Posted by: fp14193 | May 2, 2017

Measuring Area

In math today, we used a square centimetre transparency to determine the area covered by classroom objects.  First we estimated, then we counted the actual square centimetres.

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Posted by: fp14193 | April 28, 2017

Medieval review

For those who lost their review, I have attached a copy.  Test is Wednesday, May 4.

Posted by: fp14193 | April 24, 2017



Today in math we we had the opportunity to measure items around the room using mm and cm units.


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Posted by: fp14193 | April 12, 2017

Fraction and Decimal Unit Test

What you should be able to do for our unit test on Wednesday, April 19:

-write a fraction as a decimal (e.g., 3/4 = 0.75)

-write a decimal as a fraction (e.g., 0.8 = 8/10)

-order fractions and decimals from least to greatest (e.g., 0.1, 1/2, 0.7, 1 4/5)

-add or subtract decimals (e.g., 3.2 + 4.7 = 7.9)

-draw a picture to show a fraction and tell which benchmark it is closest to- 0, 1/2 or 1

-fractions of a set (e.g.,  1/3 of 12 = 4)

-add or subtract money $4.58 – $3.25 = $1.33)

-using a grid, colour a design using several colours and be able to tell what fraction/decimal  each colour is

Posted by: fp14193 | April 8, 2017

April Newsletter

Well, the madness of March is over. Congratulations to the Tar Heels who won the NCAA Tournament. The basketball caricatures have been on display and were found to be very amusing by everyone.


Students have been working hard during the last month making inferences. They have had much practise during guided and shared reading to predict, connect and infer about the events in the text. Most have been able to make accurate inferences based on relevant connections. Some are still struggling to read between the lines and look for evidence in the text. When reading with your child at home, ask them to infer what they think is going to happen or what they can infer about the character’s traits. Remember that it doesn’t always have to be stated directly…try to read between the lines, using clues given in the text.

We have been reading and writing about humourous accounts and will be wrapping up the unit by the end of the month. Students will have the opportunity to perform some funny accounts through readers theatre.


We will wrap up our Fraction and Decimal unit during the second week of April. The next unit of study will be Geometry. The focus will be on translations and reflections.

Social Studies Ancient Civilizations

Hear ye, hear ye! Since we came back from March Break, our focus has been on the Middle Ages. Students have studied where and when this time period took place, along with learning about the Feudal System and all of the roles of the individuals in the society.

Assignments for this unit will include letters, written in the various roles, along with a power point presentation which will be created at school using the lap top programs. Students will have the opportunity to choose one of the Ancient civilizations for their presentation. This will be an inquiry based project focusing on specific aspects of daily life and the impact of the environment on that civilization. Towards the end of the unit we will be incorporating the science concepts dealing with gears and pulleys. Both were used during the Medieval Times, and students will have the opportunity to create simple machines that used these principles.

We will wrap up the unit with our traditional Medieval feast and tournament during the second week of May.

Posted by: fp14193 | April 8, 2017

Medieval times quiz

your quiz on Monday will focus on:

What was the feudal system pyramid? Levels?

When were the Middle Ages?

Where did peasants live?

What was the manor?

What did they eat?

What was crop rotation?



Posted by: fp14193 | March 2, 2017

Science quiz

We will have a quiz on Friday. It will be a Venn diagram comparing light and sound.  Students will also be required to explain(using words and diagrams) how a sound is made and how our ears pick up the sound.

Posted by: fp14193 | March 2, 2017

Mardi Gras


Posted by: fp14193 | February 27, 2017

March Newsletter

Grade 4 March Newsletter….From the Palumbo Press

March…a month I always look forward to. First because there is March Break and second, March Madness!

February was a great month. The class did some very cool science experiments in light and sound, and had a festive Mardi Gras to kick off the season of Lent.


Currently we are writing a news article about a fellow classmate. Each student had the opportunity to interview one another and then use the information gathered to write an article. They will be done on the computer and combined into a class magazine.

Our main focus for this month will be on making inferences. Our learning goal will be to use what we already know and clues from the text to understand and respond to the text. Presently, the strategy has been modelled and we have done some shared reading. Eventually students will have the opportunity to independently read various materials and use the organizers provided to make inferences about the text. This is a very important comprehension strategy which will help students to express the main idea for a given text.


Our measurement unit will wrap up with a unit test before the break. We have already finished telling time. Some are still having difficulty with the concept of elapsed time. This could be something to practise at home with your child. Money, and measuring mass and capacity will also be covered before the test. We will then move on to a new unit in the geometry strand. Our learning goal will be to describe and use translations, reflections and rotations.

Social Studies/Science

Our light and sound unit will come to an end next week. We have been working primarily with sound during the last few weeks. Students have done experiments demonstrating the “big ideas”. For a final evaluation, they will be doing a performance task in class where they will compare and contrast the properties of sound and light. They will also look to comment on the technological advances in the areas of light and sound, that are available to society.

The second social studies unit of the year will be everyone’s favourite, Ancient Civilizations.


*Keep working on Xtramath on a regular basis

*Parents, keep asking to sign agendas and ask what has been learned

*Look for our March Madness Caricatures in the next week

*Check out the blog to what is going on in the class

Posted by: fp14193 | February 23, 2017

Bottle organ

Today in science we learned about the pitch and loudness of sounds.  We then created a bottle organ and had to write a reflection explaining how different pitches are produced.


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