Jan 182020


Our first snow day of the year made this week a little short, with less students Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

In Language arts we edited and added more to our secret rules story. Almost all the students have now finished their story, which I will be making into a book for our class.

We practiced a lot of long division in math this week, learning about the place value method. We were going to do our final quiz on Friday, but with the lack of people, I thought it best to postpone until next week, and get more practice in.

We started discussing the difference between fact and opinion today, talking about the importance of recognizing them. It is my lead in to propaganda and eventually smart internet searches, which we will discuss next week.

In Science we talked about how combining simple machines makes a complex machine. Then looked at some complex machines, and discussed how a Rube Goldberg machine works. We will be making our own Rube Goldberg machines next week, so bring in your supplies.

In art we started a winter night mosaic art project, which should be finished next week.

Curling forms went home this week, try to get them in fast, and don’t forget that they need indoor shoes! I will be sending reminders home in their agendas.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.

Jan 112020


We are back from our two week break, and jumping right back into our work.

We finished off simple machines this week in science with a scavenger hunt around the school, a quiz, and wind car race! Big wheel came first at 5.7 meters, beating mine by .3 meters.

In social studies we finished off our Natural Resource unit with a review and final test. Seems like most got the pros and cons of each resource.

In math we jumped right into long division. We started small by discussing what a remainder is, and how if you had 9 things, and broke them into 2 groups, you would have 1 remainder left over. We then looked at large division questions, and practiced the bar method of divisions, which they are starting to get a hang of.

In Language arts we started typing up our stories, and drew some pictures to go with them. I will be making a book for our class. We also started a novel study on City of Ember. So far they are intrigued by it.

Next week we will look at complex machines, and start planning to build a Rube Goldberg machine in science. In social studies we will look at fact vs opinion, and start thinking about credible sources of information. In language arts we will be adding more details to our stories, and continuing with our novel study. In math we will look at place value long division, and finish up our multiplication and division unit. In French we will be discussing our preferences, likes and dislikes, and starting to create a french ‘All about me’ poster.

Next week be on the look out for a field trip form about our class going Curling at the end of January.

Have a good weekend and see you on Monday.

Dec 212019


We did it! We finished off our last week before the winter break. It was a long one, felt like two weeks jammed together.

In math we had a two digit by two digit multiplication quiz, which showed me almost all the students have built up their number sense pretty well. Looks like a lot of students have been using their IXL at home, which is great!

In language arts we worked more on perspective writing, taking on different roles and writing from their point of view. We also wrote a journal entry about what our winter plans will be.

In social studies we finished off our Natural Resource booklets, currently on our Wonder Wall.

We also talked about the three Rs and made some paper! Though it’s more like cardboard.

In science we worked on our wheel and axle project, building a wind car! Took all week, and most were finished today. We will race them when we get back in January.

We also created some 3D snowflakes and coloured some French colour by number pictures.

On Tuesday we had our winter concert. It was great to see so many come out for our evening show. It was fantastic that our class was chosen to MC most of the show, especially three grade 4 students. They did a fantastic job.

Wednesday we went swimming. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun.

And Friday was our Santa’s pancake breakfast and White Elephant Gift Exchange. The breakfast went well, everyone got to eat, and the lines were going pretty quickly. For our gift exchange, it was fun to see who got what, their reactions, and how almost everyone traded at the end.

Enjoy your two weeks off, because when we get back in January we are right back to work. Have a good holiday, and see you next year.

Dec 162019


One week left to go! Tuesday is our winter concert, tickets go home Monday. Wednesday is our swim day, bring a towel and change of clothing.

In math this week we learned how to multiply two digit numbers by two digit numbers. So far our box strategy helped everyone break up the numbers, making it easier to multiply and add later. Math quiz Tuesday!

In science we looked at the screw, wedge, pulley, and wheel and axle. For the screw, we made one using a piece of paper. For the wedge, we compared flat nose and pointed nose paper airplanes. For the pulley, we made our own pulleys, and lifted objects around the room. And for wheel and axle we will make wind cards next week.

For social studies we wrote an essay on the pros and cons of a natural resource, and worked on finished our booklets. They will be on our wow wall next week.

