Monday, June 24th. 

The end of the year is quickly approaching.  We in room 70 are keeping a tight lid on things by keeping up our daily routines.  We solved some pretty tricky math problems today.  One was about data and one was about combinations. 

We also saw some great presentations about animal life cycles including the fox, wolf, jaguar, tiger, robin, panda and leopard. 

Reminder that sports day is on Wednesday and we will be going on a walk to Fish Creek (Weather Permitting) later on that day.  Still looking for a parent or two to tag along for a couple hours after lunch if anyone is interested.

2.5 days left. But who's counting.

Mr. M

Wednesday, June 19th.

As the school year has started wrapping up I find it important to keep up routines in the classroom and work on projects that demonstrate the children's independence.  They are currently working on two projects that you can see at home through google.  The first one is animal lifecycle research project on an animal of their choosing using google slides.  The second is a group Reader's Theatre script which they will share with their peers this week.  Have a peak at their google accounts and check out their progress. 

During math this week we are working on a series of challenging problems that are putting our understanding of operations and mental math to the test.  Many of the problems require multiple steps to solve them and require some keen thinking.  I sent home the first two sets of problems.  Try going through a problem or two tonight and see your child's understanding of the concepts. 

We are also finishing up two art projects both centered around animals.  The first is a two way picture that has two pices of art in one in it depending on what angle you look at the picture.  The second was rip art that was completed only by ripping paper and using glue.  I am very impressed with the skills I have seen.

Next week on Wednesday in the afternoon I am hoping to take the kids to Marshall Springs in the afternoon to have a snack and go for a walk after sports day in the morning.  If any parent volunteers want to tag along for the walk you are more than welcome, just send me an email so I can give you a meeting time.  

Remember Spring Fling tomorrow and Sports Day next Wednesday. 

Regards, 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, June 12th.

**Field trip tomorrow.  It might rain.  We will be walking.  Please bring clothes to be outdoors, good walking shoes, and lunch and a snack and money for ice cream if you are planning on getting any. 

It is going to be an awesome day.  

Mr. M

Tuesday, June 11th.

**Field Trip to downtown Calgary on Thursday, all day.  Parent volunteers can sign into the office and meet me outside my classroom as we are leaving almost right away.  Remember to bring money for ice cream if you are planning on purchasing any. 

We had a great day.  In the morning we wrote another reflective journal and complete our SLA's in math.  In the afternoon we painted a special project and learned about the life cycle of a dog.  We also had a very long lockdown practice.  We didn't get outdoors today so make sure you spend some time outside tonight. 

Mr. M

Monday, June 10th.

Today during journal we did a reflection on our year.  Below are some of the questions that we talked about. 

  1. What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?
  2. What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?
  3. What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?
  4. What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
  5. Where is your favorite place in our classroom (or school)? Why?
  6. If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be?
  7. What are three things you did this year to help your classmates?

I look forward to reading the responses after school.  

During Book Club we practiced our expressive reading and acting skills by presenting some Reader's Theatre skits in front of the class.  It was excellent and so well done.  I can't wait to see what they come up with tomorrow. 

During math we worked on naming and describing 3D shapes.  We looked at vertices, faces and edges in describing a variety of different pyramids, prisms and various other 3D shapes.

In the afternoon we spent sometime looking at the life cycle of reptiles, in particular that of the sea turtle.  

Blog Challenge:  What does the sea turtle have in common with the salmon?

Have a great night.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, June 5th.

A beautiful day at Evergreen School packed to the brim with learning.  In the morning we wrote instructions or rules for a sport that we either invented or modified.  We did a warm up exercise brainstorming as many different sports as we could think off.  The most one person got was 22. 

During math we started geometry and began to look at what an attribute is.  Some of the attributes we explored were sides, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines and vertices. 

In the afternoon we looked at two different animal life cycles including the frog and the robin.  Two things they both had in common were that they came from eggs and they turn into adults. 

**Remember to get those book orders in by this Friday.  Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, June 4th.

Today was a really busy day that seemed to go by very quickly.  In the morning we finished up our data unit by answering different questions and creating a variety of graphs.  The students have done quite well with this unit.  We also finished classify the different types of animal classes by the characteristics that make them up.  

In the afternoon we went on a tour of Marshall Springs.  One thing that they mentioned was that you do not need your own lock for your locker next year as the school will be providing them for the students.  I hope this trip helped to alleviate any anxiety that some of the students may be experiencing from going to a new school.

Book orders being ordered this Friday if you are planning on ordering. 

Have a great evening.

Mr. McLaren

Monday, June 3rd.

June is here!!!!

**Tomorrow we will be taking our in school tour of Marshall Springs School.  We will be walking there right after lunch. 

Today we started to wrap up our unit on Data and Statistics.  We should finish tomorrow and begin geometry on Wednesday.  We also started our last science unit of the year, Animal Life Cycles. I can't wait to study some of the animals we have coming into our classrooms including guppies, praying mantis and chickens.

**Please get book orders in by this Friday. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, May 30th

Discovery Archaeology this morning was great.  We learned all about artifacts and ecofacts.  Do you know the difference?  

In the afternoon we spent some time working on our foreign country healthy plate.  Ask your child about what country they are doing and what foods they have chosen so far?  I wonder what region those foods are from and what food group they belong to?

Afterwards we played Math Jeopardy.  It was more challenging than some kids thought it would be. 

Have a great night. 

Go Raptors!!

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, May 28th.

I was blown away by the student's self created Reader's Theatre's this morning.  They did such a great job writing scrips, and performing using expression.  I enjoyed it so much and so did the other students.  We will definitely be doing that again.  I was also really impressed at how well the students did on the math word problems and the What's Wrong.  This group of kids is truly ready for grade 4. 

In the afternoon we spent some more time exploring the foods and resources of Tunisia, Ukraine and India.  Tomorrow we will be attempting to make a healthy plate of food from one of those countries. 

*Please remember to get field trip forms or book orders in if you haven't done so yet. 

Enjoy the night outside.

Mr. M

Monday, May 27th.

I cannot believe the school year is flying by as fast as it is.  We had a great morning.  The children spent the first half of the making a Reader's Theatre script which they will get a chance to present to the class tomorrow.  During math we spent some time making a pictograph to represent data using 2 to 1 correspondence.  In the afternoon we worked on math word problems.  The students did an excellent job at identifying what operation they needed to use to solve each problem.  We finished the day off learning about goods and services in some of the other countries we have been studying.  

**Please return field trip form asap.  As well book orders should be in by next Friday.  Have a great evening. 

Mr. M

Thursday, Mar 23rd

What a busy day.  In the morning we learned how to write dialogue using quotations marks.  Perhaps a little What's Wrong tomorrow to test their skills.  We also used statistics to find out what number would roll the most on two dice.  The results actually baffled me, and did not do what they should have over 1200 rolls. 

The afternoon was spent exploring the resources of Canada and where they came from.  Tomorrow we will spend time examining where the resources of the other countries we have studied come from. 

Blog Challenge: Play outside and have some fun.  Get some fun in the sun before the wet weekend ahead. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, May 22nd.

Wow, time is just flying by these days.  During literacy today we spent sometime making comics.  Comics are great because they teach kids how to use dialogue, which turns out to be the lesson I have planned for tomorrow.  During math we have been working on data analysis.  Thus far we have taken a survey and recorded the data in a Tally Chart.  We also have constructed two different bar graphs. Tomorrow we will be doing some data challenges with Ms. Roworth. 

In the afternoon we have also been sharpening up on our addition and subtraction skills from earlier in the year.  A few of us were a bit rusty so I thought it would be great to make sure we still know what we are doing.  Have a great night and enjoy the little bit of sun we are going to have. 

Mr. M

Thursday, May 16th

Please make sure you are back at Evergreen School at 6:15pm in room 70 for our performance tonight.  What a great dress rehearsal this afternoon.  

Have a great long weekend.  

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, May 15th

**Musical this Thursday. Meet in room 70 at 6:15, performance at 6:30.  Please, please, please try to make it. 

We had a great day. We wrote our measurement test in the morning and from what I have seen so far the students did a good job.  We also wrote a journal about what we would do if we found a half wish granting charm. 

In the afternoon we spent some time plotting where different foods come from in Canada and from the world.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, May 14th

*Musical this Thursday. Meet in room 70 at 6:15, performance at 6:30.  Please, please, please try to make it. 

**Math test on measurement tomorrow on measurement.  Sent home a review today and whole bunch of practice questions and word problems.  Check over some concepts and see if they need some practice before tomorrow. 

Today was awesome.  We complete a whole math review on measurement.  We also took up a bunch of word problems about time.  Good things to practice and review before the test tomorrow.  

In the after noon we talked about where some food comes from in Canada.  We also looked at how some peoples quality of life is much different than ours by looking at pictures of their entire family's possessions.  We finished off with a little kickball to end the day for working so hard. 

See you tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, May 13th

*Musical this Thursday. Meet in room 70 at 6:15, performance at 6:30.  Please, please, please try to make it. 

**Homework tonight.  Two questions to answer for social studies that each child brought home.  Please take 15 minutes to go through each questions with your child.

1.If you were making a Canadian Meal, what would you make? And why? Where would the food come from in Canada?

2. What other resources do we use as a family that come from Canada?

We will complete a measurement review tomorrow and will have a test on Wednesday.  

Today we clipped out food pictures from a set of flyers of what we thought would make up a Canadian Meal.  We had to write from what part of Canada we thought each food came from. 

It will be interesting when we go through it tomorrow and realize how many foods don't come from Canada.

Have a great night.

Mr. M

Thursday, May 9th

**Book orders due tomorrow.  Bring in grocery store flyers.  

Today we completed some fill in the blanks for a special occasion this Sunday.  It will be accompanying a special something that we made for some special people.  Wink Wink!  I apologize in advance if some of the blanks are incorrect but the children did their best to guess.  

We also spent a lot of time with mathematics today.  We learned that shapes with the same area (number of squares) can have different perimeters.  Imagine that?

We also solved this difficult multi-step problem below.  Test me on it at home and see if I can show you how to figure it out.  Or give me a little help if I need it.  

Midnight Movie Madness
Mr. and Mrs. Pretti decided that they wanted to go and watch a special
three-movie marathon at the local theatre. They purchased their tickets for the
marathon for $17 per person. They called their favourite babysitter to watch
their kids.
Each movie is 125 minutes long. The movie theatre has promised a break of a
quarter of an hour between each movie. The drive to the theatre is 30 minutes,
and the marathon starts at 7 p.m. The babysitter arrives at 6:15 p.m.
A) At approximately what time will Mr. and Mrs. Pretti arrive back home?
B) The Prettis pay their babysitter $7.50 per hour. How much will the entire
night cost them? 

Have a good night.  Enjoy the outdoors.

Mr. M

Wednesday, May 8th

**Remember book orders are due this Friday.  There is a big bundled flyer that went home yesterday.  If you go through it there are 6 different grocery store flyers in it.  If possible send those into the school tomorrow. Thank you. 

We had a great day.  Today, during literacy we wrote artist statements about our perspective art drawings.  It is a good time for us to reflect on what we did, what we liked, what we did well and what we want to improve on. 

We also had an opportunity to begin designing a dream house as part of a perimeter assignment. Each house had to have at least 5 rooms and then we had to calculate the perimeter of all of the rooms and the house itself.  The catch was that the shape of the house could not be a rectangle. 

In the afternoon we also had an opportunity to finish up our "What Matters" oil pastel art.  It will be on display at our performance next Thursday at 6:30.

Have a great evening.  

Mr. M

Monday, May 6th.


**Book orders due this Friday please for May.  As well please send in flyers from grocery stores.  I desperately need more.  If you are out grocery shopping please take a few extras from the store that you visit and send them in.  


A great day in room 70.  We completed a journal writing today as it has been a couple of weeks since we have written in our journal as we were busy finishing our Rock Narratives.  Today's topic sentence began Old People Are..I can't wait to read how that ended.

During math we learned about perimeter.  We calculated the perimeter of some different polygons today.  Tomorrow we will calculate some irregular shapes as well as determine the value of unknown sides. 

In the afternoon we quickly reviewed the science tests.  The marks were quite good.  Well done students.  We also had phys ed and started an art assignment in oil pastel.  

Have a great night.  Please remember flyers. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, May 2nd.


**Please save and bring in grocery store flyers that you receive in the mail.  We will be using them for a social studies project beginning next week.

Today was a very productive day.  In the morning we continued to put the finishing touches on our Rock Narratives.  We will finish them tomorrow, many of them with personal illustrations.  We also learned how to measure using a scale and a set of masses.  We estimated and measured a variety of materials in our classroom.  

In the afternoon we finished up our measurement assignment.  Then we spent some time reading in our Book Clubs and wrote our Rocks and Minerals test.  I will have them marked over the weekend but I am assuming the students will do quite well as their narratives have indicated they have a lot of knowledge.  

We also had a visit this afternoon from a special guest that wanted to me our students.

**Book orders due next Friday. 

Mr. Mclaren

Wednesday, May 1st. 

**Rocks and Minerals test tomorrow. Things you should know. 

-The difference between a rock and a mineral.

-How different types of rocks are formed. (The Rock Cycle)

-Layers of the Earth

-Layers of soil and what they are made off

-Tell me the use of 2 different minerals 

-How are geodes formed

Pictures also went home today.  I believe you can order them online.  Our stories are almost finished.  I still need to conference with 7 writers which will happen tomorrow.  Students that are finishing are having an opportunity to add illustrations to their story. Tomorrow we will also be using the scales to measure mass in our classroom.  Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, April 30th.

**Tomorrow is hats on day for mental health awareness.  Students are encouraged to wear hats tomorrow to show their support for mental health awareness if they choose to participate. 

**Book orders for May due next Friday.  Thank you.

We had such a great day in room 70.  I am super pleased with the quality of the rock stories that the students have been generating on Google Docs.  Please take time to log in to see what your child has been working on.  Their voice in their narratives is excellent. 

We also continued on our time word problems today.  Tomorrow we will begin measuring mass.  

In the afternoon we learned about the different layers of the Earth in science and started making some flower art for the volunteer tea next month.  Tomorrow will be Rocks and Minerals Jeopardy followed up by a test on Thursday.  HAve a great night. 

Go AVS.

Mr. M

Thursday, April 25th.

We really got into our narratives today during our literacy time and some of us are starting to get into the editing phase.  Encouragement has been made to really add details and make sure we are using scientific vocabulary to tell our stories.  During math we practiced telling time to 15 minute intervals.  Tomorrow we will learn how to tell time to 5 minute intervals. I don't think we will have trouble as we are whizzes at counting by 5.  We also had our 2nd Alien Inline Skating Lesson this morning.  Our last one is tomorrow so make sure those helmets are still at school for one more day.  

In the afternoon we learned all about the different layers of soil.  We learned about top soil, sub soil, weathered rock and bedrock.  We also did a problem of the week to test out our math problem solving skills.  I have included it below so you can try it at home.  I won't be in the classroom tomorrow so have a great weekend.  


Problem A Walking With Walden

Lindsay takes her dog Walden for a walk every day.

• On Monday she took him for a 45 minute walk. 

• On Tuesday, they walked for 5 minutes longer than on Monday. 

• On Wednesday, they walked for half as much time as Tuesday. 

• On Thursday, they walked for 10 minutes less than Monday. 

• On Friday, they walked for 15 minutes more than Thursday. 

• On Saturday, they walked for twice as long as Monday.

A)  How many minutes did Lindsay spend walking Walden between Monday and Saturday?

B)  Lindsay wants to make sure that Walden is getting enough exercise. How long must Walden’s walk be on Sunday to guarantee he walks for at least 6 hours this week?


Go Avs.

Mr. M

Wednesday, April 24th.

Today we continued working on our Rock Narratives during literacy time.  Many of us have begun working on them Google Docs so you can check them out when you get home.  We also started learning about how to tell time today to the quarter hour.  I would say that most of us understand it but a few of us can use a little more practice, especially with the hour hand.  In the afternoon we looked at 2 different soil samples.  One was of top soil bought from Walmart and the other was subsoil from one of our school gardens.  We were amazed by how different the samples were.  Ask us about what the main differences were.  We finished the day off with some Aline Inline in the gym.  We have that for the next 2 days so you could probably leave your helmets at school until Friday.  Have a great night and go skating if you have some skates at home.  

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, April 23rd.

***Inline skating tomorrow.  Please bring a helmet if you have one. 

Today we started writing rock stories.  I know it sounds boring but they are narratives and the students need to tell the life of their rock as if they were the rock.  Believe me, over a billion years a lot can change with a rock.  During measurement we finished up some calendar work and we will start looking at time tomorrow.  

In the afternoon we did some rock testing to identify some of the different properties of rocks.  Some of the things that we looked at were colour, crystal shapes, presence of carbonates, hardness, texture and lustre.  We finished up our perspective art and then headed outside for kickball as gym to end the day. 

For those that ordered book orders they should be here by now so if they aren't in tomorrow I will phone Scholastic.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, April 17th

**Picture Day Tomorrow

Another great day in room 70. Today we learned more about adjectives and had to pick the best one that fit the sentence.  We also started to learn how to use a year long calendar in our math measurement unit.  In the afternoon we painted our perspective drawings very carefully.  They do look amazing.  We finished the day off outside with Ms. Bell's class playing large organized games for gym

Have a great evening.  I hope to wear my Colorado jersey again tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, April 16th

This morning we finished writing our entries about what country we would prefer to move to from the 6 different countries that we learned about this year.  We also had a chance to visit the learning commons and exchange books.  It's been great having so many new books in the library to choose from.  We finished the morning up measuring a variety of objects in the classroom.  

In the afternoon we went to the staff room and witnessed the rock cycle.  We used wax crayons and the oven to show all three different types of rocks.  Ask your child how each rock is formed.  We finished up with some kickball outside for gym.  Have a great night.  Mr. McLaren

Monday, April 15th

We worked really hard today in room 70.  In the morning we started a writing piece about which of the 6 counties we explored this year we would most like to move to.  This piece needs to be opinion based on facts that the students have learned.  We also used estimation in the morning during math when we were measuring different body parts and objects.  

After music and lunch we outlined our perspective drawing pieces and are ready to paint them tomorrow.  We also finished making sediment for our rocks out of wax crayon ready for our rock experiments tomorrow.  We finished off the day learning how to play kickball in the field. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, April 11th. 

**Book orders due tomorrow for April.

A great day in room 70.  In the morning we completed a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren editing assignment and we worked on our perspective art drawings.  We also went outside and played soccer for phys ed.  In the afternoon we spent time making wax sediments and calculating whether or not we are Vitruvian.  You can ask your child about the different Vitruvian calculations we did.  

Rollerblading begins on April 24th. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, April 10th.

**Blog challenge.  Go the whole night without using any technology.  That means no tv, tablets, computers, cell phones, internet, video games.  

Today we wrote a journal about what we would do in a day if we didn't have any technology.  The kids came up with tons of great ideas for ways to unplug.  I am curious to see how many of them will be able to keep their end of the bargain up tonight. 

In the morning we also finished up taking up our measurement scavenger hunt.  Tomorrow we will be working on a program with Ms. Roworth that will combine measurement with fractions. 

In the afternoon we learned about and explored metamorphic rocks.  Metamorphic rocks occur from a big change cause by heat and pressure.

**Our first day of inline skating is April 24th so no need to worry about helmets until then. Book orders are due in this Friday.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, April 9th.

