Showing posts from October, 2017

What I Learned From My Grandparents!

In class we read the bookGus & Mewhich tells the story of Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards' relationship with his grandfather, and how he learned to play guitar. Using this as a jumping off point, students wrote touching pieces about their bubbies, zadies, saftas, sabas and other influential people in their life. The writing is displayed in our class and we would love for you to come and have a look! Also, if you have a copy of a photo of the grandparent, we'd love to add it to our board!

The creativity is flowing in 4B!

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Math Update

In Math we have completed our unit on addition and subtraction and have just begun to learn about patterns. We have worked on increasing, decreasing, and repeating patterns. In the coming days, we will use "t-tables" to extend patterns and solve problems. Here are some ways that you can support this learning at home:

- Play a number pattern game. Player A chooses a start number between 0 and 5 (e.g., 2). Player B decides how to change the number and states the next number (e.g., The pattern is "add 3" and the next number is 5). Player A then continues the pattern by saying "8", and so on. The first person to reach or pass 50 wins. You can also begin the game with a larger number and subtract. In this case, the winner would be the first to reach "0". 
- Point out ways in which patterns are used to create clothing, footwear, displays in stores, interior designs, exterior brickwork or patio designs, and so on.
- Have your child record personal acti…

Should Cell Phones Be Allowed In School?

Today we discussed if cell phones should be allowed in class. 4B started off by talking to each other in small groups about what we initially thought. Next we came together as a class to discuss all the pros and cons of having them in school. We then read an article and answered some questions to see if we could be persuaded into changing our minds. Here are some pro's and con's the class came up with.

Cell phones SHOULD be allowed in school to:
- play music independently and keep focused when doing work
- drown out background noise
- play strategy games when we are finished our work early
- tell our parents when we get to school, or if we want to organize a friend hangout
- have in case of emergency
- save the school money to buy outside equipment

Cellphones SHOULD NOT be allowed in school because
- they are distracting during lessons
- not everyone has one
- we need an electronic break during the day
- we will spend less time socializing with our peers

FSA Exam Schedule

4B Families,

Please note the dates of the FSA exams listed below. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is present and has had a good rest the night before. Make ups will need to be completed during recess/lunch time.

Tuesday, October 31st:  Writing

Thursday, November 2nd: Collaboration Activity

Friday, November 3nd: Reading Comprehension - Short Answer

Tuesday, November 7th: Reading Comprehension - Online Multiple Choice

Wednesday, November 8th: Math Problem Solving

Wednesday, November 15th and Friday, November 17th: Math - Online Multiple Choice

Want to take part in a Math Contest?

Caribou Mathematics Competition The Caribou Mathematics Competition is a worldwide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year. Each of these days, five contests are offered, one for each of the grade levels 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 and each one in English, French and Persian. The Caribou Cup is the series of all Caribou Contests in one school year. Each student's ranking in the Caribou Cup is determined by their performance in their best 5 of 6 contests through the school year. While this test is completely optional, we encourage our students to participate and challenge themselves. (Particularly our math enrichment students). Goals The goals of this project are to: To improve student's problem solving techniques by providing a wide variety of challenging math activities suitable for all students in grades 3-12.Motivate students to get back to their school math when a question needed a technique or formula which they did not remember.Show that mathemat…

Math Quiz

4B has a math quiz on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. It will be on adding and subtracting four digit numbers, as well as rounding to the nearest tens and hundreds. 
Click here, here and here for some practice.


Our science project on habitats and adaptations has begun! We have completed most of our research and are excited to start creating our habitat! We are welcoming all materials that you might have at home. Sharpies, gel pens, cardboard, glitter glue, clay, paint etc. We can't wait to show you what we create!

Terry Fox Run

Some snapshots of 4B running the Terry Fox Run

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