Math – This week in math, students received their results for Math in a Flash book #6. They also recorded their individual results on their bar graphs. It has been exciting to see the students' growth and progress in regards to these mental math booklets and also as we plot the results on the graphs each month. Students are now working in book #7!
4E and 4F's continued to study multiplication concepts in a variety of ways this week - through games, videos and hands-on tasks... they sure were busy! Students enjoyed working with a partner to make and then play the multiplication game: "KABOOM". They had two different opportunities to play this game in class this week - in both small and larger group settings. Students also learned and practiced strategies to multiply 1 x 2-digit and 1 x 3-digit numbers this week, and they'll write a quiz for multiplication on Monday. The quiz will include skip counting and several basic fact problems, as well as 1 x 2-digit and 1 x 3-digit questions and word problems. 4E and 4F students have been encouraged to complete and review each of the multiplication notes in their duotangs over the weekend in preparation for Monday's quiz. Good luck!
Prodigy – 4E and 4F students didn't get a chance to work in Prodigy during class time this week, however, they are always encouraged to use their time at home to log in to brush up on their understanding of math skills and concepts.
Problem of the Week – Last week's Problem of the Week was a tricky one! Many thanks to all my students who attempted and solved it. Well done! This week's problem is posted below. Read carefully and try your best, Kodiaks! You can do it!
Estimation Station – There were 300 elastic bands in the Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to A.S. who managed to guess that number right on the nose! Well done! This was A.S.'s first win for the 4E class. BRAVO!
Science – We had an extremely busy and exciting week in science. Students finished building their balloon rocket cars and were able to put them to the test in a big class car race today! 4E and 4F students received much praise from me as they maintained positive attitudes and genuine support for their peers throughout the races. As a teacher, I couldn't have been more proud! Throughout this task, students applied simple techniques and tools to build their cars. They learned that different forms of energy can be used to propel their model devices: first a direct push and then the stored energy from a balloon. On completing their projects, students learned to evaluate their work, by describing the effectiveness of the device and the appropriateness of materials used. Here are some photos from our balloon rocket car experience...
Flex – This week, four 4F students shared their favourite Childhood Stories during Flex period. I absolutely loved hearing each of them read and was impressed with the high level of fluency and expression! We will continue this task with each of the 4F students in the coming weeks. Next week, we are looking forward to hearing from the following four students: V.M., M.S., C.D., and A.D. The first photo posted below is of the stories we heard in class this week and the second photo is from K.S.'s reading. It is amazing to see all my 4F audience so engaged and supportive of the students sharing their story!
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews are coming up soon! Here is the link to book your time slot: webapps.cbe.ab.ca/myaccount/Account/LogOn
Healthy Hunger Lunch - Wednesday, March 14!
Invention Convention - Thursday, March 15th (5:30-7:30pm) - All families welcome! Grade four students will also have the opportunity to view Invention Convention on Friday, March 16th during period two.
A few students in 4F continue to have overdue library books. Please ensure your child is returning/renewing their book on or before their due date. Students are also expected to bring a reading book to class each and every day!
I hope you enjoy the warm chinook that is expected to sweep through YYC this weekend! Get out and enjoy that sunshine, but don't forget your rubber boots!
~ Mrs. Ross
@mrskalross: Let the Balloon Rocket Car races begin! #wheelsandaxles #buildingdevicesandvehiclesthatmove #gradefourkodiaks @NCKodiaks
Multiplication: Standard Method with Regrouping
Watch the following multiplication videos on Khan Academy. Use the information to help you answer the questions on your task sheet. Good luck!
Math – This week, students continued to explore multiplication concepts and strategies. They learned how to use utilize their understanding of skip counting and halves/doubles concepts when multiplying, and are able to better visualize multiplication problems as we discussed and studied patterns in charts and how to accurately add groups. 4E and 4F students are reminded that their basic facts Multiplication Booklets are due on Monday for evaluation.
Students are encouraged to log into Prodigy to complete the assigned set of multiplication challenges. They should also to continue to practice their basic facts at home for a minimum of 10 minutes per day. If you are looking for other ways to challenge your child in multiplication, here are two amazing websites:
Problem of the Week – This week's Problem of the Week is posted below. It is a wonderful challenge for all my grade four students. Good luck!
Estimation Station – There were 365 coloured marshmallows in the Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to K.J. in 4E for estimating the closest with 339! Superb job!
Science – Students began to construct their Balloon Rocket cars in class this week. Most were able to build and test their wheels and axles! We will finish the cars up next week in preparation for our races. 4E and 4F students are reminded that their Simple Machines booklets are due for evaluation on Monday!
Flex –Next week, 4F students will begin the "Favorite Childhood Stories" project in Flex! Four students have already been selected to present their stories next week; they must remember to practice over the weekend and bring their books to school on Monday. Please check your child's agenda for their assigned due date in the coming weeks! Here is the assessment template I will use for this portion of the project:
Miscellaneous – We really enjoyed the "Be Brave" Hitmen hockey game on Tuesday! I was most proud of 4F students for being so well behaved during the trip. We had amazing seats, right at ice level, and made many wonderful memories together in the "sea of pink"! I would like to thank Ms. Tollefson for volunteering her time to join us on the trip! Here are some photos from our time together at the Saddledome...
4F Art Option - Ms. Morhart has been enjoying working with 4F students in art this term. She sent me some photos of the students' work and I am very excited to share them with you on my blog. I cannot even believe these artworks belong to grade four students! BRAVO!
Interested in seeing more? Be sure to check out Ms. Morhart's teacher blog: