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

Our Blog Featured on Global News!


Posted by kholden | Posted in Collaboration, Technology | Posted on March 19, 2013

We were all excited to hear that 4GH was featured on Global News again!  Emily Mertz enjoyed our reflections about having her and Charles visit our classroom, and highlighted some of the comments during the early news.  You can see it here (our piece comes at the end).




Reflecting on a Global (TV) Experience


Posted by kholden | Posted in Collaboration, Leadership, Technology | Posted on March 13, 2013

After seeing ourselves on Global News, we had a chance to reflect on the experience.  Here’s a compilation of everyone’s thoughts:

I felt really excited when Emily and Charles walked through the doorway on Monday. It was really cool that they came here to Millgrove.  It meant a lot. We weren’t camera ready, so Charles gave us some tips about not to smile or look at the camera or they will cut you out of the video, most people do so that meant they wouldn’t be on TV.

It felt like I was going to faint when he looked over my shoulder with the camera. It was SO tempting to look at the camera when it was right in my face. I was watching the others, and I could see the expression on their faces.  It looked like they wanted to smile! The back of my head was filmed when Sam got interviewed. It was surprising that Charles leaned over my shoulder and took pictures of my Global News picture that I had made.

When I watched it on TV I almost jumped off my mom’s bed with excitement.  The people on the video did great and they have lots of courage. I felt good about it and a little embarrassed at the same time.  My mom sent it to everyone in my family.  My Nana zipped over to our house like a speeding bullet to ask us if we saw it and me, my mom and my sister said “YES!” Then we all had a big group hug.

I have never been more happy in my life to see my class on TV! While we were watching the video you could see the Cheshire Cat smiles! It made me feel like paparazzi were crowding me.  I was surprised and laughing in my head at the same time. Especially I am proud of everyone in my class.

We learned lots about working in TV.  I sleep in on Saturday and Sundays so I can’t be a person on TV but weekdays I can if I have my teachers’ permission to miss school (because you just can’t miss school!) Being working on weekends, I don’t know if I can handle too much of that.  I learned that cameraman Charles wanted to be in the circus.  We thought that Emily was talking to herself but she was actually rehearsing her lines, so now we believe she’s not strange. She practiced right beside me!

I thought it was really amazing that they were here for 2 hours and it made 2 minutes of film.  I noticed the news is just like maple syrup.  It takes a whole lot of sap to make a little maple syrup, so it takes a lot of footage to make a little actual news. I was surprised that Mr. Couros got in and we never knew because they filmed him in the hallway.

I think it is wonderful to be able to use social media as a kid because our parents and older never got the chance to do that. The adults can watch TV and see what we can do today, and our families get to see what we are doing at school.  They can see how we use Twitter.  They never had the privilege to even have Twitter in school! We don’t only do it at school – we can do it anywhere.

Social media seems to be mostly used for bullying but we use our blog and Twitter for Kindness.  Cyberbullying is when people are rude on Twitter, Facebook and other stuff too.  Social media is so important in our classroom because that is how we meet people from around the world.  I am happy that we got to share what we do best which is using electronics like Twitter, YouTube and blogs. We can show people all around the world how kids can use Twitter and Facebook because people don’t think we can use it for good.  We have been inspired. I’m sure it will inspire other people too. It was a big opportunity.

Our film was short but it said a lot.  Watch it and tell us what you think!


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!

Milly visits Lacombe and Albert Visits Enilda


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

Dear Albert,

We drove for one hour and 30 minutes with no food – how do you do it?  Once we got to Lacombe there were some trees with no leaves.  I guess with 11 707 people in Lacombe they probably ate it all!  Luckily I found some.

Well, we weren’t just staying in Lacombe.  We had a hotel in Red Deer which is the city nearby and there was still no food and there was even more people! There are 91 877 people in Red Deer.  It is only a 20 minute drive from Lacombe.  It is soooo cooool here my fur froze standing up!

I got to go to two of Courtney’s ringette games and one I didn’t go to because it was soooo early in the morning.  They got a silver medal that was so shiny!

Lots of love,

Your best friend Milly (with a little help from Courtney)

Well, the last time we heard from Albert he had sent us a mysterious picture, and we were trying to figure out just what was in the photo.  We came up with many ideas, and one of them was right on!  The unknown objects out on Lesser Slave Lake were actually ice fishing shacks. Here is a picture Ms. Drefs sent us:.

After seeing this picture, we got to hear some ice fishing stories from our Grade 4’s.


While Milly was visiting the southern part of the Parkland Region with Courtney, Albert was busy too.  He had a great time playing in the outdoors in Enilda.  We can tell from these pictures that the Boreal Forest gets lots of snow in the winter – maybe even more than us! Check out all the things he got to do:

Tunnelling in the snow!

Travellling by dog sled

Albert is one lucky moose!

