Previous Weeks – Grade 4

Throughout the semester, we have been updating the website with week by week information on what the students have been learning. Please choose from the weeks below.

Grade 4 Archive 2015/2016

Grade 4 Archive 2016/2017

Grade 4 Archive 2017/2018


Week 14

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

Students will learn a new set of spelling words, to be tested on Friday. All of this week the
students will be practicing writing full sentences using the past tense, using correct
grammar and spelling. This week’s spelling words all end in specific suffixes, just as last
week’s words began with specific prefixes. We will learn how to distinguish between proper
and common nouns. Thursday, as per usual, we will study for the spelling test and discuss
correct grammar. Our focus this week will be reviewing the correct grammar of plural
nouns and adding “s” to verbs, along with prefix and word endings. On Friday the class will
be tested on their spelling.

Likeable, removable, printable, adorable, comfortable, durable, usable, invisible,
responsible, darkness, tidiness, silliness, excitement, government, requirement, loneliness,
harmless, hopeless, fearless, horrible

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

 

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

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Week 13

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

Now a week after the midterm exams, students are starting to get back into the swing of things. We will begin the week by putting the finishing touches on the preparations for the science fair projects. By now, all of the students should have brought home their science fair information packets and informed the parents of the upcoming science fair, which will be held on August 17. Just a reminder to the parents that the students will not be working on their projects in class. The science fair projects are strictly a home project, and parents and students are responsible for gathering the materials necessary for their respective projects.

          After finalizing science fair topic ideas, we will begin our new chapter of energy and ecosystems. Discussing what an ecosystem is and what kinds of elements it consists of, e.g. communities, habitats, populations. The overall focus would be the interconnectedness of ecosystems and how fragile they can be, and our responsibility as good global citizens to care for our ecosystems and their gentle balance.

Keywords: Ecosystem, community, population, habitat, niche, interact, producer, consumer

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

This week we continue learning about different methods that students can use to solve division problems. There is a focus on word problems this week, so students have the opportunity to brush up on their word problem skills. We take a look at how to simplify dividing by Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands using basic facts and place values. Students will also learn how to estimate a quotient using compatible numbers, and we will also be revisiting the Distributive property.

On Friday, students will work together in teams and compete in Math Trivia, which will test their knowledge of math skills learned from week 1 to week 13.

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Week 12

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

 

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

Students start off the week by examining the most common mistakes that were made in the Math Midterm exam by identifying the mistake and solving each problem correctly.

We leave the world of multiplication behind us this week as we start a new chapter in our ongoing Math adventure! Students are introduced to the wonders of Division this week as we explore how to estimate quotients using multiplication as well as how to deal with remainders. Students also will get a small peek into fractions this week as we complete the unit “Interpret the Remainder”.

As this week is a short week, students will not have a Journal Day or a Math Trivia Day this week.

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Review and Exam Week

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

Spelling
 • Recognise the right word and its spelling with multiple choice
 • Identifying VCCV words
 • Students will match spelling words with the correct definition using multiple choice matching.

Reading & comprehension
 • Students will read a short piece of writing and answer questions based on it.

Subjects and Predicates
 • Identify subjects and predicates, both simple and complete.

Verbs and adverbs
 • Recognise verbs and adverbs.
 • Identify the correct definition.

Adjectives and Nouns
 • Recognise adjectives, nouns, and pronouns.
 • Identify the correct definition.

Writing / Grammar
 • Students will identify and use correct tense (past, present, and furtue) of words.
 • Recognise and write sentences with compound subjects and predicates
 • Recognise and write Imperative, interrogative, exclamatory sentences.
 • Use correct punctuation and end marks.
 • Students will write full sentences when answering questions and correcting improper sentences.
 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

    1. Studying Science
     - Scientific Method
      o Keywords: Scientist, Observation, Investigation, Hypothesis, Experiment, Results,
       Conclusion

    2. Science Skills
     - Thinking like a scientist: fact versus fiction
      o Keywords: Observe, Infer, Communicate, Compare, Predict, Variables, Classify, Order,
       Record, Display.

