Math – This week in math, students finished up their measurement studies by completing and submitting all unit tasks for evaluation. I did not give students a quiz or test for this particular unit as I felt, overall, students performed very well during our daily lessons and activities. 4E and 4F really enjoyed one of the final tasks in our measurement unit, which had them planning their own flower gardens. Students also had to determine the area of their garden configurations using square meters and enjoyed putting artistic touches on their garden projects!
On Thursday, we began our studies in the fractions unit. Students discussed unit vocabulary and began looking at fractions of a whole, and fractions as part of a set or group. Students continue to have daily practice in their basic facts by working in their mixed facts “Math in a Flash" booklet, and also collaborated in small groups to discuss and answer the following questions. We will continue to refer back to these questions throughout the unit.
Prodigy – Students are encouraged to log into their Prodigy accounts at home to complete the various fractions activities assigned for our current unit. www.prodigygame.com/Play/
Science – In Science, students made their final bean plant observations, and after 31 days, were so very excited to finally take them home! I hope you have found a space for the plants to spread their roots and continue to grow. Enjoy!
Our big focus this week was on students' independent written task: "The Importance of Plants: The Role of Plants on Earth". This task was assigned to students on Tuesday and was due on Friday. Students had some class time to work on this task, but for the most part, the task was completed at home. I have to say, overall, students did a wonderful job answering the open-ended questions. I was particularly impressed with students' creativity and technological skills as they responded to the third question!
May's Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Heritage Park field permission forms were sent home this week for our field trip coming up on Wednesday, June 6th. If you haven’t done so already, please return the acknowledgement of risk form and payment as soon as possible.
All grade four students attended a presentation on Friday presented by the Calgary Public Library in regards to their summer reading programs running from June 15th to September 7th. I hope students will consider exploring the literacy-based programs offered by the CPL during the summer months!
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)
June 1 - Heritage Park field trips forms are due... we are in need of Parent/Guardian Volunteers!