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Marine Mammals:

We are continuing our work on Life Cycles, and today, we looked at Marine mammals.  The students created a concept map, and included some new facts that they'd learned!  Please ask your child about what they've learned :)

Math:  We are finishing our measurement component on Mass.  We are going to be practicing our other measuring, such as time.

Writing:  The children are finishing up their research and writing about their animals.

Library books are due back, please :)

The Spring Fling is this week!

We are sending things home this week and next, so that it is not all at once :)

What a beautiful day!!

We had such a great field trip on Monday!!  The children had so much fun, and we had the best weather that we could have asked for!  It was really special to see Margeaux too!  I hope your child has good memories from the downtown experience-I sure do!!

I hope you are all doing well!

We are having such a great week!  The children are working on their math measurement-grams and kilograms.  Today, we looked at how grocery stores use weight to determine how much fruit and vegetables cost.  The children researched how much certain foods cost and how much they would cost per kg.

The children have been working a lot on a very special project!  We can't say what it is though....(Father's Day is coming).

The research continues for the "Where does food come from in Canada?" and the Animal Life Cycle project.

We are finishing our art projects too!

FIELD TRIP DOWNTOWN ON MONDAY!!

We are so excited for the field trip on Monday!  The children are able to buy an ice cream if they would like to-the prices are up to \$7 . Please have your child dressed for the weather, as we are going to be walking a lot.  Also, the children get very hungry on those field trips :) . We are leaving the school at 8:45 and returning for afternoon dismissal :)

Marshall Springs Tour!!

We had such a great afternoon at Marshall Springs.  The children were put into groups and toured the school with the ambassadors.  They were SO excited!  We learned about the options that are available and got to see the beautiful school.

We practiced our fractions using pieces of paper.  The children are great about remembering their fractions.

We worked on our food sourcing project.  Children are researching what food comes from which parts of our country.

On the horizon;

June 10th field trip to downtown :)

Monday, June 3rd

Wow!  Can't believe it is already June!

The children are really eager to work on their animal research.  I am so proud of how eager they are and how hard they are working!  We are looking at various classifications of species.  Today, we looked at what the characteristics of amphibians are! The children drew the lifecycle of a frog and labeled it.  Tomorrow, we will be looking at reptiles :)

Gym:  We do go outside for gym when it is nice outside. We do ask that the children wear their runners outside.  Flip flops can be a little bit tricky to run in.

On the horizon:

June 4th:  Walk and tour Marshall Springs in the afternoon.

June 10th:  Field trip to downtown.

WE HAVE EGGS!!

We are going to be hatching some chickens!  We have them in the incubator and we will be expecting them to hatch around the 18th of June.  The chickens are 2 breeds..one is called a Bantam chicken, and the other are the brown laying hens.  The children are very excited and are eagerly checking the incubator to see if there is anything happening-as of yet, they are still-just eggs.

The students are learning about life cycles and they are so excited to do more research.  As always, the children can access their google docs from home too if they would like to (completely optional).

We are having a lot of fun doing the measurement unit.  This coming week, we will be doing mass.

On the Horizon:

June 4th:  Visit to Marshall Springs on Tuesday

June 10th:  Field trip to downtown Calgary.

Today, we talked about how lucky we are with our food availability.  We looked through flyers and tried to make a dinner or two using food that comes from Canada.  We are looking into the question, "Is Canada self sustainable?"  We looked at how much food families buy in other countries for a week.  We have a question for you to discuss with you family:  What resources do you use as a family that come from Canada?

In math, we are measuring all kinds of things using various units.  We measured our arms, feet and hands.  We figured out how to use appropriate units for everything.

We are starting a new art project :) . We will keep you posted.

We are beginning our research for our life cycles unit, and the children are very excited to gather information :)

Study and note taking skills:

We are practicing how to study and how to paraphrase notes.  This week, we will be doing a quiz in Science.  I had to reschedule the test because I was home sick.

We had skills practice today in math.  We talked a lot about how to find the answer to the 12 times tables.  We looked at many strategies and how to remember them.  The students are getting more and more confident in their strategies.

**I am SO disappointed that I was so sick when the musical was on.  I did not want to spread this flu to anyone-because it was a bad flu.  If you filmed the musical, I would love to watch it.  I was absolutely heartbroken to have missed it :( . Sigh....

Timing ourselves!

Tuesday, May 14th

Today, we had a a great afternoon timing ourselves doing various tasks.  We estimated how long it would take to recite the alphabet, write our name 3 times, drink some water, and do 20 jumping jacks.  The children loved doing this!  We looked at seconds and milliseconds.

We looked at the difference between am and pm, what time we do certain things at like eat breakfast, go to bed, etc.  We will continue to work on out telling time and measurement.

We did some journal writing and looked at how to ensure we include science to our Rock Stories.

Rock Stories and well...a special project:

Today, we worked on our very special projects, and they are coming along so nicely.

We looked at some fun games to play to practice our fraction knowledge, and doubles ! Mrs Roworth had such a great way of showing us a game that we can playat home.  All you need is an array..4x4 (16 squares) and a deck of cards (just take out one suit is. the diamonds, and take out the royal cards-the jacks, queens and kings).  The rest is very simple, and so fun-just ask your child.

Class pictures are coming home!

We received our class pictures today!  They will be coming home today.  If you would like to order your child's individual order, please feel free to order online at lifetouch.ca (love this website-they give you so many options), or you are welcome to submit your orders to me by envelope by May 9th.

Today, the children worked on some very important projects-but some of them are secret :)  The children made some posters for the musical and are getting ready for their big performance day-it is ten days away!

The students are working on some very special projects, that are well....a big secret :)

They are very excited to complete these!

In math, we are revisiting telling time on an analog clock.  The students are getting further into their measurement component of grade 3 math.

Rock testing :)

Today, the children chose a rock and performed many tests to determine what type of rock they had, how hard the rock is  (where it would be on the Moh's hardness scale), if it reacts to vinegar, and if it is porous.  The children are learning their vocabulary to go along with this.  Some of the words that they used are: luster, transparent, translucent, opaque, streak colour and mineral.  The children are putting together a reference book that they will be bringing home with information they have learned.

In math, the children created shapes that had various perimeters.  We looked at how the various shapes we create my change the perimeter.

We had library today :) .

**Our pictures are in today!  I will send them home tomorrow-I am sorry, I forgot today!

Rock Stories!

We have begun writing our rock stories :)

The children are using their imagination to write about what a rock goes through in a life time.  We have brainstormed about how long rocks have been on the Earth.  From there, we look at the changes that rocks go through and some of the adventures rocks are taken on.  For example, a rock is stuck in a dinosaur's foot, ends up in a lake, and is pushed under the rock bed by erosion, then a flood carries the rock further, etc.  The students are very excited to type their stories and publish them as cartoneras. The children have access to their google docs accounts from home and are welcome to work at home if they would like to.

We are testing our rocks tomorrow!  We will be looking at the characteristics of rocks and how to identify rocks. Your child is welcome to bring in ricks if they would like to.

The Chocolate Rock Cycle:

We had such a fun day experimenting with chocolate.  The children had small bags of a variety of chocolate chips-white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate.  The children crunched the chocolate into small pieces, and then pressed the bag under some heavy books.  We looked at how the sedimentary rock was formed with pressure.  Then, the children used heat and pressure to form a rock with the chocolate to represent a metamorphic rock.  Finally, we heated a bowl of the "metamorphic" rocks to represent the igneous rocks.  The children ate a small piece of the chocolate once it had cooled.

The children had their last day of in-line skating.  It is amazing how much they grow in their skating in such a short time.

***This coming, week, children are asked to bring in a rock.  We will be doing rock testing to determine what type of rock it is.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

We are enjoying in-line skating so far!

Just a reminder-We have in-line skating again tomorrow and Friday.  It is best if the children bring their own helmets-if possible.

We have been talking about various forms of erosion-caused by nature, and caused by human activity.  We are conducting an acid rain demonstration in the class, wherby we have a jar with white vinegar in it, and an egg immersed in the vinegar. We will see what happens to the egg in the vinegar.

We are continuing our work on fractions, and the children have been tackling some challenging math problems.  Here is an example of one of the questions:  The Deca tree

The Layers of the Earth!

We have been looking at the rock cycle.  The children have been looking at characteristics of rocks and what part of the rock cycle their rock is from.  We have many rocks coming in to be shared-which is great!  We have also been learning about the layers of the Earth.  The children have been drawing their own diagram.

The children are looking at how to put together a persuasive writing piece.  Today, they looked at the question:  "Are video games good for kids?"  This question evolved into an amazing discussion about how video games are good and bad-depending on which games.  We had a great discussion and the children were so respectful of each other.

The students have been working on their math skills on a daily basis.  We have been practicing sets of fractions.  For example, what is 1/4 of 24?

Reminders:

PICTURE DAY is on Thursday!!  We are going to be doing the class pictures.

No school on Friday and Monday, for Easter Long Weekend!

Descriptive Writing:

The students have been refining their knowledge of how to write descriptively.  Today, they described a puppy to each other. Their partner drew the puppy as they used as much description as possible.  Then, the switched places.  It was amazing to watch their drawings come along!  We are going to be compiling a description tomorrow of a puppy as a class.

We are continuing or work on fractions.  For example, how to figure out what 1/4 of 12 is (fractions of a set).  We are connecting this to our knowledge of division too.

In Science, we are looking at the Rock Cycle and the various types of rocks. Children are bringing in a lot of interesting rocks to share!

The Rocks and Minerals unit has begun!

The grade 3 science curriculum is so fascinating, and the rocks and minerals unit is certainly a huge favourite!  The children are welcome to bring rocks, minerals or fossils in to share, however, I have asked if they could please not be valuable.  They are welcome to send in any pictures of rocks that they would like to share if they are nervous about bringing it in because of breakage.

We are doing math skill practice every Monday to ensure the children are retaining their math strategies and skills.  Today, we revisited our addition and subtraction with bigger numbers.

We watched our class perform their Reader's Theatre skits.  The children absolutely love doing these!

Grade 3 classes are beginning their in-line skating in 2 weeks, so please don't worry about them bringing their helmets.

What a great week so far :)

We have been working on Reader's theatre!  The children have been practicing how to read lines with each other and have done some acting too!  We have many students that are going to be great drama actors and actresses in their future!

In math, we are looking at area and perimeter.  The children have been looking at how the two measurements relate to each other and have been finding various ways to make a perimeter of 36.  The children discovered patterns when doing this!

In Social, we have been learning about Global Citizenship.  The children have been learning about how they can make a difference.Today, we looked to "We Day" and how it began with the dream of a 12 year old boy wanting to help others in the world. We are starting in line skating the week of the 22nd of April.  The students are encouraged to bring their own helmets, if possible.

In-Line Skating schedule:

Here is the in-line skating schedule.  It is recommended that the children bring their own bike helmets for these times if possible.

