Raven Rambler Nov 30-Dec 4

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Division Professional Learning Day (NO SCHOOL) – Dec 4
  • PLF #5 (NO SCHOOL) – Dec 18
Parent Info. & Thank You

Thank you for checking our class website every week to see what your child is learning & staying updated on our class activities! Three more weeks of dedicated learning and then we are off for our well deserved winter break! 🙂

Math

Students are continuing Unit 2: Whole Numbers this week. In this unit we will be exploring & learning:

  1. Lesson 1 Whole Numbers to 10 000
  2. Lesson 2 Comparing and Ordering Numbers
  3. Lesson 3 Sorting Numbers
  4. Lesson 4 Estimating Sums
  5. Lesson 5 Using Mental Math to Add
  6. Lesson 6 Adding 3-Digit Numbers
  7. Lesson 7 Adding 4-Digit Numbers
  8. Lesson 8 Estimating Differences
  9. Lesson 9 Using Mental Math to Subtract
  10. Lesson 10 Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers
  11. Lesson 12 Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers
  12. Lesson 13 Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems

(The lessons in bold are the ones we are working through this week.)

Please have your children practice these concepts on the assignments i’ve assigned them on Mathletics. They should be going onto Mathletics about 3x a week for 15-20 minutes a session.

They can also practice these concepts on:

Language Arts
  • Writing: This week we will spend 30 minutes a day continuing our research about various countries in our “Christmas (and Other Holidays) Around The World Paper Bag Book“. This week we are exploring: Australia, Spain, Greenland, and Brazil.
  • Grammar: Constantly focusing 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.
  • There word sorts for the week are all posted on google classroom for you. Some students will also be bringing home their words every monday for you to study together at home.
  • Reading Comprehension: Our reading comprehension until Winter Break is tied to our research project “Christmas (and Other Holidays) Around The World Paper Bag Book“. Everyday students have to read a large informational text about that countries’ Christmas traditions. Pink and Purple group have support from the teacher when reading these texts.
  • Reading Practice: End of day reading: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
Social Studies

Students are learning about “A Sense of the Land: Alberta“. This week they are:

  1. Critically examine physical geography – This week we are studying Alberta’s physical geography by glazing and painting our salt dough replicas of Alberta!
  2. Completing Alberta’s 6 Natural Regions (Foothills, Canadian Shield, Rocky Mountains, Parkland, Grassland, and Boreal Forest) Brochure
  3. Test! Students will be tested on their knowledge of the physical geography of Alberta in a mini quiz which will happen TBA. 
Science

Students are currently working on the Waste and Our World Unit.

This week students will be finishing their project on composting and creating an informational poster (in partners) for the students of WGH to explain to them what composting is, what items can and cannot be composted, the steps to creating your very own compost at home, the advantages and disadvantages of composting and the problems that can occur with compost.

Next week we will move on to our final lesson in this unit: recycling! Stay tuned to see what project we will be doing to learn about reducing, reusing, and recycling!

Health

In health we are focusing on wellness choices until Christmas. We want students to learn to display safe and responsible behaviours in their daily lives to manage risks and prevent injuries. Three topics we will be focusing on in this unit:

  1. Lesson 1: Food choices & healthy eatingWe will be starting our “Healthy Food Truck Project” this week! Stay tuned to see what the students create!
  2. Lesson 2: Proper play on the playground at school (safety and responsibility) for winter months and in their daily lives will take place the week before winter break so they stay safe whilst on Christmas Vacation.
Leader in Me

We have begun Habit #3 – Put First Things First! 

In Habit #3 – Put First Things First, this is what we will be learning & focusing on:

  1. Prioritize – Leaders learn to prioritize and do the most important things first.
  2. Say No to Less Important Things – Saying no to less important things gives you time to focus on the important things in your life and what really matters.
  3. Roles & Goals – You play many roles – son or daughter, student, team member, friend, sibling, class leader, and more! With each role you have important things to do! Use your skills of prioritizing and saying no to less important things to help you thrive in each of your roles.
  4. Organization – Organized leaders are efficient; they are able to do more with their same amount of time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send me an e-mail.

