Happy Monday

  1. Our day started with a fabulous read aloud by Mrs. Zandstra. She shared one of her favourite books titled “How Full is Your Bucket?” Students then created their own “buckets” which will be ready for filling tomorrow. Stay tuned for pictures and details. To share this story at home you can watch a reading here via SchoolTube.
  2. Next the boys and girls pumped up their heart rates up in Phys. Ed. with Mrs. Moulton.
  3. After break we moved on to science where both grades had the challenge of sorting words into categories. The 2’s learned about movement and opposites while the 3’s broadened their understanding of what a structure is and what materials are used to create structures.
  4. Then I read students the first few pages of the picture book “I Miss Franklin P. Shuckles” and we talked about the difference between quick and deep thinking connections. This book aligns with our focus on What makes a good friend?. Some students followed this by reading independently while some read aloud to me. Several students were also in the midst of completing the written component of their D.R.A. (Diagnostic Reading Assessment).
  5. In writing, we reviewed our learning goal and added our first success criterion. See the Learning Goals page for more details. Students were then given time to practice.
  6. We ended our day with marvelous math. We continued to work on growing patterns and focused on how to communicate our thinking.

How was your Monday?

Spelling City

Today the grade 3’s explored the Spelling City website. Spelling city allows me to enter word lists which students can access online at school or home. After selecting a list your child can choose from several games and activities to practice skills. The lists will match your child’s weekly word work words as well as include other subject related vocabulary. Next week, the word work tracking sheet in the agenda will include spelling city as one of the weekly activities. This is an engaging complement to the word work program and is not intended to replace the other weekly activities. Please note that there are many free games and activities on this site as well many “premium” games and activities which require a membership. If you wish to purchase a family membership ($29.99 USD) to access the entire site you can do so but there is absolutely no obligation. Ask your child to introduce you to the site and let me know what you think. I may look into a classroom membership ($49.99 USD) down the road based on feedback.

Word Work

The grade 3’s began learning the routines of “word work” today. To start things off pairs were given sheets of words to cut out and sort. I loved the way they came up with so many different ways to sort the words. Then we met as a group and I sorted the words while students tried to guess my sorting rule (no problem with that). We reviewed the difference between vowels and consonants and how we can use symbols to show if a vowel is long or short. Tomorrow students will sort the words again with their partners and record the words in their word work books. We are all using the same words this week as the focus is learning the routines. By Monday October 8th students will receive words specifically geared to their strengths and needs. Watch for more information coming in the agenda and also posted on the homework page (found under “Important Stuff”).

Here are some pictures of the kids doing a great job cooperating with their partners to sort the words.

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