 SPARK SPARK SPARK April 11 SPARK April 12 9:00-9:45 K1-1 8:45-9:45 Byciuk-1 Watkins-1 9:45-10:30 K2-1 9:45-10:45 Welechuk-1 McNabb-1 10:30-11:15 McLarty-1 10:45-11:45 Patterson-1 11:15-12:00 Frampton-1 1:00-1:45 Stuart-1 1:45-2:30 Maronese-1 2:30-3:15 Stanford-1
 April 15 SPARK April 16 SPARK April 17 SPARK April 18 SPARK April 19 9:00-9:45 K1-2 9:00-9:45 K1-3 9:00-9:45 Maronese-3 9:45-10:30 K2-2 9:45-10:30 K2-3 9:45-10:30 Stuart-3 10:30-11:15 Frampton-2 10:30-11:15 Byciuk-2 10:30-11:15 Frampton-3 11:15-12:00 Stanford-2 11:15-12:00 Watkins-2 11:15-12:00 Stanford-3 1:00-1:45 McLarty-2 1:00-1:45 Patterson-2 1:00-1:45 K1-1 1:45-2:30 Maronese-2 1:45-2:30 McNabb-2 1:45-2:30 K2-1 2:30-3:15 Stuart-2 2:30-3:15 Welechuk-2 2:30-3:15 McLarty-3
 April 22 SPARK April 23 SPARK April 24 SPARK April 25 SPARK April 26 9:00-9:45 Leonard-1 9:00-9:45 Byciuk-3 9:00-9:45 Welechuk-3 8:45-9:45 Hordyk-3 Brandt-3 9:45-10:30 Keir-1 9:45-10:30 Watkins-3 9:45-10:30 Hordyk-2 9:45-10:45 McLaren-3 Scheid-3 10:30-11:15 Scheid-1 10:30-11:15 Patterson-3 10:30-11:15 McLaren-2 10:45-11:45 Keir-3 Leonard-3 11:15-12:00 Brandt-1 11:15-12:00 McNabb-3 11:15-12:00 Brandt-2 1:00-1:45 Kpm1-2 1:00-1:45 Kpm1-3 1:00-1:45 Scheid-2 1:45-2:30 Kpm2-2 1:45-2:30 Kpm2-3 1:45-2:30 Keir-2 2:30-3:15 Hordyk-1 2:30-3:15 McLaren-1 2:30-3:15 Leonard-2

Spring is finally here!

We had a great first couple of days, and the weather is amazing outside.

Wow-is the snow ever melting!  We have children that LOVE to play in the puddles and mud!  The only thing is, if they get wet or muddy, we don't have enough spare clothing to give everyone a change of clothes.  So, if your child loves to jump in those puddles, you are welcome to send extra clothing along with them in their backpack-just in case.

We are celebrating the nice weather by drawing some spring gardens.  They will be finished by the student led-conferences.  They are very beautiful!

The children have been continuing their work on fractions.

In writing, the children will be looking at how to describe the spring time through visualization using our senses.

**On the horizon:  12:00 Dismissal on Friday-Student-led conferences begin at 4:00

What an Amazing Week!

We had such an amazing week!  Thank you all for coming to our sharing night.  The children were so excited to share their information, dances, projects and even food!  All week, the students have been visiting other grade 3 classes share with each other and learn about the other countries.  The students have been very supportive and enthusiastic with each other.

We have started fractions!!  The children were very excited to start this unit, and have been looking at parts of a whole.  They are going to be continuing to refine their multiplication and division facts throughout the year.  The work on solving word problems as well.

We have been also working on our cursive writing, and the children are doing really well!  Some have nicer cursive writing than I do!

We have been working on writing contractions, how they are spelled correctly, and where the apostrophe should be.

We are continuing our work on editing, and are seeing the value of reading our writing aloud to each other.

On the Horizon:

Student-led conferences are this Thursday evening and Friday until 1:00.  Students have school until 12:00 on Thursday.

**Usborne Book Fair is here for the Student-led conferences in the learning commons

SPRING BREAK IS from Friday, March 22-Tuesday, April 2 (classes are back in on the Tuesday).

Sharing Night is tomorrow!!

We are so excited-our sharing night is almost here!!  We have been working really hard to get ready to present. So, this week, we are sharing with other classes.  Then, we are well rehearsed.  The 2 hour time block is very flexible, because we know that families are busy, so please come by when it works for you.  If your child is dancing, the dance will be filmed and displayed on our smart board during the evening.  Handbell performance is at 5:00, so if your child is in handbells, can they please be here by 4:45?

Thank you all so much, and see you soon!!

Friday, March 8, 2019

What a great week we have had!  We have been working really diligently on our Social projects!  Art, Writing, Tri-folds and presentations.

For math, we have been applying our multiplication skills to division.  The students have been really working hard to memorize their facts, and I have really noticed growth!

On the Horizon....

Wednesday evening:  is our CULTURAL SHARING NIGHT!!  4:30-6:30

**please note..if you are not able to come on that Wednesday, there are Student-Led Conferences the following week and you will be able to see your child's work then!

March 7, 2019

The Usborne Literacy Fair is

Coming!

Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles.  We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca

Reminder:  PD Day on Friday, March 1

We really enjoyed this week!  We finally got to go outside at recess!  The children had a lot of fun in the fresh snow.

We have been working on our math games, and today, we played pennies, nickels and dimes.  Please ask your child how the game works.

We had buddies today, and we helped them make a Blackfoot bag.

We played a really fun game today in gym!  It involved bouncing a basketball and balancing a bean bag on the head.  As one can imagine, it was a challenge!

Our social projects are coming along very nicely!  We are so excited to share :)

Pink Shirt Day tomorrow!!

Tomorrow, February 27th, is pink shirt day to honour a story about a boy who was bullied about wearing a pink shirt.

In writing, the children have been learning various strategies for descriptive writing.  They are looking at apples,  because we all know apples well!  We will be continuing many tasks to help us develop vocabulary and use juicy words.

We have been diligently working on our Social Studies projects.  The students are doing a lot of research!

In Math, we are refining our multiplication and division facts :)

On the Horizon:  No school on Friday, March 1st (PD Day)

Math Word Problems:

We have been working on solving real-word math problems.  For example, if you got paid \$3 for every day that you cat sit for a neighbour.  How much would you earn after 5 days of looking after the cat?  If you wanted to buy a \$16 book, would you have enough money?

Our Social research is coming along very nicely, and the children have narrowed down their topic of choice.  The children are certainly learning a lot about India.

We are working on spelling patterns to solidify our writing conventions.

The students are refining our multiplication and division skills.  The children have been finding that there are many patterns that can help them.

Art has been amazing.  We have been doing some special art based on traditional art from India.  We are excited to show you all!

Social Studies Research:

We are getting ready for our Social Studies sharing, and the children are very excited to choose what aspect of the culture they will be researching.  Some of the topics the children are interested in are:  clothing, food, dance, traditional crafts, tigers, elephants and crowns.  The children will be working on this for the next few weeks.

In math, the children are refining their division strategies.  Some are looking at skip counting, some are drawing visuals and some prefer to use manipulatives.

In writing, the children wrote a note to each other to tell each other compliments :)

It was so amazing to see them all being so thoughtful and kind to each other.

We did share Valentines cards today, and the children were so excited to give each other their kind cards.

**Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!! Reminder-there is no school on Thursday, Friday, and Monday.  Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!  Thank you for your patience of the indoor recesses :)

Division!

We are very excited to begin division!  The children are finding that it is not so difficult, especially when they think of it as multiplication, backwards...

The reading of Desperaux is going well.  The children are very engaged, and the vocabulary they are learning is fantastic!  The book is so beautifully written.

We had buddies, and the children played some math practice games with each other.

On Social studies, we have been looking at the culture of India and the children are deciding what they would like to focus on for sharing night (March 13th).

**Music is on Mondays and Thursdays, please have your child bring their recorders on those days :)

On the Horizon:

**Teacher's convention is Feb 14th and 15th-no school

It's SO cold out there!

We have been having "blue" days, which mean that the children have been staying inside for the recess and lunch breaks.

So, we have been doing "Just Dance" breaks, games in the gym, movies in the music room, and board games in the learning commons.

We are beginning our research on India.  The children have been finding interesting facts, and learning about how their cultures and traditions.  When we discussed why we are learning about other cultures, the students talked about how learning about others "opens our minds" and help us to understand other people.  I am SO proud of the class.  They are so empathetic.

We are practicing our multiplication facts and discussed why they are important to learn.  Not only do we use these skills very often as adults, we also will find division to be much easier!

We have been writing about our traditions.  Traditions may include things like, "Taco Tuesday", Movie night, games night and Sunday morning pancake Breakfasts.  Traditions may also be larger celebrations, such as Eid, Hannukah, Christmas, Easter, Anniversaries and Birthdays.

The children have been shown various math practice websites.  These include:  Math Playground, Prodigy, and Stop the Clock. These websites are free, and are great skills practice :)

**I am sending home a list of the children's names if your child would like to bring Valentines to the school.  We will be doing an exchange (if your child chooses) for Valentine's Day on Feb 13th, as there is no school on Feb 14th because of Convention.  Please remember for your child to bring Valentines for everyone if they would like to bring them.

On the Horizon:

Movie night is on Feb 28th-Norman of the North 2:  please purchase tickets through Healthy Hunger

Teacher's Convention is Feb 14th and 15th-No school

Family Day is Feb 18th-No school

Multiplication Strategies!

We have been working on ways to remember and refine our multiplication skills.  We have looked at skip counting strategies, patterns in numbers and using landmark numbers. We discussed how music helps us remember too!

Here is a link to a song that can help:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

This past week, we have really focused on discovering and remembering the many patterns of multiplication.  In the meantime, we have been refining our work on addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers.  For these math skills, we will continue to do all of these skills regularly.

In Social studies, we have been working on the traditional art of India and sketching an elephant-a very important animal to the Indian Culture.

In Science, we reviewed and practice study skills in preparation for the Hearing and Sound test.  The children worked hard to remember parts of the ear, how sound travels and how the messages are sent to the brain.

In writing, we are looking at traditions and how important family traditions are.

**Reminder**  No school tomorrow-Day off in lieu of Remembrance Day

Hearing and Sound :)

Hello wonderful families!

We are doing a hearing and sound test on Wednesday.  The children have been learning how to study and remember things through connections.  Please ask your child to draw you a diagram of the ear, label it and explain how the parts work.  As a review, they can also watch the video with you:

We have been working on our beautiful art pieces.  We are doing writing to go along with this, and will be sharing this at student led conferences.

Multiplication: we are beginning to really focus on multiplication facts.  The children are welcome to practice at home with you.  Today, we began with what multiplication represents and the 10 times tables.

Tomorrow, we will do 2 and 3 times tables.

On the horizon:

No school on Friday, February 1st.

Refining our multiple digit adding and subtracting using regrouping (borrowing and carrying)

Every day, we are practicing our strategies to ensure we are strong and accurate in our multiple digit work.  We are consistently practicing our skip counting and looking for patterns in our math.  We are doing multiplication too!

We have been working on our art and writing.  This truly is a skill to work on to slow down.

We have had such a great week with Sound Kreations.  The children love to dance, that is for sure!

