Thursday, October 5, 2017

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful night!

Thank you to all of those families who came out to support our annual International Day. What a fantastic turn out we had. The Grade 4’s worked very hard on this project and they should be very proud of themselves. I most definitely am! Thank you again to those families who brought in American items and food. We are so grateful! Pictures to come!

Winter uniform begins Tuesday, October 10. Please make sure that students have all the pieces – grey pants/skirt, navy blue socks/tights, black dress shoes, button-up white shirt, navy blue sweater/sweater vest, tie, and blazer. Please note that on Friday’s the house colour tie should be warn!

I sent home the Polar Expressions Publishing letter and information last week. I strongly encourage students to enter on their own time. One of my students placed third last year in the short poem category. Please keep in mind the due dates – poetry deadline is November 15 and the short story deadline is November 30. Good luck!

Upcoming Dates & Events

Friday, October 6 – October Hot Lunch payments due via Freshbooks – PD Day therefore no school

Monday, October 9 – Thanksgiving Monday therefore no school

Tuesday, October 10 – Winter uniform begins & Light and Sound workshops forms and money due & UOI summative begins

Wednesday, October 18 – UOI Summative due – I will be discussing this with students on Thursday and we will begin on Tuesday, October 10. I will show students a clip from Shark Tank, which will allow them to see what is expected!

Monday, October 23 – Unit 2 Math test – review will be sent home

Today we continued work on International Day, finalizing our boards and setting up our display. We also did some fun Thanksgiving activities – multiplication colour the turkey, reading about a Thanksgiving essay, and completing a word search.



Multiplication/Division strategies:
1)  Known facts – Find 12 x 8 – you know 10 x 8 = 80 and 2 x 8 = 16, then 80 + 16 = 96, therefore 12 x 8 = 96
2)  Use patterns with for multiplication facts with 11 – 1 x 11 = 11, 2 x 11 = 22, 3 x 11 = 33 – each number increases by 11 (the ones and tens place value column goes up by 1) – when you get to 10 x 11 = 110, 11 x 11 = 121, 12 x 11 = 132 (the tens and ones columns again increase by 1 each time)
3)  Any number multiplied by 0 = 0
4)  Any number multiplied by 1 = that number (1 x 345 = 345)
5)  Any number divided by 1 = that number (269/1 = 269)
6)  Related facts –
**All 4 numbers are included in each equation**

Here is another example

Points to remember from unit 2 – Whole Numbers:
Standard Form is simply writing the number out in numbers (9361).
Written Form is writing it out in words (9361 = nine thousand, three hundred and sixty one).
Expanded Form is breaking up the number by using place value and + signs (9361 = 9000 + 300 + 60 + 1).

Place value chart.

Hundred Thousand

We also looked at ordering numbers and figuring out if some numbers were greater than, less than, or equal to. Remember the alligator mouth eats the bigger number (54 > 11, 2599 < 3001).

When subtracting with regrouping, please remember to take away one from the next place value!

Remember your rounding rules – 1-4 round down & 5-9 round up. For example when rounding to the nearest hundred 12 would round to 10 and 18 would round to 20. For the nearest 100, 233 would round to 200 and 571 would round to 600. Please remember to look to the number next door to help you decide if you should round down. Look for the words ‘estimate’ or ‘about how many.’

When adding/subtracting make sure you line up your numbers correctly (in their place value position)!


- Work on your multiplication and division drills – ask mom and dad to drill you


A note on Raz Kids: St. Jude's has implemented the use of RAZ Kids in our classrooms. Your child has access to award-winning digital resources through Kids A-Z, Learning A-Z's website created for students. 

Students are required to log-in to this website once a week to complete online activities related to reading assignments that is aligned with students' current DRA levels. This once-a-week activity can substitute the 20 minute reading for that day. Your child can work on assignments or select other resources for reading and writing practice. 

Kids A-Z Login Instructions 
Step 1: Go to 
Step 2: Enter the teacher's username, hhocevar
Step 3: Enter your child's first name 
Step 4: Your child enters their password

**Username and password has been stapled to the front of your child's agenda**

Capitalization Hints:
M – months of the year
I – I
N – Name of people, places, things, etc.
T – Titles of books, movies, TV shows
S – Start each sentence with a capital letter


-Read for 40 minutes
-Sign and return spelling test #4 – write out wrong words 10 X
-Write a journal entry about your Thanksgiving weekend or your long weekend


It is hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of our first unit! We will begin our final summative on Tuesday (October 10) when we return from Thanksgiving weekend! ‘The Beaver Den’ package was sent home for you to review and returned. It is similar to Shark Tank. Students have to pick a province and try to convince me to lend them money to improve their province. Please note that all work is to be done in class, any supplies needed, will need to be brought in by the students, and the due date is Wednesday, October 18. We will present on Thursday and Friday.


-UOI summative begins in class on October 10
-UOI summative due October 18
-Watch a Dragon Den episode – this is the one we watched in class today -

Our Canadian Flags turned out so good!

Watching Dragon's Den!

Karen working ever so hard to finish his good copy! Great effort!

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Hocevar J

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