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.

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?