Friday, 30 October 2015

Friday, October 30th

Happy Halloween!

The students were quite excited as they came into school today!  Many of them wore their orange and black colours.  We started the day off with playing a number pattern game in groups.  Here is the anchor chart with the strategies and also the number pattern questions students developed yesterday in class:




During second block, we took the time to say goodbye to Morgayne as she will be moving away on the weekend.  We will miss you, Morgayne!  We worked on our descriptive writing about our monsters.  We also visited the Learning Commons to exchange our books and to read.

There is no homework this weekend.  However, I do encourage students to practice Math or Language with any links on the right side.  

Have a great weekend!  
Ms.Boudrias

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Thursday, October 29th

Today, we looked at finding the missing term in a pattern.  Students worked in groups to create patterns with missing terms.  This really demonstrated their understanding of number patterns as they had to create questions relating to this.  I will post these questions on the blog tomorrow, along with the strategies/anchor chart we came up with.

In Language, we began writing our rough copies for our descriptive writing about our monsters.  In religion, we were very grateful to have Cathy Koss in to do the Rosary with the class.  She is a member of our Church community and she was willing to share her vast knowledge about the Rosary and the Virgin Mary with the students.  Cathy will be coming to our class to do the Rosary on a monthly basis.  

Homework:
-reading log
-Read two Raz Kids books, along with the questions.  This can be used with the Reading log.

Reminder:
-Students can wear orange and black tomorrow for Halloween.
-The Halloween Family Fun night is on tomorrow night, from 6 to 8pm.  Come dressed in your costumes!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Wednesday, October 28th

Today, we continued to practice both increasing and decreasing patterns.  We developed an anchor chart about the kind of strategies that can help us solve number patterns.  I will post a picture of this chart tomorrow on the blog.

During our literacy block, we were fortunate to have Jen, the Ottawa Librarian, visit our grade fours.  She introduced a pile of new reads and series that had a Halloween theme.  Students received a bookmark listing these great titles!  I encourage students to get a free library card at the Castlefrank Library or the Beaverbrook Library.  You can find Jen at the Castlefrank library and she is very knowledgeable in finding great titles to spark that interest in reading.

Homework:
-reading log
-Math prodigy: I assigned number pattern work (finding the missing term)

Reminders:
-For Halloween, students can wear orange and black on Friday.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tuesday, October 27th

Today, our learning goal in Math was to become familiar with decreasing number patterns.

In Language, we began a writing activity based on describing a monster of our choice.  Students drew their monsters as a starting point.  We then built a list of descriptive words, or adjectives, to help us with our writing.  We will begin our rough copies tomorrow.

Going home today to be signed by parents:
-Math quiz
-CASI reading comprehension test (this is a baseline - meaning that this is the starting point to your child's read/response this year)
-Writing paragraph assignment

Please return these tomorrow.  Thank you!

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: number pattern practice (side B only)

Monday, 26 October 2015

Monday, October 26th

Today in Math, our learning goal was to become very comfortable with solving increasing number patterns.  Here is an anchor chart of strategies that we are developing:


In Language, we continue to look at descriptive writing.  Our focus today was how we can add adjectives to our sentences.  


Homework:
-reading log (you can read Raz kids for this)
-Practice on Math Prodigy (I assigned number pattern work in there)

Have a good evening!
Ms.Boudrias

Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday, October 23rd

I was away yesterday so I will update any information for today.  In Math, we have been practicing with number patterns, e.g., "Start at 17 and add 8 each time".  This has students using a lot of their mental Math, or strategies to add and subtract.  In Religion, we looked at the early stages of human development.  The students were to see the growth and development as a process of discovery both of themselves and the world in which they live.

In Language, I began reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.  I asked students to make predictions and told them a bit about Judy Blume, the author.  We then went on to review the procedures for a Lock Down, as we had a Lock Down practice in the school.  The students did very well!

There is no homework for the weekend, however I do encourage students to go on to the links provided to the right.


Reminder:
-Students are getting low on their pencils and so is my stash!  Please bring in a few pencils next week.  A pencil case would also be handy to store pencils, erasers and crayons, if your child doesn't own one already.

-I also sent home the picture proofs today.  The order is due by November 2nd.
Picture retake day and the class picture will take place on November 9th.

Have a great weekend everyone!  
Ms.Boudrias

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Wednesday, October 21st

Today, we began our Math unit on patterning and algebra.  We looked at the different types of attributes that can be part of a pattern, such as colour, shape and size.  We also looked at what a pattern core is.  In Religion, we finished up and shared what made us unique.  God made everyone unique and we will have similarities and differences among us.

During our literacy block, I introduced descriptive writing.  We looked at what strategies we could use when writing descriptively.  I asked students to find other words for nice, good, little, etc...  while using a thesaurus.  I told them that these are regular words and that there are more words out there that we can choose from.

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: practice sheet going home about attributes (due tomorrow)

Have a nice day!
Ms.Boudrias


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tuesday, October 20th

Happy Birthday, Ethan!

