September 21

Say Cheese!

Today is Picture Day! It’s the annual event makes us sit up straight, comb our hair, look our best and smile our best.

Do you have a memory of a Picture Day you’d like to share with us? Perhaps something that went awry? Or something funny that happened?  

September 20

We Are Scientists

As we learn about habitats in our first science unit, what better way to learn than to get outside and explore habitats for ourselves.

Clipboards and pencil in hand, our class set out to investigate what creatures are living in our school’s backyard, what plants are growing? What can we hear, smell, feel?

We drew pictures, diagrams and jotted notes.  We will debrief tomorrow and reflect on what sorts of habitats we discovered.

Check out our pictures below!

September 19

11 Days

Our principal today mentioned that it’s only been 11 school days since we started back at school! It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  We’ve jumped right in to Grade 3 with both feet and haven’t looked back.

We are learning not only subject content but also a lot about ourselves as learners–what are our strengths? What are our areas of need? How do we stay organized? How do we learn with others?

Today’s blog post is to share with you some images of us in and around the classroom–what do we look like when we’re learning?


September 15

It’s International Dot Day!

Dot day is based on a book called The Dot by 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 almost 10 million participants globally from 169 countries. Wow!

Have a look at all of the Dot Day fun we had today in Room 117:

One of the activities we did today was to make our dots 3D using Quiver 3D. You can download the app for free and use the file below to colour and print. When using the app, it will make your art POP! Students also went home with 2 other colouring pages to try at home if Mom or Dad permit 🙂


What kind of mark do you like to make on the world?  Where will it take you?

September 13

Place Value up to the Thousands

Representing numbers is our main focus at the moment in Math. Mrs. Sullivan is asking us to show numbers in 4 different ways:

  • Draw a picture
  • Write the number in words
  • Expand the number
  • Write it in standard form

We use Base Ten blocks to model numbers. In the pictures below, you can see some of our students playing a game called Race to a Flat.

In Gr.3 we are expected to know up to the THOUSANDS place value but we know that numbers can be much larger, of course. We continue to practice how to read, write, and represent numbers up to this place. It can sometimes be tricky, especially when zeros are involved such as in the number 1045.

At home, students are encouraged to challenge themselves to represent numbers in different ways! Roll a dice 4 times and create a number–expand it, write it in words, draw it.

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September 11

Building our Reading Lives

Today we did some thinking about where we love to read. What does our cozy spot look like? Where are we–outside? At a desk? In our bed? In a treehouse? On the grass?

We thought about books we like to read over and over again because they are just SO GOOD!  I know one of my favourite childhood books is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I also remember my mom reading a pop-up book about dinosaurs that I adored. 

Do we like to read with someone or alone? What kinds of books do we tend to pick up? Chapter books? Picture books? Funny books? Serious books? 

We enjoyed watching this video in class today. It reminds us of the various characters we get to meet along the path of our reading journey.

How many characters can YOU name?

September 6

T.E.A.M work

Together Everyone Achieves More.  T.E.A.M. That was the acronym the Grade 3s learned today as we embarked on a team building challenge. Students had only 8 minutes to complete the challenge which was to rearrange a set of 6 plastic cups into a pyramid shape.

starting position of cups

final pyramid structure







Students needed to work as a team to build the pyramid structure. But there was one catch: you aren’t allowed to use your hands to touch the cups! Using an elastic band and some string, students eventually figured out how to manipulate the cups to move them into position.

A very valuable debrief revealed just how powerful teamwork is and why it will be important this year and every year! We learned that communication is helpful when working together and we should use positive, encouraging words to make sure everyone is involved.

September 5

Welcome Back!

Another school year is upon us and today marks the first day of the 2017-2018 year. I am delighted to be a grade 3 teacher this year and can’t wait to greet and get to know all the wonderful young minds in my class.

A new school year comes with a variety of emotions, doesn’t it? Not just for students, but for parents and teachers alike! We might feel nervous, excited, worried, anxious, but hopefully happy. Usually by the end of the day, any feelings of nervousness get washed away and are replaced with joy and ease.

Today we will be reading a book familiar to some of you perhaps. It is called First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and explores the reluctance of a character named Sarah Jane to attend school on the first day. Ask your child tonight about the surprise ending!

We’re off and running! Welcome to our class blog where we will be sharing our learning with you 🙂


Mrs. Sullivan

June 29

Welcome Summer!

Today is the last day of school and I wanted to say a big thank-you to all my students and families for your kind words, gifts, and love. YOU are amazing!

It has been a joy teaching all of my grade 3/4s this year. You have made me feel welcome at a ‘new’ school and all of your support this year has been wonderful.

I wish you all a joyful, restful, and amazing summer break.