Math – Students began the Variable and Equations (algebra) unit in Math this week. They have been focusing on learning how to solve one-step addition/subtraction equations involving a symbol to represent an unknown number. Students are also learning how to express a given problem as an equation in which a symbol is used to represent an unknown number. 4E and 4F students enjoyed using manipulatives to represent and solve several numerical and word problems in class (both individually and in small/larger groups). I am pleased with how the students are learning to work together to overcome mathematical challenges and will continue to encourage this collaborative learning in our upcoming algebra lessons!
4E and 4F students really seemed to like the "Hoo's There" coordinate graphing challenge I tossed into Math this week! They were keen to locate and connect the number points on the graph, which created a lovely hidden picture of an owl! Please see the photo posted below.
No homework is assigned this weekend in Math, however, students should take a look through their duotang to ensure they have completed all assigned tasks to date!
Prodigy/Problem of the Week: Students are always encouraged to log into Prodigy at home to brush up on their math skills and understanding of concepts. The Problem of the Week posted below is also a wonderful challenge for students to tackle in addition to Prodigy. Thank you and a job well done to all my students who submitted answers for last week's Problem of the Week! I have posted this week's Problem of the Week below. Good luck!
Estimation Station – There were 128 pieces of red construction paper in the jar this week. Congratulations to K.T. in 4E who estimated right on that number! Incredible!
Science – Students wrapped up their Laser Mazes group task for the Light and Shadows Unit earlier this week. They received their grading rubrics for this task today, as well as the Waste and Our World take-home test, and parents should be reviewing/signing all grades on a regular basis (as indicated in students' agendas).
4E and 4F students also completed a reading comprehension and vocabulary activity entitled, "The Magic of Rainbows" in Science this week. Through this reading, students were able to understand and comprehend the seven colors that make up rainbows and also the two things that are required to produce rainbows (water and light). Here are the key vocabulary terms studied in class this week: reflection, separate, arcs, vibrates, spectrum, visible, transparent, translucent and opaque.
Students also enjoyed the "Light Energy Scavenger Hunt" I set up in our classroom! Students worked in pairs to read and solve 18 questions about light energy, and then had to locate the fact card with photo, which provided the correct answer to the question. Here is a sample of two of the facts students learned in class...
Flex – 4F students continued on with our Silverwing novel study this week. They began to independently plan and develop an artistic representation of one event from the novel to date. We are hoping to finish these artistic tasks in the coming Flex classes, and I'll post photos when the work is finished. Until then... here is a sneak peek!
Miscellaneous – The grade four Ski Day field trip is on Tuesday! Please be sure to have your child at school by 8:00am. This is when we will take attendance and begin to depart the school by bus. If you foresee any difficulties with this, please send me an e-mail or note in your child's agenda, as we will not be able to wait for late students on this day! We are keeping fingers crossed for warm weather, but be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing/winter gear as our day will mainly be spent outside. On this day, please ONLY send your child to school with a lunch/water bottle in their backpack (and any necessary medication). Agendas are not needed at school that day, and all other personal items should be kept at home. This is always an exciting trip for the kids. I can't wait to see their faces light up with wonder as we drive up to the ski hills on the bus! I will be sure to send some photos your way from this trip!
I really enjoyed watching my 4F class rehearse for the Winter Assembly today (see photo below)... it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Wishing your family a season of gladness, a season of cheer, and to top it all off - a wonderful year!
Take care and I hope December is a good one for you!
- Mrs. Ross