To kick off our study of the Federal election process, division four invited long-serving Member of Parliament from Langley-Aldergrove, Mr. Mark Warawa, to come visit us and answer our questions. Mr. Warawa was very generous with his time, and answered a lot of different kinds of questions ranging from our questions about Syria, to what his job is like on a daily basis.


On September 29, Mr. Warawa came to my classroom and answered my fellow students’ questions. We asked questions such as: “Who do you think will be elected?” “How many seats are in Stephen Harper’s and Justin Trudeau’s party?” “Can a girl be Prime Minister?” and many other questions. Mr. Warawa taught us all about how the parties like the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP believe different things. We also learned there is a Green Party. Another thing I learned is Quebec wants to be its own country. (Written by CB)

Breaking news! I am KD. Mark Warawa came to R.C. Garnett Elementary School in Langley to answer some questions from a grade 4-5 class. It seemed like Mark, a member of the Conservative Party, came loaded with story’s and answers. Not just Mark Warawa was prepared, but also the students had prepared something too – to ask questions. Mark Warawa was talking about some very interesting stories about his family and his dreams. He included some stories about his laws like the car law where you must unlock your car from a clicker key. Mark Warawa first got elected in 1996 when he had a dream about getting elected. (Written by KD)


“Science” is the process of conducting experiments on the things around us to determine the cause and effect. For example, if we want to know if a new medicine will work better than an old one, sciences will conduct an experiment to test if the new medicine has an improved effect on the patients.

Our learning goal is to understand how to design a science experiment that is a “fair test.” To understand this, we need to know what variables are. The video below is helpful. Students should also complete these notes What are Variables? and keep them in their Science section of their binders.

  • experiment
  • variables
  • controlled variables
  • independent variables
  • fair test
  • hypothesis


When we are writing solutions to problems, it is really important that we communicate our thinking well. Make your thinking visible when ever possible. Below are some criteria we should think about when showing our thinking. Before you hand in your solutions, make sure you use this criteria to check your work:

  • Are the ideas clearly communicated with pictures, words, charts or tables?
  • Did you use a math sentence and circle or highlight your final solution to make sure the reader can find it?
  • Do your calculations make sense? Can others understand your thinking? 
  • Does it answer the question or problem? 
  • Is it accurate? 

Use the criteria above to provide feedback on the solutions below. These are three different solutions to the Mystery Number problem from last week.







For homework, due on Thursday, you must solve the mystery number using the clues below. You must bring an explanation for your solution that proves you are correct.

  • The thousands place has no value.
  • The digit in the ones place is twice the digit in the tens place.
  • The digit in the hundreds place is an odd number.
  • The digit in the ten thousands place is one quarter the value of the digit in the tens place.
  • There is a digit in the tenths, but not in the hundredths.
  • The digit in the tenths place is one tenth less than one.


Today the Friend2Friend Learning Society visited RCG. Students from divisions 1 and 3 came to our classroom to learn about what students with autism might experience. Our visitors lead a discussion about autism and lead the students through some simulations. Ask your son or daughter about it tonight!


7 Friendship Tips FROM the presentation:
  1. Get your friend’s attention. Use a name. 
  2. Use small sentences, gestures and wait. 
  3. Watch your friend. 
  4. Give your friend choices of things they like to do. 
  5. Ask your friend questions. Get to know more about them. 
  6. Use friendly words. Say “hello”. It is easy and makes people feel good. 
  7. Accept differences. Everyone is different. Especially YOU. 


Anytime we are working with, or thinking about numbers, it is important to get the place value right. When students make calculation errors in their adding or subtracting, it is often a problem of not correctly understanding place value.


In this game (shown above) students had to roll 10-sided dice. Each roll represented a digit that they had to place in one of the place value columns. Strategy was important however, because each student had to try and make a number that was larger, or smaller than his opponents.