    3. How do Scientists Collect and Use Data?
     - Science Tools (Measurement and Observation tools)
     - Recording and Displaying Data
      o Keywords: Microscope, Pan Balance, Spring Scale, Thermometer, Tape Measure, Ruler,
       Record, Display, Data

    4. Plant Structures
     - Vascular vs Non-Vascular plants
     - Parts of plants and their functions
     - Photosynthesis
      o Keywords: Vascular, Non-Vascular, Roots, Stems, Leaves, Photosynthesis, Chlorophyll,
       Carbon Dioxide, Oxygen

    5. Plant Reproduction
     - Seed/Plant life cycles
     - Parts of a flower
     - Role and process of pollination in seed-bearing plants
     - Reproduction in seedless plants
      o Keywords: Germination, Maturity, Life Cycle, Embryo, Fertilization, Pistil, Anther, Stamen,
       Petal, Stem, Pollination, Pollen, Sperm, Egg, Seeds, Spores

    6. Animal Reproduction
     - How do animals reproduce? Eggs versus live births
     - Metamorphosis in the life-cycle: complete vs incomplete
     - Human and other animal life stages
      o Keywords: Sexual Reproduction, Sperm, Egg, Fertilization, Offspring, Newborn, Adult,
       Maturity, Larva, Pupa, Live Birth, Hatching Eggs, Complete Metamorphosis,
       Incomplete Metamorphosis, Nymph

    7. Living Things and Their Adaptation to the Environment
     - Definitions of environment and adaptation
     - Physical and behavioral adaptations in plants and animals
      o Keywords: Environment, Adaptation, Physical Adaptation, Behavioral Adaptation,
       Instinct

 

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

    Place Value, Ordering and Renaming Whole Numbers
    Find the value of the underlined digit in a whole number
    Write a number in two other forms to the one given
      • Standard form
      • Word form
      • Expanded form
    Compare and Order Whole Numbers
    Round numbers to the nearest underlined digit
    Renaming numbers

    Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
    Add Whole Numbers up to 6-Digits and use estimates to check if an answer is reasonable
    Subtract Whole Numbers 6-Digits and use estimates to check if an answer is reasonable
    Solve Word Problems by identifying the keywords and performing the appropriate math operation.

    Multiply by 1-Digit and 2-Digit Numbers
    Multiply up to 3-Digit numbers using 1-Digit numbers and use estimates to check if an answer is reasonable
    Multiply up to 3-Digit numbers using 2-Digit numbers and use estimates to check if an answer is reasonable
    Solve Multistep Word Problems by identifying the keywords and performing the appropriate math operations.

 

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Week 9

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

This week students will begin taking notes for their midterm exams. Study guides will also
be given out to help prepare students for our review weeks. Please make sure your
student has a new folder for English class. This will help them stay organized. I will be
returning their previous homework worksheets for them to study. It is important that every
student keeps all homework worksheets and study guides together. Some students need
new English note books as well. Please make sure your student has sufficient supplies
with space for notes and a folder to help keep their paperwork organized. I believe
that at their age it is very important for them to learn good organizational skills. This skill
will improve their grades as they develop.

On another note, I am seeing massive improvement in every class with spelling test and
class work assignments. I will be increasing their work load the next few weeks. Please
make sure your student writes their spelling words at least ten times and completes
all homework assignments. The students who do not complete assignments and spelling
task are always the ones who fail my test. Not completing assignments will result in
disciplinary actions that affect the entire class, so please be sure to check homework
assignments on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I would like to see more improvement as we
approach midterm exams.

This week in English class we will begin with a new set of spelling words following the
VCCCV pattern. On Tuesday students will learn about prepositions and prepositional phrases.
After this we will return to reading comprehension on Wednesday, learning a new set of
reading vocabulary words. On Thursday we will review the topics and sections of my
midterm exam. Extra homework will be given out this week to make sure all students are
caught up and prepared to study for the midterm exams.

Spelling words this week: Monster, complete, hundred, exchange, sandwich, surprise,
applause, although, conflict, mattress, purchase, merchant, pumpkin, angry, Thursday,
ostrich, punctual, address, chestnut, luncheon

 

 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

 

 

 

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

 

This week we see the end of Chapter 3: Multiply by 2-Digit Numbers. Students will learn how solve 2-Digit multiplication equations using regrouping, as well as learning how to choose the best technique for different equations. Students will also learn how to read table charts effectively as well as solving word multistep problems using table chart data.

