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October 4th

Happy Friday!  Just a quick update on some of the many happenings in Grade 4.  

Curriculum update

In Language Arts, we have been working on understanding the writing process, word work, paragraph writing, and establishing independent reading routines.   Today, a home reading log was sent home, along with some word work. Students should read five times a week, and submit their reading logs with the completed word work on Thursday.  This will arrive home weekly.  

In Social Studies, we completed our quiz today on provinces and their capitals.  We are continuing with Social Studies for a bit with an investigation into landform and climatic regions.  

In Art, students are reviewing colour schemes and learning new colour groupings.  They are mid way through a line and colour project. In Music, students have participated in musical activities that involve listening, creating, and performing (e.g., singing, moving, playing instruments such as rhythm sticks and hand drums).  Math has had a focus on addition, subtraction, and now students are shifting gears to division and multiplication.  

Terry Fox run

We participated in the Terry Fox run.  Students ran and walked around the school property, and as a class we raised $45.  Our Tiger Trait for this month has been connected to Courage. Today students reflected on how they were going to demonstrate Courage throughout October. 


Look for a trip form coming home on Monday.  We are going to the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on October 29th as part of our unit on Habitats (it will be early in the unit, and a fun way to start it).  


No Homework Yet... but coming soon

September 20
It was fabulous to meet many of the parents and families for class 4-1 last night.  We have almost everyone signed up for Remind, and while students can still choose to write in their agendas, much of the communication home will be through Remind.  As a parent, I find Remind to be a very helpful tool as the text message arrives directly to my phone.  

This week, we learned about characteristics of maps, and labelled and coloured in a map of Canada.  Students should be learning and memorizing the capitals and the provinces.  I will be sending home a study guide next week for a quiz that will occur the week of September 30th.  

Social Studies - Compass Directions

September 13 
We had a great second week in Grade 4!  I have written out and posted our Class Agreements, and every student has signed it.  We have started our unit in Social Studies, which is on Canadian Regions.  Students have learned about the cardinal directions (N, S, E, and W), and are learning about mapping conventions.  We will be spending time learning about provinces and capitals - look out for information about a quiz!  I will send home a review guide next to support studying.  I hope to see parents and families at Meet the Teacher this Thursday. 

Great First Week!

Happy Sunday, everyone!  We had a great first week back to school in grade four, and I am looking forward to next week.  Tomorrow, I am going to share with students our draft classroom agreements.  This is something we have worked on as a whole class and in small groups.  Our first draft has six points to it.  They are:  We want to be engaged in learning and loving school.  We will move around the room in an organized and controlled way.  We will work together as a team to complete our jobs and make sure everything works well.  We will be respectful, kind and inclusive to everyone.  We will take a break if needed.  We will listent attentively and quickly, and work quietly.  Feedback is more than welcome!  

We start our first unit in Social Studies tomorrow - Canadian regions.  There are many opportunities for integration with other subjects - particularly Language.  Stay tuned for a quiz on provinces and their capitals!  


This is my second year at Tecumseh Public School, and I am looking forward to a great school year.  

My goal as a teacher is to have kids enjoy coming to school and learning.  I feel that authentic learning tasks, where students are discussing and engaged in real world events, are very meaningful.  I think that problem solving and the integration of technology into math is important, as well as collaboration and creativity.  I am also really interested in expanding my understanding of coding - a new interest that I incorporated last year.  I like to see kids engaged in learning, and develop a growth mindset in math.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  My e-mail is reidj@hdsb.ca, or you can call me at the school at 905-639-8330.