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					    BEGINNING OF SECOND QUARTER
                                         By Anissa and Benjamin
                                                                                                      ELECTION!!!!!!!!
2nd Quarter, Issue # 1
                                       In second quarter, we have been learning             We were very happy that Max’s mom
                                       about Poetry—Haiku, Cinquain and Diamonte.           came to talk about the election with
                                                 Haiku Poems!                              us. We did a miniature vote for who to
                                                                                           win. If we were all of the USA McCain
                                       Haiku poems are when you pick a topic like
                                                                                                       would have won.
     Dates to Remember                 deforestation but you have to make 3 lines. On
                                       the first line you have to make a sentence that
Field Trip                   Dec. 4    has 5 syllables. On the second line you have to
                                       write a sentence that is 7 syllables. On the
Hari Rya Haji                Dec. 8    third Line you do the same thing as the first
                                       line.
Alternate Dress             Dec. 10                                                                   SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!
                                                  CINQUAIN POEMS!!!!!!!!!!
Gr. 4 Assembly              Dec.18     This type of poem is called cinquain poem. First    In science we have been dissecting a
                                       you have to put a one word subject and then 2       flower. The flowers had a lot of ants
Holiday Party               Dec. 19    adjectives and then 3 verbs and then you make        and my partner squashed them all!!
                                       a short statement about it and finally end it
Winter Holiday Start        Dec. 29    with a phrase full of imagination.

                                                     DIAMONTE POEMS!!
3rd Qrt Starts             Jan. 14th
                                       Diamonte poetry shows change. The beginning
                                       line and the last line are opposites or contrast-
                                       ing words. The poem shows a gradual change
                                       from the first line to the last line. It is writ-
                                       ten in the shape of a diamond.


Interesting Facts
F1. The rafflesia grows up to
1m(3ft)! It is the biggest flower
in the world!
F2. The pitcher plant eats             Welcome to another edition of ‘The Grade 4 Times’. I hope that every-
insects! It’s leaves are shaped        one has a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving break.
like a tube! It smells sweet so
the will want to go to the plant!             Over the past few weeks we have been looking at a variety of po-
F3. Cold-blooded reptiles eat          etry in class. The students have written a number of poems themselves.
more than warm blooded ani-            The students have recorded themselves so you can go to our web site
mals!
                                       and hear them recite some of the poems they wrote. The students have
F4. Spectacled bears are very
rare and they live only in South       really enjoyed writing and listening to poetry in class and I would like to
America.                               encourage you to share some of your favorite poems with your children.
F5. A mouse’s heart beats 500          It might be a poet or some poetry that you remember from when you
-600 beats per minute!                 were at school. Maybe there is some poetry that you wrote hidden away
F6. Did you know that coke was         somewhere at home. It is great motivation for the students to have their
originally green??!!                   parents share some of their own writing with them.,
                                       Mark Davidson
                     Cinquain                                            Haiku
                     DOOR                                         The nice shepherd boy
                 Passage entrance                                Turned into a great poet
         Squeaking, slamming, scratching                           He was a great man
                 Opening mouth
                                                                         Diamonte
                      Haiku                                                 Boys
             NZ (NEW ZEALAND)                               Play ping-pong, hang-out and argue
                 Walking up a hill                                Swim, fish, ice hockey
         Thousands sights to see from here                    Shout, naughty, scream, mature
              Cold breeze in my face                                Lipstick and rouge
                                                                            Girls
                    by Logan
                                                                        by Pranav



                         Cinquain
                           Clouds                                Haiku
                        Soft, lumpy                      Fireworks are bright
                  Fluffy, Drifting, Floating        They are lightning up the night
                       White Hamster                          It is beautiful
                           Pillow


                                               by Kierica


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                 Making Math Meaningful and Fun
 This artcle will show you how to help your child explore relationships, and see math in a positive light so you and your
 child might see that math is not just work we do at school but, rather, a part of life. It is important for-home and school to
 join hands. By fostering a positive attitude about math at home, we can help our children learn math at school.
 It's Everywhere! It's Everywhere!
 Math is everywhere and yet, we may not recognize it because it doesn't look like the math we did in school. Math in the
 world around us sometimes seems invisible. But math is present in our world all the time--in the workplace, in our
 homes, and in life in general. You may be asking yourself, "How is math everywhere in my life? I'm not an engineer or
 an accountant or a computer expert!" Math is in your life from the time you wake until the time you go to sleep. You are
 using math each time you set your alarm, buy groceries, mix a baby's formula, keep score or time at an athletic event,
 wallpaper a room, decide what type of tennis shoe to buy, or wrap a present. Have you ever asked yourself, "Did I get
 the correct change?" or "Do I have enough gasoline to drive 20 kilometers?" or "Do I have enough juice to fill all my chil-
 dren's thermoses for lunch?" or "Do I have enough bread for the week?" Math is all this and much, much more.

 How Do You Feel About Math?
 How do you feel about math? Your feelings will have an impact on how your children think about math and themselves
 as mathematicians. Take a few minutes to answer these questions:
 Did you like math in school?
 Do you think anyone can learn math?
 Do you think of math as useful in everyday life?
 Do you believe that most jobs today require math skills?
 If you answer "yes" to most of these questions, then you are probably encouraging your child to think mathematically.
 This article contains some ideas that will help reinforce these positive attitudes about math.

 You Can Do It!
 If you feel uncomfortable about math, here are some ideas to think about.
           Math is a very important skill, one which we will all need for the future in our technological world. It is impor-
 tant for you to encourage your children to think of themselves as mathematicians who can reason and solve problems.
 People in the fine arts also need math. They need math not only to survive in the world, but each of their areas of spe-
 cialty requires an in-depth understanding of some math, from something as obvious as the size of a canvas, to the beats
 in music, to the number of seats in an audience, to computer-generated artwork.
         Calculators and computers require us to be equally strong in math. Calculators demand that people have
 strong mental math skills so that they can do math in their heads. A calculator is only as accurate as the person putting in
 the numbers. It can compute; it cannot think! Therefore, we must be the thinkers. We must know what answers are rea-
 sonable and what answers are outrageously large or small.
          The workplace is rapidly changing. No longer do people need only the computational skills they once needed
 in the 1940s. Now workers need to be able to estimate, to communicate mathematically, and to reason within a mathe-
 matical context. Because our world is so technologically oriented, employees need to have quick reasoning and prob-
 lem-solving skills and the capability to solve problems together.


 Source: U.S. Education Department




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