The Water Cycle

(Link to websites below!)

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In our study of weather, we need to know all about the water cycle. Students will be asked to tell about the stages of the water cycle:  evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection and draw a diagram showing the stages.  

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Here are some useful links for studying the water cycle at home:

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How Stuff Works – The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle Web Quest

The water cycle in motion

World Continents and Oceans

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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 (date to be announced). 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.

Homework Routines and Policies


Math is often the work that was assigned and worked on in class, but that was not finished. Students are asked to write down in their planner that there was math homework, but if they finished it in class, they can put a check mark beside it in their planner.

If you want more practice at home in math, use an online practice site like SumDog, XtraMath, or IXL. Your child’s codes for SumDog and XtraMath can be found in the back of his/her planner. There are many free apps for ipads and phones. (see this link.) In grade four, students can improve their recall of adding, subtracting and multiplication facts in many ways.

Sometimes, there is science, social studies or writing homework. If it is a large project, I will give lots of notice and time to work on it.

Every night, students are expected to read for 20 minutes or more. Students can read books from home or may bring home two library books.

Students have a spelling pretest on Monday mornings. They are expected to practice the week’s list each night, including some days where they print the words as part of their practice. Our lists are available on-line, at SpellingCity.   Spelling tests are on the last day of the week (usually Fridays). The tests will be marked over the weekend and sent home on Mondays.

Homework Policy:

If a child does not have their homework here or it is not done, the following steps will be followed. The teacher will also place a note in the planner for the parent.

First day in the week:  Stay in a recess until it is done. If it is not done at the end of recess, the child may be asked to stay in a lunch to work on it as well. If the student left the page at home, they may be asked to redo the page or part of it.

Second time that same week:  Stay in both recess and lunch to work on the homework. When that work is done, read.

Third time in the week:The student will stay in at recess and lunch, to complete the homework, then read. The teacher will contact the parent or guardian to discuss a detention time. A child will not be kept after school without notifying a parent or guardian.

During the music unit: When a child has taken their recorder home, and left it at home when it is needed at school, the child will have the same consequences as if they had forgotten their homework (stay in at recess and read).

Math Links

Here are some helpful and fun websites for students to practice math at home.

Some sites need students to login with the code registered at school. The login codes can be found in your child’s planner, on one of the last pages.

Click on these links:

Kakooma Math  (Clicking “Learn” means you practice on your own and try new levels of difficulty, but can go back if you like; clicking “Play” means you are competing with yourself to go up levels, timed.)


SumDog Math

On the SumDog website, ask your child to play on the skills and levels that are appropriate for their learning – not too easy, not too hard.  Adding, subtracting and multiplying facts are important skills at this grade level.



Deep Sea Duel – a game for addition and mental math

Try this math game! Click the link:

Deep Sea Duel

In this addition game, you are matching wits against an octopus. You chose the number of cards, chose the skill level of the octopus, and try to reach the goal number before the octopus. You, or the octopus, can win with any of your cards, not just the first three (playing with 9 cards) or first 4 (playing with 16 cards).

(Nice to Nasty means easy or hard questions;       Easy to Hard means if the octopus is being crafty or not. Will it steal the card you are planning to use next?)

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