Mrs. Stringer

Week 7: (Oct 12-15)

 Happy Animal Week of School!!

In literacy, this week our focus in our writing was on adjectives and adding juicy words.  We read a story called ‘Hairy, scary & ordinary’ and watched a video about what is an adjective.  Then we practiced writing 5 descriptive sentences about Autumn, trying to include as many adjectives as we could. Our writing stamina was a bit of a struggle at the beginning of this week, so together we came up with a list of success criteria for what writing looks and sounds like in room 6.  Many of the students were much more successful once we had a common set for expectations and a plan.  In reading, we got to take home our first home reading READO sheet to complete at home.  Please ask your child about it?

 

In math, this week our focus was on skip counting by 5’s, 10’s and 100’s to 1000.  We completed a quick assessment of the skills we already had as a grade 3 class and we discovered that we still needed some work on skip counting backwards.  So, as a group we worked with a 200’s chart and bingo chips, starting at various starting points and skip counted backwards together. We also worked with partners using our skip counting skills to count all the money in a bag. 

 

In Science, this week we began our first unit called Animal Life Cycles.  We had a guest, a real salamander, named Tiger, visit us in our classroom to get us thinking and asking questions about animals.  This week we learned how to sort and classify animals into their groups, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Mammals and Insects.  We also used the computers to sort various animals into their different groups and created our own animal posters.

 


Looking ahead

1.  We will learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction books.

2.  We will learn about skip counting by 100’s, 3’s and 4’s in math with pumpkins!

3.    We will begin to learn about lifecycles in animals.

4.  Library day in on TUESDAY!

5.    If you have headphones, please send them to school for our computer work.

6.  WILD WEDNESDAYS!! This week we will begin our community walks, so please dress for the weather

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

 November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Week 6: (Oct 3-Oct 7)

 Happy Thanks-Giving Week of School!!

We finally completed our friendship rocks and added them to our school’s rock garden in the front of the school.  Take a look next time you are in that area!

 

In literacy, this week our focus was looking at the Writing process and how to vary of the beginnings of our sentences.  We began the week by writing a good copy of our ‘Giving Tree” writing and added it to our documentation panel outside our classroom with our focus on Truth & Reconciliation.  Next, we began working on a piece of writing focusing on how to disguise a turkey to save it from the farmer.  Student’s brainstormed many different ways to disguise their turkeys and then wrote about how they would disguise it with a focus varying their sentence starters.  This week in our word work we focused on diagraphs, the ch, sh, th and wh spelling patterns.  Students in room 6 have been working very hard at noticing these patterns and using them in our reading and writing.

 


In math, this week our focus was on ordering and comparing numbers to 1000.  The students worked really hard recognizing the greater than, less than and the equal sign.  We also learned 2 new card games that students can work on with a partner once they have finished their work in class.  This week the grade 3’s did a wonderful job participating in our math talks.  We learned some great strategies from our classmates such as decomposing numbers, using friendly numbers and using tally marks.

 

In gym, we continued to spend our week outside learning various compound games such as wall ball, line tag and 4 square.  Our gym classes were very successful this week because the grade 3’s worked really hard at cooperating with their classmates and staying active.

 

Looking ahead

1.  We will learn how to add descriptive details to our writing

2.  We will learn about skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 100’s in math

3.    We will begin our Science Unit this week

4.  Library day in on TUESDAY!

5.    If you have headphones, please send to school for our computer work in a ziplock bags with the student’s names on it

6.    EMJ Spirit Friday’s – please wear EMJ T-shirts on Fridays!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting - 6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

 

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

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Week 5: (Sept 27- Oct 1)

Happy Truth & Reconciliation Week of School!!

 This week we spend a great deal of time reading and discussing what Truth & Reconciliation means and Indigenous ways of knowing.  We also recognized Orange shirt day on Wednesday.

In literacy, this week we this week we read a story called ‘The Giving Tree’.  It is a retelling of a Metis folktale about a hollow in a tree that Metis people used as a cash to story goods.  We began writing about what we would take from a ‘Giving Tree’ and what we would take in return.  We also focused on creating a list of transition words to connect our ideas and sentences. 

 

In math, this week we began our investigation in comparing numbers.  The grade 3’s played a game called Who has the Greatest number and then they were introduced to the symbols greater than, less than, equal and unequal.  We also learned and new math routine called Alike and Different.  The students compared 2 images and explained how they were alike and different.

 

In gym, we spend our week outside learning various compound games such as tetherball and hop scotch.

 

In Art, this week we designed our own orange shirts and feather, that described the feelings that students in residential schools might have felt and feeling they should feel in school.

 


Looking ahead

1.   We will continue our writing about ‘The Giving Tree’

2.    We will continue comparing and ordering numbers in math

3.     We will continue learning new compound games in gym

4.     Library day in on TUESDAY!

5.     If you have headphone, please send to school for out computer work

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

 

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Week 4: (Sept 20-23th)

 Happy Terry Fox week of School!!

Thank-you so much to all the parents who were able to meet with me during interviews. It was so great to speak about your child and get to know them better!

In literacy, this week we spend some time talking and learning about Terry Fox.  We read and watched some stories about him and brainstormed facts we learned about him.  Then we learned about what a paragraph is and used our facts about Terry Fox and wrote our first paragraph called All about Terry.  We talked about how paragraphs are groups of sentences all about the same topic.  We also talked about our ‘Writing Stamina’ and how writing requires lots of focus and attention and how can we as learns need to keep our focus on writing.  Each student also received their personal dictionary. It will be a tool they keep in their writing folders throughout the year.

 

In math, this week we continued our investigation into different ways to represent numbers to 1000 but with a focus on numbers about Terry Fox.  We also talked about place value and completed our first paper and pencil work that we got to bring home and share with our family.  As well, this week we completed our second math talk and shared our knowledge of addition facts.  We also began working on counting out collections.  Students worked with a partner to count a collection of items.  

 

In health, this week we read a story called ‘My mouth is a Volcano’ and talked about why it is important to wait our turn to speak and why interrupting can hurt our classmates feeling.  Ask your child what strategies we discussed to hold the volcano in.

 

In Art, this week looked at leaves through an artist’s eyes and sketched some leaves we collected from the playground.

 

Looking ahead

1.   We will learn about Truth & Reconciliation Week

2.    We will learn about skip counting and ordering numbers in math

3.   We will learn about Word endings

4. Library day is on Tuesday, Don't forget your books!

 

 Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School

 

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

 


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Week 3: (Sept 13-17th)

 Happy 3rd week of School!!

 In literacy, this week we began looking at what it means to Be Kind!  We read and listened to several stories that shared examples of being kind.  We wrote in our writing journal about times when we were kind to others and about times we wish we were a little bit more kind.  We will continue to focus on how to ‘Be Kind’ throughout the year! We also completed a school wide writing assessment using a prompt about what the students would add to our playground if it was emptied out.

 

In math, this week we continued our investigation into different ways to represent numbers to 1000.  We built figures using base ten blocks and calculated its value. Then we represented the values in words and expanded form.  We played race to 100, regrouping the ones blocks and trading them in for tens blocks.  We also started our morning Mental Math routines, with Today’s number.  The grade threes brainstormed all the different mathematical things they knew about 12.


In health, this week we began discussing expected and unexpected behaviors and how it makes us feel when our classmates are displaying unexpected behaviors.  We created a list in our visual journals and made a list for our classroom.  We also read a book called ‘The way I feel’, then we discussed and practiced how our body language and our facial features can give us clues about how others are feeling.

 

In Art, this week continued to finish our Name art and worked with marbles to create textured designs for our writing journals.

 

Looking ahead

1.   We will learn and write about TERRY FOX

2.    We will learn about skip counting in math

3.   We will visit the library

 

Terry Fox Run

Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 19th.  Due to Covid protocols, each class will be participating in the run on our school field during their gym time.  Please remember to dress for the weather and wear your running shoes.  We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th

You can either donate on-line  http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJohnson or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

Sept 2021

  • Sept 19 - Terry Fox Run
  • Sept 23 – Parent Teacher Conferences On-line 4-7:30 pm
  • Sept 24 – No school Parent Teacher Conferences On-line
  • Sept 30 – National day for Truth & Reconciliation No school

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Week 2: (Sept 7-10th)

 Happy 2nd week of School!!

