Math – In math, students have continued their studies in the multiplication unit. They learned how to use skip counting and doubles to multiply both one and two-digit numbers. Students particularly enjoyed playing a skip counting game in small groups yesterday, and would benefit from playing this game again at home with parents/siblings. I have noticed a definite improvement in 4E and 4F's comprehension and mastery of multiplication facts. I encourage all my students to continue spending 10 minutes per day focusing on multiplication skills and concepts at home. Please note: 4E and 4F's multiplication booklets will be due on Friday next week as our unit is beginning to wrap up. Up next: division!
Prodigy – Students had fun logging into Prodigy during class time today. I have been tracking their progress closely online and am observing some really great results! Keep logging into Prodigy on your own time, Kodiaks! You are doing amazing.
Problem of the Week – A job well done to all my students who continue to explore and solve our weekly problem. Let's see if you can complete this week's problem!
Estimation Station – There were 252 Tic Tacs in the Estimation Station jar this week. I cannot believe it... but K.T., for the third time, has come the closest for 4E with an estimate of 245! INCREDIBLE!
Science – In science, students spent time researching the wheel and axle. We will finish up our research early next week and will then construct balloon rocket cars! After the cars are built, students will compete in a class car race. Students have been encouraged to practice blowing up balloons this weekend in preparation. They do not need to know how to tie the balloon, just how to hold the air inside - i.e. pressing the balloon's neck tightly together in their fingers!
Flex – 4F students will be finished with the Silverwing novel study early next week. They will then write a short multiple choice/short answer quiz about the book. I have also assigned the next task for 4F students in Flex: the Childhood Stories project. Today, I modeled this project by reading my favorite childhood story aloud to students. I answered the assigned questions and also showed students a picture of myself at the approximate age I enjoyed my story. We had quite a laugh together as I have changed so much since my photo was taken in 1984! Here is the project outline I sent home with students on Thursday:
Miscellaneous – Today, students took some time to reflect on the month of February by writing in their Monthly Letter journal. You will see their letter in the front pocket of their student agenda. Please read, comment and return the journal on Monday, as usual. Thank you for your on-going support and participation with this Monthly Letter task! The students always enjoy reading your responses in class with their friends.
On Tuesday, students celebrated the 100th Day of School! They worked in small groupings to complete various challenges and activities, all centered around the number 100! Here are some photos from our 100th Day of School. We had an awesome day...
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Monday, February 26: Maker Space Monday in LC – Pink Anti-bullying Buttons (wear the buttons you've made, Kodiaks); Students can come down to Maker Space to make more buttons with Ms. Asis!
Tuesday, February 27: Be Brave Hitman Game – PINK SHIRT DAY (Shirts will be handed out to students in the morning before we leave for the game.) Students are highly encouraged to dress warmly and pack a hearty lunch on Tuesday!
Wednesday, February 28: Hats on for Mental Health ($1.00 donation to wear your hat for the day!)
Thursday, March 1: Pink Pop Sale Day ($1.00 per pop!)
Friday, March 2: Kodiak Gear Day (Students and Staff are encouraged to wear black and red!)
All funds raised during the week will go towards anti-bullying and mental health within the community!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you have a great weekend!
~ Mrs. Ross
Hello there, 4E and 4F Kodiaks! Today we will investigate the wheel and axle. Please follow the directions on your task sheet and use the websites posted below to help answer the questions. Remember to pause and rewind the videos if you need to!
Happy Valentine's Day to one and all! Here are a few photos from our time together on February 14th. Many thanks for all the cards, treats and baking you sent in parents. We had a great day acknowledging and appreciating friendships!
Science – This week in Science, students continued to learn about Simple Machines. They received their independent study booklets and have already worked through the first reading/writing task. Please ask your child to identify the six simple machines we have been learning about in class, and to give one real-life example for each (i.e. a doorknob is an example of a wheel and axle). Students also enjoyed working with a partner to solve and locate answers to a series of scavenger hunt questions for the Simple Machines unit. In this hunt, students explored 30 real-life examples of simple machines they most likely see and/or use each and every day! We will continue our learning in this unit next week with a hands-on building experience.
