I hope you all had a great long weekend with family and friends! This week, the grade 4 students are starting the Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA). For some of the FSA activities, the grade 4 students who are doing the FSA will join grade 4 students from other classes while the rest of the class is working on other activities. Other FSA activities, such as writing and math, will be integrated in our daily routines until the end of October.
Over the last few weeks, students have worked hard on their art cards and on the “Meaning of Home” English writing project. In math, we are learning to visualize simple multiplications (groupings and arrays) in order to develop mental math strategies for our multiplication tables.
For our Art Cards this year, we looked at the art of Victoria artist Gwen Monnet, who makes fun art cards featuring local animals in a cartoonish and colorful style. For two weeks, students worked on many drafts of their art cards, getting feedback from their peers in order to improve their drawings. They showed enthusiasm, they worked very hard on their projects, and the results are fabulous. The Art Cards are an ECH annual fundraiser. You will be given the opportunity to order sets of your child's Art Card in a few weeks.
Meaning of Home Writing Project
On Thursday and Friday, students wrote a short text expressing what home means to them. Some chose to write a poem and others wrote their thoughts as an essay. There are many fantastic authors in this class! Over the next few weeks, students will get teacher and peer feedback and improve their text before typing a final copy that they can submit for the Habitat for Humanity “Meaning of Home” writing contest in January (submission is optional).
Math: Visualizing multiplication and developing fluency
How many rows? How many in each Row? Handout
How close to 100? Handout
In order to develop multiplicative thinking and build fluency with the multiplication facts, I encourage students to play these games frequently and to use the visual multiplication flashcards for daily practice. You can download and print them at home if you have a printer. Please visit the Math Resources section of this website to download two different sets of visual multiplication cards (groupings and arrays) and to find suggestions on how to use them. If you don’t have a printer, students can also make their own cards illustrating multiplications with index cards (they could draw the groupings on one side and the array on the other).
French writing... Using LEGO!
I will bring a good selection of mini-figures and LEGO bricks to school from my sons' collection for this project. If your child wants to bring their own mini-figures or LEGO bricks for this project, there are two options:
- Bring extra LEGO to donate to the class that will be added to our existing collection and won't be returned home after.
- Bring LEGO mini-figures/bricks in a ziploc bag/box that is labelled with your child's name to store when we are not working on the project. There is a possibility that LEGO might be lost, so do not send LEGO that your child is very attached to...
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time! Have a great week!