On Friday, our classroom was transformed into a sort of literary cafe as students were invited to their very first BOOK TASTING event. Book tasting gives students the opportunity to sample some juicy reads in a short period of time and come away with a wish list of titles. It’s a great way to let young readers sample different authors, genres, and series. After all, books are a lot like food—you won’t know if you like something until you try it!
We ‘sampled’ several different genres of books including:
this photograph taken by Tess
At each table sat a pile of 10-15 books of a particular genre.
After checking out the front and back covers and inside flaps, students spent a few minutes browsing through the book to develop their first impressions. When time (about 5 minutes) was up, students wrote down observations and made note of whether or not they want to add the book to their wish list.
They rated the book out of 10 and jotted some notes about various things including what they thought of the book, what did the author do to hook them, and so on. It’s a perfect way for kids to nibble on a book and decide if they want to devour the whole thing!
Students rotated through 5 different stations in total. Afterwards, we enjoyed some yummy refreshments!
It was so much fun and we all went away with perhaps a few books we would like to read, maybe even from a genre we have never explored before.
Our next Book Tasting will be sometime after Christmas.
As Remembrance Day, November 11, approaches, we remember those fallen heroes, those who lost their lives in service.
Today, we read a beautiful book called A Bear in War. It serves as a gentle introduction to war, to Remembrance Day, and to the honour of those who have served their countries. It is narrated by “Teddy” the bear himself. It is a true Canadian story about a young girl named Aileen who sent her teddy bear to the front lines of the war in Belgium to keep her dad company.
The book not only has beautiful illustrations but also real photographs of the actual people whom the story is about.
If you haven’t read the book, we highly recommend it. Our class learned some interesting facts about World War I, learned about trenches, the kinds of conditions the soldiers fought in, and the importance of keeping their feet dry. We learned how important letter-writing was and how different the times were back in those days.
If you want to meet Teddy for yourself, visit him at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa! Class trip, perhaps?? 🙂
Today our class was treated to another Mystery Reader and that guest was…Mrs. Woods!
She read us two different books. The first one was called Let There be Peace on Earth by Jill Jackson & Sy Miller. This book also comes with a CD so we played the first song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.
The second one was called What Does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky. We all shared what we thought peace smelled like, felt like, looked like, and so on. We had some great ideas!
A big SHOUT OUT to Mrs. Woods for coming in and sharing her time with us. How special!
There’s never a dull moment in our class! We’ve been so engaged in all aspects of our day–French, Math, Science and more. We enjoy working in different teams, sharing our strengths and gifts, nibbling on treats, learning about all sorts of things. Check us out!
On Tuesday, the Grade 3s made the visit to Museum London. We split into 2 groups and toured the various galleries, learning about local artists such as Merle “Ting” Tingley as well as other Canadian artists.
Merle Tingley “Ting”
We talked about ideas such as the elements of design, mood, inspiration, symmetry, movement, and much more.
After our tour, we enjoyed creating a piece of mixed media art. It was a Fall scene involving the changing colours of leaves on trees. We used a variety of media including paper, paint, string. Using cool colours–a blue and green wash, we created the sky and ground. Trees were created using torn pages from a book and the leaves were painted on using warm colours.
Have a look at the process and our finished pieces!
Miss Robyn, a gemologist from Nash Jewellers, came to visit us on Monday to talk about minerals. What is a rock? What is a mineral?
Students loved exploring all of the samples she brought in.
She encouraged us to feel everything, examine, and investigate what was there. There were so many beautiful colours and shapes we could look at. Some things were smooth, others were bumpy. Some of us found our birthstones!
Robyn taught us about what properties a mineral has:
has to be inorganic (not living)
is a solid
is naturally formed in the Earth
has a crystal structure
has a specific chemical composition (Robyn called it a recipe)
We learned how different minerals can have different colours because of ‘trace elements’ or impurities such as iron or magnesium. Robyn taught us about some of the different families of minerals such as:
Quartz family–Quartz is a very abundant mineral. Amethyst is a type of quartz and is purple. Citrine is yellow quartz.
Beryl family–Emeralds are part of this family. Emerald is green because of trace elements of chromium. Aquamarine is another example. It is blue.
Corundum family–Sapphires are part of the corundum family. Did you know that sapphires come in every colour except red? When it is red, it is called a ruby. A ruby is also part of the corundum family.
blue sapphire ring
Robyn talked briefly about diamonds. They are the hardest mineral on earth. A lot of mining for diamonds occurs in Northern Canada at Snap Lake. Canada follows strict labour and safety laws when it comes to mining. Below is a picture of Ekati Diamond Mine in Northwest Territories. “Ekati” means Fat Lake. The rings you see inside the holes are roads.
Ekati Diamond Mine
Canadian Diamond Mines
Do you have questions about rocks or minerals or mining?