Monday, November 8, 2010

Brrrr!!! It feels like winter really started today! Kids need to bundle up as we will be going outside for recess and P.E. all week. Warm coats, mitts, and hats are all must-haves!

Last week was very busy with a couple of special guests at the school: the Foothills Brass Quintet and songwriter, Lowry Olafson. We learned so much, and Mr. Olafson even helped us to write a school song to commemorate our 50 year anniversary. Click on the link below to have a listen!

This week is a short one, as there is no school on Thursday or Friday. No spelling or homework this week!

Our Remembrance Day ceremony is on Wednesday at 11am. We welcome anyone in the community to attend.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Brrrrr! It feels like the weather is definitely changing this week! Our school gym is being painted this week, so all P.E. classes will be outside - this means kids need to dress to be outdoors! Warm coats and outdoor shoes are a must.

On Tuesday, Mr. Don Stewart will be visiting our class. Mr. Stewart went on a trip to Peru and is going to share his photos with us and tell us more about this amazing country. What a great way for students to learn more about one of the countries we are studying in Social Studies!

Attention all soccer players: the final tournament will be after school on Wednesday. If you have any questions, ask Mr. Hacke.

Friday is our Halloween celebration. Students can bring costumes to school and change into them during recess if they choose. After recess we will be participating in some school-wide Halloween fun.

Homework folders are due on Thursday, and our spelling test will be on Friday.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Woohoo! The weekend is almost here! Remember, there is no school on Monday because teachers and support staff will be having a Professional Development Day in Taber.

Tuesday is Rural Safety Day. Lunch will be provided for students.

Wednesday is hot lunch day. Thanks to Mrs. Rotheiseler for working so hard at making us yummy lunches twice a month. It is a big job, and we appreciate it!

Have a great long weekend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

One of our absolute favourite math games in the Grade Three room is Connect_Sums. It is a challenging game that helps students practice their addition and subtraction knowledge. They have been asking me to add it to the blog so I have put it in my "Mathmaticious Links."
Here is the link you need Grade Threes!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Mine was lovely - filled with family, friends, and way too much food.

Since it is a short week, there will be no homework for the Grade 3s and 4s in Math. The Grade 3s do have their regular spelling test on Friday - check out my Spelling City website if you would like to practice.

On Thursday, the Grade 3s and 4s are going to be doing an art activity which we will need leaves for. If you are walking around outside and notice some interesting leaves, please bring them to school on Thursday in a plastic bag. It would be a big help!

Remember - no school next Monday! Teachers and support staff will be attending a Professional Development Day in Taber.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Today the Grade 3 class visited the residents at the Milk River Extendicare. We do this once a month, and all of the kids look forward to it every time. The Grade 3s read aloud to residents. Over the year, it is wonderful to see the students build relationships with the senior citizens. It also teaches students the value of being a contributing member of a community. Here are some photos from our trip today. Enjoy!

Monday, October 4, 2010

This week is going to be a busy one!

Today we had a special visit from a storyteller with the Young Alberta Book Society. Her name was Mary Ann Lippiatt. She was a wonderful speaker, telling stories from all over the world, including India, Peru, the Arctic, the rainforest, and the tundra. Her stories always taught valuable lessons like how important it is to believe in yourself. She also brought many artifacts from different cultures to share with the students.

You can check out more information about Ms. Lippiatt at the following link:

This Wednesday is hot lunch - yummy!

Our school assembly for October is on Thursday at 8:30am. All family is welcome.

On Friday, our room will be losing one of our classmates! It will be a sad day, as Harmony is moving away. We wish her all the best in her new home.

Homework folders are due Thursday, and spelling test is on Friday, as always.

Hope you have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Something you might not know about Tunisia....

In Social Studies this year, we are studying countries around the world. One of the countries we are studying is Tunisia. For the last few days, we have been learning about what it is like to be a child living in Tunisia. We thought people might be interested in learning a few facts that we were excited to discover.

Read the comments below to find out what the Grade 3s learned!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There is a fun new contest out that I think you guys might be interested in!

Robert Munsch has come up with three different story ideas and he wants Canadian kids to choose which story is published this spring. Go to the link below and vote for your favourite.

Monday, September 27, 2010

This weekend was great. It was sure nice to see the sun come out again. All of the students were so excited to get outside and run around in the warmth today - so much fun!
This week, there are a couple of special events happening at the school. Be on the lookout for...

The Scholastic Book Fair, starting Wednesday and running until Oct. 5th.

The MRES Fall Fair, which was so successful last year. I am really glad they decided to make this an annual event. Chili will be sold at the fall fair, and there will be a farmers' market as well. Everyone is welcome. Please come out and support your community!

