Students listened to the school speech competition on Tuesday with great interest. Students from our class, Laiken Bell, Lucas Scott, Taylor Clark and Sienna Hargreaves represented the grade four/fives from our class well. I’m very pleased with all of the student speeches and as you can imagine, I had a very difficult time choosing only two representatives from each grade. The student moving onto the family of schools competition will be Chloe Braun, Grade 6. Congratulations to all.
Presently, we have begun our new social studies units :
Grade 4: Early Civilizations
Big Idea: What are the most significant differences between societies of the past and Canadian society?
5: First Nation and European Settlers
Big Idea: What were some consequences of the First Nations and European explorers interacting? How was cooperation and conflict part of their relationship?
We have one over arching idea that ties both grade studies together:
By studying the past, we can better understand the present.
Today we watched this video and thought about the uses for Charcoal, what materials would be necessary to make these items, how does this information relate to us today? The students shared their knowledge and we had an excellent discussion. Talk to your child about what they learned. Also, don’t be surprised when they ask you if they can basket weave or make hatchets 🙂
Video Link: Making charcoal, baskets, & stone hatchets – Primitive Technology
In Math, we are beginning our new unit on Geometry:
Properties of shapes and triangles
Types of Angles
Watch the episode titled “Playing The Angles” : http://www.tvokids.com/shows/primeradicals