Learning about the Coast Salish people

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In class we are learning about how the Coast Salish people lived. We are studying housing, food and transportation. Later we will study trading between villages.
Here is an amazing website to see what a village was like:             SFU On-line Museum

    You can travel through the village, go into the houses, and walk into the forest to learn about traditional ways of doing things.  It is worth a visit!

Special Events in February

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There’s a lot going on for our class at Prince Charles Elementary this month!

Fridays: 6th, 13th, and 27thIce skating at MSA Arena, across from Mill Lake, on Emerson Road. Please join us!  We will be there from 11:45 – 1:15 on these Fridays. Students must have helmets, and should also bring long socks, warm clothes, and extra snacks. We will eat lunch at school before we go, and we will have time to eat a snack when we get back to school in the afternoon.

Everyone in BC has Monday, February 9th to celebrate Family Day. No school.

Friday, February 13th is the day before Valentine’s Day. We will have time to exchange cards in class that day. There is a list of the students in our class below.

Sunday, February 15th is Canada’s Flag Day. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our maple leaf flag. Intermediate students at Prince Charles  will be learning about the flag’ history in the week before February 15th.

Tuesday, February 17th – Watching Cinderella at Abby Arts Centre. Students should have have a bag lunch so they do not have to carry  backpacks.

Thursday, February 19thJump Rope for Heart Day – We are participating from 10:00 – 10:25 am in the gym.

Friday, February 20th – No school for a professional development day.

Monday, February 23rd – A guest speaker will visit our classroom. Ms Jackson will return to show us traditional items made from cedar, and she will explain the importance of cedar to the Coast Salish people.

Grade four students will have written all six FSA tests by February 19th. Great work, students!



Games to practice multiplication

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Practicing your multiplication facts is important. We use multiplication every day, and knowing facts makes your life easier.

You can practice on your computer, with flashcards from a dollar store, with a game on paper, and with apps on devices like ipads, ipods and iphones. Here are some suggestions:

Free apps for multiplication :       Math Duel    Math Kid   Mathmateer

My Math Flashcards    Math Academy      Math Drills Lite

Math Champions     ArithmeTick       Multiplication Genius      Times Table Quiz

FlashToPass Free Math    Math Party Free

Computer sites and games:





Games to print out:

Four in a Row         Doubles and Halves     Double Double Double game to multiply

Move 1                 Tic tac toe multiply       Multiples of Three    Stack Em Up for 8

Games to Play with a Deck of Cards

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choir clipartThis week, we will be singing in our school’s Christmas concerts. Performances will be Thursday at 9:30 am and 1:15 pm.  Please come!

We are asking students to wear clothes for performing on stage; for example, a shirt that buttons up the front, and trousers or a skirt. We are asking students to not wear T-shirts with writing across the front, and no shorts or sweatpants, please.  Jeans would be fine. Students do not need to wear any specific colours.

Donations to the food bank are welcome.

We hope to see you there!

World Continents and Oceans

Test on Thursday, November 6th!

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In social studies, we are studying maps and world geography. We will have a test soon on world continents and oceans. Students will be expected to take a world map without words and add on the 7 continents and 4 oceans. They should be able to spell each correctly, including capital letters. The labels should, of course, be placed in the correct locations on the map!  Students will also be asked to locate and label Abbotsford on the same map. Two different practice maps can be seen above;  just enlarge on your screen.

If a student can identify and label these eleven places on a map, they will be invited to try for extra credit in an additional activity. This additional task will only be for children who already meet expectations, as listed above. In this activity, students will be given names of land forms (examples: mountain range or desert) and countries, and will be asked to identify on which continent each is located. (Please note:  If a child cannot identify the continents and oceans in the first activity (paragraph one), they cannot exceed expectations; therefore, he or she will not be working on this extra activity.

The main focus in studying must be to ensure a child first knows the 7 continents and 4 oceans, and can label a map correctly, marked on placement and spelling.

Next: We will learn about the history of place names – how different places get named. For example, it is thought that Abbotsford is named after Henry Abbott, who was the superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Other people think that it was named after the home of a famous writer in England, Sir Walter Scott. Another example is the name Matsqui. It is an aboriginal word that means a section of ground that is higher than the surrounding area.

Clouds Help Us Predict the Weather

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We are learning about different types of clouds! Clouds are named based on their shape and their level in the sky. We are practicing identifying clouds in class.  By identifying clouds by name, we can report on our observations in a clear manner, and can use the types to predict upcoming weather.

A fun site for practicing cloud names is The Cloud Appreciation Society. Make sure you read the names of the cloud types too! If you use the button bar on the side, you can learn more about cloud names. When you are studying cloud types, click “classic example” on the bottom.

This site has an interesting chart comparing the heights of clouds. Try this link: How high are clouds?

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Weaver Creek Field Trip

Have you ever  been to Weaver Creek Spawning Channels?  We went to Weaver Creek on a field trip. We saw A LOT of fish, even some dead fish. We learned that sockeye and chum come to Weaver Creek every year. It is interesting to see how the fish can jump up the fish ladders. Some fish went up a slide! They allow only a certain number of fish to go through each day. Today, they let 531 salmon through. There were some seagulls eating dead fish.


Click here to see a video: Weaver Creek

Click here to see more photos.

We recommend that you go to see the spawning channels at Weaver Creek too!