March 15

No Ordinary Life

You may have heard about Amy lately. She is one of my favourite authors. So articulate, creative, spunky, and authentic. I had the pleasure of meeting her in Bangkok. She was the visiting author that year at my school. What a gift.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of many children’s books including Duck! Rabbit!  Uni the Unicorn, Spoon, I Wish You More, The OK Book, and so many more.  A recent book she wrote called That’s Me Loving You is particularly meaningful at this time because it reminds us how those who have left us are still truly with us…and are all around us in the breezes, the stars, the clouds, and so on. I can’t help but wonder if she wrote it knowing of her diagnosis.

Amy passed away from ovarian cancer on Monday. This made me cry because I felt a kinship with her even though I only met her once. She was such an honest person, so kind, direct, and had an incredible way of bringing people together. She was known for creating things. Have a look below at her project called The Beckoning of Lovely.

Have you seen her Money Tree experiment/video?

Besides her books, you may have heard of Amy through her recently published letter in the NY Times. It’s hard not to read it without a Kleenex box. Even through her pain, she still manages to create with this beautiful, but heart-wrenching letter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/style/modern-love-you-may-want-to-marry-my-husband.html?_r=0

She also has several books for adults including Encyclopedia of An Ordinary Life and one that I’m currently reading called Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Even though I barely know her, I can’t help but feel so inspired by her work and how she lived her life. She was and still is a light in this world. I am so glad to have her books to share with my students for years to come.

To celebrate her life, I have taken out almost all of her children’s books from the public library and we will enjoy her life as an author in our own class, in our own way. Cheers to Amy!

“I tend to believe whatever you decide to look for you will find, whatever you beckon will eventually beckon you”

 

March 13

Thank you Mystery Reader

Last week, we welcomed our latest mystery reader just before the March Break.

It was Joseph’s mom! She read to us a favourite book of her family’s called The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Shel is also the author of many other popular books and poems including the book Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Many of us have heard of or read The Giving Tree before.  It’s one of those stories that is a classic and is one of my personal childhood favourites. The message in the story never gets old. As we are in the season of Lent, this book serves as a nice reminder of the importance of giving to others and about making connections with others (and nature!). In class we talked about how it feels when we give to others and the different ways in which we can give to others.

Have you read The Giving Tree? What do you think is the message of the book?

Thank you, Joseph’s mom for sharing this beautiful story with us!

 

 

March 6

Mathlete of the Week

Ok…so this is a few days late, but today we give a special shout out to our very first silver certificate winner….

Elliott! She has earned the first silver certificate in the class by earning a total of 5 bronze certificates. Elliott works hard to practice regularly and earns points for every correct answer. Let’s giver her a round of applause!

 

Category: Math | LEAVE A COMMENT
March 1

A Season of Spiritual Preparation

Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the first day of Lent. Yesterday, Father John invited us to gather outside to witness the burning of last year’s palm leaves–leftover from Palm Sunday. Today, we wear the ashes on our foreheads as a visual symbol of penance, reminding us that we are sinners and we are asked to repent which means to turn away from sin. We heard the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation for Easter–Jesus’ death and resurrection. During the 40 days of Lent we are called to sacrifice. This is meant to mirror Jesus’ sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

  • We are asked to pray perhaps before bedtime and in the morning, or pray the rosary;
  • We are asked to fast or give up something such as watching TV or playing video games;
  • We are asked to give alms which means to help those who have less than us such as give to the Food Bank, donate used clothing, or even give our time like volunteering.

How will you prepare for Easter during this season of Lent?

February 28

You Batter Believe It!

Today was Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Shrove Tuesday always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. It comes from the old custom of using up all the fattening ingredients such as eggs, milk and oil in the pantry so that people were ready to fast during Lent. So, why not make pancakes with those ingredients? All classes in our school today celebrated by either making pancakes or having them provided. Thanks to all the parents who helped make this happen for our students! They were scrumptious.

In multiplication, we are learning not only about single digit multiplication as in 8×5, but also double-digit by single digit such as 45 x 3.  We understand that multiplication is repeated addition and we’ve been learning how to represent the numbers using addition sentences as well as multiplication sentences.

