Our latest Science unit is Building Vehicles and Devices that Move. The basic idea is to build something, test it, make adjustments, and retest. We had lots of fun building boxcars, and even more fun on Race Day! Check out our movie for all the action…
Boxcar Blitz 2015
April is Poetry Month! We’ve had a wonderful time reading poetry, listening to poetry, and creating our own poems. We’ve learned about couplets, quatrains, cinquains, haiku, and limericks so far. We know that poems sometimes rhyme, but not always!
We still have a few more kinds of poetry to explore in the next couple of weeks. Here’s a snapshot of a poetry-art project we created this week!
This year’s class theme has been wonder. We read the book Wonder by R.J.Palacio, we have Wonder Wednesdays when we explore the Wonderopolis website, and we are exploring some wonders of our own as well! It has really been a wonder-full year so far… The students had a chance to share what they discovered about their wonders in any way they chose. They presented to their classmates and answered questions about what they learned. Each child was able to explain their new knowledge clearly, and we all got some great ideas for improvement. Please take a look at this snapshot of our learning. Remember to ask your child what their next wonder will be!
The week before Christmas we had a special “review” class in Science. We looked back at the parts of the landfill, and then we built our own. (Cells, leachate, daily cover, and even topsoil!) We finished off by DEVOURING it… Suddenly Science was everyone’s favorite subject!
In 4wa, we LOVE our PE time. Once a week, our class has a chance to get creative and participate in outdoor PE activities! This week, we chose to go for a walk with 4Wo to the old firehall park and play in the snow. Check out our smiling faces!
Starting next week, we will add snowshoeing to our PE activities. It is very important that everyone be dressed to enjoy the Alberta weather… so snowpants, winter boots, mitts and a toque are essential. (Be sure to wear sturdy winter boots for snowshoeing!) We are outside every DAY 2 for Phys Ed. We are all looking forward to some wintry wonderful fun!
In other news… Christmas Concert is fast approaching. Our Grade 4’s have been working hard on this year’s production. We are looking forward to a festive day on December 11! Please remember to get your loonie and toonie donations in for the Blackfalds Christmas Bureau, and you could have a chance to win front row seats for the concert.
Thank you to all families for your generous donations to our winter service project. Stay tuned to this blog to see how much we have collected!
We have also finished researching our first WONDER. Next week we will be sharing our learning with each other. I can’t wait to see how each student shows what they know!
This month in PE our classes have been trying out something completely new – Orienteering. This activity allows students to apply the mapping skills learned in Social Studies as they try to “orient” themselves and figure out which way to go. Students work with a partner to find clues hidden all over our schoolyard, and must work as a team to try to complete the course as quickly as they can. What a great way to get fit and enjoy some fresh air! We’ve been doing Orienteering a couple of times a week, and hope to continue until the snow flies (again)!
Our next outdoor adventure takes place tomorrow when our students will participate in the annual IREC Terry Fox Run. This is a special school-wide event that raises funds for cancer research in the name of a true Canadian hero. Our school goal this year is to raise $5000; please keep those donations rolling in! If we reach our goal this year, our students will certainly be entertained…. there will be a staff fashion show (with outfits and accessories provided by their lovely and creative students). We can’t wait to see everyone strutting down the catwalk, especially Mr. W. in his glory.
Finally, our Fall Frenzy takes place on October 17. We are in need of some parent helpers in the afternoon to run stations as our whole school takes to the field for some fun fall fitness stations. This event is always lots of fun, and it’s another way to get out and enjoy the beautiful Alberta fall weather! If you can help us out that day, please let Mrs. Walton know right away. Now… let’s get outside and explore the great outdoors!
We’ve had a busy first week here in 4Wa! Students are settling in well and learning the routines, and we are starting to get used to being back at school. Thank you to all students and parents who have filled out and returned the many forms sent home on the first day; if you have not send them back yet, please do! I am excited to see how many of you are already following this blog, and also to see lots of you signing up for text reminders on Remind. A test message will be sent out in the next few days.
Our first Social Studies topic this year is the geography of Alberta. Before we can delve into it, we needed a refresher on maps and directions. We started out with a little general brainstorming about maps, went outside to practice our directions, and even played a rousing game of “Ship, Shore, Sink” in outdoor PE to put it all into action. It was so much fun! Our map skills will definitely be needed as we try out Orienteering as our next PE activity. Stay tuned!