Writer’s Workshop- We started creating a “Who Am I” Wheel. This wheel will contain information about ourselves but will not reveal our names! Once they are all finished, we will try to guess our classmates by their answers! Today we started the rough copy. Next week, we will edit and revise our work before writing our good copy and publishing the wheels on our bulletin board.
French- Mrs. D
Science- We worked with a partner to complete our opening activity for the Plants and Habitats units. We have learned about Table of Contents and have begun making a Table of Contents for our Science duotangs to help us stay organized.
Phys Ed- We warmed up with Cat and Mouse. We then played British Bulldog but turned it into “Shiver Me Timbers.”
Assembly- All staff and teams were introduced.
Health- We worked really hard to finish our Growth Mindset booklets! The students can’t wait to bring them home to share with you! They should be ready to come home by the end of next week.
*We are going to be going on a field trip on October 12th. We will be headed to a grocery store. (TBD) We will be working on our math skills! I will be needing parent volunteers, so if you are interested, first you need to make sure you have a criminal record check form completed. (It is attached to forms and permissions) Then send us an email to let us know you are interested. Thanks!
** A newsletter will be going home on Monday telling the Plainsview students that they are allowed to Bring Their Own Device to school with them. We will be talking about this as a class, but I welcome this idea. I will be updating the Apps We Use page so that you can download some of our classroom apps onto the family device. I am attaching my “Yes and No” sheet for information.
Literacy- Building stamina. We love reading and our stamina is over 10 minutes already! We also talked about our first CAFE Strategy – Check for Understanding. The CAFE Menu is a list of strategies that help us become better readers and writers. Throughout the year, we will be learning a lot of strategies to help us with Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. When reading with your child at home, ask them to stop once in a while and tell you in their own words what they have just read. This will strengthen their comprehension of the story and will provide some great discussion opportunities!
Science- We opened our brand new textbooks for the first time! The Grade 3s talked about and made a list of ways that we use plants and the Grade 4s talked about and created a Venn diagram comparing animal needs and human needs.
Carpet time- We learned about a new diagram called the Carroll Diagram.
Math- We finally have learned enough math games/centres that we could start Math Centres today! Mrs. Maley worked with a group of 4 grade fours while the other students worked on math games. These little small groups will be called Math Exchanges. This is where we will dig deeper into some math concepts and work through any issues we are having!
Talking Circle- Brenna was our star of the week so we had a warm and fuzzy circle for her.
Phys Ed- We practiced receiving again today. This time the students “bowled” the soccer ball to the other student and they stopped it with their foot.
Literacy- We were using the chromebooks again. We were looking at news articles on the website www.currents4kids.com. If you would like to read an article with your child, their username is glued into the inside cover of their agenda and everyone’s password is student1. We will be using this website through the year to help with our comprehension of non-fiction materials. After reading an article, the students had the opportunity to either complete a comprehension quiz or submit a written response for the article.
Phys Ed- Mr. O
LA- We wrote in our journals about the articles we read earlier. Students were asked to write 3 facts they learned, 2 words they learned or found challenging and 1 question they had about the article. Many students found this activity challenging but it was great to see their perseverance! We talked about stretching their brains and strengthening the neural connections by remembering details from a non-fiction text.
Carpet Time- We learned a couple new slides today. We learned a bit about place value (up to 1000’s for now) We also learned what a Venn diagram is.
Math- Students learned a number sense game called Apple Memory
They learned how to use an abacus for a game called Abacus Place Value.
Health- Students used the iPads to make a Venn diagram of healthy/unhealthy foods/both. They worked in partners and got to use the learning commons space.
We shared our healthy/unhealthy foods with the class and talked about why some foods might be considered both.
*SeeSaw will be coming soon! I just need to make sure families are all set up!
LA- We read a book filled with pirate phrases and had fun trying to figure out what the author meant. Then we spent time doing a variety of pirate activities including a pirate word search, a pirate crossword puzzle, following directions to find the treasure on a treasure map and putting pirate words in alphabetical order. The students took all their fun pirate activities home in their agendas and would be happy to share them with you!
Phys Ed- Mr. O
Library- Students were allowed to take 2 books for home and they also chose 2 books for their classroom Book Box. We will have Book Exchange in the Library every Day 1.
Talk Like a Pirate video. Do you want to learnt to talk like a pirate? Check out this video we watched!
Math- We learned a new game called Walk the Plank. Students used 2 or 3 dice to add numbers and steal their partner’s treasure!
Outside Pirate Break- We had to defend our ship against another Pirate ship. But unfortunately, to no avail as we were captured anyway. They made us walk the plank forwards AND backwards!
Treasure hunt- The students were sent on a pirate mission to capture the codes to the lock on our buried treasure. They had to answer math questions to get the code open. Once open, they were allowed to have some of the treasure inside!
