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A big thanks to those of you who could join us for the Grade 4 Science Fair.

Students in 4th grade have come a long way in testing scientific ideas this year and using the scientific process to create experiments. They are now becoming familiar with making clear questions to test, making a hypothesis and writing a clear, easy-to-follow procedure. Creating a fair test (changing one variable at a time) and recording observations and results is also an important part of the process. Finally, students make a conclusion, stating a claim supported with evidence from their investigations.

Take a look at some of our projects:

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What was your favorite part of the Science Fair and independent investigation?

Leave a comment to let us know what you enjoyed.

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Dear 4 Terry,

I hope you’re all safe and well. It’s a pity that school was cancelled unexpectedly today, and I’m truly sorry that we can’t all say goodbye to Nicolas today. Nicolas will be back next year for Grade 5, so you’ll all get a chance to catch up with him then.

Here’s some work to keep you on track today:

* Math- We are continuing to work on multiplication.

Cluster Problems- Math activity book pg 9

Activity sheet to practice multiplication strategies: Solving a Multiplication Problem in Two Ways

There is also another assignment to complete by Monday on Ten Marks.

* Reading- Please make sure you keep your reading log up to date. Today, read for at least 30 minutes. Choose a just right book to read for 30 minutes and record it in your reading log. You can also choose to read Our Little Earth or Dogo News which are online current events websites. You can also use online books from the ES Hub website. Remember to read as much as you can over the weekend too!

* Writing- Please begin drafting your opinion editorial in Google docs. Use your school email and password to log in from home. Use the same topic and ideas you have been planning and elaborating over the last few days in class. I know that you won’t have your planning sheet, but try to write an introduction, 3 reasons with supporting evidence, and a conclusion. We will continue to work on it when you’re back at school. You should have the basic draft with 5 paragraphs completed by Monday.

* Social Studies- Read this article on Malala Yousafzai and watch the interview with Jon Stewart.


Now write a blog post or a journal entry to discuss what you think is not fair in the world.

What are the things that you feel most strongly about?

We’re looking forward to seeing you all back at school next week. 

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Grade 4 Science Fair & Music Assembly

We have 2 big events coming up in Grade 4. Come and join us for the Grade 4 Science Fair and ES Music Assembly!

The ES Music Assembly is coming up this Friday, May 16 at 1pm in the Chevron Theater. Come join us for this fun celebration.


Parents are invited to our Grade 4 Science Fair next Tuesday, May 20 at 1.15pm. Come celebrate our science investigations and check out what we’ve learned in our Magnetism and Electricity unit.


We hope to see you there!

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As we gear up for our Songkran Break, we would like to add a little fun and excitement to Grade 4.

All the students in Grade 4 will take part in a ‘Songkran Splash’ collaborative games.

Be prepared for a lot of fun and to get very wet !

On Thursday 10th April we will ask the students to:

  • come into school in their school uniform or PE uniform.
  • after recess, change into their swim suit and/or PE uniforms, with hat and water bottle.
  • participate with different students from 4th grade classes in water-based games on the field. Water bottles and hats are needed along with a T-shirt to cover bodies so that they do not get burnt. Please use sunscreen to help protect against the sun as well.
  • change back into their school uniform ready for the afternoon session. A change of clothes is important, as your child will get very wet.

No parental help is needed, but please help your child to pack their swim suit/ PE uniform/ hat/ water bottle/ sunscreen for the day. Remember, they should have a change of clothes (school uniform and swimsuit/ PE clothes or other clothing appropriate for the water activities)

This is a student-only event that we hope will help students work collaboratively in a fun-filled way, to achieve a task.

It will be wet ! It will be fun! It will be a fun-filled Grade 4 event to remember!

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How Can We Achieve Our Potential As Mathematicians?

We are currently working on the last part of our Unit 5 math unit, Landmarks and Large Numbers. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working hard on challenging ourselves as mathematicians and showing everything we know. We’ve used the five states of mind, craftsmanship, flexibility, interdependence, efficacy and consciousness, to push our thinking and help us grow as learners.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you be more aware of how you’re doing as a learner (Consciousness):

*How can I use the ‘I can’ statements to improve my learning?

*How can I use assessments to build on my learning?

*Am I aware of what I need to learn?

*How can I make my strategies more efficient?

*What are my strengths and areas of need?