We had a wonderful presentation by Dr. Farmer, a professor from the University.  The presentation was on Hearing and Sound.  The children learned a lot and enjoyed the hands-on activities.  The children wrote a letter to Dr Farmer telling her all of the amazing information that they had learned.

Sign Language

The children have been learning about how people can communicate that are experiencing hearing loss.  Ask your child how to sign their own name.

We are looking at how the children can make sounds together that sound like rain and hail.

We are sharing instruments every day, and they look amazing!!!  The children are so proud of their work :)

We have been working on our Mandalas.  The children have been very creative and are almost finished their work.

Today, we worked on how Echolocation works.  We played a game to help us see how echolocation works.

We are creating our own mandalas, and they are beautiful!  We will be displaying them for everyone to see.

In math, we are working on estimation, and relating it to checking our work in addition and subtraction.  We are continuing our work on subtraction and word problems too.

We are continuing our work on the Hearing and Sound Unit.  Our test will be next week.  First, we will be learning test taking strategies.

Hello Families!

Our Evergreen Knitting Club will be showcased at the January 25th Hitmen Game!  This is also a night of fundraising for the breakfast program.  Tickets are \$15 each, and \$5 of each ticket goes towards the program.  This program is an important fundraiser for children in our school board.

Get Your Tickets to the CBE Night with the Hitmen

Support the Fuel For School breakfast program by purchasing your tickets to the Jan. 25 Calgary Hitmen hockey game. Five dollars from each ticket sold goes towards providing students with a nutritious breakfast. Come have a fun and exciting evening cheering on your local WHL team, while also contributing to a great cause that supports children in our city.

Fuel for School serves 130,000 breakfasts each year to CBE students. We know that a healthy breakfast is important for learning. Help us reach our goal of fueling learning through this ever-growing program.

Visit our Fuel for School webpage for details on how you can make a difference.

Kazoos!

The children made kazoos today!  They are in their backpacks.  They will happy to share them with you, I am sure.  Please ask your child to explain how the instrument works.

We had buddies today, and we made some get to know you origami.

We worked on math concepts today of subtraction and multiplication.

Reminders:

Please bring back the report card envelopes.

Another math challenge:

We have been working on a math challenge.  In 1783, Carl Fredrich Gauss was six years old, and his teacher gave him a task to keep him busy, because he was always done his work very quickly.  The challenge she gave him was...add together all of the numbers from the 100 chart.  For example, 1+2+3+4+5+6+7...and so on, up to 100.  The problem was, little Carl was finished this task in just a few minutes!  What are some of the strategies he may have used?  What are some ways to solve this problem efficiently?

The students have been writing about their winter vacations, and are excited to share with their classmates.

The students are continuing their work on their hearing and sound unit.  We measured how loud various parts of the school are in Decibels.  Their finding are now being graphed and charted.

The children are learning about the human ear-what the names of the parts are and how they work.  The children have really enjoyed doing this so far.  We will be building a model tomorrow.  We have been learning how to take care of our hearing too.

Math:  We are refining our strategies for subtraction with large numbers.  The children looked at how to use various strategies besides stacking with regrouping (borrowing).  The idea of doing this is to build their number sense and strategies.

We are still working on our Snowmen at Night Stories.

**On Friday, the children can wear their pajamas.  We will be doing some free games time and children can bring their own devices. There will be caroling as well!

Snowman Stories!

The children have been working on their own version of Snowmen at Night.  The stories will be typed up and will have some illustrations :)

We have been working on multiplication strategies.  Today, we looked at arrays and how they help us visualize multiplication.

We made some watercolour cards today.  Some are for Christmas and some are for holidays.

**We are now wrapping up knitting club.  Please have your child bring in the looms that belong to the school.

I am SO proud of our children!

We were on the news!  The children did absolutely amazing!  I absolutely cried happy tears when I heard the beautiful things that they were saying about helping others.

You can see the news segment at this link (and Mr Tucker, such a kind gentleman, says that it will be available for viewing for a long time)

Today, we worked on cursive writing!  The children are very motivated to do their best writing :)  Some of them do cursive writing better that I do!

We worked on building our structures with toothpicks and plastecine.  They found some strategies to build a structure that would hold up 7 text books!  That's amazing!  I saw a lot of persistence in the room.

We had finished our Wayside School Story today.  The children loved the story, and laughed a lot.  The series is written by Louis Sachar and they are very funny.

We are working on various strategies for addition-including mental math and regrouping.

**Movie night is tonight.  Smallfoot is playing.

No school on Friday, December 6th ...PD Day

We are so excited!

Global news was here today, and the children did an amazing job!  Many were interviewed and did a great description of everything that they did.

**WE WILL BE ON THE AIR TOMORROW AT 6 pm!  We can also find the video under Gil Tucker Global as of tomorrow at the same time. I can hardly wait!!

We are going to be doing another spelling test this Friday :)

The children did well on the list this week.

Here are the new words:

cap

change

clock

corn

cover

across

along

any

bank

before

Today, the children worked on building structures with toothpicks and gummies!  The challenge was to build a structure that would hold up a text book.  The children had such great ideas :)

Spelling List:

Hello Wonderful Families!

We are going to be practicing our spelling, and each week, I will be sending home just 10 words.  If possible, could your child practice the words with you?  Thank you so much!  Here are the words for this week:

above

alone

been

bell

blow

breakfast

brought

busy

Thank you for coming to the Interviews!  It was so nice to see you :)

Global news...is NOT coming in tomorrow!  There are no cameras available due to Grey Cup Celebrations!

We are so excited to talk about our empathy project with others.

Today, we made a big thank you card for Margeaux, the amazing teacher from 2 School.

We worked on some subtraction and addition strategies to ensure children have a strategy that they are most familiar with.

The students had music today :)

Have a wonderful evening, everyone!

Gil Tucker may not be able to come tomorrow to the school.  We will know more tomorrow morning.  If the visit does not happen tomorrow, Global will come next Tuesday :)

We will keep you all posted!

**Fun lunch is tomorrow

**Parent teacher conferences are tomorrow evening and Friday

**No school on Friday

What an amazing week at 2 School!

We learned so much about down town Calgary-including me! The children had the opportunity to walk around and learn about Calgary's history and discuss what the future may look like.

The children had the opportunity to learn about the Thompson Family park, which is an outdoor park donated to the city be the Thompson family.  The weather was amazing when we were visiting the park, and there were so many fun apparatuses!

On Thursday afternoon, the children did some building ideas in the future of learning lab about what some of the great things about downtown are and what some challenges about downtown are (ie noise).

The Devonian Gardens was an amazing experience on Friday.  The children were brainstorming why indoor parks are important and why outdoor parks are important.  We looked at Brookfield towers, which is the tallest building in Calgary, reaching 56 floors high!  The children learned about the importance of public spaces, public art and indoor spaces.

We had such an amazing week of learning!  We had a great time and by the end of the week, we were all very tired :)

We were on TV!  Well, some of our backpacks!  Please watch the following video to see:

**We have many children away with a flu :(  The symptoms are:  fever, chills, and sometimes stomach issues too.  I hope everyone stays healthy and recovers quickly!

**We are booking for the parent-teacher conferences for this Thursday and Friday-please email me if you are having any issues.

**No school for students on Friday, the 23rd.

Amazing Chinatown and the new library!

What an amazing day...again!  The children are learning so much on their week at 2 School!

We began the day at the Chinese Cultural Centre, where the children learned about the amazing artifacts in the museum, the incredible artwork, and learned how to speak some Chinese!

We ate lunch at the Cultural Centre and then we walked to get some ice cream!!  The children loved the ice cream and even tried some new flavours!

In the afternoon, we saw City Hall and then the new library!  The new library is quite the space to see!!

**Important news!!!

Global News is coming to speak to us about our "Hats for the Homeless" program.  This will be next Thursday at noon!  We need to have your permission as parents to allow them to be on TV.  I have sent another permission form home, specifically for the Global news station.

We had an incredible first day of Open Minds!

The grade 3s started our day at the Saffron building, in the school that was built in 1912.  In the classroom, the children noticed a lot of differences between our current classrooms and the classroom at the Saffron School.

We sketched the city line and looked at a picture from 1912 with the same view as we had.  The children looked at the differences from 1912 to 2018.

We walked to Connaught School to play at the park. It was so great and the weather was beautiful.

In the afternoon, we went to the Memorial Library and walked around the beautiful park.

Thank you all for the support on this trip!  We are having a great time!

A former student of Evergreen School is doing a special project to help support Calgary Reads!

If you have new or gently used books that are great condition, and are ready to be passed along to the next young readers, please send them in to the school.  The "Book Drive"  will take place on November 12-26th at Evergreen School in the gathering space.  This will also be during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

**What a great cause, thought up by a grade 5 student!

**Our grade 3 children made us so proud today in the Remembrance Day Ceremony!  They were amazing!

Next week is our downtown week, and it will be amazing!  A great part is that the weather is supposed to be lovely.

A few notes about the week:

-we will be walking around downtown a lot!  I have asked the children to wear their most comfortable shoes/boots, and to dress for the weather.

-we will be going to China Town on Wednesday, and we are going to an amazing ice cream store.  The children can buy an ice cream for \$5.25.  We have been asking children to bring their own money.

-the field trip is a full day, so we leave first thing in the morning, and return back at the end of the day in time for dismissal

-If you are volunteering, we would love if you could come in to the classroom in the morning-and thank you so much for joining us!

Building Challenges!

Today, the students had a challenge to introduce our structures unit.  The children had to use only 4 pieces of newspaper, and one metre of tape to build a tower as high as possible that would stand on its own.  The children worked very hard!  The towers will be measured to see how tall they are!

Multiplication:  using multiplication tables, we played a multiplication practice game.  The students were having a lot of fun, practicing their facts.

We read in our groups and are almost finished the books.

We began our novel study!  It is Wayside School, and it is so funny!

Important Messages:

2 School is next week!  Please send in the consent forms if you haven't already :)

**If you are able to volunteer, we would love to have you!  Please email me with your availability.

We did it!

We have been preparing for the Remembrance Day Ceremony.  We are doing art, practicing our music and preparing for our wreath.

We did some writing today.  We are looking at conventions, such as spelling, punctuations and capitalization.

Our art projects are going well!

Reminders:

**Please send back field trip forms for 2 School ASAP

**If you are able to volunteer that week, I would love to have you join us!

Happy Halloween Week!

Today, we worked on our journaling techniques!  We looked at drawing all around us and noticing small details.

We practiced stretching for sketching. This allows our muscle memory to develop coordination to do straight lines.

We worked on a math assessment today.

Important Reminders****

The knitting club is now open to two other classes.  Please return the looms and hooks, if you haven't already, so that other children can use them.

Swimming fees are due.  Please pay your fees on the CBE website.

2 School is coming up quickly!  If you can volunteer between November 12th to the 17th, please email me!

We are having such a great time swimming!  The children are growing so much in their swimming abilities.  Thank you to all of the volunteers-we are so grateful for your time.