We had a great day in room 70.  Thanks to all students and parent that have been returning overdue library books.  We got almost all of them back this week.  In the morning we continued with our measurement scavenger hunt during math.  We had to find the height, length perimeter, or depth of various objects and pick the right tools to accurately measure them.  In the afternoon we spent some time working on our Sedimentary Rocks sketch.  We finished the day off drawing our 3d perspective drawing.  As we work on the buildings it is getting much more difficult. 

** Our First inline skating day is on April 24th.  Please have your helmets here starting on that day if you plan to bring your own which is suggested. 

***Book orders due on this Friday.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, April 4th

**Alien inline forms went home. Please make sure they get filled out and returned to school.  Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets but not their own skates or gear.  Thanks. 

**Blog Challenge: Find out how the big rock got to Okotoks.

We had a great day in room 70.  In the morning we learned about using verbs as well as spending time reading in our Book Clubs.  During math we reviewed the fraction test as well as a few of the concepts that gave some of the students a hard time.  Please review the test with your child at home if they had trouble in any areas after taking it up today.  

In the afternoon we learned all about sedimentary rocks as well as making our own rock.  We finished of the day beginning a perspective art project.  

Remember that book orders are due next Friday.  Have a great night. 

Mr. M


Wednesday, April 3rd.

**Blog Challenge:  Play some Minecraft tonight and see how many different types of rocks are used in it.  write down all of the different rock types you discovered.  If you don't have Minecraft you can go online and search out the different rock types used in Minecraft.

Today we wrote about how we would spend our favourite day.  We also completed our fraction test today.  It went ok but there were definitely some trouble areas that we will review in detail over the next couple of days.  I will send them home tomorrow so you can see how your child did.  Their fraction quiz from yesterday went home today.  

In the afternoon we explored how igneous rocks are made.  We drew a diagram in our visual journals, watched a video and created rocks out of clay.  Tomorrow we will make sedimentary rocks.  

Please send book orders in by next Friday if you are interested.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, March 20th.

***Early Dismissal Tomorrow!!! 11:50am.  Parent conference begin tomorrow at 4:00pm.

We had a great and busy day in room 70.  In the morning we started to write a story using the following picture as a prompt.  

Image result for story prompt picture for kids

We almost finished today but I think that we will need a little more time to finish tomorrow.

We also continued to learn a little more about fractions of a set.  This time we used numbers that didn't have 1 in the numerator as well.  For example one of the questions could be what is 3/10 of 20.  

In the afternoon we continued to explore rocks and minerals.  Today we worked in groups to try to organize and classify rocks by different properties.  I think we are beginning to learn about the different rock types before we even know what they are.  I have been very impressed with the amount of knowledge that the students have about rocks so far.  I think we will uncover a lot over the next month. 

Regards,

Allan McLaren


Tuesday, March 19th

A very busy day in room 70.  In the morning we learned about when to use a or an during our grammar lesson.  We also worked on figuring our the least amount of squares we could use to fill out a 13 by 11 rectangle.  Go ahead and try it at home.  You can print off some graph paper online.  Our class record was 6.

In the afternoon we started out by completing an I see, I think, I wonder about our rocks that we brought in.  I was very happy to see that every single student brought in a rock.  Awesome. We finished the day off with some more fraction math and some traveling man.  Overall it was a great and productive day. 

Remember student led conferences are on Thursday and Friday. 

Mr. M

Monday, March 20th.

**Student led conferences are this Thursday and Friday.  As well students were asked to bring a rock in for the beginning of our next science unit tomorrow. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

During the morning we wrote a journal entry about making the perfect sandwich.  The idea behind this journal is to help the students improve their use of descriptive vocabulary, varying sentence starters and creating purposeful writing.  

Afterwards we did some skittle math.  It looked at using skittles to make fractions as well as a way of collecting and displaying data. 

In the afternoon we played Titans during gym and played Jeopardy as a review of our social studies unit.  

Mr. M


Thursday, March 14th.

Thank you to all the families who visited our school last night for cultural night. We had an excellent evening of learning.  

A quick reminder that March book orders are due tomorrow if you want anything. 

In the morning we wrote a journal about what it would be like to be a Chinese Dragon.  I look forward to reading the responses tonight.  We also spent some more time working on some fraction problems, in particular comparing different fractions and comparing wholes to parts of a fraction.

Some example questions we tried were:

How many different designs (ways) can you show me that 3/4 is red and 1/4 is yellow?

or

One-third of the class orders lunches from the cafeteria each day.  How many students may be in the class and how many ordered lunches?

We spent the afternoon visiting India in more detail.  We learned about the different languages of India, the dancing, clothing and many other customs that make up Indian Culture. 

If you haven't signed up for student led conferences next week you can do so on the Evergreen website. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, March 12th.

**Cultural night tomorrow.  I know the different grade 3 classes have worked preparing for a great cultural night.  It is anytime between 4:30 and 6:30.  There is a handbell performance at 5:00 if you want to plan around being able to see that.  

As well, tomorrow in our room we will be sampling some traditional Chinese foods if any parents are planning on bringing something in.  This is only for our class to experience (25 students) and will happen around 11:00 am.  I have microwaves at the school and can heat the dishes up before we try them just before lunch.  Thanks in advance for any parents preparing a dish.  

Today we got a chance to visit room 3 and learn about Peruvian culture.  We learned about Machu Picchu, llamas, guinea pigs, the Amazon river, and many other things.  You can see for yourselves tomorrow.  

Have a great night and look forward to a fun evening of learning tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren


Monday March 11th.

**Reminder Cultural Night on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 for all grade 3 students.  As well March book orders are due by this Friday.

Today just flew right by, even for a Monday.  We started the day off finishing our cultural presentations in our classroom.  The students did a great job overall.  You will get a chance to see your child's and some of the other students' slideshows on Wednesday.  

During math we started to learn about fractions of a set.  I am hoping tomorrow we will play a fun fraction lesson using some skittles.  

In the afternoon we went to room 2 to learn about Ukraine Culture and they came to visit us.  They had a cool dance to begin and made some nice posters for us to learn from.  

We finished the day off with some basketball in gym and documenting our learning form the afternoon.  

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, March 7th, 2019.

** Reminder that our Grade 3 Cultural Celebration is next Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:30.  Handbell performance is at 4:45.

We have our Chinese lanterns finished up and they look fantastic and we can wait for you to see them on Cultural night.  Speaking of cultural night if any parents have any experience preparing a Chinese food dish and would like to send it in for the class to try on Wednesday morning that would be a really great experience.  

We spent a lot of time working with fractions today including playing a round of fraction splat. Our journal writing today was based on an idea of one of our own classmates.  What would you have on your own planet?  What an interesting prompt.  

March Book Orders are due in by next Friday.  Have a great evening.

Allan McLaren


Tuesday March 5th, 2019.

** Reminder that our Grade 3 Cultural Celebration is next Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:30.  

We finished up our slideshows today and will begin presenting them to our class tomorrow afternoon.  The students did a great job researching Chinese Culture.  I know gathering information can be very difficult for students so I think they did a great job.  

We also continued to learn about fractions of a whole this morning.  Tomorrow we will begin to learn about fractions of a group.  

In the afternoon we wrote a journal about how to handle bullies as the main character in our story Ai Lien has to deal with one at her school.  We also painted our lanterns with gold stripes.  Our room should look excellent by next week.  

Have a great night and enjoy the warm weather and play outside. 


Mr. M

Monday, March 4th 2019.

We started the morning off painting our paper mache lanterns red in the morning.  We will finish decorating them tomorrow with gold.  We also continued about learning about fractions of a whole.  We compared different size rods today to say what fraction one rod was of another.  We also learned what the numerator and denominator are.  After music and lunch we met with our partner to work on our China Slideshows.  We will get to finish them up tomorrow and share our knowledge with the rest of the class and get some feedback.  We used the basketballs in gym and finished the day off with Book Club.  


Thursday, February 28th.

What a day filled with learning and fun.  In the morning we worked on our China Slideshows in Google Slides.  They are starting to come together and the students have the opportunity to work on them over the weekend.  During math we played a dice game try to get as close to dollar as we can using only pennies, nickels or dimes.  In the afternoon we started working on our paper machee lanterns.  We can't wait for you to see how awesome our room looks during our Cultural Night of Learning on March13th. 

We used just flour and water so soak it in some warm water and it should come out of any clothes that it got on very easily at home. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 25th. 

We had a chance to exchange library books his morning and I made sure that every student took a book from the library.  Our class reading goal is to make sure that they are reading 20 minutes a night.  We are getting a chance to get some new books for the Learning Commons so I have asked each student to think about some kinds of books they would like. 

We also started fractions today.  We looked at fractions of a whole using some shapes in the morning and fractions of a group using a good problem this afternoon.  Here it is. 

The family studies class baked two dozen muffins. The class plans to share
one third of the muffins with the school office staff, and one quarter of the
muffins with Mr. Ahmed’s chess club.
A) Which group will receive more muffins? Justify your answer.
B) How many muffins will be left over after they give the office staff and chess
club their shares?

We also continued to work on our Slideshows this afternoon.  Each group of students has been assigned a cultural topic of China to research.  They can login to Google Slides at home and work on them at home as well.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday February, 25th.

We had a really busy day reviewing much of the assessment we did last week.  In your child's backpack today you should find a math test, a handwriting test and a What's Wrong.  I am seeing a lot of improvement across the board but if there is anything you are concerned about feel free to contact me about it or help your child with it at home.


in the afternoon we started our Chinese Slide Shows which are being completed in pairs.  I have allowed the children to work on these at home if they life so please make sure they are working on it on their own. They can log into Google Slides to access them. 

Have a great night. We start fractions tomorrow. 

Mr. M

Thursday, February, 22nd.

**Tomorrow is last day for February Book Orders.  Thanks.

We had a super busy day in room 70.  In the morning we did a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren in pairs.  I was extremely pleased with the work overall.  I am really seeing a difference in the students editing skills.  We also had math time with Ms. Roworth and worked on a challenging problem with Mr. McLaren.  Here ii is if you want to try it at home. 

Rebecca wants to save money starting on January 1. She decided to collect
money in a jar in the following way. Every day she puts a quarter in the jar.
Every third day, starting on January 3, she puts a loonie in the jar. Every fifth
day, starting on January 5, she puts a toonie in the jar. So some days she puts
one coin in the jar, some days she puts two coins in the jar, and some days she
puts three coins in the jar.
In Canada, a quarter is worth 25 cents, a loonie is worth one dollar, and a toonie
is worth two dollars. There are 100 cents in one dollar.
A) How many coins does she put in the jar on January 12?
B) How many coins does she put in the jar on January 26?
C) How many coins does she put in the jar on January 30?
D) How many coins in total does she have in the jar by the end of January?
E) If she keeps saving this way throughout the year, how much money will she
have after 90 days? Try to figure this out without counting the money she
puts in the jar every day for all 90 days.

In the afternoon we started an art project making Chinese Calligraphy Banners.  I hope we can finish them tomorrow or Monday.  I think they are going to look spectacular and it will be awesome to learn about the Mandarin Language.  Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 20th.

We had a pretty good first day back after our nice long break.  We have started a new marking system in our journals where they are marked in three different categories.  One is for information and details, one is for descriptive vocabulary and one is for spelling and punctuation.  I am hoping that by giving each student actual marks each day they will be able to see what areas they need to grow in and put forth more effort on specific goals.  I saw some very good improvement today after just one day.  

We will be having a multiplication and division test tomorrow and a review went home tonight.  I will also include some challenge questions on the test tomorrow for those that like the extra challenge.  Take a look at how your child did on their review and go over any concepts they may have had trouble with. 

In the afternoon we almost finished off our China Brochures.  We will be done tomorrow....I hope. 

Book Orders can be returned to the school or ordered online until this Friday. 

Have a great night.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, February 13th.

Have a great 5 day break!!!

In the morning we did a descriptive writing exercise about an apple.  We compared some writing samples and then we did some brainstorming to think of descriptive words to describe an apple.  We finished of by using our sense to complete a paragraph about them.  

During math we solve this problem.

Steve is a birdwatcher. On one of his walks he saw a total of 28 birds. He saw
twice as many chickadees as blue jays. He saw three fewer blue jays than
woodpeckers. He saw one bald eagle and 10 chickadees. He also saw some herons.
How many herons, blue jays and woodpeckers did he see?

Give it a try at home and see if you remember how we did it.

In the afternoon we had some time to exchange Valentine's. 

Book orders are due next Friday.  Have a nice break.  

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 12th.

**Valentine's Day tomorrow.  If your child is bringing in Valentine's tomorrow I sent home a class list today if they wanted to personalize their Valentines.  We will have a small celebration in the afternoon with some time dedicated to exchanging Valentines. 

Tomorrow is the last day of school until next Tuesday.  Calgary Teacher's Convention is on Thursday and Friday and Family Day is on Monday.  

We did a review of multiplication and division today in class.  Most of us finished and we will review them tomorrow.  I will schedule a math test for Wednesday when we get back to school.  Today we learned about homophones.  These are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.  

Book orders went home today.  If I could get those back by next Friday that would be awesome.  

Have a great evening. 

Mr. M

Thursday, February 7th. 

In the morning we did some editing with a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  There were lots of mistakes in there that we had worked on this week especially with words ending in "ing".  We also spent some time learning to group numbers quickly to multiply or add them using a dice.  Basically the trick is to roll 15 dice and see how fast you can add the face up sides.  We finished taking up a variety of word problems today.  There were some easy ones and definitely some more challenging problems but our Number Talks have taught us some strategies for multiplying and dividing bigger numbers.  I am hoping to get in some quality time with working on our China Brochures to show Chinese Culture.  Have a great night and see you tomorrow. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 5th.

In the morning we exchanged library book, practiced cursive (some of us are using it in our everyday writing) and had a grammar lesson in adding the suffixes "ed" and "ing" to different types of words.  Overall we did a pretty good job with it.  During math we took up our division word problems and started some word problems that could require any type of operation.  Tomorrow we will generate a list of words or phrases that help us to identify what type of operations we are dealing with.  In the afternoon we continued our read aloud of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and our research about China. We also worked on two different Esti Mysteries today.  I have attached the link .  We did number  6 and 7 today.  We did 1 - 5 a couple weeks ago.  Feel free to try them at home.  They are pretty awesome and really let you see your child's reasoning and number sense.


Esti Mysteries


Have a great night. 

Mr. M


Monday, February 4th.

It felt great to be back in the classroom after having the last week off.  Thanks to Ms. MacDonald for teaching in my absence.  We had a really busy day as we started off right where we left off last week.  In the morning we wrote a journal entry about why customs and traditions are important.  I am eager to see what the students said as we are studying customs and traditions in social studies.  Last week we compared the various cultures of India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru.  Today we used the information we compared to help us start gathering information about China, the culture we will share during our celebration of learning.  

During math we worked on division word problems.  We learned about the different strategies we can use to solve a division problem including using reverse multiplication, repeated subtraction or arrays.  

Book orders were sent home today.  Students that had books backordered received a $6 coupon to redeem for a book on the next book order.  

Have a great night.  

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, January 24th.

Another productive day in room 70.  Most of us finished off the writing portion of our art and writing project.  I am hoping that many of us will finish the art portion tomorrow.  We will also have our Sound Kreations dance performance tomorrow.  I will film it so that everyone can see it during conferences.  

We did these awesome math puzzles in the afternoon that combined all ow our knowledge of mathematics and estimation.  You can search them online by looking up esti-mysteries.

Book orders were placed today and should be in next week. 

Have a good night.

Allan McLaren

Wednesday, January 23rd.

The days are just flying by.  I wanted to let all parents know that I will be taking a week off sometime in the next 10 days for the birth of my son.  I am hoping to get the same sub in for the week to ensure consistency inside the classroom.  

We had another great day in room 70.  We had a great dance session with Mr. Josh from Sound Kreations and are almost ready for our mini performance.  I will record it for all parents to see at student led conferences.  I continue to be impressed with the quality of writing I have seen for our Art and Writing project.  Our water colour sketches are coming along very well too.  The finished pieces will be displayed inside the classroom for student led conferences. 

We continued to practice some division work inside our classroom using our understanding of arrays and multiplication to help us build our understanding.  

A couple of students asked me to extend the book order deadline until tomorrow as they were sure they were placing an order.  Please do so tonight as I will place the order tomorrow morning. 

Thanks and have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, January 22nd.

Last day for book orders is tomorrow.

I have been really impressed with the hard work and focus that students have been showing in all of our learning lately.  I think everyone cam back from the break well rested and a little bit more mature.  I love how independent we have been with our Art and Writing assignment.  You should really look online at the beautiful writing that your child has been working on and editing.  You can find this work on their google drive. 

If you are looking for anything to practice at home I would suggest multiplication and division basic facts.  They are doing an amazing job so far but the importance of learning these facts on recall is fundamental.  10 monkeys has some fun games to continue to build up these skills. 

We learned all about Tunisian culture and traditions today in social studies.  Thank you so much from all of the muslim students in our classroom who helped us to understand the different celebrations, clothing and food.  Tomorrow we will learn about the Ukraine.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, January 21st.

A very busy first day back to begin the week.  In the morning we began learning about what culture means and what describes a countries culture by looking at the country Peru.  We also practiced our handwriting and our reading and began learning about division.  

In the afternoon we started editing our art and writing assignment on Google Docs to include juicy words.  We used an online thesaurus to help us do this and had some feedback from Mr. M.  You can check them out or work on them by logging in at home. 

After some outside crack the code we took up our science tests and ended the day.  Tomorrow we are back with Sound Kreations. 

Books orders are due by Wednesday.  

See you tomorrow. 

Mr. M

Thursday, January 17th.

*** We are having a hearing and sound test tomorrow.  To feel more comfortable students can review some of the following concepts at home.  

Describe what sound is and how it travels.

How sound travels through air, liquid and solid.

Draw and label the ear.

The difference between pitch and volume.

How to draw different sound waves.  

How animals use echolocation.

Today we had a great day.  We had some hip hop dancing with sound creations and picked our best sentences for our art and writing project and put them in google docs.  You can check them out at home as we will begin editing them tomorrow using descriptive vocabulary.  We also got almost all the way through the Jeopardy Game about hearing and sound that I created.

During math we solved this problem.  

Place the numbers 1-17 in a row so that every 2 consecutive numbers has a sum that is a square number.  Try it at home.  Remember the hints.

Can I get all book orders in by Wednesday please. 

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, January 15th.

Today was awesome because we started our Hip Hop dancing with Sound Creations.  We will get to work on our routine again tomorrow.  

The classes were introduced to Mr. Josh and the Hip Hop style of dance today.  Ask your student if they can remember any of these moves:

  • Hip Hop Ready Pose
  • Swag  (finding your own style of `cool')
  • Prep
  • Patty Duke
  • Aunt Jackie
  • DJ (Wicka Wicka Whaaaa)
  • MC (Yo Yo!)
  • Free Style

We also practiced handwriting today and completed our multiplication word problems.  In the after noon we read a little more about Ivan the gorilla and learned a little bit about his new friend Ruby.  We finished the day writing about the elements of the past present and future in our Art and Writing assignment and talking about amplification in hearing and sound for science. 

Have a great night and enjoy some outside time as it is supposed to get much colder this weekend.

Mr. McLaren

Monday, January 14th.

