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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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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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Holiday Update

Happy holidays!  I hope that you are all enjoying your time at home with your family and friends.  I am spending a quiet holiday season at home with my family, and catching up on some sleep (and movies)!  Thank you for all of the wonderful gifts and cards your little ones brought in over the last week or two of school.  Your thoughfulness is much appreciated.  🙂

Speaking of the last week of school, even though it was a short one, we still kept busy with some fun-filled activities.  We concluded our author study of Jan Brett by reading her delightful Christmas stories and doing some special activities to coincide with them.  We made a batch of gingerbread cookies, painted with watercolor paints and crayons, made clay models, and texture-painted gingerbread men.  We wrapped up our social studies unit on traditions and quality of life in communities around the world, and we practiced our addition strategies in math.

Please check out our two new videos showcasing some of our December activities.  Happy New Year!

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Dec. 16 Weekly Update

What a busy week we had!  We continued our study of author/illustrator Jan Brett’s work by looking at how she comes up with her story ideas.  As writers, we learned that we can retell folktales and fairy tales, we can model a new story from one that another author has written, or we can carry on in a new book the story of a favourite character we previously wrote about.  It is great to see the children realize that “real authors” go through the same stages of the writing process as we do here in our classroom.  In math, we used our knowledge of estimating sums to help us add 2-digit numbers and rationalize whether or not our answer is reasonable based on our estimates.  We are currently using a 100’s chart to add, but this leads into the mental addition outcome of our grade 3 curriculum.  It’s amazing to see how quickly the students are able to make this shift into mental calculations!  In social studies, we explored our traditions and celebrations as Canadian citizens, and compared them to those of the four focus children we are studying from communities around the world.  Of course, one favourite JS McCormick tradition is our annual Christmas concert, and what a splendid job our grade 3 classes did this week at ours.  I know that none of us will get “Nuttin’ for Christmas” because we have all been so very good this year!  Three more days of fun and learning at school, and then it is time to enjoy some of our favourite family traditions at home during the holiday season.

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