November 22

Meeting Viola Desmond

Today, we read a wonderful biography called Meet Viola Desmond by Elizabeth MacLeod. Viola Desmond is considered by many Canadians to be a hero. The book tells the story of Viola’s rather famous moment in history when she bought a ticket to the movie theatre in 1946 in Nova Scotia. Viola bought a ticket and sat in the whites-only section of the theatre. She was told to move to the balcony where black people were supposed to sit. Instead, Viola was determined to sit where she wanted, and as a result, she was jailed, went to court, and found guilty. Viola died in 1965 at age 51. In 2010, the government of Nova Scotia pardoned Viola and apologized for what happened to her.

A few students connected Viola’s story to Rosa Parks from the U.S.A. Indeed, their experiences are very similar!

Years later, Viola’s sister, Wanda, shares her story and is proud to hold the new Canadian $10 bill where Viola’s portrait will be printed starting next week.

Check out this article from the London Free Press!

Who is someone else that you think should be on a Canadian bank note?

 

November 21

Mystery Reader Revealed!

Our most recent Mystery Reader was…Jake’s dad! He did a fantastic job reading to us a wonderful story called The Book of Gold written and illustrated by Bob Staake. It tells the story of a boy named Isaac who isn’t a curious boy until he meets an old shopkeeper who tells him about The Book of Gold. This special book, hidden somewhere in the world, holds all the answers to every question and turns to solid gold when opened. Isaac hunts all over the world for this book, thinking it will make him rich. As Isaac ages, he continues his search for the golden book but along this journey, he learns a whole lot more! Read the book for yourself! You won’t regret it.

Thank you to Jake’s dad for spending time with us today!

 

November 21

UPower Respect!

Sara Westbrook was welcomed back to our school recently where she focused her message on RESPECT.

Some of the things she taught us included:

  • What does respect look like/sound like?
  • How do we continue to respect others and ourselves even when we are mad, sad, or angry?
  • What are healthy ways we can release our emotions?
  • The importance of identifying our feelings and stating how we feel
  • I matter, YOU matter, everyone matters

Sara taught us not to say the words “I can’t” because it is not showing ourselves respect when we give up before we really try. Instead, we can say, “I can…I just need help”.

We hope to make not only Sara proud, but also our teachers, parents, friends and ourselves when we choose to be a

UPower superhero for respect.

November 18

Survey Says!

Data is all around us! We use data to learn about what to wear to school in the morning, we use it to learn from our mistakes, we use data to tell us how long it will take us to get somewhere. Data informs us and it can be very helpful in our lives.

Recently, we wanted to conduct our own surveys based on a question each of us individually made up. We were not allowed to ask ‘yes/no’ questions and needed to provide around 4-5 possible answers. Students also needed to push themselves to think of a question they truly wanted to know the answer to.

We were asking our question to all of the grade 3s at our school.

Some questions included:

  • How do you typically get to school?
  • How long do you usually spend on homework each night?
  • What is your favourite sport?
  • What time do you usually go to bed?
  • What is your favourite type of unusual pet?

Check out the students asking each other their questions and recording their tallies! Next, we will graph the data in 2 different ways and share our results. What kind of conclusions can we make, if any?

What is a question you would want to know the answer to if you were to ask a Grade 3 student?

November 10

A Delicious Literary Treat!

On Friday, our classroom was transformed into a sort of literary cafe as students were invited to their very first BOOK TASTING event. Book tasting gives students the opportunity to sample some juicy reads in a short period of time and come away with a wish list of titles. It’s a great way to let young readers sample different authors, genres, and series. After all, books are a lot like food—you won’t know if you like something until you try it!

We ‘sampled’ several different genres of books including:

  • humour
  • biography
  • realistic fiction
  • mystery

At each table sat a pile of 10-15 books of a particular genre.

After checking out the front and back covers and inside flaps, students spent a few minutes browsing through the book to develop their first impressions. When time (about 5 minutes) was up, students wrote down observations and made note of whether or not they want to add the book to their wish list.

They rated the book out of 10 and jotted some notes about various things including what they thought of the book, what did the author do to hook them, and so on. It’s a perfect way for kids to nibble on a book and decide if they want to devour the whole thing!

Students rotated through 5 different stations in total. Afterwards, we enjoyed some yummy refreshments!

It was so much fun and we all went away with perhaps a few books we would like to read, maybe even from a genre we have never explored before.

Our next Book Tasting will be sometime after Christmas.

 

November 9

How Do We Define Peace?

Our class has been talking a lot about peace. What does it look like on the schoolyard? In our homes? In our country?

How can we be peacemakers

not peacebreakers?

If we’re not sure where to find peace, we know we can always seek it in Jesus. After all, Jesus is peace.

Listen to what grade 3 students have to say about what peace means to them…

Have a beautiful weekend.

 

November 8

Learning Through Literature…We Remember

As Remembrance Day, November 11, approaches, we remember those fallen heroes, those who lost their lives in service.

Today, we read a beautiful book called A Bear in War. It serves as a gentle introduction to war, to Remembrance Day, and to the honour of those who have served their countries. It is narrated by “Teddy” the bear himself. It is a true Canadian story about a young girl named Aileen who sent her teddy bear to the front lines of the war in Belgium to keep her dad company.

The book not only has beautiful illustrations but also real photographs of the actual people whom the story is about.

If you haven’t read the book, we highly recommend it. Our class learned some interesting facts about World War I, learned about trenches, the kinds of conditions the soldiers fought in, and the importance of keeping their feet dry. We learned how important letter-writing was and how different the times were back in those days.

If you want to meet Teddy for yourself, visit him at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa! Class trip, perhaps?? 🙂

 

November 6

Today’s Mystery Reader Was…

Today our class was treated to another Mystery Reader and that guest was…Mrs. Woods!

She read us two different books. The first one was called Let There be Peace on Earth by Jill Jackson & Sy Miller. This book also comes with a CD so we played the first song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.

 

 

 

The second one was called What Does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky. We all shared what we thought peace smelled like, felt like, looked like, and so on. We had some great ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

A big SHOUT OUT to Mrs. Woods for coming in and sharing her time with us. How special!

 

What do you think peace feels like?

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!