The Grade 3s have a science test tomorrow. Study hard tonight kids!

All soccer players from MRES have games tomorrow. Schedules went home in agendas today.

Homework folders are due on Thursday, and we also have our regular spelling test on Friday.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ever since I was a little kid, I have always wanted to grow up and become.... a teacher.

I am so happy that I reached the goal I set for myself when I was younger. I love being a teacher because it allows me to have fun with kids all day - and I learn sooooo much from them.

Now I would like to hear from you...

If you could have any job as an adult, what would you choose? Why would you choose that career?

Share your idea in a comment and don't forget your name!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hey kids!
Today we were learning about using tally charts and bar graphs to organize information. Here is the link to the site we were on, if you wanted to play some of the games:

Have fun!

It's another busy week for the Grade Three class!

Tomorrow night is our Welcome Back Supper from 5 to 7 pm. It will take place in the gym and all students and their families are invited to attend.

Wednesday is also Kathryn's 8th birthday! Happy birthday lovely lady!

Homework folders went home today, and are due back on Thursday.

Our spelling test is on Friday - the words are in agendas and on my spelling city website.

Friday is going to be a special day for MRES and Erle Rivers High School, as we will be participating in the Terry Fox Run. Students will be joining together at 10:30 to walk around Milk River to commemorate one of our Canadian heroes. Everyone is welcome to join us on that day!
I hope everyone has a great week and I am very excited to see you at the Welcome Back Supper tomorrow night!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hi Grade Threes!

I hope your Wednesday is going well so far. Don't forget that homework folders are due tomorrow if you haven't already handed it in.

So here is the BIG question for today...

If you could have any superhero power what would you choose?

Why would you choose that superhero power?

Please answer in sentences, and don't forget your name!

Thanks! I look forward to reading your responses!

- Miss Freel

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So, what's going on this week?

Big sigh.... homework folders were sent out yesterday. Students in Grades 3 and 4 will have to complete a math assignment each week which will be due on Thursdays. This week both grades were learning about comparing and ordering numbers.
Thanks to Breann, who noticed right away that I made a mistake on the assignment! (I was told that even teachers can make mistakes.) There was one question which was asked twice (What is the largest possible number that can be created?). What I meant was to have a question about the largest and smallest possible numbers. Sorry about that!

Spelling words also went home with the Grade 3s last night. They are tough, so I encourage you all to practice for the quiz on Friday.

Friday is the beginning of Alberta Arts Days and MRES will be celebrating with a school project. Thanks to Mrs. Garber and Mrs. Rotheisler for putting that together for us.

On a side note... if you are in Lethbridge this weekend, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery is having its grand opening and will be celebrating with free admission and lots of fun activities all weekend. Check out for more information!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

After a summer vacation, you really start to forget just how fast the time flies by in the school year. The day seems to go by in the blink of an eye. I am really enjoying teaching Grade Three this year. Having the same community of students two years in a row is really great - it gives you the chance to start the year already knowing so much about eachother. We had built a really strong classroom community last year, but I can tell that this year it will be even stronger. It helps that we have a such an awesome bunch of compassionate, fun-loving and thoughtful students in our room!
This week is a short one, but there are a few things to remember...

1. Spelling words went home in agendas today. The words are also on if you would like to play some games to practice.
2. Say cheese! It's School Picture Day on Thursday.
3. The Grade Threes had library today, but lots of kids forgot their books with the long weekend. If you were one of them, try to remember to return them tomorrow.
4. And a newsletter went home today, which included some updates for September and a soccer registration form for Grades 3-5 students.

I think that's it for now! I hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Phew! Well, three days down and two to go. The kids (and I) are definitely starting to feel a bit tired, but we are going to make it through! The Grade Threes are already diving into learning new things. We are really excited about the countries we are studying in Social Studies: Tunisia, Peru, Ukraine, and India. It is amazing to see how different children live around the world.

This Friday is our first spelling test! The word list is stapled into each student's agenda. Good luck!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day One Complete!

The first day back was so great! I love all those new school supplies and fresh haircuts. The kids and the staff are alway so excited to start a new year. Today the Grade Threes came home with their agendas and the school newsletter for September. They also have a field trip permission form that needs to be returned in the next week.
Thanks for such a great start to the school year kids. I had a blast!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Welcome Back!

Hi there Grade Threes!

Well, summer is over (big sigh). But, I am pretty excited to start a new school year with such a great group of kids. This will be my first year in Grade Three, so I will be learning some things right along with you.

