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Tech Time in Social Studies

We used an app on the iPads called “Show Me”. Students took photos of the maps they made and then drew paths on them while they dictated their directions to the treasure. So much fun!

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Ellis Bird Farm

What a great afternoon we had out at Ellis Bird Farm! The weather was perfect for us the entire time we were there. A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of the parents who joined us. We really enjoyed having you spend the afternoon with us!

Here is a photo album of our day:

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Our Jan Brett Clay Models

As we finished up our Jan Brett literature theme, the kids were asked to pick a favourite story and show the main idea via a clay representation.  Here’s a look at the fun we had making our models, which are on display in our hallway.   Stop by and check them out when you get a chance.

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Happy New Year

It is only January 7th and yet we are on day 4 of the new year together!  It was great to see so many smiling faces back in class last week.  This week we are wrapping up our Jan Brett author study.  We read many of her books in December and I’m so happy to see that the kids are still interested in her books after the break.  In this theme we have been focusing on story elements (setting, characters, problem, solution) and on comparing and contrasting stories.  The students love to find out that Jan Brett gains inspiration for many of her stories from books she read as a child.  It helps us as young writers to know that we can take a published book and change some elements to create an entirely new story that is all our own!  Here is a link to a Wallwisher we worked on before Christmas telling about our favourite Jan Brett books:

Jan Brett Wallwisher

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Portfolio Walks

We are so excited about our upcoming portfolio walks!  The students have been working hard to make sure their showcase work is included in their binder portfolios, but they are especially happy to be getting their digital portfolios updated and ready to show off.  When you come in for your scheduled time next week, you and your child will be able to meet with me for a 15 minute show & share of the binder portfolio, and then your child will take you to the learning commons to show you his/her skills on the computer and let you have a look at our digital portfolios.

If you haven’t had a chance to book a time with me, please do so as soon as you are able to.  Our classroom’s portfolio walks will be on Monday and Tuesday from 4-8 pm.  See you soon!

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