I can’t believe we only have three weeks until winter break!

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Nov 23-27

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Report Card #1 (go home) – Nov 27
  • PLF #5 (NO SCHOOL) – Dec 4
Parent Info. & Thank You

Report Cards for Term 1 go home Nov 27. Please message me if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!

Math

Students are continuing Unit 2: Whole Numbers this week. In this unit we will be exploring & learning:

  1. Lesson 1 Whole Numbers to 10 000
  2. Lesson 2 Comparing and Ordering Numbers
  3. Lesson 3 Sorting Numbers
  4. Lesson 4 Estimating Sums
  5. Lesson 5 Using Mental Math to Add
  6. Lesson 6 Adding 3-Digit Numbers
  7. Lesson 7 Adding 4-Digit Numbers
  8. Lesson 8 Estimating Differences
  9. Lesson 9 Using Mental Math to Subtract
  10. Lesson 10 Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers
  11. Lesson 12 Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers
  12. Lesson 13 Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems

(The lessons in bold are the ones we are working through this week.)

Please have your children practice these concepts on the assignments i’ve assigned them on Mathletics. They should be going onto Mathletics about 3x a week for 15-20 minutes a session.

They can also practice these concepts on:

Language Arts
  • Writing: This week we will spend 30 minutes a day continuing our research about various countries in our “Christmas (and Other Holidays) Around The World Paper Bag Book“. This week we are exploring: America, Africa, Sweden & China!
  • Grammar: Constantly focusing 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.
  • There word sorts for the week are all posted on google classroom for you. Some students will also be bringing home their words every monday for you to study together at home.
  • Reading Comprehension: Our reading comprehension until Winter Break is tied to our research project “Christmas (and Other Holidays) Around The World Paper Bag Book“. Everyday students have to read a large informational text about that countries’ Christmas traditions. Pink and Purple group have support from the teacher when reading these texts.
  • Reading Practice: End of day reading: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
Social Studies

Students are beginning to learn about “A Sense of the Land: Alberta“. They will be able to:

  1. Critically examine physical geography – This week we are studying Alberta’s physical geography by painting our salt dough replicas of Alberta!
  2. Reflect on issues/questions relating to geography – This will be discussed and talked about whilst the Alberta Salt Dough construction is completed this week.
  3. Valuing physical geography & natural environment of Alberta’s 6 regions
  4. Alberta’s 6 Natural Regions (Foothills, Canadian Shield, Rocky Mountains, Parkland, Grassland, and Boreal Forest) Brochure
  5. Test! Students will be tested on their knowledge of the physical geography of Alberta in a mini quiz which will happen TBA. 

Check out the videos below to have a discussion with your family about landforms and Alberta’s 6 regions!

Science

Students are currently working on the Waste and Our World Unit.

This week students will be continuing to explore composting and creating an informational poster (in partners) for the students of WGH to explain to them what composting is, what items can and cannot be composted, the steps to creating your very own compost at home, the advantages and disadvantages of composting and the problems that can occur with compost.

Check out the videos below to have a family discussion about compost!

Health

In health we are focusing on wellness choices until Christmas. We want students to learn to display safe and responsible behaviours in their daily lives to manage risks and prevent injuries. Three topics we will be focusing on in this unit:

  1. Lesson 1: Food choices & healthy eating: We are continuing with this currently, learning about all the different food groups, how to measure a proper serving for various food groups, and how many servings per food groups is required for a growing child ages 8-12.
  2. Lesson 2: Proper attire for winter monthsWe will be exploring this topic through art this week where students will be drawing a responsible winter attire self portrait and writing about proper winter attire for our extreme weather here in Fort McMurray. This responsible attire education will be turned into posters and posted around the school to help other students learn how to dress and how not to dress in the winter months.
  3. Lesson 3: Proper play on the playground at school (safety and responsibility) for winter months and in their daily lives
Leader in Me

We have begun Habit #3 – Put First Things First! 