Here are the big things you need to know about our classroom:

1. Honesty, trust, and mutual respect are the core values of our class.

2. Our classroom has an open door policy - parents, you are welcome any time.

Students are encouraged to read every night. Record your reading in your Home Reading Log to earn Reading Counts points and prizes.

I will be consistently posting information about our class on this blog. This will be one communication tool for our classroom. Homework, special events, and any other reminders will be posted here. Students and parents are encouraged to comment on any posts - just make sure to write your name so I know who to respond to.

The other tool, and a very important one, is the agenda. Students will bring their agendas home each night. Parents can check agendas for messages and initial them. This is also a good place to write down any appointments or absences that your child may have.

I am really looking forward to the next school year! Thanks to all the parents and students for helping us build a solid classroom community.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

MRES makes another Kiva loan!

Even though it is still summer vacation, the MRES spirit of giving is still in full swing. One of our Kiva loans was repaid and we were able to reloan that money to Felicitas, a clothing-maker in Peru. She lives with her husband and has five grown children. Her dream is to produce more clothing and have a larger variety of fabrics to work with. I am happy that we could assist her in reaching her goal. If you would like to learn more about Felicitas, click on the link below.

Bravo, MRES!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's finally here... Summer!

I am so excited for the holidays. I plan on having lots of fun in the sun, visiting with friends, reading good books, and drinking way too much coffee on the patio. I hope all of you have a great summer as well.

Well, every year schools go through changes, and this year is no exception at MRES. I am going to be "graduating" to Grade 3 along with my Grade 2 homeroom class from this last school year. Over the summer I will be tinkering with my blog to make it work in my Grade 3 classroom.

This means I will probably delete some links and add on some new ones. If there is something I delete that you really miss, just make a comment and I will add it back in or send you the link.

Have an excellent vacation kids, and I will see you at the end of August!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Math 5 Live - Perimeter and Area

Good morning Grade Fives!
Well, Friday is here. It has been a crazy week with all of this wintry weather in May!
Today in Math I would like you to check out the Math 5 Live activity on Area and Perimeter.
You should be looking for at least three important facts about area and perimeter - don't forget that you can pause the video and take notes if you need to!

After you have completed the Math Live activity, please answer the following question in a comment on this blog post:

What are three important facts you learned about area and perimeter of rectangles?

Don't forget your initials or first name in your comment!

Friday, April 9, 2010

My New Favorite Site

You are going to love this! This new website Grabba_Beast is sooooo fun! You can build your own beast and then make wallpaper or an ecard with your creation. It's very similar to Build Your Wild Self. Here is a picture of the beast I created...

Have fun! I will add this link to my Just For Fun sidebar as well!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hey kids!
This week, the kids were working on some chemistry experiments and we got to talking about the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment. This is the link to the video that we were discussing. I hope you like it!

Hi Grade Fives,

Yesterday in Math we were discussing how you can extend an increasing pattern. We used the real life example of doubling and tripling recipes to learn this strategy. Today you get to show me what you know!

You are going to find a recipe and double and triple all of the ingredients needed in that recipe.

Here are the steps to take:

1. Go to the website and search for an interesting recipe.

2. Print that recipe out.

3. Double and triple all of the ingredients on the recipe - you can just write on the page you printed.

4. Come back to the blog and answer this question: What is another way you could use extending patterns in real life?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A famous mathematician, G.H. Hardy once said that...

"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas."

Do you agree with Hardy? Do you think that math and art have patterns in common? Explain your choice.

After you have written your comment, check out the videos below and think about the way which they describe patterns.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

So today I was at a seminar and between all of the awesome learning I did, I was asked a super question: "What is the best part of your school day?"
The first answer that came into my head was: bus supervision. I loooovvve it as the kids come off the bus in the morning and everyone (well, almost everyone) is fresh faced and ready for the day. The air is crisp and refreshing and the kids are piping up with stories of the night before. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling just thinking about it!

So I am wondering...
What's the best part of your school day? I really want to know!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Grade Threes and I were doing a Language Arts project today which was super fun. They chose three different countries which have affected them, then they used the flags of these countries to create a unique flag, just for them. The website we did this on is sooo cool. Check it out at - hope you like it!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

So this is one of the fun sites that someone told me about at my technology conference last week. You can build your own lego character! I know there are some students (who will remain nameless) that will LOVE this! Scroll down to the bottom of this page and have fun...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

To My Fabulous Fours...

Hi Grade Fours!
I hope that test wasn't too tough on you. When I get back to school on Monday, we will go over it and I can answer any questions you might have. If you have anything you want to tell me right now, you can post it in a comment and I will try to respond today or tomorrow.
Now you can relax and play some games to practice your multiplication facts. You can play any of the fun games I have linked to below, or you can play Timez Attack.

