Thursday, 15 December 2011

Friday, December 13, 2011

1. Read - Mudshark novel - prepare for literature circles first week back using guide questions
2. Math - Practise math facts at least 5 times over the holidays 0-7x tables; 25 questions each
3. Music - practise at least 5 times over the holidays - have some fun
4. PE - strip for 1st day back

Mudshark, Gary Paulsen
Please read the entire book over the holidays.  Be prepared to talk about the main ideas of the story.  Below are questions to help you!  Don’t worry about writing down long sentence answers, but if you think you might forget, take a few notes (4 words or less for each answer).
 Literature Circle Discussion Questions
1.       Who is the main Character?  What is his name/nickname?
2.       Describe what Mudshark looks like (appearance).
3.       How old is Mudshark? 
4.       What is his special talent?  How did he acquire this talent?
5.       What does Mudshark do all the time? 
6.       What do the other students start for Mudshark?
7.       Why are the principal’s PA announcements so unusual?
8.       Where does Mudshark like to hang out?
9.       What pets did the school have?
10.   Which pet do you think is most interesting?  Why?
11.   Who or what takes Mudshark’s place as lead detective?
12.   How does Mudshark feel about competing to be the best detective?
13.   Why is Mudshark called to the principal’s office?  Do you think Mrs. Hall would ever call a student down to help her solve a problem?  Why or why not?
14.   How do Mudshark’s twin sisters help him to understand or solve the problem that has been happening at school?
15.   What clue helps Mudshark discover what might be ‘the problem’?
16.   How does Mudshark solve the problem?
17.   If you were to ‘cast’ one of our classmates as Mudshark, who would you choose and why?
18.   Did you enjoy this story?  Why or why not? 
19.   Make up your own interesting question for your group’s Literature Circle. 

Class Social - Thanks!
Thank you to Andrew, Austin, and Blair for brining in treats for our class sing-along / social.  Everyone enjoyed your festive treats!

26 stars today!  Thanks everyone, for a great 2011!

Happy Holidays!  I will look forward to seeing you all in 2012! Ms. P. ho ho ho

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Read for 20 minutes!
Music Recital tomorrow
  • Bring instruments
  • Dress in black and white, or red and green
  • Practice songs!!!
No spelling test tomorrow
Gym tomorrow at 11:15

3 Stars!!
1) Carson
2) Sadie
3) Matthew
4) Jonathan
5) Daniel

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

1. Read
2. Music - practise performance songs; instruments & books for THURSDAY; wear black & white
3. Library

Thank You!
Thank you to Matthew and his family who ensured the success of a Christmas project.  We appreciated the class set of Christmas Cards!

1.  Matthew
2.  Justin
3.  Ty
4.  Logan
5.  Carson
6.  Kaya
7.  Michael
8.  Haley
9.  Lauren
10. Nick

Have a great couple of days.  See you for our last day together in 2011!  Ho ho ho! Ms. P.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

1. Read
2. Music - practice performance songs - #20, 33, 52, 53; PROGRESS REPORT from Mrs. Zahir
3. Bring a Christmas Card!!!
4. No Spelling this week - Seasonal Activities!!
5. PE -

Happy Birthdays!
Happy Birthday to Lauren, who turns 9 on Thursday, December 15 & to Blair who turns 9 on December 20th!
We hope that you both have very FESTIVE BIRTHDAYS!!

1. Musical Performance - Thursday - 1:15 pm; Dress in Black & White
2. Friday - last day - school resumes January 3rd - regular hours

1. Blair
2. Ellie

Have a GREAT NIGHT! Ms. P. 

Friday, 9 December 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

1. Read
2. Music - Practice Songs!! Focus on 4 performance songs - especially 52-53; Instruments & Books for Monday = last 'group' practice before performance
3. Show Parents Term Overview 

Thursday Assembly
Many families have been asking about the performance time for Thursday, December 15th.  The performance will start at 1:15 pm.  Students and families will 'load the gym starting shortly after 1:00 pm attendance.  Come early if you'd like a 'good' seat!

Happy Birthday!
Today Hannah celebrates her 9th birthday.  We wish you a wonderful year, Hannah!

