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)

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

Ten Great Things About the Book “Because of Winn Dixie”


Posted by kholden | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 2, 2013

#1. It’s a wonderful book because it has lots of interesting words.
#2. It is true that the ending made Mrs. Holden cry.
#3. This book gave us a lot of chances to practice visualizing.
#4. We love that there are lots of animals in the book.
#5. The characters are unique and we really care about them.
#6. Winn Dixie has an amazing personality and you can’t beat a dog that smiles!
#7. Everyone uses great expressions. Whooeeee!
#8. It’s a HILARIOUS book.
#9. It’s a story that touches your heart.
#10. It’s a book that just tells a great story!


We Skate Tuesday and Wednesday!


Posted by kholden | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 18, 2013

Just a reminder that we are skating this week – 4H will be skating on Tuesday afternoon, and 4G on Wednesday afternoon.  Your child will need

  • skates
  • helmet
  • mitts/gloves
  • long sleeved sweater or jacket
  • snow pants

We appreciate any and all help with tying skates.  If you are able to assist, please meet us at the Stu Barnes Arena at 1:10 pm.  Thank you!

Albert visits the Dunvegan Bridge


Posted by kholden | Posted in Collaboration, Language Arts, M.O.O.S.E Project, Social Studies, Uncategorized | Posted on February 7, 2013

Dear Milly,

Well, we left High Prairie and I crossed the Smoky River.  If you look on the map, see if you can see which river the Dunvegan Bridge crosses.  The bridge is huge!!

I was very lucky to get to go skiing at the ski hill closest to Dunvegan.  Can you find what it is called?  I was excited to go skiing with my new friend Amara.  It was her first day skiing too!  She is the middle skier with her arms wide open in the picture. (You can click on the picture to see it bigger).

After we were done, we drove home via Peace River.  Here’s another question – which 3 rivers meet at Peace River?


Talk to you soon,

Your snowy friend Albert

P.S. If you would like to see another picture of the Dunvegan Bridge, which is the longest suspension bridge in Alberta, and find out more about it click here!

First Nations/Mètis Morning


Posted by kholden | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 7, 2013

Our First Nations/Mètis morning was a great success, as you can see in the pictures below.  A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who made the morning possible!  It was definitely a hands on learning experience as our students

  • Constructed Red River carts
  • Played Cat’s Cradle and games of chance
  • Used charcoal, chalk and berries to create original works of Stone Art
  • Built a tipi
  • Handled and learned from a variety of artifacts
  • Cleaned and tanned hides
  • Learned about the uses of a variety of plants (and drank tea)
  • Made yummy bannock
  • Acted out the life of a voyageur
  • Ate delicious bison burgers
  • Tried leg wrestling
  • Crafted tools and weapons
  • Practiced birchbark biting
  • Braided and beaded

To finish off the day, we learned about Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta then enjoyed the beautiful weather while we re-enacted our own buffalo hunt at the Millgrove Buffalo Jump.

We’ve had lots of requests for the bannock recipe:

4 cups flour

4 tbsp baking powder

2 cups water

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

¼ cup vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients.  Add water until mixture is sticky.  Shape into cake/pattie shapes and cook on griddle until crust is brown and toothpick comes out clean.  Serve with butter and jam.

(Can also be fried or baked in the oven)


Grade 4, what was your favorite part of the day?  What did you learn that was interesting/surprising?


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