In Habit #3 – Put First Things First, this is what we will be learning & focusing on:

  1. Prioritize – Leaders learn to prioritize and do the most important things first.
  2. Say No to Less Important Things – Saying no to less important things gives you time to focus on the important things in your life and what really matters.
  3. Roles & Goals – You play many roles – son or daughter, student, team member, friend, sibling, class leader, and more! With each role you have important things to do! Use your skills of prioritizing and saying no to less important things to help you thrive in each of your roles.
  4. Organization – Organized leaders are efficient; they are able to do more with their same amount of time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send me an e-mail.

I can’t believe it is the end of November already, time is really flying!  In a blink of an eye it’ll be winter break!

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Nov 16-22

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Rock Your Mocs – Nov 16
  • Virtual Awards Ceremony #2 –Nov 19
  • 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
  • PLF #5 (NO SCHOOL) – Dec 4
Parent Info. & Thank You

Parents please make sure you are logging into powerschool every week or two as new marks for your child constantly go up every few days. If you do not know how to log on, please contact the office and they will walk you through it. Thanks!

Math

Students are continuing Unit 2: Whole Numbers this week. In this unit we will be exploring & learning:

  1. Lesson 1 Whole Numbers to 10 000
  2. Lesson 2 Comparing and Ordering Numbers
  3. Lesson 3 Sorting Numbers
  4. Lesson 4 Estimating Sums
  5. Lesson 5 Using Mental Math to Add
  6. Lesson 6 Adding 3-Digit Numbers
  7. Lesson 7 Adding 4-Digit Numbers
  8. Lesson 8 Estimating Differences
  9. Lesson 9 Using Mental Math to Subtract
  10. Lesson 10 Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers
  11. Lesson 12 Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers
  12. Lesson 13 Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems

(The lessons in bold are the ones we are working through this week.)

Here are some wonderful videos about addition to watch and discuss as a family this week!

You may have your children practice these concepts on the assignments i’ve assigned them on Mathletics. They should be going onto Mathletics about 3x a week for 15-20 minutes a session.

They can also practice these concepts on:

Language Arts
  • Writing: This week we will spend 30 minutes a day starting our “Christmas (and Other Holidays) Around The World Paper Bag Book“. This is super exciting as students get to research 16 different countries and their holiday traditions all over the world, then compile it all into a paper bag book which they can take home and share with their families over Winter Break. This week we are exploring: Italy, England, Mexico & Germany!
  • Grammar: Constantly focusing 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.
  • There word sorts for the week are all posted on google classroom for you. Students will also be bringing home their words every monday for you to study together at home.
  • 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 “Pigs: The Perfect Pets?”, other students will be reading “Egyptian Pyramids”; this will allow me to target each individual students’ reading, comprehension, and writing needs. Throughout the week, I will be pulling each group individually everyday 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: End of day reading: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
Social Studies

Students are beginning to learn about “A Sense of the Land: Alberta“. They will be able to:

  1. Critically examine physical geographyThis week we are studying Alberta’s physical geography by building salt dough replicas of Alberta!
  2. Reflect on issues/questions relating to geographyThis will be discussed and talked about whilst the Alberta Salt Dough construction goes on this week.
  3. Valuing physical geography & natural environment of Alberta’s 6 regions 
Science

Students are currently working on the Waste and Our World Unit.

Last week, students had a ton of fun exploring different methods of disposal including composting, recycling, landfill, and incineration. They then graphed the different types of disposal among their classmates to see what methods were most and least popular!

This week students will be exploring composting and creating an information poster (in partners) for the students of WGH to explain to them what composting is, what items can and cannot be composted, the steps to creating your very own compost at home, the advantages and disadvantages of composting and the problems that can occur with compost.

Health

In health we are focusing on wellness choices this term. We want students to learn to display safe and responsible behaviours in their daily lives to manage risks and prevent injuries. Three topics we will be focusing on in this unit:

  1. Lesson 1: Food choices & healthy eating: We are continuing with this currently, learning about all the different food groups, how to measure a proper serving for various food groups, and how many servings per food groups is required for a growing child ages 8-12.
  2. Lesson 2: Proper attire for winter months: We will be exploring this topic through art this week where students will be drawing a responsible winter attire self portrait and writing about proper winter attire for our extreme weather here in Fort McMurray. This responsible attire education will be turned into posters and posted around the school to help other students learn how to dress and how not to dress in the winter months.
  3. Lesson 3: Proper play on the playground at school (safety and responsibility) for winter months and in their daily lives
Leader in Me

We are wrapping up Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind and getting ready to move into Habit #3 – Put First Things First! We will be celebrating Habit #2 with our awards ceremony on Nov. 19.

