Monday, 29 September 2014

September Share

Time sure flies by when you are having fun! We've been busy in 3B this month. This month we have been busy working on learning our addition facts to 18 with strategies to help us solving them. We've been having a lot of fun with our hand on activities in structures. Social Studies time has been spent discussing; communities, citizenship, rights and responsibilities. We've done some fun art projects including Matisse cut-out art. This art is featured on on our instagram account so be sure to check it out.

October will finding us; learning addition and subtraction strategies, continuing to work on our structures unit with lots of experiments, exploring the Canadian community, learning all about bees, and exploring warm and cool colours in art as well as the art of Wassily Kandinsky (Concentric Circles painting). We will, also, start using kidblog and twitter more frequently.

Have a great October!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! The 2014-2015 school year is off and running. This year we have a class of 19 students. I will try and update this blog twice a month to let  the parents of 3B students know what awesome things we are up to 3B.

We have started our Friendship unit in Language Arts. We've, also, started Daily 5. We are currently practicing building stamina in our read to self. In math, we are reviewing topics from grade 2. In science, we have started to talk about structures and materials. Be sure to ask your child for some examples of structures. In social studies, we are talking about communities and citizenship,

Reminder: Please make sure you look at your child's agenda each night and have them reeturn it signed.

I am looking forward to an awesome year with the new group of 3B students!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Olympic Fever

We've been hit by the Olympic Fever in 3B and it is running high! We have started our Olympic unit in Language Arts and the our Canadian Olympians continue to be amazing with their connecting with us. We started looking at their pictures on Instagram. We have been amazed by the photos of the life in Sochi. We've seen pictures of; the outside of their residences, the Olympic Rings, venues of the sports they are competing in, their equipment, the Olympic Village, and the Opening Ceremonies. Some of the athletes have even answered our questions that we posted on their pictures. We have learned a lot from them. One athlete even tweeted us during the ceremonies. Speaking of the Opening Ceremonies, we had a fun time watching some of them live. The cheering as Canada entered was quiet loud but well deserved! The looks of amazement the students had  as they saw the dances and artistic acts were so cute! Our Olympic unit and hopefully our connections will continue for the duration of the  Olympics. Look out for blogs from the students soon.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Our #olympianchat Athletes to Follow at the Olympics

3B had fun tweeting our Canadian Olympians with #olympianchat. Sixteen out of the twenty-one that we tweeted to responded. This is amazing considering the Olympics are coming up soon. Below is a chart of the athletes that responded to our tweets and emails. Be sure to watch them during the Olympics. At some point this week I will be blogging more in-depth about this experience. Thank you to the following athletes:

Justin Kripps
4 man bobsledding
Jesse Lumsden
2 man bobsledding
Jessica Hewitt
short-track speed skating
Chandra Crawford
cross country skiing
Mitchel Malyk
James McNaughton
4 man bobsledding
Francois Hamelin
short-track speed skating
Sarah Reid
Neville Wright
4 man bobsledding
Kimberley McRae
Team Jennifer Jones
women’s curling
Heather Moyse
2 woman bobsledding
Spencer O’Brien
women’s snowboarding-slopestyle
E.J. Harnden
men’s curling
Ryan Frye
men’s curling
Eric Radford
pairs figure skating
Audrey Robichaud
mogul skiing

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

We Asked and They Answered: Canadian Olympians Rule

Have I mentioned lately that I love Twitter? If not, I absolutely love the power of Twitter and the connecting that occurs with it! Twitter continues to provide awesome connections for my grade 3 students including our new adventure with Olympians.

Do you ever experience that "Wow, did that just happen?" moment? My students and I did today! But before I share it, I should give the background information: this weekend I was planning an Olympic unit for my grade 3 class and was wanting to connect with some Canadian Olympians on twitter to ask questions to about being Olympians. The Canadian Olympic Team on twitter told me that on you can see which athletes are on Twitter and to ask them directly if they would answer our questions. So off I went to see which athletes were on twitter and tweeted the more active ones to see if they would be willing to answer a few questions from my class. I thought maybe one or two would respond since they would be busy getting ready for the Olympics after all. I was way off in my prediction as within twenty-four hours I had received responses from fifteen Canadian Olympian athletes!

I wanted to easily find the tweets for when we started our Olympic research so I came up with the hashtag #olympianchat and off we went. Today we tweeted out to Chandra Crawford (@ChandraCrawford) and James McNaughton (@McNaughtonJames). Chandra Crawford won gold in the 2006 Olympics and James McNaughton will be competing in his first Olympics. Both Chandra and James answered all of the questions shortly after we tweeted them which wasn't expected since they are busy getting ready for the Olympics. They even addressed the students, who had tweeted them, with their names. It made their day to have a tweet addressed to them. Their effort to respond and do so with enthusiasm blew me way and caused the "wow did this just happen?" moment. It was a moment that my students will remember for a long time. When they see the athletes competing they will feel a connection. Chandra and James were just the start of our #olympianchat athletes with many more to come all week long! Thank you to Chandra and James for replying today and to all other Canadian Olympians who said they would reply to our tweets this week. I appreciate the power and positive effect that your simple and quick act will have for my students. We will be cheering loudly for Chandra and James as well as all of the other Canadian athletes we connect with.

Many people from my PLN have tweeted me about this project and said how interesting it is, so my advice is jump in with your students. All that can happen is they reply with interested like fifteen or so did to my tweets or they don't reply because they are busy getting ready for the Olympics. So go for gold and see what you can get!