October 24

Lots Going on In Our Class!

October 23

Y.A.P.P.Y.

One of the most important things to teach students about being online is how to stay safe. The internet is a gateway to the world; if we have certain rules for our children in the physical world to keep them safe such as wearing a seat belt, helmet, protective hockey gear, etc. then we must do the same for them when they are online.

The Web is a reality in our lives today. We live in a connected world, sometimes whether we like it or not. We email, text, phone, Facebook, Instagram, tweet, Skype and so on in order to stay informed or stay connected with others.

As a blogging class, it is my duty to not only teach students about blogging but how to stay safe while doing so.

Y.A.P.P.Y. is an acronym the class learned last week. Listen to the students explain what it stands for:

 

Here’s a short video outlining the importance of not only reminding ourselves about not revealing our personal information, but also ensuring our friends don’t reveal our information either!

October 22

Gobble Gobble!

Last Thursday, Mrs. Sullivan’s students learned about turkeys! Mrs. Sullivan’s husband, Turkey Jay, is considered an expert in turkeys. The students asked questions and Turkey Jay answered. Unfortunately, he was unable to join us in class or by video (he’s camera shy). But, Mrs. Sullivan got the answers and presented the information to the class.

We not only learned about turkey habitats but also a lot more! Students got to see real turkey spurs which the part of their body they use to protect themselves. It is only the males that have the spurs. They also got to see a real turkey beard! Check out the turkey beard on the picture above. Can you see it on the turkey’s chest? Typically only male birds have beards, but did you know that sometimes a female can grow a beard too? (About 10-20%).

A male turkey’s head can change colour (red, blue, white) to reflect its mood. The red flap of skin only exists over a male’s beak and is called a snood. As well only males fan their tail feathers to try to attract a female. They also puff out their other feathers to make themselves look bigger!

Did you know that there are an estimated 70 000 turkeys in Ontario? They were hunted to extinction about 100 years ago but were reintroduced to Ontario in the early 1980s. Check out the full article here to learn more.

Here are many of the questions the students wanted answers to from Turkey Jay:

  • Where do they live?
  • What do they eat?
  • Do they fly? swim?
  • What do they do all day?
  • Where do they sleep?
  • Are they like chickens?
  • Where do they keep their nests?
  • How can you tell if it’s a boy or a girl?
  • What is the red flap on a turkey’s face?
  • Why do turkeys fan their tail feathers?

Ask your child what else they learned about turkeys.

What other questions do you have for Turkey Jay?

Do you like to eat turkey at certain times of the year?

October 15

Benchball and Other Class Happenings

Benchball is a fun, invigorating game which involves 2 teams whose goal it is to have all of their team standing on the bench by the end of the game.

One person from each team is chosen to begin on the bench opposite of the playing ‘field’. This person’s job is to catch the ball. If the ball is caught, the team member who threw it can join him/her on the bench. If you step off the bench, you must go back onto your side and try again. Collaboration and plenty of team effort helps teams to succeed!

Have a look below at a game nearing the end of the match.

There’s always a lot going on in our Gr.3 classroom. Have a look below and see some of the things we’ve been up to!

October 10

Author Mike Wade Visits!

We had a special visitor to our school today…Mike Wade, the author of And Then It Happened series. He made us laugh and taught us about the writing process. Did you know he used to be a prison guard?

Mike really tried to make the students understand that truly anyone can be a writer. He only started writing in his early 40s and is now in his 50s. You can start writing at any age! He also stressed the importance of revision. He said the average number of times he revises is 7 times. Wow!

Mike has now written a total of 13 books and luckily our class has them all! Our school library does too. His stories are suitable for anyone who likes a good laugh. His characters, Gordon, Paulo, and I are always up for challenges and anything that sounds like trouble!

If you’ve never read a Mike Wade book, give it a try! You won’t regret it.

October 6

In All Things, Give Thanks

First of all, I want to say publicly how proud I am of our Grade 3s for putting on a beautiful Mass on Thursday. I could tell Father John was proud, too. Many staff were so impressed with the maturity and professionalism that the students showed. Wow! Congratulations, Grade 3s!

Thanksgiving is here and we take the time to gather with family and celebrate all that we have. There is much to be thankful for, that’s for sure.

The students in our class are blessed in so many ways. Have a listen to some of the things they are thankful for:

 

How will you spend Thanksgiving?

What are you thankful for?

Share your thoughts by commenting on this post!

 

 

October 1

Apple of My Eye

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things to do in the Fall is to go apple picking. My favourite place to go is Twin Pines Apple Orchards. I love how large their orchard is, the fact that they do tractor rides for free, their staff are lovely, and most of all, they sell yummy apple cider donuts!

Today was no different. Off I went to Thedford with my husband. It was such a beautiful day for a drive and to spend a few hours at the orchard. We’ve been to Twin Pines many times and today I thought I’d share with you a video I made with Farmer Mike. I asked him if he’d mind sharing a very important tip with my 3rd graders about how to pick an apple so that next year another apple gets to grow in the same spot.

Lucky for us, Farmer Mike obliged and here is our video about how to pick an apple:

In the picture here, do you see a very tall stand? What do you think it is for?

Well, mice like to hang out at orchards and can sometimes chew on the bark of new trees and this can kill the tree. They installed a tall stand where hawks can perch and prey upon the mice!

This is a good example of the food chain in action and how humans can take advantage of a more natural approach to solving the rodent problem!

 

What’s your favourite Fall activity?

 

September 29

Making Terry Proud

Who was Terry Fox? If you are visiting from another part of the world besides Canada, you may not know who this famous Canadian was.

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and quite simply, a hero. He had lost his leg to cancer when he was 18. He decided to try and run across Canada to raise a million dollars for cancer research. He ran about a marathon every day for 143 days beginning in 1980.

Unfortunately, Terry didn’t quite finish his Marathon of Hope, as he called it, as the cancer had spread and he passed away on June 28, 1981. In his words, he said,

It’s got to keep going without me.

And that’s exactly what we did this week at our own school, and at schools and cities around the world. We celebrate Terry’s legacy and continue to run and raise funds for cancer research.

Who do you run for?

September 21

Say Cheese!

Today is Picture Day! It’s the annual event that 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?