 It has been wonderful getting to know the students of room 6, how they learn best and what their interests and hobbies are.

In literacy, this week we began looking at what makes a ‘Super Sentence’.  We read a story called ‘Super Sentence Girl’ and talked about the things that make sentences super.  We identified sentences that were super and some that were not.  We also started editing boring sentences to make them super.  We also worked on brain storming writing ideas on our ‘brain pocket’s’.

 

In math, this week we began investigating different ways to represent numbers to 1000.  We talked about what place value means and why is it important.  We learned how to represent numbers by building with base ten blocks and using expanded form.  We also explored all the different ways to make 100 items. We also played place value bingo to continue practice representing numbers using words.

 

In health, this week we spend lots of time reviewing and discussing the 4 zones of regulation.  We also talked about ways to calm and regulate our emotions and harnessing our ‘Inner Ninja’.  We set goals for ourselves about ways that we can earn our ninja bands by demonstrating our regulation skills.

 

In Art, this week we began our first project, name art.  Using pattern, lines and big bold lettering the students started to create art with their names.

 


Looking ahead

1.   We will continue to work on our writing stamina

2.    We will continue to representing numbers in different ways in math

3.   We will complete our name art

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 Sept 2021

  • Sept 16- Picture Day
  • Sept 19 - Terry Fox Run
  • Sept 23 – Parent Teacher Conferences On-line 4-7:30 pm
  • Sept 24 – No school Parent Teacher Conferences On-line
  • Sept 30 – National day for Truth & Reconciliation No school

 


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Week 37: (June 21-25th)

 Happy last week of School!!

In literacy, this week we began taking our duck research notes and writing them into paragraphs for our duck report.  We reviewed how to write paragraphs, using topic sentences, sentences with the supporting details and then a concluding sentence.  The grade 3’s worked really hard writing about what we learned about duck’s habitat, appearance, food, adaptations and interesting facts.  This week, we also spend lots of time reading our novel, The Wild Robot.  It is becoming a very ‘epic’ book and the grade 3’s can’t wait to hear what will happen to Roz the robot in the last couple of chapters.

 In math, this week we spent our week reviewing some key concepts from this year’s math learning.  We played a multiplication and division game with a partner, then we practiced sorting 2-D and 3-D shapes and completed a fraction math talk.  Finally, on Thursday we took the data we collected from measuring the mass of our ducklings and used it to create a bar graph.  The grade 3’s noticed many interesting things.  First, the ducklings weighted less when they hatched then inside of their egg.  They also noticed that the duckling’s growth was exponential, meaning they grew rapidly and gained mass each day.

 

In Art, this week we learned about a popular form of art called ‘POP Art’.  We also learned about famous artist know for this form of art such as Andy Warhol.  We created our own ‘Pop Art’ based on ducks.  We used bold and contrasting colours with crayons or oil pastels.

 


 

We also participated in many different activities this week to recognize National Indigenous People’s Day.  On Monday, we went to our favourite outdoor learning space and read through an Indigenous book on trail signs.  The picture book contained many different animals hidden in the illustrations and the grade 3’s enjoying locating them all.  We also watched and listen to many different Indigenous videos and songs to illustrate their important culture and their connection to the land.

 

 We also learned how to look after our ducks, the grade 3's helped to clean out their cage, lay down new newspaper, sawdust, fill their food containers and water bottle.  We said goodbye to our ducklings as they are going back to the farm on Saturday to live out their long life as a farm duck.

As part of our final 2 days of school we will be doing a Trek On Tuesday morning to our favourite park in our community.  If the grade 3’s choose to, they are allowed to bring in their favourite treat to enjoy while we are out on our Trek.

 It has been a pleasure getting to know each and everyone one of the grade 3's in room 6.  They are a wonderful, creative and kind group of students!! We have had a great year learning and growing together, navigating this new reality the pandemic has given to us.  Have a super summer!! Mrs. Stringer

Looking ahead

1.   We will finish our research report about ducks

2.    We will clean out our desks and prepare for the summer

3.   Happy Summer!!

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 June 2021

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

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Week 36: (June 13-18th)

Ducks! Ducks!! and DUCKS!!!  This week we have welcomed 4 little ducklings into our classroom for these next 2 weeks.

 In literacy, this week we began writing a Diary of a Duck mini book.  We based our writing on the books ‘Diary of a worm, Diary of a spider and Diary of a Fly’ written by Doreen Cornion. The grade three’s wrote 4 diary entries from the perspective of one of our ducks.  They wrote about what it would be like to be inside the egg before they hatched, what it was like when they hatched, walking in the grass and swimming in the pool.  We had lots of fun describing everyday objects from a Duck’s point of view.


In math, this week we began describing 3-D shapes.  We learned what edges, vertices and faces are and what they mean.  Then we looked at examples of these 3-D shapes in our world.  We worked in partners to describe these shapes according to their faces, edges and vertices.  Then on Thursday we built skeletons of prisms and pyramids using clay and toothpicks.

 


This week in gym, we played some ball hockey outside on our compound.  We learned how to dribble, shoot and pass the ball with partners.  Then we finished with some small mini 5 on 5 games using the hockey nets.

 

Duck!! We spend lots of time with week holding, petting and observing our ducklings.  We have been weighing their mass each day to record how the ducklings are growing.  We named them Hazel, Lightning, Yellow Bandit and Scorpion. We had many wonder questions abotu out ducks so we started some research to find the answers to our questions.

 


Looking ahead

1.   We will write a research report about ducks

2.    We will continues learning about mass and data management in math

3.    We will conclude our Hearing and Sound unit in Science and our final country TUNISIA

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN AND BRING A HAT!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

June 2021

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

 

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Week 33: (May 25- 28th)

 It was so wonderful to see all of the grade three's in person this week!!!

In literacy, this week we continued our work with our opinion writing.  The topic we are writing about this week is school uniforms. We reviewed the steps and began writing our draft. In our reading power lesson’s, we talked about our last reading Power, Transforming.  Transforming is how our thinking ‘transforms’ or changes during and after reading.  Together we brainstormed everything we knew about Peace, then we read a book called ‘What does Peace sound like?’ and discussed how our thoughts about Peace was transformed after reading the book.

 

In math, this week we continued our work with measurement and perimeter.  We reviewed what perimeter is and how it is measured.  We used meter sticks and measured different objects outside on the playground then figured out their perimeter by adding the measurements we took.  We also discussed how different regular and irregular shapes can have the same perimeter and we experimented with drawing those shapes on graph paper and measuring their perimeter.  We also combined our math learning about perimeter and used our artistic skills to create 'Mindscraft' inspired selfies using graph paper. Next week we will figure out the perimeter of our drawings.

 

Our class has been participating in the Amazing Race and completed many challenges this week including creating a class wave and making Carnival masks as our class traveled to Brazil.  During gym class this week, we played modified kickball games and created our own tag games.  The grade 3's worked really well as a team and learned about the importance of making sure all their classmates are invloved in the game.

 


Looking ahead

1.   We will finish our Opinion writing

2.    We will begin looking mass in math as well as reviewing division and fractions!

3.    We will continue with our Hearing and Sound unit in Science and looking at our final country TUNISIA

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus- this week is our last week to visit the book bus for the year!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

Wheel day at EMJ School: On Wednesday, June 2nd we will be hosting a ‘Wheel to school day’.  This day is to help promote active methods of transportation on the way to school.  Research shows that being active before school can stimulate student’s engagement in their learning.  Students can ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards to school.  We will be closing the gym for the day and students can safely store their ‘wheels’ there until the end of the day.  Please remember to wear your helmet!  We look forward to seeing you on your ‘wheels’ on June 2nd.

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

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As announced by the provincial government on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 across the province will shift to online learning beginning Friday May 7.  This means that classes will be online starting this Friday, with a potential return to in school learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 

Ethel M Johnson School will be offering online programming for students in kindergarten to grade six, as well as the Learning and Literacy program. Teachers are currently putting together plans to shift learning to an online environment.  This will include a mix of whole class lessons, small group lessons, individual support, as well as independent work. 