Thank You!
A HUGE Thank You, to Mrs. Mountfort!  We appreciated your time today.  We appreciated your helping us bake bread.  Thank you for choosing to spend your morning with us.

Sarah Plain and Tall Novel
Today, as part of our novel study, we baked bread, made butter and ice cream using traditional churns.  It was a lovely way to end our novel study.  I appreciated all of effort students put towards making our day such a success.  Many students have asked about the recipe for the Ice Cream and Bread.  I have included them below, if you're interested in making them at home.

2 cups whipping cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract

2 HOUR BREAD - 2 loaves
1. Mix in a bowl
3 cups warm water
3 tbsp yeast
-let sit until yeast starts to bubble
2. Add
1/3 cup honey or molasses
3 tbsp oil or margarine
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp salt (may be omitted)
3. Work in
2 - 2 1/2 cups flour
4. Knead
for 10 minutes
5. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rest in warm place for 10 minutes
6. Knead
again for 10 minutes
7. Place in 2 well greased loaf pans.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
8. Bake
375 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes (less if making rolls)

1. Hannah
2. Tessa
3. Sadie
4. Kieran
5. Tanner
6. Ty
7. Nick
8. Kaya

Have a wonderful weekend.  I look forward to seeing you for our last week together in 2011!  Ms. P.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

  • Art: Please bring in various items for print-making (ie: small pieces of sponges, corks, shaped pegs, snap-apart blocks, etc
  • Read for at least 20 minutes.  Share what you read with a family member.
  • Writing: Christmas Poems- Good copy
  • Science: Air Pressure pictures- late!!
  • Music - practice songs; instruments & books for Friday; Newsletter from Mrs. Zahir 
  • Show parent(s) Term Overview: Parent Signature: _____________ 
3 Stars!!!
1) Kieran

2) Lauren
3) Elise 

Homework Legend
Red - all students 
Blue - some students

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Read for 20 minutes
No spelling test tomorrow
Science: Complete your Air Pressure pictures
Math: Complete your Symmetry "D" sheet
Music - practice songs; instruments & books for Friday; Newsletter from Mrs. Zahir
PE- Gymstrip needed for tomorrow
Art: Please bring in various items for print-making (ie: small pieces of sponges, corks, shaped pegs, snap-apart blocks, etc

3 Stars!
1) Ty
2) Andrew
3) Nick

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

1.  Read
2. No Spelling this week - shortened week
3. Music - practice songs; instruments & books for Friday; Newsletter from Mrs. Zahir
4. Library

Thank you to all students for coming prepared.  We appreciated so many family members coming to share our day with us.  It was very nice to see you.

Thank you to Tanner for helping our class with skates, again!  We appreciate your support, Tanner!

Mark Your Calendar!
Don't forget the school's musical performances next Thursday, December 15th at 1:00 pm in the Gym.  Our strings group will perform 3 songs.  We hope to see you there!   

4 (3) Stars!!!
1. Ty
2. Carson
3. Kaya
4. Tanner

See you on Friday!  Ms. P.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Monday, December 2, 2011

1. Read
2. Spelling - Post Test Score
3. Music - practise songs - focus on performance songs
5. SKATING - TUESDAY - please come prepared: bus leaves at 9:30; skating = 10 - 11 am; parents welcome to attend!
5. PE -

3 Stars!!!
1.  Andrew
2.  Austin
3.  Daniel

Thank You!
Thank you for taking the time to meet today.   I appreciated your time.

Have a great weekend.  I will see you all on Tuesday! Ms. P

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Read for 20 minutes
Socials: Complete maps of Canada- overdue!
Music - practice songs; instruments and books for NEXT FRIDAY!

** The book Fair is on and taking place in the Library**
Early Dismissal Day tomorrow- no lunches needed.

There are a few students who are having troubles remembering to bring in their agendas signed and getting their homework completed.  Please review the importance of these with your child.  Thank you!!!

Enjoy the weekend Grade 4's!

3 Stars (7!!!!!!!)
1) Matthew
2) Jacob
3) Jenna
4) Lauren
5) Haley
6) Blair
7) Kieran