This week in our learning:
We received a new picture prompt to inspire our stories. Our picture was of an old boat that had washed onto the beach. The boat is in the foreground of a rickety, boarded up house. It seems that a storm is coming or has already hit the area. We brainstormed ideas for sensory details, description and plot lines and have started the writing process.
We started to read the second book in the Judy Blume series, titled Super Fudge.
We wrote descriptions to attach to our Alex Janvier art work that told of what we thought of when we saw it, what we saw within it, and how we feel when we look at it. These will be on display with our art work for Monday's assembly.
We continued to explore number patterns and have started to look more deeply at what an equation is, what it means, and strategies for solving them. We engaged in a fun activity that we humorously titled "the Robot Steppers", in which we moved 8 robots (each of whom took a different number of steps) from a randomly chosen number on the number line. For example, each robot started on number 9 and took a different number of steps (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) along the number line and we looked at the different patterns found in the number sequence.
We continued to explore waste and our world with the reading of "Dear Children of the World", a viewing of "The Lorax", and an examination of how long several items thrown in the garbage take to break down and decompose. Did you know that items made of Styrofoam, glass, or rubber never decompose? Did you know that a toothbrush takes roughly 450 years to break down? It was clear to us after this conversation that we need to be aware of what we throw in the garbage and lessen the amount we use environmentally damaging materials, such as plastic.
In preparation for our Orange Shirt Day assembly, we used shaving cream, paint, a paper plate, Popsicle sticks, and watercolour paper to create our own Alex Janvier inspired paintings. We continued to look deeply at the Acknowledgement of the Land so we could make it easier for younger students to understand and also continued to explore Blackfoot Nation language in order to include some in our presentation.
We have been practicing remembering and pronouncing the conversational French that we have learned so far.
-Read at least 30 minutes daily
-Our grade 4 "Orange Shirt Day Assembly" will be on Monday morning at 10:00am. Please remember to wear your favourite shirt for the day. Anyone with speaking parts, please practice your script over the weekend.
-Picture orders are due on Tuesday, October 2nd
*please remember to have earphones and water bottles with your name on them for the classroom