Your child has been blogging about their learning. Go on to their blog to read about how they are learning to make connections when reading. We make connections when we can relate to a character or a situation in the book. Connections are made when we compare two different books and recognize similarities. Also, a book can remind the reader about what is going on in the world and make a connection in that way. Making connections helps us to increase our comprehension and it is a great reading skill to develop.
We were one of three classes that sold a lot of pizzas for our school’s latest fundraiser. Therefore we won a pizza lunch. This will be on Monday, March 12th!! If your child does not like pizza, please pack them their usual lunch. Snack will still be required to bring from home that day.
Report cards will be going out on Monday, March 12. The report cards will be going out on line unless you requested otherwise. Parent teacher interviews are on Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15. Please go on line to book a time. If you are not sure how to do this, email or phone Louise at the office and she can help you. I look forward to meeting all of you to talk about your amazing child!
Last Thursday and Friday afternoon, the grade 4 students participated in seven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenges. They worked together in small groups to design ways of solving a question. This is an introduction to the science units titled “Simple Machines” and “Building Devices that Move.” They will be working on writing a journal entry for each challenge where they will be writing what they did, what worked and what didn’t work and what they would change if they did it again. Their participation in the group and their journal will be part of their science assessment on the report card.
Please see the February class newsletter which will be out on Thursday.
We have started a new spelling program called Spelling Paragraph. On Monday, the students help me write a paragraph on a topic we have been discussing in class. The students copy out the paragraph. Throughout the week, I will dictate portions of the paragraph to the students for them to write. On Friday, I dictate the entire paragraph to them. The benefits of this program are that they are learning the meaning and spelling of the words using context, students are learning the format of a paragraph, they are reviewing what has been taught in class and they are reading. Please talk to your child about their spelling paragraph.
Please don’t forget to read your child’s blog and leave a reply.
Just a few items to make note of this week:
Hot lunch/milk forms for Jan. and Feb. will be sent home on Tuesday.
On Wed. the grade 4 students will be having a SS quiz. They are to study their notes that were sent home on Monday.
Friday, we will be going to Aerials and the swimming pool in the afternoon.
Micro resumes this week. The students will be meeting in their ventures and finishing up the last of the university courses on money management.
Today we had fun helping the grade one students learn their sight words!
Welcome back! I trust that everyone had an exciting and restful Christmas break. We are back to business in our room finishing up different units in all subject areas. Once we tie up a few loose ends, we will be eager to start new topics. Please refer to the classroom newsletter which will be sent home tomorrow.
Also, take a few minutes to read your child’s blog. They have started the new year with some great resolutions…check them out!!