Math - This week, students continued to study and master numeration concepts in class. On Monday, students will write a test during class time on all the concepts we've learned to date. The study sheet pictured below was sent home today to help students prepare for Monday's test. Please also see the links posted on the side bar for additional Numbers practice (i.e. "Reading and representing whole numbers" e-book).
Estimation Station - Our 4E and 4F classes are estimating! Each week we fill our Estimation Station with objects and practice estimating, checking and comparing how many items are inside. This week, our question was: "how many legs are in the jar? There were 198 legs in total, and our lucky winner was K.J. who estimated 197! (The winning estimate is the student who guesses closest to the actual number, without going over.) Congratulations K.J. on your win! Incredible!
K.J. is now in charge of filling the jar next week. Your student may also need to take on the task in the future, so here are some suggestions for possible items to bring in from home: acorns, balls, beads, beans, bolts, bottle caps, buttons, cereal, clothespins, corks, cotton balls, crayons, dominoes, drinking straw halves, erasers, gumballs, jelly beans, marbles, marshmallows, packing peanuts, paper clips, pasta, pennies, pretzels, sugar cubes, washers etc. Have fun!
Science - In Science class this week, students learned about wiggling worms, food chains (identifying producers, consumers, decomposers), and also began to explore and discuss the waste that humans create. We read Wendy Pfeiffer's book, "Wiggling Worms at Work", and students were intrigued with all the facts and information presented! They wrote a short comprehension quiz about worms, and students also created a visual journal entry for food chains (see photo above). On Monday, students will be heading outside for Science. We will take a closer look at examples of human waste and will collect and sort the items into appropriate disposal systems. 4E and 4F classes will also keep a few items they find to test and observe in an upcoming experiment. This experiment will have students exploring the biodegradability of different substances over a long period of time!
Flex - In Flex, students continued to strengthen their silent reading skills. Students learned how to self assess their progress and set goals for future silent reading sessions. Next week, students will participate in several oral stories tasks during Flex time.
Monthly Letter - Today, students wrote their first Monthly Letter. You will see the letter in your student's agenda. It is written in a small exercise book labelled: "Monthly Letter Journal." Please read today's letter and return the journal on Monday. You can read more about the Monthly Letter below and look forward to many letters to come!
Miscellaneous - I was very pleased to see each and every one of 4F's Locker Agreement forms returned to school this week. I am thankful for students/parents taking the time to review and discuss the expectations for locks and lockers this year. I have attached the Locker Agreement form below for future perusal.
And last but not least... two BIG thank you's go out to the Metelski and Whitwell families for sending in plastic forks, spoons and knives for our classroom. There are numerous days throughout the year when students forget these items for their snacks and lunches. These donations will really help us out! THANK YOU!
Enjoy the last weekend of September! I can't even believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
- Mrs. Ross