Math – 4E and 4F students explored addition skills and concepts in class this week. They reviewed how to add and regroup numbers, and most students are beginning to add numbers up to 10 000 independently. Students worked to solve word-based addition problems and also worked in Prodigy on various visual addition challenges. I think the most enjoyable activity in Math this week, was playing a card game called "Addition War". Students are encouraged to play this game at home with 2, 3 and 4 flipped cards! Here are some photos from the Addition War activity...
Prodigy/Problem of the Week: Students are currently working in the Addition section of Prodigy. They are encouraged to log in to their personal accounts, explore the website and respond to challenges on a regular basis. There is no Problem of the Week assigned this week. Problem #7 is on its way in early January!
Estimation Station – There were 120 grains of rice on a spoon in the Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to A.Z. in 4E who estimated closest to that number with 106. Well done, A.Z! We will look forward to your Estimation Station challenge in 2018!
Science – We had a very exciting week in Science, as students finished up their pinhole camera project and were able to take them outside to experiment and put them to the test! Students enjoyed seeing the sun's refection in their box, and were also able to pick up on other bright reflections from outside. Below are some photos from the class we spent outside with our cameras (Monday). Students also brainstormed and reflected on the various sources of natural and human-made/artificial light this week. They worked collaboratively in groups to record their ideas and examples, and we also worked as a class to research and learn about light forms in our world. Next week, students will learn about bioluminescence and how light travels!
Flex – In Flex, students continued to work on their Secret Acts of Kindness cards for their secret friend (see photo below - 4F students are brilliant artists!) and also spent some time independently reading each day. Students are reminded to bring their own book to class each and every day!
Lost and Found: Nose Creek will be donating our lost and found items on December 20th. Please make sure you or your child check the lost and found (located in large bins right inside the front doors) before this date for any missing item... or items you may not know you're even missing!
Locker Clean-Out: Grade 4 students will be cleaning out their lockers on Wednesday afternoon during Flex time. Students will be asked to take all personal items home over the break (i.e. indoor shoes, hats, lunch bags, agendas).
NEW Kodiak Hoodies arrived today and are available for purchase on Monday. Check out the PE Blog for more information (hoodies are $30).
Learning Commons: All library books are due back or need to be renewed before the break.
Spirit of Giving: Many MANY thank you's to all the families who contributed to our school's Annual SPIRIT of Giving. We can’t wait to deliver the stockings to the Inn From The Cold next week, and are sure each and every one of our donations will be accepted with enthusiasm and pleasure. 4F students donated SO many items, that were were able to fill up two GIANT stockings. Way to go, 4F! Here is a photo of all the loot we collected for our assigned four and five year old boys...
Miscellaneous - We have a very fun and busy week planned for the final week of school in 2017! Here are some details for you:
Monday - Hot chocolate ($1) and caroling in the gym at lunch (begins at 12:25pm)
Tuesday – Santa hat day & Rice Krispies ($1) and caroling in the gym at lunch (12:45pm)
Wednesday – PJ Day (school appropriate), Christmas Cookies ($1-2) and caroling in the gym at lunch (12:45pm)
Thursday – Dance and Activity Afternoon, Stocking Probability in the main foyer ($1)
** all proceeds go to the ChooseKind Project and Inn from the Cold.
Thursday is our last day of school before Winter Break. A reminder that school will resume for students on Monday January 8th!
And one last item... we can't forget "JINGLES"! Our very friendly Kindness Elf provided much fun, excitement and entertainment for 4F students this week. 4F were keen to accept and complete his daily kindness challenges, and a few students have asked him to stay for the remainder of the year! Ha! I'm sure Jingles will have to make his way back to the North Pole at some point, but until then... we'll continue to share and spread his acts of kindness. Here are the daily photos of our little elf friend, "Jingles"...
Please let me know if you have any questions about the upcoming week at Nose Creek. It is sure to be a busy one, but also very exciting for each one of our Kodiaks!
Take care and enjoy the weekend before the break!
- Mrs. Ross
P.S. One last photo for you (I promise!)... if you weren't able to make it, the students sang beautifully at the Winter Concert in the main gym today. I was proud of their performance, behaviour and attitudes, and am looking forward to seeing them up on the big stage again in the future. Bravo, 4F!