Raven Rambler Oct. 26 – Nov.1

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Halloween Parade – Oct 29 (Please wear your costumes, no weapons or full face masks please (we need to see who you are))
  • ATA Institute Day (NO SCHOOL) – Oct 30
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 9 (My Birthday! LOL) from 5-8pm
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 10 from 3-6pm
  • Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 11
  • PLF #4 (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 20
  • Day in Lieu PTI (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 23 (This is a day teachers get off because of all the hours they work overtime for Parent-Teacher Interviews, we get them twice a year because PTIs happen twice a year.)
  • Report Card #1 (go home) – Nov 27
Parent Info. & Thank You

Thank you so much for participating with our technology party this past Friday! The kids had a blast! This was a class reward for hard work, respect, following our class rules, being a leader and having a positive mindset. They earned 50 marbles as a community! Our new goal is to get to 120 marbles for our next party (50 previous marbles + 70 new marbles)!

This week you will all have your child’s Mathletics & Reading Eggs accounts that I have emailed to you. Please give them a try and let me know if you run into any issues. 🙂

Math

Students are finishing up Unit 1: Patterns and Equations. They will be assessed this week using a variety of techniques including a project, an oral test, and a written test. I will use a combination of these methods to average out their mark & gain an understanding of where they are at regarding their knowledge, application, and communication of patterning for the first report card. I always use a combination of a few assessment methods per learning objective in order to come up with their mark on a 1-4 point scale.

Language Arts
  • Journalling: This week we will spend 45 minutes writing about halloween topics each morning. We will be writing two paragraphs including: “If my principal turned into Frankenstein…” and “A Mini Haunted House Story…”. These both are accompanied with art projects which we all thoroughly enjoy in Ms. G’s class!
  • Grammar: Focus on punctuation, complete sentences, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and past, present, and future tense.
  • Spelling: Students are working on spelling and building their vocabulary with the Words Their Way Program.  Students will be tested on their words at the end of every week, receiving new words on the following Monday.
  • If you are confused about how to practice the Words Their Way Program with your child (if you are doing home learning, at sometime during the year), watch these helpful videos below.
  • Words Their Way Video #1
  • Words Their Way Video #2
  • There word sorts for the week are all posted on google classroom for you.
  • Reading Comprehension: This week we will have 5 different groups within the class doing 4 different reading comprehension stories. For example, some of us will be reading “The Best Soup in the World”, other students will be reading “The Missing Homework”; this will allow me to target each individual students’ reading, comprehension, and writing needs. Throughout the week I will be pulling each group individually each day, while also having them work independently, in pairs, and in small groups. Working & learning in a variety of ways is incredibly beneficial to students to make them well rounded learners.
  • Reading Practice: At the end of everyday we do something called D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read), students grab a book that they enjoy reading and get to spread out in the classroom and read. Fridays or last day of the week Thursdays they get to read with a flashlight with all the lights off. This encourages a positive mindset towards reading! Maybe you can do it in your home for 20 minutes every evening with your kids? Find a book each person enjoys, curl up on the couch and read for 20 minutes together, quietly or out loud then have a discussion about what you guys each read.
Social Studies
  • Students will be assessed on mapping this week through a project and a test. The project will be creating our own make believe maps this week according to a set of criteria to demonstrate our knowledge of maps, legends, and compasses.
Science
  • Students are currently working on Waste and Our World. We are learning about different types of waste. They are very passionate about this topic.
  • This week we are learning about decay and decomposers. Here is an excellent video you & your family can watch on the topic & discuss.
  • At the end of the week we will be making decomposer posters which will be assessed for the report card!
Leader in Me

We are working on Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind! We are learning that:

  • We needed to center our life around principles. Principles are timeless and universal such as: honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility.
  • We need to set goals. Most leaders have many goals they want to pursue, yet wise leaders know that some goals are more important than others.
  • Make a plan. Leaders who begin with the end in mind know it is not enough to just have goals, but they must also need a plan in order to get there.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send an e-mail to kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca.

I can’t believe it is the end of October already, this is so exciting! Please wear your Halloween costume to school next week (Oct. 29, 2020). Also please leave a comment below if your family decided to implement D.E.A.R in your own home & how it is going! 

Cheers!

Ms. G

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