On Friday, we are sending a letter inviting all grade 4 students to be part of our Leadership Club. We hope that you will read it over together and discuss which opportunities might interest you and what it means to make a commitment if you decide to take part. We are already looking forward to our leadership role with the Remembrance Day assembly and Veterans Food Drive.
In Science this week, we focused on taking jot notes while viewing a video about plant growth. This is a complex skill. Students were first given the 7 questions that we would like them to listen for in order to focus the note-taking process. Then we paused the video a few times so they could jot a few ideas down. The next day, they used their notes to answer as many of the questions as they could. After seeing how much information they gathered the first time, we refocused on what was missing, watched the video again and tried to fill in those parts on the question sheet. “Managing and evaluating information”, “constructing meaning and making connections through listening” and “creating understanding through a variety of media” are three of the descriptors on the report card that students are assessed on. Activities such as this one help to develop all three of those essential skills for future learning.
Our Math task this week was to look at the design of Sam and Pa’s house and figure out what the perimeter and area of each room was. Then we looked at another house plan and started to design a small doctor’s office. This is an effective way to add problem solving to our understanding of measurement.
Chapter 4 of our novel, Ticket to Curlew contained some very interesting information about what was important for the new settlers to Alberta to think about. In order to be able to live on this new land, they had some tasks that had to be done fairly quickly after they arrived. For your Secret Blog Question this weekend, tell your parents what Sam and Pa (and their helpers) had to do on their new land. Describe the tasks in your Learning Log and explain why it was so important.
- Library on Monday, return ALL library books
- Photo Retakes on Monday – dress your best!
- Halloween costumes on Thursday, Oct. 31st (afternoon only)
- No school on Friday, November 1st – Professional Day for Teachers
- Answer the Secret Blog Question in Learning Logs