In language arts we started trying our perspective writing. It was a lot of fun, because on Wednesday one of the options was to write a queen song about eating waffles, and many students challenged themselves, resulting in an entertaining class. Next week we will write more wacky stories.

In art we created 3D snowflakes, large ones for the concert, small ones for home. It took them a while to get the cutting pattern down, but by the end most had it.

Next week is our last before the winter break. Tuesday is our concert, Wednesday is swimming, and Friday we have a pancake breakfast. Should be a fun week. Hope you had a good weekend, and see you Monday.

Dec 082019


We have made it to December, no snow yet, but some frost on the ground. Winter concert ticket requests went out this week, Monday is the last day to hand them in. Swim forms went out Friday, you have 2 weeks to get those in.

We started our look into multiplying two digit numbers this week, but kept it easy with multiples of 10. Next week we will look at a couple of strategies in solving larger multiplication equations.

Half of the students have finished their Secret Rules creative writing, the other half will finish next week. So far they are turning out great!

We started our look into simple machines this week for science. On Thursday we learned about the inclined plane, and how it helps support the load. We practiced dropping eggs and rolling them down an inclined plane, to see the difference in damage, and the inclined plane resulted in less damage.

We also looked at levers, and how the placement of a fulcrum affects how easy it is to lift your load. They were amazed by how easy it was to move an object when the fulcrum was right next to the load.

In social studies we finished off forestry and started our fishery work. We talked about fish farming in BC, and the pros and cons that went with it.

To go along with our natural resource unit we painted Ted Harrison style landscapes. They are in display in our hallway.

Next week we will finish our natural resource unit, look screws, wedges, pulleys, and maybe even the wheel and axle for science, and work on some perspective writing in language arts.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.


Nov 302019


It was really cold this week, don’t forget to bring your winter clothing and the temperature continues to drop.

In math we looked at the relationship between multiplication and division. How division is breaking a large number into smaller groups, and multiplying smaller groups will give you the large number. Everyone did well with the quiz on Thursday.

In language arts, we are working on creating fictional stories to explain why we have certain rules. An example would be: wash your clothing, or they will wake up and eat you. Next week we will write a couple more stories, and choose one to publish.

In social studies, we looked at mining and logging as natural resources. For mining, we mined for chocolate chips out of cookies. This helped us learn about the negative effects of mining.

As you can see, mining can lead to deforestation and lost of animal habitats.

In science, we discussed energy input and energy output, and went on an energy scavenger hunt around the school. We also had an energy quiz, though some students did not study and will have to do a retest next week. Remember to know about potential and kinetic energy, that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed, and the different input and output energy forms.

In french, we learned about french numbers to 75. We played french bingo, and one student won’t both times, so we will have to play again soon.

IXL forms went home this week. It is an online math program we will be doing in class. Get those forms in quick!

Next week we will start looking into simple machines for science, multiplying two digit numbers in math, discuss fisheries and fish farms in social studies, and continue working on our funny rule stories.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.


Nov 222019


It was good to see those who could make it to the parent teacher interviews on Thursday night. I feel like we have set some nice achievable goals for the next term. Because of the short week, we only focused on a couple of small things.

In math, we learned a new strategy for multiplying numbers, by breaking up one of the factors. An example is 7X8. So 7 can be broken up into 5 and 2. 5X8 is 40, and 2X8 is 16. Add 40 and 16 back together, and you get 56, which is 7X8. I really like this strategy as it helps with multiplying really large numbers later on. Our quiz on Thursday showed almost everyone has gotten the strategy down.

In science we described a couple of energy experiment. One experiment that supposed the students was bouncing 2 balls, and having the energy transfer from 1 ball to the other, causing it to bounce really high. Our Coke and Mentors experiment was kind of a dud, as there were a couple of technical difficulties.

In social studies we discussed what energy resources BC has, and worked in groups to research them.

We also went over the guidelines for our Natural Resource booklets, and started our Energy project. Lots of projects about wind farms so far…

For art this week we used pointillism to paint random drawings. They really enjoyed this activity. The art is on display outside our room.

