Team Thor Learns Teamwork Skills
On Oct 3rd, 2018 the grade three fours (Team THOR) did entertaining presentations, to convince Mrs. Maxwell to choose their sculpture that each team made to put into the trophy case. The sculptures were to represent Team Thor or Botha School. The class learned to make sculptures, but we also learned to recognize team members’ talents and skills. It turns out that every student has something to offer, and that everybody is good at something! They also had a lot of fun!
October, 2018 Class Newsletter
We have had a good start to the year. We have quite a great class this year. Thank you all for your great parenting. We have a great group of kids who are eager to learn and are very cooperative and community minded. We have built good team skills and we are calling ourselves Team Thor! (If grade five and Six is grade Fix, we decided we should be Team THOR! ) Usually every year the students generate their own class rules but this year our class has taken it a step further and written Our Promise. Look for that promise on our procedures page of this website.
In ELA we are again using the Jolly Program for spelling, grammar and language skills. I’m impressed with this program that gives logical sequencing to language arts concepts. We are also using a ‘Daily 5’ program which allows for student choice, and encourages students to be reading and writing everyday. Incorporated into the Daily Five are reading and writing lessons. For example this month we are talking about comprehension strategies.
I was reminded again at a PD I attended at the end of Sept about how beneficial home reading for at least 15 min a day is to young readers. If your child read only reads for a few minutes (let’s say 5 min) that’s 300 000 words per year, but if your child reads for 15 min a day they’ll read over 600 000 words per year. Twenty minutes a day would get you around a million words per year. That’s a lot of learning power! I’ve always encouraged 15 min/day for gr 3 and 20 min/day for gr 4.
In math we studied patterning in Sept. and quickly reviewed math facts and multidigit addition and subtraction. We’ll be looking at number sense in October. Grade three needs to know their facts to 18 and grade fours should be automatic with the facts to 18.
In science we will be continuing with the Waste and Our World unit. We’ll be looking into the geography of Alberta by studying a bit of our natural history and looking at each geographical area.
Welcome to grade three/four! Again this year, Grade Three and Four will be together for all subjects in Mrs. Maxwell’s home room. In ELA grades three and four will often be doing very similar activities with many of the same topics; students will respond at their own level. Math is often taught with similar concepts, usually each grade has separate instruction and assignments, occasionally they do similar hands–on activities, each grade at their own level. Science, social, health, music and art curriculums are cycled; this year we are on the cycle studying grade four topics.
Agendas should be coming home with your child everyday. Please have your child show you their agenda every day after school and initial. Students are supposed to record if they have any homework, but that is a skill that has to be learned. I will try to record in their agendas if they have unfinished assignments that are overdue. Also watch for spelling words to come home every week. Your child should also have access to all spelling lists through this website or just through “shared documents’ in their Google account that can be accessed from any computer. These are the words used for spelling Bees so that you child works with these words and can study them for the spelling bees. As a part of the “Jolly” program we will do some spelling dictation which should help your child see which words they need to study the most, however spelling will be assessed by observing samples of students’ daily writing.
There will be a Home Reading program again this year with incentives for the students. Please initial the book icon in the monthly calendar of the agenda on the days that your grade child reads for 15 min or more. Please also record the number of minutes. (reading for 30 min would count as reading twice etc.)
Check out the Procedures page on this website for more information about homework, home reading program agendas, and more. It's a good place to refer back to at anytime during the year or for new students who may arrive later in the yeaer. Students who have completed final drafts will have their work published on the Student Work page.
I am looking forward to the new school year!
- math facts anytime, Gr 3 & 4 +- to 18
Tests Sent Home
I usually hang onto major term one tests so you can see them at Student Led Conferences in November.
Our class has access to Chrome books! How exciting! Students should be able to login to their Google accounts from any computer anywhere that has internet access! Your child can show you Google Documents and Slide Presentations that they have been working on.
Last year we experimented a bit with the Seesaw app to show you our learning in our class. I hope to use it a bit more this year. I sent home invites to our Seesaw. I hope you are able to connect easily.
We have been using Clas Dojo for years. It is an app that communicates to students (and their parents if you can connect) about behavior and work/study habits. It's a point reward system which for some students is very motivating. If parents can connect, I'm sure it would be even more motivating since you can peek at how your child is doing at school. A few years ago some parents had trouble connecting, so I just used it in class. I am hoping the site is more user friendly now and connecting will be easy using the invites I've sent home.