Today, we had our quiz on estimating sums and differences.  The class worked hard to do the best they can!  In Religion, I had students read a text about how we are alike and how we are different from each other.  Accepting our differences was the main idea of the text.  Students are making a diagram of themselves depicting what makes them unique and I'd like to share this work tomorrow in class.

During our literacy block, I gave the students a CASI test.  This is a reading assessment to test their reading comprehension.  Both the Math quiz and CASI will be going home for parents to sign once they are marked.

Homework:
-reading log (don't forget that the RAZ kids can be used for the reading log)
-Practice math on prodigygame.com (I assigned some more rounding practice)
-In my science class, we will be having a science test on habitats.  I gave the students their yellow duotangs with the necessary notes to study with.  They are to bring their duotang back tomorrow to insert a few more notes to study with.

Have a good evening!
Ms.Boudrias

Monday, 19 October 2015

Monday, October 19th

Today, we practiced estimating the sums and differences with 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers.  There will be a quiz tomorrow.  Students can practice their rounding with the links to the right of the screen.  We also practised in partners connecting this skill with word problems.

During our literacy block, we started our final assignment on writing a detailed paragraph.  This one was about the blue whale.  We will continue on tomorrow as some students need more time.

Homework:
-reading log.  Students now have their Raz Kids account glued inside the first page in their agenda book.  Raz kids can be used with the reading log.  
-Math quiz tomorrow: estimating sums and differences
-Scholastic went home today.  Any orders are due by Friday.

Have a great day everyone!
Ms.Boudrias

Friday, 16 October 2015

Friday, October 16th



Congratulations to the following students who received 7 or more out of 10 for the Spelling Bee:
Ava S.                     Fiona                  Libby              Morgayne                  Sean
Douglas                  Emjae                 Arwen            Finnian                       Lisa
Tristan                     Naa-Ameley      Ashlyn            Brooke                       Bianca

These students have moved on to round two.  In round two, I ask them to spell out words not from the list as a process of elimination, just like a real Spelling Bee.  We hope to finish this round by Monday!  I remind the students that preparing for this Spelling Bee is beneficial for them for their spelling skills, and, at the same time, it's all for fun learning!

Today, we continued to estimate subtracting numbers to the thousands.  We will be having a quiz next week, most likely by Tuesday.  This will entail estimating adding and subtracting numbers to the thousands, along with some word problems associated with this.

We also had our first Gospel Value assembly in the gym.  Our Gospel value that we will be focusing on will  be community.  These are the following Gospel values of our school board:
ocsb photo gospel values character formation
I will be going over each one every month.  Two students will be selected each month that display these values at school.

During our literacy block, we started to look at a text about the blue whale.  I will be doing a final assessment on writing a detailed paragraph on Monday.  Students will use their schema, along with their learning of the text and write a detailed paragraph about the blue whale.

There is no homework this weekend.  However, I do encourage students to practice Math Prodigy, listen to a book from Tumblebooks, or even write a story with Story Starters with the links to the right, under Ms.Boudrias' recommended sites.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Thursday, October 15th

Good evening!
I am sorry for the late blog as I was away today at a workshop.  The supply teacher left a positive note saying that the class worked well on the tasks that I left behind.  This is great!

Homework:
-reading log due tomorrow

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wednesday, October 14th

Today, we had our Walkathon.  I would like to thank all the parents and students who raised money with the pledges.  We didn't come in first place for the most amount raised, however I did see good participation overall in the classroom.

During second block, I went over the expectations for writing a good paragraph.  I pointed out to a few things as I will be absent from the classroom in the morning due to a workshop that I will be attending.  The students will be writing their paragraph(s) tomorrow.

Homework:
-reading log
-spelling bee tomorrow (see link: home spelling words to the side - list one)
-practice on prodigygame.com (I added subtraction practice)

Have a nice evening!
Ms.Boudrias

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Tuesday, October 13th

Today, we learned how to estimate in subtraction by rounding numbers to the closest tens and hundreds.  There is some practice that went home.

We also did a shared reading activity based on polar bears.  I had students practice activating their schema about polar bears prior to reading.  I am hoping that they can take whatever they learned today and apply to their paragraph writing tomorrow.

Homework:
-reading log
-Math practice: estimating subtraction (due tomorrow)
-Practice superhero song

Reminder:
Tomorrow is the Walkathon.  The pledge forms are due tomorrow.  Students are asked to bring superhero apparel:  costume, cape, eye band, etc, to wear.  We practised the song in class today, along with the actions involved.  The following is the link to the song:  I am a superhero song

Words to the song:  I am a Superhero

I'm a superhero! I can...
======================
by Richard Graham 

I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
Super, superhero!

I can jump (I can jump)
I can run (I can run)
I can hide (I can hide)
I can cook (I can cook)

I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
Super, superhero!

I can stretch (I can stretch)
I can climb (I can climb)
I can swim (I can swim)
I can fly (I can fly)

I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)

Super, superhero!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Thursday, October 8th

Today, we had our Thanksgiving Liturgy in the gym.  It was also Picture day today.  Students took their individual photos.  However, class photos will take place on another day.  This will mostly take place on picture retake day.  I will give a reminder closer to that date.

