Friday, 15 December 2017

This week we have been practicing our caroling in anticipation of our school caroling happening all next week. As a school we will be gathering in the gym either at the start or end of each day to sing Christmas songs together. On Monday and Wednesday we will be caroling at the end of the day, and on Tuesday and Thursday it will be in the morning. Please check back for specific times.

As part of our inquiry we are asking students to talk to their parents to learn the story of how they were named. Often there is an interesting story behind our names, and we would like to share that story in some of our work.

Also we are asking students to bring in a picture of them or their family that will be part of the same inquiry work. This picture will be incorporated into a laminated art piece and so it must be a picture you are willing to part with from your picture books forever.

Don't forget that next Thursday, December 21, is an early dismissal and is our last day of classes before the winter break.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

There are some new links posted for Wednesdays investigation into quality of life.
The students will be provided with a username and password to access these links in class tomorrow.

Friday, 24 November 2017

In math this week we have continued our practice with subtraction. We looked at many different ways to show how to borrow and regroup, and also how to borrow from a zero! A.M.A. my preferred way to show borrowing and regrouping.

There is homework to practice subtraction with borrowing, due Monday. Please ask your child to explain how they are solving their work.

We have continued our work in French to practice numbers, body parts, and classroom vocabulary. Ask me how high I can count! Ask me what body parts or classroom objects I can name! 

We started the Rocks and Minerals unit in Science this week! We learned about the three main types of rocks, and how they can change into one another through something called the Rock Cycle. A.M.A. the three groups of rocks, and how they connect to each other!

Our Rocks and Rings curling residency starts next week!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

We have added some typing games to the blog.  Please practice those typing skills!

Friday, 3 November 2017

We have been inline skating all week!  Some of the highlights were learning a new move called the "Go Cart" and the "Moonwalk", and we had a Disco Party

We listened to the song "Head and Shoulders.." in french and learned the french words for different parts of our bodies.  Then we measured parts of our body using standard and nonstandard measurements and then we traced a life-sized version of our bodies.

We created pencil sketches that resemble how our families have been touched by war.  These sketches will be shared at our Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 10th at 10:30.

We worked on describing sounds like a fork on metal, a prayer bell, a piano using sound waves to create a visual of the sound.  The sound waves for a fork on metal looked jagged and the sound waves for a prayer bell looked wavy.

Friday, 27 October 2017

In Science this week we did research about how some animals use sound. Some of the important words we learned through this are: echolocation, infrasound/infrasonic, and ultrasound/ultrasonic. A.M.A. what animals use echolocation.

This week with our inquiry we made stories from different pictures. First we got a piece of a picture and we tried to figure out what was going on in the picture using the 5 Ws. Then we had to find the other students who had the rest of the pieces of our first picture, and we wrote down what we thought the story was now that we had more information. For the last step we made new groups with mismatched pictures and we had to create a new story that used all four pictures together. A.M.A. what pictures we had, and what story we made with them.

There was homework earlier this week after we started talking about Remembrance Day. Students need to write one statement describing how war has touched their family. 

Don't forget that the family artifact/interview homework and the family tree are due Monday.  We also need paint cans or coffee cans for each student. 

Next week is our Alien In-line Skating residency. Bring a helmet and safety equipment if you have it. If you are interested in the Family Skate Night, forms are due Monday. Here is the grade 3/4 in-line skating schedule:
Mrs. Alefantis' class:
  • Monday 1:56-2:41
  • Tuesday 2:41-3:26
  • Thursday 11:15-12
Mrs. Labrecque/Ms. Belcher's class:
  • Tuesday 1:11-1:56
  • Wednesday 11:15-12
  • Friday 9:30-10:15
Mr. MacDonnell's class:
  • Tuesday 9:30-10:15
  • Thursday 10:15-11:15
  • Friday 10:15-11:15


Friday, 20 October 2017

In Science we learned about how we measure loudness in decibels (dB) and frequencies, or pitch, in hertz (Hz.) We learned that if there are very loud sounds, then we should not go close to them because they can damage our ears. A.M.A. what dangerous sounds might damage our ears!

Some very important homework went home this week for our Inquiry work. Students need to interview a family member or find an artifact that speaks to their family's story. Students also need to create a family tree that goes back as far as they are able. Students also need to bring in a large, clean can to be used for an upcoming project. All of this is explained in the information package that was sent home yesterday. All of this is due by October 30.

In Language Arts we learned about nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, and how they help make our sentences more interesting. A.M.A. the activity we did!

We learned about the history of the Canadian flag this week. A.M.A. some of the facts we learned!

 Today was our last day for our math centres about measurement. A.M.A. what the centres were, and what we did at each centre!

