Room 13 News October – November 2012 Greetings! It is hard to believe the first month of school has gone by. It was nice to meet so many families at September’s Open House. Important Dates October 10th Field Trip to Lorne Henderson Conservation Area October 12th Movie Night @ Errol Road October 18th Pink Day/World Hunger Day October 19th P.A. Day – no classes October 31st Halloween – Students may wear a costume November 16th Progress Reports go home Curriculum Math: Number Sense and Numeration is the current strand being studied. Students should continue practicing multiplication time tables at home. Knowledge of basic number facts is vital to applying concepts in upcoming math strands. Social Studies: We will soon be studying responsibilities and aspects of Government in Canada at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Science: We will be finishing our Habitats unit soon. Language: Writing has progressed into the recount form. Reading will continue to follow the Nelson Literacy units that correspond with the science and social studies curriculum. Arts: The first term arts focus has been visual arts focusing on elements of design. Our music focus is on families of musical instruments and how they produce sound. A Word about Tests Most students in Grade 4 and 5 are learning how to prepare for tests for the first time. Possible anxiety about tests can be reduced by reminding students that tests are only one method of evaluation. Parents can help by checking for upcoming test dates copied in the planner. A student should start to review a few days prior to the test. Rereading notes in advance is worthwhile. Using oral questions and answers after the material has been studied can also help. Quick short answer quizzes are also useful as most tests require that information be copied down. This allows the student to gain test familiarity by communicating in a form similar to the actual tests. Homework Students in Grade 4/5 can expect up to thirty minutes of homework an evening. This may be to finish daily work, work on a project or reinforce that day’s lessons. When there is not an assigned activity, time spent reading is always a valuable alternative. Homework completion is tracked on a regular basis.The use of the school planner can be an effective way to check and discuss homework with a student. At the end of most days, I record what is to be completed and the students should copy this in their planner. Parents can then check or ask their students what they have to finish, or if done, what the lessons were about. Planners are also a handy location for notes, newsletters, hot lunch envelopes. Hallowe’en As Halloween falls on a Wednesday, students are invited to bring a costume to school to be worn for the third block of the day. Usually the younger grades have a costume parade through classrooms and we have been invited to join in! A small party will be held in class and a “treat” can be provided if students wish to bring something small to share. There are 29 students in the class.
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