**We are almost finished knitting club, and there are many other grade 3 students from the other classes that are so excited to learn to knit (I am delighted!).  I have asked the students to bring back their knitting looms and hooks by MONDAY at the latest, so that others can use them.  At the end of knitting clubs with all of the students, there will be an open knitting, whereby the students that would still like to use them can, and use up the extra yarn.

We are working on subtraction, multiplication patterns and mental math strategies on a daily basis.  The children are eager to share their knowledge :)

The children are continuing to work on their journalling, getting ready for the downtown field trip coming up!

Reminders:

***Halloween Howl is on the 25th

**PD Day on Friday, the 26th-no school for students

Exciting Week on the Horizon!

Today, we worked on our Rights of a Child concept map.  The children are very interested in this subject, and are eager to look in to this further.

We did Catch up to finish our progress.

The children did their first set of SLA tests today.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Swimming is this coming week (Mon-Thu).  Please ensure your child has a towel, their swimming suit, or trunks, and a plastic bag for their wet swimsuit.  It is beneficial if the children to have their suits under their clothes in the morning if possible.

**We are leaving the school at 9:30 am to get to the swim classes in time.

Rights of a Child:

Today, we looked at the Rights of a Child.  The children read about how the UN has put the rights into effect to protect children and ensure that children have the opportunity to have good life.

We did some mental math, relating to some fractions, subtraction and patterns.  We looked at strategies of adding 3 digit numbers and 3 digit numbers.

We wrote about architecture and how we look closely at buildings.  We thought about the Taj Mahal that we studied and how it was built.

In music, we are preparing for the Remembrance Day ceremony.  The songs we have learned are so meaningful.

Reminders:

Next week is swimming!  Please bring bathing suits and towels to school :)  The children are very excited!

Pascal's Triangle!

We had a great provocation for discussion in math today-thanks to a historical mathematician, Pascal.  We looked at the many patterns of the triangle, and how they all can relate.  We will go over the patterns again tomorrow.

We painted the Taj Mahal with watercolours, and discussed how the beautiful building changes colour in the various parts of the day.

Today, the children started practicing their songs for Remembrance Day.

The children worked on their cursive writing!  They are working so hard on this new skill and it is evident :)

Reminders:

***Please return swimming forms if you haven't already!  Our swimming starts next week.  We realize that the beginning of school is an expensive time. If you need more time or assistance to pay the fees, please contact the office, and please know that we completely understand!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

We did a guided drawing of the Taj Mahal.  The children worked really hard and they are proud of their drawings.

The children worked on the sample of the SLAs today.  They will be doing the real test next week. These tests allow us as teachers to see where the children are in their math and writing, and gear our teaching to meet their needs.

We had knitting club at lunch, and it was amazing!  We are seeing a lot of progress in their perseverance and pride when they are finished.

We had picture day today!  The children looked so nice!

***Please return swimming forms ASAP, as the pool needs to organize the groups.

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!

We did a writing exercise about our weekend.  The children are working on getting their words on paper, using capital letters, and rereading for errors and grammar (this will be tomorrow).

We worked on looking at math patterns.  The children are working on mental math on a daily basis as well.

The children have a membership to Number Rumble.  This is a CBE approved site, and is available to try at home if you would like.  The children can try it without a sign in, and will receive their sign ins tomorrow, if they haven't already.

We have begun our literature groups.  The children are doing novel studies and are doing activities to go along with their books.

Reminders:

Please bring in hand bell forms if your child is interested in doing this (due on Oct 19th).

**Picture day is tomorrow-first thing in the morning

**Knitting club is tomorrow

Knitting Club :)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

We had such a great time at knitting club today!  The children are doing so well with their persistence :) and they did not want to stop.

**Children are still welcome to join the knitting club-I don't want to turn anyone away.  The other grade 3 classes will be able to join soon-we have so many children that are interested in learning

Today, we had talked about some of the features of the Canadian Passport.  We will be creating a passport in our journals to introduce the countries that we are starting.

We worked on our mental math and telling time.

We are learning about effective story starters.  The children are going to be refining their writing, grammar and spelling this year.

On the Horizon:

Pictures Oct 11

No school Friday (Happy Thanksgiving!)

No school Monday, Oct 8 and Tuesday, Oct 9

Cursive Writing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Well, what a snowy, fantastic day!

We are doing a week of inspiring math, so our brains will grow!  Today, we looked at math patterns and looked at how groups of sets make up multiplication.

This morning, we gave the children some free writing time.  Their imaginations were amazing, and the children were excited to write.

We started cursive writing and talked about how it is important.

**On days like these, we do still go outside.  The children had such a great time playing in the snow!!  Please send gloves, hats and scarves along with snowpants and warm jackets if possible.

Reminders:

Scholastic orders are due on Wednesday (tomorrow).

Pictures are on Oct 11

Knitting Forms will be coming home today, and the club starts on Thursday at lunch.

Swimming forms will be coming home this week.

Friday, September 28th, 2018

What a fantastic week!

We had a great Terry Fox run!  The children were still excited about it this morning :)

The children learned about Orange Shirt Day, which is on Monday.  If your child wishes to participate, please wear an orange shirt on Oct 1.

We did a challenging math problem today, and the children worked very diligently to get the answer.  Using only 1's, 3's, 5's and 7's, (as many of each of number as you'd like), can you come up with an answer of 37 (using any operation).

We did a lot of catch up, and the children are almost finished their art projects.

On the Horizon:

Orange shirt day is Oct 1

Scholastic orders are due on Wednesday this week. (Oct 3)

Picture day is Oct 11

**Please note...there was some confusion around the dates for the open minds field trip.  We are going on the trip on the week of November 12th.  The Friday is a short day, so we will be back in time for dismissal.

We are learning how to do 3-D art!  The grade 3s are doing some artwork of looking up at skyscrapers.  So amazing!

The grade 3's have been working on daily mental math (number talk), and the numbers are getting more complex.  We also have been working on a math problem of:  using only 4 4's, and any operation, how can you arrive at a sum of 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.  The students have found that at times, it is best to try as many possibilities as they can to arrive at various answers.

We did some journalling activities this week.  Today, we did "What do you notice?".  In 5 minutes, the children wrote about things that they hear, smell, see, and feel.  It was insightful for them to sit and look around.

We have finished our book covers, and the variety of books is amazing.

What an incredible Terry Fox Run!!  The children were so inspired by the incredible stories and by all of the parental support!  Thank you so much!

Monday, September 25th, 2018

Thank you all for joining us for Parent-Teacher Conferences!  It was so nice to meet with you all.

We had a productive day today!

We began writing stories about an imaginary trip that we could take if we had the chance.  We looked at using our senses to enhance our descriptive writing.

We did some bigger mental math today and are looking at how patterns relate to multiplication.

We did a math group work exercise that promoted having a plan, working together and communicating.

Our maps are almost finished, and the children have learned how to find the countries that we are studying.

**Correction note:  the dates that we are going downtown are for the week of the 12th!  We are going on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th for a half day.  We will be back in time for dismissal.  There was an error on the page that I had to sign up (I am so sorry!)

Tuesday, September 19th, 2018

What a damp, chilly day!  Thank you all so much for the cozy clothes that the children have to come to school.  The children are dressed appropriately for our weather :)

We are discussing and writing about what is important about books.  We have read the book called "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore".  This beautiful, yet powerful story is about the importance of books and how they are so important to a gentleman in the event of a natural disaster.  This story is also an award winning short film.  I highly recommend watching it :)

We are working on our telling time and playing games for refining this skill.

We have finished our event maps for summer-using another journal strategy.  They are beautifully done!

We are talking about what our favourite books are, and will be working with the titles and authors of these.

The grade 3s are learning about where the countries are that we are focusing on.

**Meet the Teacher Conferences are on Thursday evening and Friday morning.  Please book a time if you can make it!  I would love to meet with you and learn some more about your child.

** Your child will be asking you about their favourite book (if they haven't already :)  )  We are going to be making a copy of the book cover.

Friday, September 12th, 2018

We had such a great week, and I am really enjoying to get to know the children.

We have explored various media for a fall art project.  The children have looked at step by step presentations of how to draw a tree. The children then worked on the techniques they had learned to a painted background they made.

In Math, the children have been working on telling time on an analog clock.  This is coming along nicely!  We are continuously working on mental math strategies and how to solve word problems.

The children have been practicing various journalling techniques.  They have been showing their knowledge and experiences using sketching, event maps and concept maps.  The journalling will continue throughout the year, and will be a wonderful resource for the children to refer to.

In Social Studies, the grade 3s are looking at wants vs. needs, and what is required to live.  We are learning about how other people live and how the needs of people are being met.

Reminders:

Parent-teacher conferences Thurs and Fri (Sept 20 & 21)

Terry Fox run is on Sept 27th.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

We had a wonderful learning day today!

We explored the idea of wants and needs.  We clarified what we need as humans to survive and looked at how other people live in various parts of the world.

We explored how some girls go to school at night to learn, so they can work at home during the day.  The children found this very fascinating, and we had some great discussions.

We did some math today, and the children had the opportunity to show what they know in addition.  We talked about being nervous about new learning and how this classroom is a safe place to make mistakes.

The children worked on their journals and are finishing a letter to let me know about themselves.

Reminders:

Technology contracts have been sent home to be read and signed by you and your child.  Please return them as soon as possible.

Conferences booking will be available on Friday to set up Meet the Teacher Conferences.

Friday, September 7th, 2018

What a fantastic week we have had!  We have such a wonderful group of children and I am so excited for the year.

Today, we read another chapter in the Bunnicula book.  It is very entertaining, and suspenseful!

We did some catch up work in our journals.  The children are looking at various methods of journalling in preparation for our field trip downtown.

Reminders**

Please email me if you are available to volunteer for our field trip.

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

We had such a great day!

We worked on our journals today!  We are finishing our first days of grade 3.

We started on some math problem solving skills.  Ask me what strategies I used.

We did some community building today, and met some new friends.  We played various games with a person/people that we didn't know.  Ask me what games I played.

We started to read a novel.  It is called Bunnicula and it is very funny!  We just completed the first chapter.  Ask me who Harold is :)

**Reminder**  We finish at 11:50 on Fridays.

**Volunteers:  We are going to 2 School in November!  It is a week long Open Minds Program, and we get the opportunity to go downtown every day for one week.  If you are available to join us for volunteering, we would love that!  We are going to Open Minds from Nov 12-16th.  Please email if you would like to join us-even for one day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

We had some technical difficulties and I was not able to update our blog. I hope this works!

I am so pleased to get to know your child!  We have an incredible group of children, and I am so excited for this year!

We had a great day today!

We read the story "Once Upon an Alphabet", which is a great read by Oliver Jeffers.  He is such a creative artist, and has such an interesting way of illustrating books.  We looked at how he gets his story ideas and how much he loves his job!

We did some fun with numbers work.  The children looked at different numbers that they have in their lives and how they can relate it to a hundreds chart.  Can your child work on memorizing your phone number and address please?

We did a scavenger hunt today and learned some new names of our class mates and some interesting facts about others.

We looked at various journaling techniques and how we can show our knowledge in interesting ways.  The children worked on their pages and are doing such a great job!

We had a gym class today and we played the game "tails".  So fun!