We will be working hard to provide the best opportunity for your child to access learning opportunities as consistently as possible.  We have been asked to continue to update attendance records during online learning, so if your child needs to be away at any time please let your child’s teacher know. 

If you have any questions about your child’s individual learning, please contact the appropriate teacher directly.

Please note that blogs will be temporarily suspended during online learning.

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Week 31: (April 27-30th)

What lovely Weather this week!!!

 In literacy, this week we concluded our work on writing poetry and created an anthology of poetry.  This week the grade 3’s worked on writing an acrostic poem, focusing on subjects from nature and using alliteration and rhyming in their poems.  On Thursday they worked on editing and publishing their poems on the computer.

In math, this week we began an inquiry project to help Mr. Greenthumb plan his garden at his nursery.  Each day we received a different letter from Mr. Greenthumb asking us for help with arrays to design his garden.  We used our understanding of multiplication, division and fractions to design Mr. Greenthumbs garden for 60 seeds.  On Friday, we received the seeds, soil and 2 tubs.  We used our math skills to create an array in the tubs of soil and plant the 60 sunflower seeds.  We used division to figure out how we could share planting the seeds so that each student in the group planted the same amount of seeds. We also wrote letters to Mr. Greenthumb to ask him some questions and explain what we learned.

 

Due to the beautiful weather this week we spend lots of time outdoors.  On our Trekking Tuesday we wrote poems in our sketch journals, we completed our quiet reading under our tree in our sit spots and learned about nesting dolls from the Ukraine and Russia.  We also spent lots of time with our speed stacks (cup stacking) learning how to up stack and down stack the set of 12 cups.

 



Looking ahead

1.   We will begin our Opinion writing

2.    We will begin looking at measurement in math

3.    We will begin out Hearing and Sound unit in Science

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus

6.  Please remember to wear a hat on Wednesday!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Our School will relax our hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Students might also be participating in a coordinated lesson on understanding mental health and the importance of removing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.

May 2021

  • May 5 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

 June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

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Week 30: (April 19-23rd)

Happy Earth Day Week!!!

In literacy, this week we continued our work reading, writing and sharing poetry.  This week we began looking at poems that have more ‘set rules’ to them.  We wrote a poem about colours and a diamond poem.  In our diamond poems we used our knowledge of nouns, adjectives and verbs to describe 2 subjects that are opposite of each other.  We also focused on Earth Day this week, using Alliteration to write a friendly letter to the Earth thanking it for all that it provides for us. 

In math, this week we continued looking at the big idea of ‘Fractions’.  This week we focused on representing fractions on a number line, comparing fractions with a like/same denominator and discussing how we use fractions in our daily lives.  On Friday, we created potions using fractions such as ½ tsp of mouthwash and ¼ of a tbs of baking soda.  We wrote a recipe and brought our potions home to share with you.  Some of our potions will make our siblings nicer, sleep better or freeze time!!!!

 

To celebrate Earth Day this week we used our Trekking Tuesday’s to do a community clean-up of our school's field and the neighbourhood of Southwood around our school. We also completed our ‘I love Earth’ art and brought those home to share with you.  We brainstormed many ways to Protect our home – Earth!! Ask your child what they can do.

 

Looking ahead

1.   We will complete our Poetry Anthology and share our work

2.    We will complete our study of Fractions in math

3.    We will complete our study of Ukraine’s culture and economy

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

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Week 29: (April 12-16th

In literacy, this week we continued our journey through free verse Poetry.  We learned how to take the ideas we brainstormed about our nature items and how to add in ‘line breaks’ to create poems.  We also learned that free verse poems don’t only have to be about objects and that they can be about big feelings.  We finished our week by publishing our favourite free verse poems based on success criteria we created as a class.

 


In math, this week we began looking at the big idea of ‘Fractions’.  We learned that fractions are a part of the whole.  We learned that the top number of a factions is called the numerator and it represents the part of and the bottom number of a faction is called the denominator.  The denominator represents how many equal parts the whole was ‘split’ into. We worked on representing and creating fractions of a whole and fractions of a set.

 


*As part of our study into fractions, we will be measuring ingredients to make potions.  If possible, next week could you please send a small container of something your child would like to add to our potion*

 In Science, this week we concluded out unit on building by testing out catapults outside.  We shot our catapults and measured how far they shot a ping pong ball.  Then we tested our catapults for accuracy, counting how many shots out of 3 were they able to hit a target.

 

In gym, this week we learned a new activity called ‘Pillow Polo’.  We learned how to hold the stick, hit the ball with the stick and dribble the ball with the stick.  We had a great time working in a team playing Pillow Polo outside in our school field.


In Art, this week we started creating our ‘I love the Earth’ mobiles.  We drew on the land and the water and adding colour with paint.  We will continue with the weaving next week to prepare for Earth Day!

 

Looking ahead

1.   We will learn how to write more structured poems

2.    We will continue our study of Fractions in math

3.    We will continue to learn about Ukraine’s culture and economy

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

April 2021

  • Apr. 22 – Earth Day!!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

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Week 28: (April 6-9th)

 In literacy, this week we began a journey into Poetry.  Together we read various poems in anthologies.  We learned that poet’s look at the world differently and we practiced putting out ‘Poet’s Eyes’ on and looked at objects from Nature in different ways. We wrote down the beginnings of a free verse poem about our objects from nature.  We also completed our ‘Small moment’ stories and many students brought them home today to share with you.


In math, this week we worked on looking at the passage of time through solving problems using the April calendar.  We also estimated what unit of measure, either seconds, minutes, hours, days or years would take to complete a task such as sneezing or watching a hockey game.  On Thursday, we reviewed how to sort objects using 1 or more attributes.  We worked in partners using attribute blocks to sort using different attributes including size, shape, colour, number of sides and thickness.  During out math routine time we focused on 'Alike or Different', the students compared the 2 different pictures and described what they saw.

 


In Science, this week we began our second building challenge, building a catapult. The grade 3’s are using their engineering skills to build a prototype of a catapult that can launch a ping pong ball at a target or the farthest.


In Health, we have been focusing on nutrition for the month of March.  We have been looked at the Canadian Food Guide and talking about the 3 different sections of the plate.  Today the grade three's made their own healthy eating plate complete with what each type of food does for our bodies.  They help us to GROW, GLOW or GO!  We have also been keeping track of who is bringing healthy food for snacks.  So for we are up to 14 out of 20 students, keep those healthy snacks coming!


Looking ahead

1.   We will learn how to add line breaks into our poems

2.    We will begin our study of Fractions in math

3.    We will test and measure our Catapults.

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 

April 2021

  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

 

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


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Week 26: (Mar 15-19th)

In literacy, this week we focused on ‘Crafting Powerful Endings’ and ‘Rereading to make sure that our writing sounds right and makes sense.’ We used our detective skills to search our writing for sentences that had punctuation errors such as missing periods, commas or exclamation marks.  We also circled words that we thought might be incorrect and worked on going back to correct them.  On Friday, some students were ready to publish their stories by typing them up on the computer. Watch for our stories coming home to read and celebrate sometime next week!

We also had a visit from a sneaky Leprechaun who made some mischief in our classroom on Wednesday.  We searched for him all day but couldn't find him.  We did write about all the different ways we could convince a Leprechaun to show use where his gold was.

In math, this week we continued with our study of division.  We solved various word problems involving division and created a multiplication city using arrays.  On Friday, we completed a ‘Division I spy.’  We moved around the classroom with our clipboards, solving different division problems.  The grade three’s had great conversations with their classmates about different ways to solve the division problems. 

 


In, Social Studies this week we finished our Inca masks.  We used success criteria to make sure our masks contained all the important parts.  We also stamped our passports as we ‘flew’ across the ocean to the continent of Europe, to visit our next country- Ukraine. 

In gym, this week we took advantage of the beautiful weather and played outside.  We used the playground to complete various physical literacy tasks such as a safely landings, sliding, climbing and locomotor skills.  We also used the balls and scoops to work on our throwing and catching skills.

 

During our Trekking Tuesday this week, we explored a green space in our community and learned about ‘sit spots’.  We sat with our sketch books and used our sense of sight to carefully observe and then sketch objects around us.  The grade threes then shared and explained the sketches they drew  to their classmates.

