Sunday, 14 October 2018



Week 7

Wow it got cold very fast! Morning recesses are still quite chilly so please send hats and mitts if needed. By afternoon it warms up quite a bit. My rule for the kids at recess is take a coat, you don't have to wear it but if you get cold you have it to put it on. The temperature in the classroom remains inconsistent. I find the kids are cold when they first come in but then quickly warm up, so I recommend dressing in layers.



  Language:This week we will start with presenting the scripts we have been practicing. Then I will be breaking the class off into groups. We will be continuing to look at character and setting in more depth. I will also be starting to increase the independent reading time, as this is the age where students should be reading reading and reading some more to build on and strengthen this skill.

In writing this week we will be working on taking facts about plants, animals and habitats from science research and putting them into sentences of our own for our final science research project.


Math This week we will be rounding numbers before subtracting them. This will allow us to use estimation to determine if our answer make sense when subtracting larger numbers. I will also be continuing with patterning. We will be exploring growing, shrinking and repeating patterns.

This week's brain teaser will be a match stick puzzle, that will require students to look at the problem from a new angle.




 Science This week we will be starting the final project. We have looked at different books about different habitats. Students will now choose a habitat and will research some living things from that habitat. They will have to write about one plant and one animal and two others of their choice. I will be giving them research guides with specific questions that they will have to answer. They will then use these answers to create a poster about their habitat. We will be combining skills we have learned thus far this year in reading, writing, media and science. I will be looking for science terminology that we have learned and used while studying this unit. I am hoping to finish this up within the week, although I might be a little over zealous with this goal.




Phys.ed  We will continue with throwing skills this week.  I will be introducing the game Borden Ball to the students and we will be learn the rules and skills necessary for this game. Borden ball is also the next school sport that the grade 4s are eligible to tryout for . We typically have a grade 4 girls team and a grade 4 boys team.





Art  This week we we will be painting! I am beginning to feel the season and we will be making spooking silhouettes.




Music We will begin the year with learning some familiar songs. We will be learning many different songs from different parts of Canada throughout the term.
Much better with homework completion this week. I will be sending home spelling words this week and there will be a quiz on Friday. I will be having spelling bees every sixth lesson for fun and this will prepare the students for the annual spelling bee in May.


  • Please return Media forms asap 
  • Please return computer use forms asap
  • October 16th Student verification forms due (these are the most important as this information is used to contact you if your child is sick or injured)
  • October 25th Halloween Family Dance



Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week!! 
Peggy MacLeod 

Monday, 8 October 2018


Week 6

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I know my gang here are all stuffed like a turkey! The Cross Country runners had a great time at the meet and did really well! Congratulations to all our runners and a special shout out the Hussein who I believe came in 17th out of well over a hundred grade 4 boy runners!


  Language:This week we will be ontinuing with reader's theatre. Students will be making theatre posters with specific information as part of a media literacy assignment. I will have the groups present toward the end of the week. I will be looking for fluent reading with expression, to show character development.

In writing this week we will be writing in character as we complete I AM poems for creatures and critters. This is a fun piece that allows the students to experiment with voice and word choice. We will be publishing final copies with pictures of the the individual students that they will be altering to match their creature/critter choice.







Math We will continue to practice both subtracting larger numbers  and problem solving.  I will also be starting patterning with the class. This is not a very large unit and it does use a lot of addition and subtraction skills.

This week's brain teaser will be addition squares. These square challenge the students to use their knowlege of addtion facts in a trial and error strategy to complete to complete the square.

 

 Science This week we will be looking at the roles of different living things in the food chain. We will be creating a mural of different habitats and creating the chain using string..



Phys.ed  The weather did not allow us to play the predator and prey games  I had planned for last week so we will try again this week. I willl also be working on various ball throwing skills.





Art  This week we will be learning to create different effects with colour, value and  tint.




Music We will begin the year with learning some familiar songs. We will be learning many different songs from different parts of Canada throughout the term.
Many students did not complete their math homework last week . The students who did were rewarded. Please check the red pocket folder  for assignments and encourage your child to read daily and record what they are reading and how long on the reading log.


  • Media forms were  sent home last week, as I have  only had 3 filled out on line. Studnets are not allowed to use chromebooks at school without a signed permission slip. Studentd photos will also not be included in the yearbook without a signed permission slip. Please  complete these forms as sooon as possible and return to school.



Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!! 
Peggy MacLeod 

Sunday, 30 September 2018



Week 5

It was great meeting all the parents on Thursday night, thanks to everyone who came out. If you weren't able to make it feel free to pop in and say hello when you are able. We are about to enter two short weeks which are looking to be  very  busy! Many of our classmates have joined the cross country team and will be competing in a meet on Wednesday at the Terry Fox Complex at Mooney's Bay. Good luck to all our runners. Monday is Orange Shirt Day this is an important event in Canadian History that we will be discussing throughout the week. Here is the link to the video we will be watching that explains about the roots of Orange shirt day.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3vUqr01kAk&feature=share

  Language:This week we will be starting reader's theatre. I like to do this platform on short weeks as it gives the students a great opportunity to practice reading aloud and reading with fluency. Reading fluency is very important for comprehension. We will be learning to use tone and inflection to create mood in the story and to create round characters.

In writing this week we will be completing written pieces for Orange Shirt Day and fall poems.






Math We will continue to practice subtracting larger numbers with regrouping. We will also be working on problem solving and strategies to assist with this skill. Our next unit in math will be patterning. 

Last week the brain teaser took the entire week to complete but several students managed to figure it out by Thursday. I hope they brought the puzzle home to challenge you. I will be presenting a new one this week for students to work on.



 Science This week we will be learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will be looking at various food chains and considering how they depend on and affect each other.




Phys.ed  We will be playing some predator and prey games to math and reinforce our science unit this week. I am hoping that the weather holds up.




Art  This week we will be working in colour and value.




Music We will begin the year with learning some familiar songs. We will be learning many different songs from different parts of Canada throughout the term.
Although I had hoped to send home spelling words last week, I decided that I needed to complete an assessment test to start. So last week we complete a quick 100 word test. I will use this test to determine the best spelling program for individual students. Thank you for your patience in this area.


  • October 1st -Orange Shirt Day
  • October 1st- Hot Dog Day
  • October 5th- PD Day no school
  • October 8th - Thanksgiving, no school



Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week!!Peggy MacLeod 

Sunday, 23 September 2018



Week 4

Busy week coming up! We have Picture Day and Meet the Teacher on Thursday and Friday is the Terry Fox Run. Many of the students have decided to join the Cross Country Team which is awesome! The weather is up and down as far as temperature goes. Our classroom is warm. I have found it best if the kids dress in layers as they are cold when they first come in from outside but quickly warm up.

  Language:Last week we worked on character and character traits. We looked at the physical features and character traits of some familar character, Spnge Bob! We were able to identify traits such as foolish, helpful, greedy, determined, talented, selfish. We will be continuing with looking at character traits this week as we read about Canada's Greatest Hero, Terry Fox!

Last week we did some fall writing and I was very impressed with what I read! We started some writing about how animals in the forest get ready for winter, which allows us to use some of the ideas we talk about in science. We will continue this writing this week as we have only just started it. I am hoping to complete some of this before Thursday and have it on display!




Math We are wrapping up the unit on Whole Numbers! They did awesome with it!! This week we will be finishing up with adding larger numbers and will be working on subtracting larger numbers. I would like to work on some problem solving also. This involves learning strategies to implement for problem solving. 

The class had a fun last week working on the mystery number. This week I will be giving them a brain stumper. The goal of this is to teach the students perseverance in problem solving.


 Science This week we will be learning about animal populations and communities. We will learn how populations are interdependent and changes in one will affect changes in the others. This will lead to learning about the food chain.




Phys.ed  We will be playing lots of running games this week to prepare for the Terry Fox Run.




Art  This week we will be working in colour and value.




Music We will begin the year with learning some familiar songs. We will be learning many different songs from different parts of Canada throughout the term.
I will be sending home spelling words this week. I will send them home on Monday and there will be a quiz on Friday. Please help your child to prepare for the quiz. This is an important time for you as it allows you to set up a homework routine at home. For homework success:
  • Work at a table in a well lit area like the kitchen or diningroom. There are too many distractions in bedrooms
  • Work at a time that is convient for both of you so you are available to answer questions
  • Remember your child might not learn like you do, help them to find the best way for them to learn
  • Try writing problem words over and over or saying them aloud over and over. Look for smaller words or familiar spelling patterns. Try to visualize a word for example the word "look" has two "oo"s which can be pictured as two eyes.
  • Set a time for work 10-15 minutes to review spelling words should be lots 
  • Make a game out of it. Have a spelling bee with a family member, winner gets to pick dessert!





  • September 27th- Meet the Teacher
  • September 27th - Picture Day
  • September 28th - Terry Fox Run
  •  September 28th - Hot dog order forms due
  • Pizza order forms for the year went home last week



Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca



Looking forward to a fantastic year!!
Peggy MacLeod