In Habit #3 – Put First Things First, this is what we will be learning & focusing on:

  1. Prioritize – Leaders learn to prioritize and do the most important things first.
  2. Say No to Less Important Things Saying no to less important things gives you time to focus on the important things in your life and what really matters.
  3. Roles & Goals – You play many roles – son or daughter, student, team member, friend, sibling, class leader, and more! With each role you have important things to do! Use your skills of prioritizing and saying no to less important things to help you thrive in each of your roles.
  4. Organization – Organized leaders are efficient; they are able to do more with their same amount of time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send me an e-mail.

I can’t believe it is mid-November already, time is really flying! In a blink of an eye it’ll be winter break!

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Nov.9-13

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 9 (My Birthday! LOL) from 5-8pm
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 10 from 3-6pm
  • Remembrance Day Virtual Ceremony – Nov 10 at 10:45am
  • Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 11
  • Virtual Awards Ceremony #2 –Nov 19
  • 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

Parent-teacher interviews are happening this week! Thank you to everyone who signed up! I love chatting with all of you about your child’s progress.

Math

Students are starting Unit 2: Whole Numbers this week. In this unit we will be exploring & learning:

  1. Lesson 1 Whole Numbers to 10 000
  2. Lesson 2 Comparing and Ordering Numbers
  3. Lesson 3 Sorting Numbers
  4. Lesson 4 Estimating Sums
  5. Lesson 5 Using Mental Math to Add
  6. Lesson 6 Adding 3-Digit Numbers
  7. Lesson 7 Adding 4-Digit Numbers
  8. Lesson 8 Estimating Differences
  9. Lesson 9 Using Mental Math to Subtract
  10. Lesson 10 Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers
  11. Lesson 12 Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers
  12. Lesson 13 Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems

Here are some videos on the first few concepts in this unit to watch and discuss as a family!

You may have your children practice these concepts on the assignments i’ve assigned them on Mathletics.

They can also practice these concepts on:

Language Arts
  • Journalling: This week we will spend 30-45 minutes journaling about various topics.
  • 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 “Forgetful Herb Soup”, other students will be reading “Lizzie the Lizard: Reptile Detective”; this will allow me to target each individual students’ reading, comprehension, and writing needs. Throughout the week, I will be pulling each group individually everyday 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: End of day reading: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
Social Studies

Students are beginning to learn about “A Sense of the Land: Alberta“. They will be able to:

  1. Critically examine physical geography
  2. Reflect on issues/questions relating to geography
  3. Valuing physical geography & natural environment of Alberta’s 6 regions 
Science

Students are currently working on the Waste and Our World Unit.

  1. This week we are finishing our final decomposer projects, which will be assessed for the report card.
  2. We will then be exploring methods of disposal: composting, recycling, landfill, and incineration.
  3. We will be graphing the different types of disposal for our class to see what methods are most and least popular!
Health

In health we are focusing on wellness choices this term. We want students to learn to display safe and responsible behaviours in their daily lives to manage risks and prevent injuries. Three topics we will be focusing on in this unit:

  1. Lesson 1: Food choices & healthy eating (especially after Halloween)
  2. Lesson 2: Proper attire for winter months
  3. Lesson 3: Proper play on the playground at school (safety and responsibility) for winter months and in their daily lives
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 second week of November already, this is so exciting! Please make sure that although we are eating a lot of halloween candy this month, that we are also being mindful about eating well-balanced healthy meals and drinking plenty of water.

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Nov. 2-8

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 9 (My Birthday! LOL) from 5-8pm
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 10 from 3-6pm
  • Remembrance Day Virtual Ceremony – Nov 10 at 10:45am
  • Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 11
  • Virtual Awards Ceremony #2 Nov 19
  • 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

Parent-teacher interviews are coming up! Please make sure you have signed up for a slot if you have not already done so. Use this link to sign up!