After reading this morning we continued on our Art and Writing assignment using our sense of touch to imagine what we might feel in our Chinese art pieces.  We worked on a combination problem today and learned about the relationship between combinations and multiplication.  We also began some multiplication word problems.  

In the afternoon we practiced our handwriting and had an opportunity to play with the frisbees outdoors for gym.  We probably won't be able to do that towards the end of the week.  We also have our hip hop dance residency beginning tomorrow.  During science we talk about sound proofing and what makes a good sound proofer.  Tomorrow we are going to experiment with amplifying sounds.  See if you can find ways to amplify sounds at home.  

I totally forgot to send home the book orders today so I will send them out tomorrow.  

Please continue sending the white report card envelopes.  I am missing about 8 of them still

Thanks,

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, January 10th.

We had an excellent day in room 80.  In the morning we continued on our Art and Writing project using our sense of smell to describe our pictures.  We worked on a great problem with Ms. Roworth during math today.  It was about Gaus and he had to add up all of the digits on the hundreds charts and find out their sum.  Luckily some of us discovered different patterns that help us to do this more efficiently.  In the afternoon we took up our array problems from yesterday ad finished of all of our lowercase handwriting letters.  We also had musical instrument presentations from all of the students that have brought in their instruments so far.  

I will send home a January book order tomorrow.  Please send back signed report card envelopes if you still have yours at home. 

Thanks,

Mr. M

Tuesday, January 8th 2019.

I cannot believe that it is already 2019. Time is flying by.  The students were well rested today and survived their first day back.  In the morning we wrote two goals that we wanted to accomplish by March.  One was a writing goal based on the feedback I have been giving them in their journal and the second was a goal to help out more around the house.  If you ask them what that was tonight and say you are reporting back to me you might get some extra help for the next little while.

During math we continued to learn about multiplication.  We explored arrays in more detail experimenting with all the different arrays that can be done with 12 tokens.  We also started to complete a multiplication chart up to 12.  Some of us finished it already.  These kids have some very good addition and multiplication skills. 

In the afternoon we spent some time soundproofing.  We learned about what materials made good sound proofers and which materials didn't.  Thank you to all the students that brought in their instruments. We will begin presenting them tomorrow.  Please make sure your child brings in their home made instrument by the end of the week. 

Finally I sent home a small Christmas present for each student.  They arrived three minutes after the students left on Friday so I couldn't send them home before the break as I had intended.  

Have a great night.

Mr. M

Thursday, December 20th.

One day left.  A reminder that tomorrow is Pajama Day at Evergreen School.  We will also have caroling in the gym before we head home for the break.  Students have lots of activities to keep them busy over the winter break including access to code.org and 10monkeys.com. 

See you all tomorrow for a morning movie of the book we just finished called the BFG.  

Thank you to all parents for the thoughtful cards and gifts. I can't wait for the next term.  

Have a safe and wonderful break. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, December 19th.

We have almost made it.  The highlight of the last two days has definitely been coding.  Nothing like a little computer science in grade 3 to get the brain going.  Students can use the login code JLQJMS to get into their group and then pick their name and put in their secret words.  This is all done on code.org. 

During math we have been learning some algebra.  Here are a couple of the equations we solved today.  Have fun trying them again at home.  

thanks so much for all of the food donations of the last three weeks.  Our school has collected well over 2000 items with almost 100 from our class.  

Have a great night coding. 

Mr. M


Monday, December 17th.

Thank you for all the canned good and dry goods that we have received so far.  I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our classroom.  

Here is a message from parent council.

COOKIE DOUGH PICK UP
Tuesday December 18th between 5pm and 6pm. Please ensure all products are collected. Send someone on your behalf if you are unable to make it. The delivery will arrive just before 5pm and will be dropped at the front of the school. School Council does not have the ability to transport or store any remaining products. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

We started with multiplication today.  We made some arrays and use repeated addition to help us solve some problems. 

In the afternoon we finished a layered art painting and learned all about sound waves. 

Students can log into ten monkeys to practice their multiplication skills at home if they want to. 

Have a good night. 

Mr. M

Thursday, December 13th.

Hi everyone.

Book orders were put into the system this morning and I will cross my fingers that they arrive next week.  I also sent home a notice about the home made instrument project.  This is due after the holidays and will give the students something to work on over the break.  Finally we hit the 79 mark in our food drive. Please keep bringing in these items for the Calgary Food Bank.  It's for a great cause and I would love to throw a pie at Mr. Wilcox next Friday at caroling.

We had a great day.  We learned how to make and decode cryptographic messages in math.  Go ahead and try one at home. Ill include the assignment in case you need some help understanding.  We also continued working on handwriting.

In the afternoon we started an art project and made a harmonica.  Ask me how it works while I play it at the dinner table tonight. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren



Tuesday, December 11th.

Today was great.  We began our holiday list by visiting the Toys R Us website and picking out different items we would like to receive.  We then had to subtract the cost of those items from our imaginary $1000 dollars.  We even had to use decimals and calculate the cents.  

In the afternoon we started to learn how to handwrite.  Today we learned the letters l, i, e, and t.  This will be an ongoing practice for the next few months as it becomes our customary form of writing.  

We continued to collect canned goods and are doing an awesome job.  Items we still are looking for are canned fruits and pasta.  

Remember that book orders are due tomorrow.  Please remember to bring them in so i can order them right away.  Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, December 10th.

You will probably notice many assignments that came home today.  We have done lots of assessment with report card season looming just around the corner so its always good practice to go over anything I sent home with your children.  

In our journal we spent some time writing about what types of presents we would like to get for different members of our family over the holiday seasons.  We also started preparing for a special math assignment we will begin tomorrow where we get to go on a $1000 shopping spree at Toys R US.

In the afternoon we learned about the ear and all of the different parts that are in it and how they work.  We also learned about the importance of sign language and how to sign the letters of the alphabet.  

We finished the day off with Phys Ed outside playing a game of crack the code.  

***Remember to bring in canned goods for the Calgary Food Bank.  Our class is up to 57 items.  As well book orders need to be in by Wednesday.  Have a great day. 

Mr. M

Thursday, December 6th

I hope the students have a great long weekend.  It has been a very busy first term.  Today was another packed day.  We raced to 0 today to practice our subtraction skills.  Maybe you can have a game at home.  We also found out What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  There was a lot wrong there.  

In the afternoon we did a ton of science exploration.  

Check out this website to see about the different things we learned about. 

http://www.dangerousdecibels.o...

Remember to keep bringing in those items for the Food Bank and to get those book orders in by Thursday. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, December 5th

Thanks for all the Food Bank support in the classroom so far.  We are doing great.  I was checking with other classes and we are in 3rd place right now.  

As well if you watch Global News at 6 pm tonight you will see the story about the knitting club at Evergreen School. 

And please get book orders in or ordered before next Thursday. 

Some highlights of the day included.

Painting the Taj Mahal (They look amazing).

Solving Student Made Word Problems (Harder than it looks).

Rolling snow boulders (Way harder than it looks).

Reflecting on the school year (Great memories and tons of improvement).

We ran out of time for science today so i will cram in a double dose of hearing and sound tomorrow afternoon. 

Have a great night. 


Mr. M


Monday, December 3rd

I cannot believe it is December already.  We finished up our stories today and began illustrating the coy that will go back to the Telus Spark people that helped us out.  You can take a look at the stories online, help your child with any editing they may have missed or add any details you would like if they wanted to add on to it. 

Thanks for all of the Food Bank Donations so far.  Remember we are looking for the following items in particular but won't turn anything down.  

Peanut Butter

Diapers

Pasta

Canned Soup

Baby Food

Cereal 

Pancake Mix

Canned Fruit

Canned Fish/Meat

Canned Vegetables

During math we worked on writing addition and subtraction problems today.  Some of us had trouble with addition problems and wrote subtraction problems getting our language mixed up.  We will play around with this again tomorrow.  

I sent home the last book order of the 2018 year.  I would like the orders in by next Thursday so I can guarantee everything is in before winter break.  If you want to order something for Christmas but don't want your child to see it please send me an email.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 29th.

Another busy day finishing up and editing stories.  Take a look at your child's story in google docs tonight if you have time and see if you can inspire them with some juicy words to spice it up.  We also started our Food Drive this year for the Calgary Food Bank.  Here is a list of the items we are trying to collect.  

Peanut Butter

Diapers

Pasta

Canned Soup

Baby Food

Cereal 

Pancake Mix

Canned Fruit

Canned Fish/Meat

Canned Vegetables

The teacher with the class with the most boxes of food filled gets to throw a pie in Mr. Wilcox's face.  I would love to do this.  

We also had a subtraction and addition quiz in our classroom.  Subtraction definitely proved to be the harder of the two.  The students did excellent on the addition portion.  We will continue to work on subtraction next week.  

We will have a science test tomorrow morning on testing designs and building with materials.  

Have a great night.

Mr. M

Monday, November 26th.

We started typing our stories out in google docs.  Your child can login at home into google docs and show you what they have typed out so far.  We also started some subtraction with and without regrouping today.  We started with 2-digit subtract 1-digit and 2-digit subtract 2-digit.  If your child has some practice questions in their bag they should be completed for homework as they needed more time to finish them. 

In the afternoon we dd another science experiment.  We compared one large pillar against four small pillars to see which could support the most mass.  Which one do you think was stronger?  

Have a great night.  It was great to see everyone at conferences.  

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 21st.

**Please make sure that you sign up for conferences on Thursday or Friday if you haven't done so already.  I have times available on either day. 

We continued to work on our word problem skills today during math.  We begin subtraction tomorrow. I am sure that things are beginning to feel more difficulty.  In the morning we also wrote the conclusions to our stories.  I am hoping that we will be able to start typing them out in the morning and share them with me on Google Docs so that I can help them edit.  

It is exciting to see these stories come together.


In the afternoon we did another science experiment.  This time we test the strength of three different shaped pillars.  Two had about the same result but one was way stronger.  Ask your child which one was the strongest and why. 

We just got notice that Global news will not be visiting the school tomorrow and will moving their visit to next week.  Please make sure you get your knitting consent forms in if you want an opportunity to be interviews by global news. 


Have a great night. 

Allan Mclaren

Tuesday, November 20th.

Another busy day in room 80.  We spent time this morning working on our Robot Stories. Today we wrote about the plan our characters had to solve their problem and how that went wrong.  We also continued to work on our addition skills and looked at words problems. 

In the afternoon we spent time on a science experiment.  We tested the strength of two different arches, a square one and a curved one.  Ask your child which one help more mass.  We finished up reading in Book Club and working on our math word problems. 


Students also got to participate in knitting club if they signed up.  Remember to get the consent notices if you want your child to have an opportunity to be on the news. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, November 19th.

It was much different today not being at our classroom in the Science Centre.  We spent much of the morning working on our story plan for our story about robots inspired by the movie Robots at the IMax theatre.  Today we worked on our character, our setting and our problem.  

We also learned how to add three digit numbers together using a variety of strategies.  Quite a few of us are addition experts already.  In the afternoon we worked on a math problem where we had to find four 2-digit numbers in a square that had a sum of 100.  It was very challenging but gave us a lot of addition practice and mental math practice. 

We finished the day off completing some of our journaling from Telus Spark.  A number of students left their visual journals at home.  Could you please make sure they are returned to the school tomorrow as we use them on a daily basis.  

Book orders were placed today. Have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Thursday November 15th,

**** Full day tomorrow.  Pick up at office at 3:15 pm.  We have been getting back around 3:05 each day. I will be at the office until the last child goes.  Thank you.

Another amazing day. We explored being human where we tested our reflexes, napped on a bed of nails and learned about our emotions.  During the afternoon we built.  We used tools, designed prototypes, tested our designed and made modifications.  We will finish future Evergreen tomorrow and it will be on display outside our room at conferences next week. 

A big shout out to all the volunteers that helped this week. We couldn't do it without you. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, November 14th.

Today Science School was all about the future.  We brainstormed and started to sketch our future designs of the Evergreen Community.  We also learned how to program robots this morning called Dash.  It was really awesome.  We also visited the Energy and Innovation exhibit. After lunch and a Brainasium Break we got to see the movie Robots on the 90 foot round screen.  Just amazing.  We came back and journaled about our experience but there truly wasn't enough time in the day today. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers for your help today.  It's been amazing so far.  Tomorrow we build the Evergreen of the Future. 

I sent home some notices today.  Please make sure they get back right away.  Some students were asking about knitting club.  To sign up for this club you just need to make the 10 dollar payment online.  Remember that Friday is a full day and pick up will be at 3:05pm approximately at the school office. Book orders are due this Friday. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, November 13th

**Blog Challenge: Write down the three buildings/structures that you feel like would be most important for Evergreen to have and write them down on a piece of paper.  

We had another busy day at Telus Spark.  Highlights included exploring the Earth and Sky exhibit, using watercolour pencil crayons to create an art piece from the gallery, visiting the Brainasium, brainstorming ideas about a future Evergreen and exploring the Creative Kids Museum.

Book Orders due on Friday.  We have another busy day planned tomorrow.  

Mr. M

Monday, November 12th

We had a great first day at Telus Science School.  In the morning we spent time in the Open Studio exhibit exploring our creative side.  We took apart things, created animations, designed outfits and a variety of other things.  We journaled about it to document our experience afterwards.  We also got to go outside to the Brainasium to burn off some energy including using the giant slide. 

In the afternoon we spent some time acting as architects visualizing the structure of Telus spark itself.  We did some 3d tracing of different structures within the building and saw the process they used when building Telus Spark.  A big thanks to all the volunteers for their help today. 

A reminder that we will be back at the school at 3:00 pm on Friday so make sure you have arranged pick up that day.  Book orders also need to be in by this Friday.  Have a great night.  Get ready for another day at Telus Spark tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Friday, November 9th

The students did an amazing job delivering a Remembrance Day assembly at our school today.  Thank you for all of your hard work preparing for it.  

**We are going to Science School on Monday and for the rest for the rest of the week.  We are leaving right away so please don't be late.  Volunteers you can come right into the school and sign in at the office and come down to my classroom.  Thank you in advance for your volunteering.  Experiences like this would not be possible with your help.  

Things we need to bring for children and volunteers.  

Warm clothes for outside play time.

As garbage free of a lunch as possible. 

A positive attitude. 

We will not have access to the cafeteria for lunch or coffee so please don't bring any money to buy anything. 

Have a great weekend. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 8th

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.

That being said we spent a lot of time getting ready for the celebration tomorrow in the gym.  We finished up our art which is now displayed in the gym and had a practice assembly to work out the kinks.  

We also spent some time on a math problem with Ms. Roworth today.  It was a good challenge trying to complete a math maze and finish with exactly 100.  Or when we tried to find the largest sum or the least sum.  Here it is if you want to try at home tonight. 


Remember you can't go over the same number twice just like a regular maze.  Have a night night. Remember to bring in a poppy donation if you can and to wear red, black, white or grey.  Thank you.

Mr. M

Wednesday, November 7th

Homework: Bring in a black button or two for an art project we are working on.  Please don;t go to the store to buy any if you don't have one.  If you have an extra bring it in for a friend.  


During our writing period today we developed story problems.  We continue to work on the separate elements of a story individually so that it makes it easier to write our own story next week.  We also continued to work on addition problems during math today.  

In the afternoon we started a Remembrance Day art project that I hope we can finish tomorrow.  

Don't forget our Remembrance Day celebration is on Friday.  We will be selling poppies for donations for the veterans at our school if you can support them.  Every child will receive a poppy to wear on Friday.  

Black Button!!!

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, November 6th

We had an incredibly busy day all around.  I will try to tell you about everything we did.  In the morning we watch some videos and talked about how Calgary has changed since 1911.  Seriously, we are one of the fastest growing cities in North America over the last 100 years. We did this so that we can talk about building a future Evergreen when we get to Science School next week.  Speaking of Science School I emailed out a volunteer schedule for next week.  Please let me know if anything was incorrect or if there are any conflicts. There are 6 videos which you can check out at home by searching Calgary Planning Commission on YouTube.  

We also had Amy come in from Telus Spark and tell us all about our week at Telus Spark.  Well she didn't tell us everything but she definitely go us excited.  We also had a chance to engage in four different science centres today including a marble rally, avalanche protection, clothing design and skyscraper building.  

The afternoon had a game of Crack the Code outside.  We had some rosy cheeks after that one.  We also finished up some addition problems and practiced our songs for the Remembrance Day assembly.  

Here's a message from Ms. Bell.

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.

Please get book orders by next Friday.  

Have a good night. 

Mr. McLaren


Monday, November 5th

Our blog site is finally up and running again.  I sent home some Telus Spark forms for any child that hasn't returned them yet.  Please make sure that you send them back tomorrow as visitors from Telus Spark will be here to collect them. 

We had a great last few days.  We went on a community walk on Friday and did some event mapping in our journal to show what we witnessed.  

Today we continued our event maps in the afternoon. We also spend time describing a possible setting for a story using descriptive vocabulary.  We also learned about addition strategies during math.  

I will send out an email for Telus Spark Volunteers tomorrow in case they need a reminder for what days they signed up for.  

Please get book orders in or ordered before next Friday. 

Stay Warm.

Mr. McLaren

Hallowe'en

I know tonight is Hallowe'en so be extra safe out there tonight.  Please limit how much candy your child brings to school and please pack a healthy snack for the morning. 

We had a great afternoon building bridge.  I will take pictures of them and post them on here when we finish putting them together tomorrow. Hopefully they aren't stuck to the table to badly.  

Please return your Telus Spark forms if you haven;t done so yet and make a payment online.  

Have a safe and fun evening.

Mr. M (aka Grumpy Dwarf)

Tuesday, October 30th

Hallowe'en tomorrow.  Feel free to wear costumes to school. Please leave masks and weapons at home.  

Blog Challenge: Google or youtube popsicle stick bridges and come up with a couple of good design ideas for our popsicle stick bridge building challenge tomorrow afternoon.

We tested our redesigned spaghetti and marshmallow structures today and they did an amazingly better job at supporting mass today.  One of them even supported 500 grams.  Great jobs incorporating triangle designs into your structures.  

We also wrote about Remembrance Day thank you messages to all the soldiers and people who fought to give us our freedom.  Some of us will get to read our Thank You's to the school on Remembrance Day. 

I am also hoping to a community walk this Friday at 9:00 am.  I am wondering if I could get 2 parent volunteers this Friday.  If you are available please email me.


Have a spooktacular  night. 

Mr. M


Monday, October 29th

I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend.  We had good planning session on Friday developing our school development plan.  Part of if is a focus on writing to express, develop and organize information and ideas.  We spent some time developing a journal continuum in our classroom with a science focus.  I hope the students will use it as a self rubric to assess how they are doing personally and see what they need to do to move to the next level.  I am also hoping that it will help improve the quality of our journalling at Science School.  


I sent home volunteer forms for parents that are attending science school with us from Nov. 12th to 16th.  A reminder that the Friday will be a full day so please make alternative plans for pick up if necessary that day.  I am also still looking for one more volunteer for the Thursday if anyone can help out.  I will send out a volunteer schedule tomorrow to remind parents of the days they signed up for.

In math we have started operations.  Today we looked at related facts between addition and subtraction.  I want students to see the link between both and understand that if they understand one operation they can understand both. 

Remember that Hallowe'en is on Wednesday.  Students have the choice to dress up but please no masks and no weapons.  

Have a great night.

Allan McLaren

Thursday, October 25th. 

Hallowe'en Howl is tonight.  Everyone have a great time at the dance. I wish I could be there but I have to attend classes tonight and will not be able to make it.  

