Sunday, 27 May 2018

Book Reviews and More!

Our class is scheduled to attend a movie at the Southland Mall on June 28th as a year-end activity along with the Grade 4/5 and Grade 5 classes.  A note went home on Friday afternoon outlining details, and the online payment has been posted.  Please make your online payment for bussing and admission, complete the written permission slip, and return the concession order along with a cash payment by June 8th.  Thank you!

Please note: Information regarding an upcoming trip to go bowling on June 22nd at the Golden Mile will be coming home soon Please stay tuned for more information and confirmation of this event.     

Also, if you are aware of any dates in advance that your child will be away from school, please send me an email, if possible, ahead of time.  June is a very busy time at the school and in the classroom and it would be helpful to know such information for trips, assessments, and activities.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Our final "Fun Swim" at the Sandra Schmirler Centre is booked for June 19th.  Parent volunteers are always welcome.  Please let me know if you are able to help out in the change rooms.  Dads are especially needed.

Weekly Highlights:

Students ~
  • practiced three strategies for multiplying larger numbers: multiply the tens and ones separately then add, expanded form using brackets, and breaking numbers up (multiply and then add in vertical format). It is not unusual for some of these strategies to appear like variations of more traditional methods.  These variations are the beginnings of algebra
  • explored how authors build pictures in readers' minds by using sensory images in poetry they write.
  • read about Band Councils and Advocacy Groups in Social Studies as they pertain to Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan.
  • read Diary of a Spider and completed their own book reviews about a story or picture book of their choice. 
  • completed their shadow puppets and practiced their shadow puppet shows.
  • planned and worked on their bicycle safety posters. These will be posted around the school.
  • attended a Band Recruiting Concert on Friday afternoon.
Coming Up:
  • Monday: Sp. Test; "Your Voice Matters" 1/2 Day Workshop in the afternoon (Presenter: U of S, Diefenbaker Canada Centre) 
  • Tuesday: Reading Assessment; Popcorn Day; High Jump Practice @ 3:45 pm
  • Wednesday: Jazz Concert (AM); Gardening Club 
  • Thursday: RAD Assessment
  • Friday: Library
  • Reading Assessments will be conducted throughout the duration of this week and may be held on different days other than the ones indicated above.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Multiply and Divide!

Students started a new math unit on multiplying and dividing larger numbers.  We will extend learning from earlier in the year to develop strategies for multiplying a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number and dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number.  As shared in a letter that went home last week, fluency with basic multiplication and division facts is a key to success as we develop strategies for multiplying and dividing larger numbers.

Our Spring Gardening Club will begin after school this coming Wednesday. This is an optional extra-curricular activity your child may participate in.  Gardening Club will take place after school until 4:30 pm on May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th and June 13th.  Permission forms must be signed and returned on the first gardening club time and will be sent home with students on Tuesday. Students are asked to bring a small, clean, empty soup can with one end safely opened on June 13th if they are participating in the Gardening Club.

Weekly Highlights:

  • participated in the Technology and Innovation program with Donna McCreery, Junior Achievement Program Manager.
  • completed the unit math test on fractions and decimals.
  • started a new math unit on multiplying and dividing larger numbers.
  • read about the Indigenous worldview of sharing the land and created trivia cards to extend their learning. 
  • learned about bicycle safety in Health.
  • worked in groups to create shadow puppets for the Daedalus and Icarus puppet show.
  • transformed words into word art.
  • walked to the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre for a "fun swim."
Coming Up:

  • Tuesday: Multiple/Twin Day; Gardening Club permission forms sent home (optional); High Jump Practice (after school)
  • Wednesday: Gardening Club starts after school (return permission form)
  • Friday: Band Recruiting Concert (AM); Library
Have a nice day!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Singing to the Music

Students at Jack MacKenzie School joined their voices on Monday, May 7th during the Music Monday assembly.  The assembly was a great success!  The class performed with their recorders.  Everyone had an opportunity to see and listen to many wonderful performances.  Jack Semple even joined in on the fun!
Weekly Highlights:

Students ~
  • performed at the Music Monday assembly.
  • worked on adding and subtracting decimals as hundredths.
  • composed a paragraph about a fascinating creature.
  • completed their "Cave to Computer" timelines.
  • invented new ways to communicate and send messages.
  • wrapped-up their Water Safety stories in Health.
  • learned about how light reacts to materials that are transparent, translucent, and opaque.

Upcoming Events:
  • Monday: Technology and Innovation program with Donna McCreery (Junior Achievement Program Manager) @ 9:15 AM
  • Tuesday: Unit 5 "Show What You Know" due; Unit 5 Math test
  • Wednesday: Library
  • Thursday: Wacky Hair Day; Walk to Schmirler for "Fun Swim" (PM); Sp. Test
  • Friday: PD (No school for students)
  • Please refer to the student agenda for further notices and homework assignments.  Thank you.

