February 13


When setting up my classroom each September, I get the inevitable question from at least one person that asks…

My answer is: a teacher can never have enough books! We had the pleasure of adding even more new books to our class library. After opening the packages, the students noticed a theme with these new books…Biographies!

We were introduced to what a biography is and read one together. After several days of reading and sharing the books, students have finally selected one person they are interested in learning more about. The goal is to complete a presentation called Biography in a Bag and teach the class all about their person of interest. Check out the students exploring the huge selection of biographies…


February 5

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Pig. The Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th.

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.

Also known as the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by countries across Asia.

The pig, one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and hard work.

Fireworks, special clothes, red lanterns and lots of food will mark the occasion.

In our classroom, we learned a little bit about chopsticks and even tried using them in the classroom and at lunch! Some students are already experts and some of us are still learning. Did you know there are different kinds of chopsticks?

Check out the video below to learn more about them!

Click here to learn more about traditional Chinese New Year foods. Which one do you think you’d like to try? Noodles for me, please!

We began making paper lanterns and will hang them in our classroom for the next few weeks. They look wonderful! I’ll post pictures here when we finish them.

Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year? If so, what do you do?


February 3

Welcome to February!

I don’t know about you, but it seems the school year is flying by. March Break is around the corner and Wiarton Willie has predicted an early Spring! Yippee! You can read a little bit about the history of Wiarton Willie here.

Check out some of the happenings in our classroom these days…

January 31

Science Rules!

It’s been amazingly cold outside this past week. It’s been so cold that we’ve had indoor recesses because it’s quite dangerous to stay outside too long. Brrr!

Take a look at this video I made several years ago (before my name change!) when school was cancelled because of extreme temperatures (and probably lots of snow).

What do you think about it? Leave me a comment and tell me!

January 25

All in a Day’s Work…

There’s certainly never a dull moment in Grade 3. We work hard, do our best, and try to have fun at the same time.

Below, students are playing “Quiz, Quiz, Trade” to review for our Social Studies test coming up. Students could use their notes, if needed. They coached each other if they weren’t sure of the answers and then traded cards once each student successfully finished each card.

Here, students are reviewing subtraction by taking turns coaching each other through the step-by-step process. They did such a fantastic job!

Check out this awesome tutorial by one of our classmates!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Sullivan

January 23

What is Empathy?

At our school, we are focusing on one particular virtue each month. A virtue is a type of morally good behaviour or character.

The virtue this month is EMPATHY. So, what is empathy? What does it mean to be empathetic?


Today, we read a book introducing this word and what it looks like. Students learned what it means to put ourselves in someone’s shoes. We shared examples of how we have shown empathy for others in our own lives. We had lots to talk about!

If you’re still not sure what empathy is, take a look at this short video made by 8th graders from Kalispell Middle School in Montana, U.S.A.

January 21

Find Your Magic

On Monday, students in our school were entertained by the wonderful Brent and Sarah. The pair are a husband and wife team of magicians who used interactive magic, humour, and storytelling to educate the students about the effects of bullying.

They shared personal stories of times in their lives when they were teased or bullied and gave tips on how to conquer situations similar to theirs.

The duo delivered their four “Secrets of Magic” which were: Anything is Possible, Believe in Yourself, You’re Not Alone and Find Your Magic. Each student was given a “Find Your Magic” postcard with the four secrets and a fill-in-the-blanks activity.

After the assembly, hopefully the students were not only to take away the postcard, but also the lessons that went along with the presentation which involved empathy, building self-confidence, inclusiveness, and finding your ‘magic’.

Click here to see some magic tricks you can learn straight from Brent and Sarah!


January 18

What Makes a Good Friend?

Friendship is such an important part of Grade 3 life. Not only is it important to us now, but all through our lives. We lean on our friends in good times and in bad. Friends lift our spirits when we are sad, they celebrate with us when something great happens, and they lend a hand when we need help.

In class, we’ve had great discussions surrounding friendship. What is a friend? Here is what our classmates had to say…

We compared friendship to a flower. In order for a flower to grow and flourish, we need to water it, give it light, plant it in good soil. This is similar to what we need to do to nurture a friendship .We must take care of our friendships the way we would a flower.

We’ve also read a couple of books about friendship. There are so many great ones out there.  Here are the 2 we read:

What other qualities would you add to our list about what

makes a good friend?