Friday, 13 October 2017

There is no school for students on Monday or Tuesday next week. 
Wednesday October 18 is also PICTURE DAY! We look forward to seeing everyone's beautiful smiles!
This week we learned that there are 7 continents on Earth. We live on North America. A.M.A. what they are!
We learned about how the ear works and how we hear. We learned about the different parts of the ear. There are three very tiny bones inside your ear. There are three parts to your ear: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear, and that there are even little hairs in the inner ear that vibrate and help us hear. A.M.A. what happens when sound enters your ear!
On Tuesday, we read a book called “The Last Stop on Market Street”. It was a book about being thankful for the little, unexpected things in life. We wrote about those things that we often take for granted or don’t appreciate. A.M.A. what I am thankful for!
This week we finished rotating through our 6 different measurement math centres. A.M.A. some of the different centres we did and what I learned!

As part of this year's inquiry, we started looking at our different backgrounds. We wanted to know where in the world our ancestors might have come from, and also what the different reasons were for migrating to Canada. A.M.A. what we did with all of that information! A.M.A. what places in the world we had in common, or what was different!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Some of the classes have "Wordwork" homework this weekend. They have written down some words they struggled with and have to fix them over the weekend, and then use them in their writing next week.

This week we went to Studio Bell. We learned how to make an instrument called a "Sound Sandwich" from popsicle sticks, elastics, and some pieces of straw. We also went on a scavenger hunt to collect special National Music Centre cards by looking at all the different exhibits in the museum. A.M.A. my highlights of the trip! We also got to see a demonstration of a special theatre organ called the Kimble Theatre Organ. 

In Science we learned about the different families of musical instruments. A.M.A. what kinds there are.

This week all grade 3/4s participated in the math and language arts SLA. We had to write about whether we thought a red fox would be a good pet to have at home. A.M.A. what I wrote! The math part was a problem about money and tickets for a school trip to the zoo. We had to figure out how many people went based on the clues given. 

We also started our music classes this week with Mrs. MacNeill. A.M.A.  what song we learned this week.

Don't forget that there is no school this Monday October 9 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


Friday, 29 September 2017

This week our school participated in the annual Terry Fox Run, a hugely important event that takes place at schools and cities right across the country! Thank you to everybody who came out to join us! We're not yet sure how much money our school raised, but we hope it's a lot. A.M.A. how many laps I ran!

In Language Arts we've been looking at four different kinds of sentences we can use in our writing. The four types are declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory. A.M.A. when to use each of the sentence types!

We used our all four of our sentences to write poetry about Terry Fox. We wrote our poems on a background we created using warm and cool water colours. A.M.A. the steps we took to make our awesome art!

In Math we started our measurement centres this week. There are many different centres that explore calendar, area, length, and height. A.M.A. which centre I explored this week!

In Science we've been studying sound. One thing we learned is that all sound is vibration! We noticed how when vibrations are tight or loose then the pitch can change from higher to lower. We also learned how sound travels from a source to our ear through sound waves, and even how our body produces sound waves and vibrations when we speak or make other sounds.

In Social Studies we used Calgary's discussion about a new arena to learn about how we can debate an idea. Using a tool called a Debate Carousel we practiced writing out our arguments for both sides of the story, since there are always two sides to discuss. A.M.A. the steps of a debate carousel! A.M.A. if I think we should have a new arena or not!

We are getting very excited for next week's field trip to Studio Bell! If you haven't already brought your permission form, please bring it on Monday. We are still looking for lots more volunteers as well!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tomorrow is our school Terry Fox run! There will be a school assembly in the morning to kick things off, followed by a whole day of running in the field. Parents are welcome to join us for the assembly as well as the running times.

Here are the times each of our classes will be running:
Mrs. Alefantis: 11:00-11:30
Ms. Belcher/Mrs. Labrecque: 11:30-12:00
Mr. MacDonnell: 1:55-2:25

We are also collecting "Toonies for Terry" in our classes and in the office. If you would like to make a donation please send it with your child tomorrow.

The students will be wearing a sticker that reads "I am running for ______".  Please speak to your child about a significant person that they could be running for tomorrow.

Thanks for your support!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Welcome to our Grade 3/4 blog!

In our first week together we spent time speaking with each of our new classmates to find out what we have in common with each other. There were many surprises! We used this information to create visual webs to show how we are all connected. In math we've been creating different graphs based on some of the data we collected during this activity.

In Language Arts we started the week by generating a "Love it or Loathe it" list of things we have very strong positive or negative feelings about. Over the week we then wrote about different items from our lists.

Our classes have also been exploring the physical space of our separate rooms through measuring and map-making.

The conference manager will be open later today for you to book a time for next week's Meet-the-Teacher conferences. If you are having trouble booking a conference please contact the office at 403-777-8330.

Homework for this weekend: Complete and return the new Number of the Day sheet on Monday.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

If you have not already done so, please fill out and return the contents of the brown envelope as soon as possible. Thank you!