Moving On


Posted by kholden | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 14, 2013

As a new school year approaches, it is time to turn a new page!  2012-2013 was a memorable year for 4GH, and we’ve enjoyed recording so much of what happened here in our blog.  However, all good things must come to an end so we wish Ms. Graham the best of luck with her new adventures in Grade 3, and Mrs. Holden in Grade 4 for the 2013-2014 school year.

You can keep updated with Ms. Graham on her class blog at

Mrs. Holden’s class blog can be found at

Thanks for joining us on our journey!

Summer Reading


Posted by kholden | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 9, 2013

Now that the calendar has changed to June, it’s hard not to hear summer calling to us! One of my summer traditions is spending the first few days curled up in my big comfy chair reading. This year, the book on top of my To Be Read pile (also known as TBR) is Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper.  This book was just selected for the Global Read Aloud 2013.  After the success of The One And Only Ivan from this year’s Global Read Aloud, I know that this book is going to be a winner too!

Out of My Mind

We are so lucky to have the amazing Spruce Grove Public Library in our community.  I love that even if the books I want aren’t at the library, I can order them using the TRACPAC system (for free!).  In addition to books, the Library has a fantastic selection of books on CD and Playaways (basically a MP3 player).  I know that all kids enjoy the novelty of the Playaways.  I also know that listening to books is as powerful for reading improvement as reading itself!

Before making a road trip (always a part of summer!) I head to the library to take out some books on CD.  While driving, the whole family listens to the story, and it gives us a great shared experience that also helps promote a love of reading.  Instead of listening to  “Are we there yet?”, I am more likely to hear “Don’t turn it off!”.  I know that one family listened to the entire Harry Potter series on their drive to B.C.  Some of our favorite titles have been “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”, “Leon and the Spitting Image”, and “The Graveyard Book”.

There are an abundance of graphic novels available as well, which are well loved by our 4GH students!  For a list of some great titles, click here.

What are some of the books you are looking forward to reading this summer?

History of Alberta Research


Posted by kholden | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 4, 2013

The province of Alberta has a rich and exciting history. We are going to learn about many different parts of its story.

Here is the link to the Google Doc with the websites

Good luck!

Woodhaven Track Meet, Tuesday May 28th


Posted by lgraham | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 27, 2013

Ready – set – go!

The grades 4’s are very excited for their Track Meet  at Woodhaven School on Tuesday May 28th. We will be leaving the school around 9:30 am and will return around 3:00 pm. Students will need their backpack filled with everything they will need for the day. Please dress in Sports clothes ( shorts, track pants, t-shirt etc.) No dresses, skirts, jeans.  There will be a concession with items ( hot dogs, hamburgers, freezies, chips) ranging from $1-3.  Students should consider this a snack and still pack a healthy lunch. So far the weather looks very nice but checking the forecast for any precipitation would be a good idea tomorrow morning.

We are excited about a great day filled with good sportsmanship and friends !

Please pack :

  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/ bug spray
  • Small blanket/ towel
  • Bagged lunch

Optional items:

  • Something to read
  • Electronic device ( at your own risk)
  • Money for concession (at your own risk)

Light and Shadow Sites


Posted by kholden | Posted in activities, Collaboration, Science | Posted on May 23, 2013

Friday, May 24 is our date to investigate Light and Shadows!  We are looking forward to the many hands on activities, and appreciate the assistance from all our volunteers.  Here is a collection of some sites students will be using:


Mystery Number Skype


Posted by kholden | Posted in Collaboration, Math, Technology | Posted on May 23, 2013

On Monday our class had a Mystery Number Skype with Keephills School.  It’s like trying to guess a favorite food but it’s a number.  You Skype with someone and guess their number. The rules were it had to be a yes or no question and the number had to have meaning. They had AMAZING questions. It was a fun and challenging activity.  We could feel the energy surging in the air.

First we did a warm-up round to practise, so the number was between 0-100.  It’s really easy to keep track if it’s 0-100 because you can use a hundreds chart.  It gets harder when it’s over 100 because you have to use a number line. Eventually we guessed it. It was 47 because they have 47 students in their school. It was shocking when they were getting closer to our number!  Ethan picked 560 because that is the number of students in Millgrove, so our number was meaningful.

Our advice is to start off practising with 1-100.  Hundreds are quite easy, when you are done practicing you can go to 1-1000.

The better the questions are, the closer you’ll get to the number.  A good question dominates a lot of numbers so we can get the number faster.  Just for a heads up, here are some good questions to ask:

  • Is it even/odd?
  • Can you divide it by 5? That’s a good question because it narrows it down to the number ending in either a 5 or a 0.
  • Is it greater than ?? You should pick the number that is half and in the middle.  For example, if you are working with 0-100, you would select 50.

We learned

  • it is not so good to guess the number right away
  • it is better to ask questions that take out more numbers
  • to ask half so it wipes away half the numbers
  • how to use the number line
  • there is always a way to figure things out even if it is frustrating sometimes

The hardest part was keeping track of the questions we had already asked and figuring out their number.  We used the 100 chart on the SMARTBoard at first, and then a number line.  All the questions we heard were useful. The good part was when both of us found the right answer, and everyone says “Yay”, and gets so excited.

Everyone had a job.  We all had to draw a number line and take out numbers on the number line on every guess. Some people had other jobs, like people took pictures, some were the askers, two wrote down the questions, and one did the number line. We had two people at one SMARTBoard keeping track on the hundreds chart of what number it could and couldn’t be.  We are still figuring out more jobs for everyone.

I know our class and Keephills were inspired by other classes and now inspired other classes to try.  You should play this game! We would totally want to do it again because it helps us grow better in math.  It is exciting and fun because you get to talk to and meet other people.  We would love to do it again!  If you would like to play with our class, you can contact Mrs. Holden on Twitter at @KelliHolden.

