Students have been busily writing their opinions on various topics. We brainstormed ‘hot topics‘. Some of the ideas that were generated in our class included:
should our school have a junior/intermediate playground?
should our school have a pool?
should animals be kept in zoos?
do boys and girls have equal ability when it comes to sports?
should there be year round schooling
We are learning to structure our writing with an opening sentence clearly stating our opinion followed by 3 reasons why we believe it to be so. Finally, we finish with a concluding sentence, restating our opinion.
Have a look below at the students engaged in a sharing activity called “Inside/Outside Circle” where the outside circle rotates and the inside circle stays. Students share their paragraph and receive feedback on their work.
What’s something you feel very strongly FOR or AGAINST?
One of my favorite things to do is TRAVEL because I like to see different things and I like the plane ride and visiting beaches. My family goes to a lot of places. Most of the time we go to cities in Canada and some in the USA and also cities in Florida. We recently went to Disney, too!
For my blog I am going to talk about my vacation in Mexico! We went because my uncle was getting married! If he was not we would not have went. My uncle is my dad’s brother. We stayed for 1 week from Mon. Oct.23rd to Oct.30th. We love our new aunt and uncle so much for taking us on this vacation. Most of my family including me is Greek, but my uncle married a Filipino lady. They like to travel and have been all over the world. One day I would like to do the same too– travel all over the world.
It is always exciting to get mail. You should have seen the faces of our classmates when I revealed that our penpal letters from Texas had finally arrived. Students hastily read each sentence, devouring their letter, and learned a little bit about their penpal–their likes, favourites, and interests. We will keep our letters so that we can answer some of the questions posed to us.
I love traveling!I saw the Hollywood sign and I also walked across the golden gate bridge.It took my family 11 hours to drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica because we were by a forest fire and a bridge was closed.We met a news anchor from CNN and we were on TV.We went to Anaheim,Alcatraz,Los Angeles,Beverly hills,San Francisco and Santa Monica.
Thanks for reading!
If you were to travel to California, where would you go?
Mike Tompkins is a very gifted music producer from Ildterton, Ontario who records a capella covers and original songs, using only his mouth and voice. A capella means that he uses no instruments to make the music. It’s really quite amazing. Check out his most recent work. You might be familiar with this soundtrack from the movie Home Alone.
It’s been a jam-packed week with plenty of learning, fun, and crafting going on. The students are vibrating with energy and excitement as Christmas draws near. Some students expressed in our Morning Meeting today that they were feeling ‘exhausted’, ‘tired’, ‘happy’, ‘joyful’, and the feeling is mutual! We all need some much needed down time with family.
The last Sunday of Advent is in a few days and that same evening it is Christmas Eve. Let us all remember the true reason for the season…Jesus.
Have a joyous, blessed, and holy Christmas.
Opening our books
Our finished ornaments!
Free time with math manipulatives
Look what we made!
Researching communities within Ontario
Collaboration is key!
Our cork snowmen
Using Apple TV to share our learning
Paint chip Christmas cards
Mr. Morson conducting
Singing at our concert
Some of our ‘Trapped in a Snowglobe’ pieces
All ready for our movie on the last day
Have a wonderful Christmas holiday, everyone!
Enjoy your time with loved ones and we’ll see you in the
I want to share with you something I love to do DANCE!! I’ve been doing it since I was 2! This year I go to a new dance studio. My favourite part about dance is performing to people, the costumes, the routines, and the great friends. What’s your favourite sport?
As part of our 2D geometry unit, we’ve been learning about symmetry. We’ve been challenged with determining if various shapes such as a parallelogram, 5-pointed star, square, rectangle, pentagon, have lines of symmetry. If so, how many?
Line symmetry occurs when you can flip or reflect one half of an image onto itself and it fits exactly. We see a lot of symmetry in nature, too! Have a look at these images and see if you can find symmetry within them:
There are different kinds of symmetry, but in grade 3 we look specifically at line symmetry. As students move into older grades, they will look at rotational symmetry, too.
One of the tools we can use to help us check for line symmetry is a Mira. Check out the students below investigating symmetry during independent work.
It has been said that Francis of Assisi created the very first Christmas nativity scene in AD 1223 after a trip to the Holy Land and Christ’s birthplace. Today, around the world, Nativity scenes are displayed in front of Churches, in people’s homes, and in many other places.
The word nativity is taken from the Latin nativus, which means “arisen by birth.” A nativity scene is a representation of the night of Jesus’ birth as depicted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
This past week, our students created a simple version of a nativity scene using a clementine box, raffia, burlap, and paper characters including baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, an angel, 3 wisemen and some animals.
Do you have a nativity scene in your home? If so, where is it located?