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?

February 10

Picasso-Inspired Art

Picasso is famous for his cubism-style art where the shapes within his artwork are quite geometric. Students created their own Picasso-inspired artwork by drawing 3 different faces and played with shapes of the various parts of a face such as the eyebrows, nose, mouth, ears, and so on.

Have a look at their wonderful creations!

 

October 17

Place Value Collage

Place value turned into art in our classroom recently. Students have been hard at work creating interesting collages using different sized circles to represent different place values. The bigger the circle, the bigger the place value.

Students learned about scale and how overlapping creates visual depth. We looked at 2 different works of art (seen below) and compared them. How were they similar? What did we see? Which circles appear in the front? Back? Why did the artist put some circles in front of others?

Students represented numbers in the thousands. They used various types of paper such as sandpaper, foil, newspaper, coloured paper, bumpy paper, smooth paper, paper with print, and several students used buttons to represent the ones or units.

Have a look at the process and the final products!

Can you read the numbers that were created?

September 29

Art-tastic Time at Museum London

Museums are a great place for students to have a chance to see what artists call “art”. We looked at different types of art such as the art in the ‘backyard’ of the museum which took the form of a pond with photographs forming a sail.

We saw sculptures, paintings using shading to show illusion, photographs, different types of packaging, and much more. We transitioned to the art studio after our tour and received a lesson about warm and cool colours.

Warm colours: red, orange, yellow

Cool colours: blue, purple, green

We drew a horizon line to start, then a river, coniferous trees, deciduous trees, a sun, clouds, moon, and stars. We folded our paper in half and used warm colours on the left and cool colours on the right. Night and Day.

The students were so focused, calm, and relaxed. Their end result was a beautiful painting showing a starry night and a warm day. Great job, Grade 3s!

April 4

Working Hard

Our projects are finally finished and we have embarked on our presentations today. Our class has worked hard to gather research and assemble their projects about a famous rock formation from anywhere in the world.

Some of the topics they researched include:

  • Egypt’s White rocks
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Fairy Chimneys
  • Camelback Mountain

Perhaps one day the students can visit these famous rock formations for themselves and witness the wild and beautiful ways that Mother Nature creates her masterpieces.

To help decorate the gym for the Heritage Fair on Wednesday April 5, we created a piece of artwork that is reflective of our Canadian culture using the Canadian flag! We used tissue paper, a template, and white glue to create our flags. Perhaps you can hang them on July 1 for Canada’s 150th birthday!  The students worked diligently and helped one another to complete their artwork in time to hang in our gym. They look great!

 

December 22

Christmas is almost here!

Advent means “a coming”. The season of Advent is a time of waiting. We are eagerly awaiting the birth of Jesus. Every Monday, during our Morning Meeting, we’ve taken some time to light another candle–there is 1 pink and 3 purple candles. We’ve joined in prayer and offer our own intentions. In our class, we use an Advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas. Do you have an Advent calendar at your home?

This year, our school has decided to support several different organizations. It is important we help others at this time of year, too. For Grades 3-5, the charity we helped was called Joy-FULL Socks. Last Friday, Elaine from Joy-FULL socks came to pick up the donations. She was so excited to see the abundant donations to the worthy cause. Thank-you for your generous help! Men’s Mission & Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter will be so happy.

Our class has been busy the last 2 weeks creating 3 different Christmas tree ornaments. First, we designed a paper ornament with our picture on the back, then we made a cork snowman, and finally, our marshmallow ornament that we made today. I believe a few marshmallows may have been consumed along the way 😉

Have a look at our creations below along with our Secret Santa exchange:


Click here to be linked to the steps in how to make the Christmas cards cards we made using paint chips.