January 22

Addition Strategies

This past week, students in our class have been learning to be flexible problem solvers. We’ve learned 5 different strategies for adding numbers. Some strategies are faster than others, and other strategies are easier to explain. Knowing a second strategy is helpful because it can help us to check our answer.

Listen to one of our classmates give a tutorial in how to add using the strategy that involves no regrouping. Have a listen…


January 21

Mystery Reader Revealed!

Last week we were, once again, privileged to invite another mystery reader into our classroom…Beatrice’s mom!

She read a BIG book to us called Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This is a book that was published in 1992 and still, years later, delivers a very positive message about the joy of sharing. Rainbow Fish tells the story of a fish with beautifully shiny scales. One day, another fish asks Rainbow Fish to share one of his scales, but is rudely told no. Eventually, the other fish start to push away from Rainbow Fish, leaving him feeling lonely and upset. With some advice from Octopus, Rainbow Fish realizes the value in sharing and that it can make you feel really great when you do so.

We had a chance to discuss our own experiences about a time when we shared something and it made us feel good. We all agreed that being generous with our time, our resources, our love, our kindness leads to happiness within ourselves.

A big thank you to Beatrice’s mom for sharing your time with us! We loved having you visit our class.

If you’ve never read the book before, check out a reading of the book by clicking here

January 20

SuperStar Mathletes of the Week

Starting today (Friday), our class is going to celebrate the dedication and hard work that our students put forth in using Mathletics. This online math tool helps us practice computation and improves our math fluency, especially when we use LIVE Mathletics. We love competing with one another and even with students from around the globe!  If you’ve never heard of it before, click here to find out more!

Today we celebrate the participation of Cassie, Ava Y, and Vanessa on Mathletics!

Cassie has worked hard to achieve a total of 8437 points, earning herself 3 Bronze certificates.


Ava Y. has achieved a total of 8677 points, also earning 3 Bronze certificates.



Another SuperStar is Vanessa who has earned a total of 2078 points on LIVE Mathletics with 95% accuracy. Wow! (In Live Mathletics, one point is awarded for every correct answer given).

Congratulations to all of you!

How do I earn certificates?

A certificate is awarded to a student once they have earned 1000 points in a single week. Only one certificate is awarded each week, to help encourage sustained study by the student. Points are awarded across Mathletics in a number of ways…

  • Live Mathletics – students earn one point per correct answer
  • Live Mathletics – students earn two points per correct answers on their bonus level (indicated by a gold star next to the level number)
  • Mathletics curriculum – 10 points per correct answer within individual activities
  • Mathletics curriculum – 20 points per correct answer within a “Test”

Keep working hard Grade 3/4s!

Stay tuned next Friday to hear about more SuperStar Mathletes from our class.


January 19

We Are Nonfiction Readers

Nonfiction seems to be the genre of book that gets the least amount of recognition. However, as it turns out in our class, we can’t seem to get enough of it! We love getting to choose nonfiction books and learn new things about topics of our choice.

Reading nonfiction is a bit different from reading fiction. In nonfiction, we don’t always have to read the text from cover to cover. Instead, we may only choose to read certain sections of the book, depending on what we want to learn about. Using the table of contents and index can help us with this.

In fiction, we read the whole book because the story has a beginning, middle, and an ending. We would miss out on important information about the characters and plot if we only read certain chapters.

We’ve learned about many of the text features that nonfiction uses including:

  • table of contents
  • index
  • glossary
  • photographs or pictures with captions
  • diagrams
  • a change in font style (bold words, highlighted words)
  • and many more!

When reading nonfiction, we need to slow down and use the text features to help us understand what we are reading. Have a look below at some of our classmates sharing something new they learned from their nonfiction book.



January 18


Who is Saidat? Saidat is a motivational speaker, dancer, singer, performer who came to our school today and shared her gifts with us.

She brought with her some powerful reminders about staying true to ourselves, believing in yourself, it’s OK to need and ask for help, you are not alone, and so much more.

We laughed, engaged in friendly competition, danced, and learned.

We met Saidat’s team as well who included DJ Dan the Man and Kyle.

It turns out we have some truly amazing dancers in our class. Check out our wonderful day…


January 16

Paragraph Patrol

As part of our paragraph writing practice, we took a close look at some paragraphs students had written already and then evaluated their responses in 2 ways:

  1. How well the student answered the question, including organization of their thoughts
  2. Conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization)

It helps to get practice knowing what a level 4 sounds like, compared to a level 3, and so on. For the most part, we all agreed on the levels we assigned to each answer.

Have a look at us in action!

January 16

Mystery Reader Revealed!

Last Thursday we had the pleasure of inviting another mystery reader into our classroom. It was Luca F’s dad! Luca had his suspicions based on the clues that were released. He was right.

The book this time around was not any book we had heard of before because Luca’s dad wrote the story himself! What a treat!

It was a story called Dream Chaser and was about a young boy who learns that having a goal in mind and working diligently to aim for that goal is part of life’s journey. Working hard towards achieving our dream can’t start too early. Doing our very best in school is a great way to start!

After the story was read to us, the class was asked to share with a partner adream that we have and what is one thing we can do to help us achieve our dream. Lots of chatter ensued and some of us shared our dreams with the class.

Thank you, Luca’s dad, for coming in to share such a wonderful story! We look forward to adding your book to our class library for us to enjoy again and again.




December 22

Christmas is almost here!

Advent means “a coming”. The season of Advent is a time of waiting. We are eagerly awaiting the birth of Jesus. Every Monday, during our Morning Meeting, we’ve taken some time to light another candle–there is 1 pink and 3 purple candles. We’ve joined in prayer and offer our own intentions. In our class, we use an Advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas. Do you have an Advent calendar at your home?

This year, our school has decided to support several different organizations. It is important we help others at this time of year, too. For Grades 3-5, the charity we helped was called Joy-FULL Socks. Last Friday, Elaine from Joy-FULL socks came to pick up the donations. She was so excited to see the abundant donations to the worthy cause. Thank-you for your generous help! Men’s Mission & Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter will be so happy.

Our class has been busy the last 2 weeks creating 3 different Christmas tree ornaments. First, we designed a paper ornament with our picture on the back, then we made a cork snowman, and finally, our marshmallow ornament that we made today. I believe a few marshmallows may have been consumed along the way 😉

Have a look at our creations below along with our Secret Santa exchange:

Click here to be linked to the steps in how to make the Christmas cards cards we made using paint chips.