Students will also sit the Chapter 3 Review Test on Thursday – please make sure that your child is prepared for this.

On Friday, it is Math Journal Day, and students will create a new Math Journal Entry on Table Charts as well as practice solving word problems based on the Journal Entry.

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Week 8

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

This week’s spelling words will help students focus on hearing the consonant sounds and explore additional words with the VCCV pattern. Students will also learn new words through reading comprehension in our reading book. We will keep practicing identifying compound subjects and predicates and students will also be introduced to prepositional phrases and when to use commas.

 

Spelling words this week: History, number, hunger, company, window, welcome, blanket, perhaps, service, subject, thunder, furnish, jersey, mother, secret, harvest, winter, chapter, nurses

 

 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

In week 8 we continue to learn about how living things (plants and animals) behave. This week the students will learn about how living things are adapted to their environments. We will begin the week by learning about what an environment is, and how environments can shape the organisms that live in them. Then the students will learn about survival, and how adaptations can be keys to survival. The students will discuss the difference between physical and behavioral adaptation. Towards the end of the week the students will learn about organisms that adapt to survive on land, in water, and in extreme conditions like deserts and arctic tundra’s.

 

Keywords: environment, forest, grassland, desert, tundra, adaptation, physical adaptation, behavioral adaptation, instinct.

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

 

This week students continue their exploration into the world of multiplication of 2-Digit numbers. They will learn to estimate the product of 2-Digit multiplication equations, solve equations using area models and partial products, as well as using regrouping. On Thursday the students will complete a review test of this week’s units.

On Friday, we will start a new tradition – Math Trivia Friday! This will be held on alternative Fridays and will help keep student’s mind sharp as they will be tested on all general math problems and techniques learned so far. Students will work in teams and I am sure we will all have great fun as well as continue to learn.

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Week 7

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

This week’s spelling words have double consonants. On Tuesday students will learn new words through reading comprehension while on Thursday be introduced to grammatical simple and compound predicates. Simple sentences have one clause while compound sentences have two (or more).  This week we will be celebrating English week. Our presentations will be the main focus of our class time during this week. Thursday morning we will present our book reports to the school during the morning ceremony. Fourth grade students are encouraged to participate and compete for prizes. On Friday teachers and students will be allowed to dress up as their favourite story book character in celebration of English week.

Spelling words this week: Letter, ladder, appear, lesson, soccer, classic, hollow, supper, accent, pizza, officer, lettuce, better, slipper, bottom, ribbon, summer, college, occur, rabbit

 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

Upon completing plant reproduction in week 6, grade 4 science will move on to animal reproduction and animal life cycles. We will begin the week by learning about how animals reproduce through sexual reproduction. And the life cycles that many animals will go through, starting from a newborn, to a youth, to a mature adult. Later the students will also discuss the different kinds of births that animals may go through, including egg births and live births, and the different animals associated with each. As the week progresses the students learn about human life cycles and the different stages of human life. While briefly exploring how learning about life cycles can aid us in replenishing the populations of endangered species. We close the week by learning the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

Keywords: Fertilization, Reproduction, Eggs, Live birth, life cycle, endangered, metamorphosis.

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

This week students build on the multiplication concepts taught last week by using the Regrouping Strategy to solve more complex 2-Digit, 3-Digit and 4-Digit multiplication problems. The chapter review test for Chapter 2: Multiplication by 1-Digit numbers will also be held this week – please make sure that your child is prepared for this.

Students will also start a new chapter in their Go Math textbook this week called “Multiplication by 2-Digit Numbers”, and we will start exploring how to solve these problems. The first unit in this new chapter is “Multiply by Tens”.

On Friday, it is Math Journal Day and students will log the Regrouping techniques in their Math Journal as well as solve Math Journal Problems to ensure their understanding of the technique.

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Week 6

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

This week’s spelling words have (le) endings. It is important that all students write their spelling word twenty times each when assigned as home work. On Tuesday students will learn new vocabulary words through reading comprehension while on
Thursday be introduced to grammatical simple and compound predicates. Simple sentences have one clause while compound sentences have two or more. We will also review fractions of sentences and how to identify the subject and the predicate of every sentence.

Spelling words: Circle, angle, cradle, ladle, castle, ruffle, juggle, ankle, battle, candle, fable, riddle, icicle, sparkle, jungle, tangle, marble, sizzle, paddle, and handle.

