Math - Students continued to develop their sense of numbers in class this week. They focused on comparing and ordering numbers to 10 000, by collaborating and participating in group activities/games and completing both oral and written tasks. Students accessed visuals (pictures/symbols/charts) and used manipulatives (base 10 blocks) to further explore and understand large numbers. They are learning to write whole numbers in standard, expanded and word form, and would benefit from repeated practice at home. This weekend, ask your student to write the following number in standard, expanded and word form: 5390. Next, have them explain the steps they took to do so!
Science - This week, 4E and 4F students really enjoyed going outside to observe plant and animal wastes. We walked to the community gardens, just across the road from the school, and students were able to see first-hand how nature recycles! Be sure to ask your student to identify the types of wastes they observed at the gardens. Students also explored the City of Calgary's "What Goes Where" website on their own assigned student laptop. They were able to search and identify the proper recycling or disposal option for various items. It is important for students to understand that not everything they consider to be garbage actually is and that our world will be an even greater place if everyone does their part! Next week, we will learn and discuss decomposition and the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. *A reminder to check out The City of Calgary's link listed on the side bar, amongst others!
Flex - In Flex this week, 4F students completed their agenda messages and also engaged in independent reading activities. I am most proud of my 4F students for sustaining their focus for 15 minutes each day (Monday-Thursday). That's a total of one hour of concentrated reading time this week! Incredible! Over the weekend, please encourage your student to continue to read 15 minutes per day... or more!
Estimation Station - Our class is learning to estimate! Starting next week, we will fill our Estimation Station jar with objects and practice estimating, comparing and counting the items inside the jar. Stay tuned for more details!
Miscellaneous - Mr. Brewer and I wanted to clarify some questions we've had about the students' subject duotangs. For each of the following academic subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts, students have been given separate duotangs (smaller scale binders) to store their notes. The duotangs are kept inside our classrooms for students to use daily, but are allowed to go home anytime for students to show/share/study their work at home. Along with agendas, duotangs are required to be at school on a daily basis. If your student is taking their duotangs home, please ensure they return them on the following school day.
Have a wonderful long weekend!
- Mrs. Ross