November 5

Never a dull moment!

There’s never a dull moment in our class! We’ve been so engaged in all aspects of our day–French, Math, Science and more. We enjoy working in different teams, sharing our strengths and gifts, nibbling on treats, learning about all sorts of things. Check us out!

 

October 24

Museum London Trip

On Tuesday, the Grade 3s made the visit to Museum London. We split into 2 groups and toured the various galleries, learning about local artists such as Merle “Ting” Tingley as well as other Canadian artists.

Merle Tingley “Ting”

We talked about ideas such as the elements of design, mood, inspiration, symmetry, movement, and much more.

After our tour, we enjoyed creating a piece of mixed media art. It was a Fall scene involving the changing colours of leaves on trees. We used a variety of media including paper, paint, string. Using cool colours–a blue and green wash, we created the sky and ground. Trees were created using torn pages from a book and the leaves were painted on using warm colours.

Have a look at the process and our finished pieces!

 

 

 

October 22

The Gift of Being Present

mind·ful (adjective) To be conscious or aware of something, paying attention on purpose.

With busy schedules, always places to go, always in transition, bombardment of information and images from screens, it is not easy to be quiet, be still, be present. Today, our class launched a simple idea: Mindfulness Mondays. This is where we practice 3 simple things:

being quiet, being still, being present.

How do you practice mindfulness?

October 13

Piece by Piece

On Friday, our school welcomed a Metis artist named Brenda Collins. Brenda’s mother is of the Odawa Nation and her father is French.

Classes gathered in the library to help put together a Medicine Wheel Mosaic. It is also called The Four Directions or a Healing Circle. It is intergenerational. That means that each of the 4 colours of the Healing Circle represent either the child, youth, adult, or elders.The tiles in the centre are mirror tiles and that allows us to look at ourselves and reflect on our inner feelings and thoughts.

The green tiles at the bottom of the piece represent Mother Earth and blue tiles at the top represent Father Sky. The brown tiles around the border represent the 4 sacred smudging medicines: tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, and cedar.

The finished mosaic uses more than 6500 glass square pieces that are glued down. Each staff member and student helped to make the Medicine Wheel on Friday. Brenda will take it home and add any finishing touches.

This is what the finished product will look like:

As of June of 2018, there are 72 Medicine Wheels across the region. The one that we made as a school will proudly hang in our front hallway of our school.

A big thank you to Brenda for teaching us about the Medicine Wheel!

 Take a look at the process:

 

 

 

May 17

Today We Went on an Adventure…

What an awesome day spent together, learning, laughing, engaging. I was so proud of our students who represented our school so well. Way to go!

We started off our day visiting the local Apple Store in the mall. Upon arrival, we became Apple Ambassadors and got to wear a special Apple magnetic pin that we wore for the rest of the day…and got to keep!

The staff were so welcoming and once we split into teams, they advised, and coached in how to use the app called Clips. It’s free in the app store.

The task was to take a poem they’d been given, and to bring it to life using the app Clips. Students spent about an hour exploring the app, working with the Advisor in putting together their project, and then finally added the fun effects such as filters, emojis, stickers, music, and so on. All groups had brought in some props to help tell the story of the poem. Most importantly of all, the students had fun!

We concluded our visit at Apple by watching all of the groups’ projects on a big screen. Students were given a USB wrist bracelet with their project on it to take home.

Our next mission was to enjoy a picnic-style lunch outside beside Masonville Library. It was a gorgeous day so we took advantage. Afterwards, we went into the library and met the librarian named Linda. She taught us how books are organized in a library, what a Call Number is, read us a book called Library Lion and invited us to write a short book of our own.

Next, it was time for a library tour. Finally, students were invited to explore the library and sign out a book with their library cards and take them home to enjoy.

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers: Mrs. Franze, Mrs. Paterson, Mrs. deRond, Mrs. Cifelli, and Mrs. Pinto. We appreciated your time and energy today and it made our trip extra special to have you there.

 

Here are the completed student projects. Fantastic job, everyone!

May 14

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday was a beautiful day to celebrate Mother’s Day. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, and the temperature was perfect. Over the past week, students carefully prepared their terracotta pots to house the herb garden (plus beets!) that they planted a while back to give to that special person in their life.

The painted pots looked so wonderful. It is my hope you get to enjoy them for years to come. Great job, Gr.3s!

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.

 

April 11

Winter Shadows

Even though Winter may be officially behind us, the wintery weather still lingers. The day we did this art lesson there was a layer of the white stuff on the ground! The students were very engaged in a multi-step art lesson involving several different layers.

Students chose whether they wanted their background to have warm colours or cool colours and selected tissue paper based on that.

Some other materials that were used included:

  • watered-down white glue
  • tissue paper
  • watercolour (black)
  • watercolour paper

Vocabulary learned included:

  • background/foreground
  • intensity
  • shadow
  • horizon line
  • warm colours/cool colours

Check out the process and a few examples of the finished product. What a beautiful job!

February 28

Chop! Chop!

In the spirit of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, we made paper lanterns last Friday and today we explored chopsticks! We read the book called Chopsticks by one of my favourite authors, Amy Krouse Rosenthal.You can check out my blog post from last year about Amy by clicking here.

The book is full of fun illustrations and a simple message about the strength of friendship but at the same time reminds us how we can learn to be independent when we need to be!

We were each given a pair of bamboo chopsticks and explored how to hold them and tried to pick up something off our desk. It takes plenty of practice and persistence to get the hang of it! Students got to take home their chopsticks at the end of the day.

There are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos out there, but here is one that we watched in class. Check it out!


Have you ever used chopsticks before? What is your favourite food to eat with chopsticks?