 

 

Looking ahead

1.   We will publish our small moment stories

2.    We will complete an assessment of our learning in Division & Multiplication

3.    We will continue our study of Ukraine in Social Studies

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 March 2021

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

 April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

 June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment



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Week 25: (Mar 8-11th)

 Thanks again to the all parents who were able to meet with me at Parent Teacher Conferences this week!  It is so lovely to share with you all of your child’s learning successes.

In literacy, this week we continued our work ‘Crafting Powerful Small Moments’. This week we continued focusing on ‘Zooming in’ in our small moments, adding description to our writing.  This week we all wrote about ‘Our Trekking Tuesday’ and expanded it into a small moment.  It was wonderful to see the students taking all the skills they have learned in the past weeks and applying it to their own writing. In word work, this week we focused on listening and spelling words with the ‘oo’ sounds.  Did you know that ‘oo’ can make two different sounds?  The first sound we call the ‘scary ghost’, like in balloon and moon and the other sound we call ‘ghost with a book’, like in took, look and book.

 

In math, this week we focused on the big idea that multiplication and division are related.  It was ‘Super Mario’ day on March 10 and we used some fun Mario math mashups to solve equations using all 4 operations this week. We also used Lego to find and represent the 4 related fact families in multiplication and division.  Finally, we had a great math discussion about division, using our Frayer Model and discovered that division is like repeated subtraction.

 

In, Social Studies this week we completed our journey through Peru.  We watched a video about life on a farm in Peru and used a Venn diagram to explain the similarities and differences between Peru and Canada.  We also learned about ‘Machu Picchu’ and how it is one of the 7 Wonders of the World and how it is important to Peruvian culture and history. The grade 3's sketched a visual representation of Machu Picchu in their visual journals. Finally, we learned about Peruvian gold and how the Inca’s used gold to make decorations to worship the sun gold.  We began creating our own golden masks, using shapes and lines.

 

In gym, we began some volleyball type skills.  Learning how to volley and bump the ball with a partner and against the wall.  We also used balloons to play ‘keep up’ using our volley ball skills.

 

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn about revising and editing our favourite small moment writing

2.    We will continue our journey through division with word problems

3.    We will begin our study of Ukraine in Social Studies

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus

6. Remember to wear Green on Wednesday this week!!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 March 2021

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

 

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Week 24: (Mar 1-5th)

Feels like Spring!!

In literacy, this week we began our work ‘Crafting Powerful Small Moments’. This week we focused on ‘Zooming in’ on our small moments, which means adding in details and description to our writing.  We used magnifying glasses to use all of our senses to look at seashells and describe all the details we noticed.  Then we practiced revising our small moments by adding details and description.  In word work, this week we focused on listening and spelling words with the hard c, soft C, hard g and soft g sounds.  We were also word detectives searching for those words in the books we were reading.

 


In math, this week we focused on the big idea of division.  We read a story called ‘The doorbell rang’ and discovered that division is like sharing cookies.  We discussed that division is like sharing, splitting apart or making equal groups.  We also brainstormed different ways we could divide 19 M&M’s into 2 equal groups and what happens to the left-over M&M.  We divided blocks into equal groups and then wrote the number equation we discovered when making our equal groups.

 


In, Science this week we completed our first big challenge, designing and building a bridge.  The grade threes worked very hard on their bridges, testing which materials were the strongest to support the ‘loads’ that bridge needed to hold.  We discovered that thick cardboard and tin cans were great choices for strong materials.  We also discovered that glue from a hot glue and white glue were the best options for fasteners to attach our bridges together. We tested our bridges with an earthquake test, a wind test and how many weights it could hold. On Friday, we wrote about our bridge design’s in our visual journals and the students got to bring home their bridges.

 


In gym, we used our scooters boards to play scooter handball and scooter hockey.  We used our division skills to make 4 equal teams and cooperated together to score on the nets. 

 


Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn about crafting powerful endings and revising in our writing

2.    We will begin continue our journey through division

3.    We will conclude our study of Peru in Social Studies

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go and play outside every day!!

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the EMJ Book Bus

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

 June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


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Week 23: (Feb 22-26th)

 In literacy, this week we continued our work ‘Making Stories Come Alive’.  In class we have been learning about how to ‘Tell our stories in small steps’, expanding our ideas and adding details. We also learned how to ‘bring the inside out’, adding the thoughts and feeling characters our have throughout our small moments.  With Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, we wrote and published a poem about Anti-bulling from 3 different perspectives.  The bullied, the bully and the bystanders.  The grade 3’s in room 6 did a wonderful job adding details and capturing the thoughts and feelings from the three different perspectives.

 

In math, this week we continued our study of multiplication.  Our focus this week so working on gaining fluency with our multiplication facts from 1-5.  We did this through solving word problems, playing various games and whole class discussions using cube structures.

 

In, Science this week we began our first big challenge, designing and building a bridge.  We will be following design thinking, which is a cycle engineers use when solving problems and creating something new.  This week we looked at different types of bridge, looked at a real bridge in our community, designed our bridges on paper and began building the prototype.  We will begin testing the strength of our bridges next week.

 

In gym, we continued exploring various activities and games.  This week we started using and exploring scooters boards.  We talked about some safety rules, explored moving on the boards in various ways, did some relays and played tag and catch on the scooters. We also did some body movements in class, with our dice workout game.

 

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn about crafting powerful moments in our writing and share a piece of writing with parents on Friday.

2.    We will begin studying division and how it relates to multiplication

3.    We will continue our building unit in Science and learn about Inca’s people from Peru in Social Studies

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go outside every day!! Remember those mitten

5.   Library books are due Tuesday for the Book Bus

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

 April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

 

 

 

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Week 22: (Feb 16-19th)

It was so lovely to see all the students in room 6 back at school this week, after the polar vortex of last week!  Who has been reading their READO’s and filling those out?

In literacy, this week we continued our work ‘Making stories come alive’.  In class we have been learning about how to ‘unfreeze’ our characters by making them move and making them talk.  We have also done some mini lessons on how to use dialogue in our writing, when we want our characters to say important words.  This week we also learned about adding ‘small steps’ to our writing, expanding and stretching out our story events. We have been learning that authors are always looking for ‘tiny topics’ or ideas for their writing.  We created a list in our room of ‘tiny topics’ and we have been collecting ideas and small moments we could use to write a story about.

 

In math, this week we continued our study of multiplication.  In our mental math this week we have been watching ‘the multiplication course’ by Steven Wyborne and focusing on his mystery structures.  The students look at his structures and try to figure out how many square units are in each structure.  This have led to wonderful discussions about all the different ways our classmates see the same problem.  We also focused on a word problem called, ‘The hundred Hungry Ants’.  Together we read the book and used blocks to representation all the possible ways 24 ants could travel to a picnic.  We discussed all our findings and how each possibility was a different shaped array.

 


In Social studies and Art this week, we watched a video about a typical school day in Peru.  As was watched the video we jotted down notes and drew diagrams about what we learned.  The students in Room 6 had very interesting questions about ‘life in Peru’ which lead us to conclude that just because they didn’t have electricity or cars on their island did not necessarily mean they had a poor quality of life.  If fact, many grade 3’s thought they had a good quality of life because they had a family, friends and were very happy.  We also learned about the ‘Floating Islands’ in Peru and created a visual journal page with important facts we learned about these very unique islands.  As your child about them?

 

In gym, for the next couple of weeks we will be exploring various activities and games.  We began last week learning and playing Gaga ball.  It has become a grade three favourite.  This week we played with a parachute and had a lot of fun making mushrooms and running under the parachute when it was up in the air. 

Room 6 has had some challenging recess times this week and some unsafe ‘unexpected’ behaviour has occurred.  We had a class meeting and discussed the problem and we brainstormed some solutions together.  We have decided that there will be no war games allowed and we created a list of games we can play outside instead.  There is a list below to help the grade 3’s choose safe and ‘expected’ activities during recess time.


Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn about adding thoughts and feeling to our writing

2.    We will practice our math fact skills and solve more word problems

3.    We will continue our building unit in Science and learn about Inca’s people from Peru in Social Studies

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go outside every day!! Remember those mitten

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

February 2021

  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes


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Week 20: (Feb 1-5th)

 

Brr… another chilly week, thanks again to all the grade 3’s that continue to be dressed for the weather with neck warmers and snow pants!!  As we, all learned on Tuesday, the Ground Hog did predict, 6 more weeks of Winter.


In literacy, this week we began our journey through small moment writing.  We reviewed how to touch and tell, sketch across the page and revise our writing to add juicy words and entertaining beginnings.  We will continue to develop a small moment from our lives, into stories throughout the month of February. We also worked with ‘long o’ patterns ‘o-e’, ‘oa’ and ‘ow’ in our word study.  We had a great discussion when finding ‘ow’ word in our reading that ‘ow’ doesn’t always make the long o sound, it can also say ‘ow’, like in the words now, how and down. 

 

In math, this week we began looking at multiplication.  We learned that multiplication is really just ‘repeated addition’, like skip counting.  We learned that the multiplication sign means ‘groups of’, we learned about the communitive property of multiplication and finally that we can organize objects into are ‘array’ of equal groups.

 



In, Social studies and Art this week we expressed our understanding of Peru’s landscape and created a habit for our Llamas.  We used paint, construction paper and cotton balls to create a ‘mixed media’ effect for our Llama habitats.  Check out our final product?

 


In gym, this week we began continued working on our basketball skills.  We learned how to pass the ball, with chest passes and bounce passes.  Then we played ‘Dribble mania’ and ‘keep away’ to learn how to protect and dribble the ball at the same time.  We finished by working in a team to play ‘bench basketball’, where our team mates caught the ball on the bench, instead of using the nets.

 


Looking ahead…

1.   We will continue writing our small moments stories

2.    We will continue to focus on What does it mean to be KIND?

3.    We will continue exploring and representing arrays in math

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go outside every day!! Remember those mitten

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

February 2021

  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes






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Week 19: (Jan 25  28) 

 

Brr… What a cold week, thanks to all the grade 3’s that were dressed for the weather with neck warmers and snow pants!! 

 

In literacy, continued our work on ‘Showing not telling.’  We worked with a partner to write using details to describe using ‘showing not telling’ what a frog would look like sitting on a Lily pad.  Then we created anchor posters to illustrate what feelings characters could have in their stories and how we could ‘show’ how they fell instead of telling. We also worked with ‘long e’ patterns ‘ie’ and ‘igh’ in our word work!! 

 

In math, our focus was ‘I can solve word problems using personal strategies’.  As a class we created 5 steps to solving word problems and added a checklist to our math journals, so we can always look back and see what steps to follow if we get stuck.  The grade threes worked very hard all week solving various word problems, and going to back to check their work for mistakes. 

 

In, Social studies and Art this week we explored the technique of weaving.  We learned about Llamas and how their wool is used to make clothing and hats for many people who live in the mountains of Peru.  Then we used yard to create a loom and weaved in different colours of yard onto cardboard cutouts of Llamas. 

 

In gymwe began working on our basketball skills.  We learned how to dribble the ball and used a drum to keep the rhythm of our dribbling.  We also working on shooting the ball into the basketball nets, remembering BEEF, Balance, Eyes, Elbows and Follow through.  We also explored different and unique ways to move on our playground while learning about what to wear to stay safe when playing outdoors in cold weather!

 

Looking ahead and Important Dates........

1.   We will begin writing our small moments stories

2.    We will our building unit in Science

3.    We will begin work with multiplication in math

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go outside every day!! Remember those mittens!

5.   Wednesday is WINTER Walk day – please remember to dress for the weather!

6.   If you have collecting recycled items from home, please send them to school this week, thanks!

7.   Valentines Activities: To follow up with the letter sent home on Thursday, please have all Valentine Cards written and at school by Friday, February 5.  We will exchange the cards on Friday and the let them sit over the weekend until Wednesday due to COVID safety protocols


Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember: 

February 2021 

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day! 
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool 
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome! 
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention 
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day 
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying  

March 2021 

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome! 
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences 
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences 
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes 



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Week 18: (Jan 18 – 22)

In literacy, this week we began learning about different ways to enhance our stories.  First, we learned about word choice and created a personal Thesaurus for each student to keep in their desk.  Next, we began learning about ‘Showing and Not Telling, adding elaborate details to critical characters, settings and objects in our stories.  The grade 3’s also began another story, that we will focus for adding these elements to. For word work we continued looking at different spelling patterns that are used to create the long e vowel sound.

 

In math, this week we continued or work with subtraction.  Each day we learned and practiced different personal strategies to solve subtraction problems.  We learned about using our base ten blocks to build the numbers in the problem, we used ‘breaking apart’ and friendly numbers, stacking the numbers on top of each other and also used an open number line to count on.  On Friday, we used clothesline math again to order differences from 1-20.

 

In, Science this week we continued exploring Rocks and Minerals.  We began talking about how rocks & minerals are used in our home, school and the world.  We are working on google slides to create a slide presentation about where and how we use rocks in our lives.  On Friday, we began an experiment to answer our question ‘How are crystals formed?’  We are leaving our crystals over the week-end to see how they will grow.

 

In gym, this week we focused on our target skills again by exploring curling. We learned how to curl the rocks down the gym floor aiming at the ‘button’ in the middle of the house.  We talked about team work and how each person on your team plays an important role to helping their team be successful.

 

We also worked on a ‘mosaic’ art project, using coloured tiles. 

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will work on writing our own paragraph using elaborate details.

2.    We will continue learning about the land in Peru.

3.    We will work on solving addition and subtraction word problems.

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go outside every day!! Remember those mittens!

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 

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Week 17: (Jan 11 – 15)

Happy New Year!

In literacy, this week we began our journey through reading response journals. Together we looked at a sample of a response journal and looked at its parts.  Then we read different picture books together and wrote our response to the stories.  We used guiding questions, such as, retell, reflect and relate to help us in our responses.  For word work we began looking at different spelling patterns that are used to create the long e vowel sound. We also starting learning how to communicate our ideas using cursive writing.

 

In math, this week we continued practicing subtraction strategies such as counting on and using fact families.  We also looked at the passage of time, units of measurement and non-standard and standard units.  We used sand timers and pendulums to measure our classmates completing various activities.  We discovered that using non-standard units of measure is not very efficient when measuring time.  We also worked with a clothesline number line this Friday, working to decide how to place the numbers or representations of numbers in the correct place along the line.

 


In, Science this week we continued exploring Rocks and Minerals.  This week we learned about soil and how it is part of the rock cycle.  We observed and compared 2 different soil samples under a microscope. We concluded that the soil samples were from different layers in the earth because one was much harder than the other one.  We also discovered that rocks can be broken down through weathering and erosion.  Then we smashed some rocks to see how rocks can eventually break down into soil.

 

In gym, this week we focused on our running skills.  We completed many different relays, across the gym, across the long part of the gym and finally with batons around the whole gym.  We discovered that holding the baton steady helped us to exchange faster and allowed our team mates to run quicker.

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will continue our work with story writing, with focus on the middle of our stories.

2.    We will learn about the many uses of Rocks & Minerals.

3.    We will learn about 3-digit subtraction with regrouping and solving word problems.

4.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go outside every day!! Remember those mittens!

5. Please start collecting recycled materials, save them for the blue bin.  We will be using them for our next Science Unit.  Items such as, kleenex boxes, toilet paper rolls, round lids to milk jugs, smaller boxes, yogurt containers, newspaper etc.

Thanks!

 Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February  2021

·      February 3 – Winter Walk Day

 

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Week 15: (Dec 9 – Dec 11)

 Happy 2nd last week of School!

Early Morning Check- in!! Each morning we do a quick update on our feelings by placing our 'Ishi' rock on the face that represents how we are feeling.  Monday's we are all usually feeling tired and are in the Blue Zone, first thing in the morning but by Friday we were all in the Green Zone and ready to learn.

In literacy, this week we continued our 1st journey through narrative story writing.  We were introduced to C.O.P.S and we learned how to edit our stories for Capital Letters, Organization, Punctuation and Spelling. Most students were successful or close to, publishing their first narrative story complete with a title page.  For word work we also concluded our study of ‘Bossy R’ words and completed a word sort.  The grade 3’s sorted their words into the different spelling patterns that create the ‘R’ sound.

