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.
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.
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? 🙂
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!
What do we see? wonder?
a muddy footprint, a volleyball, an owl pen, a coffee cup with pink lipstick
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!