Monday, December 2, 2019


We would like to officially welcome Mr. Wiliston Mason and Ms. Melissa Kerr, our new student teachers in 2nd year at Ottawa University. I am so proud of our school community for inviting them into their classrooms. Mr. Mason will be working with the Grade 5s in the morning, while Ms. Kerr will be teaching the Grade 4s in the afternoon. Their practicum stretches from today Monday, December 2nd, 2019 to Friday, January 24th, 2020.
Data Management in Grade 4:

– collect data by conducting a survey
– collect and organize discrete primary data and display the data in charts, tables, and graphs
– read, interpret, and draw conclusions from primary data and secondary data including stem-and-leaf plots and double bar graphs
– demonstrate, through investigation, an understanding of median, mode and range

Data Management in Grade 5:

– distinguish between discrete data and continuous data
– collect data by conducting a survey or an experiment to do with themselves, their environment, issues in their school or community, or content from another subject, and record observations or measurements;
– calculate the mean for a small set of data and use it to describe the shape of the data set across its range of values, using charts, tables, and graphs
– compare similarities and differences between two related sets of data, using a variety of strategies
– read, interpret, and draw conclusions from primary data and secondary data including stem-and-leaf plots and double bar graphs
Addition and Subtraction in Grade 4:

– add and subtract two-digit numbers, using a variety of mental strategies
– solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of four-digit numbers, using student-generated algorithms and standard algorithms
– use estimation when solving problems involving the addition, subtraction of whole numbers, to help judge the reasonableness of a solution

Addition and Subtraction in Grade 5:

– solve problems involving the addition, subtraction of whole numbers, using a variety of mental strategies
– solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of four-digit numbers, using student-generated algorithms and standard algorithms
– use estimation when solving problems involving the addition and subtraction of whole numbers, to help judge the reasonableness of a solution

Monday, October 28, 2019

Patterning Math Expectations Grade 4:

Students will:

– extend, describe, and create repeating, growing, and shrinking number patterns (e.g., “I created the pattern 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, …. I started at 1, then added 2, then added 1, then added 2, then added 1, and I kept repeating this.”);
– connect each term in a growing or shrinking pattern with its term number (e.g., in the sequence 1, 4, 7, 10, …, the first term is 1, the second term is 4, the third term is 7, and so on), and record the patterns in a table of values that shows the term number and the term;
– create a number pattern involving addition, subtraction, or multiplication, given a pattern rule expressed in words (e.g., the pattern rule “start at 1 and multiply each term by 2 to get the next term” generates the sequence 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, …);
– make predictions related to repeating geometric and numeric patterns (Sample problem: Create a pattern block train by alternating one green triangle with one red trapezoid. Predict which block will be in the 30th place.);
– extend and create repeating patterns that result from reflections, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., pattern blocks, dynamic geometry software, dot paper).

Patterning Math Expectations Grade 5:

Students will:

– create, identify, and extend numeric and geometric patterns, using a variety of tools (e.g., concrete materials, paper and pencil, calculators, spreadsheets);
– build a model to represent a number pattern presented in a table of values that shows the term number and the term;
– make a table of values for a pattern that is generated by adding or subtracting a number (i.e., a constant) to get the next term, or by multiplying or dividing by a constant to get the next term, given either the sequence (e.g., 12, 17, 22, 27, 32, …) or the pattern rule in words (e.g., start with 12 and add 5 to each term to get the next term);
– make predictions related to growing and shrinking geometric and numeric patterns (Sample problem: Create growing L’s using tiles. The first L has 3 tiles, the second L has 5 tiles, the third L has 7 tiles, and so on. Predict the number of tiles you would need to build the 10th L in the pattern.);
– extend and create repeating patterns that result from translations, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., pattern blocks, dynamic geometry software, dot paper).
– demonstrate, through investigation, an understanding of variables as changing quantities, given equations with letters or other symbols that describe relationships involving simple rates (e.g., the equations C = 3 x n and 3 x n = C both represent the relationship between the total cost (C ), in dollars, and the number of sandwiches purchased (n), when each sandwich costs $3);

Sunday, September 29, 2019

This year, both Grade 4 and 5 classes will be participating in a project called the Global Read Aloud (GRA). This project will start this Monday, September 30th and will run for approximately 6 weeks. The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience with these other classrooms.  It is a free project and it fits perfectly into the standards we have to cover.  

If you remember we had parents predict what the book will be about during our parent teacher interview night. During the project, our class will be reading



and connecting with students around the world who are reading the same book.  We will use technology tools such as Edmodo and Kidblog to facilitate these connections and conversations.

We are very excited to connect with others, especially since more than 1.2 million students in 70 different countries already signed up to participate. This project will allow for our students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, as well as learn about other cultures, all while listening to a fantastic read aloud.  

If you would like more information about the Global Read Aloud, feel free to visit the website www.theglobalreadaloud.com or I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  I look forward to starting this exciting project with your child, as well as seeing the connections we will make.

Our reading schedule is as follows:


Thank you,

Mrs. Boulos

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to our 4th & 5th grade class at our beautiful school St. Isabel. My name is Mrs. Boulos and I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive year. We all have much to learn. This is my 4th year as a fourth grade teacher. Prior to this I have 15 years in the K-6 primary/junior classes.

Thank you to all the parents that joined us last night for the open house. All students went home with a MAGNET CARD that has all our class info. Please make sure you follow us on Twitter, check the blog daily and sign the agendas.

Curriculum Areas we will focus on this year include: Reading, Spelling, Grammar, Writing, Oral Communication, Media Literacy and Math (Number Sense, Measurement, Patterning, Geometry and Data Management).

Homework Routine: Your child should not spend more than 30-45 minutes on homework. I would not assign weekly homework with due dates. Nevertheless, I'm assigning work online for extra practice at home. Students should choose to finish the assigned tasks at their own convenience. Assigned tasks would be:

1- Leveled Reading through Raz Kids online
2- Answering math questions on Mathletics
3- Practising new math skills in Hapara through Math Up Workspace
4- Creating their own Google slides about a topic of their interest

Weekends should be free of homework to enjoy family time.

Studies show that parental involvement in a child’s education is one of the strongest indicators of student achievement. I hope you will make it a priority this year to attend as many school sponsored events as possible. Need ideas on how you can be involved? Just ask. Check the school website at http://isa.ocsb.ca/ for important new information for parent volunteers.

If you need help or clarification about what to do please feel free to contact me!


Here's a VERY IMPORTANT LINK to all necessary guidelines for any FAQ.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Boulos

Thursday, September 12, 2019



Passwords for both Mathletics and Raz Kids are coming home in the agendas. Have fun exploring the great activities at home with your children:)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Math Learning Goals for Grade 5:

1
Rename numbers using units of ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, or tens.
2
Represent and rename numbers using combinations of ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones.
3
Represent numbers to 100,000 using words.
4
Recognize that certain representations of a number can reveal particular characteristics of that number.
5
Make inferences about numbers from given information.

Math Learning Goals for Grade 4:

1
Represent numbers using units of thousands, hundreds, or tens.
2
Represent and rename numbers using combinations of units of thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones.
3
Represent numbers to 10,000 using number words.
4
Recognize that certain representations of a number can reveal particular characteristics of that number.
5
Make inferences about numbers from given information.


We had an awesome first week in Grade 4/5 at St. Isabel. Looking forward to a great 2019/2020 year ahead :)