Today, we launched our first science unit called Habitats.We began with a nature walk in our school’s own backyard. We were paying close attention to the sounds we were hearing all around us. In addition, we were looking very closely at our surroundings, noticing the small things and big things, the colours, textures, and so on. We made sketches, wrote down observations, and asked questions.
Habitat: A habitat is a special place where a plant or animal lives.
Dot Day is based on a book called The Dotby Peter Reynolds and is celebrated every year on the 15th of September. The book tells the story of Vashti who struggles to be creative. At first,Vashti believes she can’t draw. After some encouragement from her teacher, she finally draws a simple dot. The teacher frames it and hangs it in his office. Vashti sees her dot framed and her confidence and motivation begins to grow.
The Dot challenges all of us to make our mark and see where it takes us! Dot Day began on Sept.15, 2009 and every year, teachers and students around the globe are inspired to showcase their creativity, courage, and collaboration. This year there are over 16 million participants globally from 182 countries. Wow!
Have a look at all of the Dot Day fun we had in Room 117:
It’s always bittersweet to wrap up a school year. This year was no different. It has been an absolute joy teaching each one of you. I feel very blessed to be your teacher…I really do have the best job. Thank you for making me smile. You are all very special and I know you’ll go forward continuing to do great things 🙂 I am so proud of you all.
As a class, we thought about all the wonderful things we were a part of together and here’s what we came up with…
Today, we also wanted to make sure our fabulous custodians received a warm thank-you from all of us as we know how hard they work to make our school a great place to learn. They do not always receive the recognition they deserve. We presented them each with their own personalized and framed Wordle. Thank you Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Walter!
Thank you guys so much for giving me a great year. I really had a lot of fun. I had fun doing all the math games and spending time with you. I will miss you a lot. I could never have a better year. You have always made me smile and have my back on everything. I’m so glad we have a new student to make friends with and welcome to our school!
I was so excited about my hockey party with new teammates. I had so much fun! We played in the pool and we had ice cream sandwiches. Before people started to leave, my head coach talked to me and my teammates. He talked about what kind of skills we would be working on this coming year such as stick-handling , shooting, and passing. I think I’m going to have a lot of fun this year!
A fun way to wrap up a school year is giving students the challenge of creating their own board game. And boy…were these grade 3s up for it!
We wrote down the success criteria together and knew the game had to involve math in some way. The students completed their board games, playing their own game several times and then play each other’s.
The level of detail was incredible! Several groups even crafted their own playing pieces! Wow.
Have a look at their hard work!
Finally, we were pleased to see our poetry anthology arrive to our classroom. The students were delighted to see their published poems in a book that they can keep forever. What a great job everyone did!
What a fun day today as we spent time together on our final field trip as Grade 3 students. Thankfully, the rain stayed away and we all enjoyed the activities planned for us. Gaga ball was a favourite along with the low-ropes course, Capture the Cow, and campfire.
A big thanks to our parent volunteers for joining in on the fun with us.
Turkey Jay, Mrs. Sullivan’s husband, is a bee-keeper ‘on the side’. He just loves bees and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. There’s always so much to learn about bees. They truly are an incredible insect and are not to be feared.
He couldn’t visit with us today, so he sent me with some of his bee-keeping tools and gadgets to share with my students.
We watched some cool videos, learning a little bit about bees, including their waggle dance!
Students loved painting their designs on the bee boxes and Turkey Jay can’t wait to use these homes for the bees this summer! The bees will be happy and are thankful for beautifying their homes!
Here are 10 Fun Facts about Bees that
maybe you didn’t know:
1. There are 3 categories of honey bees: the males (drones), the females are the worker bees, and the queen
2. The only purpose of the male bees is to mate with the queen
3. In the Fall, the female bees kick out the drones from the hive because they are not needed over the winter time.
4. Drone bees do not have stinger
5. The queen bee has a bigger abdomen than the other bees
6. The queen lays 1500 eggs each day. It takes 21 days for the eggs to hatch.
7. When the queen lays an egg, she chooses to fertilize it or not. A non-fertilized egg turns into a drone (male bee). A fertilized egg turns into a worker bee (female).
8. The honey bee is the only insect in the world that makes food that we eat
9. Honey bees produce many things including propolys which is like a glue that bees use to seal cracks and secures things. If a mouse dies in the hive, the bees cannot drag it out, so they entomb the mouse in propolys so the dead body does not contaminate the hive. Smart!
10.Bees don’t sleep. Ever! They are not dormant in the winter. Their wings beat together and they produce heat this way.
I LOVE DANCING. IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO. ESPECIALLY WITH MY BEST FRIENDS JULIA AND EMMA . I ALSO AM A COMPETITIVE DANCER SO I GO TO A LOT OF DANCE COMPETITIONS EACH YEAR . THE COSTUMES ARE AMAZING BUT SOMETIMES THEY’RE A LITTLE TIGHT BUT I LIKE WHEN IT’S TIGHT BECAUSE IT MAKES ME WORK HARDER.
DO YOU LIKE DANCING? IF YOU DON’T, WHAT OTHER SPORT DO YOU DO?