Mrs. McIsaac's Class
Hello St. Bernadette families!
My name is Mrs. Shettell (Ms. McIsaac) and I am the Grade 4/5 teacher this year. This is my ninth year of teaching and my fifth year teaching at St. Bernadette. My background is in Early Learning and I have been teaching Grade 1 for the past three years so I am so excited to try something new! When I am not teaching, I love to walk my dog Boo, read, paint and spend time with my family! My main goals are for my students to feel successful and love learning! I am already having so much fun in our new classroom and I am so excited to spend this year exploring and learning with the Grade 4/5’s.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact me at email@example.com.
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Grade 4 students ask questions and think about others’ ideas. They introduce new words they have learned in other subjects and tell stories in fun ways. They notice new spelling patterns, refine their ability to dig for information and learn new features on their computer to express their personal experiences. By using props, pictures and their own belongings, they share their ideas in ways that are more colourful. They work together on group projects and learn to respect the ideas of others.
Grade 4 students will:
- show, describe and compare quantities to 10 000
- add and subtract whole numbers with answers to 10 000
- multiply 2- or 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers
- divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers
- understand and apply strategies for multiplication and related division facts to 9 x 9
- understand and recall multiplication and related division facts to 7 x 7
- add and subtract whole numbers (answers to 10 000) and decimal numbers (to hundredths)
- compare and order fractions
- relate decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals
- solve one-step equations
- read and record time, using digital and analog clocks
- connect numbers and shapes to everyday life
- understand and describe line symmetry and congruency
- understand and determine the area of regular and irregular shapes
- describe and construct 3-D objects
- explain patterns in charts and tables
- construct and interpret pictographs and bar graphs
Your child will tinker with more complex structures to demonstrate how wheels and levers move things. They’ll explore how light behaves in prisms and mirrors, and how shadows form. They’ll also investigate how light, temperature and water affect the growth of plants, and they’ll take action to reduce waste and make our world a better place.
Your Grade 4 child will examine the relationship between the geography of Alberta and the history and culture of Alberta’s peoples. Exploring Alberta’s rich history and development will help them understand the province’s diversity, instill a sense of pride and identity, and help them value and respect the province and its people.
Grade 5 students describe how their own experiences and knowledge explain new ideas, information and situations. Your child will show how they have interpreted ideas correctly by using examples. By skimming, scanning and listening to key words and phrases, they will select creative ways to engage their audience. Qualities such as courage, ambition and loyalty will be illustrated by using stories from other cultures and communities. Your child will be invited to listen and give feedback to their classmates.
Grade 5 students will:
- show and describe numbers to 1 000 000
- apply mental mathematics and estimation strategies
- solve problems involving whole numbers and decimals
- describe and compare fractions and decimals
- create equivalent fractions
- describe a pattern in order to make predictions
- identify 90° angles
- determine the relationship between area and perimeter in rectangles
- measure length using cm and m, volume using cm3 and m3, and capacity using mL and L
- write and solve one-step equations to solve problems with whole number solutions
- describe and perform reflections, rotations and slides of 2-D shapes
- identify and sort rectangles, squares, trapezoids, parallelograms and rhombuses
- construct and interpret double bar graphs
- use experimental probability or theoretical probability to solve problems
Your child will build simple electrical circuits and devices and learn about the connection between magnetism and electricity. By mixing different materials together, they will learn to recognize what dissolves and what reacts. Your child will also carry out field and classroom studies of wetlands, learning about the organisms, interactions and human impacts that occur in these ecosystems. They will observe, describe and interpret weather phenomena like rain, hail, sleet and snow, understanding that weather and climate can be affected by human actions.
Your Grade 5 child will explore Canada and its regions and see Canada’s history through the experiences of Aboriginal, French, British and immigrant groups. Your child will develop a sense of belonging and an awareness of how the multiple stories of Canadians contribute to a sense of citizenship and identity.
Resources to Help Support Learning at Home!
- Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ website: The program is based on the Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education, Grades 1-8, which has been approved by the aforementioned Catholic Bishops and Regional Assemblies of Bishops. It reflects the content of faith expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and follows the rationale and methodology of the General Directory for Catechesis.
- Raz-kids: Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. ... Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading.
- Epic: Epic is the leading digital reading platform—built on a collection of 40,000+ popular, high-quality books from 250+ of the world's best publishers—that safely fuels curiosity and reading confidence.
- ABCya: ABCya provides over 300 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. The activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more.
- Mystery Science: Mystery Science offers open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science.
Here are some links that students can use to practice “word work” at home.
- ABCya Letter Blocks: This is a good way for kids to practice spelling. They form words of between 3 and 8 letters by clicking on adjacent letters to make words.
- ABCya Make Word Search Puzzle: This is a neat tool where kids can create their own word search puzzles. It's a great way to practice spelling words as children can enter whatever words they like, and choose to print or play online.
- Wordshake: This is one of the games at the British Council's Learn English Kids website. There are 16 letters on a grid and players must attempt to make words with them. Kids are encouraged to try again to beat their own scores.
- Free Rice: The Free Rice website offers more than word games. There are quiz type games in a variety of subjects. For each question a player gets right, the site donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program to help end hunger. So children are not just playing, and testing their own vocabulary, but playing for the greater good of humanity. The game keeps score, recording the total rice grains a player has donated.