Ms. Walker's

Grade 4/5s

Family Literacy Day is Wednesday, January 27th.

Students can dress up as their favourite story book character or bring in their favourite book!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

January 18, 2021

We have been reading this book as a Read Aloud in class. Students have to make little matchbooks that summarize each chapter as we go along and draw a picture on the cover of the most important part of the chapter. When there is a story within the story, students have to make mini books to retell it.

Friday Quote from Chase

"Let your smile change the world but don't let the world change your smile."

- Connor Franta

Snowmen at Night

January 15, 2021

Students created a scene about the shenanigans that a snowman might get up to at night when we aren't around to see. We worked on creating forms (3D shapes) using chalk pastels. We also looked at where the moon would cast a shadow.

Critics (other teachers and Lochside staff) are raving about our art instilation:

"Amazing," "Stunning," " Just Gorgeous," "These belong in an Art Gallery, " "Incredible,"

"I would frame some of these and put them on my wall."

Starburst Rock Cycle

January 15, 2021

Students used starburst candies to explore the Rock Cycle. First, they identified the starburst as Igneous Rocks. They then 'weathered' (cut with a knife) the rocks to create sediments. Using compaction and cementation (hands), they made Sedimentary Rocks. Using a hair dryer, they observed how heat and pressure (hands) can change a Sedimentary Rock into a Metamorphic Rock. Using boiling water, they then observed how a Metamorphic Rock can transform into Magma. After letting the magma cool so that it could turn back into an Igneous Rock, the students then got to eat their transformed rocks.

Ukelele

Our class is learning how to play the Ukelele in Music Class with Ms. Liebault . If you have one at home that your child would like to bring to school, that is okay. Students will have to bring the Ukelele to and from school on Wednesdays. If you don't have a Ukelele at home, don't worry as we have enough for everyone at school.

Our Cultural Artifacts

January 13, 2021

As we are beginning a new unit on Immigration, we brought in Cultural Artifacts that represent our families and where they come from. We found out that our families immigrated to Canada from 25 different countries!

Friday Quote from Sage

"An impossibility is just a possibility that you don't understand."

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

What's Your Word?

January 7, 2021

These are our word goals for the New Year. Students had to choose a word that would help them focus on an area of their life in which they wanted to improve, grow, or do more. They had to give two reasons why they chose that word and create a three step action plan to achieve their goals.

Learning about Decimals

January 7, 2021

We are learning about decimals. We have added them, subtracted them, rounded, ordered them, and compared them. In this game, we must put them in order from 0.1 to 1.0. Each decimals has 10 different ways to represent it (fractions, pictures, money, number lines, and decimals using tenths and hundredths).

So Many Ways We Can Practice our Reading

January 6, 2021

Students can read books, use tablets, or use the desktop computers to read during our silent reading times. Students have accounts with Epic Books and they love to read the stories online.

Trail Walks Helpers

We are still looking for adult helpers for our Weekly Wednesday Trail Walks. If you think this is something that might interest you, please sign up here. We go from 8:45-9:45 every week rain or shine.

You will need to have a Criminal Record check done first, but it is very fast and you can do it online. The criminal record check is good for 3 years. Here is the link for the Criminal Record check. The code you will need to enter is: UV53DWHBYX.

Thank you for all your help!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a New Year and a New Term! We are going to have such a wonderful time learning so many new things! Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Poetry, oh my!

Looking for photos or information from Term 1?

All of the information and fun activities from Term 1 can be found here.

Let's Keep in Touch!

Open, positive communication between home and school is integral in improving your child’s academic performance.

Here are several ways to communicate with me:

- Send me a note in your child’s agenda.

- Send me an Email. I will answer emails before school and after school, but am not able to answer emails during school and may not always be available to answer emails in the evenings or on weekends.

If you have a major concern or important information to share with me, please:

- Set up a meeting before or after school . I am available from 8-8:30 am before school, and from 3-3:30 most afternoons. Please know that if you need my full attention for more than 5 minutes, it would be best to set up an appointment. If you think it will be a quick chat, feel free to talk to me any time before or after school.

-As physical contact must be minimized this year, if you would like to talk to me “in person” but are reluctant to meet at school (outside), I would be happy to set up an MSTeam meeting time with you for before or after school.

or

- Call the school to set up a phone call at 250-658-5238.