November 14th, 2017

posted Nov 13, 2017, 4:05 PM by Penny Pinsent   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 4:06 PM ]
 Dear Parents.

 I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday today and that your children are looking forward to another fantastic week of learning adventures at S.M.E.  It is hard 
 to believe that in just over two weeks we will be meeting to discuss the wonderful progress which the Grade Fours have made this term.  Time flew while they
 grew!

 During this week we will continue to build our reading and writing skills by studying text features in informational writing (ex. diagrams, pictures, italics, subtitles)
 so that we can apply these characteristics to our own writing and use our understanding of topic sentences to help us understand nonfiction texts better. We are
 also looking at the use of voice and word choice in fictional stories so that we can incorporate these tools in our writing too. We are also continuing to work on
 our conversational skills; reflecting on the speaker's points, supporting the conversation, turn-taking, etc. 

 In Mathematics we are concluding our study of addition and subtraction but will continue reviewing these concepts throughout the year through our Daily 3 
 Math Centers. Presently, we are looking at number patterns and problems such as _____ + 35 = 49.  We will also begin using the Dreambox Math program 
 on the iPads this week.

 In Science, we have been enjoying the experiments in the Rocks and Minerals unit.  Presently, we are discovering how rocks and minerals are used today and 
 how to prevent erosion.

 In Health this week we will design posters which explain how each food group contributes to our overall health.

 In French, we will begin using our new French words for school locations and school supplies to play a French game.

 Finally, in Social Studies students will present their reports about an explorer of their choice and discuss the importance of point of view when reading about 
 explorations.

 Have a wonderful week!  Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions!

 Yours in literacy!

 Ms. Pinsent