Today we had the pleasure of welcoming our very first Mystery Reader into our classroom. It was Mrs. L! We enjoyed listening to the story called “After the Fall” by Dan Santat. It’s the tale of what happens to Humpty Dumpty after he falls off the wall. Now, he’s afraid of heights but will he be able to overcome his fear?
We wrote a letter to our principal, trying to persuade him to allow us to have pets in our class. Suddenly, and out of the blue, we had a delivery of some other special pets that needed a new home. We were introduced to our very own pets that we would learn we would be adopting!
Amazingly, there just happened to be 23 pets needing adopting and each had a tag on it with a message and the pet’s name.
Every student selected their new reading buddy. Adoption certificates to go home next week 🙂 Students may choose to take them home, bring to school, but the only requirement is to read to them–20 minutes a day which will make our pets happy.
We have launched into our nonfiction reading unit where we are learning the difference between fiction and nonfiction text. We brainstormed what we know about nonfiction and how it differs from the chapter books we often read in class.
We know a lot about nonfiction already! Here is what we brainstormed:
We are learning to ‘stop and jot‘ some of our thinking as we read. Afterwards, we often share it within a small group so others benefit from our reading, too! When sharing some neat things about what we read, we are learning to show the book ‘like a teacher’ and ensure our teammates can see the page we are talking about.
What is something you’re interested in learning more about?
It is a bit hard to believe we have arrived at the Christmas holidays. Where has time gone?
We spent some time in our class recently discussing the true meaning of Christmas and why it’s so important to keep the Christ in Christmas. What is this time of year REALLY about? How do we stay connected with God when things are so hectic all around us?It’s important to slow down and be mindful of the true reason for the season.
I hope you and your families have a joyous Christmas together, surrounded by good food and lots of love.
We will see each other and connect again in the new year.
On Thursday, students had fun with our Book Swap game, taking turns carefully selecting a book from the pile and hoping no one else “steals” their book. You may have played a game like this before. In our class, we are only allowed to steal twice and then you MUST pick from the pile.
We began by picking a number out of a hat and if you were lucky enough to pick the highest number, you got to pick last! This meant you got to pick any book you wanted out of all of them. Yahoo!
All in all, it was a fun time filled with excitement and lots of energy. We all opened our books once the game had ended and made a good mess of all the wrapping paper. Ha!
Books don’t just go with you, they take you where you’ve never been. – Anonymous
Do you have any books on your Christmas wish list this year?
What will you be reading over the Christmas break?
As our time together comes to a close in the next few days, there has been a lot going on in our classroom. There’s certainly never a dull moment in Gr.3/4!
From Tangrams to conducting surveys to watching Cinderella to understanding symmetry, there’s been lots of activity! Please have a peek at what’s kept us moving forward for the past few weeks. Click on a photo to enlarge.
Today, we gathered once again as a faith community in our gym where Mrs. Rudy’s class led our school in a beautiful liturgy. There was singing, praying, and most of all, celebrating the fact that as we light the PINK candle, we are reminded there is only 1 more Sunday before Christ’s birthday. We light a pink candle because it is the liturgical color for joy.
Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of our Saviour.
How can we prepare our hearts for Him?
What would Jesus want us to do for others at this time?
After 8 sessions of chess with Mr. Lee, today we finally arrived at the ever-exciting Chess Tournament! We were focused, determined, and ready to compete. Mr. Lee congratulated Nicole with being the Chess Tournament Champion! Congratulations to Nicole as well as everyone in the class for your positive participation and good sportsmanship.