Showing posts from January, 2018

A note from the HPE department

During the past month the students were participating in the basketball unit.  Students learned a brief history of the game and how to dribble, pass, and shoot.  As the unit progressed, students learned the importance of team play, positions, as well as basic offensive and defensive strategies.  Split Second basketball were guest instructors for 3 lessons in this unit.  The grade 4’s are beginning a striking sport of floor hockey.  The students will continue to develop the ability to send and receive objects varying distances, with accuracy, and with control.  Throughout the unit, students will be strongly encouraged to be mindful of sportsmanship, rules of the game and offensive and defensive strategies.

Be Right Back, We've Gone Mining

After learning about thermal energy and fossil fuels in science class, 4B tried their hand at mining! Using different types of cookies, students used toothpicks to "mine" chocolate chips. This activity allowed us to understand how the earth can be destroyed through mining and concepts of reclamation. 

The New Editors

Hi, this is Carmel and Adie the new editors for the blog. We both like art, math and LA.

We're learning about different kinds of energy, like kinetic and potential.  We're also learning division and long multiplication. In Social Studies we are learning about Christopher Columbus, Jacques Cartier and their voyages. We hope you had fun reading!

No Excuse Word List

At VTT we use the writing program, "Writing Powers", which dovetails with the "Reading Powers" program by Adrienne Gear. Though spelling continues to be important, we focus mainly on ideas, voice and fluency in writing. After noticing that students are struggling with basic spelling, we have decided to use Adrienne Gear's "No Excuse Words" so that students can spell high-frequency words with no trouble.

Students will be given a list of around 90 words that they will memorize over the next 4 weeks.

Each week students will be expected to practice spelling the words on the list and will be tested on Thursdays. The first test will be next Thursday, January 18, 2018.

The words for Week 1 are:

a, about, after, again, all, also, an, and, another, any, are, around, as, at, away, be, because, been, but, came, can, could, did, different, do, does, what, when, where, which a great way to practice spelling words!