Remember, Good Mathematicians:

(Craftsmanship, Flexibility, Efficacy)

*Estimate before they solve a problem

*Use the problem solving process

*Use multiple strategies

*Use efficient strategies

*Use words, numbers and pictures to explain their thinking

*Check their solution is reasonable

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on adding to our addition and subtraction strategies. We’re developing our strategies so that we can use at least two efficient strategies for both addition and subtraction. The short algorithm can be used, but only as an additional strategy (after using two other strategies) or as a strategy for checking our work.

Here are some charts to help you review the big ideas of the unit, as well as strategies for addition and subtraction:

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Tomorrow we will send home the Unit 5 pre-assessment and ‘I can’ statements to help you review at home. We’ll be continuing to work on these problems and ideas at school, so please bring the papers back to school each day.

Leave a comment to show:

*How you used your assessments to build on your learning

*Your strengths and what you’re working on to challenge yourself and improve

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Student Led Conferences

Grade 4 will be soon be holding our student-led conferences for the second semester on March 20th /21st. Your child has already started preparing for the conferences and will reflect on themselves as a learner in different content areas. Please sign up for for an 45-minute-block-appointment time using the Pick-A Time scheduling system. You’ll find details and instructions in the Friday Folder this week.


Student-led conferences are an empowering tool for students to take charge of their learning. Leading their own conference enables them to be honest about their work and explain what they have found challenging and what they have improved on. By verbalizing this,the students develop a picture of themselves as a learner and become more self aware or metacognitive.  As students will be leading the conference, this means that your child will be doing most of the talking.

Your child will be talking about their strengths and areas for improvements as well as their goals.  They will be sharing some key pieces of work and demonstrate some of the skills, content knowledge or concepts  on which they have been working. The students will guide you through various stations to share their work and goals with you. A student led conference is an opportunity for you to support and encourage your child’s efforts, and to hear the plans they have made for their continued progress. I will be in the classroom during your conference, but your child will run the show. Remember, this is their turn to shine, so do not bring siblings to the conference.

There may be more than one family in the classroom at the same time for this student-led conference. Up to 3 families will be guided through their conference by their child at the same time. I will join you for a short time during your student-led conference to review and set goals for the remainder of the school year. Since other families are likely to be present in the classroom, this will not be the time to address concerns you have about your child’s school performance, or put your child on the spot about a school issue. If you have concerns or questions about your child’s progress, we can arrange a private time to meet.

Sometimes your child may get ”stuck” when explaining or sharing their work. It happens to even the best of presenters so please help them out.

Here are some questions stems that may help. Please don’t ask every single one of them- only use them to encourage your child to talk if they get stuck.

Questions to Ask at Conferences                   

  • Why did you choose this piece of work to share?
  •  What can you tell me about this piece of work?
  • What did you learn when you were working on this piece of work?
  • What did you find most difficult?
  • Which piece of work are you most proud of?
  • Which piece of work shows how you’ve improved in your learning?
  • What could you improve on this piece of work? (Always after a couple of compliments about it)
  • What would you like to learn that you do not already know?
  • I really like…. What did you learn?
  • Which is your favorite subject?  Why?
  • Which subject is difficult for you?  Why?
  • What makes you happiest at school?
  • What frustrates you at school?
  • How are you doing with listening/following directions/ using time wisely/ respecting others?
  • Do you enjoy working in groups?  Why?  Why not?  What makes it easy/difficult for you?
  • Do you work well on your own?  Why? Why do you like to work with someone else?
  • Do you keep to deadlines? (Do you complete your work on time?)
  • Do you remember all of your things? (Do you take care of your materials?)
  • Do you think that you have improved your organization this year?
  • What are two things you hope to change to help your learning?
  • What are your goals for this semester?
  • What are you going to work on next?
  • What are some things you cannot do now but hope to achieve soon?
  • How can we help you achieve your goals?
  • How can I help you get better at that?
  • What will you work on in the next few weeks to reach your goal?

Questions to ask your child at conferences

I look forward to joining you for a small part of the conference to help your child reflect on their learning and set goals for the remainder of the year. See you on March 20th /21st!


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Addition and Subtraction Strategies

Our latest unit in Math is Landmarks and Large Numbers. The unit focuses on place value, addition and subtraction. Remember, in addition, you need to be able to break apart the addends by place, add on to a number, or add on in parts. You should be able to show your thinking in words, numbers and pictures, using number lines or other diagrams to show what addition really is. You must be able to show an understanding of place value as you add and subtract.

