Coming Up in Grade 4 February 7-17

Tuesday February 14: Scholastic Arrow book orders due.

Speech Presentations in Gym: Wednesday February 8, 12:30pm: 2 Students
from each junior class will be presenting their speeches. Tommy T. and
Gillian will be representing our class.

Math: Chapter 7: 2-dimensional shapes. Math Test Monday February 13

Science: Continuing investigations and experiments with the properties
of sound and light. In two weeks, you child will be making a pinhole
camera. They will need a small can or box (Pringles cans are ideal),
foil and some wax paper. Monday February 13.

Science Test—Light and Sound: Monday February 20.

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Coming Up in Grade 4 January 30-Febuary 6

Speeches: Students in our class have been writing and practicing
their speeches. From Tuesday January 7 to Friday February 3, 7 students
will be presenting their speeches to the class each day. Please
encourage your child to continue to practice at home.

Tuesday January 31, 2006: Rowan, Abbie, Thomas, Drew, Bronte, Joey, Josh

Wednesday February 1, 2006: Luke C., Danielle, Symantha, Regan, Jack,
Tanner, Kate

Thursday February 2, 2006: Quinn, Gillian, Tommy, Kalton, Luke A., Joan,
Troy

Friday February 3, 2006: Melissa, Chloe, James, Katie, Ben, Baileigh

Speech Presentations in Gym: Wednesday February 8, 12:30pm: 2
Students from each junior class will be presenting their speeches.

Language Arts: We are completing a class novel study on Chocolate
Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith.

Math: Chapter 7: 2-dimensional shapes.

Science: Continuing investigations and experiments with the
properties of sound and light. In two weeks, you child will be making a
pinhole camera. They will need a small can or box (Pringles cans are
ideal), foil and some wax paper.

Health and Physical Education: Along with our Chocolate Fever
Novel study, we are studying Healthy eating and Canada’s Guide to
Healthy Living.

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Coming up in Grade 4 November 7-11

Language Arts: Setting up reading response Journals, Remembrance
day poetry and songs

Math: More addition, subtraction and estimation with 4 digit
numbers

Art: We will make Remembrance Day Posters in Class.

Science (Rocks and Minerals) Quiz November 9 Please review the
notes in your Science folder.

Materials assessed will include: What is the difference between rocks
and minerals? How are rocks and formed? What are the 3 types of rocks?
What is the difference between rocks and minerals? How are fossils
formed? What is the hardest mineral? How do we measure the hardness of
minerals? How do people use rocks and minerals in their everyday lives?

Social Studies (Mapping- Canada and its Provinces) Quiz November
11

The quiz will cover material we studied about mapping and Canada. The
skills assessed will be:

– Name all 10 provinces and 3 territories and identify them on a map.

– Capital cities of Canada and Ontario (and at least 3 other provinces).

– Be able to locate Midland, Georgian Bay and the 5 great lakes on a map

– Use a map legend to estimate the distance between 2 places.

– Make a map of a familiar place (ie. classroom) including a legend

– Use a map grid to find places on a map.

November 11: Remembrance Day Assembly

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Coming Up in Grade 4 October 28-November 4

Reading: Read 15 minutes nightly at home.

We will be doing a reading assessment during the week of October
31-November 4.


Writing: We are finishing up our Halloween stories. We will be
putting them in a class book and on our class website.

Art:

Halloween Artwork is due to Mrs. Downer Friday October 28.

Mrs. Tripp is coming to teach us a Halloween Craft on October 28.


Math: Chapter 2 tests are going home Thursday October 28. Please
review the test with your child, sign it and return it to school.

We are beginning Chapter 4- Addition and Subtraction:

Goals:

Estimate sums and differences

Add and subtract with 4-digit numbers

Add and subtract numbers mentally

Create and solve addition and subtraction problems.

More information about this Unit can be found on the Nelson Math website
at http://www.mathk8.nelson.com/math4/

We will return to Chapter 3 after we have completed chapter 4.

Science (Rocks and Minerals) Quiz November 9

Social Studies (Mapping- Canada and its Provinces) Quiz November
11

Halloween: October 31, 2005.

Children are not to wear costumes in the morning. They will change into
costumes for the afternoon.

We are going to have a class Halloween snack and party for part of the
afternoon. If you would like to bring snacks, please bring healthy
snacks.

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Coming Up in Grade 4: October 20-28

Reading: Read 15 minutes nightly at home.

Writing and Art:

The school is having a Halloween art contest. We will be writing stories
and creating Halloween artwork for the contest in Writing class from
October 24-28.

Math: Chapter 2- Numeration: Students will compare, order and explore
number patterns in numbers up to 10, 000.

