Oct 252019
 

Hello!

A short one this week, with a Pro D day tomorrow. Pictures went home today, as well as Intern Reports. Read it over, sign, and send back the bottom part next week. I forgot to sent the introduction letter to the new system, it will go home Monday.

We practices what living in different types of governments this week, with monarchy on Monday, oligarchy on Tuesday, and dictatorship on Wednesday. Let me tell you, Wednesday was the best behaved day we have had, though not the happiest.

We started writing out horror stories this week using the Chromebooks. We have been working hard to edit and proof read them, making sure they make sense. Everyone can access their story at home, by signed in to their email @sd62learns.org.

We worked hard on estimation and rounding this week in math. I think by the end of the week we got how to round to the nearest hundred or thousand, and how you round 0-4 down, and 5-9 up. We also worked on adding large numbers and carrying the 1 on top of the place value. We will continue estimating next week, and look at subtracting large numbers.

Our socials studies work this week focused on preparing for the test. We played some study games, and made cheat sheet post-it notes using their class notes to use for the test. Some students did well with their test, most however were not able to complete their test. Some learned that their notebook needs to be more organised and completed, some learned to add more information to their cheat sheet. We will be doing a re-test next week, which will give us a good look at how we can learn from failure.

In science we started building catapults! First drafts this week, with next week improving them. We will have a competition next Friday to see whose shoots the longest.

Next week is Halloween, costumes or orange/black on Thursday. We will be carving pumpkins in groups on Thursday. Government retest on Wednesday. Catapult contest Friday. Should be a fun week!

Have a good long weekend, and see you Monday.

Oct 192019
 

Hello!

We did it! Our class took part in the student vote for the Federal election. I feel that most were well informed enough to make a wise vote based off of their specific interests. The results will be posted next week, after the actual vote.

Other than spending this week preparing to vote, we started our horror story investigation. We listened to a Goosebumps story as a class, and discussed how to write a journal and story outline based off of it. Everyone then chose their own specific Goosebumps book to read. On Friday we started branching out ideas for writing our own horror story. It’s going to get spooky for the next 2 weeks.

We have also finished our chemistry unit for science. We took a test on Thursday about the phases of matter, mixtures and solutions, and the scientific method. Looks like everyone has the basic knowledge of the topics, giving us some room for some cool science challenges for the next 2 weeks.

Well we did a little better with our base 10 requiz. Seems though that many students are rushing their work, and still making simple mistakes. Most students how ever did very well with expanded form and written form of numbers this week, as well as ordering numbers.

Next week a couple of grade 4s will start writing the FSA test. The rest of the class will learn some French Halloween vocabulary. We will also push hard with our horror story writing. We will be having a social studies test on Wednesday about the government of Canada.

Non school next Friday.

Have a good weekend, and don’t forget to Vote on Monday!

Oct 112019
 

Hello!

Picture day was this week, everyone was looking pretty spiffy. All pizza orders were due Friday, so hopefully you got yours in.

We had some difficulty with math this week. We were working on place value with multiples of 10, 100, 1000, 10000, ect. Examples were how many hundreds fit into 40,000, or what is 1000 x 100. It took us a while to get the concept of moving the 0’s around to make it easier. The quiz this week was more of a learning activity. We will be doing a retest next week. They did however really enjoy the roll to a million game, and are getting better at saying large numbers out loud.

We finished off verbs and adverbs this week, and started creating some silly alliteration sentences. Some examples were the angry alligator ate agressivly, the dangerous dog dug dreadfully, and the fierce fish faught frantically. Practicing using more descriptive language.

In science we looked more into mixture and solutions by discussing and experimenting with the density of liquids. We made an hypothesis about how dense a liquid may be in compared to others, dyed them a specific colour, and poured them into a water bottle. The goal was to create a rainbow in a bottle. Here were some of our results.

We also made lava lamps using vegetable oil, water, food colouring, and Alka Seltzer to make bubbles.