The students in 4GH are Millgrovers and math masters. We know that Math is awesome and we find it everywhere! We love to learn new things every day. We like a challenge, and trying to solve everything. It’s great to learn from other classes and other people. Skype is a blast!  You can find us on Twitter at @millgrove4gh

Commander Hadfield Returns to Earth


Posted by kholden | Posted in Science, Social Studies, Technology | Posted on May 17, 2013

Did you know that Commander Hadfield returned to Earth this week? When he returned home he had to sit in a special chair because he couldn’t walk.  His legs and bones probably felt like jello! He was the first Canadian Space Commander, and he was on the International Space Station for a five month mission.

Singing with Commander Hadfield on Music Monday

Commander Hadfield is the very first astronaut to do a song that connected to Earth and he helped with music education for kids.  I loved singing on Music Monday.  Our class filled the skies with music!

If you search up “Commander Hadfield returns home” you will be able to see pictures and videos.  He took beautiful pictures of the Earth from space. We got to see almost all of the Earth. It was a special point of view. I learned that you can cry in space but the tears won’t fall. Instead they will just make a blob. It is really cool how surface tension turns water and tears into a glob like Jello. Because there is no gravity the water balls up and stays on your cheek and eye. Hygiene is the most important thing.  I learned that all of the waste burns in the atmosphere and they dehydrate it so it doesn’t smell.

It is very important that they use their water wisely. You know that’s really hard, not using very much water.   It reminds us to think about it too. Did you know that when you brush your teeth in space you have to eat the toothpaste and water? They had to do lots of planning.  If they hadn’t thought about how to go to the bathroom they would have needed to pack lots of pants!

Watching left us with some questions – I wonder if a dog could live in the Space Station? I wonder if your head would explode if you went in space with no helmet?

Would you like to go to space? Here’s some of our thoughts:

  • I would like to go to space but not for five months, because I don’t want to be coming back not being able to walk.  It might be a little embarrassing.
  • I would like to go because I would like to see how space is like.
  • One day I would like to be the Commander of the International Space Station!
  • I would love to go to space because I love to do experiments, research and learn about the senses.

Commander Hadfield is my role model because he is a Canadian astronaut.  He is a cool and funny man and his partners probably had a blast with him!


In the News


Posted by kholden | Posted in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies | Posted on April 29, 2013

Did you know that London Drugs is up for an Emerald Award because they are doing a favor for the environment? They are doing something great and respecting the environment. London Drugs is up for an award because they are going to take 95% of their garbage out of the landfills by 2015.  Emerald Awards are given when a group helps by being green to help the earth, and celebrating things that are eco friendly.  London Drugs is not just going for the award, they are also trying to be green.

London Drugs are doing Earth friendly things.  How are they doing that you might ask?  Well they are transferring batteries and electronics that people don’t use to GEEP (which stands for Global Electric and Electronic Processing centre). Did you know that you can go to London Drugs to drop off your old electronic waste? They let people come in and drop off the electronics and batteries, then transfer them to GEEP. When they drop of their stuff, the customers can pick up more if they want. London Drugs pays GEEP $100 to take each pallet of old electronics from people that bring them in.

Look at all the different materials that come out of electronics!

GEEP is a place that has broken electronics like batteries, computers and other things go to get recycled and then reused.  They take out the steel, copper, brass, glass and much more. Most people’s parents don’t know about GEEP, but we do because we went there when we went to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

London Drugs and GEEP are trying to clean up the landfills. This is important because if the acid in batteries leak in the landfills the bad acids could get into our clean water and make us sick.

Grade 4, please make a comment below.  Some things to think about:

Do you think London Drugs can reach its goal of keeping 95% of its waste out of the landfill?

Do you think the Emerald Awards are a good idea?

What do you remember about our visit to GEEP?

What does your family do with its old electronics?

Would your family use the drop off at London Drugs?

Grade 4 Science Fair


Posted by lgraham | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 11, 2013

Friday April 12th from 1-3 is our BIG day to reveal all our hard work on our Science fair projects. We will be presenting our projects in our classrooms and welcome parents and staff to come and check it out ! Some pictures will be posted on our blog and we will be featuring some projects during our open house in a few weeks. We hope you can make it !

Cooking up Some Fossil Fuels


Posted by kholden | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 11, 2013

Not too long ago 4GH had a amazing time. Milena from Inside Education came and told us about fossil fuels. It was great.

She taught us about Natural Resources. Some are renewable and some are non renewable. If it took 350 years to be replaced it would be non renewable. If it took 1 year it would be renewable. Then she passed around examples like coal and oil. We each got to smell it – it smelled like burning plastic to me. She brought out a pin wheel to represent wind. It was a incredible experience.

Chef Jordan

Some of the ingredients needed in fossil fuels

Milena showed how to play fun games. She told us it takes 350 years to make fossil fuels and we should not use it all up really fast. She taught us a new recipe called Fossil Stew. Jordan was the chef who cooked with the ingredients. Maddisyn was salt water and Olivia was bacteria. The lid for all the ingredients was rock (which was Adam).The rest of the class had to do the actions. For example, for salt water we said “Splish, splash” and for the strong we acted like heavyweight champions. You can see all our ingredients in the picture. Then we had to cook it in a sizzling hot oven!

Set the oven to Sizzling Hot!

We learned that it is important to not use to much of anything. We know we have to replant, reuse, reduce and recycle. Some of our ideas were to turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth, use both sides of the paper, don’t throw books away and eating all your lunch.

What is your favorite way to save our resources?

By Karson, Nic and Brayden

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