We had a wonderful week in grade four Humanities. We spent some time with our current Writers Workshop projects before engaging in our new Social Studies unit. Our inquiry has begun with the question, "What factors contribute to identity?". To start, fourth graders were asked to brainstorm what gives them their identity. We spent time in large groups engaging in discussions and finding similarities among one another. Once we had shared our similarities, we developed categories that we thought helped to create our identity. Some of these contributors included: Major Events, Role Models, Family History, Languages, School & Education, Travel and more! We have asked that fourth graders focus on one of those categories and bring in an artifact that illustrates a connection to their identity, i.e.: If a child celebrates a different holiday, they may bring in an ornament, or if a student speaks another language at home, a book written in that language would be a great artifact. Students will begin sharing their artifacts next week. We ask that whatever is brought in can bereft at the school for a few days.
We also want to remind parents of our upcoming Student Led Conferences for Term 2. We will not be following our Parent/ Teacher Interview format as we did in our first term. Instead, your child will be able to walk you through their projects and daily tasks from term 2, with our focus being on the "What We Do" section of our Exemplary Learning Framework. These conferences run on Thursday, March 6th from 4pm-8pm, and again on Friday, March 7th from 8am-1pm.
Math and Olympics
Our Math & Olympics project has come to a close. Students should have their projects submitted to Edmodo. We started our week on Monday by watching the closing ceremonies as we worked. The students are proud Canadians knowing that their country placed third overall in the medal count in SOCHI with a total of 25 medals. It is impressive to see the high levels of engagement throughout the past few weeks as the students work through the Olympics Project. Ask your son or daughter what they have learned about how numbers play a role in sports!
Introduction to Multiplication
This week we started our multiplication unit developed by Ms. Klem our student teacher. We are thrilled with the depth of understanding the students already have. The students were asked 'What is 12?' and the responses were amazing. They showed diverse knowledge and great use of mathematical terminology. Look below to see one of the mind maps that a class created all about the number twelve.
The Grade 4's have shown great enthusiasm for their elective classes this term. It is sad to report that the present ones will be drawing to a close next week. BUT!!!!! That also means the students will begin a new adventure the following week. You will all receive information and instructions on what Electives will be offered for term 3 and how to sign up. We will also post these on Edmodo.
Upcoming Important Dates:
Monday, March 3 - Report Cards go home
Wednesday, March 5 - 2:00pm PVA Showcase
Thursday, March 6 - 4:00 - 8:00 - Student Led Conferences
Friday, March 7 - 8:00 - 1:00 - Student Led Conferences - No classes for students
Tuesday, March 11 - 4.2 and 4.4 Field Trip to Southland Leisure Centre
Wednesday, March 12 - 4.1 and 4.3 Field Trip to Southland Leisure Centre
March 18 and 19 - Alice in Wonderland Performances
Please note the P.E. Hockey schedule below. These are within their scheduled Physical Education times. They need to bring skates and helmets on these days. Please ensure the students are dressed for the weather. Thank you!
4.3 and 4.4 will not be doing Hockey on Mar 11 and Mar 12 due to the Southland Leisure Centre Field trip.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful February break and enjoyed their Family Day.
It was another short week for the fourth graders in Humanities. We spent much of the week finishing up projects and assignments that needed more attention before report cards are written and sent home on March 3rd. In addition to those projects, the 4.3/4.4 pod worked on their 6+1 Trait writing samples, focusing on word choice and sentence fluency. Students from all grade 4 class continued their efforts on their "Explain Everything" spelling tricks and Writers Workshop, as well as publishing reading journals and projects to their class "Kidblog!"
We are excited to start our new Social Studies endeavour next week with five full days. To begin, we will be inquiring into what components aid in the creation of identity and community.
As of late, many iPads have been brought to school with low battery, missing chargers or have simply not been brought at all. Some students have reset passwords or downloaded non-school apps.
We want to ensure that fourth graders are charging their iPads when and if brought home for the evening to ensure that they are ready to go the next day at school. We also ask that the iPad is treated as an educational tool even when out of the school building.
If iPads continue to stay at home or come without being charged, we will simply have to keep iPads at the school and refuse certain students the privilege of taking them home. While we believe this is a students responsibility, we are looking for support to ensure all students are equipped with their machines each day and that all use is appropriate.
Southern Alberta History Tour Info Night
A brief email went home on Thursday letting parents know that an information session for our 2014 SAHT will be taking place on Wednesday, April 30th. *Please note that the Tour dates have changed and are now confirmed for the first week of June. The 4.1/4.2 pod will be on their SAHT form June 3rd-5th, while the 4.3/4.4 pod will go from June 4th-6th.
At our information night we will discuss logistics, location, meals, packing lists and parent volunteer opportunities.
We hope we have given enough notice for all parents to attend!
Humanities Student Teacher
Hello parents! As you may have been hearing at home my name is Mr. Pollard and I will be the student teacher in Ms. Fawcett's classroom for the next four weeks. I am currently in my third year of studies at Mount Royal University in the Bachelor of Education - Elementary program. I bring with me a humanities specialty along with a minor in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach your children along with being at the Connect Charter School as it is a great place to learn!
