Math – In Math this week, students learned how to represent fractions using concrete materials, words, drawings and standard fractional notation. They learned about the meaning of the denominator as the number of the fractional parts of a whole or set, and the numerator as the number of fractional parts being considered. Students enjoyed playing Fraction Bingo, which had them identifying equivalent fractions. 4E and 4F's also identified and compared fractions by participating in a collaborative group task involving math cubes (see photos posted below). Next week, students will learn and practice ordering fractions. They are also very excited to use their understanding of fractions to bake a cake in the Foods Lab... from scratch! Please check your email for a message I sent out regarding the fraction cakes task coming up next Friday, June 8 for both 4E and 4F students!
Prodigy – 4E and 4F students are encouraged to log in to their Prodigy accounts to complete the Fractions task I have set up for them. Good luck!
Science – This week, students learned about the parts of a flower and pollination. They created two foldables in their Creative Journals and also studied a plant dissection online. The foldable tasks and the video helped students better understand the parts of a flower (see photo posted below). Students learned all about pollination and pollinators. They learned that flowers make pollen and that pollen is a fine powder. It's usually yellow and it can make you sneeze! Flowers use pollen to make seeds through a process called pollination. Pollen can't move by itself so it needs the help of pollinators. Pollinators such as honey bees, are pollen helpers. They move the pollen to the flower's pistil so the flower can make seeds. Did you know that wasps, beetles and hummingbirds are pollinators too?
Monthly Letters – 4F students spent some time reflecting on the month of May and their learning at NCS. They completed their 9th Monthly Letter and it was sent home with them today. Parents, please take some time reading and discussing your child's monthly letter over the weekend. I did not prompt or assist them in any way with this month's letter!
Flex – 4F students created a report about their Pysanka Eggs Artist in Residence workshop on Google Docs this week. I gave them a few tips and taught them a few tricks to better use the online program for their report. Most students have finished their report and have shared it with me. They look amazing!
Year End Assessment (YEA) - Yesterday, all grade four students were introduced to the year end assessment project entitled “The ABC’s of Grade 4.” This is a culminating project that allows students to demonstrate their learning and understanding across the curriculum from throughout the year. This major assessment project will be due for all students on Tuesday, June 26th. Each day, students will be working on their YEA and will receive guidance from their core teachers. They will also have access to some supplies in class to get creative with, such as: stencils, magazines, newspaper, coloured paper, stickers, stamps, and laptops to google/print images. Art material donations would be greatly appreciated for this project and students are permitted to bring in their own supplies to add to their scrapbooks if they wish. If you would like more information about the YEA project, including the project outline and exemplars, please refer to the main page of this blog.
Heritage Park Field Trip – Grade four students are looking forward to our upcoming field trip to Heritage Park next Wednesday. An additional permission form regarding the rides at Heritage Park went home with students yesterday. This form also needs to be signed by parents and returned if students would like to go on the rides at Heritage Park during their field trip. There is no additional cost for students to go on the rides. If this rides form is not returned by Wednesday, students will not be permitted to go on any ride at Heritage Park. Students are reminded to dress for the weather on Wednesday and to wear comfortable shoes (i.e. running shoes). They must remember to bring a bagged lunch and a water bottle in a backpack. Students may also bring some money for a treat at the bakery or candy shop. Many thanks in advance to our parent volunteers for assisting us with this trip!
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
June 4 - Volunteer Appreciation (5:00-6:00pm) School Council (@ 6:30pm)
June 5 - Triathlon / Band Concert at the Rozsa Centre
June 6 - Grade 4 Heritage Park Field Trip
June 7 - Taste of the Arts Night (6:00-8:00pm, doors open at 5:45pm)
June 8 - 4E / 4F will Fraction Cakes in the Foods Lab (4F is at 8:45am, 4E is at 10:45am)
June 26 - End of Year Assessment: The ABC's of Grade 4 is due for all grade four students
June 27 - Last Day of School / Report Cards go home
Learning about fractions...