We hope that this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the crisp, fall weather. It is hard to believe how quickly September and October have flown by. The grade 4 students continue to adjust well to expectations set for intermediate students. They know what is expected of them for morning routines, instructional time and how to take care of their personal and school belongings. Please continue to sign your child’s agenda. They are responsible for ensuring that they write down the homework that is listed on the homework board at the end of the day.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Language Arts: Author in Residence, Glen Huser
Glen Huser, Canadian author and Governor Award winner, will be coming to Saint Francis Xavier to work with the Grade 4 students. He will be here a November 2nd to November 30th. He will be working with the students for 6 “writing” and “creating stories” sessions. This is going to be a unique and exciting experience for the students.
We continue to work on the students’ writing skills focusing on brainstorming, making predictions and connections. The students are also focusing on adding more details to their sentences and using descriptive language (what we also refer to as “triple-scoop” words). Students are encouraged to expand their love of literacy by reading information texts, poetry or try a novel by a different author.
Some reading suggestions for grade 4 include:
Armstrong, William H. Sounder
Atwater, Richard and Florence. Popper’s Penguins
Creech, Sharon. Love that Dog
Ellis, Deborah. Mud City
Kogawa, Joy. Naomi’s Road
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins
Pearson, Kit. A Handful of Time
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh Season
Sachar, Louis. Holes
Smith, Robert Kimmel. Chocolate Fever
Willis, Jeanne. Dumb Creatures
Huser, Glen. Stitches and the Elevator Ghost
We love numbers! Yes, we do!!
How do you write 9,356? What is expanded form? Our math geniuses have been busily working with whole numbers. They know how to write numbers in standard form, expanded form and are working on rounding numbers to the nearest 10. 100 and 1000. We will also be working on comparing and ordering numbers. Students are practicing their skills using their Jump Math work books. We want all of our students to know that working with numbers is fun.
Upcoming dates to add to your calendars.
November 10th, Remembrance Day Service
November 13th, 14th No School
November 2nd , 1st school author visit, Glen Huser
November 21st, 4L Salmon n’ Bannock Field Trip
November 23rd, 4S Salmon n’ Bannock Field Trip
November 30th, 1st Final visit and Presentation with Glen Huser
Message to the Parents
As first term comes to a close, students will be finishing topics such as biomes and mapping skills. Encourage your child to complete assignments and homework on time, study hard and to prepare for upcoming quizzes and tests. A “big” thank you to all of the parents for their support. We really appreciate your help. It was wonderful to meet you all at the Parent-Teacher Interviews.
Due to Mass yesterday, French and PE will be tomorrow, Please come in Gym strip as PE will be at 9 am and French will be at 9:40 so please have homework complete if you had any from Monday
Math pages 56,57,58
Reading Log- 6 boxes for Wednesday
Mandarin- parent sign test sheet
Coding- journal question Monday
GRADE 4 MASS Sunday at 11:15 am, please be there by 11am. Practice reading part if you have one many times each day!
Mr. Glen Huser had his first visit today. He told the kids bout himself, showed off some of his books which we have in our school library. The students developed their character and thought about what wish they want to happen. In their stories they have 2 attempts which fail and then on the 3rd try they succeed! They have a story plan they started writing today and tomorrow he will be back to give more tips to plan the story before the writing process begins.
Ask your student who their character is and what their wish is 🙂 The more they talk about it the more ideas they will keep coming up for with their story.