Mrs. Leonard

Marine Mammals:

We are continuing our work on Life Cycles, and today, we looked at Marine mammals.  The students created a concept map, and included some new facts that they'd learned!  Please ask your child about what they've learned :)

Math:  We are finishing our measurement component on Mass.  We are going to be practicing our other measuring, such as time.

Writing:  The children are finishing up their research and writing about their animals.

Library books are due back, please :)

The Spring Fling is this week!

We are sending things home this week and next, so that it is not all at once :)

What a beautiful day!!

We had such a great field trip on Monday!!  The children had so much fun, and we had the best weather that we could have asked for!  It was really special to see Margeaux too!  I hope your child has good memories from the downtown experience-I sure do!!

I hope you are all doing well!

We are having such a great week!  The children are working on their math measurement-grams and kilograms.  Today, we looked at how grocery stores use weight to determine how much fruit and vegetables cost.  The children researched how much certain foods cost and how much they would cost per kg.

The children have been working a lot on a very special project!  We can't say what it is though....(Father's Day is coming).

The research continues for the "Where does food come from in Canada?" and the Animal Life Cycle project.

We are finishing our art projects too!

FIELD TRIP DOWNTOWN ON MONDAY!!

We are so excited for the field trip on Monday!  The children are able to buy an ice cream if they would like to-the prices are up to \$7 . Please have your child dressed for the weather, as we are going to be walking a lot.  Also, the children get very hungry on those field trips :) . We are leaving the school at 8:45 and returning for afternoon dismissal :)

Marshall Springs Tour!!

We had such a great afternoon at Marshall Springs.  The children were put into groups and toured the school with the ambassadors.  They were SO excited!  We learned about the options that are available and got to see the beautiful school.

We practiced our fractions using pieces of paper.  The children are great about remembering their fractions.

We worked on our food sourcing project.  Children are researching what food comes from which parts of our country.

On the horizon;

June 10th field trip to downtown :)

Monday, June 3rd

Wow!  Can't believe it is already June!

The children are really eager to work on their animal research.  I am so proud of how eager they are and how hard they are working!  We are looking at various classifications of species.  Today, we looked at what the characteristics of amphibians are! The children drew the lifecycle of a frog and labeled it.  Tomorrow, we will be looking at reptiles :)

Gym:  We do go outside for gym when it is nice outside. We do ask that the children wear their runners outside.  Flip flops can be a little bit tricky to run in.

On the horizon:

June 4th:  Walk and tour Marshall Springs in the afternoon.

June 10th:  Field trip to downtown.

WE HAVE EGGS!!

We are going to be hatching some chickens!  We have them in the incubator and we will be expecting them to hatch around the 18th of June.  The chickens are 2 breeds..one is called a Bantam chicken, and the other are the brown laying hens.  The children are very excited and are eagerly checking the incubator to see if there is anything happening-as of yet, they are still-just eggs.

The students are learning about life cycles and they are so excited to do more research.  As always, the children can access their google docs from home too if they would like to (completely optional).

We are having a lot of fun doing the measurement unit.  This coming week, we will be doing mass.

On the Horizon:

June 4th:  Visit to Marshall Springs on Tuesday

June 10th:  Field trip to downtown Calgary.

Today, we talked about how lucky we are with our food availability.  We looked through flyers and tried to make a dinner or two using food that comes from Canada.  We are looking into the question, "Is Canada self sustainable?"  We looked at how much food families buy in other countries for a week.  We have a question for you to discuss with you family:  What resources do you use as a family that come from Canada?

In math, we are measuring all kinds of things using various units.  We measured our arms, feet and hands.  We figured out how to use appropriate units for everything.

We are starting a new art project :) . We will keep you posted.

We are beginning our research for our life cycles unit, and the children are very excited to gather information :)

Study and note taking skills:

We are practicing how to study and how to paraphrase notes.  This week, we will be doing a quiz in Science.  I had to reschedule the test because I was home sick.

We had skills practice today in math.  We talked a lot about how to find the answer to the 12 times tables.  We looked at many strategies and how to remember them.  The students are getting more and more confident in their strategies.

**I am SO disappointed that I was so sick when the musical was on.  I did not want to spread this flu to anyone-because it was a bad flu.  If you filmed the musical, I would love to watch it.  I was absolutely heartbroken to have missed it :( . Sigh....

Timing ourselves!

Tuesday, May 14th

Today, we had a a great afternoon timing ourselves doing various tasks.  We estimated how long it would take to recite the alphabet, write our name 3 times, drink some water, and do 20 jumping jacks.  The children loved doing this!  We looked at seconds and milliseconds.

We looked at the difference between am and pm, what time we do certain things at like eat breakfast, go to bed, etc.  We will continue to work on out telling time and measurement.

We did some journal writing and looked at how to ensure we include science to our Rock Stories.

Rock Stories and well...a special project:

Today, we worked on our very special projects, and they are coming along so nicely.

We looked at some fun games to play to practice our fraction knowledge, and doubles ! Mrs Roworth had such a great way of showing us a game that we can playat home.  All you need is an array..4x4 (16 squares) and a deck of cards (just take out one suit is. the diamonds, and take out the royal cards-the jacks, queens and kings).  The rest is very simple, and so fun-just ask your child.

Class pictures are coming home!

We received our class pictures today!  They will be coming home today.  If you would like to order your child's individual order, please feel free to order online at lifetouch.ca (love this website-they give you so many options), or you are welcome to submit your orders to me by envelope by May 9th.

Today, the children worked on some very important projects-but some of them are secret :)  The children made some posters for the musical and are getting ready for their big performance day-it is ten days away!

The students are working on some very special projects, that are well....a big secret :)

They are very excited to complete these!

In math, we are revisiting telling time on an analog clock.  The students are getting further into their measurement component of grade 3 math.

Rock testing :)

Today, the children chose a rock and performed many tests to determine what type of rock they had, how hard the rock is  (where it would be on the Moh's hardness scale), if it reacts to vinegar, and if it is porous.  The children are learning their vocabulary to go along with this.  Some of the words that they used are: luster, transparent, translucent, opaque, streak colour and mineral.  The children are putting together a reference book that they will be bringing home with information they have learned.

In math, the children created shapes that had various perimeters.  We looked at how the various shapes we create my change the perimeter.

We had library today :) .

**Our pictures are in today!  I will send them home tomorrow-I am sorry, I forgot today!

Rock Stories!

We have begun writing our rock stories :)

The children are using their imagination to write about what a rock goes through in a life time.  We have brainstormed about how long rocks have been on the Earth.  From there, we look at the changes that rocks go through and some of the adventures rocks are taken on.  For example, a rock is stuck in a dinosaur's foot, ends up in a lake, and is pushed under the rock bed by erosion, then a flood carries the rock further, etc.  The students are very excited to type their stories and publish them as cartoneras. The children have access to their google docs accounts from home and are welcome to work at home if they would like to.

We are testing our rocks tomorrow!  We will be looking at the characteristics of rocks and how to identify rocks. Your child is welcome to bring in ricks if they would like to.

The Chocolate Rock Cycle:

We had such a fun day experimenting with chocolate.  The children had small bags of a variety of chocolate chips-white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate.  The children crunched the chocolate into small pieces, and then pressed the bag under some heavy books.  We looked at how the sedimentary rock was formed with pressure.  Then, the children used heat and pressure to form a rock with the chocolate to represent a metamorphic rock.  Finally, we heated a bowl of the "metamorphic" rocks to represent the igneous rocks.  The children ate a small piece of the chocolate once it had cooled.

The children had their last day of in-line skating.  It is amazing how much they grow in their skating in such a short time.

***This coming, week, children are asked to bring in a rock.  We will be doing rock testing to determine what type of rock it is.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

We are enjoying in-line skating so far!

Just a reminder-We have in-line skating again tomorrow and Friday.  It is best if the children bring their own helmets-if possible.

We have been talking about various forms of erosion-caused by nature, and caused by human activity.  We are conducting an acid rain demonstration in the class, wherby we have a jar with white vinegar in it, and an egg immersed in the vinegar. We will see what happens to the egg in the vinegar.

We are continuing our work on fractions, and the children have been tackling some challenging math problems.  Here is an example of one of the questions:  The Deca tree

The Layers of the Earth!

We have been looking at the rock cycle.  The children have been looking at characteristics of rocks and what part of the rock cycle their rock is from.  We have many rocks coming in to be shared-which is great!  We have also been learning about the layers of the Earth.  The children have been drawing their own diagram.

The children are looking at how to put together a persuasive writing piece.  Today, they looked at the question:  "Are video games good for kids?"  This question evolved into an amazing discussion about how video games are good and bad-depending on which games.  We had a great discussion and the children were so respectful of each other.

The students have been working on their math skills on a daily basis.  We have been practicing sets of fractions.  For example, what is 1/4 of 24?

Reminders:

PICTURE DAY is on Thursday!!  We are going to be doing the class pictures.

No school on Friday and Monday, for Easter Long Weekend!

Descriptive Writing:

The students have been refining their knowledge of how to write descriptively.  Today, they described a puppy to each other. Their partner drew the puppy as they used as much description as possible.  Then, the switched places.  It was amazing to watch their drawings come along!  We are going to be compiling a description tomorrow of a puppy as a class.

We are continuing or work on fractions.  For example, how to figure out what 1/4 of 12 is (fractions of a set).  We are connecting this to our knowledge of division too.

In Science, we are looking at the Rock Cycle and the various types of rocks. Children are bringing in a lot of interesting rocks to share!

The Rocks and Minerals unit has begun!

The grade 3 science curriculum is so fascinating, and the rocks and minerals unit is certainly a huge favourite!  The children are welcome to bring rocks, minerals or fossils in to share, however, I have asked if they could please not be valuable.  They are welcome to send in any pictures of rocks that they would like to share if they are nervous about bringing it in because of breakage.

We are doing math skill practice every Monday to ensure the children are retaining their math strategies and skills.  Today, we revisited our addition and subtraction with bigger numbers.

We watched our class perform their Reader's Theatre skits.  The children absolutely love doing these!

Grade 3 classes are beginning their in-line skating in 2 weeks, so please don't worry about them bringing their helmets.

What a great week so far :)

We have been working on Reader's theatre!  The children have been practicing how to read lines with each other and have done some acting too!  We have many students that are going to be great drama actors and actresses in their future!

In math, we are looking at area and perimeter.  The children have been looking at how the two measurements relate to each other and have been finding various ways to make a perimeter of 36.  The children discovered patterns when doing this!

In Social, we have been learning about Global Citizenship.  The children have been learning about how they can make a difference.Today, we looked to "We Day" and how it began with the dream of a 12 year old boy wanting to help others in the world. We are starting in line skating the week of the 22nd of April.  The students are encouraged to bring their own helmets, if possible.

In-Line Skating schedule:

Here is the in-line skating schedule.  It is recommended that the children bring their own bike helmets for these times if possible.