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Dollars and Cents

Students had the rare opportunity to see Canadian currency dating back to 1954 and a even a 25 cent bill (you read correctly) that was printed on January 2nd, 1900!  It was the perfect opportunity to extend our learning in math, since we have been learning about tenths and hundredths as decimals!

Highlights from this past week:

  • created paragraphs about favourite pets using a basic paragraph format.
  • read a selection titled "From Cave to Computer" and started a timeline of events that will how messages have changed over the course of human history.
  • learned about tenths and hundredths as decimals in math.
  • completed an experiment in science testing various reflective surfaces.
  • participated in the School Clean-up Day.
This week:
  • Monday: Return Un. 4 math test (signed); Music Monday Assembly at 9:15 AM; Social Studies Collage homework assignment sent home
  • Tuesday: DQ Fundraising orders due
  • Wednesday: Library
  • Thursday: Social Studies Government Collage due; Sp. Test; Bring supplies for mask/costume for French class
  • Note: The Unit 5 Math Test on Fractions and Decimals has been tentatively set for May 15th.  Students should begin reviewing at home.
Have a nice day! 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Tricky Pics

Is this for real?  You decide!
Congratulations to Connor McClarty, our new Class President!  Students were actively engaged in the process of writing election platforms and presenting them to the class.  Elections took place early this week and the results were announced.  What a great learning experience!

A few highlights from this week:

Students - 
  • composed sentences with commas in a series and worked in groups to sort/organize sentences in mixed up paragraphs (i.e. "My Crazy Cat").
  • presented election platforms and voted for a Class President.
  • were introduced to the myth of "Daedalus and Icarus" in drama.
  • discussed and learned about the concept of using software to alter images or photos and how to identify whether an image is real or generated by a computer.
  • worked on their Half-Magazine/Half-Drawing art in visual arts.
  • learned about using fraction strips and number lines to order and compare fractions with different numerators and denominators.
  • started exploring tenths as decimals and will continue learning about tenths and hundredths as decimals next week.  *A review of previous math lessons learned up to this point in Unit 5 (Lessons #1-8) is recommended at home.  We are now moving into decimal work and a review would be beneficial.
A few reminders for next week:
  • Tuesday: Teddy Bears Anonymous Assembly (PM)
  • Wednesday: Library Day
  • Thursday: Sp. Test
  • Friday: Star Wars Day
  • The Unit 4 Math Test on Measurement will be coming home. Kindly remember to sign and return it to school on the following school day.  Thank you!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The New Schoolhouse

Students traveled back in time to visit a more "luxurious" version of what a typical one-room schoolhouse would have been like during the early 1900's in Saskatchewan.  They had an opportunity to experience what a regular school day would have been like back then.  The class worked with fountain pens and even played a game of Jacks.  Thank you to Lori Milligan from the Outdoor Environmental Education office for the tour!

Weekly Highlights:

Students - 
  • went on a trip to the Alex Youck Museum to experience a typical day in a one-room schoolhouse during the early 1900's (early Canada).
  • used double-sided counters to determine fractions of a set and Cuisenaire rods to compare different fractions of a whole in math.
  • began using a writing process to compose a story about water safety in health.
  • selected magazine pictures for their Half Magazine/Half Drawing art projects.
  • created a rough draft of their elections platforms for our upcoming elections for Class President.
  • read a story in science that takes a closer look at natural and artificial light sources.
  • enjoyed a TCBY yogurt on Friday afternoon.

Events to Look Forward to Next Week:
  • Monday - Elections for Class President (tentative date)
  • Wednesday -  Library Book Exchange
  • Thursday - Sp. Test (Please encourage positive study habits by continuing to assist your child in studying and preparing well in advance for the test.)
  • Friday - Popcorn Day
  • Kindly refer to your child's agenda on a daily basis for further reminders.  Thank you and have a nice weekend. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Rays of Light

The Grade 4s had a fun and busy week.  Thank you for participating in the Teddy Bears Anonymous fundraiser!

A few highlights:

Students - 
  • practiced composing future-tense sentences.
  • started learning about fractions of a set in math.
  • found out that we will be holding elections for class president and that everyone has been nominated for the position by me - the teacher!
  • learned about water and boating safety in Health.
  • discussed the different ways we can control light in Science:  block, bend (refraction), reflect! 
  • completed an experiment to demonstrate how rays of light travel in a straight line.
  • viewed and responded to a poster about a recent hurricane disaster.
  • experimented with chalk media to create a picture of the Aurora Borealis.
  • attended the RSO Link Up Concert at the Conexus Art Centre.
  • viewed and responded to a video about schoolhouses in early Canada.   
Events to look forward to this coming week:
  • April 16 -  Trip to Alex Youck Museum (Please dress in early Canada period costume, if possible, for the trip)
  • April 18 - Library
  • April 19 - Spelling Test
  • April 20 - TCBY Yogurt Day
  • Please refer to the student agenda for further announcements and homework reminders this week (there may be a few not indicated here). Thank you for continuing to initial your child's agenda on a daily basis!