Math – What a wonderful week of math! 4E and 4F students continued to work hard in class to further their understanding of addition/subtraction concepts and skills. We explored estimation/rounding strategies, borrowing across zero, regrouping, and word problems involving multi-steps and mixed operations. Students particularly enjoyed our Grocery Shopping task, which had them selecting items from a flyer to create a well-balanced meal with a $50.00 budget. They worked hard to manage their money, as they navigated through several addition and subtraction problems, and were even able to write a cheque to themselves in the end for the amount they did not spend! Below are some photos from the Grocery Shopping task. Thank you very much for sending in the grocery flyers!
Students will write a subtraction quiz on Monday. They are encouraged to study the notes in their math duotangs over the weekend. I have also set up a subtraction practice test for students to complete in Prodigy. They are highly encouraged to log into Prodigy over the weekend to complete the practice test and to help prepare for Monday's quiz. Good luck!
Prodigy – Students are always encouraged to log into Prodigy at home in their spare time to brush up on their math skills and understanding of concepts. I have also added a link to Math Playground (see below this week's blog post), where students can explore a wide range of curricular concepts at the grade four level. Have fun!
Problem of the Week – February already? This new month holds the Olympics and four more problems from POTW. There is a lot to look forward to!
When you sell something for more money than you paid for it, the difference is referred to as a profit. The problem presents a business situation in which a profit is made. Enjoy.
Estimation Station – There were 90 red beans (mixed with yellow beans) in our Estimation Station jar this week. Our grade fours are getting to be great estimators as there were several guesses just over the 90 mark. Wow! Way to go, 4E and 4F students! Congratulations to K.T. in 4E who's winning estimate of 81 was the closest without going over. This is K.T.'s second win for 4E this year... well done!
Science – 4E and 4F Students wrapped up the Light and Shadows unit by writing a test on Tuesday. I was really impressed with the time and effort that students put into studying for the test! Many students walked into class with confidence and seemed very prepared to write it - even a little excited! Thank you so very much for supporting their learning and studying at home. I have graded several tests and the results are amazing!
We have since moved onto the Simple Machines unit in science. Students have started to develop their duotang title page with information from discussions and a video we watched in class. Students have started to learn about the six simple machines: wheel and axle, screw, lever, inclined plane, pulley and wedge. Here is a great website to help your child learn more about these simple machines. There is also a video posted below this blog entry which students used to help guide their title page task, and I will distribute this unit's vocabulary list next week (also see below)!
Flex – 4F students have been working on a Starburst Heart project to decorate our classroom bulletin board! They are nearly finished their oil pastel hearts and I will post photos of our bulletin board next week! We have also been listening to the Silverwing novel study... nearing the end now!
Miscellaneous – Our 4F class will be having a small Valentine's Day party on February 14. A class list of names for Valentines cards will be emailed to parents this weekend. If bringing in cards, please encourage your child to bring one for all members of our classroom. If you would like to send in a special treat for the class on this day you may. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the party, please send me an email and I will make alternate arrangements for them during the party.
We are excited to announce that all students at Nose Creek School are invited to attend a hockey game at the end of February. Parents and guardians, please be aware that your son or daughter will be bringing home Acknowledgement of Risk form to attend the Hitmen Be Brave Hockey game on Tuesday February 27th. We are one of the largest schools attending the game, and are excited to be able to share this experience with all students in all grades!
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
February 5 - 4E and 4F Subtraction Quiz
February 9 - Distribution of Term One Report Cards (please sign and return the envelope)
February 14 - 4F Valentine's Day Party
February 15-19 - School Closed for students (Teacher's Convention/Family Day)
Stay warm this weekend, Kodiaks. See you next week!
- Mrs. Ross