 SPARK SPARK SPARK April 11 SPARK April 12 9:00-9:45 K1-1 8:45-9:45 Byciuk-1 Watkins-1 9:45-10:30 K2-1 9:45-10:45 Welechuk-1 McNabb-1 10:30-11:15 McLarty-1 10:45-11:45 Patterson-1 11:15-12:00 Frampton-1 1:00-1:45 Stuart-1 1:45-2:30 Maronese-1 2:30-3:15 Stanford-1
 April 15 SPARK April 16 SPARK April 17 SPARK April 18 SPARK April 19 9:00-9:45 K1-2 9:00-9:45 K1-3 9:00-9:45 Maronese-3 9:45-10:30 K2-2 9:45-10:30 K2-3 9:45-10:30 Stuart-3 10:30-11:15 Frampton-2 10:30-11:15 Byciuk-2 10:30-11:15 Frampton-3 11:15-12:00 Stanford-2 11:15-12:00 Watkins-2 11:15-12:00 Stanford-3 1:00-1:45 McLarty-2 1:00-1:45 Patterson-2 1:00-1:45 K1-1 1:45-2:30 Maronese-2 1:45-2:30 McNabb-2 1:45-2:30 K2-1 2:30-3:15 Stuart-2 2:30-3:15 Welechuk-2 2:30-3:15 McLarty-3
 April 22 SPARK April 23 SPARK April 24 SPARK April 25 SPARK April 26 9:00-9:45 Leonard-1 9:00-9:45 Byciuk-3 9:00-9:45 Welechuk-3 8:45-9:45 Hordyk-3 Brandt-3 9:45-10:30 Keir-1 9:45-10:30 Watkins-3 9:45-10:30 Hordyk-2 9:45-10:45 McLaren-3 Scheid-3 10:30-11:15 Scheid-1 10:30-11:15 Patterson-3 10:30-11:15 McLaren-2 10:45-11:45 Keir-3 Leonard-3 11:15-12:00 Brandt-1 11:15-12:00 McNabb-3 11:15-12:00 Brandt-2 1:00-1:45 Kpm1-2 1:00-1:45 Kpm1-3 1:00-1:45 Scheid-2 1:45-2:30 Kpm2-2 1:45-2:30 Kpm2-3 1:45-2:30 Keir-2 2:30-3:15 Hordyk-1 2:30-3:15 McLaren-1 2:30-3:15 Leonard-2

Spring is finally here!

We had a great first couple of days, and the weather is amazing outside.

Wow-is the snow ever melting!  We have children that LOVE to play in the puddles and mud!  The only thing is, if they get wet or muddy, we don't have enough spare clothing to give everyone a change of clothes.  So, if your child loves to jump in those puddles, you are welcome to send extra clothing along with them in their backpack-just in case.

We are celebrating the nice weather by drawing some spring gardens.  They will be finished by the student led-conferences.  They are very beautiful!

The children have been continuing their work on fractions.

In writing, the children will be looking at how to describe the spring time through visualization using our senses.

**On the horizon:  12:00 Dismissal on Friday-Student-led conferences begin at 4:00

What an Amazing Week!

We had such an amazing week!  Thank you all for coming to our sharing night.  The children were so excited to share their information, dances, projects and even food!  All week, the students have been visiting other grade 3 classes share with each other and learn about the other countries.  The students have been very supportive and enthusiastic with each other.

We have started fractions!!  The children were very excited to start this unit, and have been looking at parts of a whole.  They are going to be continuing to refine their multiplication and division facts throughout the year.  The work on solving word problems as well.

We have been also working on our cursive writing, and the children are doing really well!  Some have nicer cursive writing than I do!

We have been working on writing contractions, how they are spelled correctly, and where the apostrophe should be.

We are continuing our work on editing, and are seeing the value of reading our writing aloud to each other.

On the Horizon:

Student-led conferences are this Thursday evening and Friday until 1:00.  Students have school until 12:00 on Thursday.

**Usborne Book Fair is here for the Student-led conferences in the learning commons

SPRING BREAK IS from Friday, March 22-Tuesday, April 2 (classes are back in on the Tuesday).

Sharing Night is tomorrow!!

We are so excited-our sharing night is almost here!!  We have been working really hard to get ready to present. So, this week, we are sharing with other classes.  Then, we are well rehearsed.  The 2 hour time block is very flexible, because we know that families are busy, so please come by when it works for you.  If your child is dancing, the dance will be filmed and displayed on our smart board during the evening.  Handbell performance is at 5:00, so if your child is in handbells, can they please be here by 4:45?

Thank you all so much, and see you soon!!

Friday, March 8, 2019

What a great week we have had!  We have been working really diligently on our Social projects!  Art, Writing, Tri-folds and presentations.

For math, we have been applying our multiplication skills to division.  The students have been really working hard to memorize their facts, and I have really noticed growth!

On the Horizon....

Wednesday evening:  is our CULTURAL SHARING NIGHT!!  4:30-6:30

**please note..if you are not able to come on that Wednesday, there are Student-Led Conferences the following week and you will be able to see your child's work then!

March 7, 2019

The Usborne Literacy Fair is

Coming!

Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles.  We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca

Reminder:  PD Day on Friday, March 1

We really enjoyed this week!  We finally got to go outside at recess!  The children had a lot of fun in the fresh snow.

We have been working on our math games, and today, we played pennies, nickels and dimes.  Please ask your child how the game works.

We had buddies today, and we helped them make a Blackfoot bag.

We played a really fun game today in gym!  It involved bouncing a basketball and balancing a bean bag on the head.  As one can imagine, it was a challenge!

Our social projects are coming along very nicely!  We are so excited to share :)

Pink Shirt Day tomorrow!!

Tomorrow, February 27th, is pink shirt day to honour a story about a boy who was bullied about wearing a pink shirt.

In writing, the children have been learning various strategies for descriptive writing.  They are looking at apples,  because we all know apples well!  We will be continuing many tasks to help us develop vocabulary and use juicy words.

We have been diligently working on our Social Studies projects.  The students are doing a lot of research!

In Math, we are refining our multiplication and division facts :)

On the Horizon:  No school on Friday, March 1st (PD Day)

Math Word Problems:

We have been working on solving real-word math problems.  For example, if you got paid \$3 for every day that you cat sit for a neighbour.  How much would you earn after 5 days of looking after the cat?  If you wanted to buy a \$16 book, would you have enough money?

Our Social research is coming along very nicely, and the children have narrowed down their topic of choice.  The children are certainly learning a lot about India.

We are working on spelling patterns to solidify our writing conventions.

The students are refining our multiplication and division skills.  The children have been finding that there are many patterns that can help them.

Art has been amazing.  We have been doing some special art based on traditional art from India.  We are excited to show you all!

Social Studies Research:

We are getting ready for our Social Studies sharing, and the children are very excited to choose what aspect of the culture they will be researching.  Some of the topics the children are interested in are:  clothing, food, dance, traditional crafts, tigers, elephants and crowns.  The children will be working on this for the next few weeks.

In math, the children are refining their division strategies.  Some are looking at skip counting, some are drawing visuals and some prefer to use manipulatives.

In writing, the children wrote a note to each other to tell each other compliments :)

It was so amazing to see them all being so thoughtful and kind to each other.

We did share Valentines cards today, and the children were so excited to give each other their kind cards.

**Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!! Reminder-there is no school on Thursday, Friday, and Monday.  Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!  Thank you for your patience of the indoor recesses :)

Division!

We are very excited to begin division!  The children are finding that it is not so difficult, especially when they think of it as multiplication, backwards...

The reading of Desperaux is going well.  The children are very engaged, and the vocabulary they are learning is fantastic!  The book is so beautifully written.

We had buddies, and the children played some math practice games with each other.

On Social studies, we have been looking at the culture of India and the children are deciding what they would like to focus on for sharing night (March 13th).

**Music is on Mondays and Thursdays, please have your child bring their recorders on those days :)

On the Horizon:

**Teacher's convention is Feb 14th and 15th-no school

It's SO cold out there!

We have been having "blue" days, which mean that the children have been staying inside for the recess and lunch breaks.

So, we have been doing "Just Dance" breaks, games in the gym, movies in the music room, and board games in the learning commons.

We are beginning our research on India.  The children have been finding interesting facts, and learning about how their cultures and traditions.  When we discussed why we are learning about other cultures, the students talked about how learning about others "opens our minds" and help us to understand other people.  I am SO proud of the class.  They are so empathetic.

We are practicing our multiplication facts and discussed why they are important to learn.  Not only do we use these skills very often as adults, we also will find division to be much easier!

We have been writing about our traditions.  Traditions may include things like, "Taco Tuesday", Movie night, games night and Sunday morning pancake Breakfasts.  Traditions may also be larger celebrations, such as Eid, Hannukah, Christmas, Easter, Anniversaries and Birthdays.

The children have been shown various math practice websites.  These include:  Math Playground, Prodigy, and Stop the Clock. These websites are free, and are great skills practice :)

**I am sending home a list of the children's names if your child would like to bring Valentines to the school.  We will be doing an exchange (if your child chooses) for Valentine's Day on Feb 13th, as there is no school on Feb 14th because of Convention.  Please remember for your child to bring Valentines for everyone if they would like to bring them.

On the Horizon:

Movie night is on Feb 28th-Norman of the North 2:  please purchase tickets through Healthy Hunger

Teacher's Convention is Feb 14th and 15th-No school

Family Day is Feb 18th-No school

Multiplication Strategies!

We have been working on ways to remember and refine our multiplication skills.  We have looked at skip counting strategies, patterns in numbers and using landmark numbers. We discussed how music helps us remember too!

Here is a link to a song that can help:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

This past week, we have really focused on discovering and remembering the many patterns of multiplication.  In the meantime, we have been refining our work on addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers.  For these math skills, we will continue to do all of these skills regularly.

In Social studies, we have been working on the traditional art of India and sketching an elephant-a very important animal to the Indian Culture.

In Science, we reviewed and practice study skills in preparation for the Hearing and Sound test.  The children worked hard to remember parts of the ear, how sound travels and how the messages are sent to the brain.

In writing, we are looking at traditions and how important family traditions are.

**Reminder**  No school tomorrow-Day off in lieu of Remembrance Day

Hearing and Sound :)

Hello wonderful families!

We are doing a hearing and sound test on Wednesday.  The children have been learning how to study and remember things through connections.  Please ask your child to draw you a diagram of the ear, label it and explain how the parts work.  As a review, they can also watch the video with you:

We have been working on our beautiful art pieces.  We are doing writing to go along with this, and will be sharing this at student led conferences.

Multiplication: we are beginning to really focus on multiplication facts.  The children are welcome to practice at home with you.  Today, we began with what multiplication represents and the 10 times tables.

Tomorrow, we will do 2 and 3 times tables.

On the horizon:

No school on Friday, February 1st.

Refining our multiple digit adding and subtracting using regrouping (borrowing and carrying)

Every day, we are practicing our strategies to ensure we are strong and accurate in our multiple digit work.  We are consistently practicing our skip counting and looking for patterns in our math.  We are doing multiplication too!

We have been working on our art and writing.  This truly is a skill to work on to slow down.

We have had such a great week with Sound Kreations.  The children love to dance, that is for sure!

