unit by completing a collaborative crossword activity and addition with shapes task in partner groupings. Students also independently completed a series of addition problems as a review activity, and then finally a quiz. Both the review and quiz have since been graded and sent home for parental review/initial. Students are reminded to bring their math duotangs back to school on Monday with all tasks for any and all units this term completed.
Prodigy/Problem of the Week - 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. They are currently working through a series of Telling Time concepts in Prodigy, as we are nearing this unit in our classroom.
Estimation Station – There were 105 coloured elastics in the Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to D.C. in 4F who estimated this number right on the nose! Well done, D.C. That was an amazing estimate! We will look forward to seeing what D.C.'s challenge will be for us next week.
Science – Our studies continued in the Light and Shadows unit this week. Students continued their Independent Research Project on laptop computers, as they explored various websites to learn about the sun's light, shadows, reflection and refraction. We will take this new learning and understanding into our hands next week, when we experiment with light, shadows and objects that reflect and refract. It will be a great week of hands-on learning!
Miscellaneous – New Kodiak hoodies are available to purchase! Black and red hoodies are available in ALL sizes. Payment can be made in the office via cheque/credit/debit or in the P.E. office via cash/cheque. Cost is $30.00. Have fun wearing your hoodie on Kodiak Fridays!
All CBE students and staff now have access to TumbleBooks Library (K-6) resources through the Calgary Public Library (CPL). This license has been paid for by the CBE as part of an agreement with Calgary Catholic School District and the CPL for the 2017-2018 school year. Users can access the resources from school, library, home, and mobile devices. This includes access to over 1,100 resources including e-books, read-alongs, graphic novels, full-length chapter books, National Geographic videos, and puzzles and games based on TumbleBooks contents. Click on the Tumblebook button below to access this resource!
If you have any questions or comments about the information included in this blog post, feel free to contact me anytime. Wishing you and yours all the best in 2018!
- Mrs. Ross