Have fun!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kiva Update!

Hi MRES students!

I wanted to update you on our Kiva loan. One of the people who we gave a business loan has already begun to pay us back. We have had $50 returned to our Kiva account.

I just went on to the Kiva website and have loaned that $50 to another person in need of some help. Edmond Adjoble lives in Togo and is going to use this loan to buy a motorbike, which he will use to start a taxi business. You can learn more about Edmond at the link below.

It warms my heart to know that all of the hardwork our students put into the penny drive this winter is helping people better their lives in all different parts of the world. Great job MRES!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Wimp Yourself!

I thought this was pretty fun! I know that lots of kids are really into Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. On the website below, you can "wimp yourself" - build a cartoon character that looks like you. Sadly, they didn't have any huge curly hair, so the girl in this picture was the best I could do for myself...
But maybe yours will be better!

Friday, March 12, 2010

For Alex, who loves funny cats...

I saw this video, and thought I should share it with you. This cat is serious!


Enjoy! : )

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jylian's title: Multiplication Frog Business

Jylian decided that a crazy frog would be the perfect picture for this problem, but I am not so sure...

Okay, here's your problem for today....

Create a word problem that you can solve by multiplying 217 by 8.
Bonus points if you solve it!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I was googling around the internet last night and I came across this great website for kids. I follow the belief that "Earth Day is Every Day," so I love it when I come across a website that helps to build your understanding of the environment while playing some fun games.

On the Ecokids website, there are games, tips, online colouring, and tons of other cool stuff.


We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

- Native American proverb

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March Madness is here!

Phew! March is such a busy month at MRES. We are really running off our feet with different in school activities, mini-ball games, and special visitors. It is hard to keep track of it all!

To get your mind off some of the crazy stuff, I have added some fun new links to the side bar on the blog. There are math games, some fun poetry sites, and some sites that are just really neat to play around with. I hope you like them!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Your wish is my command!

I have been getting some grief from some lovely children saying that they would like some new games to play to practice their multiplication and division facts. Since my life revolves around you (at times this is how it feels), here's what you asked for!









Thursday, February 25, 2010

division, division, division...

Hi there. You guys have been doing great in our division unit. I have already seen lots of awesome improvement!
Please solve the problems below by responding in a comment. Don't forget to sign your first name or initials.

1. There were 420 students playing in an Olympic tournament. They were separated into 6 equal teams. How many students were on each team?

2. Explain why most people think that calculating 630 divided by 9 is easier than calculating 600 divided by 9.

After you are finished, you can play the Practice, Practice, Practice links.
Have a great day!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Multiplication Madness!

The Grade Five class has been working very hard on their multiplication unit. We have been learning how to represent two digit multiplication in different ways.
Below are some photos of two digit multiplication using base ten blocks.


Multiplication Madness!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haikus About Our Special Places

The Grade Three class worked on some haikus at home. Their haikus were written about some special places in their lives. You can read the haikus in the comments below.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Haikus, Haikus, Haikus!

Hi there!

Enjoy the "What Am I?" haiku below:

In a pouch I grow,
On a southern continent ---
Strange creatures I know.
What do you think it is????
If you guessed kangaroo, you are right. Think about how the author of this haiku shared imagery and details so that the reader would know the animal without hearing its name.
Now write your own "What Am I?" haiku.
Here are the rules:
1. Think of any animal.
2. Describe it in a haiku, without giving its name.
3. Remember to use the 5/7/5 pattern!
Post your haiku in a comment below - and don't forget your first name or initials!
When you have posted your haiku, check out the link below for The Children's Haiku Garden.
Have fun!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy Friday to the Fives!

Hi there!

Are you excited for the weekend? I sure am! Yesterday I went to a technology seminar for teachers and it has gotten me reinvigorated (fancy word for excited) to develop some activities and lessons that will help us to learn in a fun and real way.

So today I would like you to answer the following problems in a comment.

1. 17 students raised $20 each to support the Canadian Olympic bobsled team.

a) How much money did they raise? Please explain how the halving/doubling strategy helps to solve this problem.

b) How would your answer for question A change if each student raised $50?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Good Afternoon Navy SEALS!

Oh man! You guys have really been showing off in this decimal numbers unit. I cannot believe how fast you are picking this stuff up. I am really proud of how hard you have been working on it. Great work!

So here is your question for today. Please answer in a comment below, and don't forget to put your first name or initial so I know who wrote it.

How would you explain to someone the difference between 0.2 and 0.02? Which is larger? Which is smaller? How do you know?

When you finish that, you can play Miss Freel's Grade 4 math links!