 In math, this week we continued our focus on addition and subtraction strategies.  We looked a variety of mental math strategies, such as the property of zero, doubles, nearly doubles and using addition to solve subtraction questions. On Friday, we learned about Hanukkah and how dreidels are used as part of Hanukkah celebrations.  We spun dreidels and followed the directions in this game of chance.  We discussed the probability, 1 out of 4, of rolling ‘Gimel’ and getting to collect the whole pile of gold coins.

 

In, Science this week we continued exploring Rocks and Minerals.  This week we learning about how geologists sort rocks into 3 different types Metamorphic, Sedimentary and Igneous. These are based on how each rock is formed.  Then we described 2 rocks from our rock collections based on their properties, texture, size, color, lusture and presence of carbonates.

 

We combined our art skills with our study of India and learned about one of India’s most famous landmarks, the Taj Mahal.  We used ‘Miras’ and drew one half of the famous building that is known for its’ beauty and symmetry'.  We then painted in the background blue.

 

In gym, this week we continued our skipping unit.  We learning how to work in a group using the long ropes and how to turn the ropes of our classmates to skip.  We also used ‘jump bands’ and played a great game of Frozen Critters outside on Friday.  We used our knowledge of how animals survive using shelter, food and how some animals are the prey (mice) and some are the predators (foxes).

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn about another genre of writing, Friendly letters.

2.    We will learn about the hardness test for Rocks & Minerals.

3.    We will learn a variety of math games to practice our basic facts.

4.   Monday is Wear your favourite Holiday sweater or Hat

5.   Friday is PJ day

6.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather as we do go outside every day!!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

December 2020

·       Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive

·       December 14 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater

·       December 18 PJ day

·       December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 

January 2021

·       January 4 Classes resume online

 

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Week 14: (Nov 30 – Dec 3)

Happy beautiful weather week of School!

In literacy, this week we continued our journey through narrative story writing.  Our focus this week was ‘I can change a boring beginning into an entertaining beginning’ and ‘I can use the writing process to complete my story’.  We looked at using action and sound effects to make our story beginnings more entertaining and practiced a couple together.  We also began looking at the different stages of the Writing process and used the Smart Board to more our images around as we moved through the stages.  This week we focused on another Reading Power, Visualizing.  We read several books that modeled the use of description and practiced making pictures in our mind and we read.

 

In math, this week we continued looking at addition.  We practiced adding 3- digit numbers using a variety of strategies.  We also began using our beaded number lines to help us see and practice many different addition strategies.

 

In, Science this week we continued exploring Rocks and Minerals.  This week we made a model of the earth’s components to illustrate and explain where rocks are made.  We also got to use our rock kits for the first time, sorting the rocks based on their similarities and differences.

 

In gym, this week we began our skipping unit.  We practiced jumping different ways and then added in the skipping rope.  We have been learning many tricks, the boxer skip, the bell, the runner skip, the skier and cross overs.

Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn some editing techniques to edit our stories.

2.    We will learn about the 3 different types of rocks

3.    We will begin working on our Subtraction skills

4.   Library day is Thursdays, please return books.

5.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather

 

 Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

December 2020

·       Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive

-        December 10 Wear your favourite holiday sweater and hat

·       December 18 PJ day and Last day of classes before winter break

 

January 2021

·       January 4 Classes resume

 

 

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Week 13: (Nov 23 – 27)

Happy thirteenth week of School!

 In literacy, this week we began our journey into Narrative writing.  We started with talking about the different purposes for writing and how narrative writing is about entertaining the reader.  Next, we brainstormed different characters, settings and problems.  Then we planned out our stories on a story map.  We learned that writing a story is like a diamond shape and that we need to include an ‘entertaining beginning’ to hook our readers. Our focus this week was on ‘magic e’ words that change the vowel sound into its long sound.  We completed our first word sort, looking carefully at all the ‘magic e’ words and putting them in the correct group.


In math, this week we began with counting money in a bag.  We learned the value of each coin and how to use our skip counting skills to find the value of each coin.  Then we started using our addition skills to find the total value of coins in the bag.  We also began our journal through addition and subtraction.  We created a ‘Frayer model’ to explain what addition is and isn’t.  We also reviewed adding 2-digit numbers together.

 

In, Science this week we began our new unit, Rocks and Minerals.  We have been bringing in our rock collections from home and examining these rocks under our document camera.  Our homework this weekend is to find a special rock we could bring to school to be our ‘ishi’ rock, to keep us company when we are sad or worried.  We also learned about ‘Mehndi’ body art that uses henna as part of our study of Indian culture.  We created our own Mehndi art using curved lines and nature inspired patterns.

 In Health, we began exploring the parts of our brain that control our thoughts.  We also learned that that there are skills we can do called mindfulness to help us to keep our amygdala in check. In gym, this week we concluded our unit on badminton and had a dance party in the gym on Friday.

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will continue our journey into narrative (story) writing.

2.    We will build models of our Earth in plasticine.

3.    We will work on strategies to add 3-digit numbers.

4.   Library day is Thursdays, please return books.

5.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather

6.   Please try logging into our Google Classroom this week-end!!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

 November 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

December 2020

·       Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 January 2021

·       January 4 Classes resume

 

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Week 12: (Nov 16 - 19)

Happy Interview Week of School!

 In literacy and Science, this week we combined our skills and knowledge to create an animal with paragraphs about the facts we researched.  The grade threes worked hard writing and editing 3 paragraphs about their animal. They also included pictures of the animal’s lifecycle as well as a diagram of their animal’s physical features and adaptations.  Look for their finished report to come home soon!!

In math, this week we concluded our study of patterns by comparing them.  The grade 3’s worked in partners building and comparing patterns. They worked together to discover how their patterns were alike or different.  During our morning mental math, we learned a new math routine, Imposter sets.  The students looked at 4 different numbers and compared them to find the Imposter, the number that didn’t match.

In, Social Studies this week we began our flight around the world discover about other countries and compare them to country.  Our I Can statement is ‘I can Connect to the world around me.’ Our first stop is India, we learned that India is in the continent of Asia, we coloured India’s flag and read how the caste system was an old way the Indian people used to organize their society.

 

In Health, we have been learning about the Zones of Regulation. How to control and regulate our emotions to be ready to learn.  This week we talked about strategies to control our emotions and use ‘Our Inner Ninja skills’. The students set a goal to control their emotions and how they could earn their own Ninja Band.

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn begin to look at narrative (story) writing

2.    We will begin a new unit in Science

3.    We will continue our tour of India

4.   Library day is Thursdays, please return books.

5.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather


Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

 Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

 So, save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

 Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 January 2021

·       January 4 Classes resume

 

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Week 11: (Nov 9 - 13)

 Happy Remembrance Week of School!

 In literacy, this week we wrote an acrostic poem about Remembrance Day.  We brainstormed a word bank as a class of words that we could use to write about Remembrance Day.  We focused on using descriptive words and writing complete sentences.  In word work, this work we began learning about Diphthongs.  Diphthongs are words that have 2 vowels that when they are beside each other in words create a new sound.  For example, oi or oy.  The grade 3’s are becoming wonderful word detectives, searching for these vowel patterns in words that they read.  We also read with a Buddy this Friday to share and discover how our classmates read.


In math, this week we learnt how to extend our increasing and decreasing patterns and how to use T-tables to find the pattern rule. We read a book called ‘Two of Everything’ and learn that when two objects were placed into a magic pot then 2 came out.  We created and practiced using T-tables.

 

In, Social Studies this week we built passports to prepare for our flights around the world to discover new cultures and countries.  Our first stop was India and on Friday we learned about a celebration that people from India celebrate, Diwali.  We create Rangoli art using color salt and glue.  Rangoli art is a symbol of welcome and light that home owners build outside their houses on the first day of Diwali.


 

In gym, this Friday we enjoyed the snow outside.  We played a fun tag game in the trees and then played soccer or built a snow tower in the snow.

