Math – This week, students learned how to read/write the time to the minute on both analog and digital clocks. We also discussed how to say and record the time in different ways. For example, for 8:15, we can say: "fifteen minutes after eight", "quarter-after eight", or "forty-five minutes to nine." Students found the elapsed time concepts a bit more challenging, and they should continue to explore the amount of time that passes in both hours and minutes. For example, if it is 4:30pm now, what time will it be in 8 hours and 10 minutes? The 24-hour clock was an interesting concept for students, and one that they seemed to understand. Students are reminded that when we use the 24-h clock, we use 4-digits to write the time (i.e. 6:30 A.M. is written 06:30 and 6:30 P.M. is written 18:30). Both 4E and 4F classes will write their Telling Time quiz on Monday and should review the notes in their red math duotangs over the weekend!
Prodigy – Many 4E and 4F students have still not completed the Telling Time assignment posted in Prodigy. When students log in, it will automatically run so students can read and answer the assigned questions. This Telling Time assignment will help students prepare for Monday's quiz!
Estimation Station – There were 444 cm of yarn in our Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to C.B. in 4F who came closest with an estimate of 439 cm. That was an incredible estimate!
Problem of the Week – This week's math problem is posted below. It involves calculating area. Good luck, 4E and 4F students!
Science – 4E and 4F students began the final unit of the year in Science: Plant Growth and Changes. They enjoyed planting bean seeds on Monday and have been busy observing and monitoring their cups each day (see photos posted below). Today we saw our first sprout in D.O's cup! Students also spent time setting up their bean plant observation log in their Creative Journals, and will continue to observe and record changes to their plant over time.
Task Design Challenge #2 - Today, grade four students were all split up into new classrooms to take on a task design challenge. This challenge had students collaborating to design and then build a carnival ride or game fit for little critters. The carnival projects had to incorporate simple machines studied in our previous science unit, with at least one moving part. Grade fours worked really well with their new classmates and teachers, and were able to construct some pretty neat games and rides in just two hours! Please see the photos posted below from the "Critter Carnival" projects built in my classroom today. Great job, Kodiaks!
Monthly Letters – April's monthly letter will be written and sent home with students on Monday. We had such a busy day today with the task design challenge that we ran out of time for it!
Flex – Students continue to share their favourite childhood stories during our flex time. Next week, we'll look forward to hearing stories from: R.G, S.H, S.P, O.Q, M.S. and B.S. in 4F!
Miscellaneous – We had a wonderful time on our field trip yesterday. The students learned a lot about the waste disposal systems in Calgary and had fun too! A big thank you to our parent volunteers - Ms. Bennett, Ms. Birkett, Ms. Luhning, Ms. MacIntyre, Ms. Orr, Ms. Siemens, and Ms. Sturtevant. We REALLY appreciated your time and support! I took some photos during the trip and have posted them below.
4F's swim lesson permission forms were sent home with students on Thursday. Please complete/return the forms to me by Tuesday. The students are really looking forward to swimming at Vivo in the coming weeks!
We have a few more opportunities for parents to volunteer with various events happening at Nose Creek in the next couple months! If you are interested and available on the following dates, we'd love to have you support our students. Please connect with your child's homeroom teacher if you'd like to volunteer for any of the events posted below...
- April 30-May 4 (4E's Swim Lessons at Vivo )
- May 7-11 (4F's Swim Lessons at Vivo)
- May 17 (4E/4F Pysanky Eggs Workshop)
- June 6 (4E/4F Heritage Park trip)
Please remember to send a water bottle to school each day for students to drink and keep in our classroom. Our classroom can get very warm at this time of the year and students need to stay hydrated! 4E and 4F's should also have a pair of indoor shoes to wear at school each and every day. These also need to be kept at school on our shoe shelf. Finally, if students are riding their bike or scooter to school, they are highly encouraged to lock it up; students should not share their lock combinations with their peers.
Food trucks are coming to Nose Creek School on Friday, May 4th! Students will get their truck bucks that day, and other students are welcome to bring cash. One truck buck equals $1 cash. Grade four students will access the food trucks from 8:30-9:30 A.M. on Friday.
Drama Club begins next week for grade four students! We will meet in the Foods Room after school on Wednesday from 3-4pm. See you then!
As always, if you have any questions, please ask. Thank you for continuing to support your children at school... we only have nine more weeks together until Summer Break!
- Mrs. Ross
Planting our bean seeds...
Task Design Challenge #2 - "Critter Carnival"
4E and 4F's field trip to the Composting Facility and Shepard Landfill...
@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