Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This week is a bit of a crazy one!
Tomorrow, the Grade Threes head to Extendicare to meet their reading buddies for the first time this year. This is such a great experience for the students and the residents. After participating in this relationship for a few years now, I have seen firsthand how much the kids can learn from interacting with the residents.
Thursday is (I am still not so sure why) one of the kids' favorite days of the year: Picture Day! Maybe it's all the nicely combed hair and big smiles? That really great "fresh start" feeling? Hmmm....
Kids, let me know what is so great about Picture Day!
That same day, Belinda Crowson will be visiting MRES from the Galt Museum. She will be talking to Grade 4 and 5 students about stories from Alberta's past.
Friday we have (of course) our weekly spelling test. There will also be a special Alberta Arts Days presentation to the Grade Four and Five students.

Oh! And below you get to see the first half of a collaborative project the Grade Threes are working on. They are trying to use art to teach others about the Tunisian desert.
So far, it looks great! We will show off the finished project later!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This weekend was filled with lots of fun in Lethbridge. A new exhibit opened at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and the first annual Word on the Street festival took place downtown as well. Here's a photo of me "driving" the bookmobile down at the Word on the Street festival!

You can find more information about the SAAG and Word on the Street at the links below!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Talk to me!

Hi Grade Threes!
The blog is great for checking out what we are up to, letting your parents be more involved in the classroom antics, and finding great games to play at home. But it's also a fun way for us to communicate with eachother. Today, we will learn how to comment on blog posts.

This week we became marine biologists and travelled to coral reefs in art class. I would like you to tell me another place you would like to travel to, and why you want to go there. You can comment on this post by following these steps:

1. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on "comments."

2. Write your message in the white box - remember to build strong sentences with capitals and periods.

3. Click on the dropdown menu and choose "Anonymous."

4. Press "Post Comment."

And you're done! Thanks for sharing!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Couple Inspired Art Projects!

I forgot to share these paintings the Grade 2s and 3s created last week. They were inspired by the book "Giraffes Can't Dance," a great story about a gangly giraffe that finds his moves!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Math in the Sunshine!

The weather was just TOO GREAT to miss out on this afternoon! We decorated the front sidewalk with some number sentences and patterns - maybe we can teach people a thing or two!

More Kiva Loans!

We have recently made 2 more loans through Kiva!
Francisco lives in Peru and he is involved in growing bananas, citrus fruit, and coffee.  He loves farming, especially planting his fields. Francisco is a father and grandfather, and his family is his reason to live and work. He is going to use his loan to purchase coffee and banana seedlings, as well as fertilizer.

 We also made a loan to Jacques in Rwanda. He is going to use his loan for fertilizer to grow rice. He wants to grow lots of rice so he can help his family in the future. The students in Grade Three wanted to help Jacques and so he can help his family because many people in Rwanda are hungry.

If you want more information about Kiva, check out www.kiva.org.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Time is flying by! I have not been very good about updating the blog the past couple of weeks, but I think now that those first hectic days are over, we are getting on a better schedule (hopefully).
This week is going to be lovely. The weather looks great for the rest of the week, which always puts the kids (and the adults really) in a better mood.
On Friday, the elementary school will be joining with the high school for the Terry Fox Run. This is a great way to celebrate a true Canadian hero. The kids will also be having their spelling test on Friday.

On another note, one of the Grade 4 students brought a friend to class today! Look closely at her hand and see if you can find a very cute and fuzzy caterpillar!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It has been only one week of school, but I sure feel like the Grade Threes and I are getting to know eachother very well already. This is a class filled with kids of all different personalities, and I love it!

This week, we are learning how to represent numbers to 1000 using different ways - using blocks, numerals, number words, models, and algorithms to build BIG numbers. Everyone is finding really creative ways to show off their understanding of numbers.
In Social Studies, we are just beginning to understand one of the big ideas for the year: quality of life. We will be learning about what makes other kids around the world feel safe, comfortable, healthy, and happy. We are beginning our inquiry in Peru this week! The Grade 3 Social Studies program is soooo fun. We are going to have a blast learning about kids from Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, and India.
We also started our spelling units this week. The first spelling test of the year is on Friday. If you are looking for a fun way to practice your spelling words, check out my Spelling City website at www.spellingcity.com/nfreel.
Have a great week!