Math – Students wrapped up the Estimating and Rounding unit with a fun Smarties activity on Monday. They enjoyed estimating, counting and rounding the number of Smarties they received in their boxes, but I think the most memorable part was actually eating the Smarties in class! This short Smarties task was collected and evaluated. Most students performed very well on it!
4E and 4F students also began to learn about patterns in charts. They observed and noted various pattern rules and positions in hundred charts, and also extended patterns following set rules. We will continue to explore these concepts next week in class.
Students are encouraged to work in Prodigy over the weekend, as there are many valuable patterns problems for the students to explore and solve. If you are looking for an alternate challenge for your child, please see the Problem of the Week posted below. This problem is intended for grade 3/4 students...
Estimation Station – There were 166 circles on the small piece of Lego in our Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to J.M. for coming closest to that number with an estimate of 140! Well done!
Science – Students finished up their Hazardous Waste Visual Journal entries from last week (see photo above) and also learned about Calgary's composting program. Be sure to ask your student what belongs in your green bin! Here is one of the composting videos we viewed in class:
4E and 4F students' Waste and Our World Home Projects are due on Monday! Please ensure your child comes to school with their project, and completed Question Sheet and Logbook. Students should also be prepared to present their project to their peers and myself. We discussed the topics students need to include in their presentations and also what students SHOULD do while presenting. Please see the image below for more details.
Flex – 4F students continued to listen to the audio version of Silverwing this week. They used playdoh to create 2D/3D character sculptures and enjoyed taking a "gallery walk" around the classroom to see all the sculptures Here are a few of 4F's bat creations...
Miscellaneous – The frigid winter weather has arrived! Here are a few tips to help keep us safe and warm as possible:
Layer Up: The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity. In general, the three main layers are wicking, insulating and weather protection:
- Wicking layer: This is the layer worn next to your skin, usually consisting of long underwear.
- Insulating layer: This middle layer includes sweaters, sweatshirts, vests and pullovers. The purpose of this layer is to keep heat in and cold out, which is accomplished by trapping air between the fibers.
- Protection layer: The exterior layer serves as your guard against the elements of winter. It should repel water from snow, sleet or rain and block the wind, while also letting perspiration evaporate.
Headwear: Up to 60 percent of your body's heat can escape from an uncovered head, so wearing a hat or headband is essential when it's cold. (Tip: If you wear a hat, you may be able to wear one less layer on your body.) There are thousands of styles of hats and headbands, usually made from fleece or wool. Many have non-itch liners. A fleece neck gaiter (like a collar) or face mask is a must on cold days.
Sunglasses and goggles: Sunglasses do much more than make you look cool. They also protect your eyes from damaging solar radiation. Snow, or any other reflective surface, makes ultraviolet (UV) rays stronger.
Gloves and mittens: Look for gloves and mittens that use waterproof, breathable fabrics. Mittens, in general, are warmer than gloves, but offer you less dexterity. Consider the type of activity you'll be doing.
Socks: One pair of light-weight or medium-weight socks works best. Socks are made from a variety of materials, including polyester, silk, wool and nylon. Some socks have wicking properties similar to long underwear, meaning your feet will stay dry and comfortable. It would be beneficial for you to send a spare pair of socks for your child to keep in their backpack throughout the winter months!
Stay warm and enjoy your weekend... don't forget to turn your clocks back on Sunday!
- Mrs. Ross