Category Archives: General Updates

Spectacular Science- Exploring Pulleys and Gears

In science, we are sometimes able to borrow fantastic learning kits from HWDSB’s Kit Services. Some of them are in hot demand across the boards schools, so we can’t always be too picky about when we get them.  This week we put our study of Habitats on hold to jump into our upcoming unit of Pulleys and Gears. These amazing LEGO kits have kept our class super engaged. Through these kits, we have explored different types of gears and pulleys. We have looked at how they make things move and how they make work easier. 

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


Picture Post

So when things get busy, I fall behind on my blog. Then I avoid it because we have done SO SO much in the classroom and I start to stress about how to share it all. Then I fall further and further behind. Also, reading posts without pictures is boring. Sometimes I’m so busy running around the room helping kids, I don’t get to take photos. Hopefully our remind messages and conversations with your child have filled the gap and given you some insight into all the great learning we have been doing. As always, please remember I have an open door policy. You can come in any day after school to look around or make an appointment otherwise.

In the meantime, I’m going to do a picture post to share some of our many photos over the last few months.

Jump Rope for Heart

Light Inquiry

Ted Harrison Art

Patterns with three changing attributes

example: the pattern changes by colour, size, and shape

Kindergarten Reading Buddies

Upcoming Report Cards

Report Cards are coming home on Friday. A reminder that a B grade means your child is meeting the ministry standard for their grade. One or two Cs may mean they just have a little bit of work to do. They are approaching the required expectations. Focussing on the next steps in the report card comments will help them do better.

If your child is getting mostly Cs or Ds, I have connected with you about this. There are a few parents I was unable to reach. If your child has received several Cs or Ds on their report card and we haven’t talked, please let me know some dates that we could meet. I would like to discuss how we can work together to help your child improve.

I would also like to remind parents that the learning skills are one of the most important sections of the report card. Generally, improving areas covered in the learning skills results in improved grades.  These are great focus areas when filling out the goals page with your child for the upcoming term.

There are no interviews scheduled for these reports, but as always, I am happy to schedule a meeting with you at any point to look at school work or discuss next steps.

Valentine’s Post Office Writing

To put practice applying our recent sentence writing lessons, we wrote letters for our school Valentine’s post office today.

As you may know, the grade 7 and 8’s have organized a Valentine’s post office. Students can purchase stamps for 10 cents to have a kind letter sent to another student in the school. The money raised will add to our fundraising causes that support school needs, such as buying technology or special class supplies.

We will add names to our letters on the last day before the post office closes. Our letters will be sent to grade 1 and 2 students who did not have a letter mailed to them by a friend. This way we helped have fewer students feel left out. I have purchased enough stamps for each student in our class to create one of these letters. If you wish to contribute to our class’ good deed, please feel free to send in some change and we will add another letter to the pile. Any support is appreciated.

We still have a few corrections to make before they can be sent out, but here are a few examples of what we started.

For those who wish to participate, we will still do a regular Valentine exchange in our class on Valentine’s Day and have a small celebration. Here is a list of our class names:

Canada – Political and Physical Regions

We have been leaning about Canada. Help your child at home by practicing the names of all of the provinces, territories, capital cities, and capital of the country (Ottawa). Can they name and label them all? This is a great opportunity to discuss how to read a map.


As well, practice naming all of the physical regions and look up some of the characteristics that make each physical region unique.