Math – This week in math, students were busy learning about measurement concepts and skills. They enjoyed participating in a scavenger hunt which had them locating, measuring and comparing various objects' lengths and widths in both the classroom and hallway. Students are becoming much more proficient at converting millimeters, centimeters, meters and kilometers as a result of our lessons and activities (see photos posted below). In our upcoming classes, students will learn about area of regular and irregular 2-D shapes by:
• recognizing that area is measured in square units
• selecting and justifying referents for the units cm2 or m2
• estimating area, using referents for cm2 or m2
• determining and recording area (cm2 or m2)
• constructing different rectangles for a given area (cm2 or m2) in order to demonstrate that many different rectangles may have the same area.
Math in a Flash - Students are currently working in their eighth Math in a Flash book! Book #7 was graded and sent home with students this past week. I am very pleased with the progress students have made this year in terms of their mental math abilities. Overall, students' personal bar graphs for these Math in a Flash books and results show an increase in achievements and understanding of concepts since September!
Prodigy – I have set up a measurement task for students to complete online. Please ensure your child is logging into Prodigy regularly.
Problem of the Week – As the school year begins to wind down, we will wrap up our Problem of the Week challenges in a couple weeks. This week's problem focuses on patterning and algebra concepts, as well as measurement. Good luck, Kodiaks!
Science – The students have been really engaged in our Plants unit! They are eager to come into class each day to observe the growth and changes of their bean plants, and are quick to identify their specific plants' needs. Students have been taking great care of their plants by watering them, adding soil or draining out excess water! They have also been putting their measurement skills from math to the test in science as they've been measuring and recording the growth of their plants almost daily.
4E and 4F students participated in a seed dissection lab yesterday. The dissection had them comparing dry and soaked lima beans (24 hours in water). Students formed a hypothesis about what they thought was inside the bean and then followed steps to dissect and observe the insides using a hand lens (see photos posted below). They were able to form valid conclusions for this lab after the dissection.
4E and 4F were also intrigued about our lesson on carnivorous plants this week, including the venus flytrap. They enjoyed listening to a story, as well as watching and discussing this video:
Flex – We have one more week ahead of students sharing their favourite childhood stories during Flex time. M.S, S.S, H.W, L.W. and I.W. in 4F - a reminder that you are sharing your stories this coming week, so please have your book at school on Monday!
4F Swim Lessons - 4F will be swimming at Vivo from 12:00-12:45 P.M. (Monday to Thursday), and from 9:45-10:45 A.M. on Friday. Students are reminded to bring a swimsuit and towel in a plastic bag to school each day next week. They should be taking their swimsuits and towels home at the end of each day. You may want to consider packing an extra snack for your child to eat after their lesson as students are usually quite hungry after all the swim activities!
If you are interested and available to walk with us to and from the pool (and stay for the duration of the lesson), I could definitely use your help! Please send me an email if you are free on any or all days next week. 4F will leave the school at 11:25 A.M (Monday-Thursday) and at 9:10 A.M. on Friday. We will return to the school about 45 minutes after the lessons wrap up. To volunteer for this trip, you must have an approved CBE volunteer form on file at the school.
Calgary Reads Challenge - Thank you for all the books you donated to Calgary Reads, Kodiak Families. As a school, we donated over 1500 books and as a 4F class, we donated 198... and WON the book drive challenge! Well done! Here is a photo of all the wonderful books 4F donated:
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
May 7 to May 11 - 4F Swim Lessons run 12:00-12:45 P.M. (Mon.-Thurs.) and 9:45-10:45 A.M. (Fri.)
May 9 - Spring Photos
May 9 - Grade 4 Drama Club (3:00-4:00 P.M. in the Foods Room)
May 14 – Hats on for Mental Health
May 15 - School Dance and Activity Afternoon
Wednesday May 16 – Mindfulness and Wellness Wednesday (Details T.B.A.)
May 16 - Grade 4 Drama Club (3:00-4:00 P.M. in the Foods Room)
May 17 - NCS PJ Day
May 17 - 4E and 4F Pysanky Eggs Workshop
May 18 - PD Day (NCS is closed for students)
May 23 - Healthy Hunger Lunch (Tim Hortons)
May 23 - Grade 4 Drama Club (3:00-4:00 P.M. in the Foods Room)
May 26 to June 4 - Japan Homestay students are at NCS
May 30 - Grade 4 Drama Club (3:00-4:00 P.M. in the Foods Room)
Measuring in math...
Lima Bean dissection lab...
Our hearty bean plants...
What is distance?
Distance measures length. For example, the distance of a snake is how long the snake is.
In the metric system of measurement, the most common units of distance are millimetres, centimetres, metres, and kilometres.
How big are metric units of distance?
A paper clip is about 1 millimetre thick.
A fingernail is about 1 centimetre wide.
The length of a guitar is about 1 metre.
A kilometre is equal to 1000 metres. (It is a little over half of a mile!)
Want to learn more about metric units of distance? Watch this video!