We researched more about the election this week by looking at the local candidates and making a cheat sheet on each parties platform. We have almost finished researching and preparing ourselves for the student vote. We also used the Chromebooks to complete the online survey to see which party we are closest to.

In French we looked at the masculine and feminine versions of a (un or une) and the (le, la, and les). It was tricky at first, but eventually students caught on to the patterns of each.

Next week we will go further into place value with standard and expanding form. Our language arts will focus more on reading horror stories and getting ready for Halloween. We will have the student vote on Friday, hopefully by then everyone will be well informed. We will be having our science test on the phases of matter and mixtures or solutions, with some jeopardy before to help stimulate some answers. There may be a WITS presentation, a Cops for Cancer visit, and a Halloween safety program coming soon.

Advance voting just opened up, so get out there and vote this weekend, and see you all Tuesday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 052019
 

Hello!

October is here, and so is the rainy weather with it. Don’t forget to bring appropriate clothing and shoes to school.

We started the week off with an Orange Shirt day activity. We discussed identity and what makes us unique. We created a word web about ourselves, briefly adding some virtues we feel important about. Next we read the Orange Shirt Day story, and we discussed how it is more than just about a shirt, it is about how a person’s identity was taken away. We thought about how what if part of our identity was taken away, how would we feel. We then created our own orange shirts to express our identity. They are on display outside our door.

We finished off our pattern work this week with a look at basic multiplication and division algebra, leading into a final test. Most did very well with the test, a couple learned to read the question carefully before answering, and a couple learned to check over their work before handing it in.

In language arts we discussed nouns and verbs and played a couple of guessing games with them. We also had our first spelling test, looking into ‘able’ and ‘tch’ words. We weren’t able to practice our paragraph writing this week, so we will have to double up for next week.

In gym we have been focusing on handball, as the season for sooke district starts soon. Lots of grade 4 excitement about joining the team.

In social studies we dove into our federal election by researching the top 5 political parties and what they stand for.

After we created campaign posters about each of the parties, with slogans and platform ideas.

In science we started looking into mixture and solutions, what each are, and how to distinguish between them. We performed a couple of experiments into trying to seperate mixtures to see if they are solutions or not.

Two of our students spent some points and chose to lead a science class this week, by having the class make some slime. It was a little chaotic, but everyone seemed to love their slime (which is not allowed at school), so enjoy it.

Next week we will start our unit on place value, whole number, and estimation. We will look at adverbs and alliteration in Language Arts.  Go further into the election with local ridings and candidates in Social Studies. And experiment more with the mixtures and solutions with liquid densities.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.

 

 

 

Sep 282019
 

Hello!

This week was a lot of fun with our Terry Fox run on Thursday. Our school ran over 1000km all together, 1/5th what Terry accomplished! It was great to get out and run for an extended time.

In language arts this week we worked on writing a paragraph about Terry Fox. We worked hard on editing and proofreading it. They are on display in the foyer.

In math we worked on using variables to solve a problem, so an example would be 6+n=13. We played around with the order of equations, and wrote some word problems of our own. Friday’s quiz went well, with only a few minor mistakes.

In science we looked more into the 3 phases of matter and how they change from solid, liquid, and gas. We also briefly looked at plasma, another phase of matter, and how that is created.

In social studies we finished off levels of government with a paragraph on which level they feel is most important. We also created a class Venn diagram using newspaper headlines and putting them in the right category.

On Friday we discussed the 3 main types of government, and discussed how Canada is a democracy.

Our spelling test this week was on the provinces and territories. They did well with their pretest, which was sent home, and on Monday we will have our final. Study up this weekend!

We continued our French basic can conversations learning about bien and mal. We are slowly getting there.

