Mrs. D. Prescesky
Welcome to 4P and Mrs. Prescesky's Teachers Notes
NEW Tues. Dec. 3rd:
See field trip forms that came home today. We are going swimming Thurs. Dec. 12th and to the Senior's Lodge on Fri. Dec. 20th. Any questions, let me know! Also our NHS Christmas Concert is Wednesday December 18th at 6:30pm!!!
We did some exploration with playdough to help us understand the difference between rollers and wheels & axles. Many students asked for the playdough recipe...here it is
4 cups Flour
½ cup Salt
2 pkgs Unsweetened Kool-Aid Powder
1 tbsp Cream of tartar
Add & mix together:
3 tbsp Oil
2 cups Boiling water
Mix well. Allow to cool until able to knead with your hands. Knead until it is a smooth mixture and of playdough consistency. Store in an airtight container or bag.
*Note: This works really well in a stand mixer. Use dough hook and put on low for 5 minutes…done!
KEEP READING! New reading challenge has gone home to those who brought their reading journal in! Write the title of book in the holiday picture and have parent initial. Kids can be reading anything...the goal is to READ! Feel free to use RAZ kids online. Also, don't forget about Xtra math...it challenges students on basic addition to start and tracks their progress. It continues to give them the questions they struggle with as they move towards success. Links are below. If you need login infromation again, email or write in your child's agenda.
Important 4P Notes:
-Agenda: please read & sign each night
-Food: send a healthy, nut free snack and lunch!
-Home reading: For December students are challenged to read 15 mins each night. Write your title in a holiday picture and have parents initial. Bring your journal back on Friday!
-GYM Clothes: students need a change of clothes for PE EVERYDAY!
-School times: school starts at 8:25am...please be on time! Home bell goes at 3:15pm. We've been having a lot of students arrive late and this is disruptive to the whole class and puts the late child behind.
We have two immediate volunteers opportunities in grade 4:
1) Mystery Readers: read on Fridays from 10:30-10:50am to our class (on a rotation basis...of even if you can come in just once that would be awesome!)
2) Recyclers: take the school recycling to the bottle depot on Fridays afterschool. It will already be sorted and bagged by the students. You don't have to do it every week! In fact, the more folks that volunteer, the less often anyone has to go!
*Friday December 6th - No School - Family Friday
*Thursday December 12th - Swimming at JJ Parr for Grade 4
*Wednesday December 18th - Christmas Concert at 6:30pm
*Friday December 20th - Last day of classes before break!!!
-Walk to Senior's Lodge to take decorations & sing in morning
-Shared lunch at 11:40am...note to come
*Monday January 6th, 2014 - First day back after break
Click the link below to have a peek at what we do in grade 4. Listed below that are specifics about how we at NHS are tackling the various subjects. This will be updated as we progress through the year. As well, I will post links to online games/activities/sites that can help reinforce what we are doing in class.
Language Arts: Students are now into a study of Fairy Tales. We will be using fairy tales with a focus on writing and enhancing our writing skills with sentence operers and dress ups. Students will be working with Mrs. P. on reading strategies they need during our Daily 5 classes, while also having time to practice spelling on their own word lists.
Math: We are moving into number operations, starting with basic addition and subtraction. We then move into + and - of numbers up to 9 999. We cannot stress enough how important and essential these basic facts are to future math success. Please practice for mastery!!!! Online game links to come soon...
Keep practicing place value if this was a challenge for your child:
http://www.abcya.com/place_value_hockey.htm Choose level 1 or 2.
http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Number-Pop-388 Choose 1-100 and no decimals.
If your child struggled with time/calendar keep practicing that too! See the links below for great games they can play to practice at home:
Science: We are now into our exploration of simple machines and then building vehicles and devices that move. We have lots of hands on activities coming up and lots of group projects. We have already made butter and students learned how to use a lever to not only lift Mrs. Prescesky....but one grade 4 student...with just one hand...lifted Mr. Gillis! Thanks to Mr. Gillis for being a good sport and joining us :)
Social: Ms. Moore continues to work with students in their study of our fabulous province: ALBERTA! We have learned about the regions of Alberta and are now moving onto the history of Alberta and the exciting topic of DINOSAURS!!
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