Friday, 25 November 2016

Looking back......

Here are some pictures of the very cool Halloween treats we created during our Classroom Celebration!  We truly proved that having healthy treats is super fun!!!


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

We made butter today! Thanks Miss Laube!!!!

Wow!!!!!  What fun!  Today, Miss Laube brought all of the supplies we need to make butter!!!  We shook, shook, shook until we could shake no more!!  It was hard work!!!  Now we know how the Early Settlers felt when they had to work so hard to churn!!!!  It tasted so delicious on crackers, courtesy of Miss Laube, and we're ever so grateful to her for the opportunity.  Every student got to take their own sample of butter home for supper!!!!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Flat Stanley has been to Cape Cod and the Grand Canyon!

Stella's Aunt Sarah in Cape Cod had a fabulous time with Flat Stanley!  He sure is seeing the world!  She even took him on an adventure to the Grand Canyon!
 The poor guy got stuck in a cactus!  But look!  He's still smiling!  I would love to see the Grand Canyon Stanley!  What a lucky guy you are!  Prickles and all!

We Remember

Today your child may come home with reports about our Remembrance Day Service.  Many classes participated in many ways.  Special thanks go to Ms. Stewart for organizing the beautiful service and to all students who showed respect and gratitude throughout the assembly.  Beautifully done as always, Nottawa.  Here is the lovely poppy art we created earlier this week to show our own gratitude to the soldiers who served and still serve.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Math Support at Home / Heading Back to Pioneer Days!

Our new unit for Math is Patterning.  We'll be looking at changing attributes in patterns over the next 2 weeks.  Students will explore different patterns and determine the number of attributes changing and what those attributes are.

Mrs. Johnson, our Teacher Librarian, helps us on a daily basis with EQAO support in math.  She has an excellent blog with several links for Gr.3 online math activities.  If you would like to practise activities for each unit at home using technology, the links she provides on her blog are very engaging and easy to use.  Students have been using them here at school as well.  Visit her blog from the same "CLASSES" tab found on our school website that you use to find my blog.  You'll find these links very helpful if you're looking for ways to practise at home.  We'll also begin using Mathletics tomorrow.  A small note with instructions will come home in your agenda clip.  This is an ongoing program that will be used at least twice a week at school but can be continued at home if you wish.  It is not homework....students simply pick up where they left off from the last time of use.

We've been digging deep into the past to discuss the Early Settler years!  I've asked each student to start collecting a shoebox along with some small items that can be used for a shoebox diorama of a log cabin home at Christmas!  Students should keep their diorama items true to the times.  We've done some research to determine many differences between Early Settler years and today.  They'll be asked to use this research in their diorama project.  I'll provide many popsicle sticks, toothpicks, fabric for quilts and curtains, stones for fireplaces etc...etc......but if you have small items at home to contribute, they would be greatly appreciated.  We brainstormed ideas yesterday for decorating the diorama for a "pioneer Christmas" as well........someone suggested using pine cones for Christmas trees!  Very clever!  If you have pine cones, or any other items to share, please feel free to start sending them in at any time.  

Stay tuned also for news about our International Feast.  We'll have this at some point during the 2 weeks of school before Christmas.  Start thinking about a tasty item from another area of the world that you and your child could contribute.  Perhaps we'll dress like Early Settlers to share the feast too!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Flat Stanley has been to Australia!

What an adventure Flat Stanley has had!  He visited with Ben's Aunt, Uncle and cousins in Australia!  He went to Sydney and saw the Opera House and Sydney Harbour!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Math Test Tomorrow!

Our unit on Data Management is coming to an end and we have a test tomorrow.  Hopefully you've found the practice test helpful along with the activities that your child has completed and brought home.  These activities show all of the areas that will be on the test.  You can recreate the questions on the practice test by changing numbers or changing tally topics.  You could do the same thing with the completed activities from the unit.  Another option is to google "graphing activities for Grade 3" or "venn diagrams for Grade 3"......a large variety of activities will pop up for your child to try.  Specific activities for this unit have been:  venn diagrams, reading tallies, pictographs with a "key", reading and creating bar graphs, deciding appropriate "scale" to create a bar graph AND circle graphs/pie charts.  I will use the next few weeks to find more specific websites to try for practice at home if you would like to go this route for our next units.  We will also begin "Mathletics" online this month!!!  More information on that will come home soon!

Pioneer Life in Upper Canada

Our Gr.3 students have begun learning about Early Settlers in Upper and Lower Canada in the 1800s.  We'll be using the chrome books to s...