Next week on Monday is Orange Shirt day, we will discuss and write a paragraph about it. We will also look into nouns, verbs, and adverbs, in preparation for Mad Lib Friday’s. We will finish our pattern work in math with a review and test on Friday. We will start looking into mixture and solutions in science, with a couple of fun experiments. And in socials we will look at the different political parties of Canada. It is going to be another busy week, especially with our class Hustle on Tuesday and handball starting.

Don’t forget to sign those online forms about media and field trips! Have a good weekend and see you Monday.

Sep 202019
 

Hello!

We were very busy this week, especially getting those art pieces finished for the open house. It was good to meet those who could make it!

In language arts we worked on adjectives. We created an acrostic pork about ourselves using adjectives to describe us. They are on our WOW wall for display. Some examples below:

We also started working on paragraph work. We will be continuing to work on paragraphs for the next month. Today we wrote about pizza.

In math we started working in our math makes sense textbook. We have started out pattern unit, looking at different patterns, how to make a pattern, and how to state the pattern rule. We also created tables to represent a pattern. In Friday we had a quiz, everyone did pretty well, a couple of small mistakes that we fixed.

In science we started our chemistry unit by looking at the phases of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We discussed the characteristics of each, and how they change phases. To show this we turned a solid block of juice into a liquid drink, then back into popsicles. They were tasty and a nice treat on Friday.

In social studies we started our look at the government and the 3 levels within Canada: federal, provincial, municipal. We talked about the responsibilities of each, and created a symbol map of them. They will be in display on our WOW wall next week. We also started looking into the leaders of these levels, and where they meet.

In art we worked on our Picasso Guess Who activity, drawing our own faces in Cubism style. They will be on display in our hallway for 2 to 3 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also briefly started French, with bonjour, comment ca va, and au revoir. We will go further into simple feeling next week.

Next week no school Monday for students. We will continue with levels of government in social studies, but look more into positions and elected members. We will continue working on pattern work, introducing a little bit of algebra 5+n=8. In science we are going to cut out and order the phases of matter. In language arts we will learn about nouns and verbs, and work more on paragraphs.

 

Important dates for next week:

– Terry Fox run Thursday (dress like a super hero day)

– Book order due Friday

– Subway due

-G and Pink forms due

 

Have a good weekend and see you Tuesday

Sep 132019
 

Hello!

We have completed our first full week as a class! Lots of notices have gone home, some have found their way back. The sooner those forms, and the ones online, are filled out, the sooner we can go on field trips!

This week in language arts we worked on editing skills and proof reading. We were highlighting errors left, right, and center! We also worked on a summer word web and rough draft. I can tell already we need to work on paragraphs…

In math we worked on learning some games, so we have something to do if we finish our work early. We also completed the “Beginning grade _” workbook. It will give me a quick overview at where everyone is at with their number sense.

In social studies we worked on a map of Canada, with all of its provinces and capital cities. Most turned out great! A couple seemed to have forgotten about the east coast…

In science we discussed the Scientific Method and each step involves. We practiced our scientific method with an experiment, it was how to clean pennies. We made an observation about how dirty they were, then researched the best way to clean them. After we made a hypothesis about which substance would clean the pennies best: soap, Windex, lemon juice, vinegar, or hot sauce. We spent 2 days recording our observations and data. By the end the lemon juice cleaned them best, but the real shocker was how the hot sauce first turned them green, then dissolved the copper off the pennies entirely. Makes you think twice about eating it…

For art we worked on names tags and our puzzle piece. Our puzzle piece will be shown next week on our door.

One week down, like 38 more to go?

Next week we will be working on: how to write a paragraph, starting our math work on patterns, levels of government in social studies, phases of matter in science, Picasso in art, and beginning French.

Don’t forget to get those notices in. We should have agendas out soon, hopefully next week. Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday.

 

Sep 052019
 

Hello and welcome to our class blog!

Here is where you will find information about upcoming events for our class, as well as what we have been learning about in school.

If you have any questions, you can email me at kstephenson@sd62.bc.ca

Let’s have a great year!