Thursday, 1 October 2015

Patterns with Nature

 Today we went outside and enjoyed the beautiful, crisp fall air and collected natural objects from our school yard. 

We brought our collection inside and began to organize our objects in different ways according to their attributes. 

Students then has to organize their objects into patterns with at least two changing attributes. Check out our patterns!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Ontario is beautiful!

We are so fortunate to live in a province that is so diverse and beautiful. We have such a variety of land and soil, climate, communities, industries, wildlife, and jobs. 

To take a closer look at our wonderful province, we watched a commercial about how "there's no place like this."

Next, students labelled their landform region maps. 

Finally students were given cards with a variety of discussion points about landform regions. 

We LOVE Ontario!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Our first problem of the week!

On this rainy Monday morning we started something very exciting, problem of the week!

Students first had to "wrestle with the problem" and work independently for five minutes. 

Next, students had the opportunity to see what strategies their classmates used to solve the problems. 

Finally, we sorted the problems by strategy.

We are excited to continue this activity weekly!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Mapping, Jolly Christmas Style

Students have started working on their maps for the Jolly Christmas postman project. They have learned how to use the index at the back of an atlas to look up a city's name. 

Next, they look for the page number and the alphanumeric grid coordinates to find their city. 

We looked at a variety of different kinds of legends and created some symbols for a class to use for our maps. 

Students began labeling their own maps with large cities, Capital Cities, bodies of water and other interesting details. Take a look!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Jolly CHRISTMAS postman!

Christmas is in the air and we have started a project based on the award winning books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg The Jolly Postman and the Jolly Christmas Postman. 

Students are going to create their own books with the theme of Christmas in another country as their setting, and take on the roles of researcher, author, illustrator and publisher. 

We have started step 1 where students are busily ( and excitedly) researching their chosen country. We have learned so many new facts about international Christmas celebrations!

Stay tuned for updates and watch our stories take shape!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Understanding the Metric System! Measuring the world around us...

In our mathematics exploration, we began discussing the metric system that Canada (and most of the world) uses to measure distances and lengths. 

The students were asked to measure at least 5 different objects around the classroom and hallway to the nearest cm. 

Through this exploration students discovered convenient ways of measuring objects that were somewhat more difficult to measure (if you didn't have a wooden metre stick to use!) 

For example: measuring the height of a classmate became much easier if they lay down on the carpet.. instead of standing upright. 

We continue to explore measurement with distance, time, and temperature this week!

Guest Speaker: Signing with Grade 3s

Our grade 3 students had the pleasure of learning more about sign language from one of our monthly visits from a parent volunteer! 

We learned about how Aboriginal people in North America would sign with other Aboriginal people when they were trading with each other and trying to communicate with people that didn't speak their same language. 

We even began to recognize that all of us have different ways of communicating with others with hand signs -- waving, peace sign, thumbs up, etc.

It was a great day of learning! We strengthened the important understanding of the many different gifts and unique qualities that God blesses each of us with. We developed a greater understanding of various community members and are so excited to try some new ways of communicating.

Check out our classes practicing newly learned sign language...

We also watched a video of someone signing the song by Katy Perry, "Fireworks". It is amazing how much you can communicate without using one spoken word!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Kortright Centre for Conservation! Aboriginal Day in the Woods

This week, we traveled to the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan where the Huron people actually lived! It was so much fun exploring the lands and artifacts that taught us more about the original peoples in Ontario.

What a wonderful experience it was on a nice crisp fall day. 

Take a look at our learning adventure:

Students drank some of this evergreen tea found outside in the forest! Did you know it was used to help the Aboriginal people stay healthy since it is rich in Vitamin C. Yummy...

Cheers to drinking fresh tea.

Students also engaged in a scavenger hunt in the beautiful forest. We found the breathtaking water that was an important part of Aboriginal life. We learned that the water was used in many different ways: drinking, cooking, traveling, finding food, etc.

Underneath all of those colourful leaves is the moss that was used for baby diapers! That absorbent plant along with hide is a great way to make diapers for the Aboriginal babies.

Our journey in the woods continued as we searched for: mushrooms (that were eaten by Aboriginal people), maple trees (for sap), wood used for longhouses, evergreen trees for tea, squirrels/deer/rabbit (for meat), water, etc.

We also had a chance to try some of the activities that the Aboriginal people did 500 years ago. Some of these activities were for fun and other activities were an important part of everyday life.

Take a look at the artifact room! We had a chance to explore all of these artifacts and learn what they were made from as well.

Aboriginal people sure were creative and innovative!!

Can you guess what this artifact is?

Overall, the grade 3s had a spectacular learning experience and have discovered so much more about the Aboriginal people that first settled in Ontario.