English week is only two weeks away! Preparations for English week will be a large focus this week. All 4th grade students are invited to dress up as their favorite English book character and participate in the class presentations. Teacher Justin will be encouraging students to share and speak about their favorite book in English.This week we will begin writing the speeches and practicing the routine.
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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

Week 6 begins with us continuing our plant structure unit from week 5. This week the class will change its focus from the plant parts to specifically the flower and other reproductive parts of plants. The class will discuss the life cycle of seeds and plants. After which we will break down the exact structure of flowers and cones, learning about the differences in the way that they reproduce. The focus towards the end of the week will be discussing on how fertilization occurs with pollen and the many different ways in which plant seeds can move around and be relocated to different areas. The week concludes with a demonstration on how plants take in water, using white flowers and water treated with food coloring!

Key Vocabulary: Germination, Fertilization, Pollen, Pistil, Stamen, Burr, Spore, Pollination.
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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

This week, students continue to learn how to solve Multiplication problems using three new techniques. The first technique is Multiply using Partial Products, the second technique is Multiply using Mental Math – which teaches four strategies to solve problems (Commutative Property, Associative Property, Distributive Property), and lastly, using regrouping.

Students will also be learning the 7 times table this week, and as always, Friday is Math Journal day where students will get to add a new Journal Entry and solve Journal Problem based on the Math techniques learned during this week.
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Week 5

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

This Monday’s spelling words are taken from previous weeks to review what they have learned. Tuesday students will learn new words through reading comprehension while on Wednesday will be introduced to grammatical fragments. Thursday the class will continue project work while Friday is spelling test.

Spelling words this week: Tread, broad, split, chief, season, brain, throw, goal, scrap, choice, allow, auction, flaw, daughter, destroy, renew, boyhood, returned, chopped, counting

This week we will also begin preparations for English Week. We will be working on our projects as a group and preparing our presentations. Certain students will be chosen to represent their entire class during the presentation.
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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

Hello parents! Week 5 marks the end of our “Studying Science” chapter. We now will move on from learning how scientists operate and what skills they use to actually applying those skills ourselves! The next unit for the class will be plants and animals. We will begin the unit by talking about the differences between vascular and non-vascular plants. Then we will move on to discussing plant structures in length. We will identify the different roles of each part of the plant in both vascular and non-vascular plants. Finally, the students will be finishing the week by learning about photosynthesis and the benefit of plants creating oxygen!

Key Vocabulary
– Vascular and Non-vascular
– Photosynthesis and Chlorophyll
– Stem, Roots, and Leaves
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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

This week students will learn how to solve multiplication equations using Product Estimation, the Distributive Property and Expanded Form. Students will also practice the 6 times table and review the 2 – 5 times tables. As always, Friday is Math Journal Day – Each student will add a new chapter to their Math Journal that covers the three techniques used to solve multiplication problems, as well as pick a technique they are comfortable with to solve a Journal Problem.
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Week 4

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

Following last week’s focus on long vowel sounds, Grade 4 English will learn a new set of spelling words involving double vowel sounds. Monday’s lesson will teach and reinforce the meanings of this world, Tuesday is reading comprehension, on Wednesday students will learn the meanings of subjects and predicates, on Thursday they will continue project work and on Friday be tested on the week’s spelling words.

Spelling words this week: Counting, craned, seemed, burned, chopped, cracked, begged, moving, slipped, sailing, trimmed, shopping, returned, watching, pushed, visited, cringed, screamed, scratching, flapping
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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

Hello parents! This week we will be discussing the last steps of the scientific method in greater depth. Along with discussing how scientists draw conclusions and communicate results, we will also be discussing which types of tools scientists use to aid them in their experiments. The students will be learning about tools that enhance a person’s natural senses, as well as tools that scientists use to make exact measurements. At the end of the week the class will do some review to go over the topics we have learned this week, as well as participate in a science knowledge relay game to test the students newly learned information in a fun and active way!

Keywords:
Science Tools
Measurement Tools
Standard Measurement
Units of Measurement
Displaying Data
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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

Students start chapter 2 this week called Multiplication by 1-Digit Numbers. They will learn how to solve multiplication problems using multiplication models and addition & subtraction models, as well as learning to solve word problems using picture arrays, place values and number lines.

