A Terrific Thursday

The energetic and enthusiastic bunch of kids in room 6 had a great final day before “the break”. Wearing pyjamas and cuddling their stuffed friends, the boys and girls had a day filled with fun and learning. Some great math thinking wrapped up our unit on time. We did a few multiple choice questions together and then the grade 2’s and 3’s worked with a partner on problem solving. A key learning from today was to remember to look back and make sure the question was answered. Often in a multistep problem, students show all their work and then forget to write a sentence that answers the question. The students did a great job of organizing their work and showing their thinking using lists and charts. The rest of the day was spent finishing up social studies reports, playing Elephant Ball, seeing Mrs. Andreychuk for music, heading to the gym for D.P.A. and inviting room 4 to come and learn how to blow bubbles with us.

Terrific Thursday

Everyone looked fabulous today for Picture Day and did their best to stay tidy at recess. The weather has been nothing short of spectacular all week. We enjoyed D.P.A. outside both yesterday and today playing Hide the Tile and Circle Dodgeball. The cross country runners have also had perfect conditions for their practices.

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In the lab this week the grade 2’s and 3’s spent time learning the ins and outs of Bitstrips for Schools, which is a free educational comic making website. Students are able to log in at home and share their work with you. Their assigment this week was to create 3-4 panels with their character expressing a variety of emotions through body language and the use of captions and speech bubbles. The goal was for students to learn some of the many features and tools of Bitstrips and develop a comfort level.

We have been working very hard on developing our success criteria this week for making connections, writing a personal narrative and our home reading program – For the Love of Reading. The Learning Goals page will be updated tomorrow to reflect this and a note will be going home tomorrow with details about For the Love of Reading. The students are super excited and have come up with great ideas about how they can demonstrate their learning. I can’t wait to see the results. The first cycle begins on Monday and lasts 3 weeks.

Tomorrow we will be reading this article http://bit.ly/13OtL9f from Teaching Kids News. Our discussion will focus on who should take responsibility for the amount of exercise kids get. It is up to schools, parents or kids themselves? Do you agree with the amount recommended in the news article? Feel free to preread and discuss with your child. I am looking forward to an interesting conversation tomorrow, followed up by blog posts.

Prodigy, Poetry and Sunshine

You have probably heard all about the new math game Prodigy from your child by now. The grade 3’s created their wizard avatars this morning and had some time to explore the game. It was a unanimous hit.

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We ventured out into the sunshine for D.P.A. today. A perfect day for soccer and four square. Bring on the warm weather – we are ready!

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A fantastic start was made on poetry writing for Poem in my Pocket day on Friday. The highlight of my day was listening to the single line each student chose to share with the class today. I can’t wait to see and hear poetry being shared all around the school on the Friday.

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