We had a wonderful presentation by Dr. Farmer, a professor from the University.  The presentation was on Hearing and Sound.  The children learned a lot and enjoyed the hands-on activities.  The children wrote a letter to Dr Farmer telling her all of the amazing information that they had learned.

Sign Language

The children have been learning about how people can communicate that are experiencing hearing loss.  Ask your child how to sign their own name.

We are looking at how the children can make sounds together that sound like rain and hail.

We are sharing instruments every day, and they look amazing!!!  The children are so proud of their work :)

We have been working on our Mandalas.  The children have been very creative and are almost finished their work.

Today, we worked on how Echolocation works.  We played a game to help us see how echolocation works.

We are creating our own mandalas, and they are beautiful!  We will be displaying them for everyone to see.

In math, we are working on estimation, and relating it to checking our work in addition and subtraction.  We are continuing our work on subtraction and word problems too.

We are continuing our work on the Hearing and Sound Unit.  Our test will be next week.  First, we will be learning test taking strategies.

Hello Families!

Our Evergreen Knitting Club will be showcased at the January 25th Hitmen Game!  This is also a night of fundraising for the breakfast program.  Tickets are \$15 each, and \$5 of each ticket goes towards the program.  This program is an important fundraiser for children in our school board.

Get Your Tickets to the CBE Night with the Hitmen

Support the Fuel For School breakfast program by purchasing your tickets to the Jan. 25 Calgary Hitmen hockey game. Five dollars from each ticket sold goes towards providing students with a nutritious breakfast. Come have a fun and exciting evening cheering on your local WHL team, while also contributing to a great cause that supports children in our city.

Fuel for School serves 130,000 breakfasts each year to CBE students. We know that a healthy breakfast is important for learning. Help us reach our goal of fueling learning through this ever-growing program.

Visit our Fuel for School webpage for details on how you can make a difference.

Kazoos!

The children made kazoos today!  They are in their backpacks.  They will happy to share them with you, I am sure.  Please ask your child to explain how the instrument works.

We had buddies today, and we made some get to know you origami.

We worked on math concepts today of subtraction and multiplication.

Reminders:

Please bring back the report card envelopes.

Another math challenge:

We have been working on a math challenge.  In 1783, Carl Fredrich Gauss was six years old, and his teacher gave him a task to keep him busy, because he was always done his work very quickly.  The challenge she gave him was...add together all of the numbers from the 100 chart.  For example, 1+2+3+4+5+6+7...and so on, up to 100.  The problem was, little Carl was finished this task in just a few minutes!  What are some of the strategies he may have used?  What are some ways to solve this problem efficiently?

The students have been writing about their winter vacations, and are excited to share with their classmates.

The students are continuing their work on their hearing and sound unit.  We measured how loud various parts of the school are in Decibels.  Their finding are now being graphed and charted.

The children are learning about the human ear-what the names of the parts are and how they work.  The children have really enjoyed doing this so far.  We will be building a model tomorrow.  We have been learning how to take care of our hearing too.

Math:  We are refining our strategies for subtraction with large numbers.  The children looked at how to use various strategies besides stacking with regrouping (borrowing).  The idea of doing this is to build their number sense and strategies.

We are still working on our Snowmen at Night Stories.

**On Friday, the children can wear their pajamas.  We will be doing some free games time and children can bring their own devices. There will be caroling as well!

Snowman Stories!

The children have been working on their own version of Snowmen at Night.  The stories will be typed up and will have some illustrations :)

We have been working on multiplication strategies.  Today, we looked at arrays and how they help us visualize multiplication.

We made some watercolour cards today.  Some are for Christmas and some are for holidays.

**We are now wrapping up knitting club.  Please have your child bring in the looms that belong to the school.

I am SO proud of our children!

We were on the news!  The children did absolutely amazing!  I absolutely cried happy tears when I heard the beautiful things that they were saying about helping others.

You can see the news segment at this link (and Mr Tucker, such a kind gentleman, says that it will be available for viewing for a long time)

Today, we worked on cursive writing!  The children are very motivated to do their best writing :)  Some of them do cursive writing better that I do!

We worked on building our structures with toothpicks and plastecine.  They found some strategies to build a structure that would hold up 7 text books!  That's amazing!  I saw a lot of persistence in the room.

We had finished our Wayside School Story today.  The children loved the story, and laughed a lot.  The series is written by Louis Sachar and they are very funny.

We are working on various strategies for addition-including mental math and regrouping.

**Movie night is tonight.  Smallfoot is playing.

No school on Friday, December 6th ...PD Day

We are so excited!

Global news was here today, and the children did an amazing job!  Many were interviewed and did a great description of everything that they did.

**WE WILL BE ON THE AIR TOMORROW AT 6 pm!  We can also find the video under Gil Tucker Global as of tomorrow at the same time. I can hardly wait!!

We are going to be doing another spelling test this Friday :)

The children did well on the list this week.

Here are the new words:

cap

change

clock

corn

cover

across

along

any

bank

before

Today, the children worked on building structures with toothpicks and gummies!  The challenge was to build a structure that would hold up a text book.  The children had such great ideas :)

Spelling List:

Hello Wonderful Families!

We are going to be practicing our spelling, and each week, I will be sending home just 10 words.  If possible, could your child practice the words with you?  Thank you so much!  Here are the words for this week:

above

alone

been

bell

blow

breakfast

brought

busy

Thank you for coming to the Interviews!  It was so nice to see you :)

Global news...is NOT coming in tomorrow!  There are no cameras available due to Grey Cup Celebrations!

We are so excited to talk about our empathy project with others.

Today, we made a big thank you card for Margeaux, the amazing teacher from 2 School.

We worked on some subtraction and addition strategies to ensure children have a strategy that they are most familiar with.

The students had music today :)

Have a wonderful evening, everyone!

Gil Tucker may not be able to come tomorrow to the school.  We will know more tomorrow morning.  If the visit does not happen tomorrow, Global will come next Tuesday :)

We will keep you all posted!

**Fun lunch is tomorrow

**Parent teacher conferences are tomorrow evening and Friday

**No school on Friday

What an amazing week at 2 School!

We learned so much about down town Calgary-including me! The children had the opportunity to walk around and learn about Calgary's history and discuss what the future may look like.

The children had the opportunity to learn about the Thompson Family park, which is an outdoor park donated to the city be the Thompson family.  The weather was amazing when we were visiting the park, and there were so many fun apparatuses!

On Thursday afternoon, the children did some building ideas in the future of learning lab about what some of the great things about downtown are and what some challenges about downtown are (ie noise).

The Devonian Gardens was an amazing experience on Friday.  The children were brainstorming why indoor parks are important and why outdoor parks are important.  We looked at Brookfield towers, which is the tallest building in Calgary, reaching 56 floors high!  The children learned about the importance of public spaces, public art and indoor spaces.

We had such an amazing week of learning!  We had a great time and by the end of the week, we were all very tired :)

We were on TV!  Well, some of our backpacks!  Please watch the following video to see:

**We have many children away with a flu :(  The symptoms are:  fever, chills, and sometimes stomach issues too.  I hope everyone stays healthy and recovers quickly!

**We are booking for the parent-teacher conferences for this Thursday and Friday-please email me if you are having any issues.

**No school for students on Friday, the 23rd.

Amazing Chinatown and the new library!

What an amazing day...again!  The children are learning so much on their week at 2 School!

We began the day at the Chinese Cultural Centre, where the children learned about the amazing artifacts in the museum, the incredible artwork, and learned how to speak some Chinese!

We ate lunch at the Cultural Centre and then we walked to get some ice cream!!  The children loved the ice cream and even tried some new flavours!

In the afternoon, we saw City Hall and then the new library!  The new library is quite the space to see!!

**Important news!!!

Global News is coming to speak to us about our "Hats for the Homeless" program.  This will be next Thursday at noon!  We need to have your permission as parents to allow them to be on TV.  I have sent another permission form home, specifically for the Global news station.

We had an incredible first day of Open Minds!

The grade 3s started our day at the Saffron building, in the school that was built in 1912.  In the classroom, the children noticed a lot of differences between our current classrooms and the classroom at the Saffron School.

We sketched the city line and looked at a picture from 1912 with the same view as we had.  The children looked at the differences from 1912 to 2018.

We walked to Connaught School to play at the park. It was so great and the weather was beautiful.

In the afternoon, we went to the Memorial Library and walked around the beautiful park.

Thank you all for the support on this trip!  We are having a great time!

A former student of Evergreen School is doing a special project to help support Calgary Reads!

If you have new or gently used books that are great condition, and are ready to be passed along to the next young readers, please send them in to the school.  The "Book Drive"  will take place on November 12-26th at Evergreen School in the gathering space.  This will also be during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

**What a great cause, thought up by a grade 5 student!

**Our grade 3 children made us so proud today in the Remembrance Day Ceremony!  They were amazing!

Next week is our downtown week, and it will be amazing!  A great part is that the weather is supposed to be lovely.

A few notes about the week:

-we will be walking around downtown a lot!  I have asked the children to wear their most comfortable shoes/boots, and to dress for the weather.

-we will be going to China Town on Wednesday, and we are going to an amazing ice cream store.  The children can buy an ice cream for \$5.25.  We have been asking children to bring their own money.

-the field trip is a full day, so we leave first thing in the morning, and return back at the end of the day in time for dismissal

-If you are volunteering, we would love if you could come in to the classroom in the morning-and thank you so much for joining us!

Building Challenges!

Today, the students had a challenge to introduce our structures unit.  The children had to use only 4 pieces of newspaper, and one metre of tape to build a tower as high as possible that would stand on its own.  The children worked very hard!  The towers will be measured to see how tall they are!

Multiplication:  using multiplication tables, we played a multiplication practice game.  The students were having a lot of fun, practicing their facts.

We read in our groups and are almost finished the books.

We began our novel study!  It is Wayside School, and it is so funny!

Important Messages:

2 School is next week!  Please send in the consent forms if you haven't already :)

**If you are able to volunteer, we would love to have you!  Please email me with your availability.

We did it!

We have been preparing for the Remembrance Day Ceremony.  We are doing art, practicing our music and preparing for our wreath.

We did some writing today.  We are looking at conventions, such as spelling, punctuations and capitalization.

Our art projects are going well!

Reminders:

**Please send back field trip forms for 2 School ASAP

**If you are able to volunteer that week, I would love to have you join us!

Happy Halloween Week!

Today, we worked on our journaling techniques!  We looked at drawing all around us and noticing small details.

We practiced stretching for sketching. This allows our muscle memory to develop coordination to do straight lines.

We worked on a math assessment today.

Important Reminders****

The knitting club is now open to two other classes.  Please return the looms and hooks, if you haven't already, so that other children can use them.

Swimming fees are due.  Please pay your fees on the CBE website.

2 School is coming up quickly!  If you can volunteer between November 12th to the 17th, please email me!

We are having such a great time swimming!  The children are growing so much in their swimming abilities.  Thank you to all of the volunteers-we are so grateful for your time.

