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!