Language Arts: Students were encouraged this week to add more details to their writing. We did this by writing about our weekend and writing about one of our favourite characters: Pigeon. Yes, we read another Pigeon book this week! This one was called, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. In the story, Pigeon wanted a puppy, but had not thought through this decision. At the end of the story, Pigeon wanted a pet walrus. Students had to decide if, in their opinion, Pigeon should get a pet walrus or not and then write about it and tell why/why not. There were new Literacy Centers this week. Ask your child which center they enjoy the most and why. This week in our Making Words activities we focused on “short a” and “short u” words. Many students are becoming quite fast (and confident) at making 3 letter words. Four letter words are more difficult, but I predict that they will not be for long. We continued this week to also work on spelling, word families, and independent and shared reading.
Math: We continue to work on the following big question: How can I show numbers in many different ways? So far, we have worked on learning how to show the numbers 1-20 in five different ways: the numeral, objects, ten frames, using base 10 blocks and using tally marks. We will be continuing to work on all of these concepts for the next few weeks.
Science Inquiry: Students worked on 2 experiments this week. First working with their table groups, students had 3 tries to figure out what the formula was for a “mystery colour” that I created. One table group got very close to figuring out what I had used to create this colour. The second experiment we did was to answer this question: Will paint adhere (stick) to the surface of different materials. We tried the following surfaces: tinfoil, paper towel, fabric, wax paper and tissue paper. Ask your child if they can remember which surface the paint did not adhere to.
Mobile Escape Residency: We had a great week experiencing the process of creating a Mobile Escape Room. Our room was based on the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Students worked hard at creating different parts of our particular escape room each day for the hour and 10 minutes that they were there. We were not the only class to help build this room. There are 2 escape rooms and 4 classes worked on each room each day. Thank you to all the volunteers that were able to come to school and help us this week.
The 12 Days of Christmas: The community action group (a group of Grade 4 students) have initiated the 12 days of Christmas starting on Monday, December 3rd. Each day, 2 different classes will be invited to share the warmth of the holidays by bringing in non-perishable food donations for the Food Bank and caring for our community by showing kindness to others. Our day is Friday, December 14th (the ninth day of Christmas).
Winter Concert: Our winter concert this year is Thursday, December 13th. The concert will start at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. If you are not able to come at that time, you are welcome to come to our final dress rehearsal at 1:30 pm on Thursday, December 13th. Please let me know if your child will not be performing in the Winter Concert.