December 7

Christmas Concert

What a feast for the eyes and ears for those who joined us at our annual Christmas concert at our church. Plenty of families and friends gathered to listen to the well-rehearsed students perform their two songs. There was quite a variety of songs and even some actions and instruments to accompany some of our classes.

Our class shared the stage with 2 other classes to sing Silent Night in English, French, and German. Our second song was Toy Soldier.

Cameras were flashing, smiles were shared, and applause erupted as we closed the evening with our booming voices. Cookies and other treats were graciously offered afterwards to help celebrate our Feast Day and the special occasion of the concert.

Thank you for supporting us and coming to share in our excitement!

A special thank-you to our music teacher, Mr. Morson, for helping to make the night a success.

December 7

Introduction to Right Angles

We’ve launched into our new unit…2D Geometry! Today we explored angles. We focused mostly on right angles which are 90 degree angles that make an L shape. Students went on a scavenger hunt looking for at least 3 things in our classroom that had angles less than 90 degrees, 3 things that were exactly 90 degrees, and 3 things that were greater than 90 degrees.

There were some amazing searching skills as students mentioned certain letters of the alphabet such as “V” had angles less than 90 degrees. Other students looked at scissors and noticed that when you opened them, they made an angle less than 90 degrees.

We learned that we could use our notebook corner to help us measure and compare.

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What are some objects around your house that you could add to your chart?

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November 29

Mystery Reader…Revealed!

Our Mystery Reader on Monday was someone who made us laugh and substituted the character’s name in the book for a student’s name in our class. It was Cole’s grandfather!

i-have-to-goHe chose to read to us a hilarious Robert Munsch book called I Have to Go! Click here to visit Robert Munsch’s site and see/listen to many of his other books. In our discussion afterwards, many of us agreed that we’ve been in similar situations where we have to go pee at the most inopportune times such as when we’re in the car driving on the highway or when we just finished putting on our snowsuits.

Thank you Cole’s grandfather for your time and for letting us ask you so many questions about all sorts of things!

 

November 25

Collecting Data

Lately, each student in our class has been thinking of a question to pose to our classmates–a question we truly want to know the answer to. The question could not be a yes/no question and must have about 4 to 5 possible answers to choose from.

Some examples of the questions students were asking each other included:

  • What’s your favourite season?
  • How many hours of reading do you do each day?
  • What’s your favourite sport?
  • What’s your favourite chocolate bar?
  • How many siblings do you have?
  • How many hours of outdoor activity do you spend?
  • Who’s your favourite soccer player?

Students asked their question to both our class and Mrs. Chapman’s class and kept track in a tally chart. Next we will graph our results in 2 ways.

Some of us were surprised by our answers, while other students were not as surprised with the results. We will share our results with you soon!

November 24

Revising with Partners

To REVISE means to see again. The prefix re- means again and vise means to see such as in the words vision, visor, visionary.

As we prepare to publish our narratives, we took some time today to read our narratives to a partner. The partner was asked to listen carefully and afterwards offer 2 specific compliments (e.g., I really liked the way you wrote your lead. It was catchy and I could picture what you were saying), and 1 suggestion for a revision (e.g., perhaps add more detail to that paragraph).

Reading our stories in an expressive, storyteller way is helpful to bring our ideas to life, too! Great job everyone for your hard work. It is so important to have ‘fresh eyes’ looking at your work.

There are so many layers to writing that we are learning about this year such as:

  • strategies to generate writing ideas
  • how to add voice to our writing
  • how to craft a lead
  • how to craft an ending without saying “The End” or to be continued…
  • when do you start a paragraph? What is a paragraph?
  • how to add dialogue
  • making our word choices more vivid and complex
  • how to use published authors as our mentors. What did this author do that I can try?

Most times, good writing just doesn’t happen. You work at it, you revise (making it sound better), and you edit (making it look better), and you do it all over again until you feel it’s ready to be published.

