Dear Families, ( A Few Photos from the Week)
The road ahead is a busy one and here is a bit of a road map for at least the next couple of weeks- buckle up!
- How The World Works- our unit of inquiry that focuses on How the Earth’s surface changes over time- we’re looking into different landforms, plate tectonics, types of rocks, changes to the surface of the earth, and ultimately what part do humans play in the changes to the earth if at all. There have been some interesting questions so far and we will continue to investigate over the next 4 weeks. Please lookout for ways we are sharing our understandings as they develop.
- Our math unit is all about addition and subtraction strategies and gaining a deep understanding of place value. We want to be able to really understand how different strategies work, and why they work with adding and subtracting. We are really working on explaining our thinking clearly and using the 8 mathematical practices to guide our work.
- In English (Literacy) we are working on procedural writing- tied to our unit of inquiry, note-taking, and narrative (creative writing). We are also honing in on our reading skills and working with comprehension strategies that will help us read more challenging texts.
- Personal Social Emotional Learning- we are attempting to learn how to be nice to each other. In 4D we have 8 boys and 12 girls. As we know adult teams go through stages of working together, that is true for student teams as well. At the moment we are storming- finding our places and learning to listen and get along with members of the opposite sex. A life long skill.
How can you help?! Well, as always dinner conversations are key. Playing math games and talking about the importance of flexible thinking and getting our ideas across clearly. Talking about things in your home language, watching videos, and talking about them together. Asking questions about friendships, and planning playdates- ask who they might like to have a playdate with and make it happen at least once. Sign your child up for after-school activities- we have such a wonderful program and if your child isn’t signed up and taking advantage- what are you waiting for?! This is a program that a lot of schools do not have- there is something for everyone and the skills developed beyond the classroom are invaluable.
The SCO needs a few more Class Parents to help coordinate parents for activities that the teachers may need help with – for example, the teacher may ask the Class Parent to help recruit volunteers to accompany kids on a field trip, or organize an end of the year party. Being a class parent is a great and fun way to get involved with the school, support your child’s teacher, and connect with other parents in your child’s class. Please do know that SCO is there for you to support. Because we are Stronger Together! If you’re interested in any of these roles, have any questions, and want to know more, please email email@example.com. Thank you for considering volunteering your time this year!
Last but not least is the Learning Conversations on October 1. Students in Grade 4 are expected to be at the learning conversation so please plan on that- they will be driving the dialogue and sharing the successes and goals for the next 6 weeks at least.