The Premiere of a Grade 1/Grade 4 Technotale


Posted by kholden | Posted in activities, Art, Collaboration, Language Arts | Posted on February 2, 2013

Before Christmas, our Grade 4 students were excited about the opportunity to work with Mrs. Hasham’s class to celebrate National Cookie Day. Every morning a group of our students goes down the hallway to read with some of the Grade 1’s, so this was a great way for all of us to get together at once. We were inspired  to create our own cookie writing. Our class had been using the thesaurus in Writer’s Workshop, so it just seemed natural to bring that skill into this project too. Of course, if we were writing about cookies, we had to bake and eat some too!

Once each group had selected their word, they wrote about a cookie experience then drew and painted an illustration. Our Grade 4 Tech Team of Samantha, Abby and Caleb pulled all the pieces together in iMovie to create this Technotale. The ending is probably our favorite part – see if you can figure out why!

Just What Are They?


Posted by kholden | Posted in Collaboration, Language Arts, M.O.O.S.E Project, Technology | Posted on January 28, 2013

Hmmm….Albert has given us a mystery to solve!  Yesterday he and his friend Julia Drefs sent us this tweet:

Last week, he sent us these pictures .  You might need to click on the picture to see the objects more clearly.

So just what/who is Albert hanging out with in Joussard?

Here’s what we know:

there’s some tracks in the snow that looked like truck or snowmobile tracks

They live in the Boreal Forest

Moose live in the Boreal Forest

They are in a big group (moose don’t live in big groups)

Wolves live in the Boreal Forest and travel in big groups

Buffalo travel in big groups (if the ice holds a truck, it could hold a buffalo)

Sometimes people put a bunch of little houses on lakes in the winter for ice fishing

Elk live in the Boreal Forest and travel in big groups

People like to snowmobile on lakes in groups

So, what do you think they are?  Click here to let us know your answer.  We hope to find out from our friends in Joussard this week!



Albert Visits Kinuso


Posted by kholden | Posted in Collaboration, Language Arts, M.O.O.S.E Project, Social Studies, Technology | Posted on January 24, 2013

Today Albert gave us a mystery to solve, and showed us one of his new friends!

Dear Milly,

I just stopped by the grade 4 classroom at Kinuso School in Kinuso, Alberta. Kinuso is located in the Boreal Forest Region of Alberta. In our region, there are lots of trees, making forestry an important industry here. We also have a booming oil and gas industry. We have lots of animals in our area, such as moose, bears, cougars, coyotes, wolves and deer. Our area is beautiful because of our many lakes and rivers, fragrant trees, and recreational opportunities. Our climate is very cold and snowy in the winter. We have had a ton of snow so far this winter. Our summers are usually very warm and rainy at times, but we get a lot of wind off of the lake, which can dry things out and cause wildfires. Thank you for sending Albert to visit us!


Albert with Mrs. Klyne’s Fantastic Fours (Aspen, Keanna, Ebony, Jami, PR, Ethan, Sierra, Parker, Rapunzel, Ms. Gallagher and Mrs. Klyne) 

Albert in Kinuso School with his new friend Rapunzel

Dear Albert,

Let’s get this straight.  Since you left, you have visited High Prairie, Lesser Slave Lake, Slave Lake, and Kinuso!  Our Grade 4GH friends have been looking on the map, and we were fascinated by how humungous Slave Lake and Lesser Slave Lake are, especially when they are put together.  They were wondering if your new Grade 4 friends like to skate on the lake when it’s frozen.  (By the way, we had lots of fun skating today, but I will write about that tomorrow).

We like your new friend Rapunzel, and Chyanne thinks she’s a guinea pig – is she?  But if she is a guinea pig, why is she so hairy?

Kinuso sounds like a great place to visit.  We would like to go there and see the different animals, especially the wolverine in the Kinusayo Museum.

Well, I have to go now.  You aren’t the only one who gets to travel, because our friend Courtney is taking me to Lacombe tomorrow for her ringette tournament.  I will tell you all about it on Monday!

Lots of love,

Your best friend Milly 


Albert Sends Pictures From the Boreal Forest


Posted by kholden | Posted in Collaboration, M.O.O.S.E Project, Social Studies | Posted on January 24, 2013


We were excited to get some new pictures from Albert on Twitter!

Milly was happy to hear from him too:

Dear Albert,

I am enjoying watching 4GH work hard.  I hope that you are finding lots of leaves and twigs, especially through all these blizzards.  Today it is FREEZING COLD! I know that it is often -15 C during January in the Parkland Region, but today it is -18 .  To make it worse the wind is blowing all this snow around and making it even colder!

I hope that you had a good time at Slave Lake.   Try not to get to close to deep deep lakes, you might drown and all of us wouldn’t want that to happen.  After all you can only walk across shallow lakes and streams!

We all miss you dearly.  Be safe,

Milly (and Sam and Gwen)



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