Thursday October 20: Counting Money Collections: Estimate Count and
write Money amounts up to $50.00

Chapter Review page 52, 53 Friday October 21. We will take it up in
class on Monday.

Math Quiz: Tuesday October 25: chapter 2 (will cover the same material
as in the Chapter Review).

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September Newsletter

Welcome to Mr. McGaughey’s Grade 4 Class webpage.

My name is Sean McGaughey and I am beginning my ninth year of teaching
for the Simcoe County District Board of Education. Prior to coming to
Parkview, I taught Special Education and grade 2 at Huronia Centennial
School in Elmvale. I live with my wife, Nancy, and my daughter Sarah,
age 5. I enjoy playing guitar and writing and singing folk music. I
bring a lot of music into my classroom.

  • School begins at 8:45 and ends at 3:15.
  • Recesses are at 10:05 and 1:50. Please send healthy snacks for your
    child at recess.
  • Lunch is from 11:30 – 11:50 in the class followed by outdoor recess
    from 11:50 to 12:30.
  • Dismissal is at 3:15.

Sending Money to School

If you are sending money to school with your child, please put it in an
envelope and indicate;

a) Your child’s first and last name,

b) My name.

c) The amount of money and the purpose for the money.

Agendas

Agendas are an excellent way of teaching children organizational skills
and keeping track of assignments. At the end of each day, the children
will have the opportunity to record assignments and information about
upcoming events in their agendas. Every morning I will ask the children
if they have any notes in their agendas for me.

Rules for Grade 4

1) Treat others with kindness and respect.

2) Keep hands, feet, objects and unwanted comments to yourself.

3) Listen carefully during lessons.

4) Remember to do your job.

5) Take care of your classroom and your school.

6) Never give up. Always do your Best!

Consequences for Grade 4

1st Time: WARNING from teacher, name on board.

2nd Time: Check mark beside name, Time Out in classroom to complete a
think sheet.

3rd Time: Think sheet with: Phone Call Home

Severe Clause: Phone call home, or parental interview. Office
intervention

Please go over these rules and consequences with your child. Be aware
that if you receive a time-out sheet to sign or a phone call, that your
child has already had a warning and received 1 or 2 consequences.

Weekly Schedule

Here are a few of the events that happen in our classroom over the
course of a week. Math, Language, and French occur every day.

Monday: Science

Tuesday: Phys-Ed, Social Studies

Wednesday: Science

Thursday: Phys-Ed, Library, Social Studies

Friday: Art, Music

Homework

Homework will be listed in your child’s agenda. Your child may bring
work home to complete if it was not finished in class. This work needs
to be completed for the next day. From time to time, I may send other
assignments to be completed at home. We will make sure the due dates
are written in your child’s agenda.

Sharing and Newstelling

In grade 4, children are still eager to share special items and events
with the whole class. At this time, we are not doing formal sharing in
our class. In the future, your child may be assigned one or two days a
month for formal sharing or news-telling as part of our Oral Language
program.

Gym

Our class has gym twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Your
child is expected to have running shoes in the gym, and gym clothes.
You may leave a pair of indoor shoes at the school.

Units this Month:

Language:

This year we will be using the Write Traits program for writing. This
program identifies 6 Traits of Writing used by effective writers:
Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and
Conventions. In the beginning, we will focus on developing strong ideas
in writing.

Math: Patterning: Nelson Math 4 Chapter 1

For the first 3 weeks, your child will be exploring shape and number
patterns. The goal will be for your child to recognize, extend, create
and describe shape patterns and number sequences.

Patterning Activities you can do at home:

1. Your child can use skip counting patterns on a calculator to find the
age of each person in the family in months or weeks. For example, using
52 weeks = 1 year enter 52 +52 = = = = = = to find the number of weeks
in 1 year.

2. Your child can use a month-month calendar to record activities that
occur on a regular basis, such as weekly, or daily sports, groups, music
lessons, or favorite TV programs. Have them describe any patterns they
see.

Thursday September 29: Math Test on patterning: chapter 1

Chapter 2- Numeration: Students will compare, order and explore number
patterns in numbers up to 10, 000.

At home, your child can:

  • practice reading and writing numbers found in magazines or newspapers
    that are between 1000 and 10, 000.
  • relate numbers of distances between places that she or he has been or
    has heard about.

Science: We will beginning a unit on Rocks and Minerals shortly. On
October 12, we will be going on a field trip to Wye Marsh to study rocks
and minerals. A permission form for this field trip will be coming home
shortly.

Social Studies: We will begin by studying map and globe skills this
month, moving into a study of Canada and its regions.

Sean McGaughey

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