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Raven Rambler Feb 1-5

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Rube Goldberg Machines (Homework) – Due Feb. 1
  • Valentine’s Due at WGH – Feb. 8
  • Parent-Teacher Interviews – Feb 10 & 11 … Please sign up
  • PLF #8 (NO SCHOOL) – Feb 12
  • Family Day (NO SCHOOL) – Feb 15
  • Teacher’s Convention (NO SCHOOL) – Feb 22-26 (week off)
  • Term 2 Report Cards Go Home – Mar 19
Parent Info. & Thank You

Hello Parents!

I am finishing reading tests this week to get ready for Parent-Teacher Interviews Feb 10 & 11. Students are always really excited to do these tests as they want to improve their ability to read fluently, comprehend and think beyond the text.

Please have students bring in their new reading log to me this monday (tomorrow) and every Monday following, to earn their “OH SNAP!” points. (This change from digital to paper is due to low activity on their online reading logs so I think a paper version will be better to log and track.)

Reminder: Reading every night for 20 mins 5x a week is their assigned homework in grade 4 (as well as Mathletics 3x a week, and their words their way sorts for 10-15 minutes every night), they truly need to make this a priority at home in order to continue to progress in their literacy, comprehension, spelling, and numeracy.


Pink Group will be finishing (Unit 2) and tested this week then moving onto multiplication (Woo!):

  • Estimating Differences
  • Subtracting 3-Digit & 4-Digit Numbers
  • Solving Addition & Subtraction Problems
  • Unit Test

Purple Group will be working through the following (Unit 3):

  • Using Arrays to Divide
  • Relating Multiplication and Division
  • Dividing by Numbers 1 to 9
  • Posing and Solving Problems

Green Group will be working through the following (Unit 8):

  • Multiplying a 3-Digit Number by a 1-Digit Number
  • Estimating Quotients
  • Division with Remainders
  • Using Base Ten Blocks to Divide
  • Another Strategy for Division

Blue Group will be working through the following (Unit 8) and tested at the end of the week! Then moving onto (Unit 4 – Measurement):

  • Division with Remainders
  • Using Base Ten Blocks to Divide
  • Another Strategy for Division
  • Unit Test
Language Arts
  • Writing: This week we will spend 30 minutes a day researching and writing about an animal of their choice. We are learning to write a proper report (expository writing). We will be doing this over the next week and a bit.
  • Spelling & Vocabulary: Students are working on spelling and building their vocabulary with the Words Their Way Program and our new Vocabulary Passport.  Students will be tested on their words at the end of every week, so it is necessary they practice their word sorts daily in school and at home in order to keep progressing through the levels.
  • Grammar: Students will be working on sentence structure, simple vs. complex sentences, complete sentences vs. fragments, and proper paragraphs (including a topic sentence, 3 supporting sentences, and a conclusion paragraph) in our new animal research project writing
  • Reading Comprehension: Students are continuing the novel study Frindle, and read chapters 9-15 paired with vocabulary and comprehension work.
  • Reading Practice: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read) from 2:15-2:35 everyday we will do silent reading in class. Students at reading levels J-M will be receiving targeted literacy support during this time.
Social Studies

These regions of Alberta maps are coming home this week! They are stunning!


This week students will be finishing learning about simple machines: Gears.

The Rube Goldberg Machine Assignment is due Monday, February 1st either written/drawn out or in video format for us to present in class on the Monday. Students are aware of the expectations with this assignment, handing in assignments done to the best of their ability and on time is a life & leadership skill which is important to value as they progress through school.


In Health this week we will be continuing our unit on relationships focusing on:

  • Learning From Life
  • Goal Setting
  • Volunteer

Students will also be completing a final project in this unit.

Leader in Me

Habit #4 – Think Win-Win! 

In Habit #4 – Think Win-Win, we will be learning and practicing these skills this month:

  1. Win-Win or No Deal – Think Win-Win requires at least two people. When each person benefits from the relationship, they both win. There are four types of relationships (Lose-Lose, Lose-Win, Win-Lose, and Win-Win or No Deal).
  2. Courage and Consideration – Leaders who Think Win-Win balance courage and consideration. They have courage to stand up for what they want and believe in, yet have consideration for what others want.
  3. Loyal to the Absent – Think Win-Win compares friendship to a bank account. When you do things to strengthen a relationship, you make a deposit in that person’s Emotional Bank Account. Being loyal to the absent is a big deposit.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send me an e-mail.


Ms. G

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