March 5

Winter Fun Day

Grade 4 started their day with a Winter book read aloud with Miss Brigitte and danced the morning away with frozen winter sports statues. Then we braved the cold (it wasn’t that cold!!) to create our own  (DIY and improvised!) curling lane, there were ‘curling stones’ ‘sweepers’ and ‘targets’… It was fun! Check out the fun below:

March 3

Homework Wednesday returns! Due date Wednesday, March 10th

Following a long hiatus, grade 4 homework Wednesday’s return!

Math

As we know, Grade 4 students should be fluent in their multiplication facts up to 10×10 by the end of Grade 4 so I will be re-starting multiplication homework and then weekly quizzes banking a few sets together.

This week we will begin easy, with 2,5,10’s. Students are encouraged to IXL as there is a bank of practise awaiting them within the recommendations section.

Worksheets will be printed and handed out in class but can also be found here if a sheet happens to go missing:

2 times

5 times

10 times

If online practise works for you – check out this read-aloud practise

Wednesday, March 10th is the 2,5,10 multiplication quiz date.

Language Arts

We continue with our grammar Wednesdays’ and having been looking at making our writing even more interesting with adjective and adverbs. Click here for ordering adjectives practise

One final reminder that students should be reading at least 30minutes each night.

As always please reach out if there any issues with homework completion and we will problem solve together!

All the best,

MissM

February 11

Is our classroom, an inclusive classroom?

Frustrated. Done. Confused. Not motivated.

These were the feelings that were mentioned when we completed an ‘in someone else shoes’ activity today. Students were given the same task with one element that was different. Some had to complete it with their eyes closed or only using one hand (“that’s impossible!”) Some their instructions were in Spanish (“WHAT!”) Others without necessary tools (“where are my supplies?!”) The final group, got all the instructions and all supplies in a language they understood…

“Is this an inclusive classroom?” I asked, “Could we all succeed by been given the same task, the same instructions, with no thought to learning styles or exceptionalities?” (a big no! from the class)

“Could you learn in an environment where you feel frustrated, confused or alone all of the time?” (another big no from the class)

So, what is an inclusive classroom? Is our classroom inclusive? Could we/I do more?  Here are the thoughts from Grade 4:

We will continue this conversation as a class and continue to learn and grow! If any student would like to develop their thinking and how we can make our world more inclusive – please check out the JOIN competition  

February 10

How do you connect with others to make the bigger picture work?

We are finishing up our Gears unit in Science this week, ready to begin our Pulleys Project after the break. Students have been learning about different types of gears; from spur gears to worm and bevel and investigating how bicycles work. Below you will see our Gears display, in which students had to use their spur gears to create a working wall of Gears.

We opened up conversations about how the gear metaphor can apply to ourselves and our connections with others (THINK WIN-WIN!)

Watch this space for the student’s attempts at the wall…