Math – In Math this week, students in 4E and 4F spent time learning how to round, estimate and add numbers up to 1000. They enjoyed playing a Pac-Man themed game online, which had them solving various problems (i.e. rounding numbers to the nearest hundred, estimating numbers by locating them on a number line, estimating sums/differences by rounding). Please scroll down to the "round and estimate" Pac-Man game button from Wednesday's blog post. This is a great game for students to continue to explore at home to further strengthen their understanding of skills and concepts taught in class. We will work on rounding numbers in the thousands on Tuesday/Wednesday, and students will write a short quiz by the end of next week.
I am totally impressed with my students' energy and enthusiasm for our online math game, "Prodigy". The students are completely blowing me away with both their technological skills and understanding of number concepts online. Keep it up, 4E and 4F math wizards. I am very proud of all your hard work and dedication to this game!
Estimation Station – There were 198 leaves in the Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to K.S. in 4E who estimated that number right on the nose! That was an AWESOME estimate! K.S. is in charge of setting up our Estimation Station next week. I know all students in 4E and 4F are eager and excited to see what the new station will involve!
Science – This was an exciting week for learning in Science for 4E and 4F students. Both classes chose 10 items from last week's "Exploring Human Waste" collection to bury and observe in our classroom's mini landfills. We set up the landfills in our classroom, and so far have observed very little decomposition (aside from the orange peel, whole banana and chocolate pudding, which of course are, showing signs of mold). Students will continue to predict, observe and document the changes to the waste inside the landfills over a long period of time. We are looking forward to seeing what happens to each of the items in our mini landfills (see photo below)!
Students have been busy learning about the rate of biodegradability for various items we use on a daily basis. They have learned that most things break down naturally - but at different rates! Did you know that a glass bottle can take up to 1 million years to decompose? Students were very engaged in this subject matter and had many rich discussions about biodegradable and non-biodegradable matter. Next week, students will learn how the City of Calgary processes and deals with the high volume of human waste.
There seemed to be quite a few students absent from school today (Friday) for various reasons. Please ensure your child watches Bill Nye's "Pollution Solutions" video posted below to ensure they are prepared for Tuesday's Science class discussion.
*Please ensure your child has completed all the notes in their black Science duotang for Tuesday's class. We have worked really hard in class to stay up-to-date with all tasks and assignments, however, some students really need to spend more time at home completing and adding additional detail/information to their work. Science duotangs will be collected and assessed on Tuesday.
4E and 4F's Mini Landfills...
Flex – Students in 4F have been much better at bringing in their own literature to class to read during our daily Flex time. I have been reading to students quite a bit during this time as well, and they are enjoying sharing in Shade's journey for our "Silverwing" novel study. 4F students learned some new and interesting facts about bats this week, and will complete two activities associated with the novel during Flex next week. We are really looking forward to meeting Kenneth Oppel, Silverwing's author, on October 24th!
Miscellaneous – A reminder that there is no school for students on Monday, as it is a non-instruction day. Classes will resume for students on Tuesday. All NCS students will have their photos taken on Thursday for our annual picture day. Students are encouraged to "dress their best!"
Enjoy your extended weekend, 4E and 4F students. I am looking forward to working with you again in class on Tuesday!
- Mrs. Ross