We had a really busy day.  We had swimming in the morning and took up some of our math tests.  We also wrote the math SLA's in the afternoon.  I will send home the math tests on Monday as I just need to finish taking a few notes.  The results of the SLA's will be available at our next conference.  We use the results of these types of data to help us focus on areas of growth during PD days like tomorrow. 

Have fun at the dance.  On Monday we will begin operations during math, although we have been practicing this all year. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, October 24th.

Well I leave work each day as tired as the students because we have had some really busy and active days.  Remember our last day of swimming is tomorrow so pack those suits and towels for one more day.  We also wrote our math tests today and having glanced at a few of them so far it looks like the students did well.  I am hoping to get them marked and sent home by tomorrow. 

In the afternoon we play a round of Frolf outside during gym and then finished off making and example of excellence for our science continuum in our room.  Please have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, October 23rd.

Remember we have swimming tomorrow and a math test on representing numbers and number patterns.  Please review the review tonight in case there were any concepts you didn't understand.  

We also build structures this afternoon using spaghetti and marshmallows.  The structures did not hold up our supported statue.  Tomorrow we will have a chance for a redo of this assignment.  We have seen some structural designs that will be a lot strong and will have an opportunity to try those out. 

Have a great night.  Book orders went home for all those who ordered and for the 10 Monkeys contest winners. 

Allan McLaren

Monday, October 22nd. 

The students were pretty tired after 45 minutes of swimming lessons this morning.  When we did get back to school we finished up talking about rounding numbers and had a math talk on counting numbers by 25.  In the afternoon we took up a What's Wrong which you will find in your child's backpack.  We also completed a math review which we will take up in class tomorrow.  If your child didn't finish in class they probably needed a few minutes to finish at home.  Can you make sure they bring that back to school tomorrow so we can edit them and be ready for the test on Wednesday.  

Swimming again tomorrow morning.  Science experiment in the afternoon.

Have a good night, 


Mr. M


Friday, October 19th.

Swimming on Monday at 8:45am!! We leave right away please don't be late.  Students are recommended to have their bathing suit on underneath their clothes and then bring a towel and bag for after swimming.  Volunteers can meet at my room at 8:40 am.  Thanks!

We started coding today with Ms. Bell.  It was awesome and we started to design how programmers actually program computers to make games, apps and programs. We used simple arrow commands on paper to begin the process.  We will work on computers next week.  

We also started rounding numbers and talked about why people do that.  We talked about rounding to the nearest tens and the nearest hundreds. 

Have a great weekend. 

Allan McLaren

Thursday, October 18th. 

We continue to build strong routines in our classroom focussing on literacy, math and science right now.  We spend lots of time reading each day and strengthening our mental math strategies through Number Talks.  We practiced our editing skills today with another What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  Today we worked with a partner to see how many mistakes we could find.  

I was hoping to have a math test on Monday but I am thinking that it will be on Tuesday now so that we have enough time to review everything we have done in the first 6 weeks.  We compared numbers today based on their place values and ordered them based on the same values.  

It turned out that Owen and Viola made a rolling log system like the Egyptians would have done to move huge bricks when building the pyramid.  What an interesting strategy that Viola came up with. 

Have a great night.  

Mr. McLaren


Wednesday, October 17th. 

Nice submissions on the blog challenges last night.   Here's one for today.  Owen and viola only have some simple saws and clippers to cut down trees.  They are trying to get the Water Wonder 4000 down to the pond.  Remember it is too heavy to lift.  How could they do this with what they have.

We learned how to write lists in a sentence using commas today.  I smell a few of those popping up in the What's Wrong tomorrow.  I am looking at having a math test on Monday on representing and comparing numbers.  We have covered these topics extensively.  Look for a review to come home Friday.  

In the afternoon we finished talking about why we use the variety of different materials that we have available to us.  I see some future contractors and civil engineers in our midst. 

Special lunch is tomorrow. 

Have a great night. I sent an email to all parent volunteers that are coming swimming next week. 

Allan MLaren

Tuesday, October 16th.

Today was great because we had two extra helpers in the classroom.  We started off with literacy in the morning spending time reading by ourselves and in our Book Clubs.  During gym we went fishing which is my favourite activity outside the classroom.  In math we continued to explore patterns over 100 including counting by 25 and counting by 100.  

In the afternoon we explored a variety of materials and their uses. In particular we looked at plastic, stone, metal, wood, rubber and glass.  We talked about why we use each one of these materials for different purposes.  

Blog Challenge:  Go through your house tonight and capture a picture of something that uses one of these materials and tell me why it is made out of that material.

Have a great night. 

Mr. M


Thursday, October 11th.

I will not be in the classroom tomorrow.  

We had a great day.  in the morning we did a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren on our own.  We are really beginning to find all sorts of errors in our own writing.  During math we learned about number patterns above 100. We did a great job finding these on extended hundreds charts. 

In the afternoon we did a science challenge to see who could build the tallest tower to survive a wind storm.  We had some survivors and some collapses.  Tomorrow we will write about what went wrong or right and what we would do to fix it. 

Blog Challenge: 10 Monkeys highest points competition going till Monday. 

Have a good night. 

Allan McLaren

Wednesday, October 10th.

Welcome back to everyone after the 4 day weekend.  

**Picture day tomorrow morning. We are early so don't be late.

Today we wrote a letter to a friend during journal to thank them for giving us a piece of gum that was onion and garlic flavoured.  The goal of this writing is to use the tone that would be consistent in writing a letter or note and to experiment with descriptive vocabulary.  

During math we continued to work on representing numbers using base ten, words and numbers.  Tomorrow we will begin to examine number patterns that go beyond 100.  Skip counting by 2, 5, 10 or 25 is always good practice at home. 

The Blog Challenge of accumulating as many 10monkeys points for a scholastic prize will continue until Monday when the winners will be announced.  I hear some whispering from the students today about scores as high as 5000 so its good that they are excited about it and good practice at home. 

In the afternoon we continued with our winter birds art project.  Its going to look beautiful as we will finish it off tomorrow. 

Book orders are due by Monday as I will be away for First Aid Training this Friday.  

Have a great night.

Mr. M


Friday, October 5th.

Remember no school on Tuesday.  I will see everyone back here on Wednesday.  

**Blog Challenge.  Every student received a login and password for the 10 Monkeys Number Rumble website.  I have told the students that the top 5 scores by the end of next Friday will win a prize.  They will be able to pick a book from the Scholastic order for $5 or less.  There are some great practice and extra help resources on this website and the fees were paid for by school council. 

Please remember to get in swimming forms.  I have all the volunteers I need for swimming. 

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.  It's been an excellent first month.

Allan McLaren


Thursday, october 4th.

Today we lerned how two represent numbers using base ten blocks  We all so played a game with a freind to see if we could guess waht each number was from the blocks.  Its not that hard unless you hav more than 10 of a digit.  We also did a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren to day working with a peer to find mistakes.  We r definitely improving hour editing skills  in the afternoon we did journaling of structures in the gathering spase.  We took our time and sketched and thawt about the questions we had. 

Blog Challenge: Read today's blog and correct all of the spelling and punctuation errors in it.  You can snap a picture of your corrections. 

Please get in swimming forms and make payments online if possible.

Mr. M

Tuesday, October 2nd. 

Blog Challenge:  Use a shovel and help your parents shovel all this snow or get outside and go play in the snow. Your choice.

Today in math we focused on place value.  We made numbers using base ten blocks and then remade them using different combinations of blocks.   Every time we traded in a block we discovered a pattern.  Tomorrow we will make Base Ten Monsters.  I hope you will be excited.  

In the afternoon we finished off our postcards.  The look great and the writing on the back is excellent.  Some of them actually feel like your child went on vacation. 

Book orders went home today.  Can they come back by next Friday.  Swimming forms will go home tomorrow. 


Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, October 1st.

We had a busy day in room 70.  We are getting into our routines so today we started with quiet reading and then we met with our Book Clubs.  After reading we wrote in our journal about what we would do if we could communicate with animals.  We were practicing to use juicy words.  

During math we completed a quiz to test our overall math ability and did an excellent job overall.  We also had singing group with Mrs. Bell.  

In the afternoon we learned some first nations games in gym like Tatanka.  We also worked on finishing up our post cards.  

Have a great evening.  I will post the next blog challenge tomorrow. 

Mr. M


Friday, September 28th. 

Blog Challenge.  You can only use the numbers 1,3,5,and 7 to make the number 37.  Can you doing using exactly 10 of any combination of those numbers?  Snap a picture of your solution or your attempt at one. 

Monday is orange shirt day for indigenous reconciliation.  You can read more about this at the following link.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-cen...

What a great week.  We worked so hard. The Terry Fox Run was awesome.  We will finish up postcards on Monday. 

Have a relaxing weekend.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, September 26th.

Tomorrow is the Terry Fox Run rain or shine so make sure you are dressed for the weather.  We are doing an amazing job of raising money so far with over $800 raised.  If you would like to donate we are collecting Toonies for Terry tomorrow.  We had a really busy day.  During journal we wrote about a what our favourite season is since we are experiencing about three different ones within a week. 

During math we did a a little quiz on number lines and the students showed a lot of improvement.  We will continue to work on this as we start to work our way into place value.  

Thanks to blog participants from yesterday.  Since many of you claimed you didn't have leaves to rake I wanted to give you an opportunity to help your parents out in a different way.  So snap a shot of your child helping out with any chore around the house tonight.  It could be folding laundry, doing the dishes or vacuuming the rug.  Maybe you could even earn a toonie for your hard work to donate to Terry.  Money earned always feels better than money given. 

Have a great night.  They earned it.

Mr. M

Tuesday, September 25th.

Hi parents.  Tonight's blog challenge is meant to help you out.  Since a lot of the students set goals to help you our more at home and be more responsible I am challenging the students to help rake leaves tonight since it might be the last nice day for a while.  Go ahead and snap a picture off of your child helping out with raking leaves and email it to me.

We had another busy day.  Today we continued to compare numbers and are improving our accuracy when placing numbers on a number line.  We have had rich discussions in the classroom around this topic and the students are doing a great job.  

We almost finished of The Boxcar Children toady and in doing so we drew a picture and labeled all of the things that the children had or discovered through the book.  This was good practice journaling for our visit to Telus Spark.  

Speaking of Telus Spark I am looking for volunteers for the full day field trip.  I could use one person on Monday Nov. 12th, Tuesday Nov. 13th and Wednesday Nov. 14th and two volunteers on Thursday Nov. 15th.  Please email me if you are available any of those days and have police clearance.  Thank you to all parents that signed up at conferences.  It is always really appreciated. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren


Monday, September 24th.

We had a great and busy day in room 70.  The students always appear to be really engaged in their learning.  In the morning we practiced direction writing.  We created instructions for making a food dish we can cook at home and focused on using different words to begin each sentence.  We edited our writing carefully with a partner. 

During math we continued working with number lines and thinking about where to plot numbers on a line when you are given different ranges.  We even made a giant number line in the gathering space and plotted ourselves out there.  

In the afternoon we started to make a postcard in Social Studies representing a vacation we took to one of the countries we are studying.  It was fun to pretend that we could visit somewhere else.  We found out useful information about these countries researching through various books. 

Blog Challenge: See if you can find a postcard at home and take a picture of both sides of it and email to ajmclaren@educbe.ab.ca.  That is my email address that students can use to email me. 

Remember to bring in Twoonies for Terry this week and that we are going to the learning commons tomorrow for book exchange.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, September 19th.

We completed our second What's Wrong of the year.  Today I let the students work in pairs so they were able to bounce ideas off of each other about what they thought needed to be corrected.  We also continued with our Book Club group reading and some of our groups are already on their second chapter book.  In grade three students should be reading at least 20 minutes per night.  

We spent a lot of time plotting numbers on number lines and discussing number patterns.  We looked at jumping by 2, 5 and 10 today and some of us cracked a couple of challenge problems.  Our work on this carried into the afternoon until we had some time to finish up a journal from yesterday.  The students came up with lots of ideas about what they saw, felt, think and wondered in the learning commons yesterday.  You will see what I am talking about when you come in on Thursday or Friday for conferences.  

Speaking of conferences I still have some parents not yet booked.  Please register for a conference on the Evergreen website if you have not done so yet. 

Have a great evening.

Allan McLaren


Tuesday, September 18th.

I can't believe how fast the school year is flying by already.  I feel like I have had a chance to really get to know the students really well so far and we have already had some great learning experiences.  During journal today we wrote about 2 personal goals that we would like to accomplish this year.  Those went along with the 2 academic goals that we wrote about yesterday.  We also finished off our fall art layered painting that you will get to see at conferences.

Which reminds me, if you haven't booked a time to meet on Thursday or Friday yet please do so right away.

During math we answered some word problems about number pattern.  They really made us think about number patterns and even and odd numbers.  We also began plotting numbers on a number line which we will finish up with tomorrow. 

In the afternoon we spent time journaling.  In the first half we spent time collecting interesting facts that we discovered from the text about Peru and Tunisia.  We also spent time journaling the aquarium screen in the Learning Commons.  This has been excellent preparation for the journaling we will do at the Telus Spark centre. 

Have a good nights sleep and take your vitamins.  There are quite a few colds going around right now. 


Mr. M

Friday, September 14th. 

We capped off the week competing some different activities that we have been working on through out the week.  Mrs. Davies came in and gave us a hand with a fall art project and I was really happy with the results of it today.  We will finish them on Monday and they will be on display for you at conferences. 

We also got to go to the gym, read with our Book Club and work on our mental math skills.  Thank you to the parents and students that have emailed me their blog challenge submissions this week.  I will continue with the challenges throughout the year so stay posted each night. 

You are able to sign up for conferences at 6:00 pm tonight.  Book orders were placed today and should be in next week.  

Please get all forms completed and submitted this week.  

Regards,

Allan McLaren

Thursday, September 13th.

Today we continued reading in our Book Clubs.  The students are working together reading small chapter books taking turns and helping each other sound out difficult or unfamiliar words.  We also continued looking at our number patterns.  We really liked picking a box from the hundreds chart and adding up the diagonals.  It was like magic how they came up with the same values each time.  

In the afternoon we talked a little bit about the quality of life in both Tunisia and Ukraine.  After everything we read it seemed like the children there had very similar lives to a lot of us in Evergreen.  We finished off the afternoon starting a fall leave art project, however it looks like the moon in the sky.  We literally finished it at 3:15 so I'm sorry if any blue fingers or clothes came home.  

I am still missing a lot of opening packages that went home last week.  They need to be returned to the school along with the digital citizenship forms by tomorrow. 

Blog Challenge:  Locate the olive oil in your house.  Take a picture of the label and email it to me at ajmclare@educbe.ca.  We are trying to see if olive oil comes from Tunisia. 

Have a great night. Only half a day left in this amazing week at school.

Mr. M

Wednesday, September 12th.

It was a magical day in room 70 and I am really getting to know your children a lot better.  I can say now that this is an amazing group of students.  Each day I see them helping each other and demonstrating good citizenship.  

We were able to accomplish so many things today but I wanted to focus on the amazing journaling session that we had this afternoon.  In preparation for Science School we are working on building our stamina towards journaling activities so that we can produce some amazing results at Telus Spark.  In our first session the students blew me away with their focus and dedication.  They used their minds to come up with creative wonders and carefully sketched their environments.  You will be able to see our learning on the 20th and I am confident and excited for our week long field trip.

Please remember to get in all school forms and digital citizenship forms. 

Blog Challenge:  Play a board game at home with your family and send me a picture to ajmclaren@cbe.ab.ca.

Regards,

Mr. M

Tuesday, September 11th. 

We had another very busy day in room 70.  in the morning we had a chance to visit the learning commons and sign out some books.  There were a couple of students that still need to return their books from last year.  We also did our first What's Wrong editing activity.  Today we were looking for common capital, punctuation and spelling mistakes.  I sent it home today so you can get a chance to look it over with your child.  Some of the marks were pretty low but don't worry as this gives me a good starting point of what we need to work on. 


During math we started our study of number patterns examining a hundreds chart to find different patterns.  We laso continued to practice our mental addition and subtraction skills.  Finishing off in the afternoon we started our Book club reading groups and had a chance to view and label a map of the world to see the proximity of the countries we are studying to Canada.  

Still waiting on forms from many students.  Please get them in by Friday.  As well a digital citizen from went home that must be signed and returned by the student and parent before they are allowed to used any online technology at the school.

Have a great evening. 


Monday, September 10th.

We had an excellent and productive day in room 70.  In the morning we had a lesson about words we should try not to use to begin sentences.  This idea was sprung from the amount of journal entries that had sentences beginning with and,but, so and because.  We tried to use this as criteria in our descriptive writing journal about a monster we created.  I can't wait to read out some of the submissions to the class tomorrow.  We also had a visit in our class from Mr. Wilcox who played some games with us and read us a story.  

In the afternoon we continued our discussion about quality of live and began exploring the different qualities of life in Peru.  We also used Google Earth to locate the other countries we are studying this term including Tunisia, Ukraine and India.

Here is our first Blog Challenge of the year.  At home login to Google Earth and show your parents the location of the four countries we are studying this year.  

Have a great night. Remember to get in forms and book orders by Friday. 

Rest up,


Mr. M

Friday, September 7th. 

A great day in room 70.  We continued learning about mental math for addition and subtraction and practiced different ways to represent numbers.  We also spent some time finishing up a couple of journalling activities that we worked on through the course of the week.  

I hope that we continue with a great week starting Monday next week.  

Remember to get in those form packages that were sent home this week if you haven't done so yet. 

Have a great weekend.

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, September 6th.

Not sure why yesterdays blog didn't post but just wanted to mention what a great class we have in room 70 this year.  We continued with our learning today with some journal writing where we had a chance to write about a super power we would like to have.  We also had a mini lesson on the use of capital and periods today.  During math we  practiced a lot of mental math skills and learned about all the different ways that we can represent numbers.  

After lunch we started out social studies unit about Quality of Life.  We discussed all of the things that makes it great to live in Canada and picked out four that meant the most to us to illustrate in our visual journals.  


**If you haven't returned the form packages that were sent home could you get them back to the school as soon as possible.  As well any book orders that are coming back need to be in by next Friday.  Have a great evening.  Next week we will begin with some blog challenges.

Regards, 

Mr. M


Tuesday September 4th, 2018.


Welcome back to all the students of Evergreen School.  We had a great first day in the classroom and started with many activities.  We played a people bingo game to get to know one another and went over classroom expectations.  We also had our first math talk of the year and created a page in our visual journal called Me by the Numbers.  

In the afternoon we started our first art project called adjective art.  I was so happy with how many juicy words the students were able to brainstorm.  We finished off the day with an assembly and some gym time.   

An information folder went home today.  Please fill out the forms and return them in the envelope as soon as possible.  A book order form also went home today.  I would like that back by next Friday if you are interested.  I hope everyone had a good first day.  

Regards,


Allan McLaren

Mr. Mclaren

Monday, June 24th. 

The end of the year is quickly approaching.  We in room 70 are keeping a tight lid on things by keeping up our daily routines.  We solved some pretty tricky math problems today.  One was about data and one was about combinations. 

We also saw some great presentations about animal life cycles including the fox, wolf, jaguar, tiger, robin, panda and leopard. 

Reminder that sports day is on Wednesday and we will be going on a walk to Fish Creek (Weather Permitting) later on that day.  Still looking for a parent or two to tag along for a couple hours after lunch if anyone is interested.