**We are almost finished knitting club, and there are many other grade 3 students from the other classes that are so excited to learn to knit (I am delighted!).  I have asked the students to bring back their knitting looms and hooks by MONDAY at the latest, so that others can use them.  At the end of knitting clubs with all of the students, there will be an open knitting, whereby the students that would still like to use them can, and use up the extra yarn.

We are working on subtraction, multiplication patterns and mental math strategies on a daily basis.  The children are eager to share their knowledge :)

The children are continuing to work on their journalling, getting ready for the downtown field trip coming up!

Reminders:

***Halloween Howl is on the 25th

**PD Day on Friday, the 26th-no school for students

Exciting Week on the Horizon!

Today, we worked on our Rights of a Child concept map.  The children are very interested in this subject, and are eager to look in to this further.

We did Catch up to finish our progress.

The children did their first set of SLA tests today.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Swimming is this coming week (Mon-Thu).  Please ensure your child has a towel, their swimming suit, or trunks, and a plastic bag for their wet swimsuit.  It is beneficial if the children to have their suits under their clothes in the morning if possible.

**We are leaving the school at 9:30 am to get to the swim classes in time.

Rights of a Child:

Today, we looked at the Rights of a Child.  The children read about how the UN has put the rights into effect to protect children and ensure that children have the opportunity to have good life.

We did some mental math, relating to some fractions, subtraction and patterns.  We looked at strategies of adding 3 digit numbers and 3 digit numbers.

We wrote about architecture and how we look closely at buildings.  We thought about the Taj Mahal that we studied and how it was built.

In music, we are preparing for the Remembrance Day ceremony.  The songs we have learned are so meaningful.

Reminders:

Next week is swimming!  Please bring bathing suits and towels to school :)  The children are very excited!

Pascal's Triangle!

We had a great provocation for discussion in math today-thanks to a historical mathematician, Pascal.  We looked at the many patterns of the triangle, and how they all can relate.  We will go over the patterns again tomorrow.

We painted the Taj Mahal with watercolours, and discussed how the beautiful building changes colour in the various parts of the day.

Today, the children started practicing their songs for Remembrance Day.

The children worked on their cursive writing!  They are working so hard on this new skill and it is evident :)

Reminders:

***Please return swimming forms if you haven't already!  Our swimming starts next week.  We realize that the beginning of school is an expensive time. If you need more time or assistance to pay the fees, please contact the office, and please know that we completely understand!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

We did a guided drawing of the Taj Mahal.  The children worked really hard and they are proud of their drawings.

The children worked on the sample of the SLAs today.  They will be doing the real test next week. These tests allow us as teachers to see where the children are in their math and writing, and gear our teaching to meet their needs.

We had knitting club at lunch, and it was amazing!  We are seeing a lot of progress in their perseverance and pride when they are finished.

We had picture day today!  The children looked so nice!

***Please return swimming forms ASAP, as the pool needs to organize the groups.

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!

We did a writing exercise about our weekend.  The children are working on getting their words on paper, using capital letters, and rereading for errors and grammar (this will be tomorrow).

We worked on looking at math patterns.  The children are working on mental math on a daily basis as well.

The children have a membership to Number Rumble.  This is a CBE approved site, and is available to try at home if you would like.  The children can try it without a sign in, and will receive their sign ins tomorrow, if they haven't already.

We have begun our literature groups.  The children are doing novel studies and are doing activities to go along with their books.

Reminders:

Please bring in hand bell forms if your child is interested in doing this (due on Oct 19th).

**Picture day is tomorrow-first thing in the morning

**Knitting club is tomorrow

Knitting Club :)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

We had such a great time at knitting club today!  The children are doing so well with their persistence :) and they did not want to stop.

**Children are still welcome to join the knitting club-I don't want to turn anyone away.  The other grade 3 classes will be able to join soon-we have so many children that are interested in learning

Today, we had talked about some of the features of the Canadian Passport.  We will be creating a passport in our journals to introduce the countries that we are starting.

We worked on our mental math and telling time.

We are learning about effective story starters.  The children are going to be refining their writing, grammar and spelling this year.

On the Horizon:

Pictures Oct 11

No school Friday (Happy Thanksgiving!)

No school Monday, Oct 8 and Tuesday, Oct 9

Cursive Writing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Well, what a snowy, fantastic day!

We are doing a week of inspiring math, so our brains will grow!  Today, we looked at math patterns and looked at how groups of sets make up multiplication.

This morning, we gave the children some free writing time.  Their imaginations were amazing, and the children were excited to write.

We started cursive writing and talked about how it is important.

**On days like these, we do still go outside.  The children had such a great time playing in the snow!!  Please send gloves, hats and scarves along with snowpants and warm jackets if possible.

Reminders:

Scholastic orders are due on Wednesday (tomorrow).

Pictures are on Oct 11

Knitting Forms will be coming home today, and the club starts on Thursday at lunch.

Swimming forms will be coming home this week.

Friday, September 28th, 2018

What a fantastic week!

We had a great Terry Fox run!  The children were still excited about it this morning :)

The children learned about Orange Shirt Day, which is on Monday.  If your child wishes to participate, please wear an orange shirt on Oct 1.

We did a challenging math problem today, and the children worked very diligently to get the answer.  Using only 1's, 3's, 5's and 7's, (as many of each of number as you'd like), can you come up with an answer of 37 (using any operation).

We did a lot of catch up, and the children are almost finished their art projects.

On the Horizon:

Orange shirt day is Oct 1

Scholastic orders are due on Wednesday this week. (Oct 3)

Picture day is Oct 11

**Please note...there was some confusion around the dates for the open minds field trip.  We are going on the trip on the week of November 12th.  The Friday is a short day, so we will be back in time for dismissal.

We are learning how to do 3-D art!  The grade 3s are doing some artwork of looking up at skyscrapers.  So amazing!

The grade 3's have been working on daily mental math (number talk), and the numbers are getting more complex.  We also have been working on a math problem of:  using only 4 4's, and any operation, how can you arrive at a sum of 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.  The students have found that at times, it is best to try as many possibilities as they can to arrive at various answers.

We did some journalling activities this week.  Today, we did "What do you notice?".  In 5 minutes, the children wrote about things that they hear, smell, see, and feel.  It was insightful for them to sit and look around.

We have finished our book covers, and the variety of books is amazing.

What an incredible Terry Fox Run!!  The children were so inspired by the incredible stories and by all of the parental support!  Thank you so much!

Monday, September 25th, 2018

Thank you all for joining us for Parent-Teacher Conferences!  It was so nice to meet with you all.

We had a productive day today!

We began writing stories about an imaginary trip that we could take if we had the chance.  We looked at using our senses to enhance our descriptive writing.

We did some bigger mental math today and are looking at how patterns relate to multiplication.

We did a math group work exercise that promoted having a plan, working together and communicating.

Our maps are almost finished, and the children have learned how to find the countries that we are studying.

**Correction note:  the dates that we are going downtown are for the week of the 12th!  We are going on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th for a half day.  We will be back in time for dismissal.  There was an error on the page that I had to sign up (I am so sorry!)

Tuesday, September 19th, 2018

What a damp, chilly day!  Thank you all so much for the cozy clothes that the children have to come to school.  The children are dressed appropriately for our weather :)

We are discussing and writing about what is important about books.  We have read the book called "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore".  This beautiful, yet powerful story is about the importance of books and how they are so important to a gentleman in the event of a natural disaster.  This story is also an award winning short film.  I highly recommend watching it :)

We are working on our telling time and playing games for refining this skill.

We have finished our event maps for summer-using another journal strategy.  They are beautifully done!

We are talking about what our favourite books are, and will be working with the titles and authors of these.

The grade 3s are learning about where the countries are that we are focusing on.

**Meet the Teacher Conferences are on Thursday evening and Friday morning.  Please book a time if you can make it!  I would love to meet with you and learn some more about your child.

** Your child will be asking you about their favourite book (if they haven't already :)  )  We are going to be making a copy of the book cover.

Friday, September 12th, 2018

We had such a great week, and I am really enjoying to get to know the children.

We have explored various media for a fall art project.  The children have looked at step by step presentations of how to draw a tree. The children then worked on the techniques they had learned to a painted background they made.

In Math, the children have been working on telling time on an analog clock.  This is coming along nicely!  We are continuously working on mental math strategies and how to solve word problems.

The children have been practicing various journalling techniques.  They have been showing their knowledge and experiences using sketching, event maps and concept maps.  The journalling will continue throughout the year, and will be a wonderful resource for the children to refer to.

In Social Studies, the grade 3s are looking at wants vs. needs, and what is required to live.  We are learning about how other people live and how the needs of people are being met.

Reminders:

Parent-teacher conferences Thurs and Fri (Sept 20 & 21)

Terry Fox run is on Sept 27th.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

We had a wonderful learning day today!

We explored the idea of wants and needs.  We clarified what we need as humans to survive and looked at how other people live in various parts of the world.

We explored how some girls go to school at night to learn, so they can work at home during the day.  The children found this very fascinating, and we had some great discussions.

We did some math today, and the children had the opportunity to show what they know in addition.  We talked about being nervous about new learning and how this classroom is a safe place to make mistakes.

The children worked on their journals and are finishing a letter to let me know about themselves.

Reminders:

Technology contracts have been sent home to be read and signed by you and your child.  Please return them as soon as possible.

Conferences booking will be available on Friday to set up Meet the Teacher Conferences.

Friday, September 7th, 2018

What a fantastic week we have had!  We have such a wonderful group of children and I am so excited for the year.

Today, we read another chapter in the Bunnicula book.  It is very entertaining, and suspenseful!

We did some catch up work in our journals.  The children are looking at various methods of journalling in preparation for our field trip downtown.

Reminders**

Please email me if you are available to volunteer for our field trip.

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

We had such a great day!

We worked on our journals today!  We are finishing our first days of grade 3.

We started on some math problem solving skills.  Ask me what strategies I used.

We did some community building today, and met some new friends.  We played various games with a person/people that we didn't know.  Ask me what games I played.

We started to read a novel.  It is called Bunnicula and it is very funny!  We just completed the first chapter.  Ask me who Harold is :)

**Reminder**  We finish at 11:50 on Fridays.

**Volunteers:  We are going to 2 School in November!  It is a week long Open Minds Program, and we get the opportunity to go downtown every day for one week.  If you are available to join us for volunteering, we would love that!  We are going to Open Minds from Nov 12-16th.  Please email if you would like to join us-even for one day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

We had some technical difficulties and I was not able to update our blog. I hope this works!

I am so pleased to get to know your child!  We have an incredible group of children, and I am so excited for this year!

We had a great day today!

We read the story "Once Upon an Alphabet", which is a great read by Oliver Jeffers.  He is such a creative artist, and has such an interesting way of illustrating books.  We looked at how he gets his story ideas and how much he loves his job!

We did some fun with numbers work.  The children looked at different numbers that they have in their lives and how they can relate it to a hundreds chart.  Can your child work on memorizing your phone number and address please?

We did a scavenger hunt today and learned some new names of our class mates and some interesting facts about others.

We looked at various journaling techniques and how we can show our knowledge in interesting ways.  The children worked on their pages and are doing such a great job!

We had a gym class today and we played the game "tails".  So fun!