Monthly Archives: September 2017

Two Weeks In

We have had a great first two weeks! Everyone is settling in nicely. I am very much enjoying this new class and I think they are enjoying me.

We have busy with lots of work reviewing and doing some diagnostic work so I can see where everyone is at. Below is a snapshot. If a child’s face is covered it is because I do not yet have a media consent form. Please send this form in as soon as you can.

We have a new friend temporarily visiting our room. DWEEBLE, as our hermit crab is affectionately known as, is helping to get us excited about HABITATS in science inquiry.

In art we are leading to a bigger project. We have reviewed warm and cool colours, and had a lesson on lines.

In math, we have been reviewing our mental math strategies from grades two and three. Check out all of the different ways our classmates get to an answer in their head! We learned that making tens, looking for doubles, and using friendly numbers like 20 or 30 is efficient. We have also been working on place value, expanded form, standard form, and written form. Today we started rounding, but we slowed down because many students had trouble remembering how to round 2, 3, or 4 digits to the nearest ten. We will work on rounding some more next week. The goal is to round 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand.

In literacy/language we have been building our reading stamina. We have listened to a few read aloud stories and have written our first story. This writing piece is a diagnostic so that I can see where their skills are at and was completed with little upfront teaching. We will be doing more story writing in the next couple of weeks with more targeted lessons.

Here is a shared writing piece we did, modelled after one of the read aloud we heard.

Have a great weekend everyone. Remember to read at least 5 nights a week with an adult. 😃✌️

Welcome to Grade 4

Image result for welcomeWelcome back to school and welcome to Mrs. Davies Dynamic Class! 

Can you believe summer is over? It seemed to go by very quickly for me. With so many cool days, I think it felt like even more of a blip in time. Oh well, fall is always like New Years to me. A time for fresh starts and new goals.

I am so excited for our first day. Like most students, I too get the first day jitters. The night before, I lie awake anxious with anticipation for how the first day will go. What will I wear? Will my students enjoy me as a teacher this year? Will I remember to say I the things I need to tell them? Have I got everything ready? etc.

Mr. Swinarchin and I have been busy planning for this years grade 4’s and we know we’re going to have a great year.

As classroom activities get busy and planning fun things take up much of my time, I have reduced my expectations for this blog this year (for now). I will use this as a place to share some exciting updates and fun times in our class. Sometimes it might only be a picture post, but my hope is that about once a month I can provide families with a small window into our classroom. Please subscribe for updates and poke around the other pages for more information.

Parents: please be sure to sign up for our remind updates (see contact page for more) by texting @davies4a to (289) 275-1476

Here are the links to the handouts that went home on the first day of school:

Introduction Letter

Parent Homework: Getting to know your child