Math

Students are finishing up Unit 1: Patterns and Equations (as we did not quite finish all the assessment last week because of the Halloween festivities). 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.

Students are then moving into Unit 2: Whole Numbers. In this unit we will be exploring & learning:

  1. Lesson 1 Whole Numbers to 10 000
  2. Lesson 2 Comparing and Ordering Numbers
  3. Lesson 3 Sorting Numbers
  4. Lesson 4 Estimating Sums
  5. Lesson 5 Using Mental Math to Add
  6. Lesson 6 Adding 3-Digit Numbers
  7. Lesson 7 Adding 4-Digit Numbers
  8. Lesson 8 Estimating Differences
  9. Lesson 9 Using Mental Math to Subtract
  10. Lesson 10 Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers
  11. Lesson 12 Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers
  12. Lesson 13 Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems

You may have your children practice these concepts on the assignments i’ve assigned them on Mathletics.

They can also practice these concepts on:

Language Arts
  • Journalling: This week we will spend 30-45 minutes journaling about various topics.
  • 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 Bandit & The Ring-Tailed Robber”, other students will be reading “Standing Up: Martin Luther King Jr.”; this will allow me to target each individual students’ reading, comprehension, and writing needs. Throughout the week I will be pulling each group individually everyday 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: End of day reading: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
Social Studies
  • Students will be assessed on mapping this week through a project and a test. We will be finishing our “make believe” maps this week according to a set of criteria (posted on google classroom) to demonstrate our knowledge of maps, legends, and compasses.
Science
  • Students are currently working on Waste and Our World.
  • This week we are continuing to explore decay and decomposers.
  • We will also be finishing up our decomposer posters which will be assessed for the report card.
Health

In health we are focusing on wellness choices this term. We want students to learn to display safe and responsible behaviours in their daily lives to manage risks and prevent injuries. Three topics we will be focusing on in this unit:

  1. Lesson 1: Food choices & healthy eating (especially after Halloween)
  2. Lesson 2: Proper attire for winter months
  3. Lesson 3: Proper play on the playground at school (safety and responsibility) for winter months and in their daily lives
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 November already, this is so exciting! Please make sure that although we are eating a lot of halloween candy this month, that we are also being mindful about eating well-balanced healthy meals and drinking plenty of water.

Cheers!

Ms. G

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

Raven Rambler Oct. 19-23

Ms. Guilbeau’s Grade 4O Class Newsletter

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
Parents/Thank You

Thank you parents for all signing up for remind! We almost have everyone on there. I use it as my main form of communication so it is important that we are all trying to check it and keep up with it.

I am happy to say that I have fully assessed all your children in numeracy and literacy (math/reading/writing/spelling) and figured out the best way to help them in their individual and class needs this school year. Our goal is to work together as teachers and parents to help them progress in their learning, become more independent problem solvers, and overall happy, confident human beings so they can succeed in the future when they leave my class and go into higher grades.

One thing I must say is that your children are all amazing and I am blessed to teach them and get to know them this year! 🙂

Trends I am seeing this year is a lot of dependant learning behaviour which is not a bad thing at this age however it takes up a lot of a parent or teachers time with little things that they could be learning to solve on their own. This is the stage of development they are at and also majorly due to the fact that when they were at home during COVID-19 isolation they were being told everything they needed to do (by their teachers & amazing parents who put in some very long hours), having constant support, and thus bringing down the amount of practice they would have at problem solving & independence in their daily lives. It’s all good and there is no need to worry, since the start of school I have seen their independence grow tremendously, however we still have work to do on this skill.