2.5 days left. But who's counting.

Mr. M

Wednesday, June 19th.

As the school year has started wrapping up I find it important to keep up routines in the classroom and work on projects that demonstrate the children's independence.  They are currently working on two projects that you can see at home through google.  The first one is animal lifecycle research project on an animal of their choosing using google slides.  The second is a group Reader's Theatre script which they will share with their peers this week.  Have a peak at their google accounts and check out their progress. 

During math this week we are working on a series of challenging problems that are putting our understanding of operations and mental math to the test.  Many of the problems require multiple steps to solve them and require some keen thinking.  I sent home the first two sets of problems.  Try going through a problem or two tonight and see your child's understanding of the concepts. 

We are also finishing up two art projects both centered around animals.  The first is a two way picture that has two pices of art in one in it depending on what angle you look at the picture.  The second was rip art that was completed only by ripping paper and using glue.  I am very impressed with the skills I have seen.

Next week on Wednesday in the afternoon I am hoping to take the kids to Marshall Springs in the afternoon to have a snack and go for a walk after sports day in the morning.  If any parent volunteers want to tag along for the walk you are more than welcome, just send me an email so I can give you a meeting time.  

Remember Spring Fling tomorrow and Sports Day next Wednesday. 

Regards, 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, June 12th.

**Field trip tomorrow.  It might rain.  We will be walking.  Please bring clothes to be outdoors, good walking shoes, and lunch and a snack and money for ice cream if you are planning on getting any. 

It is going to be an awesome day.  

Mr. M

Tuesday, June 11th.

**Field Trip to downtown Calgary on Thursday, all day.  Parent volunteers can sign into the office and meet me outside my classroom as we are leaving almost right away.  Remember to bring money for ice cream if you are planning on purchasing any. 

We had a great day.  In the morning we wrote another reflective journal and complete our SLA's in math.  In the afternoon we painted a special project and learned about the life cycle of a dog.  We also had a very long lockdown practice.  We didn't get outdoors today so make sure you spend some time outside tonight. 

Mr. M

Monday, June 10th.

Today during journal we did a reflection on our year.  Below are some of the questions that we talked about. 

  1. What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?
  2. What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?
  3. What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?
  4. What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
  5. Where is your favorite place in our classroom (or school)? Why?
  6. If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be?
  7. What are three things you did this year to help your classmates?

I look forward to reading the responses after school.  

During Book Club we practiced our expressive reading and acting skills by presenting some Reader's Theatre skits in front of the class.  It was excellent and so well done.  I can't wait to see what they come up with tomorrow. 

During math we worked on naming and describing 3D shapes.  We looked at vertices, faces and edges in describing a variety of different pyramids, prisms and various other 3D shapes.

In the afternoon we spent sometime looking at the life cycle of reptiles, in particular that of the sea turtle.  

Blog Challenge:  What does the sea turtle have in common with the salmon?

Have a great night.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, June 5th.

A beautiful day at Evergreen School packed to the brim with learning.  In the morning we wrote instructions or rules for a sport that we either invented or modified.  We did a warm up exercise brainstorming as many different sports as we could think off.  The most one person got was 22. 

During math we started geometry and began to look at what an attribute is.  Some of the attributes we explored were sides, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines and vertices. 

In the afternoon we looked at two different animal life cycles including the frog and the robin.  Two things they both had in common were that they came from eggs and they turn into adults. 

**Remember to get those book orders in by this Friday.  Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, June 4th.

Today was a really busy day that seemed to go by very quickly.  In the morning we finished up our data unit by answering different questions and creating a variety of graphs.  The students have done quite well with this unit.  We also finished classify the different types of animal classes by the characteristics that make them up.  

In the afternoon we went on a tour of Marshall Springs.  One thing that they mentioned was that you do not need your own lock for your locker next year as the school will be providing them for the students.  I hope this trip helped to alleviate any anxiety that some of the students may be experiencing from going to a new school.

Book orders being ordered this Friday if you are planning on ordering. 

Have a great evening.

Mr. McLaren

Monday, June 3rd.

June is here!!!!

**Tomorrow we will be taking our in school tour of Marshall Springs School.  We will be walking there right after lunch. 

Today we started to wrap up our unit on Data and Statistics.  We should finish tomorrow and begin geometry on Wednesday.  We also started our last science unit of the year, Animal Life Cycles. I can't wait to study some of the animals we have coming into our classrooms including guppies, praying mantis and chickens.

**Please get book orders in by this Friday. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, May 30th

Discovery Archaeology this morning was great.  We learned all about artifacts and ecofacts.  Do you know the difference?  

In the afternoon we spent some time working on our foreign country healthy plate.  Ask your child about what country they are doing and what foods they have chosen so far?  I wonder what region those foods are from and what food group they belong to?

Afterwards we played Math Jeopardy.  It was more challenging than some kids thought it would be. 

Have a great night. 

Go Raptors!!

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, May 28th.

I was blown away by the student's self created Reader's Theatre's this morning.  They did such a great job writing scrips, and performing using expression.  I enjoyed it so much and so did the other students.  We will definitely be doing that again.  I was also really impressed at how well the students did on the math word problems and the What's Wrong.  This group of kids is truly ready for grade 4. 

In the afternoon we spent some more time exploring the foods and resources of Tunisia, Ukraine and India.  Tomorrow we will be attempting to make a healthy plate of food from one of those countries. 

*Please remember to get field trip forms or book orders in if you haven't done so yet. 

Enjoy the night outside.

Mr. M

Monday, May 27th.

I cannot believe the school year is flying by as fast as it is.  We had a great morning.  The children spent the first half of the making a Reader's Theatre script which they will get a chance to present to the class tomorrow.  During math we spent some time making a pictograph to represent data using 2 to 1 correspondence.  In the afternoon we worked on math word problems.  The students did an excellent job at identifying what operation they needed to use to solve each problem.  We finished the day off learning about goods and services in some of the other countries we have been studying.  

**Please return field trip form asap.  As well book orders should be in by next Friday.  Have a great evening. 

Mr. M

Thursday, Mar 23rd

What a busy day.  In the morning we learned how to write dialogue using quotations marks.  Perhaps a little What's Wrong tomorrow to test their skills.  We also used statistics to find out what number would roll the most on two dice.  The results actually baffled me, and did not do what they should have over 1200 rolls. 

The afternoon was spent exploring the resources of Canada and where they came from.  Tomorrow we will spend time examining where the resources of the other countries we have studied come from. 

Blog Challenge: Play outside and have some fun.  Get some fun in the sun before the wet weekend ahead. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, May 22nd.

Wow, time is just flying by these days.  During literacy today we spent sometime making comics.  Comics are great because they teach kids how to use dialogue, which turns out to be the lesson I have planned for tomorrow.  During math we have been working on data analysis.  Thus far we have taken a survey and recorded the data in a Tally Chart.  We also have constructed two different bar graphs. Tomorrow we will be doing some data challenges with Ms. Roworth. 

In the afternoon we have also been sharpening up on our addition and subtraction skills from earlier in the year.  A few of us were a bit rusty so I thought it would be great to make sure we still know what we are doing.  Have a great night and enjoy the little bit of sun we are going to have. 

Mr. M

Thursday, May 16th

Please make sure you are back at Evergreen School at 6:15pm in room 70 for our performance tonight.  What a great dress rehearsal this afternoon.  

Have a great long weekend.  

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, May 15th

**Musical this Thursday. Meet in room 70 at 6:15, performance at 6:30.  Please, please, please try to make it. 

We had a great day. We wrote our measurement test in the morning and from what I have seen so far the students did a good job.  We also wrote a journal about what we would do if we found a half wish granting charm. 

In the afternoon we spent some time plotting where different foods come from in Canada and from the world.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, May 14th

*Musical this Thursday. Meet in room 70 at 6:15, performance at 6:30.  Please, please, please try to make it. 

**Math test on measurement tomorrow on measurement.  Sent home a review today and whole bunch of practice questions and word problems.  Check over some concepts and see if they need some practice before tomorrow. 

Today was awesome.  We complete a whole math review on measurement.  We also took up a bunch of word problems about time.  Good things to practice and review before the test tomorrow.  

In the after noon we talked about where some food comes from in Canada.  We also looked at how some peoples quality of life is much different than ours by looking at pictures of their entire family's possessions.  We finished off with a little kickball to end the day for working so hard. 

See you tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, May 13th

*Musical this Thursday. Meet in room 70 at 6:15, performance at 6:30.  Please, please, please try to make it. 

**Homework tonight.  Two questions to answer for social studies that each child brought home.  Please take 15 minutes to go through each questions with your child.

1.If you were making a Canadian Meal, what would you make? And why? Where would the food come from in Canada?

2. What other resources do we use as a family that come from Canada?

We will complete a measurement review tomorrow and will have a test on Wednesday.  

Today we clipped out food pictures from a set of flyers of what we thought would make up a Canadian Meal.  We had to write from what part of Canada we thought each food came from. 

It will be interesting when we go through it tomorrow and realize how many foods don't come from Canada.

Have a great night.

Mr. M

Thursday, May 9th

**Book orders due tomorrow.  Bring in grocery store flyers.  

Today we completed some fill in the blanks for a special occasion this Sunday.  It will be accompanying a special something that we made for some special people.  Wink Wink!  I apologize in advance if some of the blanks are incorrect but the children did their best to guess.  

We also spent a lot of time with mathematics today.  We learned that shapes with the same area (number of squares) can have different perimeters.  Imagine that?

We also solved this difficult multi-step problem below.  Test me on it at home and see if I can show you how to figure it out.  Or give me a little help if I need it.  

Midnight Movie Madness
Mr. and Mrs. Pretti decided that they wanted to go and watch a special
three-movie marathon at the local theatre. They purchased their tickets for the
marathon for $17 per person. They called their favourite babysitter to watch
their kids.
Each movie is 125 minutes long. The movie theatre has promised a break of a
quarter of an hour between each movie. The drive to the theatre is 30 minutes,
and the marathon starts at 7 p.m. The babysitter arrives at 6:15 p.m.
A) At approximately what time will Mr. and Mrs. Pretti arrive back home?
B) The Prettis pay their babysitter $7.50 per hour. How much will the entire
night cost them? 

Have a good night.  Enjoy the outdoors.

Mr. M

Wednesday, May 8th

**Remember book orders are due this Friday.  There is a big bundled flyer that went home yesterday.  If you go through it there are 6 different grocery store flyers in it.  If possible send those into the school tomorrow. Thank you. 

We had a great day.  Today, during literacy we wrote artist statements about our perspective art drawings.  It is a good time for us to reflect on what we did, what we liked, what we did well and what we want to improve on. 

We also had an opportunity to begin designing a dream house as part of a perimeter assignment. Each house had to have at least 5 rooms and then we had to calculate the perimeter of all of the rooms and the house itself.  The catch was that the shape of the house could not be a rectangle. 

In the afternoon we also had an opportunity to finish up our "What Matters" oil pastel art.  It will be on display at our performance next Thursday at 6:30.

Have a great evening.  

Mr. M

Monday, May 6th.


**Book orders due this Friday please for May.  As well please send in flyers from grocery stores.  I desperately need more.  If you are out grocery shopping please take a few extras from the store that you visit and send them in.  


A great day in room 70.  We completed a journal writing today as it has been a couple of weeks since we have written in our journal as we were busy finishing our Rock Narratives.  Today's topic sentence began Old People Are..I can't wait to read how that ended.

During math we learned about perimeter.  We calculated the perimeter of some different polygons today.  Tomorrow we will calculate some irregular shapes as well as determine the value of unknown sides. 

In the afternoon we quickly reviewed the science tests.  The marks were quite good.  Well done students.  We also had phys ed and started an art assignment in oil pastel.  

Have a great night.  Please remember flyers. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, May 2nd.


**Please save and bring in grocery store flyers that you receive in the mail.  We will be using them for a social studies project beginning next week.

Today was a very productive day.  In the morning we continued to put the finishing touches on our Rock Narratives.  We will finish them tomorrow, many of them with personal illustrations.  We also learned how to measure using a scale and a set of masses.  We estimated and measured a variety of materials in our classroom.  

In the afternoon we finished up our measurement assignment.  Then we spent some time reading in our Book Clubs and wrote our Rocks and Minerals test.  I will have them marked over the weekend but I am assuming the students will do quite well as their narratives have indicated they have a lot of knowledge.  

We also had a visit this afternoon from a special guest that wanted to me our students.

**Book orders due next Friday. 

Mr. Mclaren

Wednesday, May 1st. 

**Rocks and Minerals test tomorrow. Things you should know. 

-The difference between a rock and a mineral.

-How different types of rocks are formed. (The Rock Cycle)

-Layers of the Earth

-Layers of soil and what they are made off

-Tell me the use of 2 different minerals 

-How are geodes formed

Pictures also went home today.  I believe you can order them online.  Our stories are almost finished.  I still need to conference with 7 writers which will happen tomorrow.  Students that are finishing are having an opportunity to add illustrations to their story. Tomorrow we will also be using the scales to measure mass in our classroom.  Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, April 30th.

**Tomorrow is hats on day for mental health awareness.  Students are encouraged to wear hats tomorrow to show their support for mental health awareness if they choose to participate. 

**Book orders for May due next Friday.  Thank you.

We had such a great day in room 70.  I am super pleased with the quality of the rock stories that the students have been generating on Google Docs.  Please take time to log in to see what your child has been working on.  Their voice in their narratives is excellent. 

We also continued on our time word problems today.  Tomorrow we will begin measuring mass.  

In the afternoon we learned about the different layers of the Earth in science and started making some flower art for the volunteer tea next month.  Tomorrow will be Rocks and Minerals Jeopardy followed up by a test on Thursday.  HAve a great night. 

Go AVS.

Mr. M

Thursday, April 25th.

We really got into our narratives today during our literacy time and some of us are starting to get into the editing phase.  Encouragement has been made to really add details and make sure we are using scientific vocabulary to tell our stories.  During math we practiced telling time to 15 minute intervals.  Tomorrow we will learn how to tell time to 5 minute intervals. I don't think we will have trouble as we are whizzes at counting by 5.  We also had our 2nd Alien Inline Skating Lesson this morning.  Our last one is tomorrow so make sure those helmets are still at school for one more day.  

In the afternoon we learned all about the different layers of soil.  We learned about top soil, sub soil, weathered rock and bedrock.  We also did a problem of the week to test out our math problem solving skills.  I have included it below so you can try it at home.  I won't be in the classroom tomorrow so have a great weekend.  


Problem A Walking With Walden

Lindsay takes her dog Walden for a walk every day.

• On Monday she took him for a 45 minute walk. 

• On Tuesday, they walked for 5 minutes longer than on Monday. 

• On Wednesday, they walked for half as much time as Tuesday. 

• On Thursday, they walked for 10 minutes less than Monday. 

• On Friday, they walked for 15 minutes more than Thursday. 

• On Saturday, they walked for twice as long as Monday.

A)  How many minutes did Lindsay spend walking Walden between Monday and Saturday?

B)  Lindsay wants to make sure that Walden is getting enough exercise. How long must Walden’s walk be on Sunday to guarantee he walks for at least 6 hours this week?


Go Avs.

Mr. M

Wednesday, April 24th.

Today we continued working on our Rock Narratives during literacy time.  Many of us have begun working on them Google Docs so you can check them out when you get home.  We also started learning about how to tell time today to the quarter hour.  I would say that most of us understand it but a few of us can use a little more practice, especially with the hour hand.  In the afternoon we looked at 2 different soil samples.  One was of top soil bought from Walmart and the other was subsoil from one of our school gardens.  We were amazed by how different the samples were.  Ask us about what the main differences were.  We finished the day off with some Aline Inline in the gym.  We have that for the next 2 days so you could probably leave your helmets at school until Friday.  Have a great night and go skating if you have some skates at home.  

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, April 23rd.

***Inline skating tomorrow.  Please bring a helmet if you have one. 

Today we started writing rock stories.  I know it sounds boring but they are narratives and the students need to tell the life of their rock as if they were the rock.  Believe me, over a billion years a lot can change with a rock.  During measurement we finished up some calendar work and we will start looking at time tomorrow.  

In the afternoon we did some rock testing to identify some of the different properties of rocks.  Some of the things that we looked at were colour, crystal shapes, presence of carbonates, hardness, texture and lustre.  We finished up our perspective art and then headed outside for kickball as gym to end the day. 

For those that ordered book orders they should be here by now so if they aren't in tomorrow I will phone Scholastic.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, April 17th

**Picture Day Tomorrow

Another great day in room 70. Today we learned more about adjectives and had to pick the best one that fit the sentence.  We also started to learn how to use a year long calendar in our math measurement unit.  In the afternoon we painted our perspective drawings very carefully.  They do look amazing.  We finished the day off outside with Ms. Bell's class playing large organized games for gym

Have a great evening.  I hope to wear my Colorado jersey again tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, April 16th

This morning we finished writing our entries about what country we would prefer to move to from the 6 different countries that we learned about this year.  We also had a chance to visit the learning commons and exchange books.  It's been great having so many new books in the library to choose from.  We finished the morning up measuring a variety of objects in the classroom.  

In the afternoon we went to the staff room and witnessed the rock cycle.  We used wax crayons and the oven to show all three different types of rocks.  Ask your child how each rock is formed.  We finished up with some kickball outside for gym.  Have a great night.  Mr. McLaren

Monday, April 15th

We worked really hard today in room 70.  In the morning we started a writing piece about which of the 6 counties we explored this year we would most like to move to.  This piece needs to be opinion based on facts that the students have learned.  We also used estimation in the morning during math when we were measuring different body parts and objects.  

After music and lunch we outlined our perspective drawing pieces and are ready to paint them tomorrow.  We also finished making sediment for our rocks out of wax crayon ready for our rock experiments tomorrow.  We finished off the day learning how to play kickball in the field. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, April 11th. 

**Book orders due tomorrow for April.

A great day in room 70.  In the morning we completed a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren editing assignment and we worked on our perspective art drawings.  We also went outside and played soccer for phys ed.  In the afternoon we spent time making wax sediments and calculating whether or not we are Vitruvian.  You can ask your child about the different Vitruvian calculations we did.  

Rollerblading begins on April 24th. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, April 10th.

**Blog challenge.  Go the whole night without using any technology.  That means no tv, tablets, computers, cell phones, internet, video games.  

Today we wrote a journal about what we would do in a day if we didn't have any technology.  The kids came up with tons of great ideas for ways to unplug.  I am curious to see how many of them will be able to keep their end of the bargain up tonight. 

In the morning we also finished up taking up our measurement scavenger hunt.  Tomorrow we will be working on a program with Ms. Roworth that will combine measurement with fractions. 

In the afternoon we learned about and explored metamorphic rocks.  Metamorphic rocks occur from a big change cause by heat and pressure.

**Our first day of inline skating is April 24th so no need to worry about helmets until then. Book orders are due in this Friday.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, April 9th.

We had a great day in room 70.  Thanks to all students and parent that have been returning overdue library books.  We got almost all of them back this week.  In the morning we continued with our measurement scavenger hunt during math.  We had to find the height, length perimeter, or depth of various objects and pick the right tools to accurately measure them.  In the afternoon we spent some time working on our Sedimentary Rocks sketch.  We finished the day off drawing our 3d perspective drawing.  As we work on the buildings it is getting much more difficult. 