Remember to clearly explain your thinking when you solve any problem. Even when math homework may seem easy (like last night), the you should be flexible in your thinking and always try to use multiple strategies. You should also show your thinking in many different ways (numbers, words and pictures). Good mathematicians estimate (using rounding) and check their work (using another strategy or the inverse operation). To meet standards you will be expected to use two different strategies for addition and subtraction, therefore it’s important that you don’t simply rely on the traditional algorithm. If you do use an algorithm you must be able to carefully explain each step.

Please use the math page at the top of the class blog to find resources for this unit. You can also use the Math Investigations website (Pearson Success Net) to access the student handbook pages. The student handbook gives you a number of strategies which we’ll be using in class for addition and subtraction. Your user name and password for Pearson can be found at the front of your agenda.

For a little bit of fun, and to extend your mental math skills, try out this fun link to a mental math mission.

Your mission: Solve the problems to unlock the bio rods.

Click on the picture or the link below to get started.

Mission Mental Math


Ready for a challenge in math?

Check out Calculation Nation for something to extend and challenge your thinking!

Parents, you’ll need to help your child sign up to the site with a user name and password.

Have fun!

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Preparing for your Science Fair Presentation

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks preparing for our independent investigations in our Science Water unit. We’ve used the scientific method to research our own questions, testing our ideas, recording our results and making conclusions. Now is the time to present our findings and what better way than a science fair! The students in 4 Terry visited Mrs. Macky’s class yesterday to see what they had discovered and to get some tips from their Grade 4 classmates on how to design a science fair presentation.

Take a look at some of the science fair projects in 4 Macky. A big thanks to all the students of 4 Macky for sharing their projects with us! They were fantastic and we learned a lot!

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Here’s a few guidelines to help you with your project. Make sure you use the rubric to help you showcase your learning in the best way you can. Feel free to use the templates and models below.

Scientific Method outline

Science Fair Display Template


Helper for Writing a Science Fair Display

Water Science Fair Rubric

Good luck!

We’re looking forward to sharing our projects with Mr. Crimi’s class on Monday February 10.

Leave a comment to tell us how you found the project.

Did you have fun testing your own ideas?

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Below is our weekly Word Study Routine for this semester:

We’ll be focusing on Word Study each day both in class and for homework.


At school:

1) Cut your words out

2) Say them (quietly)

3) Sort them by YOUR rule (Open Sort)

-eg: syllables, beginning sounds, end sounds, parts of speech, consonant count

4) Write them in your notebook and explain YOUR rule for sorting them

At home: Alphabetical Sort (put your words in alphabetical order and record them in your notebook). Then use yellow, pink or blue to identify words we need to work on (dots, underline OR circle).

Yellow: I know it and can use it in a sentence

Pink: I know it, but can’t use it in a sentence

Blue: A new word … I do not know it


At school:

1) Take out your words and say each of them once

2) Introduction to the rule for your sort (Closed Sort)

3) Sort your words by the rule (Closed Sort)

3) Record them in your notebook (using the categories from your activity book)

At home: Look up the pink and blue words for this sort and explain what they mean OR try to use them in a sentence.


At school:

1) Review the rule with your group

2) Sort your words by the rule (Closed Sort)

3) Challenge: Add 3 new words to each group and record in notebook [star them]

At home: Choose one activity from the menu to complete, focusing on the pink and blue words for this sort and explain what they mean OR try to use them in a sentence.


At school:

1) Review the rule (Speed Sort)

2) Blind (buddy) Sort: Your buddy will say 10 challenging words to you, and you need to point to the category it fits into and then write the word in your notebook … kind of a like a practice quiz. Switch when 10 words are complete.

At home: Complete the review page from your student book


Before School:

1) Review the rule

2) Glue your words into your student book

At school:

3) Word Study Assessment

4) Write the rule at the bottom of your assessment paper


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Join us on Thursday January 30 at 8am

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Grade 4 parents are invited to join us for our Music and Poetry Celebration of Learning on Thursday January 30th.

The day starts with a musical celebration which starts promptly at 8:00 am in the Chevron Theater. In this performance students will perform a repertoire that they have learned in music this year.

The music performance will be followed by a chance for your child to share some of their poetry from their current writing unit. It will also include a basic introduction to performance poetry.

Remember to check our the ES Music blog in our ISB Links.

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