World Continents and Oceans

  world map one world map 2

NEWEST: Here are some free apps to practice map skills:


Map Jigsaw

and of course you can use Google Earth too.

NEW: Here are some games you can play online to practice!

Mr. Nussbaum

   Lizard Point

Shepard Software

In social studies, we are studying maps and world geography. We will have a test soon on world continents and oceans (Thursday, October 29th).

Students will be expected to take a world map without words and label 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. You can also print a blank map – WorldMap.

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.

You can download a printable practice map here: WorldMap.

Next: We will learn about children around the world, living on different continents. Then we will study 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 homework  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 steps outlined below 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).

Projects on Waste Management: Recycling, Compost and Landfills

We have been researching the impact of our waste on the environment. Students have created Adobe Voice projects. Click to watch!

Teagan and Jackson: This is why we should recycle

Lexus and Daylia: Yard Compost                              Naeson and Carson: Recycling

Koston: Composting in your yard                            Simar & Rajvir: City of Abbotsford Composting

Steven and Gaby: Blue Bags                                      Austin: Abbotsford City Compost

Shannon and Nick: Project Reuse                             Daylen and Cole V.: Recycling

Aya and Julia: Less Landfills                                        Alex and Alyssa: Why You Should Compost

Ama and Justin: Reduce!                                               Cole B. and Logan: City Compost

Ellie and Camryn: Landfills                                           Melea and Brooklyn: Reducing Things!

abbotsford and mt baker


Dividing larger numbers

We are learning to divide numbers that are two or three digits this month! Students are being shown how to divide with the answer down the side. Some teachers call it The Forgiving Method, others use the name Partial Quotients Method. Here is an example, but please scroll down to see a video too!

Div photo

This method of long division can be easier for students to learn. It gives them a deeper understanding of the standard algorithm rather than just memorizing steps.

 This video shows the method in action:

Here is another example:

There is more than one way to do long division. Children are encouraged to use a method that makes sense for them. If a child already knows how to divide with a different method, they may use that as well.



Fort Langley

Fort langley pic

Check out this website! Why was the fort built? What resources were traded at the fort?  First read the page that appears with the link. Then click on “activities” for more information.

We are visiting Fort Langley National Historic Site on Friday, May 13th. We will leave school at 9 am. We are expected to return to school at 12:30 or 12:40, depending on traffic.

Students will be outdoors for most of our visit, so they should dress for the weather. We will go rain or shine!  Each student should bring a small snack, one that can be eaten standing up and does not require carrying a bag for the rest of the trip. Students will be given the chance to eat this small snack before we start the tour.  We will not be visiting the gift shop; students are asked to not bring money or toys. A student can bring a camera with their parent’s permission, but the teachers are not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Parents who wish to come should sign up before May 9th online through “School Cash Online”; there is a charge of $5.50 for parents.