Monthly Archives: February 2016

Update on P4


Firstly, remember that narrative rough drafts are due Monday.

Next week your homework will be to start typing them into google docs, so you may want to get a head start on that this weekend. To do this you can set Google Drive up on your home computers and sign in with your school account and password that I wrote in your agenda. If you are working on a tablet such as an iPad you will need to download the Google Docs app AND the Google Drive app to do this.

Please return the last page of your report card signed and completed with your goals for term 2.


We have had a great week. In language we are working on two tasks. We are trying to finish up our work on narratives, while beginning work on non-fiction texts. Because we are doing a lot of work in science that relies on reading and understanding non-fiction pieces of text I have seen a need to improve students skills in this area. We have begun with learning about the THEIVES strategy.

THEIVES is a strategy for quickly scanning a non-fiction text for the important information. A valuable skill, especially with students doing more and more research on the Internet and needing to decide if a source is helpful.

Here is a copy of the worksheet that has been guiding us:


In math we have been working to deepen our understanding of perimeter and area. After lots and lots of practice and shared work on open ended problems, I think most students are now feeling comfortable with these concepts.

Here is our work on one of our open ended problems. Look at how many different possibilities students were able to find. Students found it fascinating that the design could change so much even though the area remained the same.




Another group did the same problem, but instead worked with an area of 30 square meters. Look at all of the possibilities they discovered:




In art this week we learned about colour value. There were lots of oohs and ahhs when students saw how adding white or black could change a colour.


It’s a work in progress. You’ll have to wait to see the end result, but here is our first step in working with colour value:

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Well, that’s just a taste of what we’ve been doing.

Here a challenge for you (our students or other readers). You may tell us in the comments below. Choose an object in your room and tell us what its area and perimeter is. How did you solve for each?

For an extra tough challenge, find the area and perimeter of your room. Remember to use metric measurements such as centimetres and metres. So if you use a measuring tape with inches and feet, you may need to get some help looking up on the Internet how to convert your measurements to metres. Remember inches and feet are part of the imperial measuring system that is taught in the United States. In Canada, we teach with the metric system.

Have a great weekend!


Hello readers! It has been a long time. This blog has been quiet for quite some time while I took some time away from work to be with my family and look after my oldest son and our newest baby. Baby Davies is one now and with his first birthday, came my return  to work. I am really enjoying being back. I missed the students of our school very much and have been reminded of how much joy teaching brings me!  Now that I have been back for a few weeks and am starting to get back into the swing of things, I am eager to get our class blog up and running. Please subscribe here to receive our updates:

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Davies Dynamic Class has a new group of students this year. Students of the 2015-2016 class will have to take some time to learn about the blogging process and our blogging expectations. I have not taken down any of the old posts from last years class because it might give you an idea of what a blog is all about.

Parents and students, please take the time to read about our Blogging Guidelines together and to learn about YAPPY. You can look at some of the work here that last years students did on YAPPY. It’s all about knowing how to be safe on the internet.

Please note that when sharing our student work on this blog, we only share students’ first names. No last names or other personal information is to be shared with this. Know that the students of our class may have their photo posted on our blog if parents signed the “Acceptable Use Agreement” and “Consent to Release Personal Information” forms sent home by the school in September. We strive very hard to protect our students and will not attach personal information to photographs. It is important that our readers (including parents and students) respect this is well. So, remember when you’re commenting on a photo or someone’s work, NOT to include personal information (such as their full name) that may put them at risk of danger.

Attention Parents:

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For the first time, I am trying to incorporate the use of the Remind app into my teaching practice. I have heard great things about it from other teachers. Parents, if you have a SMART device you can use the link below to join or download the Remind app from your app store and join using @p4da as our class code. Remind will allow me to communicate with our class regarding important dates, updates, and homework reminders. It also allows me to send information pertaining only to your child just to you and for you to send messages to me. I will set office hours on the app, showing the best times to chat with me. Have a question about a homework problem? Send me a Remind text message and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. I can’t wait to try this with you! Let me know what you think.

Join Remind here:


In other news, here’s once been happening in our classroom since my return:


We have been discussing the structure of narrative stories. We have talked about how most stories follow a story mountain (or story arc) and how stories are structured with a beginning, middle, and end. Below are some of the anchor charts in our classroom to help us with understanding narrative structures. Students are learning to recognize and describe the beginning, middle, and end in stories they read. Students are also writing narratives to show they can create their own stories with a strong beginning, middle, and end.




In math we have been working on linear measurement. We have looked at units such as millimetres, centimetres, decimetres, metres, and kilometres.  In the beginning, many students showed challenges in understanding the differences between these units and in deciding which unit would be best to use when measuring various objects. However, we took some time to go back to review what was learned in previous grades and after much practice, most of the class has a solid grasp of these measurement units.  Students are now also able to solve problems that require them relate various units of measurement and convert from one unit to another. Next we will be applying this knowledge to solving for perimeter and area of a variety of objects.

Recently, our class has acquired 6 new iPad mini’s that are specifically for the use of the students in our room. We feel so lucky! In exploring an app called Explain Everything, students are beginning to show their thinking in solving various math problems. Here are two examples (please excuse the noise of our other students working in the background).


Here is some work our class has done on problem solving while working in small groups:


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In science we have begun discussing Rocks and Minerals in grade 4 and Conservation of Energy in grade 5. We will be using this area of learning to explore the new learning strategy of Inquiry Based Learning, so we still have much more to learn here.

The Arts:

In art, we have been working on a project that explores various types of line. As well, we have looked at the colour wheel and briefly discussed warm and cool colours. We will be revisiting these two concepts many times throughout the rest of the year. As these pieces of art are completed we will share them on our blog.

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