Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Terry Fox Day

Thank you so much for the generous donations for our Toonies for Terry campaign. Thank you as well to those of you who were able to join us for today's walk.

"Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue. It's got to keep going without me." ~ Terry Fox

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Terry Fox Character Traits

The class has been busy identifying some of Terry's character traits and supporting their ideas with evidence.


Friday, 25 September 2015

Reading Non-Fiction Texts

Children benefit from being exposed to a variety of different text forms. This month we have been focusing on non-fiction texts. Ask your child to explain to you what they have learned about non-fiction this month.

The students have been engaging in activities designed around identifying the characteristics of non-fiction texts. Below is a fun activity to do with your child at home to help them practice identifying these text features.

Our Weekly Reading Logs

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having your child read to you and/or with you on a regular basis. As you know, our Weekly Reading Logs, along with practicing our personalized Word Study Words (which will begin next week) are the anchors of our homework program this year so please be sure to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to these two tasks.

I found this great graphic to help support just why reading 20 minutes a day is so beneficial for children (and EVERYONE).

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Are You Building A Team With Your Child's School?

Research shows that when home and school form a strong team, kids are the real winners. They learn more and do better in school. School has been underway for a few months, so it’s time to make sure you are doing all you can to build a home-school team. 

Answer yes or no to the questions below:
1. Have you met your child’s classroom teacher at least once this year?
2. Do you talk with your child about school each day and review all of the information he brings home?
3. Do you monitor your child’s homework? If he/she struggles with an assignment, do you ask the teacher  how you can help at home?
4. Do you make sure your child gets to school on time each day?
5. Have you reviewed the school handbook? Do you expect your child to follow all school rules?

How well are you doing?
Each yes answer means you are building a strong home-school team. 
For each no answer, try that idea.

Excerpt from The Parent Institute

Making Words

We had a great time playing Desktop Boggle during literacy class this week. We were working hard with our partners to make as many words as possible using the 16 letters we were given. Making words is one of the key pieces of our literacy program as it provides a structured way for students to experiment with words and investigate how the sounds of language are put together. It is important that students have an opportunity for freedom to choose, explore, make, and play with words.

Welcome to Grade 3/4

Welcome to our Grade 3/4 Class Blog. The intent of this blog is to serve as another communication tool to keep you up to speed as to what's going on in and around our classroom. Please check back regularly to see what kind of great learning has been going on.

The blog does not replace the use of your child's agenda so please continue to check and sign the agenda nightly.