But what can we do to help them become more independent? Here are a few ideas that you can implement or not, totally up to you, to help everyone become their most independent, confident, and capable selves:

  • They can pack their own lunch & be responsible for making sure it is ready the night before
  • They can have chores at home that is completely their job to do every week to help the household
  • They could be in charge of dividing up the family chores and making sure all the jobs get done (kids love checklists and “being the boss” so this is a fun one for everyone)
  • They could be in charge of reading the family a night time story & logging it into their reading log (woo! Two birds – 1 stone! Nightly reading & reading log done & independent leadership!)
  • They could teach the family how to log in and out of google classroom
  • They could teach the family how to fill in their reading log
  • If they are having an issue with their tech (reading log, signing in etc) we could ask questions like “Well can you show me the steps to signing in?”, “What does that button do in the corner? Can you remember?” instead of doing it for them. It takes a bit of patience for us adults to get them to figure things out on their own however, after the first few times of being patient and waiting for them to figure it out, they discover what they are really capable of and it helps them to become more confident & independent.
  • If you find that everyone always forgets a certain task in the home (ie. taking out the garbage, making sure homework is done etc.), make them the captain of that job to help them remember and instill leadership qualities in them.

These are just some ideas. Take it or leave it, completely your choice. 🙂

However, if you do decide to implement one of these ideas or found a way to help encourage independence in your home, leave a comment down below to share with others in the class! 🙂

Math

Students are finishing up Unit 1: Patterns and Equations.

I have signed students up for mathletics and will be assigning them tasks to do on there. It is good to have them go on there for 10-20 minutes a few times a week to encourage math in the home! I will be emailing you your child’s mathletics log on in the next day or so.

We love math in our class, it is fun and filled with exploration and games. We want to be math geniuses by the end of the year!

Language Arts
  • Journalling: For this week and next, we spend 45 minutes writing about halloween topics. This week we are writing two paragraphs. “If my teacher turned into a witch…” and “If my principal turned into Frankenstein…”.
  • 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 have been working on a story called “Yellowstone National Park”. Every day they complete 4 response questions about the text either as a class (Monday), in partners (Tuesday & Wednesday), independently (Thursday), and tested on Friday. In this weeks story we learned about Geysers! Woah, super cool stuff! Watch this video with your family to learn about Geysers:
Social Studies
  • Students are currently working on mapping. We have learned about legends and will be creating our own make believe maps this week and next to demonstrate our knowledge of maps and legends.
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!
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 halfway through October already, this is so exciting! Please wear your Halloween costume to school next week (Oct. 29, 2020). Also please leave a comment below about what your family is doing to become more independent learners! 🙂

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Oct 5-9, 2020

Ms. Guilbeau’s Class

4O Newsletter

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Thanksgiving Monday NO SCHOOL – Oct 12
  • ATA Institute Day NO SCHOOL – Oct 30
Parents/Thank You
  • Thank you parents for all your hard work at home learning with your child when they are off of school due to isolation or when they are sick. It is very important that they keep up with their learning as we are still trying to address the learning gaps from March to June of 2020. Starting next week you will be emailed your child’s log on to Google Classroom/Gmail so you can keep up with their learning through that online platform instead of me emailing the zipped files to you every Monday.
  • So far progress among the class has been steady and consistent and our independent focus is already much better than it was only a few weeks ago! Very well done students!
Math

Students are continuing to learn Unit 1: Patterns and Equations

Students must keep practicing their addition and subtraction facts. If they are doing extra learning at home after school, that is a top priority to focus on as we need to be able to do quick mental math for our next math units.

  • 9 + 9 (all addition facts up to 9 + 9)
  • 18 – 9 (all subtraction facts related to addition facts)
  • Here are some websites to help practice fact fluency.
Language Arts
  • Journalling: We journal 30-45 minutes every morning with a topic topic each day. Make Believe Monday, Top Ten Tuesday, Words of Wisdom Wednesday, My Thoughts Thursday, and Flashback Friday. At the end of journaling time, I choose 3-6 students at random (rotating who is chosen) to present what they wrote to the class.
  • Grammar: Focus on punctuation, complete sentences, nouns, verbs, and adverbs.
  • 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
  • Reading: I am currently testing students on their reading.  So far all students have maintained the same reading level as last year.
  • Reading Comprehension: This week we have been working on a story called “Where Do Bugs Go In The Winter”. Every day they complete 4 response questions about the text either as a class (Monday), in partners (Tuesday & Wednesday), independently (Thursday), and tested on Friday.
Social Studies
  • Students are currently working on mapping & understanding the map of Canada, a globe, a compass, longitude & latitude, and coordinates.
  • Students will be demonstrating their knowledge on this topic by completing a project at the end of the week and completing a test next week.
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.
  • Please watch these few videos on the topic at home as a family and have a 5-10 minute discussion on the topic.
  • Plant and Animal Waste
  • Biodegradable Waste
  • Toxic Waste
  • Food Waste
  • Recyclable Waste
  • This week we are also learning about decay and decomposers. Here is an excellent video you & your family can watch on the topic & discuss.
Leader in Me
  • Our September Division 2 awards for Phase 1 are based on courage, kindness, and Habit #1 – Being Proactive. These awards will be taking place at 10:45am-11:45am on October 9th, 2020. I will send a link in Remind so you & your family can tune in for our virtual awards assembly! I will send a remind/email to the parents of the 3 students who will be getting an award during this first phase.

