April 6

LearningfromaDistance-Episode #7

Good Morning Everyone!


  • Begin with your journal entry.

  • At this moment, I’ve received several wonderful Biographies in a Bag assignments. Thanks Daya, Chloe, Paul, Mason, Harry, Logan, and Nicole. Keep them coming!
  • We are launching our Writing Realistic Fiction unit!

You are going to spend the next few weeks writing your very own realistic fiction story which you will then turn into your own book. Here’s your first task.

1. Watch the Jack Gantos video and listen to him tell the story of Zippy the Roach. Jack is excellent at using ideas from his OWN life to influence the stories he writes in his books. He’s pretty funny, as you will see.

2. Let’s dig within our own lives for stories that may be hiding and worth writing about. Using a piece of paper, draw a map of the inside of your own house–you can include all levels of your house, your backyard, and even your driveway. Drawing a map of our house may help us remind us or reveal stories that hide within our house–either in our bedroom, in the kitchen, backyard, wherever! You heard Jack’s story that started in his own house.

Take your time drawing your house map. The slowness of the drawing gives you time to reflect on what events happened, where they happened, and how they happened. Your parents may be able to help you remember various things that have happened within your house that you may wish to include in your map. Hand in your map on the VLE.

Jack’s map of his house

Math–In the first task, underline the clues in the questions to decide whether they are multiplication or division questions. Then write the equation.  For example, an equation could look like this:  25÷5=5   or   5 x 5 = 25

There’s no spot for solving the problem, but try to figure out the answers in your own space! Hand in on the VLE.

Science–Tomorrow (Tuesday), Doug from Mystery Doug is inviting students into his home for a LIVE, 20-minute science show. He’ll answer real kids’ questions about the current situation we’re all dealing with, as well as share a few fun surprises. Tune in at 1:00 pm at mysteryscience.com/live

As usual, Doug will be talking with students in grades K-5 in mind. The video will be available for offline viewing at the link above after the event.

Draw a plant on a piece of paper. Fill the page. Identify the major parts of the plant including root, stem, flower, leaf, seed, and fruit. Bonus: add to your diagram where the stamen and pistil would be! See the video I included to help you.

Read the following 3 books that have been assigned to you on Epic.

1. Roots

2. Stem

3. Leaves


Harry’s family have shared with me a 31 Day Lego Challenge for anyone out there who’s interested! Check it out!

Have you done the Family Lockdown Boogie yet?

April 5

We Salute you, Mr. Tomie de Paola

Perhaps you’ve heard that a famous storyteller, book-writer, and lover of words has passed away on March 30th. His name is Tomie de Paola and he’s on my list of favourite children’s authors.




As a kid, I absolutely LOVED the classic story of Strega Nona. I mean, who doesn’t love a story about overflowing spaghetti in a town? Afterall, spaghetti is my favourite dish! I’ve assigned it to all of you so you can listen to it yourselves on Epic.

Lucky for us, Tomie de Paola’s legacy will live on through his many books 🙂


April 3

LearningfromaDistance-Episode 6


Language–It’s catch up time! Continue working on…

-First, write your journal entry. Try to write your journal entries in the same place each time, whether that is in Google Docs, in a journal or in a booklet of some kind.

– Community letter on Google Docs

– Biography in a Bag project–email me if you have any questions.

– 30+ minutes of DEAR time each and every day

Math–Do your multiplication quiz. Catch up on any Mathletics or the division math practice from Wednesday.

Science–I’ve assigned everyone a few PLANT books on Epic. After reading, create a Google Doc or a hand-written note listing all the ways that plants are helpful to humans. You may include headings or subtitles to help organize your findings. Include at least 5 pictures in your document.  After reading the book “Healing Plants” and “How are Plants Helpful” on Epic, try the quizzes.

Religion–Palm Sunday is this Sunday. It marks the beginning of Holy Week. Watch the video below and try to make your very own palm frond.


Want another idea? Get ready for Easter by making this Easter surprise!


April 1

LearningfromaDistance-Episode 5 + Completed Robots

Well, it looks like we’ll be apart from each other a little longer. We may be apart physically, but DO know that I am still here–with you on this learning journey…because we are doing this together!