During our literacy block, I read a text about frogs to the students.  They were in groups and were to take this information, along with their own schema about frogs, and develop a detailed paragraph.

Reminder:
-The Walkathon is this coming Wednesday!  Students are asked to either wear a costume or an accessory as a superhero.  This is our theme.  Here is the link to the song:
I am a superhero song   The lyrics are provided on Wednesday's blog.

-Also, we will be having our first spelling bee on Wednesday.  Students are asked to practice, when they can, with list one.  The link to the words are to the right, called Home Spelling Words. 
-As always, I don't give homework out on the weekends.  However, I do encourage students to practice with Math Prodigy and the links given to the right.  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Ms.Boudrias

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wednesday, October 7th

Picture day tomorrow!

Today, we continued to estimate numbers.  I introduced how we can estimate when we are shopping at a store and to round off dollars to the closest tens or hundreds.  Students then developed their own store with priced items and had to develop three questions based on items from their store, e.g., About how much is the total cost of all the items?

During our literacy block, we looked at our Math quiz quickly but spend more time looking over the fix-up strategies.  I am sending home an assessment today.  We will continue to work on this skill in class.  We also read a text about frogs.  This will help us to write a well-developed paragraph tomorrow about frogs.


Homework:
-reading log due tomorrow
-Finish Math sheet (4 questions) and also finish store with priced items (if not done in class)
-I also will be doing the first spelling bee next Wednesday, October 14th.  Students may practice for one week by clicking on the home spelling words link to the right of the screen.
-I also ask students to continue to practice our Walkathon chant/song.  Here is the link to the song:   I am a superhero song


Reminder:
-Picture day tomorrow (most likely in the afternoon)
-Walkathon pledge forms are due on the Walkathon day, October 14th


Words to the song:  I am a Superhero

I'm a superhero! I can...
======================
by Richard Graham 

I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
Super, superhero!

I can jump (I can jump)
I can run (I can run)
I can hide (I can hide)
I can cook (I can cook)

I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
Super, superhero!

I can stretch (I can stretch)
I can climb (I can climb)
I can swim (I can swim)
I can fly (I can fly)

I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
I'm a superhero! (Superhero!)
Super, superhero!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tuesday, October 6th

Today, our learning goal in Math was to estimate using rounding as a strategy.  I also showed the students to other strategies to use when estimating:  clustering numbers and using the front-end approach.  We will continue on estimating tomorrow.

During our literacy block, I explicitly taught the students of what an organized paragraph looks like.  I paired students up together to use a graphic organizer, such as the hamburger method.  The following is an outline of what we are using in the classroom:
Hamburger Paragraph

Homework:
-reading log
-Practice Math on: prodigygame.com   
 I assigned two skills to work on.

Reminder:
-Picture day on Thursday!
-There is a P.D. day on Friday.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Monday, October 5th

Today, we continued to round numbers up to the ten thousands.  This time we used number lines as a strategy.  In Religion, we continued our first reading/discussion about how we are special gifts from God from our Family Life book.

During our literacy block, we started to look at our writing again.  I explicitly taught the students the basic structure of a sentence using a subject and a predicate.  Our next step will be to focus on writing a paragraph.

Homework:
-reading log
-Walkathon letter going home today

Reminder:
Don't forget that our class theme will be superheroes.  The following is a link for students to use as our cheer.  We will start practicing in class this week.  I tried to find something short and catchy.  I hope that this will bring our class together and create school spirit!
I am a superhero song

Friday, 2 October 2015

Friday, October 2nd

Today, we continued with rounding numbers.  We rounded numbers up to the thousands.  Then, we went on to do our Math quiz.  I will be looking at the links to see why some of them weren't working last night for practice.

During our literacy block, I handed an assessment for students to show me how they use their schema on their own, before, during and after they read.  We also made our first visit to the Learning Commons during our DEAR time (quiet reading time).  Students were able to take out a book.  They are able to take this book home.  We will be going to the Learning Commons every second Friday.

Reminder:
The Walkathon will be on Wednesday, October 14th.  Our theme will be Superheroes.  I would like the students to come prepared with some superhero apparel, whether it be a costume, cape, head or eye band, or any other miscellaneous item that would fit for the theme.

Have a great weekend!
Ms.Boudrias

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Thursday, October 1st

Happy October!  Can you believe that September has already passed by?  

Today, our learning goal in Math was to round numbers to the nearest ten and hundreds.  We will continue on this goal tomorrow.  Also, we will be having our first quiz tomorrow.  The quiz will consists of place value up to the ten thousands, writing numbers with base ten blocks, standard form, and expanded form, and comparing and ordering numbers.  Please have your child practice these topics with the links under Number Sense to the right of the screen.

In religion, we continued to look at what a Pope was and to learn a bit about Pope Francis.  We will continue to study a bit more about our Pope together.  I really enjoy the questions students have about him.

During literacy, we continued to practice our fix-up strategies by using our schema before, during and after we read a text about the Woodlands.  

Homework:
-reading log is due tomorrow
-Math quiz tomorrow: practice with links to the right