Hello, Grade 4 and Grade 4 Families,
We are at the time of year where our School Knesset campaigning has begun! Middle School students are running for a variety of roles from the president to communications to the treasury and the vote for these roles will be completed this week.
Class representatives from Grade 3-8 will be selected the following week Friday, October 29th. Grade 4 will select 2 reps, one for 4A and one for 4B. Students are encouraged to take the leap and put themselves forward for these important leadership roles. I have spoken with both classes about what being a class representative means and shared an info sheet with the process of running for Class representative.
Running for class representative
Being a class representative means you will represent your class in Knesset. You will listen to the views of the class and present relevant opinions to the School Knesset, attend the monthly Knesset meetings, share important information to the class from meetings, and be a part of monthly assemblies.
If you want to run for class rep, here is what you need to do:
- Tell Miss M you want to run by Friday, Oct 22nd
- Make a campaign poster to hang in our room
- Write a SHORT 20-30 second speech about how and why you would make a good class rep
- You will present your speech (and the vote will happen) on Friday, October 29th
Good Morning Grade 4 and Grade 4 families,
Today… we begin homework!
General Studies homework will be given each Wednesday due in for the following Wednesday. The math portion links directly to the weekly math quiz. Students will have a homework folder and homework will be posted here on the blog also.
Math: Students will be practising the 2, 5 and 10 tables this week. After this week we will focus on one set at a time. Students can use worksheets, they can verbally practise below you will find links to songs and games.
Language Arts: This is a piece of homework that is ongoing for the next 4 weeks. We have been learning about recounts in class, using chronological order, past tense verbs and personal pronouns. Students are asked to choose one event to recount each week and then over the weeks, they will form a journal-style piece of writing. This can be handwritten or typed.
Grade 4 took part in their first whole-class learning experience about what Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange shirt day is about. Using age-appropriate language we looked into what is meant by ‘Truth’, how difficult it can be to hear the truth but how important it is to listen to other peoples truths. We were introduced to a new word of ‘Reconciliation’, it was amazing to hear how the Grade 4’s linked this to their own learning about Yom Kippur #crosscurricular!
Students also discovered who Phyllis Wedstad is and the meaning behind Orange Shirt Day. We took our first small step towards understanding by looking and creating a Land Acknowledgement of where our school sits, where we live and began a research project on different indigenous communities:
One student brought a beautiful book called ‘Treaty Words for as long as the Rivers flow’ into class. We will continue to read over the next week:
Finally, in Social Studies with Miss M, we continued to celebrate indigenous art by learning about how the BC-based artist Douglas “Bear” Horne (Tswaout) created this year’s Orange shirt and by looking into the symbolism in animals, we began designing an Orange shirt of our own. Once they are finished, we will be laminating and displaying our design with an explanation of what the symbolism of the animal means.
Here in Grade 4, we like to document our learning so that you, at home, can see what it is that is happening in the classroom. As you will have read in the weekly newsletter, we have really ploughed straight into our curriculum learning in General Studies: especially in Math and Language Arts (Don’t worry, science will be starting very soon!) So here are a few photos from our first few weeks:
In Math, we have been learning about Data management; comparing data in double bar graphs with concluding mathematical statements, evaluating trends in line graphs and soon we will be looking at how to collect data in Stem and Leaf t-charts:
In Language Arts, we all started to plan our first non-fiction informative blog in Grade 4. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about embedding images and videos and practising how to hyperlink websites to our blogs. Although we have the added bonus of our devices, the use of book reference and research is still an important skill to upkeep:
Today, we completed our 2021 Terry Fox run!
In class, we read a beautiful story of friendship between Terry Fox and Doug Alward called ‘Terry and Me’. Both 4A and 4B were respectful and inquisitive when we read through and learned more about who Doug was and the role he played in the Marathon of Hope.
Miss M even got to wear her 2019 Terry Fox shirt!