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...