June 10

We are into the final few weeks of Grade 3! I am thrilled to be back with the class full time as of today, but we will miss Mrs. Rogers. She did a fantastic job while she was here and we are very grateful to have had her here with us. 🙂

This week we will write our last two PATs. We will do our reading test on Tuesday and then we are onto math on Thursday. A good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast will be all we need to prepare for these exams because we are READY!

We have a few field trips and swim dates in June, so please be sure to check out the “Upcoming Dates” tab above. You can also look at some of the new Wallwisher (now called Padlet) digital walls that we have built in the last couple of weeks. We did some walls featuring the environments of the four countries we’ve been learning about in social studies, and coming up soon we will create walls that tell about the five animal kingdoms with Mrs. McQuesten in science.

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Model Magic Flowers

Here are our floral sculptures inspired by the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe!

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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:

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3D Paper Sculptures

Check out our cool paper sculptures!

 

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2012 in review

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

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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.

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Daily 5

We are now up to four of our five “dailies” in our Daily 5 literacy program.  Students are able to choose from Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, or Work on Writing during each of our rounds.  We have two or three rounds each morning, as well as some literacy mini-lessons on reading strategies and writing skills.  We also enjoy a teacher read-aloud each day with a book from our featured theme.  (This month, it’s Mrs. Brokenshire’s favourite – a Jan Brett author study!!)  Here is a look at our Daily 5 in action:

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