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn how to sort shapes using one attribute

2.    We will begin our animal report on the information we learned

3.    We will be beginning our tour of India

4.   Library day is Thursdays, please return books.

5.   Trekking Tuesdays (Our community walk)– dress for the Weather

6.   Early dismissal on Thursday, NO school on Friday!!


Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

 So, save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

 EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

 November 2020

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

·       January 4 Classes resume

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Week 10: (Nov 2 - 6)

Happy 10th Week of School!

In literacy, this week we continued our work with paragraph writing. We continued our focus on I can expand my ideas and indent my paragraphs. This week we took our research notes we discovered about Bats and wrote those ‘jot’ notes into complete sentences and then into a paragraph on a main topic.  The grade 3’s did a wonderful job adding interesting sentence starters that hooked their reader. As well as topic sentences introducing their topics, bat habitats, bat life cycles or bat food.  As well, we have read several books and discussed the importance on Remembrance Day.  The grade 3’s made their own poppies and will wear them next Monday and Tuesday at school.

In math, this week we continued our learning with patterns.  We learned about increasing and decreasing patterns.  We created them and described them using a pattern rule. We discovered that the pattern rule must be consistent and repeat in order to make it a pattern.  We also learned about our ‘Function Machine’ and looked at patterns in numbers.

 

In health, this week we introduced to our newest classmate, NINJA BOB!  Ninja BOB helped to explain to the grade 3’s that we all have different feelings and emotions.  He also helped us put those emotions into different zones, The Green Zone, The Blue Zone, The Red Zone and the Yellow Zone. He then explained that we are all aiming to ‘regulate’ our feelings throughout the day and stay in The Green Zone like a NINJA.

 

In gym, this week we had a wonderful time playing soccer outside.  We practiced shooting, passing, dribbling and how to work as a team.  We got to play two little mini games of 3 on 3.  Room 6 did a great job making sure everyone worked as a team and cooperated together.

 

A special thank-you to the parent council for their donation of money to keep our classroom library growing.  Thanks for the wonderful books, we are loving them!!!

Looking ahead…

1.   We will learn to extent and compare  increasing/ decreasing patterns in numbers

2.    We will research an animal of our choosing

3.    We will be introduced to the 4 countries we will focus on this year

4.   Library day is Thursdays, please return books.

5.   Trekking Tuesdays – dress for the Weather

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

 So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

 EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

 

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

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Week 9: (Oct 26 - Oct 29) 

Happy National Bat Week! 

In literacywe continued our work with paragraph writing. Our focus was I can expand my ideas and indent my paragraphs. The grade 3’s took with ideas from hamburger graphic organizer’ and wrote them in their journals, expanding their ideas using examples.  We also learned how to indent our paragraphs.  

 

Wonderful job again on your READO’s, we hamany other students complete it and claim  We created our second READO 2.0 and some students brought those home this week.

In math, this week we completed a pumpkin investigation.  Our big question was ‘Which pumpkin has the most seeds?’  First, we estimated how many seeds were in each pumpkin, the small, medium and large pumpkin.  Next, we cut open the pumpkins and pulled out all the slimy guts and seeds and adjusted our estimates after getting the seeds out of the pumpkin. Then we counted our pumpkin seeds either by 5’s or 10’s to find the actual amount of seeds and discovered that the large pumpkin had the most seeds, 375.  On Thursday we drew our fist bar graph and wrote some reflections about our learning.  We drew names to see who got to bring home the pumpkins to carve. Room 6 did an amazing job working in a group and completing this investigation. 


In Science, this week we continued looking closely at animal lifecycles. Our focus this week was on the only mammal that can fly, BATS.  The students took great interest in learning about BATS, they have been researching facts about BATS in books, online books and videos.  We have also been learning about non-fiction texts and the different components that make up those types of books. 


In gym, this week we had lots of fun with Halloween stations.  Running and jumping over tombstones, bowling down ghosts, ring toss on a witch’s hat and keeping ghost balloons in the air. 

 

Looking ahead… 

1. We will continue with growing/ increasing patterns using our pumpkin seeds.

2.We will write a paragraph about BATS!

3. We will learn about the adaptations Bat's have to survive 

4. Library day is, please return books. 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember: 

 November 2020 

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time  
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students 
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting 
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day 
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week 
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm 
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line) 
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair 
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative) 

 

December 2020 

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair 
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning 
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break 

 


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Week 8: (Oct 19 - Oct 23)

 Happy Snowy Week!

In literacy, this week we began our work with paragraph writing. Our focus is ‘I can draft my ideas into short paragraphs, with topic and supporting sentences’. After learning about what makes a paragraph we worked in partners, looking at paragraphs and identifying the 3 main parts. We then used a ‘hamburger graphic organizer’ to organize our ideas.

 

Wonderful job on the READO this week, we already had one student complete it and claimed his prize. Congratulations, and keep on reading!!

In math, this week we began our study on patterning. The grade 3’s reviewed their learning from grade two by creating and describing repeating patterns. We talked about two key vocabulary terms, the CORE of a pattern and the TERM of a pattern. The students created their own repeating patterns after reading a book called ‘Pattern Fish’ and described their pattern using AB, ABC, ABB etc.

 

We even made pattern's with our lunches.  Great job making those connections grade 3's

Our school had purchased a license for the online program, Mathletics, again this year. The grade 3’s in room 6 brought home their user name and password for at home access this Friday.

In Science, this week we looked closely at animal lifecycles. We talked about what a life cycle is and drew an example in our visual journals. We then began to take a closer look at the life cycles of an animal from each animal categories.  We began with an investigation of the insects group, focusing on ants.  We learned how ant’s food and appearance changes as it moves through different stages of its lifecycle.  We learned about how ants make their homes and care for their young by reading 'non-fiction' books on Epic books!

 

In gym, this week we worked we concluded our target unit on bowling. We learned some fun games that we used to practice our bowling skills. ‘Don’t throw your garbage in my backyard’ and ‘Bowl-a-ramma’.  We also got outside to celebrate ‘Take Me Outside Day’ and discovered the interesting opportunities playing in the snow can bring.

 

**** Halloween Activities – students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school on Thursday, October 29th. Please keep weapons at home and students should be able to wear their cloth masks with their costumes.

Looking ahead…

1.   We will begin our learning of growing/ increasing patterns

2.   We will learn how to indent and expand our ideas into paragraph form

3.   We will continue to learn about animal life cycles in mammals

4.   Library day is Thursdays

5. Trekking Tuesdays will continue each Tuesday, please remember to dress for the weather!

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

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Week 7: (Oct 13 - Oct 16)

 Happy Short Week!

 In literacy, this week we focused on 2 main outcomes.  ‘I can edit for complete and incomplete sentences’ and ‘I can write stories based on personal experiences’.  We read a story called ‘Super Sentence Girl’ and created a chart to show what Super Sentences need.  We then editing sentences gone wrong to make them ‘SUPER’.  On Thursday, we reviewed writing small moments and began thinking of our ideas, touch and telling the important moments and then sketching our ideas across the page.  We began our writing on Friday about our small moments.

 Also, this week we started on our first home literacy program.  This year the students and I created a READO bingo sheet, that came home in their backpacks on Thursday night.  Please initial as your child completes a section of the bingo card, when the bingo sheet is completed, they can return it to the school for a prize.  Thank-for your support!

In mental math, this week we worked on some subitizing.  Subitizing is the ability to instantly recognize “how many” in a small set, like looking at a dice and know what numbers are on it, without counting.  The grade 3’s did a wonderful and creative job explaining in 4 different ways, how they subitized the images of dots.


In Social Studies, this week we went on our first ‘TREKKING TUESDAYS’ and explored our community field.  We used the location of the sun to figure out our cardinal directions and observed the buildings and nature items we discovered along our adventure.  We used our directional skills to create our own simple map of our community.  We added our compass rose and a legend.

 



In gym, this week we worked on a target game, bowling.  We learned how to ‘step, rock and roll/bowl’, rolling the ball on the ground towards a target.  We worked in partners knocking down and setting up our 5 bowling pins at the EMJ bowling alley.

