Just a friendly reminder that the Cubs Caring Community is collecting new warm socks, hats, mitts and scarves to donate to the Elgin St. Mission. The last day for donations is tomorrow - Tuesday, November 24th. We have many members of the Cubs Caring Community club in our class. It would be great if we had lots of donations! Thanks in advance for your support.
Enjoy this "long" weekend. A reminder that Monday is a PA day, so there will be no school.
Please check out the posters on the Social Studies page. We're pretty proud of our work. After comparing these posters to our success criteria, we are creating a poster on our own. This new poster is about a tree that grows in North Eastern Ontario, and will help us to finish up our science unit on plants. Look for these posters to be uploaded next week.
I hope the plants are growing well at home. Thanks for helping students to record their observations on Wednesday. We'll be bringing our science notebooks home again next Wednesday, for another observation. This is a great time to practice measuring in cm.
Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Thursday. If this time really doesn't work for you, please send me a note in the agenda and we'll try to come up with another time to meet either in person or on the phone. I look forward to talking with all of you this week and celebrating the excellent learning skills that I'm seeing in the classroom every day.
We would love for you to read our newest book "We Are Important". Using The Important Book as a model, we wrote detailed paragraphs about the strengths and gifts of each of the students in the class. You can view this book on the English page.
We had the opportunity to participate in a calendar contest recently. Each student was invited to create a page that showed why they thought Sudbury was an awesome city. This activity gave us a chance to practice making a plan, and we were also able to think about the layout and focal point of a great poster. Our finished products were fabulous, because of the care that each person took to develop a plan. Here are our calendar pages...
In math, we are working on a unit in Number Sense. The class is thinking about numbers to 1000 (Grade 3) and to 10 000 (Grade 4). We are working on composing and decomposing numbers, writing them in words (we have a glossary to help us with spelling), putting them in order, comparing them, and representing them in different ways.
One really important concept to remember with larger numbers is that we can represent them using materials like base 10 blocks. I can represent 245 using different combinations of blocks. See the examples below.
Both of these images represent 245. In the first example, there are 2 hundreds blocks, 4 tens blocks and 5 ones blocks. In the second example, we replaced one of the hundreds blocks with 10 tens blocks. This means we can represent 245 with 1 hundreds block, 14 tens blocs and 5 ones blocks. What are some other ways we can represent this number?
We are also representing money amounts using coins and bills (to $10 in Gr 3 and $100 in Gr 4). Note that in French, the dollar sign goes after the money amount, and the decimal point is represented with a comma, rather than a period. [ 4,25$]
We want to be able to count up from 4,35$ to 5,00$ for example, to give change. A terrific way to practice this is to play store at home. I've also added practice activities to Prodigy and Study Ladder.
Finally, we are beginning to look at rounding. This week, I just want students to be able to find the nearest 10 or 100 to any number. We will be using a human number line in the classroom, to make sense of this important number concept.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me in the agenda.