October 8

Word Study

In our class, we have started our Word Study program. Based on a diagnostic spelling test each student did in September, 3 different Word Study groups were established. We have one large group and 2 smaller groups, each receiving their own lesson and their own sets of words.

Students are given a new sort each Monday where they learn about different aspects and features of the words they received. Throughout the week, students are asked to complete various activities from their ‘Homework Menu’ to practice using their words in different ways, and on Friday, we will have a spelling assessment.

I encourage you to ask your child to talk about their word study words with you!

October 6

Orange Shirt Day

Last Friday, students and staff at our school took part in Orange Shirt Day.

 

 

 

Orange Shirt Day is an event that started in 2013. It was designed to educate people and promote awareness about the residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada, and still does today.

As a class, we discussed what is a residential school, how it affected indigenous communities in Canada (and in other parts of the world), and why it’s important we learn about it.

We read a beautiful picture book called Shi Shi Etko by Nicola I. Campbell. It tells the story of a little girl who is leaving for a residential school in a few days. The book is the lead up to that day. She learns to imprint on her heart and in her memories all of her surroundings, teachings, traditions, and so on.

Check out the story below.

Students decorated and designed their own paper orange t-shirt which is now displayed in our school hallway.

We read about a woman named Phyllis Webstad, a survivor of the residential school system. She also explains why we wear the colour orange.

Listen to her here:

Every child matters.

September 30

Drum Roll Please…..

Today we officially began the Global Read Aloud for this year called Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez.

We are SO excited to be involved with this chapter book. We made plenty of predictions about what this book could be about with the following photos in our slideshow:

We brainstormed new words (some were Spanish!), characters, setting details, questions we have, and so on and jotted them in our Reader’s Notebook.

What’s so neat about Global Read Aloud is that we are reading the SAME book as so many other students around the world! We will be connecting with a class…somewhere in the world. The exact location will be revealed in the coming days! Geographical clues will be given in class and we’ll have to guess where our partner class is located. Stay tuned.

 

September 26

Canadian Hero

Who was Terry Fox? If you are visiting from another part of the world besides Canada, you may not know who this famous Canadian was.

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and quite simply, a hero. He had lost his leg to cancer when he was 18. He decided to try and run across Canada to raise a million dollars for cancer research. He ran about a marathon every day for 143 days beginning in 1980.

Unfortunately, Terry didn’t quite finish his Marathon of Hope, as he called it, as the cancer had spread and he passed away on June 28, 1981. In his words, he said,

It’s got to keep going without me.

And that’s exactly what we did this week at our own school, and at schools and cities around the world. We celebrate Terry’s legacy and continue to run and raise funds for cancer research.

In case you are visiting us from far away and haven’t heard of Terry Fox, have a look at the video below to get a picture of who he was and how he inspires then and now.

What can we learn from Terry?

Who do you run for?

September 14

Happy Dot Day 2019!

Dot Day is based on a book called The Dot by Peter Reynolds and is celebrated every year on the 15th of September. The book tells the story of Vashti who struggles to be creative. At first,Vashti believes she can’t draw. After some encouragement from her teacher, she finally draws a simple dot. The teacher frames it and hangs it in his office. Vashti sees her dot framed and her confidence and motivation begins to grow.

The Dot challenges all of us to make our mark and see where it takes us! Dot Day began on Sept.15, 2009 and every year, teachers and students around the globe are inspired to showcase their creativity, courage, and collaboration. This year there are over 16 million participants globally from 182 countries. Wow!

Have a look at all of the Dot Day fun we had in Room 117:

 

 

September 3

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to another exciting school year! I hope your summer was a fantastic one and you found time to relax, try new things, and soak up some sun.

We have a great year planned and I can’t wait to spend the year with you! I’ll be sharing our learning on our class blog. Feel free to comment and tell me your thoughts.

More to come. Stay tuned!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

June 27

Happy Last Day!

It’s always bittersweet to wrap up a school year. This year was no different. It has been an absolute joy teaching each one of you. I feel very blessed to be your teacher…I really do have the best job. Thank you for making me smile. You are all very special and I know you’ll go forward continuing to do great things 🙂 I am so proud of you all.

As a class, we thought about all the wonderful things we were a part of together and here’s what we came up with…

 

Today, we also wanted to make sure our fabulous custodians received a warm thank-you from all of us as we know how hard they work to make our school a great place to learn. They do not always receive the recognition they deserve. We presented them each with their own personalized and framed Wordle. Thank you Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Walter!

Have a fantastic summer!

June 26

Do You Like Board Games?

A fun way to wrap up a school year is giving students the challenge of creating their own board game. And boy…were these grade 3s up for it!

We wrote down the success criteria together and knew the game had to involve math in some way. The students completed their board games, playing their own game several times and then play each other’s.

The level of detail was incredible! Several groups even crafted their own playing pieces! Wow.

Have a look at their hard work!

Finally, we were pleased to see our poetry anthology arrive to our classroom. The students were delighted to see their published poems in a book that they can keep forever. What a great job everyone did!

June 24

Camp Fun

What a fun day today as we spent time together on our final field trip as Grade 3 students. Thankfully, the rain stayed away and we all enjoyed the activities planned for us. Gaga ball was a favourite along with the low-ropes course, Capture the Cow, and campfire.

A big thanks to our parent volunteers for joining in on the fun with us.

Have a look at our day spent at Camp!