Thursday, January 24, 2019

Patterning Quiz

As indicated in their agendas, Grade 4 will be having a quiz on number patterns on Tuesday, January 29th. A study guide was sent home today for practice. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Writing Update

In Language Arts we are learning how to write friendly letters. Yesterday we explored the 5 parts of a friendly letter: heading/date, greeting/salutation, body, closing, and signature. We are currently writing a letter to our future selves as students graduating VTT. These letters will then be sealed until they are returned at the end of Grade Seven. 

For extra practice at home, encourage your child to compose a friendly letter to a family member living abroad or favourite author, singer or athlete. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tu B'Shvat

Yesterday the Grade 4 students went to Pacific Spirit Park for experiential learning around the Jewish holiday of Tu B'shvat. We used mindfulness skills to observe the natural world around us and develop an appreciation for our environment. Here are a few snaps of our afternoon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The next Caribou math contest will be on Wednesday, Jan 16.

The next interactive question will be Tower of Hanoi which your children can practice now on the games page

There WILL be a history question about Rene Descartes. Students can read about him on the history page. For grade 3/4 students it will be enough to read and know the first few sentences.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Math Update

In math we are learning about number patterns and equations. Patterns are used in math to solve problems. Much of your child's later number learning, such as multiplication, will be easier if they recognize number patterns. The goal will be for your child to identify, represent, describe, and extend number patterns. Your child will learn to place information in a table, find patterns in the numbers, and write a pattern rule.

To reinforce these concepts at home, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as the following:

- Play a number pattern game. Player A chooses a start number between 0 and 5 (e.g., 2). Player B decides how to change the number and states the next number in the pattern (e.g., The patterns is "add 3" and the next number is "5").  Player A then continues the pattern by saying "8", and so on. The first person to reach or pass 50 wins. You can also begin the game with a large number and subtract. In this case the winner is the first to reach 0. 

- Point out ways in which patterns are used to create clothing, footwear, displays in stores, interior designs, exterior brickwork or patio designs, and so on.

- Have your child record personal activities, such as sports, club meetings, music lessons, watching favourite TV programs, that he or she participates in daily or weekly for a calendar month. Have your child describe any patterns that he or she sees.

- Your child can pay "Guess the Number" with household members. Have your child make up an equation with a missing number and then say, for example, "I'm thinking of a number. When you add 3 to my number you get 7. Guess my number." Players can take turns making up equations and guessing numbers.

Only 2 days in and we are in full swing! The students are happy to be back at school, ready to learn new concepts and skills. Here are some of the topics we will be focusing on this term.

Language Arts: We will reading the critically acclaimed novel, The Wild Robot, and doing related activities both in class and at home. We will also work on various pieces of writing including personal writing, letter writing, and creative writing. There will be continued focus on grammar and parts of speech.

Math: We are continuing the patterning unit we began just before winter break. We will then move in to multiplication and data management (graphing) before beginning division. 

Social Studies: We are building upon our knowledge of Canada and looking at pre-confederation history. We will be learning about early explorers, the creation of New France, and the reasons and consequences of exploration.

Science: We are kicking off a unit on energy. We will be focusing on different types of energy and how it can be transformed. We will also learn ways in which we can cut our energy consumption.