*It was a fun day today! Thanks to all students who even chose to dress up!
This morning we spent some time talking about the importance of writing. We learned that when we write, we are stretching our brains! We started tracking our writing stamina and tomorrow’s goal is to write for 4:00 without stopping.
We had a sharing time where students were given the chance to share either something they are reading about or something they have written. About half of the students chose to share with the class today.
Carpet Time- Jovi was our helper today
Math- The students did a pattern block activity where they had to show me an increasing pattern with shapes.
They also learned a new game called Add 9. We will be using this game during math centres eventually, so I sent it home with the kids so they can practice it at home if they would like!
Arts Ed- students had the option to work on their Growth Booklet or their “Me” Collage. It is nice to see the students putting in a lot of effort and not rushing through these projects!
*Don’t forget that tomorrow is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Students are encouraged to have fun with this and wear something “piratey” tomorrow if they would like!
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This week we have been working on our stamina during Literacy Rotations. Our Read To Self stamina is increasing every day! During Read To Self, the students have the following expectations:
– Stay in one spot – Read the whole time – Read quietly – Get started right away
Yesterday, we introduced Writing to our Literacy Rotations. We made a new expectation chart for Writing that is very similar to the Read To Self chart:
– Stay in one spot – Write the whole time – Keep writing (underline words you don’t know and keep going) – Get started right away
It is great to see the different strengths and interests of the students. Some can’t wait for Reading time and others have trouble putting away their Writing booklets! I love seeing the enthusiasm for learning every morning.
We only had time for two rotations this morning because the class had French before recess.
After recess, we started talking about our first Science Unit! The grade 3 group will be learning about Plants. The grade 4 group will be studying Habitats of plants and animals. We spent some time writing down things we already know about each topic and then we had a sharing time and wrote some of our knowledge and questions on the whiteboard. At this point in the unit, I am more concerned about the students getting their ideas out and sharing them, we will worry about spelling and grammar as we progress through the unit.
Brayden P. was our Star of the Week so he told us all about himself! Each child will get a turn to be a star of the week once this year!
Talking Circle- We had a warm and fuzzy circle (where we all say nice things about the Star of the Week)
Check our heart talking circle- We took some time again today to check our hearts as there seems to be a lot of emotions coming out today. Could just be that it is feeling like a long week!
Carpet time- math
Recess Health- Mrs. Preece At the end of a long day, we spent some time creating Growth Mindset booklets. We have been talking a lot about how our brain works and how we can help it grow and learn. Yesterday we watched the first two episodes in a series about the brain and having a growth mindset. You can watch the videos here:
We will be exploring this topic throughout the year and I would encourage you to support your child as we move from an “I can’t do this” mindset to a “I’m going to keep trying” mindset!
*Don’t forget that next Tuesday is Talk like a Pirate Day! Students can dress ‘piratey’ and we will be doing some pirate themed activities that day!
Writing lesson- Students today worked on underlining words, leaving spaces, staying in one spot, and working quietly.
Work on Writing- building stamina
Brainstorming- What can I write?
Read to Self
Read aloud- Chocolate Fever
Growth Mindest vs. Fixed mindset
Science cut and paste worksheet
Tech Buddies- Students finalized their drop zone parachutes and tested them before the final run.
Carpet Time- Eli was our helper today
Math- We worked on a multiplication increasing pattern today. It was our 6 times tables. We haven’t officially started multiplication, but it was good for kids to see how it works.
Tech buddies- Official drop zone finals! The parachutes were awesome! Some groups hit the targets, and the others were very very close. It was a good group activity getting to know Ms. Brace’s class.
We did, however, have a long talk about responsibility afterwards. Many of our students needed reminders of what it looks like to be a leader for the grade 2’s and how to use the space/furniture appropriately etc. We will keep working at it as I know the grade 3/4’s are going to be positive role models for the rest of the year! 😉
*Tomorrow is Green Day! Students can wear Rider stuff or green in honour of the Rider game happening in Hamilton this weekend. Go Riders!
Mrs. Preece wants to give a reminder not to forget to read and initial the agendas! 🙂
Computer carts- The students had some time today to work with the Chrome Books and get their user id, password and Google Classroom set up!
Read aloud- Chocolate Fever
Phys Ed- Mr. O.
Read to Self
Math- The students learned some new patterning apps today. When I get a chance, I will update our “apps we use” section with the current apps we are using in class. When it comes time for students to bring their own devices, they are welcome to download the apps right from the blog!
Table Activity- Students finished applying for jobs today. They either did a paper application or a video application. Once we have wifi, I will upload the videos from our devices to SeeSaw
*Tomorrow is going to be our final RBE Drop Zone. The students will test out their action figures and parachutes and try and earn points!