** Our First inline skating day is on April 24th.  Please have your helmets here starting on that day if you plan to bring your own which is suggested. 

***Book orders due on this Friday.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, April 4th

**Alien inline forms went home. Please make sure they get filled out and returned to school.  Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets but not their own skates or gear.  Thanks. 

**Blog Challenge: Find out how the big rock got to Okotoks.

We had a great day in room 70.  In the morning we learned about using verbs as well as spending time reading in our Book Clubs.  During math we reviewed the fraction test as well as a few of the concepts that gave some of the students a hard time.  Please review the test with your child at home if they had trouble in any areas after taking it up today.  

In the afternoon we learned all about sedimentary rocks as well as making our own rock.  We finished of the day beginning a perspective art project.  

Remember that book orders are due next Friday.  Have a great night. 

Mr. M


Wednesday, April 3rd.

**Blog Challenge:  Play some Minecraft tonight and see how many different types of rocks are used in it.  write down all of the different rock types you discovered.  If you don't have Minecraft you can go online and search out the different rock types used in Minecraft.

Today we wrote about how we would spend our favourite day.  We also completed our fraction test today.  It went ok but there were definitely some trouble areas that we will review in detail over the next couple of days.  I will send them home tomorrow so you can see how your child did.  Their fraction quiz from yesterday went home today.  

In the afternoon we explored how igneous rocks are made.  We drew a diagram in our visual journals, watched a video and created rocks out of clay.  Tomorrow we will make sedimentary rocks.  

Please send book orders in by next Friday if you are interested.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, March 20th.

***Early Dismissal Tomorrow!!! 11:50am.  Parent conference begin tomorrow at 4:00pm.

We had a great and busy day in room 70.  In the morning we started to write a story using the following picture as a prompt.  

Image result for story prompt picture for kids

We almost finished today but I think that we will need a little more time to finish tomorrow.

We also continued to learn a little more about fractions of a set.  This time we used numbers that didn't have 1 in the numerator as well.  For example one of the questions could be what is 3/10 of 20.  

In the afternoon we continued to explore rocks and minerals.  Today we worked in groups to try to organize and classify rocks by different properties.  I think we are beginning to learn about the different rock types before we even know what they are.  I have been very impressed with the amount of knowledge that the students have about rocks so far.  I think we will uncover a lot over the next month. 

Regards,

Allan McLaren


Tuesday, March 19th

A very busy day in room 70.  In the morning we learned about when to use a or an during our grammar lesson.  We also worked on figuring our the least amount of squares we could use to fill out a 13 by 11 rectangle.  Go ahead and try it at home.  You can print off some graph paper online.  Our class record was 6.

In the afternoon we started out by completing an I see, I think, I wonder about our rocks that we brought in.  I was very happy to see that every single student brought in a rock.  Awesome. We finished the day off with some more fraction math and some traveling man.  Overall it was a great and productive day. 

Remember student led conferences are on Thursday and Friday. 

Mr. M

Monday, March 20th.

**Student led conferences are this Thursday and Friday.  As well students were asked to bring a rock in for the beginning of our next science unit tomorrow. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

During the morning we wrote a journal entry about making the perfect sandwich.  The idea behind this journal is to help the students improve their use of descriptive vocabulary, varying sentence starters and creating purposeful writing.  

Afterwards we did some skittle math.  It looked at using skittles to make fractions as well as a way of collecting and displaying data. 

In the afternoon we played Titans during gym and played Jeopardy as a review of our social studies unit.  

Mr. M


Thursday, March 14th.

Thank you to all the families who visited our school last night for cultural night. We had an excellent evening of learning.  

A quick reminder that March book orders are due tomorrow if you want anything. 

In the morning we wrote a journal about what it would be like to be a Chinese Dragon.  I look forward to reading the responses tonight.  We also spent some more time working on some fraction problems, in particular comparing different fractions and comparing wholes to parts of a fraction.

Some example questions we tried were:

How many different designs (ways) can you show me that 3/4 is red and 1/4 is yellow?

or

One-third of the class orders lunches from the cafeteria each day.  How many students may be in the class and how many ordered lunches?

We spent the afternoon visiting India in more detail.  We learned about the different languages of India, the dancing, clothing and many other customs that make up Indian Culture. 

If you haven't signed up for student led conferences next week you can do so on the Evergreen website. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, March 12th.

**Cultural night tomorrow.  I know the different grade 3 classes have worked preparing for a great cultural night.  It is anytime between 4:30 and 6:30.  There is a handbell performance at 5:00 if you want to plan around being able to see that.  

As well, tomorrow in our room we will be sampling some traditional Chinese foods if any parents are planning on bringing something in.  This is only for our class to experience (25 students) and will happen around 11:00 am.  I have microwaves at the school and can heat the dishes up before we try them just before lunch.  Thanks in advance for any parents preparing a dish.  

Today we got a chance to visit room 3 and learn about Peruvian culture.  We learned about Machu Picchu, llamas, guinea pigs, the Amazon river, and many other things.  You can see for yourselves tomorrow.  

Have a great night and look forward to a fun evening of learning tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren


Monday March 11th.

**Reminder Cultural Night on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 for all grade 3 students.  As well March book orders are due by this Friday.

Today just flew right by, even for a Monday.  We started the day off finishing our cultural presentations in our classroom.  The students did a great job overall.  You will get a chance to see your child's and some of the other students' slideshows on Wednesday.  

During math we started to learn about fractions of a set.  I am hoping tomorrow we will play a fun fraction lesson using some skittles.  

In the afternoon we went to room 2 to learn about Ukraine Culture and they came to visit us.  They had a cool dance to begin and made some nice posters for us to learn from.  

We finished the day off with some basketball in gym and documenting our learning form the afternoon.  

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, March 7th, 2019.

** Reminder that our Grade 3 Cultural Celebration is next Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:30.  Handbell performance is at 4:45.

We have our Chinese lanterns finished up and they look fantastic and we can wait for you to see them on Cultural night.  Speaking of cultural night if any parents have any experience preparing a Chinese food dish and would like to send it in for the class to try on Wednesday morning that would be a really great experience.  

We spent a lot of time working with fractions today including playing a round of fraction splat. Our journal writing today was based on an idea of one of our own classmates.  What would you have on your own planet?  What an interesting prompt.  

March Book Orders are due in by next Friday.  Have a great evening.

Allan McLaren


Tuesday March 5th, 2019.

** Reminder that our Grade 3 Cultural Celebration is next Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:30.  

We finished up our slideshows today and will begin presenting them to our class tomorrow afternoon.  The students did a great job researching Chinese Culture.  I know gathering information can be very difficult for students so I think they did a great job.  

We also continued to learn about fractions of a whole this morning.  Tomorrow we will begin to learn about fractions of a group.  

In the afternoon we wrote a journal about how to handle bullies as the main character in our story Ai Lien has to deal with one at her school.  We also painted our lanterns with gold stripes.  Our room should look excellent by next week.  

Have a great night and enjoy the warm weather and play outside. 


Mr. M

Monday, March 4th 2019.

We started the morning off painting our paper mache lanterns red in the morning.  We will finish decorating them tomorrow with gold.  We also continued about learning about fractions of a whole.  We compared different size rods today to say what fraction one rod was of another.  We also learned what the numerator and denominator are.  After music and lunch we met with our partner to work on our China Slideshows.  We will get to finish them up tomorrow and share our knowledge with the rest of the class and get some feedback.  We used the basketballs in gym and finished the day off with Book Club.  


Thursday, February 28th.

What a day filled with learning and fun.  In the morning we worked on our China Slideshows in Google Slides.  They are starting to come together and the students have the opportunity to work on them over the weekend.  During math we played a dice game try to get as close to dollar as we can using only pennies, nickels or dimes.  In the afternoon we started working on our paper machee lanterns.  We can't wait for you to see how awesome our room looks during our Cultural Night of Learning on March13th. 

We used just flour and water so soak it in some warm water and it should come out of any clothes that it got on very easily at home. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 25th. 

We had a chance to exchange library books his morning and I made sure that every student took a book from the library.  Our class reading goal is to make sure that they are reading 20 minutes a night.  We are getting a chance to get some new books for the Learning Commons so I have asked each student to think about some kinds of books they would like. 

We also started fractions today.  We looked at fractions of a whole using some shapes in the morning and fractions of a group using a good problem this afternoon.  Here it is. 

The family studies class baked two dozen muffins. The class plans to share
one third of the muffins with the school office staff, and one quarter of the
muffins with Mr. Ahmed’s chess club.
A) Which group will receive more muffins? Justify your answer.
B) How many muffins will be left over after they give the office staff and chess
club their shares?

We also continued to work on our Slideshows this afternoon.  Each group of students has been assigned a cultural topic of China to research.  They can login to Google Slides at home and work on them at home as well.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday February, 25th.

We had a really busy day reviewing much of the assessment we did last week.  In your child's backpack today you should find a math test, a handwriting test and a What's Wrong.  I am seeing a lot of improvement across the board but if there is anything you are concerned about feel free to contact me about it or help your child with it at home.


in the afternoon we started our Chinese Slide Shows which are being completed in pairs.  I have allowed the children to work on these at home if they life so please make sure they are working on it on their own. They can log into Google Slides to access them. 

Have a great night. We start fractions tomorrow. 

Mr. M

Thursday, February, 22nd.

**Tomorrow is last day for February Book Orders.  Thanks.

We had a super busy day in room 70.  In the morning we did a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren in pairs.  I was extremely pleased with the work overall.  I am really seeing a difference in the students editing skills.  We also had math time with Ms. Roworth and worked on a challenging problem with Mr. McLaren.  Here ii is if you want to try it at home. 

Rebecca wants to save money starting on January 1. She decided to collect
money in a jar in the following way. Every day she puts a quarter in the jar.
Every third day, starting on January 3, she puts a loonie in the jar. Every fifth
day, starting on January 5, she puts a toonie in the jar. So some days she puts
one coin in the jar, some days she puts two coins in the jar, and some days she
puts three coins in the jar.
In Canada, a quarter is worth 25 cents, a loonie is worth one dollar, and a toonie
is worth two dollars. There are 100 cents in one dollar.
A) How many coins does she put in the jar on January 12?
B) How many coins does she put in the jar on January 26?
C) How many coins does she put in the jar on January 30?
D) How many coins in total does she have in the jar by the end of January?
E) If she keeps saving this way throughout the year, how much money will she
have after 90 days? Try to figure this out without counting the money she
puts in the jar every day for all 90 days.

In the afternoon we started an art project making Chinese Calligraphy Banners.  I hope we can finish them tomorrow or Monday.  I think they are going to look spectacular and it will be awesome to learn about the Mandarin Language.  Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 20th.

We had a pretty good first day back after our nice long break.  We have started a new marking system in our journals where they are marked in three different categories.  One is for information and details, one is for descriptive vocabulary and one is for spelling and punctuation.  I am hoping that by giving each student actual marks each day they will be able to see what areas they need to grow in and put forth more effort on specific goals.  I saw some very good improvement today after just one day.  

We will be having a multiplication and division test tomorrow and a review went home tonight.  I will also include some challenge questions on the test tomorrow for those that like the extra challenge.  Take a look at how your child did on their review and go over any concepts they may have had trouble with. 

In the afternoon we almost finished off our China Brochures.  We will be done tomorrow....I hope. 

Book Orders can be returned to the school or ordered online until this Friday. 

Have a great night.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, February 13th.

Have a great 5 day break!!!

In the morning we did a descriptive writing exercise about an apple.  We compared some writing samples and then we did some brainstorming to think of descriptive words to describe an apple.  We finished of by using our sense to complete a paragraph about them.  

During math we solve this problem.

Steve is a birdwatcher. On one of his walks he saw a total of 28 birds. He saw
twice as many chickadees as blue jays. He saw three fewer blue jays than
woodpeckers. He saw one bald eagle and 10 chickadees. He also saw some herons.
How many herons, blue jays and woodpeckers did he see?

Give it a try at home and see if you remember how we did it.

In the afternoon we had some time to exchange Valentine's. 

Book orders are due next Friday.  Have a nice break.  

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 12th.

**Valentine's Day tomorrow.  If your child is bringing in Valentine's tomorrow I sent home a class list today if they wanted to personalize their Valentines.  We will have a small celebration in the afternoon with some time dedicated to exchanging Valentines. 

Tomorrow is the last day of school until next Tuesday.  Calgary Teacher's Convention is on Thursday and Friday and Family Day is on Monday.  

We did a review of multiplication and division today in class.  Most of us finished and we will review them tomorrow.  I will schedule a math test for Wednesday when we get back to school.  Today we learned about homophones.  These are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.  

Book orders went home today.  If I could get those back by next Friday that would be awesome.  

Have a great evening. 

Mr. M

Thursday, February 7th. 

In the morning we did some editing with a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  There were lots of mistakes in there that we had worked on this week especially with words ending in "ing".  We also spent some time learning to group numbers quickly to multiply or add them using a dice.  Basically the trick is to roll 15 dice and see how fast you can add the face up sides.  We finished taking up a variety of word problems today.  There were some easy ones and definitely some more challenging problems but our Number Talks have taught us some strategies for multiplying and dividing bigger numbers.  I am hoping to get in some quality time with working on our China Brochures to show Chinese Culture.  Have a great night and see you tomorrow. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, February 5th.

In the morning we exchanged library book, practiced cursive (some of us are using it in our everyday writing) and had a grammar lesson in adding the suffixes "ed" and "ing" to different types of words.  Overall we did a pretty good job with it.  During math we took up our division word problems and started some word problems that could require any type of operation.  Tomorrow we will generate a list of words or phrases that help us to identify what type of operations we are dealing with.  In the afternoon we continued our read aloud of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and our research about China. We also worked on two different Esti Mysteries today.  I have attached the link .  We did number  6 and 7 today.  We did 1 - 5 a couple weeks ago.  Feel free to try them at home.  They are pretty awesome and really let you see your child's reasoning and number sense.


Esti Mysteries


Have a great night. 

Mr. M


Monday, February 4th.

It felt great to be back in the classroom after having the last week off.  Thanks to Ms. MacDonald for teaching in my absence.  We had a really busy day as we started off right where we left off last week.  In the morning we wrote a journal entry about why customs and traditions are important.  I am eager to see what the students said as we are studying customs and traditions in social studies.  Last week we compared the various cultures of India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru.  Today we used the information we compared to help us start gathering information about China, the culture we will share during our celebration of learning.  

During math we worked on division word problems.  We learned about the different strategies we can use to solve a division problem including using reverse multiplication, repeated subtraction or arrays.  

Book orders were sent home today.  Students that had books backordered received a $6 coupon to redeem for a book on the next book order.  

Have a great night.  

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, January 24th.

Another productive day in room 70.  Most of us finished off the writing portion of our art and writing project.  I am hoping that many of us will finish the art portion tomorrow.  We will also have our Sound Kreations dance performance tomorrow.  I will film it so that everyone can see it during conferences.  

We did these awesome math puzzles in the afternoon that combined all ow our knowledge of mathematics and estimation.  You can search them online by looking up esti-mysteries.

Book orders were placed today and should be in next week. 

Have a good night.

Allan McLaren

Wednesday, January 23rd.

The days are just flying by.  I wanted to let all parents know that I will be taking a week off sometime in the next 10 days for the birth of my son.  I am hoping to get the same sub in for the week to ensure consistency inside the classroom.  

We had another great day in room 70.  We had a great dance session with Mr. Josh from Sound Kreations and are almost ready for our mini performance.  I will record it for all parents to see at student led conferences.  I continue to be impressed with the quality of writing I have seen for our Art and Writing project.  Our water colour sketches are coming along very well too.  The finished pieces will be displayed inside the classroom for student led conferences. 

We continued to practice some division work inside our classroom using our understanding of arrays and multiplication to help us build our understanding.  

A couple of students asked me to extend the book order deadline until tomorrow as they were sure they were placing an order.  Please do so tonight as I will place the order tomorrow morning. 

Thanks and have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, January 22nd.

Last day for book orders is tomorrow.

I have been really impressed with the hard work and focus that students have been showing in all of our learning lately.  I think everyone cam back from the break well rested and a little bit more mature.  I love how independent we have been with our Art and Writing assignment.  You should really look online at the beautiful writing that your child has been working on and editing.  You can find this work on their google drive. 

If you are looking for anything to practice at home I would suggest multiplication and division basic facts.  They are doing an amazing job so far but the importance of learning these facts on recall is fundamental.  10 monkeys has some fun games to continue to build up these skills. 

We learned all about Tunisian culture and traditions today in social studies.  Thank you so much from all of the muslim students in our classroom who helped us to understand the different celebrations, clothing and food.  Tomorrow we will learn about the Ukraine.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, January 21st.

A very busy first day back to begin the week.  In the morning we began learning about what culture means and what describes a countries culture by looking at the country Peru.  We also practiced our handwriting and our reading and began learning about division.  

In the afternoon we started editing our art and writing assignment on Google Docs to include juicy words.  We used an online thesaurus to help us do this and had some feedback from Mr. M.  You can check them out or work on them by logging in at home. 

After some outside crack the code we took up our science tests and ended the day.  Tomorrow we are back with Sound Kreations. 

Books orders are due by Wednesday.  

See you tomorrow. 

Mr. M

Thursday, January 17th.

*** We are having a hearing and sound test tomorrow.  To feel more comfortable students can review some of the following concepts at home.  

Describe what sound is and how it travels.

How sound travels through air, liquid and solid.

Draw and label the ear.

The difference between pitch and volume.

How to draw different sound waves.  

How animals use echolocation.

Today we had a great day.  We had some hip hop dancing with sound creations and picked our best sentences for our art and writing project and put them in google docs.  You can check them out at home as we will begin editing them tomorrow using descriptive vocabulary.  We also got almost all the way through the Jeopardy Game about hearing and sound that I created.

During math we solved this problem.  

Place the numbers 1-17 in a row so that every 2 consecutive numbers has a sum that is a square number.  Try it at home.  Remember the hints.

Can I get all book orders in by Wednesday please. 

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, January 15th.

Today was awesome because we started our Hip Hop dancing with Sound Creations.  We will get to work on our routine again tomorrow.  

The classes were introduced to Mr. Josh and the Hip Hop style of dance today.  Ask your student if they can remember any of these moves:

  • Hip Hop Ready Pose
  • Swag  (finding your own style of `cool')
  • Prep
  • Patty Duke
  • Aunt Jackie
  • DJ (Wicka Wicka Whaaaa)
  • MC (Yo Yo!)
  • Free Style

We also practiced handwriting today and completed our multiplication word problems.  In the after noon we read a little more about Ivan the gorilla and learned a little bit about his new friend Ruby.  We finished the day writing about the elements of the past present and future in our Art and Writing assignment and talking about amplification in hearing and sound for science. 

Have a great night and enjoy some outside time as it is supposed to get much colder this weekend.

Mr. McLaren

Monday, January 14th.

After reading this morning we continued on our Art and Writing assignment using our sense of touch to imagine what we might feel in our Chinese art pieces.  We worked on a combination problem today and learned about the relationship between combinations and multiplication.  We also began some multiplication word problems.  

In the afternoon we practiced our handwriting and had an opportunity to play with the frisbees outdoors for gym.  We probably won't be able to do that towards the end of the week.  We also have our hip hop dance residency beginning tomorrow.  During science we talk about sound proofing and what makes a good sound proofer.  Tomorrow we are going to experiment with amplifying sounds.  See if you can find ways to amplify sounds at home.  