5 x 4 = 20      or     4+4+4+4+4 = 20

In the pictures below we were building arrays using square tiles to represent a number, such as 20. We discovered that there are sometimes more than one way to build an array to represent a number.

For instance, we learned that 20 can be built in rows and columns as in:

1 x 20

2 x 10

4 x 5

Students will continue to build on this foundation in the upcoming grades as they learn about prime and composite numbers.

In our class, the students are asked to know their times tables up to the 9s…especially our grade 4s! However, I know many of our grade 3s are up for the challenge, too!

 

February 22

Our Mystery Reader Today was…

The clues our mystery reader left us had us stumped. We weren’t exactly sure who it could be. Even when she walked in to greet us, we didn’t recognize her. It was Mrs. Sullivan’s mom!

Mrs. B was so delighted to come and join us today to read us not one but TWO stories! She first read to us a story called Lizzy’s Lion by Dennis Lee–the same author as Alligator Pie and Garbage Delight. Mrs. B chose this book because it was one of Mrs. Sullivan’s  favourite books growing up. Mrs. B carefully showed us the illustrations and asked us questions as she read through the story. The story is about a girl and her pet lion. A robber enters the story and faces the wrath of the lion. The sentences rhyme and the illustrations are detailed and colourful. You’ll have to read the book to find out the ending. Can you guess what may happen?

The second book Mrs. B read was a classic Robert Munsch book called The Paperbag Princess. This is one of Mrs. B’s favourite picture books and so she wanted to share it with us today.

This is a book with a very strong female character. We talked about what the message may be in the book and how Robert Munsch often tries to tie in a message into what he writes. For instance, we thought that the message of this book could be that you can be your own hero.

This story certainly turns the typical ‘damsel in distress’ on its head.

Thank you Mrs. B (aka Mom) for spending some of your afternoon with us.

 

February 19

Jumping for Gymnastics

Our class loves to explore the various gymnastics equipment each week. We seem to especially love the ropes station. There are typically 8 or 9 stations set up around the gym with varying pieces of equipment from box horses to storming planks to balance beams and so on. We work with different people each week and explore the equipment…under, over, between, around, up, down. We are asked to incorporate certain elements of gymnastics in how we explore as well. For instance, we may be asked to incorporate at least one type of balance while working on the equipment, or incorporate a locomotive movement such as galloping, skipping, step-kicking, etc.

We always focus on safety as the most important aspect of gymnastics and this includes what we wear, how we behave, being aware of others around us, and how we safely use the equipment.

Sometimes we prepare a short presentation for our peers and demonstrate our creativity and skills for one another. We really enjoy performing for others. It makes us feel proud when we receive applause from our peers.

Our next gym class can’t come soon enough!

February 18

Mathletes of the Week

Congratulations to our superstar mathletes this week…

Gregory joined our class only recently and has already earned a Bronze certificate! Way to go!

 

Elliott has now earned a total of 4 Bronze certificates and is edging closer to her first Silver! She is called a Junior Giant in Level 2 Live Mathletics at 89% accuracy.

You should be proud of yourselves for all your hard work. Keep up the terrific work everyone!

Category: Math | LEAVE A COMMENT
February 16

Thank you Mystery Reader!

A big thank you to our mystery reader today…Ava F’s mom! She brought in a book called Someday Is Not a Day of the Week by Denise Brennan-Nelson. It is a story about a beaver named Max who is continually being told ‘Someday’ when he asks to spend time and do things with his family members. This story reminds us all of the importance of making time for family members and seizing opportunities to make memories with our loved ones. What a lovely book to read prior to Family Day this coming Monday!

Thank you Mrs. F for sharing this endearing story with us. What a timely reminder! We also loved sharing how we are hoping to spend Family Day and why family is important to us.

 

February 16

Introduction to Multiplication

Today we launched into our unit in multiplication. We began with a brainstorm of words we thought were associated with multiplication. Can you think of more she should add to our chart?

Here is a nice video showing how multiplication and addition are related. In our notebooks, we continued the pattern of stars in groups all the way up to 10 groups of 3. Have a look:

 

Category: Math | LEAVE A COMMENT