Learning about the Coast Salish people

Salish village
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!

Multiplication Facts for Grade Four

Learning multiplication facts is an important part of grade four. When you know your facts well, it will help you in many ways:   recalling division facts; more easily learning the advance skills we learn this year like multiplying a three-digit number by a one-digit number; long division; patterning; and word problems.  Of course, the long-term goal is helping in real-life problems. If you learn the facts now, you have them for grade five, grade six and beyond!

Here are some websites to access on your computer, ipad or iphone.

On the computer at home:




For the ipad and iphone:

http://www.besteducationalapps.com/news/multiplication.aspx  (has details on five different apps)

http://ipadapps4school.com/2013/10/04/ten-good-ipad-apps-for-elementary-school-math-practice/   (has details on ten different apps)

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/math-fact-master-addition/id419411014?mt=8   $0.99

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/multiplication-for-kids/id489448322?mt=8   $0.99


Grade Four FSA testing in January and February

In British Columbia, grade four students are evaluated by the Ministry of Education in January and February. They are tested on reading, writing and numeracy. Some tests are multiple choice and are completed on computers. Other parts are long answer and are written on paper. All parts of the test are completed in class time.

Ms Nowak will do some practice tests before the actual tests, to help the students feel more comfortable with the format, style and helpful strategies. The class will also do practice tests on-line in class time. If you would like your to do more on-line practice or you would like to see they types of questions asked, you may do so at  http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/sample_tests.htm .  The practice tests you see are the same ones we will practice in class.

Parents will receive information about their child’s results from the BC Ministry of Education directly. The results from this evaluation are usually sent to each child’s home  in June.  This evaluation does not count towards report cards. 

A letter from the district superintendent was sent home on January 8th.  If you need to see a copy, click here:  FSA letter 2014.  For more information on FSA testing from the Ministry of Education, please see http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/.

You may contact the teacher if you have concerns or questions at 604-852-9323 or at  brenda_nowak@sd34.bc.ca.  You may also contact the principal, Mr. Dudzik, at 604-852-9323 or barry_dudzik@sd34.bc.ca.




In this activity, students will be learning about timelines.  In class we have already studied at timelines showing Canadian inventions and events in Canadian history. I am asking for students to get help at home in planning for the class activity. They do not need to make a timeline at home.

The homework: Students need to think about and note events in their own lifetime. I have asked for four personal events, such as a younger sibling’s birth, acquiring a new pet, going on a special trip, or starting an activity (piano, skating, joining a team).  I also ask for three events that happened in the world during their lifetime.  These events must have occurred in any year after their birth date in 2004.

Students may choose to bring copies of photos or make drawings to attach to their timeline. These will be glued on to illustrate events on their timeline.

Students were given and asked to bring home a planning page, but you can also download a copy here: Planning for your timeline.  In class, students will make a timeline for themselves of events in their life. 

Recorder Performances for Division 3

Our class will be performing twice in the next month!  Students should be practicing their recorder at home each day on weekends so we can be ready.

On Monday, December 9th, we will play at the Monday Morning Assembly. This assembly will begin before 9 am. We will play Duetto and Jazz Bag Plus One. Parents and other family members are welcome to attend!

On Wednesday, December 18th, Prince Charles Elementary School will be having concerts at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Our class will play Good King Wenceslas and Silver Bells on the recorder.  If your child cannot make it to the evening performance, we understand; please let me know so I can adjust our positions ahead of time.