Math – 4E and 4F students had fun exploring four different multiplication strategies by completing an arts-based project. The projects have been graded and were sent home on Tuesday. Students did a great job listening and following directions to complete their own projects for their assigned multiplication fact. Below are some photos from our time together.
*Please note: Your 4E/4F child has been asked to work in their math duotang for 10 minutes per day this long weekend (a total of 50 minutes). There are various multiplication activities for them to work through in preparation for our upcoming lessons. Students were asked not to complete all the activities in their duotang, but rather just to focus on multiplication and what they can accomplish for 10 minutes per day. Please be sure to read the parent letter in your child's duotang to better understand the curriculum and ways to practice multiplication at home. Your child's first multiplication quiz is on the backside of the letter.
Prodigy – Your child has been encouraged to log into Prodigy this weekend to learn and explore various mathematical concepts. I have set up some multiplication challenges for them to tackle!
Problem of the Week – Thank you to all my grade four students who continue to work hard and take on the problem of the week challenges. Lets see if you can solve this problem... good luck!
*A couple students in 4F have not yet returned their report card envelopes; please sign and return your child's envelope as soon as possible. I will be sending reminder emails out to parents next week.
*Students should be coming to class with their own reading book as well as their student agenda and subject duotangs (when homework is assigned). Please ensure your child has these items in their backpack for school each and every day. Students also need to stay on top of returning their library book to the Learning Commons on or before their assigned due date!
*We have Nutrition Break daily from 10:15-10:25am Mon-Thurs, and 10:30-10:40am on Fridays. Please send in a nutritious snack for your child to enjoy during this time.
*It is very cold outside! Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. On most days, the students go outside for gym class and noon-hour recess.
*Thank you so much for sending in paper towel and toilet paper rolls! We now have enough for our upcoming projects in science. Please continue to send in plastic pop, water, milk and juice lids!
*A reminder that the school is closed for Teachers' Convention and Family Day from February 15-19. See you back at school on Tuesday, February 20, Kodiaks!
*Since September, we have been counting up to the 100th day of school in our classroom! This school year, the 100th day of school falls on this coming Tuesday, February 20! I have many activities and surprises planned for grade fours on Tuesday and am looking forward to ringing in the 100th day with them. See you then, Kodiaks!
If you have any questions about this blog post, please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope you enjoy your long weekend and time spent together as a family. Stay warm!
- Mrs. Ross
Math – Students wrote their Subtraction Quiz on Monday. Quizzes have since been sent home for parental review/signatures. We have moved onto our Multiplication Unit! Students have been busy learning about multiplication concepts and strategies in class, and have some homework to complete over the weekend. They are encouraged to use the blue Multiplication Table in their duotangs for difficult questions, but should strive to not rely on the chart.
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 set up and assigned various multiplication challenges for the students to complete online.
Problem of the Week – This week's problem is posted below. Thanks to all 4E and 4F students for tackling last week's problem. Great job!
Estimation Station – There were 173 coloured rocks in the Estimation Station Jar this week. Congratulations to M.S. in 4F who came closest to that number with 135. This was M.S's second win for 4F this year. Superb job!
Science – This week, students explored and learned about rollers, wheels and axles and levers. They enjoyed the hands-on experimental tasks for the rollers and levers. Students were very engaged in our discussions and while watching videos in class. In the coming days, students will design and build a model car in class which will further their understanding of wheels and axles. Please send in a 500 ml water bottle with your child on Monday, if you haven't done so already. The water bottle needs to be empty and damage-free (i.e. no dents).
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Feb 15 - 16 - Teachers’ Convention (Nose Creek School is closed)
Feb 19 - Family Day
Feb 21 - Fun Lunch (Subway)
Feb 22 – 24 - Kodiak Jr. Classic Tournament
Feb 27 - Hitman Game (School is closed to students not attending the game)
We had another amazing week at Nose Creek! Here are some photos from the rollers task, multiplication bingo, levers experiments, human transport system design challenge and our lovely starburst heart art project...
If you were absent from science class today, please take some time to watch this video. You would also benefit from taking the quiz at the end. Good luck!