We also looked at the days of the week and months of the year in french. We will now start writing the french date on the board every morning (as long as I don’t forget…)

Next week we will look at arrays for math, and play a couple of games with them. For language arts, we will finally get into doing a journal, to write on Mondays. We will look into mining and forestry for social studies, as well as mine for some chocolate chips in an experiment. We will go on an energy scavenger hunt around the school, trying to find different forms of energy.

Next week is the handball jamboree at Royal Bay. Tuesday for girls, Wednesday for boys. Should be a lot of fun. Pizza day is also Friday.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.




Nov 162019


Parent teacher forms went home on Wednesday, asking if parents had specific times they could make it. I have recieved half of the forms back. Make sure you get those in if you have a preferred time.

In language arts this week we wrote a synopsis on our Goosebumps novel study. After we started proof reading and editing 3 of our other past writes, in preparation for writing up a good final copy. I am looking for proper punctuation and paragraph format with their writing samples this term.

In math we started our multiplication unit with a skip counting strategy. We worked with hundreds charts, skip counting and finding out the answer to difficult multiple questions. We already played a mult game to try and get 3 in a row.

In science we looked at 2 categories of energy: kinetic and potential. Kinetic is movement, and potential is stored. We also looked at some types of energy, such as mechanical, light, gravitational, and and thermal.

On Friday, as a reward, the class made our own ice cream. We completed a scientific method worksheet on the steps involved to make ice cream. We added our ingredients in a bag, surrounded it with ice, and shook it for a while. It was a lot of fun, and not too difficult. Very tasty at the end too!

We finished off our Regions work this week, and our brochures look great! Lots of good information, and many were very well layed out.

Next week we will look at breaking up numbers to help us with multiplication. We will finish off our good copies of our past writing work. We will perform a couple of experiment involving energy. We will start our natural resources unit in social studies.

Next week is also the book fair, as well as parent teacher interviews on Thursday. It’s going to be a busy week!

Have a good weekend, and see you on Monday.



Nov 092019


It was very interesting going from Halloween straight into Remembrance Day, but we rocked it.

We spent most of the week preparing for our Remembrance Day readers theater and poem. 11 students were brave enough to speak in from of the entire school, and did a very good job during the assembly. We also wrote about what Remembrance Day is.

We also created giant poppies to showcase the poem In Flanders Field. It is displayed outside our room.

We finished our Goosebumps novel study this week! We have been working on it for about a month. On Tuesday we will be writing a synopsis about our book.

We finished our whole number, place value, estimation, and addition/subtraction work this week with a final unit test. Most students did very well, and have shown me we are ready to move into multiplication.

We watched Bill Nye in science this week as an introduction into Energy. Next week we will discuss potential and kinetic energy, as well as different types of energy.

We have been researching different Canadian regions this week, and are making travel brochures for a specific region. They have to display physical characteristics, wild life, vegetation, resources, tourism, and how the region was formed. Most students are working on their good copy.

Remembrance Day on Monday, enjoy your long weekend, and see you Tuesday.


Nov 012019


I hope everyone had a good Halloween night, it was good to see most of the students back Friday morning.

In math this week we worked on estimating differences and working on subtracting large numbers. Some learned about how to borrow from the greater place value. By the end of the week most were adding and subtracting machines! Rounding still need some work though.

In language arts we finished off our horror stories. Many of them were well written, with only a few punctuation errors. Some needed heavy editing to make the story flow. A couple made no sense at all and had too much filler. But for our first opportunity with using computers to type our work, it turned out well.

We did much better with our government re-test. Everyone’s mark improved. Here is hoping the next time we come more prepared and have our notes organized for the test.

In science this week we build catapults! We had a catapult contest on Friday. The winning catapult shot it’s projectile 750 cm.

On Halloween we carved some pumpkins. It was a lot of fun, and some students first time doing it.

Next week we will finish our novel study. We will practice reading poems and readers theater for the Remembrance Day ceremony. In math we will finish off our estimation, place value, and addition/subtraction unit with a review and final test. We are starting our regions of Canada unit for social studies. In science we are also starting our look into different types of energy.

It is going to be a busy week, can’t wait. Have a good weekend, and see you on Monday.