May 14

The Little Mermaid

It’s been a tiring and busy past few weeks, but very rewarding! The curtains have closed and our school show, The Little Mermaid is complete. Hopefully this past weekend allowed some catching up on sleep and looking back on an amazing job. I had the pleasure of choreographing many numbers in the show and will do so next year as well when we perform Shrek!

I am so proud of all students who participated this year. It’s a big commitment  but so worth it in the end.

Congratulations to all those involved for a job well done.

 

May 14

Mystery Reader…revealed!

We were so fortunate to have another Mystery Reader visit our classroom last Friday. It turns out many students guessed correctly…it was Jacob F’s mom!

Mrs. F read to us a book called If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay.  This author not only wrote the story but created the illustrations as well. Did you know Elly is from Owen Sound, Ontario? Pretty cool, right?

This book tells the story of a boy who plants a seed and must wait patiently through the seasons as the seed develops into a plant. While there are not many words on each page, the illustrations are so beautifully done and are worth spending extra time looking closely at the detail. This book not only teaches us lessons of patience but also that we can often find the magic in the smallest of things.

Thank you, Mrs. F!

Check out the author’s short youtube video about how she makes the illustrations and her ideas behind the book.

Click here if you want to check out her work on etsy.

April 26

Happy Grandparents Day!

It was such a special treat for the students at our school to have their grandparents come and visit and share in the learning of their grandchild.

Short presentations in the gym and time spent in the classroom and around the school was met with enthusiasm and smiles. Thank you to those who could come.

If a grandparent couldn’t come, you were with us in spirit! Until next year…

April 23

Our Books Have Arrived!

What an exciting day! The students have worked so hard to help make this book come together and today we celebrated by reading our books and sharing with our classmates.

Have a look at the action. Our classroom bulletin board will also have each student’s picture and paragraph on display this week to share with our school community.

Way to go, Grade 3s! I’m so proud of all of you.

April 15

Mystery Reader Revealed!

On Friday, students were treated to a special guest–another Mystery Reader. This time it was Mrs. Sullivan’s mom, Mrs. B!

When I was growing up, my mom would love to read Robert Munsch to me and I even had the chance to meet him! (If I can find the picture, I’ll post it).

Mrs. B read “The Enormous Suitcase” because she could really relate to the problem of packing lightly. In the typical style of Munsch, there was plenty of repetition, laughs, and quirky twists.

What is ONE item you absolutely MUST have in your suitcase?

April 14

I have the BEST job!

Every day I am privileged to come to our school to greet 20 amazing, awesome, bright, funny, talented, intelligent, fun, exuberant, zany students.

Here’s just a sample of why I feel so blessed

Have a beautiful weekend!

The 3 amigos at the end of the day. Can you feel the joy?

How wonderful to have such terrific help when Mrs. Sullivan can’t stop coughing!

 

April 9

Mystery Solved!

The Case of the Stolen Pillows has been solved! As an update from our previous post (click here), students thought it would be a good idea to interview one of our prime suspects–Mrs. Chapman.

We called her in to be interviewed and students were poised, ready to ask their questions. Mrs. Chapman answered their questions and students jotted notes.

Students asked questions about what colour lipstick does she wear? What kind of coffee does she drink? What size does she buy? Does she like volleyball? A couple of students thought it would be a good idea to ask to see the bottom of her shoes. No match. However, a push to see her outdoor shoes did lead to a match! The tred and size on the bottom or her outdoor winter boots matched the muddy shoeprint left behind.

Mrs. Chapman finally confessed and told us she really liked our pillows and wanted to use them in her own office. She should have just asked, right? 🙂

Case closed. Great job, Grade 3 detectives!

 

April 4

He is Risen!

The season of Easter is upon us. It lasts 50 days and will end at Pentecost on Sunday May 20. The Greek Orthodox Easter is celebrated one week later on April 8th.

I hope you enjoyed your Easter holiday and celebrated with friends and family and perhaps some yummy treats, too!

There are many symbols of Easter. The students brainstormed several including:

 

 

  • eggs
  • rabbits
  • flowers
  • candles
  • crucifix

The students enjoyed a little Easter egg hunt around the classroom and a beautiful presentation of the stations of the cross the Thursday before school ended.

How do you celebrate Easter?

Do you have any special traditions in your family?

Have you ever seen these beautifully decorated eggs? Check out this video that shows how the Ukrainian Easter egg is created:

April 4

Whodunnit?

Today after lunch, students came into class to a crime scene…someone has stolen our 2 class pillows! Clipboards in hand, students looked carefully at the clues left behind, jotting notes, questions, and observations. After a good long look at the evidence, we discussed each clue, talked about the facts and then made judgements based on the facts.

Finally, we made a list of our suspects. Tomorrow we will get the chance to do some further investigating by interviewing our prime suspects. Stay tuned!

March 23

Edible Inferences

Students have been learning how to make inferences. We’ve been using s’mores as a way to remember the parts to making an inference.

BK +TC = I

The graham crackers represent the Background Knowledge and Text Clues. The chocolate and marshmallow are the inferences.

Click here to read our previous post about the process.

As a little celebration of all their hard work and thinking, what better way to celebrate than eating a real s’more? It would have been even better had we done it around a campfire complete with sticks and camp songs, but the school’s kitchen oven would have to do. Cheers!