Saturday, 19 December 2015

Last Day of school for 2015

December 18th!

Merry Christmas to my Grade Three family!  Enjoy a wonderful break.  See you in the New Year.
Here are a few pictures of the last day before Christmas break.  Pajama Day!

Happy Holidays! xo

Polar Express Day

December 17th

We celebrated the second to last day of school for 2015 by watching the Polar Express!  It was pretty fun to watch the movie and sing along to the songs that had been performed at our Christmas concert earlier this month.  As a special treat we had hot chocolate, marshmallows and candycanes while we watched.  YUM!

We were so thrilled to receive a very special delivery from the North Pole.  What a surprise! While watching the part in the movie about the special bell of Christmas a package was delivered to our classroom door. Santa sure is watching!  He had sent a bell for each one of us! And boy, were they ever cold coming directly from the North Pole!  How very magical and very exciting!


Candycane the Elf

December 2015

Santa sent us an Elf on December 1st.  We named him Candycane.  Each day we wrote about his adventures in a journal.  Here is a little collage of all of the fun that he was up to each day!  Candycane left us a letter each morning, and sometimes he even left us treats.  We especially liked the magic seeds that eventually turned in to candycanes!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Celebrations Around The World

December 15th

Today we had our full day "Celebrations Around The World" Social Studies activity.  All of the grade 3 classes participated.  Students "visited" four countries during the day.  In Peru they sampled Paneton Fruit bread and "Peruvian" hot chocolate, as well they made Peruvian worry Dolls.  In Ukraine the students made Ukrainian Paska.   In Tunisia students made camel silhouette/chalk art and sampled a banana coconut bake. In India students coloured Rangoli designs, made Diwali lights and sampled mangoes.
What a great day!  Thank you to our parent volunteers for volunteering their time and donating the supplies to make this day possible.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

School Spirit Day

Friday December 11th

Today was school spirit dress up day!  Our theme was holiday sweaters.  We have great school spirit in our class.  I especially loved Peyton's homemade shirt!  Now that's spirit!

Our Elf, Candycane, had also left a special treat for us this morning.  We had delicious candycanes to enjoy while doing our morning work.

It was Christmas Readers day today too.  This is a Mountview Tradition.  Special guests come to our school and read Christmas books to our students.  We were definitely in the spirit today!  We heard stories from three different guest readers.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

All Dressed Up!

December 7th
Wow, look at this good looking bunch!  All dressed up and ready for "Rocking On Top of The World" at the Christmas Concert!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Soil Samples

November 30th

Today, as one of our final experiments with Rocks and Minerals, we examined different types of soil. Students were challenged to describe the colour and texture of each sample and also to examine what kinds of sediments they could find in the samples.  We were trying to discover the answer to the question "What is soil?"

The three samples were: sand, potting soil and peat moss.

Some great descriptions I overheard were:  moist, damp, dry, gritty, dark, light, bumpy, lumpy.

Here are a few pictures of the students engaged in the experiment.

Choir at the Festival of Trees

November 27th

Several of our students are in the choir this year.  A huge highlight is performing at the Festival of trees and then taking in some of the fun at Candy Cane Lane.  I was thrilled to go along for the day with these amazing kids!

Moustache Day

November 27th

What a fun was to end MOVember; we had a Mustache Spirit Day!

Art-Line designs

November 25th

Today the students created beautiful line design paintings.  We have these hanging from our classroom ceiling.
Check out all of the steps involved in creating this beautiful finished product.

First:  Tape a design

 Second:  Add paint

Last:  Remove tape & Mount

Research on the Chromebooks

November 24th

This week we started a mini research project on author, Roald Dahl. Students are building a Google Slides "Biography" Presentation.  On the first day we received some excellent help from some of Mme Buckley's grade 4/5 students.  The students are all very engaged with this project and they are learning all sorts of interesting things about Roald Dah, but also learning all sorts of things about building a presentation.  (Parents, Students can log in from home to show you their work!).

Modelling numbers with base ten blocks

November 24th

Students have been working on modelling three digit numbers in a variety of ways.

For example: 329 can be shown as 3 hundreds, 2 tens, and 9 ones, (300+20+9) or you can regroup and show it as 2 hundreds, 12 tens and 9 ones (200+120+9). There are several different possibilities and combinations.

Playing with numbers this way will help deepen our understanding of how and why we trade and regroup when adding and subtracting larger numbers.  Here the students are practicing with the base ten blocks.