November 9

What is Peace?

On November 11, we pause and remember those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom and those who continue to do so even today. Pausing to reflect on our freedoms, wearing a poppy across our heart, talking about how we can be peacemakers rather than peacebreakers are some of the ways we can commemorate Remembrance Day and be present in our world.

We read The Peace Book by Todd Parr which is a wonderful way to share with each other how simple peace can be. Peace is all around us and quite frankly, we need more peace in the world. Don’t you agree? If you haven’t read this book, please visit your local library!

Have a listen to our class sharing what peace means to each one of us:

 

How Can You Be a Peacemaker in the World?

November 6

Word Study Week of Nov 6

Each Monday I will post pictures of our Word Study words for your reference 🙂

Each word study group is different. After the lesson, students copy the sorts into their notebooks. On Monday nights, students are asked to sort the words again, taking their words out of their bags, and writing the words AGAIN in their notebooks with the appropriate categories written at the top. They should check to ensure all words are spelled correctly.

Review of sh ch wh th words

Long e Short e words

ir ire ier words

November 6

A Great Read

My favorite book is Harry Potter by J.k. Rowling. I just got the complete collection  for my birthday. There are seven books in the collection. I am reading the first book called Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. So far it is very interesting and I can’t wait to  finish reading all of them.

 

by Malia

 

 

 

 

 

November 2

Quiz Quiz Trade

To prepare for our Habitats science test, students engaged in an activity called Quiz, Quiz, Trade. This is a great way to review and gets students up and out of their seats, interacting with each other.

It begins with each student holding a card with a question on it. Students start walking around with their hand up. The first person they come across they high 5 and the taller person reads their question first (answers are on the back). They can coach their peer if needed and also praise. Next, the 2nd partner reads their question and afterwards, they trade.

Finally, they begin to walk around in the same manner and continue to ask questions of each other. If needed, they are allowed to use their notebooks to assist them. Check us out in action:

 

October 31

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is here and the whole school, dressed in orange and black, were ready to have fun! The primary students rotated through 5 different classrooms participating in various activities including making monster art, slime, doing activities in the gym, and so on.

In the afternoon, our class was reading in the dark, complete with flashlights, blankets, pillows, and of course…books! We even made time for a movie. Have a look at our fun day together.

October 24

Lots Going on In Our Class!

October 23

Word Study-Week of Oct. 23

Parents: Each Monday I will post pictures of our Word Study words for your reference 🙂

Each word study group is different. After the lesson, students copy the sorts into their notebooks. On Monday nights, students are asked to sort the words again, taking their words out of their bags, and writing the words AGAIN in their notebooks with the appropriate categories written at the top. They should check to ensure all words are spelled correctly.

Group 1–wh and th

Group 2- Long u and Short u

Group 3-or, ore, oar, w+or

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 19

Crafting Our Personal Narratives

In Writing Workshop, students have been working hard to create leads for their personal narrative.We’ve learned different ways to begin our story including describing the setting, using dialogue, or even writing an action. A lead helps your reader get into your story. It needs to ‘hook‘ your reader so they want to keep on reading!

Here, students are sharing their 2 leads with a partner and using their partner to help them decide which one is stronger.

We can learn a lot from what we call ‘mentor texts‘ which are texts written by published authors. Students listened to several examples of leads written by authors they are familiar with (ie. Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White, Ramona Quimby author Beverley Cleary). We can use these authors to help show us what are things that WE can try, too!

Do you have a lead of your own or from an author you like that really ‘hooked’ you to keep on reading? If so, please share it with us!