On Friday, the students will be creating and solving Multiplication Models in their Math Journals!
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Week 3

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

 

 

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

Week 3 sees the students learn how to add and subtract whole numbers, as well as learning strategies to approach word problems by identifying important numbers and determining the keywords. By determining a word problem’s keywords, a student will be able to choose the appropriate Math operation to be performed.

On Thursday, 24 May, the students will take the Chapter 1 Review Test which covers all the subchapters in Chapter 1: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction to One Million.

Lastly, students will be adding a Word Problem entry into their Math Journals to round off the week.

Kind Regards,

Tyrone Bissell

 

Grade 4 Art
Teacher Emily Barnes

 

Hello Parents and Teachers!

I’m the new primary Art Teacher at ABS and need your help! For future creative projects in the classroom I need to make a collection of recycled items. Could you please start collecting cardboard tubes, toilet roll tubes, cardboard boxes, plastic bottle lids, yogurt pots, drink cartons, straws, and plastic bottles… other items you think could be used are most welcome.

NO GLASS PLEASE.

Please make sure all items are clean before dropping them off at the art room or you can give them to me at morning assembly.

Thank you so much,

Teacher Emily

 

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Week 2

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

Spelling words this week:

Sentence, door, question, homework,
paper, sword, listen, make, always, stand, car, said, house,
animal, speak, game

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

 “This week the students will be learning about the skills scientists use, including making inferences, observations, and changing variables. Students will find that although they are learning about these skills for the first time, they use these skills in their daily lives. This will make it easier for them to apply these skills in a scientific setting. At the end of the week the students will be creating their own experiment pertaining to paper airplane designs using the skills they have learned earlier in the week.”

Key Vocabulary

– Inference
– Observation
– Variable
– Classification

 

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

Grade 4 students build on the Place Value skills taught in week 1. Students learn how to compare and order numbers using comparison symbols (>, < or =), use the rounding poem to round numbers, and renaming numbers. Two more pages will be created by the students in their interactive Math Journal to record the highlights of this week’s concepts.

Kind Regards,

Tyrone Bissell

 

Grade 4 Art
Teacher Emily Barnes

 

Hello Parents and Teachers!

I’m the new primary Art Teacher at ABS and need your help! For future creative projects in the classroom I need to make a collection of recycled items. Could you please start collecting cardboard tubes, toilet roll tubes, cardboard boxes, plastic bottle lids, yogurt pots, drink cartons, straws, and plastic bottles… other items you think could be used are most welcome.

NO GLASS PLEASE.

Please make sure all items are clean before dropping them off at the art room or you can give them to me at morning assembly.

Thank you so much,

Teacher Emily

 

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Week 1

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Grade 4 English
Teacher Justin Clark

 

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Grade 4 Science
Teacher David Yoon

What Do Scientists Do?

 

Welcome back to ABS for all of returning students and parents and WELCOME to our new students and parents! This week is the introductory week for grade 4 into the science curriculum. We will start the week by discussing what exactly it is a scientist does. Then we will be covering the basics of observation, problem solving, and using experiments to record and compare data (otherwise known as the scientific method). Afterwords, we will introduce the concept of evidence to the students. Evidence being replicated results of an experiment that give the same end result no matter how many times the experiment is completed. Evidence is the fundamental basis of scientific exploration!

Finally, the students will be able to test their newly learned ideas about evidence and the scientific method by participating in a group experiment at the end of the week. The experiment is simple, and will be purely to check the student’s understanding of the scientific method, and the concept of an unbiased and repeatable experiment.

 

Key Vocabulary:
Science – the study of the natural world
Observation (noun) – information collected by the 5 senses
Observe (verb) – to collect information using the 5 senses
Investigation (noun) – an inquiry or study e.g. an experiment
Investigate (verb) – the action of inquiring or studying
Evidence – data we gather during an investigation

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Grade 4 Math
Teacher Tyrone Bissell

his week Grade 4 will be learning about Model Place Value Relationships (units and periods), and how to read and write numbers in standard form, expanded form and word form. The students will also start creating their Math Journal as well as learn the two times table.

 An example of standard form:

 16709

 An example of expanded form:

 16000 + 700 + 9

 An example in word form:

 Sixteen thousand, seven hundred and nine

 

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