Today is the first day of Fitness Club for the grade 4/5s! Students who returned their green permission slips to Mr. Price/ Mrs. Logan or Ms. Malayko are good to go. Students will be meeting at the bench in front of the large gym when the bell rings at 3:00pm.
@mrskalross: Cheering on one of our own grade four Kodiaks at the Pacific All-Star Championships today. Go get 'em, A.B! @NCKodiaks
Math – What a wonderful week of math! 4E and 4F students continued to work hard in class to further their understanding of addition/subtraction concepts and skills. We explored estimation/rounding strategies, borrowing across zero, regrouping, and word problems involving multi-steps and mixed operations. Students particularly enjoyed our Grocery Shopping task, which had them selecting items from a flyer to create a well-balanced meal with a $50.00 budget. They worked hard to manage their money, as they navigated through several addition and subtraction problems, and were even able to write a cheque to themselves in the end for the amount they did not spend! Below are some photos from the Grocery Shopping task. Thank you very much for sending in the grocery flyers!
Students will write a subtraction quiz on Monday. They are encouraged to study the notes in their math duotangs over the weekend. I have also set up a subtraction practice test for students to complete in Prodigy. They are highly encouraged to log into Prodigy over the weekend to complete the practice test and to help prepare for Monday's quiz. 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 also added a link to Math Playground (see below this week's blog post), where students can explore a wide range of curricular concepts at the grade four level. Have fun!
Problem of the Week – February already? This new month holds the Olympics and four more problems from POTW. There is a lot to look forward to!
When you sell something for more money than you paid for it, the difference is referred to as a profit. The problem presents a business situation in which a profit is made. Enjoy.
Estimation Station – There were 90 red beans (mixed with yellow beans) in our Estimation Station jar this week. Our grade fours are getting to be great estimators as there were several guesses just over the 90 mark. Wow! Way to go, 4E and 4F students! Congratulations to K.T. in 4E who's winning estimate of 81 was the closest without going over. This is K.T.'s second win for 4E this year... well done!
Science – 4E and 4F Students wrapped up the Light and Shadows unit by writing a test on Tuesday. I was really impressed with the time and effort that students put into studying for the test! Many students walked into class with confidence and seemed very prepared to write it - even a little excited! Thank you so very much for supporting their learning and studying at home. I have graded several tests and the results are amazing!
We have since moved onto the Simple Machines unit in science. Students have started to develop their duotang title page with information from discussions and a video we watched in class. Students have started to learn about the six simple machines: wheel and axle, screw, lever, inclined plane, pulley and wedge. Here is a great website to help your child learn more about these simple machines. There is also a video posted below this blog entry which students used to help guide their title page task, and I will distribute this unit's vocabulary list next week (also see below)!
Flex – 4F students have been working on a Starburst Heart project to decorate our classroom bulletin board! They are nearly finished their oil pastel hearts and I will post photos of our bulletin board next week! We have also been listening to the Silverwing novel study... nearing the end now!
Miscellaneous – Our 4F class will be having a small Valentine's Day party on February 14. A class list of names for Valentines cards will be emailed to parents this weekend. If bringing in cards, please encourage your child to bring one for all members of our classroom. If you would like to send in a special treat for the class on this day you may. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the party, please send me an email and I will make alternate arrangements for them during the party.
We are excited to announce that all students at Nose Creek School are invited to attend a hockey game at the end of February. Parents and guardians, please be aware that your son or daughter will be bringing home Acknowledgement of Risk form to attend the Hitmen Be Brave Hockey game on Tuesday February 27th. We are one of the largest schools attending the game, and are excited to be able to share this experience with all students in all grades!
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
February 5 - 4E and 4F Subtraction Quiz
February 9 - Distribution of Term One Report Cards (please sign and return the envelope)
February 14 - 4F Valentine's Day Party
February 15-19 - School Closed for students (Teacher's Convention/Family Day)
Stay warm this weekend, Kodiaks. See you next week!
- Mrs. Ross
@mrskalross: We absolutely LOVED seeing the grade eights perform "Tom Sawyer, The Musical" today. Bravo, Kodiaks! And a big shout-out to our grade four sound/lighting techs! @NCKodiaks #gradefourkodiaks