Math:

How Many Times? , POW, 15/01 to 19/01, due Thursday!!

Literacy: 

Come prepared on Friday for the first of four Book Discussions. If you are prepared, you have:

  1. Read the first section of your chosen book
  2. Recorded your thinking using small Post It notes (at least 5
  3. Brought your book to school on Friday

How We Organize Ourselves: 

The new home learning grid can be found here. Our first sharing session will be in two weeks time.

4E Business: 

There is no school for students this Friday because of Learning Reviews.

Class Meetings:

  • Wednesday – Jojo and Harriet
  • Monday – Julia and Alex
  • Tuesday – Andre and Ethan
  • Wednesday – Penny and Anne

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Math: 

Literacy: 

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night

How the World Works: 

  • The next Home Learning Share is on Friday 12th January….this Friday!! If you haven’t shared twice this unit, you must come to school prepared to share your learning from one of the tasks.
  • HTWW Home Learning Grid

4E Business: 

  • It’s a House Day this Friday. Wear your house colours.
  • Class Meeting Planners:
    • Tuesday: Jaden and Corey
    • Wednesday: Andre and Nathan
    • Friday: Amila and Matian
    • Monday: Nitya and Harriet
    • Tuesday: Brianna and Nicole

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Math: 

Literacy: 

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night
  • Make sure you have a text-rich book (preferably an adventure story) in class all this week

How the World Works: 

4E Business: 

  • A lot of people were asking about swimming. It doesn’t start until the week of January 29th. The timetable is here.
  • Class Meeting Planners:
    • Wednesday: Ethan and Alex
    • Friday: Charlotte and Ari
    • Monday: Chloe and Max
    • Tuesday: Jaden and Corey

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Happy Holidays!!

by stevebrown on December 13, 2017

It’s been a while since an update on what’s been happening in 4E. But first I’d like to thank everyone for the generous Christmas gift. It was a terrific surprise!

 

We’ve moved into the winter holidays about 2/3 through our unit of inquiry into how the surface of the surface of the earth is changing. To ensure some hands on learning, we conducted several experiments that explored the effects of weathering and erosion. I think the favourite amongst them all was Weathering In a Bottle where 4E created different scenarios of weathering by adjusting the intensity and length of time. Here’s some students getting a little too intense. 😉

 

When we come back from the break, students will take some time to synthesize their new understanding and knowledge. There has been some superb connections made and lots of new vocabulary and understanding – taking a moment to consolidate this will help us move onto the next stages of inquiring into our central idea.

In math, we are exploring how data can be collected and interpreted. Last week, we looked at some temperature graphs and tried to determine which cities they might belong to. Here’s an example. Which cities do these graphs belong to?

Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you for all the help from 4E’s parents who spent two morning helping the students make food for the Christmas party. It was a huge success – the food was delicious and students expressed it was a worthwhile learning experience.

 

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Math: 

Letters For Numbers; POW, 4/12 to 8/12

Literacy:

Read at least 20 minutes per night.

How the World Works: 

This is a sharing week. Don’t forget you must share on two of the three sharing dates. The final sharing date is Friday 12th January.

4E Business: 

This Wednesday is our ice skating field trip. Please come ready for a full day away from school. We are leaving at 9:30 and will be returning by 1:30. You need a lunch, snack, water bottle, comfortable clothing (PE kit). It is a bit cold on the ice rink.

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MacBooks Going Home For the Holidays

by stevebrown on November 30, 2017

The Winter break is around the corner. Students are not only looking forward to the holidays but they’re also excited about the possibility of taking home their laptops.

There will be a letter going home today outlining the logistics of taking a laptop, bought for and used at school, home. It outlines developing essential agreements and responsibilities and discusses the option of whether or not laptops need to go home.

In 4E we have had plenty of discussions around responsible use of technology. We have a list of behaviours and responsibilities students abide to in order to show they are responsible users. Students have known the consequence for not following the agreements – laptop doesn’t go home during the holidays.

At the bottom of the letter is a permission slip. Please read the letter and return the form by Friday 8th December. Your son/daughter will be taking home their laptop on Wednesday 13th December if two conditions are met:

  1. You have checked ‘yes’ on the permission slip
  2. They have proven to be a responsible user of technology in the classroom

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

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Math: 

Literacy: 

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night

How the World Works: 

  • Week 1 of our second round of home learning sharing. Next sharing session will be next Friday. Congratulations to those students who shared last week. Some superb examples of learning!!

4E Business:

If the weather cooperates, we might go on our community walk this Wednesday. We’ll discuss it Tuesday afternoon. If we do go, everyone will need:

  • PE kit
  • Water bottle
  • Extra snack
  • Hat
  • Small bag for carrying everything

Class Meetings:

  • Wednesday: Audrey and Harriet
  • Friday: Nicole and Miguel
  • Monday: Charlotte and Penny
  • Tuesday: Julia and Jojo
  • Wednesday: Eton and Alex
  • Friday: Nicole and Summer

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Math: 

Literacy: 

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night

How the World Works: 

  • Everyone must have something to share for our 1st HTWW Home Learning Sharing session this Friday
  • The grid can be found here

4E Business: 

Class Meetings:

  • Tuesday: Penny and Jojo
  • Wednesday: Brianna and Summer
  • Friday: Anne and Ari
  • Monday: Ethan and Eton
  • Tuesday: Annie and Nitya

 

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Landforms, Division and Class Meetings

by stevebrown on November 17, 2017

We’ve started our new unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How the World Works. In a nutshell, we’ll be inquiring in to how the surface of the Earth is forming and changing. We’ll also be inquiring into the cause and effect of extreme weather. To find out what students already knew, they were given the pictures below and asked to respond to these four questions:

What are the landforms?
Where can they be found?
How did they form?
How are they changing?

There was some very differing ideas on what these landforms were and how they were formed. It has provided valuable information on where we need to start our inquiries next week.

 

Division is one of the toughest concepts to understand for a Grade 4 student. About half of the Grade 4 students can divide a multi-digit number by a single digit number using long division. If they don’t know this strategy then they’ve definitely heard of it. We have renamed this strategy the GUZINTA strategy. As in, say you were dividing 127 by 5, someone using long division would first say “5 guzinta (goes into) 12 two times.” Then after some subtraction and carrying down the 7 to make 27, they’d say “5 guzinta 27 five times.” Great strategy, but very few Grade 4s can explain what’s happening. They only know a process that was shown to them and which they’ve practised over and over. We’re taking a step back to develop some real understanding of how division works in order to be build flexibility in our thinking and use a multitude of strategies.

On Monday, we’ll have the first of an ongoing series of student led class meetings (morning meetings). The students finally put their foot dow on teacher led meetings, saying they are confident and knowledgeable (thanks G3 teachers) enough to plan their own meetings. So on Monday I’ll be handing the facilitators hat over to two able volunteers.

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Math:

  • Maze 100 – P.O.W, 13/11/17 to 17/11/17

Literacy:

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night.

How the World Works:

  • Tell your parents that the new unit overview for How the World Works can be found here. This provides all the learning outcomes and information for the unit.
  • The new home learning grid for How the World Works can be found here.
  • Don’t forget about our agreement that everyone will do at least two home learning tasks and share on two different days (sharing dates are on the grid). Yes, you can do more than that. You could do one a week and then share two tasks on each sharing day.

4E Business: 

  • You’ve been given a permission form for the ice skating field trip. Please return it, along with a cheque or cash, as soon as possible.

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