December 3

Kindness Calendar

I’d like to share with everyone a Kindness Calendar that I recently came across that you may wish to post in your house. It offers many great ideas of things you can do during the month of December when others around us may need an extra kind word or deed.

Please feel free to share with others, too! Kindness rules!

Here is the link to the pdf.

Mrs. Sullivan

November 29

Provinces & Territories of Canada

As part of our Social Studies unit, we are beginning with a solid look at the provinces and territories of our own country, Canada. We live in Ontario but there are many other provinces and territories besides Ontario.

Students are also learning the names of all our Great Lakes using the acronym H.O.M.E.S. 

H=Lake Huron

O=Lake Ontario

M= Lake Michigan

E= Lake Erie

S= Lake Superior

What is a province or territory you would like to visit and why?

November 27

UPower Maps are Taking Shape

Today was our first day assembling our UPower Maps. If you don’t know what a UPower Map is, check out this post.

Students brought in an assortment of magazines, stickers, pictures, and flyers to begin creating their vision board, also called a UPower Map.

Take a look at the wonderful creativity taking shape in our class. Woo hoo! I am so excited to see the finished products. Students will be presenting these to the class once we are all finished.

What would be a ‘must-have’ on your vision board?

November 27

Survey Says…

Together with Mrs. Valente’s class, clipboards and pencils poised, we set off to ask each other our survey questions.

Some questions students were asking included:

  • What is your favourite type of flower?
  • How many minutes of exercise do you get in a day?
  • Where in the world would you like to live?
  • What destination would you like to visit during March Break?
  • What is your favourite country?

We will taking a close look at our data and will be graphing our data using both a bar graph and pictograph.

Have a look at the work the students were involved with today…


November 21

UPower Map

Inspired by motivational speaker and singer extraordinaire, Sara Westbrook, who visited our school last week, our class is embracing the challenge of creating our own UPower maps! (Click here to visit our post about her visit, if you missed it).

So, what is a UPower Map?

  • it’s like a GPS for our life. It gives us direction and helps us visualize the person we want to be, our dreams, ambitions, character traits

This week, we are asked to gather ideas, magazine clippings, stickers, pictures, and anything else we can use to help us create our maps. We begin assembling our maps on Monday. We are excited to see the finished products!

 Check out Sara’s music video where you can see her creating her very own UPower map.

If you were to create your own UPower Map, where would you hang it so you could see it easily?

November 20

What does Learning Look Like?

In our classroom, we love to share our learning with others. Here are a few snapshots of us learning in class today.

Most Mondays, we receive new words that follow a certain pattern. In two of the pictures below we are sorting our new words. Next, you can see us chatting about some things we’ve learned about Texas where are penpals live.

In another snapshot, Mrs. S captured us using the laptops to comment on blogs. Authentic writing opportunities can be a lot of fun! We can’t wait to write letters to our penpals and receive letters in return. Perhaps even a Skype date is in the plans, too!

Finally, in Math, we’ve been learning about how to gather data, display the results in a graph, and make sense of what it all means. Today, Mrs. S surveyed the class about screen time and we helped to put a bar graph together of the data. We are making our own survey questions and will be working with Mrs. Valente’s class to get answers to our questions next week.

November 19

What’s a Venn Diagram?

Simply put, a Venn Diagram is a tool to help us sort things. A man named John Venn (a logician) invented them a long time ago.

Have a look below at the diagram.

We made some of our own Venn Diagrams using hula hoops and various objects we found around the class. Can you guess how we sorted the following items in the pictures?

Students were then asked to find additional items to place in the Venn Diagram and this is what it looked like after they added new items found in the classroom. You will notice a few items placed outside the Venn Diagram. That is because they don’t belong in any of the categories within the Diagram.

Students have been working in their teams to sort numbers as well. Have a look at the action. Click on individual pictures to enlarge them:

Recently, Mrs. Sullivan created a Venn Diagram with fiction and nonfiction books. She was having trouble with what kind of book to put in the middle (that would have both fiction and nonfiction qualities). Jacob B offered a fantastic suggestion of putting a book in the middle that has fictional characters BUT is based on a real-life situation. So, he grabbed an I Survived book that is based on the story of the Titanic. Thanks for the great thinking, Jacob B!

What kind of items could you sort into a Venn Diagram?

November 16

Mystery Reader…Revealed!

Our very first Mystery Reader was….Reese’s mom!

She read to us 2 different books. One was called Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. It was about a bull who stayed true to himself even when others around him had other expectations of him. He did not want to fight like others wanted, but he simply wanted to enjoy peace, smelling flowers, and sitting under his favourite tree. It is also coming out as a movie soon. Have a look at the trailer, too!

The second book was called Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. It was a silly book about a boy who gets his kite caught in a tree. How he chooses to get the kite out of the tree leads to a series of funny and strange happenings with a surprise ending.The pictures are bright and the text font is fun to read. The students laughed out loud at this one!


Thank you so much for coming in to share stories with us!

We loved having you visit!

November 14

Shoebox Habitats

Our culminating project for Science has concluded and the students are definitely proud of their efforts. Many hours of research and planning were involved in creating the final projects–a shoebox diorama of a specific habitat and animal. The amount of detail and thought put into the design of these dioramas is amazing! I am so impressed! I think you will be, too.

As you will see, students selected quite a variety of animals and their habitats which made for an interesting assortment of projects. Students became ‘experts’ in their chosen habitat and were keen to share their learning with others.

Take a look at the Gr.3’s hard work:

What do you think of our projects?

If you could create a shoebox diorama, which habitat would you recreate?

November 13

Christmas Card Designers Wanted!

Once again, our school board is asking students to create original artwork that could be used for the Board’s Christmas e-cards.

The winner will be chosen by a committee and recognized at a future Board meeting. If you’re interested, please read on.

Size: roughly 8.5×11
Theme: Christmas with a Catholic focus, such as a Nativity scene or the Three Wise Men following the Star of Bethlehem.
Text: no text necessary. We’ll add a scripture quote when we’re designing the cards.
Be creative and don’t be afraid to come up with unique ideas to depict the story (bright and bold colours, silhouette, stained glass style, black and white sketch, etc.)

Deadline: hand in to Mrs. Sullivan by Nov. 28