Hi! My name is Delaney Klem, and I am one of the Mount Royal University students that is fortunate to have the opportunity to complete my practicum at Connect Charter School. I am in my third year of the Bachelor of Education program. I am working towards obtaining a major in elementary education and a double minor in physical education and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). I will be student teaching in Mrs. Paxton’s 4.1 and 4.2, Math/Science classes. I am incredibly excited to be able to student teach and I want to thank all the students and staff that have welcomed all of us student teachers into your school. I look forward to the experience and knowledge that I will gain through the next few weeks.
Go Canada Go!
The Olympics are well underway and we have been able to see some of the action live! Students in all grade 4 classes are working very hard on their Math & Olympics project and see real life math in action. As the Olympics come to end this Sunday so does our inquiry. Most of the grade 4's have 3-4 tasks completed per country and the final components will be completed next week. If you have a chance to take a look at some of our tasks from Edmodo you'll know your son's and daughters are now well versed in the world of numerical sport! It has been an incredible week for our grade 4's... and Canada! As we write this Canada is now 2nd place for most medals won.
Although it was only a 3 day school week, fourth graders had no shortage of items to cross off their "to-do" lists. Students are beginning to write pieces focusing on either word choice or voice. Students in the 4.1/4.2 pod spent a few classes penning a page from the perspective of an inanimate object found in our classroom. The kids were very imaginative and seemed to enjoy the project thoroughly. An example of student work is attached below.
In addition to their new writing projects, grade fours were asked to install the application, "Explain Everything" in order to create and share their spelling tricks. We will continue crafting these next week. An example of one of these tricks is posted below.
The Grade Four Humanities team would also like to invite students to share their class "Kidblog!" and kidblog projects with their parents over the long weekend. Parents simply need their children to sign into Kidblog, using the drop down menu and entering their password. Students have uploaded Reading Journals, Interviews, Trailer, Pic Collages and more surrounding the books and strategies they are using in class during Readers Workshop time.
We also held a small Valentines celebration in our homerooms on Wednesday of this week. We would like to thank all of the parents for arranging valentines notes, snacks and treats. The sugar was well received.
Enjoy your long weekend, everyone!
This week was off to a solid start with our Math Inquiry into the world of Olympic Sports! Students were able to look closely at where numbers fit within several different events. Countries were chosen as the races unfolded... Men's Curling, Women's Hockey, Women's Snowboarding, etc were just some of the events students learned about. Most groups worked through two of the six tasks and next week they will continue. Groups were also mixed for this project and students from 4.3 & 4.1 are working together and students from 4.2 & 4.4 are mixed together.
Speaking of mixing it up... We also started rolling out the Energy Diet Challenge this week and grade fours are working with the grade 7's on a project that helps conserve energy. It is a national challenge and schools will be competing for some great prizes - including $10,000! Take a look at the link below to see some of the tasks that are involved:
Happy Valentine's Day and enjoy your Family Day long weekend!
Mrs. Paxton and Mrs. Melville
In addition to our visit from our Minister of Education and Science Fair festivities, fourth graders were hard at work this week. First sharing their Social Studies Presentations with opposite pod groups, then putting their finishing touches on their Prezis, iMovies, Keynotes and more!
Presentations started on Wednesday and all of our grade four students were very confident while sharing their knowledge of Alberta's natural resources and industries. We are currently in the process of conferencing with students and developing a finalized rubric for each group. These rubrics were shared with students ahead of time and ask about each portion of the Presentation process (Researching, Sorting Information, Taking Notes, Asking Questions, Developing a medium to present with etc.)
We will be taking a break form Social Studies in our next two, very short, three day weeks. Our focus will be primarily on Reading, Writing and Spelling, before introducing our new "Artifact" unit for Social Studies.
Please ask your child to log onto Edmodo or use their iPad to share their project with you!
We have included 2 sample projects below:
It was another busy week in Math and Science. The energy at Connect was very high with the lack of fresh air (too cold outside!), a visit from the Education Minister (The Honorable Jeff Johnson), the Science Fair presentations and awards ceremony and the lead up to the Olympics. Congratulations to all of those participants in the Science Fair this year - your projects were amazing!
The 4.1 and 4.3 classes did a mini science experiment involving a straw and water. We don't want to give too much away since 4.2 and 4.4 haven't had the opportunity to experience this yet (they will be in the loop on Monday).
We began the excitement of the 2014 Sochi Olympics with the movie "Cool Runnings". Now we all want to cheer on the Jamaicans! Did you know that the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team arrived in Sochi without their gear? That information was found on our new App "SOCHI 2014"! The excitement is in the air as our Math & Olympics inquiry focuses on how numbers play a role in sport? Exploring statistics from many nations from past years, reading charts and graphs and sharing the many wonderful artifacts the arrived in our classrooms and that is just the start of it!