What do you find the most challenging when it comes to writing and the writing process?

 

 

November 24

Mystery Reader Today…Revealed!

All week we’ve been guessing who may be our next mystery reader and today we finally found  out who came to read to us…Luca P’s mom!

We are always grateful when mystery readers can take time out of their busy schedules and come and visit our classroom.

51j3flqsa9l-_sx258_bo1204203200_Today Mrs. P read a book to us called The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. It is a beautifully written and illustrated story about a boy named Brian who felt like nobody noticed him or included him in anyway. That is, until a new boy named Justin arrives to class and is the first person to reach out and see Brian as a friend.

We engaged in some great conversation such as making connections to the book (when have we experienced the same feelings as Brian?) what we can do to help others feel included, and more.

If you haven’t read this book, please go to your library and sign it out. It’s such a lovely story of acceptance, inclusion, and friendship.

 

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What can we do to make sure others feel included?

Mrs. Sullivan made a connection to a recent visit from a group called The Kids on the Block who brought puppets to our school to teach us messages about bullying and inclusion. We’ve been learning a lot about kindness and how important it is to feel included and help others feel the same way. One of our other mystery reader books Each Kindness addressed this issue as well. img_1094

 

 

November 23

Data Data Everywhere!

Collecting data is a great way to learn about the world around us, to question the world we live in, and help resolve curiosities that we have.

It was timely that researchers visited our classroom today, along with other classrooms, gathering data about students and how we recognize faces. The researchers will share the results in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

We’ve been conducting our own class data, looking at several different topics such as:

  • How long can you stand on your Left foot vs. your Right foot (with eyes closed)
  • How much sugar is in our cereal?
  • What is our favourite type of food that we can order to eat at school (e.g. pizza, Pita Pit)
  • How long do we typically spend in front of a screen on a daily basis?

All of these questions have been answered using various types of graphs such as line plots, bar graphs, pictographs.

Have a look at some of our results!

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This week, students will be surveying their peers to pose their own question they are interested in finding the answer to.  It is important we avoid ‘YES’/’NO’ questions. Students will have to provide 4-5 possible responses for their peers to choose from. We can’t wait to share our results with you!

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November 16

Museum London

What a beautiful way to start our day…at Museum London. We explored parts of the museum, learning about abstract art, contemporary art, landscape art, and so on. We learned vocabulary such as foreground, background, middle ground, negative & positive space, texture.

We saw artwork and talked about artists such as the Group of 7. Paintings, sculptures, tapestry, 3D art…there was so much to see! There was even artwork outside in a small pond.

After our tour of the museum, we ventured into the studio with Annette. She taught us a lesson in printmaking using a rectangular piece of foam, 3 geometric shapes made of cardboard, and paint.

We had to place the 3 shapes onto our foam board, overlapping the pieces. We traced the shapes with a pencil, pressing hard into the foam. We added details to the foreground and background and finally painted over the foam using 2 or 3 colours.  We had to work quickly so the paint wouldn’t dry.

The last step was placing a stiff piece of paper overtop and, using a brayer or roller, we transferred the image onto paper. Look at the results!

They were beautiful.

November 15

Where in the World is…

Our class is a class who loves to look at maps, especially our world map. We love to explore it and find out where various countries are. (I think we have some budding world travelers on our hands!)

We first started to review the names of our own country’s provinces & territories and where they are on a map of Canada. It’s important we know the parts of our country that make Canada a great country to live in! We know that we live in the province of Ontario and our neighboring provinces are Manitoba to the West of us, and Quebec to the East of us.

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Today we focussed more specifically on continentslarge land masses . Can you name all 7 continents? Check out the video below that gives you an acronym that can help you remember all 7 names.You can also learn a bit more about each continent.

A little catchy rap to help you remember the 7 continents…

Have you ever swam in an ocean? If so, which one? Which ocean or body of water would you really like to swim in if you had the chance?