We take it one day at a time and we do our very best, considering the circumstances, right? You are surrounded by such loving people and it’s important we look for the goodness in the world–starting right in your own home. Ask yourself:

  1. What am I thankful for today?
  2. Where do I see helpers in the world today?
  3. How can I be helpful or kind today?

I don’t know about you, but I find listening to music is really helpful in being a MOOD BOOSTER! So, put on your toe-tapping tunes and get your GROOVE on.

Language–In Google Docs, write a letter to the community of London telling them what you’re doing to get through these challenging times and how they can stay positive even when times may be tough. Use plenty of detail and remember the parts of a letter! When you’ve edited it, share it with me. Work on your letter this week and aim for next Wed. as your deadline.

If you haven’t sent me your letter telling me about how you’re doing, feeling, and so on. Please do so! So far, I’ve received Chloe’s, Romeo’s, Lola’s and Harry’s. Thank you!

Here’s a little review about writing a letter…

Math–Thank you to those who have been sharing their photos of completed 3D robots! Keep working on that task and show me your hard work 🙂

I’ve attached some word problems to do with division. The 1st is for Gr.4, the 2nd is for Gr.3, and the last one is for both grades!  Give it a try. Finally, I’ve added 2 more Mathletics tasks for you to do. If have not yet completed previous tasks, you’ll need to do those first before I assign you more.

*Don’t forget–I’ll be posting a multiplication quiz on Friday! Get ready!

Art–Chalk Your Walk! Provided you have some chalk, consider writing encouraging words on the sidewalks or your driveway to be viewed by those taking a walk – and break – from being cooped up inside.

Science–It’s going to be a nice week! If you haven’t done so yet, take some photos and create a collage! Spring has sprung! What signs of spring do you see? Thanks to Nicole and Lola for theirs!

How are your plants coming along? Have your seeds been growing well?

Sophia’s wheat plant

March 30


Ahoy Friends!

How Arrrrrre you doing? I think of you each day and hope you are smiling and doing well!


If you want to know a bit more about pirates, I’ve assigned a few books to you on Epic!

Language–Firstly, if you haven’t started journaling your daily experiences, you should! You are part of history right now. What we are living through will be talked about for generations to come. Record things like events, feelings, fears, and so on. You can write it, type it, video it, draw, interview your parents, and so on.  Do this each day for about 10 minutes.

Biography in a Bag project. OK, so we left off with choosing our person we were each going to research. Now is the time to get moving with it! While we don’t have books easily on hand, we can use Epic or the internet to gather our research.

Step 1: Read and learn all that you can about your person. Get to know them. What makes them interesting? How are they important? What do you want others to know about him/her?

Step 2: Prepare an introduction about your person. Perhaps start with a question or simply tell us WHO you are presenting about. (Don’t state your name, though). Provide a brief summary of this person and why they are important.

Step 3: Find 8-12 items to symbolize/represent the person you read about and place in a bag. Items can symbolize hobbies, accomplishments, character traits, etc.When presenting, pull out one item at a time and talk about what that item teaches us about your person.

Step 4: Wear something, a prop, or dress as your person and create a 2-3 minute presentation on your person. (For instance, if you are presenting about Walt Disney you could wear Mickey Mouse ears.)

Step 5: Email your video to Mrs. S with next Monday as the goal.

You might find this video entertaining as to how these students presented their ideas!

The video below shows some ideas of symbols.


Art–A neat idea is to create Stained Glass Chalk art on a wooden fence!

Math–How did you do on your quiz? We’re nearing the end of learning the times tables. Your last 2 are the 7s and 8s. If you wish, make those flash cards to help you with practicing them. We’ll have another quiz on Friday with ALL of the numbers from 0 to the 10s mixed together.

How are your 3D robots looking? Did you get yours to stand up? What 3D shapes did you use? Share yours by taking a picture.

Division–We had a good start with division before we left for March Break. We know the connection between multiplication and division, we did plenty of practice using cubes to understand the concept of ‘sharing’, we learned about different words associated with division such as: sharing, cut up, equal groups, leftovers or remainders, quotient, and so on. We also learned some of the symbols with division.

Today, practice using Mathletics. Most of you should have 2-3 assignments.