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Pumpkin Math and A Couple of Science Items

Students are very excited about the upcoming Pumpkin Math and Science Day coming up on Monday. The only thing students need to bring are old shirts that can get dirty. And Oh! Are we going to get dirty!!!!! I am still looking for any parents interested in joining us and helping us out with the Pumpkin fun.

Speaking of Science things, we are more than half way through our look at habitats and to celebrate, we will be having a …. quiz!!!!! The quiz will be all about the different habitats, what a habitat is, what living things need to survive, the different types of organisms, etc. Students will receive a page of study notes stating the things that will be on the quiz.

The second part of our look at habitats will be lot of fun. As part of this unit, students are going to be assembling terrariums. The terrariums are homes for various plants and animals that typically live in or on the forest floor. Observing what happens in the terrariums gives students a chance to learn about the habitats and adaptations of animals that live in this type of environment as well as gain knowledge about the role these plants and animals play in the larger ecosystem.

We need your help in making this the best learning experience possible. Your child will need a variety of supplies in order to build their terrariums. The supplies they will need are inexpensive but I wanted to give you a heads up so you will have time to collect the items to send with your child. As you collect the items, you can send them with your child so they are ready to go once we begin to build the terrariums.

For Friday, Oct. 31st

Your child will need:
•    A small trowel
•    Boots
•    A small plant
•    Small amount of grass seed or birdseed
•    1 small plant such as strawberry plant, sweet alyssum, or other small garden plants. The key to the plants is that they need to be extremely low lying plants as the terrarium itself is not very tall.

Pumpkin Day is Coming!!!!

On Monday, Oct. 27, the Grade 4 class will be celebrating the 8th annual Pumpkin Day from 9:15 – 12:00. Each year our class gets out the pumpkins and the workshirts and gets to work subjecting our pumpkins to some good ol’ math fun. We will be weighing, measuring, carving, counting and much more with our pumpkins. This year, we will also be having fun doing pumpkin math with Mrs. Goosen’s class.

We would love for you to join us if you can. I am looking for some volunteers to help lead the groups in the various types of activities. If you can help us out that would be great! Just post a comment on the blog or send me an email! You can also talk to me before or after class. The students will also need some old shirts to wear.

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Spelling and Memory Verse for Oct.20

Here is the spelling list for this week:

Spelling 0-3 by ihancock

Here is the link to Spelling City. Remember to claim your bonus mark if you bring in the certificate for 100% on the practice quiz or get your parents to sign a note in your planner saying that you got 100% on the practice quiz!

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Our memory verse comes from Psalm 139:9-10
If I rise on the wings of the dawn if I settle on the far side of the sea,even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Enjoying a Beautiful Fall Day

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October

By Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Music of the Week – Oct. 13

As it was a short week, we didn’t get to hear much from this amazing group. However, it was a group I really wanted to highlight especially since my choir had sung one of their songs a couple of years ago, which was what introduced me to this group.

The group is called Rajaton and they are an a capella group from Sweden. They are absolutely amazing and we talked a little bit this week about how hard it is to sing a capella because of how difficult it is to stay in tune without any instruments playing with you. The singers have to sing in perfect harmony, in the correct key and make beautiful music without the help of any instruments. I think the students enjoyed the group and appreciated their talents. Here is the song my choir sang, done much better by Rajaton.

And here is one for Mr. Neudorf, who I hear enjoys this song.

Science and Habitats

We are well into our Science unit on Habitats and Communities. We have been doing a lot of learning and having a lot of fun talking about animals and all the different habitats around the world. We have been focusing on the main habitats including:

  • deserts
  • rainforests
  • forests
  • oceans
  • arctic tundra

We are just now finishing off a major projects where groups of students each worked on researching and creating a poster about a specific habitat. Following that, students research an animal that lived in that habitat and created a snapshot of that animal with information about the animal. This snapshot will be added to the poster. The posters look wonderful and I will take pictures to add to the blog shortly. Our next adventure will be to learn about food chains and food webs. We will then have students creating their own habitats, which is always fun to watch.
Once we are done learning about food webs and food chains, students will be having a mid-unit test. Study notes will be put on the blog to help students prepare.

Yesterday, we watched a Bill Nye video on wetlands. The wetlands are an unique habitat that we didn’t get a chance to study. So, instead, I thought we would watch Bill Nye. It’s been awhile since Bill Nye was on TV but his videos are still great and lots of fun to watch while being educational.


And just because I love Bill Nye so much, here’s another one on space and the recent exploration of Jupiter.

A Couple of Reminders

Just a reminder that Spelling Lists and Memory Verses will be done on Friday. This is the spelling list and memory verse that was given out on Monday, Oct. 6.

On Oct. 20, we will be having another Knights Day. Students may wear Highroad apparel with jeans on that day. If students do not have Highroad apparel, they should wear their normal uniforms.

Finally, and this is possibly due to the long weekend, I have seen a dramatic drop off in students doing the xtramath consistently. Please make sure your child is completing the exercises consistently. Five minutes a day can go a long way in helping them with their math.

Thanksgiving Video

Just for the fun of it, here are a couple Thanksgiving videos for you to enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

May the Lord bless you this year with an abundance of love and gratitude for all He gives us.

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How Do Your Muscles Work?

In gym, we often warm up by stretching our muscles. While we do that, we talk about the muscles we are stretching and why it is important to stretch them. However, it’s really kind of hard to explain how our muscles work. While I was surfing around, I found this great graphic which shows exactly how the muscles work and interact with our brain to create our movements.

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