I totally forgot to send home the book orders today so I will send them out tomorrow.  

Please continue sending the white report card envelopes.  I am missing about 8 of them still

Thanks,

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, January 10th.

We had an excellent day in room 80.  In the morning we continued on our Art and Writing project using our sense of smell to describe our pictures.  We worked on a great problem with Ms. Roworth during math today.  It was about Gaus and he had to add up all of the digits on the hundreds charts and find out their sum.  Luckily some of us discovered different patterns that help us to do this more efficiently.  In the afternoon we took up our array problems from yesterday ad finished of all of our lowercase handwriting letters.  We also had musical instrument presentations from all of the students that have brought in their instruments so far.  

I will send home a January book order tomorrow.  Please send back signed report card envelopes if you still have yours at home. 

Thanks,

Mr. M

Tuesday, January 8th 2019.

I cannot believe that it is already 2019. Time is flying by.  The students were well rested today and survived their first day back.  In the morning we wrote two goals that we wanted to accomplish by March.  One was a writing goal based on the feedback I have been giving them in their journal and the second was a goal to help out more around the house.  If you ask them what that was tonight and say you are reporting back to me you might get some extra help for the next little while.

During math we continued to learn about multiplication.  We explored arrays in more detail experimenting with all the different arrays that can be done with 12 tokens.  We also started to complete a multiplication chart up to 12.  Some of us finished it already.  These kids have some very good addition and multiplication skills. 

In the afternoon we spent some time soundproofing.  We learned about what materials made good sound proofers and which materials didn't.  Thank you to all the students that brought in their instruments. We will begin presenting them tomorrow.  Please make sure your child brings in their home made instrument by the end of the week. 

Finally I sent home a small Christmas present for each student.  They arrived three minutes after the students left on Friday so I couldn't send them home before the break as I had intended.  

Have a great night.

Mr. M

Thursday, December 20th.

One day left.  A reminder that tomorrow is Pajama Day at Evergreen School.  We will also have caroling in the gym before we head home for the break.  Students have lots of activities to keep them busy over the winter break including access to code.org and 10monkeys.com. 

See you all tomorrow for a morning movie of the book we just finished called the BFG.  

Thank you to all parents for the thoughtful cards and gifts. I can't wait for the next term.  

Have a safe and wonderful break. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, December 19th.

We have almost made it.  The highlight of the last two days has definitely been coding.  Nothing like a little computer science in grade 3 to get the brain going.  Students can use the login code JLQJMS to get into their group and then pick their name and put in their secret words.  This is all done on code.org. 

During math we have been learning some algebra.  Here are a couple of the equations we solved today.  Have fun trying them again at home.  

thanks so much for all of the food donations of the last three weeks.  Our school has collected well over 2000 items with almost 100 from our class.  

Have a great night coding. 

Mr. M


Monday, December 17th.

Thank you for all the canned good and dry goods that we have received so far.  I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our classroom.  

Here is a message from parent council.

COOKIE DOUGH PICK UP
Tuesday December 18th between 5pm and 6pm. Please ensure all products are collected. Send someone on your behalf if you are unable to make it. The delivery will arrive just before 5pm and will be dropped at the front of the school. School Council does not have the ability to transport or store any remaining products. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

We started with multiplication today.  We made some arrays and use repeated addition to help us solve some problems. 

In the afternoon we finished a layered art painting and learned all about sound waves. 

Students can log into ten monkeys to practice their multiplication skills at home if they want to. 

Have a good night. 

Mr. M

Thursday, December 13th.

Hi everyone.

Book orders were put into the system this morning and I will cross my fingers that they arrive next week.  I also sent home a notice about the home made instrument project.  This is due after the holidays and will give the students something to work on over the break.  Finally we hit the 79 mark in our food drive. Please keep bringing in these items for the Calgary Food Bank.  It's for a great cause and I would love to throw a pie at Mr. Wilcox next Friday at caroling.

We had a great day.  We learned how to make and decode cryptographic messages in math.  Go ahead and try one at home. Ill include the assignment in case you need some help understanding.  We also continued working on handwriting.

In the afternoon we started an art project and made a harmonica.  Ask me how it works while I play it at the dinner table tonight. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren



Tuesday, December 11th.

Today was great.  We began our holiday list by visiting the Toys R Us website and picking out different items we would like to receive.  We then had to subtract the cost of those items from our imaginary $1000 dollars.  We even had to use decimals and calculate the cents.  

In the afternoon we started to learn how to handwrite.  Today we learned the letters l, i, e, and t.  This will be an ongoing practice for the next few months as it becomes our customary form of writing.  

We continued to collect canned goods and are doing an awesome job.  Items we still are looking for are canned fruits and pasta.  

Remember that book orders are due tomorrow.  Please remember to bring them in so i can order them right away.  Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, December 10th.

You will probably notice many assignments that came home today.  We have done lots of assessment with report card season looming just around the corner so its always good practice to go over anything I sent home with your children.  

In our journal we spent some time writing about what types of presents we would like to get for different members of our family over the holiday seasons.  We also started preparing for a special math assignment we will begin tomorrow where we get to go on a $1000 shopping spree at Toys R US.

In the afternoon we learned about the ear and all of the different parts that are in it and how they work.  We also learned about the importance of sign language and how to sign the letters of the alphabet.  

We finished the day off with Phys Ed outside playing a game of crack the code.  

***Remember to bring in canned goods for the Calgary Food Bank.  Our class is up to 57 items.  As well book orders need to be in by Wednesday.  Have a great day. 

Mr. M

Thursday, December 6th

I hope the students have a great long weekend.  It has been a very busy first term.  Today was another packed day.  We raced to 0 today to practice our subtraction skills.  Maybe you can have a game at home.  We also found out What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  There was a lot wrong there.  

In the afternoon we did a ton of science exploration.  

Check out this website to see about the different things we learned about. 

http://www.dangerousdecibels.o...

Remember to keep bringing in those items for the Food Bank and to get those book orders in by Thursday. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, December 5th

Thanks for all the Food Bank support in the classroom so far.  We are doing great.  I was checking with other classes and we are in 3rd place right now.  

As well if you watch Global News at 6 pm tonight you will see the story about the knitting club at Evergreen School. 

And please get book orders in or ordered before next Thursday. 

Some highlights of the day included.

Painting the Taj Mahal (They look amazing).

Solving Student Made Word Problems (Harder than it looks).

Rolling snow boulders (Way harder than it looks).

Reflecting on the school year (Great memories and tons of improvement).

We ran out of time for science today so i will cram in a double dose of hearing and sound tomorrow afternoon. 

Have a great night. 


Mr. M


Monday, December 3rd

I cannot believe it is December already.  We finished up our stories today and began illustrating the coy that will go back to the Telus Spark people that helped us out.  You can take a look at the stories online, help your child with any editing they may have missed or add any details you would like if they wanted to add on to it. 

Thanks for all of the Food Bank Donations so far.  Remember we are looking for the following items in particular but won't turn anything down.  

Peanut Butter

Diapers

Pasta

Canned Soup

Baby Food

Cereal 

Pancake Mix

Canned Fruit

Canned Fish/Meat

Canned Vegetables

During math we worked on writing addition and subtraction problems today.  Some of us had trouble with addition problems and wrote subtraction problems getting our language mixed up.  We will play around with this again tomorrow.  

I sent home the last book order of the 2018 year.  I would like the orders in by next Thursday so I can guarantee everything is in before winter break.  If you want to order something for Christmas but don't want your child to see it please send me an email.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 29th.

Another busy day finishing up and editing stories.  Take a look at your child's story in google docs tonight if you have time and see if you can inspire them with some juicy words to spice it up.  We also started our Food Drive this year for the Calgary Food Bank.  Here is a list of the items we are trying to collect.  

Peanut Butter

Diapers

Pasta

Canned Soup

Baby Food

Cereal 

Pancake Mix

Canned Fruit

Canned Fish/Meat

Canned Vegetables

The teacher with the class with the most boxes of food filled gets to throw a pie in Mr. Wilcox's face.  I would love to do this.  

We also had a subtraction and addition quiz in our classroom.  Subtraction definitely proved to be the harder of the two.  The students did excellent on the addition portion.  We will continue to work on subtraction next week.  

We will have a science test tomorrow morning on testing designs and building with materials.  

Have a great night.

Mr. M

Monday, November 26th.

We started typing our stories out in google docs.  Your child can login at home into google docs and show you what they have typed out so far.  We also started some subtraction with and without regrouping today.  We started with 2-digit subtract 1-digit and 2-digit subtract 2-digit.  If your child has some practice questions in their bag they should be completed for homework as they needed more time to finish them. 

In the afternoon we dd another science experiment.  We compared one large pillar against four small pillars to see which could support the most mass.  Which one do you think was stronger?  

Have a great night.  It was great to see everyone at conferences.  

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 21st.

**Please make sure that you sign up for conferences on Thursday or Friday if you haven't done so already.  I have times available on either day. 

We continued to work on our word problem skills today during math.  We begin subtraction tomorrow. I am sure that things are beginning to feel more difficulty.  In the morning we also wrote the conclusions to our stories.  I am hoping that we will be able to start typing them out in the morning and share them with me on Google Docs so that I can help them edit.  

It is exciting to see these stories come together.


In the afternoon we did another science experiment.  This time we test the strength of three different shaped pillars.  Two had about the same result but one was way stronger.  Ask your child which one was the strongest and why. 

We just got notice that Global news will not be visiting the school tomorrow and will moving their visit to next week.  Please make sure you get your knitting consent forms in if you want an opportunity to be interviews by global news. 


Have a great night. 

Allan Mclaren

Tuesday, November 20th.

Another busy day in room 80.  We spent time this morning working on our Robot Stories. Today we wrote about the plan our characters had to solve their problem and how that went wrong.  We also continued to work on our addition skills and looked at words problems. 

In the afternoon we spent time on a science experiment.  We tested the strength of two different arches, a square one and a curved one.  Ask your child which one help more mass.  We finished up reading in Book Club and working on our math word problems. 


Students also got to participate in knitting club if they signed up.  Remember to get the consent notices if you want your child to have an opportunity to be on the news. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, November 19th.

It was much different today not being at our classroom in the Science Centre.  We spent much of the morning working on our story plan for our story about robots inspired by the movie Robots at the IMax theatre.  Today we worked on our character, our setting and our problem.  

We also learned how to add three digit numbers together using a variety of strategies.  Quite a few of us are addition experts already.  In the afternoon we worked on a math problem where we had to find four 2-digit numbers in a square that had a sum of 100.  It was very challenging but gave us a lot of addition practice and mental math practice. 

We finished the day off completing some of our journaling from Telus Spark.  A number of students left their visual journals at home.  Could you please make sure they are returned to the school tomorrow as we use them on a daily basis.  

Book orders were placed today. Have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Thursday November 15th,

**** Full day tomorrow.  Pick up at office at 3:15 pm.  We have been getting back around 3:05 each day. I will be at the office until the last child goes.  Thank you.

Another amazing day. We explored being human where we tested our reflexes, napped on a bed of nails and learned about our emotions.  During the afternoon we built.  We used tools, designed prototypes, tested our designed and made modifications.  We will finish future Evergreen tomorrow and it will be on display outside our room at conferences next week. 

A big shout out to all the volunteers that helped this week. We couldn't do it without you. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, November 14th.

Today Science School was all about the future.  We brainstormed and started to sketch our future designs of the Evergreen Community.  We also learned how to program robots this morning called Dash.  It was really awesome.  We also visited the Energy and Innovation exhibit. After lunch and a Brainasium Break we got to see the movie Robots on the 90 foot round screen.  Just amazing.  We came back and journaled about our experience but there truly wasn't enough time in the day today. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers for your help today.  It's been amazing so far.  Tomorrow we build the Evergreen of the Future. 

I sent home some notices today.  Please make sure they get back right away.  Some students were asking about knitting club.  To sign up for this club you just need to make the 10 dollar payment online.  Remember that Friday is a full day and pick up will be at 3:05pm approximately at the school office. Book orders are due this Friday. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, November 13th

**Blog Challenge: Write down the three buildings/structures that you feel like would be most important for Evergreen to have and write them down on a piece of paper.  

We had another busy day at Telus Spark.  Highlights included exploring the Earth and Sky exhibit, using watercolour pencil crayons to create an art piece from the gallery, visiting the Brainasium, brainstorming ideas about a future Evergreen and exploring the Creative Kids Museum.

Book Orders due on Friday.  We have another busy day planned tomorrow.  

Mr. M

Monday, November 12th

We had a great first day at Telus Science School.  In the morning we spent time in the Open Studio exhibit exploring our creative side.  We took apart things, created animations, designed outfits and a variety of other things.  We journaled about it to document our experience afterwards.  We also got to go outside to the Brainasium to burn off some energy including using the giant slide. 

In the afternoon we spent some time acting as architects visualizing the structure of Telus spark itself.  We did some 3d tracing of different structures within the building and saw the process they used when building Telus Spark.  A big thanks to all the volunteers for their help today. 

A reminder that we will be back at the school at 3:00 pm on Friday so make sure you have arranged pick up that day.  Book orders also need to be in by this Friday.  Have a great night.  Get ready for another day at Telus Spark tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Friday, November 9th

The students did an amazing job delivering a Remembrance Day assembly at our school today.  Thank you for all of your hard work preparing for it.  

**We are going to Science School on Monday and for the rest for the rest of the week.  We are leaving right away so please don't be late.  Volunteers you can come right into the school and sign in at the office and come down to my classroom.  Thank you in advance for your volunteering.  Experiences like this would not be possible with your help.  

Things we need to bring for children and volunteers.  

Warm clothes for outside play time.

As garbage free of a lunch as possible. 

A positive attitude. 

We will not have access to the cafeteria for lunch or coffee so please don't bring any money to buy anything. 

Have a great weekend. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 8th

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.

That being said we spent a lot of time getting ready for the celebration tomorrow in the gym.  We finished up our art which is now displayed in the gym and had a practice assembly to work out the kinks.  

We also spent some time on a math problem with Ms. Roworth today.  It was a good challenge trying to complete a math maze and finish with exactly 100.  Or when we tried to find the largest sum or the least sum.  Here it is if you want to try at home tonight. 


Remember you can't go over the same number twice just like a regular maze.  Have a night night. Remember to bring in a poppy donation if you can and to wear red, black, white or grey.  Thank you.

Mr. M

Wednesday, November 7th

Homework: Bring in a black button or two for an art project we are working on.  Please don;t go to the store to buy any if you don't have one.  If you have an extra bring it in for a friend.  


During our writing period today we developed story problems.  We continue to work on the separate elements of a story individually so that it makes it easier to write our own story next week.  We also continued to work on addition problems during math today.  

In the afternoon we started a Remembrance Day art project that I hope we can finish tomorrow.  

Don't forget our Remembrance Day celebration is on Friday.  We will be selling poppies for donations for the veterans at our school if you can support them.  Every child will receive a poppy to wear on Friday.  

Black Button!!!

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, November 6th

We had an incredibly busy day all around.  I will try to tell you about everything we did.  In the morning we watch some videos and talked about how Calgary has changed since 1911.  Seriously, we are one of the fastest growing cities in North America over the last 100 years. We did this so that we can talk about building a future Evergreen when we get to Science School next week.  Speaking of Science School I emailed out a volunteer schedule for next week.  Please let me know if anything was incorrect or if there are any conflicts. There are 6 videos which you can check out at home by searching Calgary Planning Commission on YouTube.  

We also had Amy come in from Telus Spark and tell us all about our week at Telus Spark.  Well she didn't tell us everything but she definitely go us excited.  We also had a chance to engage in four different science centres today including a marble rally, avalanche protection, clothing design and skyscraper building.  

The afternoon had a game of Crack the Code outside.  We had some rosy cheeks after that one.  We also finished up some addition problems and practiced our songs for the Remembrance Day assembly.  

Here's a message from Ms. Bell.

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.

Please get book orders by next Friday.  

Have a good night. 

Mr. McLaren


Monday, November 5th

Our blog site is finally up and running again.  I sent home some Telus Spark forms for any child that hasn't returned them yet.  Please make sure that you send them back tomorrow as visitors from Telus Spark will be here to collect them. 

We had a great last few days.  We went on a community walk on Friday and did some event mapping in our journal to show what we witnessed.  

Today we continued our event maps in the afternoon. We also spend time describing a possible setting for a story using descriptive vocabulary.  We also learned about addition strategies during math.  

I will send out an email for Telus Spark Volunteers tomorrow in case they need a reminder for what days they signed up for.  

Please get book orders in or ordered before next Friday. 

Stay Warm.

Mr. McLaren

Hallowe'en

I know tonight is Hallowe'en so be extra safe out there tonight.  Please limit how much candy your child brings to school and please pack a healthy snack for the morning. 

We had a great afternoon building bridge.  I will take pictures of them and post them on here when we finish putting them together tomorrow. Hopefully they aren't stuck to the table to badly.  

Please return your Telus Spark forms if you haven;t done so yet and make a payment online.  

Have a safe and fun evening.

Mr. M (aka Grumpy Dwarf)

Tuesday, October 30th

Hallowe'en tomorrow.  Feel free to wear costumes to school. Please leave masks and weapons at home.  

Blog Challenge: Google or youtube popsicle stick bridges and come up with a couple of good design ideas for our popsicle stick bridge building challenge tomorrow afternoon.

We tested our redesigned spaghetti and marshmallow structures today and they did an amazingly better job at supporting mass today.  One of them even supported 500 grams.  Great jobs incorporating triangle designs into your structures.  

We also wrote about Remembrance Day thank you messages to all the soldiers and people who fought to give us our freedom.  Some of us will get to read our Thank You's to the school on Remembrance Day. 

I am also hoping to a community walk this Friday at 9:00 am.  I am wondering if I could get 2 parent volunteers this Friday.  If you are available please email me.


Have a spooktacular  night. 

Mr. M


Monday, October 29th

I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend.  We had good planning session on Friday developing our school development plan.  Part of if is a focus on writing to express, develop and organize information and ideas.  We spent some time developing a journal continuum in our classroom with a science focus.  I hope the students will use it as a self rubric to assess how they are doing personally and see what they need to do to move to the next level.  I am also hoping that it will help improve the quality of our journalling at Science School.  


I sent home volunteer forms for parents that are attending science school with us from Nov. 12th to 16th.  A reminder that the Friday will be a full day so please make alternative plans for pick up if necessary that day.  I am also still looking for one more volunteer for the Thursday if anyone can help out.  I will send out a volunteer schedule tomorrow to remind parents of the days they signed up for.

In math we have started operations.  Today we looked at related facts between addition and subtraction.  I want students to see the link between both and understand that if they understand one operation they can understand both. 

Remember that Hallowe'en is on Wednesday.  Students have the choice to dress up but please no masks and no weapons.  

Have a great night.

Allan McLaren

Thursday, October 25th. 

Hallowe'en Howl is tonight.  Everyone have a great time at the dance. I wish I could be there but I have to attend classes tonight and will not be able to make it.  

We had a really busy day.  We had swimming in the morning and took up some of our math tests.  We also wrote the math SLA's in the afternoon.  I will send home the math tests on Monday as I just need to finish taking a few notes.  The results of the SLA's will be available at our next conference.  We use the results of these types of data to help us focus on areas of growth during PD days like tomorrow. 

Have fun at the dance.  On Monday we will begin operations during math, although we have been practicing this all year. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, October 24th.

