Sunflower Splendour!

Take a look at the stunning artwork created by the talented artists of 4Wa this week. We spent the first few weeks of school surrounded by sunflowers cut from my garden, and then used those beauties as our inspiration for Art class. We used a white glue resist technique and then chalk pastels to create these amazing masterpieces!

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Hush… The Winter Wonderland Has Arrived!

In 4Wa, we LOVE art class! This week we explored light and shadows with pencil crayons to create these beautiful snow people. Light and Shadow will be explored further in Grade 4 Science, but this was a cool way to start thinking about it!  We used mostly shades of blue and some white to create the effect of light shining on the snowmen.  The students were inspired by the art in Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, and then tried their hand at creating their own masterpieces. This was a quick and simple project, but they sure turned out beautiful!

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Power of Persuasion

In Grade 4 we have spent the last month or so learning about an author’s purpose for writing. We’ve learned all about P – I – E! (That means Persuade, Inform, or Entertain) After enjoying listening to lots of books and discussing the author’s purpose, we have delved a little deeper into persuasive writing.

While we are busy working on a fantastic persuasive essay, we have also been practicing our convincing skills in class. We have worked in partners to practice persuading our moms and dads to stay up late or get a new iPod (sorry, parents!) and have also tried out debating issues that are current for Grade 4 students. Below are some pictures of us in our heated debates!

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You can check out our progress in Persuasive Writing by checking out your child’s project on Google Drive. Please feel free to comment on this blog post or on their assignment!

Landfill Learning

Today our Grade 4 students visited the Red Deer Landfill as an extension of our Science unit on Waste in Our World. The landfill delivers a great program where students can see all the parts of the facility, engage in small group learning, and even drive on the garbage in a cell! We are always impressed when the students demonstrate how much they have learned in Science class, and how much they like to learn more about waste management.  What a fantastic experience!


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Celebrating Our Differences

This week, we have been spending time in class reflecting on our lives. We all have so much to be thankful for! We have been working together, helping each other, and trying new leadership roles in our classroom and in our school.  One thing we have noticed is that our classroom is filled with creativity and imagination. This week the students even challenged the teacher by coming up with a great writing assignment! Ask your child about our fairy tale letters; we will be sharing these at interviews at the end of this month. Please check out our sunflowers – notice that we are talented artists in our pastels and thoughtful writers in our personal flowers. Awesome work, 4Wa – we appreciate those different talents that make you unique!

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