Last week was an eventful one, as I hope you have already heard! The week to come promises to be busy as well. Some items to note:
Monday, September 26 We will begin planning our Caines Arcade games using the Design Thinking process (See the blog post for more information)
Tuesday, September 27 Terry Fox Run at Prescott (Toonies for Terry are welcomed!)
Book Fair begins
Wednesday, September 28 Magnificent Monarchs Geoshow (Livestream event)
Materials quiz (study sheet to be posted Monday)
Begin construction on Caines Arcade games
6:30-7:30 Meet the Staff evening at Prescott
Thursday, September 29 Continue Caines Arcade construction
Friday, September 30 Finish Arcade games
Our Learning Last Week
It was a thrill for our class to see firsthand the power of social media! After posting their reflections of their Dot Day experiences, we were over the moon to see that author Peter Reynolds commented on our post! We were also surprised when visitors to our room told us they’d already seen the video and recognized our reading corner! As Avery said, it is wonderful that we are “inspiring the world one day at a time.”
It was wonderful to see students bring in their personal devices to use in the classroom. Please check that the following are installed as we will be using them on a daily basis:
- Google Drive
- Google Docs
- Google Slides
- Google Earth
- Google Classroom
Students logged on to their student accounts and we created a Grade 4 folder in their Google Drive to contain their work for this year.
Students took time to observe the new construction of the building next to the school and were quite interested with what they found. We were able to tie these observations into our discussions of materials and their properties using websites (Building Big and Characteristics of Materials). The class then began developing questions using the information to create a Kahoot that we will play with the other Grade 3s. This is a great way to review the information students will be quizzed on Wednesday. (study sheet will be posted Monday)
We are all excited about our Caines Arcade projects and eager to get started planning. While reading Rosie Revere, Engineer, we looked at the process that building and constructing can take. We know that we will often make mistakes along the way, but these are often our first steps in learning!
Students have been busy last week taking assessments in addition, subtraction and whole number representation. They have also been growing their math vocabulary during our weekly Quick Draw activities.
We will also be signing up for Prodigy Math. This program is controlled by me because I am able to create specific assignments on for each individual student based on their current level of understanding, areas of growth and areas to challenge them all in direct correlation with the Alberta Program of Studies. I am monitoring their progress along with areas of need as they “play” and compete through the math equations provided. I highly recommend they play at home whenever possible so that they can get as much review as they can.
We have continued our discussions of what makes a ‘just right’ book, and students have been giving mini book talks to share their great choices. We love visiting our library and choosing books to take home. All students are encouraged to develop a reading habit, and read each night.
The class was eager to write in their T.W.A.S books on Friday. Every Friday, or the last day of school for the week, we will write in the T.W.A.S. book. As a class, we will brainstorm some of the highlights of our week. Then, your child will choose what to write and if there is time, draw a coinciding picture. Please read your child’s T.W.A.S. each weekend and write a little note (and coinciding picture if you like) to your child. The note can be about anything, but is specially made for your child. Please send back the T.W.A.S. book by Tuesday when your child can read your special message. T.W.A.S. is one piece of writing that I do not mark. I may help your child with the spelling of a word in the margin or remind them about punctuation, but the idea is to see the improvement of your child’s writing throughout the year. When your child sees you as a writer, they too want to be one. T.W.A.S. is very powerful to engage students in meaningful writing, so please write something in their T.W.A.S. each week.
Using Google Earth is a powerful way to learn geography and terms. This week’s focus was on on geographic locations with a shift to the continents of South America and Europe.
I continue to enjoy the opportunity to work with your children every day. They are a wonderful group who have really endeared themselves to everyone they work with. The care and concern they show to each other on a daily basis, and the support and encouragement they give to those who need the help has been so heartwarming. I can’t wait to see what this week brings!