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 October already, this is so exciting! Big things are coming up!

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Sept 28-Oct 2

Ms. Guilbeau’s Class

4O Newsletter

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Terry Fox Run – Monday Sept 28
  • Orange Shirt Day – Sept 30 (please participate by wearing orange)
  • Photo Day – CANCELLED (OCT 1)
  • PLF #3 NO SCHOOL – Oct 2
  • Thanksgiving Monday NO SCHOOL – Oct 2
  • ATA Institute Day NO SCHOOL – Oct 30
Parents/Thank You
  • Thank you parents for all your hard work at home learning with your child when they are off of school due to isolation or when they are sick. It is very important that they keep up with their learning as we are still trying to address the learning gaps from March to June of 2020. Starting next week you will be emailed your child’s log on to Google Classroom/Gmail so you can keep up with their learning through that online platform instead of me emailing the zipped files to you every Monday.
  • So far progress among the class has been steady and consistent and our independent focus is already much better than it was only a few weeks ago! Very well done students!
Math

Students are learning Unit 1: Patterns and Equations

Students must keep practicing their addition and subtraction facts. If they are doing extra learning at home after school, that is a top priority to focus on as we need to be able to do quick mental math for our next math units.

  • 9 + 9 (all addition facts up to 9 + 9)
  • 18 – 9 (all subtraction facts related to addition facts)
  • Here are some websites to help practice fact fluency.
Language Arts
  • Journalling: We journal 30-45 minutes every morning with a topic topic each day. Make Believe Monday, Top Ten Tuesday, Words of Wisdom Wednesday, My Thoughts Thursday, and Flashback Friday. At the end of journaling time, I choose 3-6 students at random (rotating who is chosen) to present what they wrote to the class.
  • Grammar: Focus on punctuation, complete sentences, nouns, verbs, and adverbs.
  • 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
  • Reading: I am currently testing students on their reading.  So far all students have maintained the same reading level as last year.
  • Reading Comprehension: This week we have been working on a story called “Finders Keepers”. Every day they complete 4 response questions about the text either as a class (Monday), in partners (Tuesday & Wednesday), independently (Thursday), and tested on Friday.
Social Studies
  • Students are currently working on mapping & understanding the map of Canada, a globe, a compass, longitude & latitude, and coordinates.
Science
  • Students are currently working on Waste and Our World. We are learning about the 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle! They are very passionate about this topic.
Leader in Me
  • Our focus for September is courage, kindness, and Habit #1 – Being Proactive.

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 we are almost in October already, this is so exciting! Big things are coming up!

Cheers!

Ms. G

Mission Statement

In 4O our first week, we worked hard as a class to come up a mission statement that we stand for, align with and that represents us as a whole. This is what we came up with and we agreed upon:

Grade 4O Mission Statement

The mission of our class is that every student has a voice.  We are a family and we will use our different talents and interests to help each other succeed.  We will be outstanding leaders and role models for our school with a plan each day and begin with the end in mind.  A “Can Do” Attitude is a must and we will listen to people without interrupting.

We believe in ourselves and each other.  It makes us happy to see other people happy.  Each morning we will come in with a smile, positive attitude, enough rest, a greeting, and ready to work.  Teamwork is the best for our classroom of leaders.

We will use this mission statement to refer back to our values, work ethic, leadership roles and maintain our sense of community/family within the class throughout the year.

Ms. G