# A new adventure

After our weekly hop back, the class reflected on our week through blog writing.  We also used this as an opportunity to learn about revision during the writing process.  Reading out loud constantly, crossing out, and adding interesting words all happened on paper before the good copy of the following post ideas.  We finished the week with a little creative fun, thinking about how natural textures can help us express ourselves.

This week we planned a story about a picture and, all the groups twisted and tweaked it a little bit so we ended up with sentences like this “ She gasped as the ice creaked beneath her feet” or “ She  snatched her knife from its sheath (sword carrier)  and prepared to fight the monster” One challenge of the booklet was had to agree to each other’s  ideas, we let them talk even if we were overflowing with ideas. some adjectives to describe the character. Another thing we had to do was agree to the setting the place that the action was in. Mr. McCreath chose a photo of his daughter  Josie  and we made ideas. The skills we used were our writing skills, we also made a mental picture in order to describe the story. We described the details and broke them into parts to understand better.  We think that this week was an adventure and fun!  Olivia  &  Maya

This week we learned about area and perimeter . When I was multiplying the teacher told me a new way to do times table. It is called a “Grid multiply”. I broke numbers into parts. When I multiplied it I also crossed out the zeros and then when I finished it I added the zeros.  Kae

Guess what we did this amazing week! One of our favorite things we did in the math station was learning to subtract on the number line. Mr.McCreath wrote on a small white board the number we had to subtract and we subtracted on a number line in are math books.  We broke the numbers into little parts and also put the parts together to get the answer of how apart they were from each other. We used what we knew in a new way to subtract. It was so fun! We learned that there were many more different ways of subtracting. We are excited to learn more about different ways to subtract.  Phebe

# Music is Magic

This week in music class we learned a new song on the xylophone. It was a spanish song. Ms. Trefran (our Music teacher) Assigned different parts of the song to different classmates. The musical skills that we learned was to keep the beat and use both hands for cross over. Ms. Trefran had these sponge covered white boards and she put them on the floor like notes and used her body to show us the melody. Some people liked it and some people didn’t. At the end Mr. McCreath came in and took a video of us. We think we did a good job. This is the video.  By. Maya Bajaj.

We started to practice it was fun. At music class we did 3 parts of a song we are learning.  I think we are going to present our song.  Most people liked music class.  We are improving on our song I want to improve on Music.  How much I like music because  Music is  songs. This week we learned new songs.  Billy and Joshua

# Research Skills and Gardening Fun!

Our Grade 10 buddy class came in this Friday to help small groups reflect on the week through blog writing,  The class then chose the top two blog entries  to represent our week of learning.

 Student Investigators     What we learned this week is about ecosystems and the garden measurements. We learned about how to measure the garden and calculate the perimeter and to label a blueprint. We also learned how to put the calculations together. For our project we researched about the ecosystems, for example tundra, arctic, grasslands and other biomes. Our group also filled in a sheet of paper that had questions on our ecosystems. We felt that the projects was hard but fun at the same time. The ecosystem project also made us better researchers. I really enjoyed this week and it was lots of fun. Maya, Phebe, Kyoka, Maia, Kaishyu Garden project: Boom!! garden area plan. We had to draw a blueprint of the garden and write the area (length x width).  For the past week we have been working on our garden project. In this project we have been measuring the garden and creating blueprints.  We used the blueprints to find out how we could divide the garden equally between the three 4th grade classes. Through this project, we learned how to create blueprints and measure areas. We enjoyed creating blueprints because it let us think and we enjoy doing math (area). We want to know what kind of plants we should plant in the garden. With the measurements, we created a diagram and voted for the three best ones it is Joshua, Billy, Morris,Nevo,Overall, we enjoyed this project.By nini,cacy, Joshua, Billy, Morris,Nevo

# Breaking News: 4F Students take over blog!

This week after reflecting on what we had learned and how we had learned the class chose what to write about in the blog.  Students worked in small groups to recount what we did this week on a collaborative Google doc.  After writing the descriptions it raised some questions about how we edit our work and the C.O.P.S system of editing (capitals, organization, punctuation, spelling) was introduced.

# Aquaman visits 4F!

Aquaponics expert, defining unit vocabulary, thinking about how we learn best, consolidating place value knowledge, identifying non-fiction text features, book mapping and connecting literature to our UOI, making scientific observations in nature, and linear measurement were just some of the ideas we explored this week. Outside the classroom we have an aquaponics system.  It is an excellent tool for gathering data, making connections, and thinking about our UOI and responsibility.  We hope to grow it over the course of the year, and the visit we had to teach us about the system was very enlightening to students and staff.  The class is already excited about the new responsibilities they are taking on to maintain the system.

On Fridays afternoons the class reflected on what they learned this week, and what activities they used to learn, leading to how we learn best.  Here is an example of a reflection process we are using.

Mr. McCreath was also blown away when he walked into music class and saw this on only the second week of school.

Quotes from the classroom:

“It was a very busy week”  – Maia
“I learned a lot about aquaponics” – Phebe
“The guest speaker told us a lot of important information about the system” -Nevo
“This week was better than the last because we wrote a lot more”- Olivia
“I never knew that ecosystems were so interesting” – Morris
“I learned so much this week and had fun at the same time” – Maya
“I learned 10 new words in a fun exciting way” – Billy
“After the speaker talked to us I learned the information I needed, and when we started using the system I learned you don’t need so much food, and how it changes into different chemicals” -Joshua
“We went to the park and saw trees and bugs, we drew them and talked about how they are connected” – Kenta
“I learned about the different kinds of biomes” – Oliver