 


****The grade 3’s will be completing the SLA’s (Student Learning Assessments) on the computer next week and they will need headphones, please send them in a ziplock bag for Tuesday, October 20th ******

 Looking ahead…

1.   We will begin our learning about repeating/growing patterns

2.   We will learn how to organize our ideas into a paragraph

3.   We will continue to learn about animal life cycles

4.   Library day is Thursdays

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

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Week 6 – (Oct 5- Oct 8)

 Happy Thanks-Giving Week!

 In literacy, this week we worked very hard on our writing.  We read a book called ‘twas the night before Thanksgiving’, which is a story about children saving turkeys from a farmer.  We brainstormed and worked with a partner to create a disguise or a costume to save the turkey.  Our writing task was to describe using details how we would create a disguise for our turkey.  We focused on using transition words such as, first, next, then and finally to improve our sentences.


In math, this week we continued working on skip counting.  This week we worked on ‘I can skip count by 3’s and 4s’.  We used a one hundred’s chart to count by 3’s and 4’s and discussed all the patterns we observed.  On Wednesday, we used nature to count by 4’s and grouped leaves into groups of 4’s and practiced our counting skills.

 


In Science, this week we started out first unit, Animal Life cycles.  The grade 3’s worked in their visual journal and on the computers sorting and classifying animals based on their characteristics.  Then, we learned about the groups Zoologists use to classify animals, including mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and anthropoids.

 

In gym, this week we started working on our soccer skills, dribbling and passing in our soccer field outside. We have also been enjoying reading our books outside in our ‘sit spots’.

 

Beginning next Tuesday, we will be completing our Community Adventures (Walks).  We will call them our ‘TREKKING TUESDAYS’ and we will explore the natural environments around our school and community.  Please remember to dress for the weather.

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will build and design numbers using base ten blocks

2.   We will learn about ‘The Reading Powers’

3.   We will create a map of our classroom and our community

4.   Library day is Thursdays


 Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Week 5 – (Sept 28- Oct 2)

Orange Shirt Day Week!

 In literacy, this week we completed various writing assignments with a focus on using super sentences and descriptive words.  We spent the day on Wednesday talking about Orange Shirt Day and the importance of reconciliation with Indigenous People and understanding the hardships Indigenous children faced in residential schools. The grade 3’s had a great discussion about why we wear Orange Shirts on September 30th and wrote about it in their journals.

 

In math, this week we began our work on ‘I can skip count forward and backward by 5’s, 10’s, 25’s and 100’s.  We practiced together verbally and then worked with 100 charts to find in the different patterns that emerge when skip counting.  We concluded our week with the October calendar and answering different questions to help us understand how we keep track of time using months, dates and days of the week.

 


We also spend some time with leaf rubbings this week.  Creating beautiful art work with warm and cool colors to brighten up our school hallway.

 

 PLEASE return all library books to our class on THURSDAYS.

****Our Google Classroom is up and running, if your child is away from school you may complete assignments online, let me know if you do not remember their log in information ******

Looking ahead…

1.   We will continue working on skip counting by 5’s and 10’s to 1000

2.   We will begin writing our first small moment –A Fall Memory

3.   We will begin our first Science Unit- ANIMAL LIFE CYCLES

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 October 2020

  • October 6 - School Council 6:30 pm
  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 November 2020

  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Week 4 – (Sept 21-24)

 Happy Terry Fox Week!

The focus for this past week in room 6 was Terry Fox and the 40th Anniversary of his Marathon of Hope!  The students were very excited to complete a total of 107 laps as a class on our Terry Fox Run on Wednesday this week.

 

In literacy, this week we wrote about Terry Fox using the 4 W’s, who, where, what and why.  Then we learned about making Super Sentences and how we need to make sure our sentences have nouns and adjectives to enhance our writing.  We finished our week writing 3 Super Sentences about ‘Running with Terry’ and created a bulletin board for our classroom.


 In math, this week we worked on ‘I can order and compare numbers to 1000’. This week we used numbers from Terry Fox’s life to represent in different ways, as well as comparing using greater then, less then and equal too.  On Thursday, this week we used some dice kits to roll and create 2 three digit numbers and then compared them in our journals.  We continued with our M&M time in the mornings and this week we worked with math mash ups and used problem solving strategies to solve for the value of ?

New this week was our first set of Library books.  This year the students made a wish list of their favorite books and Ms. B brought a collection to our classroom.  Each student was able to choose 2 library books to read here at school or to take home.


 PLEASE return all library books to our class on THURSDAYS.

**** Remember to wear your Orange shirt or your favorite shirt on Wednesday******

 Looking ahead…

1.   We will work on skip counting by 5’s and 10’s to 1000

2.   We will continue our work with Super Sentences

3.   We will continue our study of Indigenous oral stories by looking at the Buffalo and Orange Shirt Day

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

September 2020

  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

  • October 7 - School Council 6:30 pm
  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 

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Week 3 – (Sept 14-18)

Happy Third week of school!!

We complete our first full week of classes.  Room 6 had lots of tired students this week.  Please remember to get to bed early and get plenty of sleep.  Also the weather is getting cooler, please remember to dress for the weather so we can go outside to our outdoor learning space.  Don't forget, our Terry Fox Run is on Wednesday, wear your EMJ shirt and those running shoes!!

In literacy, this week we completed two writing projects.  First, we worked on a writing sample about our treasures.  The grade 3’s come up with a list ‘I can statements’ about what good writers do.  Later in the week we worked on writing about imaginary pets.  The students were very excited and engaged with writing about what their pet would be, what it would do, what it would eat and finally what a problem with the pet could be.

 

In math, this week we worked on ‘I can represent numbers in different ways’. We learned about writing numbers using number words, using standard form (digits), pictures and expanded form.  At the end of the week we used objects from nature to create a 3-digit number and then used all the different ways to represent that number.  We also continued our work increasing our problem solving and mental math skills.  This week we worked on solving mobile problems, looking for the missing values.


 

In Social Studies and Art, we are looking began exploring the questions ‘How do Oral Stories show the importance of animals to Indigenous culture?’. First, we looked at the bear and the different stories that Indigenous people told about Bears and what Bears represent.

 

In Gym, this week we have learned various playground games to play while we are out for recess and lunch. We learned the rules of Tether ball, 4 square and target games using the compound markers.

 


*** Please send in a set of headphones students can use when we are using the Chromebooks. Please send them to school labeled in a ziplock bag*****

 

Looking ahead…

1.   We will work on ordering and comparing numbers

2.   We will begin work on writing about Terry Fox

3.   We will continue our study of Indigenous story telling by looking stories about the Wolf

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

 Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

 

September 2020

·       September 24 Terry Fox Run

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

 

October 2020

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 


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Week 1&2 – (Sept 1-11)                        Happy first weeks of school!!

 It has been such a pleasure getting to know all the students in room 6 and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year of learning adventures!!!

 In literacy, we began a discussion about what quiet reading looks like and sounds like.  We practiced STAMIA and worked on reading for 15 min without breaking our STAMINA.  The students chose 5 books from their own designated baskets and 4 books from their reading levels to keep in their book boxes.  We also talked about our ‘brain pockets’ and where our brain stores ideas for our writing. There are 3 pockets, the Memory pocket, the Fact pocket and the Imagination pocket. We will keep our ‘brain pockets’ in our writing folders to help us get ideas for our writing throughout the year.

In math, we began the year with a quick review of place value from grade 2. We talked about how digits have different values depending on where they are placed. We practiced reading and saying numbers from 100-1000 and made some ‘math kits’ to keep in our desk to use throughout the year with math games we have learned. We also began our daily ‘M& M time’, which stands for mental math. This week we learned about the ‘Today’s Number’ routine and the students brainstormed everything they knew about the number 12.

 In art, we worked on various projects over the past 2 weeks such as our nature name art, our visual journal covers and our writing journal covers. As well as our first journaling lessons outside exploring our ‘outdoor learning space’.

*** Please send in a set of headphones students can use when we are using the Chromebooks. Please send them to school labeled in a ziplock bag*****

Looking ahead…

1.   We will continue our work with Place Value and representing numbers

2.   We will begin work on a school wide writing sample about our treasures

3.   We will continue our study of Indigenous story telling by looking at the story of the Great Bear in the stars


 Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

September 2020

·       September 17 School Photos

·       September 24 Terry Fox Run

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

 

 

 

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