Well I leave work each day as tired as the students because we have had some really busy and active days.  Remember our last day of swimming is tomorrow so pack those suits and towels for one more day.  We also wrote our math tests today and having glanced at a few of them so far it looks like the students did well.  I am hoping to get them marked and sent home by tomorrow. 

In the afternoon we play a round of Frolf outside during gym and then finished off making and example of excellence for our science continuum in our room.  Please have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, October 23rd.

Remember we have swimming tomorrow and a math test on representing numbers and number patterns.  Please review the review tonight in case there were any concepts you didn't understand.  

We also build structures this afternoon using spaghetti and marshmallows.  The structures did not hold up our supported statue.  Tomorrow we will have a chance for a redo of this assignment.  We have seen some structural designs that will be a lot strong and will have an opportunity to try those out. 

Have a great night.  Book orders went home for all those who ordered and for the 10 Monkeys contest winners. 

Allan McLaren

Monday, October 22nd. 

The students were pretty tired after 45 minutes of swimming lessons this morning.  When we did get back to school we finished up talking about rounding numbers and had a math talk on counting numbers by 25.  In the afternoon we took up a What's Wrong which you will find in your child's backpack.  We also completed a math review which we will take up in class tomorrow.  If your child didn't finish in class they probably needed a few minutes to finish at home.  Can you make sure they bring that back to school tomorrow so we can edit them and be ready for the test on Wednesday.  

Swimming again tomorrow morning.  Science experiment in the afternoon.

Have a good night, 


Mr. M


Friday, October 19th.

Swimming on Monday at 8:45am!! We leave right away please don't be late.  Students are recommended to have their bathing suit on underneath their clothes and then bring a towel and bag for after swimming.  Volunteers can meet at my room at 8:40 am.  Thanks!

We started coding today with Ms. Bell.  It was awesome and we started to design how programmers actually program computers to make games, apps and programs. We used simple arrow commands on paper to begin the process.  We will work on computers next week.  

We also started rounding numbers and talked about why people do that.  We talked about rounding to the nearest tens and the nearest hundreds. 

Have a great weekend. 

Allan McLaren

Thursday, October 18th. 

We continue to build strong routines in our classroom focussing on literacy, math and science right now.  We spend lots of time reading each day and strengthening our mental math strategies through Number Talks.  We practiced our editing skills today with another What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  Today we worked with a partner to see how many mistakes we could find.  

I was hoping to have a math test on Monday but I am thinking that it will be on Tuesday now so that we have enough time to review everything we have done in the first 6 weeks.  We compared numbers today based on their place values and ordered them based on the same values.  

It turned out that Owen and Viola made a rolling log system like the Egyptians would have done to move huge bricks when building the pyramid.  What an interesting strategy that Viola came up with. 

Have a great night.  

Mr. McLaren


Wednesday, October 17th. 

Nice submissions on the blog challenges last night.   Here's one for today.  Owen and viola only have some simple saws and clippers to cut down trees.  They are trying to get the Water Wonder 4000 down to the pond.  Remember it is too heavy to lift.  How could they do this with what they have.

We learned how to write lists in a sentence using commas today.  I smell a few of those popping up in the What's Wrong tomorrow.  I am looking at having a math test on Monday on representing and comparing numbers.  We have covered these topics extensively.  Look for a review to come home Friday.  

In the afternoon we finished talking about why we use the variety of different materials that we have available to us.  I see some future contractors and civil engineers in our midst. 

Special lunch is tomorrow. 

Have a great night. I sent an email to all parent volunteers that are coming swimming next week. 

Allan MLaren

Tuesday, October 16th.

Today was great because we had two extra helpers in the classroom.  We started off with literacy in the morning spending time reading by ourselves and in our Book Clubs.  During gym we went fishing which is my favourite activity outside the classroom.  In math we continued to explore patterns over 100 including counting by 25 and counting by 100.  

In the afternoon we explored a variety of materials and their uses. In particular we looked at plastic, stone, metal, wood, rubber and glass.  We talked about why we use each one of these materials for different purposes.  

Blog Challenge:  Go through your house tonight and capture a picture of something that uses one of these materials and tell me why it is made out of that material.

Have a great night. 

Mr. M


Thursday, October 11th.

I will not be in the classroom tomorrow.  

We had a great day.  in the morning we did a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren on our own.  We are really beginning to find all sorts of errors in our own writing.  During math we learned about number patterns above 100. We did a great job finding these on extended hundreds charts. 

In the afternoon we did a science challenge to see who could build the tallest tower to survive a wind storm.  We had some survivors and some collapses.  Tomorrow we will write about what went wrong or right and what we would do to fix it. 

Blog Challenge: 10 Monkeys highest points competition going till Monday. 

Have a good night. 

Allan McLaren

Wednesday, October 10th.

Welcome back to everyone after the 4 day weekend.  

**Picture day tomorrow morning. We are early so don't be late.

Today we wrote a letter to a friend during journal to thank them for giving us a piece of gum that was onion and garlic flavoured.  The goal of this writing is to use the tone that would be consistent in writing a letter or note and to experiment with descriptive vocabulary.  

During math we continued to work on representing numbers using base ten, words and numbers.  Tomorrow we will begin to examine number patterns that go beyond 100.  Skip counting by 2, 5, 10 or 25 is always good practice at home. 

The Blog Challenge of accumulating as many 10monkeys points for a scholastic prize will continue until Monday when the winners will be announced.  I hear some whispering from the students today about scores as high as 5000 so its good that they are excited about it and good practice at home. 

In the afternoon we continued with our winter birds art project.  Its going to look beautiful as we will finish it off tomorrow. 

Book orders are due by Monday as I will be away for First Aid Training this Friday.  

Have a great night.

Mr. M


Friday, October 5th.

Remember no school on Tuesday.  I will see everyone back here on Wednesday.  

**Blog Challenge.  Every student received a login and password for the 10 Monkeys Number Rumble website.  I have told the students that the top 5 scores by the end of next Friday will win a prize.  They will be able to pick a book from the Scholastic order for $5 or less.  There are some great practice and extra help resources on this website and the fees were paid for by school council. 

Please remember to get in swimming forms.  I have all the volunteers I need for swimming. 

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.  It's been an excellent first month.

Allan McLaren


Thursday, october 4th.

Today we lerned how two represent numbers using base ten blocks  We all so played a game with a freind to see if we could guess waht each number was from the blocks.  Its not that hard unless you hav more than 10 of a digit.  We also did a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren to day working with a peer to find mistakes.  We r definitely improving hour editing skills  in the afternoon we did journaling of structures in the gathering spase.  We took our time and sketched and thawt about the questions we had. 

Blog Challenge: Read today's blog and correct all of the spelling and punctuation errors in it.  You can snap a picture of your corrections. 

Please get in swimming forms and make payments online if possible.

Mr. M

Tuesday, October 2nd. 

Blog Challenge:  Use a shovel and help your parents shovel all this snow or get outside and go play in the snow. Your choice.

Today in math we focused on place value.  We made numbers using base ten blocks and then remade them using different combinations of blocks.   Every time we traded in a block we discovered a pattern.  Tomorrow we will make Base Ten Monsters.  I hope you will be excited.  

In the afternoon we finished off our postcards.  The look great and the writing on the back is excellent.  Some of them actually feel like your child went on vacation. 

Book orders went home today.  Can they come back by next Friday.  Swimming forms will go home tomorrow. 


Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, October 1st.

We had a busy day in room 70.  We are getting into our routines so today we started with quiet reading and then we met with our Book Clubs.  After reading we wrote in our journal about what we would do if we could communicate with animals.  We were practicing to use juicy words.  

During math we completed a quiz to test our overall math ability and did an excellent job overall.  We also had singing group with Mrs. Bell.  

In the afternoon we learned some first nations games in gym like Tatanka.  We also worked on finishing up our post cards.  

Have a great evening.  I will post the next blog challenge tomorrow. 

Mr. M


Friday, September 28th. 

Blog Challenge.  You can only use the numbers 1,3,5,and 7 to make the number 37.  Can you doing using exactly 10 of any combination of those numbers?  Snap a picture of your solution or your attempt at one. 

Monday is orange shirt day for indigenous reconciliation.  You can read more about this at the following link.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-cen...

What a great week.  We worked so hard. The Terry Fox Run was awesome.  We will finish up postcards on Monday. 

Have a relaxing weekend.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, September 26th.

Tomorrow is the Terry Fox Run rain or shine so make sure you are dressed for the weather.  We are doing an amazing job of raising money so far with over $800 raised.  If you would like to donate we are collecting Toonies for Terry tomorrow.  We had a really busy day.  During journal we wrote about a what our favourite season is since we are experiencing about three different ones within a week. 

During math we did a a little quiz on number lines and the students showed a lot of improvement.  We will continue to work on this as we start to work our way into place value.  

Thanks to blog participants from yesterday.  Since many of you claimed you didn't have leaves to rake I wanted to give you an opportunity to help your parents out in a different way.  So snap a shot of your child helping out with any chore around the house tonight.  It could be folding laundry, doing the dishes or vacuuming the rug.  Maybe you could even earn a toonie for your hard work to donate to Terry.  Money earned always feels better than money given. 

Have a great night.  They earned it.

Mr. M

Tuesday, September 25th.

Hi parents.  Tonight's blog challenge is meant to help you out.  Since a lot of the students set goals to help you our more at home and be more responsible I am challenging the students to help rake leaves tonight since it might be the last nice day for a while.  Go ahead and snap a picture off of your child helping out with raking leaves and email it to me.

We had another busy day.  Today we continued to compare numbers and are improving our accuracy when placing numbers on a number line.  We have had rich discussions in the classroom around this topic and the students are doing a great job.  

We almost finished of The Boxcar Children toady and in doing so we drew a picture and labeled all of the things that the children had or discovered through the book.  This was good practice journaling for our visit to Telus Spark.  

Speaking of Telus Spark I am looking for volunteers for the full day field trip.  I could use one person on Monday Nov. 12th, Tuesday Nov. 13th and Wednesday Nov. 14th and two volunteers on Thursday Nov. 15th.  Please email me if you are available any of those days and have police clearance.  Thank you to all parents that signed up at conferences.  It is always really appreciated. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren


Monday, September 24th.

We had a great and busy day in room 70.  The students always appear to be really engaged in their learning.  In the morning we practiced direction writing.  We created instructions for making a food dish we can cook at home and focused on using different words to begin each sentence.  We edited our writing carefully with a partner. 

During math we continued working with number lines and thinking about where to plot numbers on a line when you are given different ranges.  We even made a giant number line in the gathering space and plotted ourselves out there.  

In the afternoon we started to make a postcard in Social Studies representing a vacation we took to one of the countries we are studying.  It was fun to pretend that we could visit somewhere else.  We found out useful information about these countries researching through various books. 

Blog Challenge: See if you can find a postcard at home and take a picture of both sides of it and email to ajmclaren@educbe.ab.ca.  That is my email address that students can use to email me. 

Remember to bring in Twoonies for Terry this week and that we are going to the learning commons tomorrow for book exchange.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, September 19th.

We completed our second What's Wrong of the year.  Today I let the students work in pairs so they were able to bounce ideas off of each other about what they thought needed to be corrected.  We also continued with our Book Club group reading and some of our groups are already on their second chapter book.  In grade three students should be reading at least 20 minutes per night.  

We spent a lot of time plotting numbers on number lines and discussing number patterns.  We looked at jumping by 2, 5 and 10 today and some of us cracked a couple of challenge problems.  Our work on this carried into the afternoon until we had some time to finish up a journal from yesterday.  The students came up with lots of ideas about what they saw, felt, think and wondered in the learning commons yesterday.  You will see what I am talking about when you come in on Thursday or Friday for conferences.  

Speaking of conferences I still have some parents not yet booked.  Please register for a conference on the Evergreen website if you have not done so yet. 

Have a great evening.

Allan McLaren


Tuesday, September 18th.

I can't believe how fast the school year is flying by already.  I feel like I have had a chance to really get to know the students really well so far and we have already had some great learning experiences.  During journal today we wrote about 2 personal goals that we would like to accomplish this year.  Those went along with the 2 academic goals that we wrote about yesterday.  We also finished off our fall art layered painting that you will get to see at conferences.

Which reminds me, if you haven't booked a time to meet on Thursday or Friday yet please do so right away.

During math we answered some word problems about number pattern.  They really made us think about number patterns and even and odd numbers.  We also began plotting numbers on a number line which we will finish up with tomorrow. 

In the afternoon we spent time journaling.  In the first half we spent time collecting interesting facts that we discovered from the text about Peru and Tunisia.  We also spent time journaling the aquarium screen in the Learning Commons.  This has been excellent preparation for the journaling we will do at the Telus Spark centre. 

Have a good nights sleep and take your vitamins.  There are quite a few colds going around right now. 


Mr. M

Friday, September 14th. 

We capped off the week competing some different activities that we have been working on through out the week.  Mrs. Davies came in and gave us a hand with a fall art project and I was really happy with the results of it today.  We will finish them on Monday and they will be on display for you at conferences. 

We also got to go to the gym, read with our Book Club and work on our mental math skills.  Thank you to the parents and students that have emailed me their blog challenge submissions this week.  I will continue with the challenges throughout the year so stay posted each night. 

You are able to sign up for conferences at 6:00 pm tonight.  Book orders were placed today and should be in next week.  

Please get all forms completed and submitted this week.  

Regards,

Allan McLaren

Thursday, September 13th.

Today we continued reading in our Book Clubs.  The students are working together reading small chapter books taking turns and helping each other sound out difficult or unfamiliar words.  We also continued looking at our number patterns.  We really liked picking a box from the hundreds chart and adding up the diagonals.  It was like magic how they came up with the same values each time.  

In the afternoon we talked a little bit about the quality of life in both Tunisia and Ukraine.  After everything we read it seemed like the children there had very similar lives to a lot of us in Evergreen.  We finished off the afternoon starting a fall leave art project, however it looks like the moon in the sky.  We literally finished it at 3:15 so I'm sorry if any blue fingers or clothes came home.  

I am still missing a lot of opening packages that went home last week.  They need to be returned to the school along with the digital citizenship forms by tomorrow. 

Blog Challenge:  Locate the olive oil in your house.  Take a picture of the label and email it to me at ajmclare@educbe.ca.  We are trying to see if olive oil comes from Tunisia. 

Have a great night. Only half a day left in this amazing week at school.

Mr. M

Wednesday, September 12th.

It was a magical day in room 70 and I am really getting to know your children a lot better.  I can say now that this is an amazing group of students.  Each day I see them helping each other and demonstrating good citizenship.  

We were able to accomplish so many things today but I wanted to focus on the amazing journaling session that we had this afternoon.  In preparation for Science School we are working on building our stamina towards journaling activities so that we can produce some amazing results at Telus Spark.  In our first session the students blew me away with their focus and dedication.  They used their minds to come up with creative wonders and carefully sketched their environments.  You will be able to see our learning on the 20th and I am confident and excited for our week long field trip.

Please remember to get in all school forms and digital citizenship forms. 

Blog Challenge:  Play a board game at home with your family and send me a picture to ajmclaren@cbe.ab.ca.

Regards,

Mr. M

Tuesday, September 11th. 

We had another very busy day in room 70.  in the morning we had a chance to visit the learning commons and sign out some books.  There were a couple of students that still need to return their books from last year.  We also did our first What's Wrong editing activity.  Today we were looking for common capital, punctuation and spelling mistakes.  I sent it home today so you can get a chance to look it over with your child.  Some of the marks were pretty low but don't worry as this gives me a good starting point of what we need to work on. 


During math we started our study of number patterns examining a hundreds chart to find different patterns.  We laso continued to practice our mental addition and subtraction skills.  Finishing off in the afternoon we started our Book club reading groups and had a chance to view and label a map of the world to see the proximity of the countries we are studying to Canada.  

Still waiting on forms from many students.  Please get them in by Friday.  As well a digital citizen from went home that must be signed and returned by the student and parent before they are allowed to used any online technology at the school.

Have a great evening. 


Monday, September 10th.

We had an excellent and productive day in room 70.  In the morning we had a lesson about words we should try not to use to begin sentences.  This idea was sprung from the amount of journal entries that had sentences beginning with and,but, so and because.  We tried to use this as criteria in our descriptive writing journal about a monster we created.  I can't wait to read out some of the submissions to the class tomorrow.  We also had a visit in our class from Mr. Wilcox who played some games with us and read us a story.  

In the afternoon we continued our discussion about quality of live and began exploring the different qualities of life in Peru.  We also used Google Earth to locate the other countries we are studying this term including Tunisia, Ukraine and India.

Here is our first Blog Challenge of the year.  At home login to Google Earth and show your parents the location of the four countries we are studying this year.  

Have a great night. Remember to get in forms and book orders by Friday. 

Rest up,


Mr. M

Friday, September 7th. 

A great day in room 70.  We continued learning about mental math for addition and subtraction and practiced different ways to represent numbers.  We also spent some time finishing up a couple of journalling activities that we worked on through the course of the week.  

I hope that we continue with a great week starting Monday next week.  

Remember to get in those form packages that were sent home this week if you haven't done so yet. 

Have a great weekend.

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, September 6th.

Not sure why yesterdays blog didn't post but just wanted to mention what a great class we have in room 70 this year.  We continued with our learning today with some journal writing where we had a chance to write about a super power we would like to have.  We also had a mini lesson on the use of capital and periods today.  During math we  practiced a lot of mental math skills and learned about all the different ways that we can represent numbers.  

After lunch we started out social studies unit about Quality of Life.  We discussed all of the things that makes it great to live in Canada and picked out four that meant the most to us to illustrate in our visual journals.  


**If you haven't returned the form packages that were sent home could you get them back to the school as soon as possible.  As well any book orders that are coming back need to be in by next Friday.  Have a great evening.  Next week we will begin with some blog challenges.

Regards, 

Mr. M


Tuesday September 4th, 2018.


Welcome back to all the students of Evergreen School.  We had a great first day in the classroom and started with many activities.  We played a people bingo game to get to know one another and went over classroom expectations.  We also had our first math talk of the year and created a page in our visual journal called Me by the Numbers.  

In the afternoon we started our first art project called adjective art.  I was so happy with how many juicy words the students were able to brainstorm.  We finished off the day with an assembly and some gym time.   

An information folder went home today.  Please fill out the forms and return them in the envelope as soon as possible.  A book order form also went home today.  I would like that back by next Friday if you are interested.  I hope everyone had a good first day.  

Regards,


Allan McLaren

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RT @YouthLinkYYC: In response to questions raised by #yyc #community members surrounding #gangviolence, #highrisklifestyles and #communitysafety during a Town Hall meeting on July 23, 2019; we will be hosting free information sessions for adults and youth 11+. https://t.co/19SSPfEXRw https://t.co/gUhpkMAkcq

There's still time for CBE students to apply for a chance to provide their perspectives on educational issues with the Minister of Education #WeAreCBE https://t.co/61LC4nS5Xs

RT @yyCBEdu: Middle or high school students transitioning to @calgarytransit next year are invited to attend a free orientation session this summer with their families. Learn more: https://t.co/gqXoRFrBtc #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/7IHShuMgLY

RT @UsihChristopher: Dr. Zahi Shlah, my new dentist, is a CBE alumnus. Always a pleasure to connect with #WeAreCBE alumni and showcase positive role models! ⁦@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/G8yR11qYxg