Math – This week in math, students continued their work in the ninth Math in a Flash book. We are over halfway finished this mental math book and only have one more book to go! Students were also busy exploring area using square units this week. They used grid paper to find the area of various rectangles in square centimeters, and have also started to estimate and measure area of triangles and other polygons. Students were asked to complete the "Estimating and Measuring Area" task for homework (including the "Stretch your thinking" question). This task is due on Tuesday for both 4E and 4F students.
Prodigy – Students should continue to log into their Prodigy accounts online to brush up on their understanding of various mathematical skills and concepts. www.prodigygame.com/Play/
Estimation Station – There were 368 cm of string in our Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to D.O. in 4F who came closest with an estimate of 360 cm! Well done, D.O! We will be taking next week off from Estimation Station as it is a short week, but it will be up and running again during the week of May 28!
Science – Students enjoyed another week of learning about plants in science! They were amazed at the results from our celery experiment (see photos posted below) and continue to demonstrate great care for their bean plants. Our bean plants are ALL growing now and most are approaching the mature plant stage. Students have been asking nearly every day when they'll get to take the plants home and I have said next week! 4E and 4F students will also have a take-home written assignment to complete for science next week. The assignment will be discussed and distributed to students on Tuesday and is due on Friday. Many thanks to all the families who donated celery for our experiment this week. We had so much that we were able to snack on it in class as well!
Pysanka Eggs Artist in Residence – 4F students demonstrated great listening skills and behaviour during our pysanka eggs workshop yesterday. They were attentive as Jean explained the various symbols and techniques, and we're all very excited to see the results! I will send the eggs home with students as soon as they're received, which should be sometime next week. Students are reminded to bring in a container (with lid) by Tuesday to transport their egg home. Many, MANY thanks to NCS's Parents' Council for funding this amazing workshop for all grade four students!
Swim lessons - I have received 4F's report cards from Vivo. It appears that all students did extremely well and have been evaluated in terms of specific skills and levels. 4F students will receive their report cards from me on Tuesday.
Upcoming Events –
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)