My co-worker, Miss Catherine, just played this AMAZING video in my class for Ethics! It is a must watch!
Wow! Wow! Wow!
The students and staff of JES tried something new this year. Through the careful planning of Miss Sophie and her Green Thumbs members, JES decided to combine Valentines Day and Winter Fun Day all in one — and instead of just having 1 day of fun, Miss Sophie and the Green Thumbs stretched all the fun throughout the entire week! I’ve nicknamed the week “Lovely Winter Fun Week” in honour of Miss Sophie!
The first activity that Grade 3 got to take part in was a school wide Valentine Card exchange. Following the opening ceremonies, Miss Sophie had every student reach into a hat on his or her way out and choose a name. Each student was responsible to create a Valentine’s Day card for their secret person. My students began making their cards in French class with Sophie and finished them in English class with me. All Valentine’s notes were bilingual and written with loving care. We had secret Valentines in every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Here are some photos of my students working hard to prepare them!
Members of Green Thumbs came to pick up and deliver the cards on February 13th. We were so excited to see all the wonderful cards that we received from around the school!
The entire week was full of wonderful outdoor activities that were planned and supervised by the members of Green Thumbs. Students got to go sliding and dance around with the official Winter Fun Week Mascot! The whole school also got to participate in a Toque Decorating Contest and fashion parade.
Congratulations to Mélina for winning the best Toque for Grade 3!
Friday afternoon, the entire school got to go outside and enjoy the bright sunshine. The official JES DJ was back to play some great tunes for us (THANK YOU MR. JACK!!!), fire pits were installed to keep our hands and feet nice and warm (THANK YOU MR. ALARY & MR. KELLEY), and the official mascot from St-Charles-Borromée came out to help us with our winter celebration. After the outdoor activities were completed, everyone got to go inside to enjoy some very delicious hot chocolate and marshmallows. YUM!
A big thank you must be given to Miss Sophie and her Green Thumb members. These members, from Grade 4-6 thought up, planned, and carried out all the activities that happened during the week. A very special thanks also goes out to the Grade 6 students who dressed up as mascots throughout the week. Thanks to them, we had frogs, a squirrel, and even a chicken walking around to entertain the children this week!
Have a great day!
Yesterday morning was VERY chilly but our hearts were all warm and fuzzy as the JES family took a little time out to celebrate those students who merited Citizenship awards. For the month of January, our students were working towards the goal of being ambitious – whether it be in school or outside of it. A big congratulations go to Mélina and Jakob for their abilities to set goals and work towards them! It isn’t always easy but they are learning that they can achieve great things! Both students are active in sports outside of school and I am very pleased with the way they are both learning how to manage their time effectively inside the classroom! Great job, guys!
If you happen to see these amazing 3rd graders, make sure to give them a high 5 for all their efforts!
Oh my! Two monthly assemblies have come and gone, and I have yet to post pictures of my very deserving students who were honoured for their positive contribution to our school community.
For the month of November, our students were encouraged to show how courageous they are. Whether standing up to bullies or trying something new for the first time, these students deserved a little recognition for their efforts!
Congratulations to Brian and Cassandra!
For the month of December, our students were encouraged to show tolerance towards one another. Congratulations to Noah and Kailyn for showing tolerance with their teachers, supervisors, and fellow classmates!
It is really difficult to choose only 2 students each month when I know that all my students are doing their very best to be good citizens!
Keep in touch to see who wins awards for the month of January!!
Thank you to The Primary Techie for hosting this very cool linky party! It’s a nice way to reflect upon what I have posted here the last twelve months.
It is no surprise that my top blog post of the year had the most controversial title. It is also no surprise to me that the inspiration to write that particular post came from people within my own teaching network. I like to post things here that touch my heart and that also are important to my friends and family.
To read the post, please click on the link below.
Happy reading (or re-reading!)!
Welcome to a brand new year! I wish you all health, happiness, and prosperity for the coming year. May 2015 be YOUR year!
I’m super excited about this blog post because not only will it be here on I Heart Grade 3, but it will also be featured on the new collaborative blog that I am involved with this year! It’s called From the Maple Tree and it will feature teacher authors from all across Canada as they blog about their journey as teachers in this wonderful country! I can’t wait to see what some of my colleagues have come up with!
So, let’s kick the New Year off right with what else….? That’s right! It’s New Year’s Resolution time! Now normally I don’t do resolutions because I never follow through on them but I think it is in the best interest of myself, my students, and my colleagues at work to try and conquer this not so secret vice of mine.
Now those of you who now me well might think that I will try and wean myself off of my Tim Hortons addiction but NO! Perhaps I will try that one next year. This resolution of mine will take inner strength, commitment, and a sense of organization that seems to be lacking in my genetic make-up!
My New Year’s Resolution is…..
To keep my desk at work neat and tidy!
This picture that you are about to see is actually not that bad. My desk has been a lot worse! I’m talking mountains of papers, workbooks and corrections to do… and tons of joke are made at my expense because of it!
My intentions are to keep my working area neat and tidy this year! And just how do I expect to keep myself on the right path? Well, I developed a cute little flip book for my students in which I modelled my own goal for the new year! Check it out below!
My students and I are going to be doing this activity when we come back together next week! Notice how mine is all about keeping my desk in order! My kids are going to get a kick out of this!
Do you like this little flip book? You can get your own copy right here:
What I love about this is the differentiation that is included! Your reluctant writers all the way to your proficient writers will have a great time with this craftivity! Plus, this makes the perfect activity for you and your students during that first week back after the holiday break!
Happy New Year!
Hello everyone! I know it has been WAY too long since I have updated you all on the happenings in my classroom, school, and curriculum developing mind. I do apologize but I imagine that you have all been quite busy enjoying the festive season with your family and friends. My family and I certainly had a wonderful time together – and sharing all those special moments with our friends from near and far was the icing on the cake.
Now that there is a little downtime between Christmas and the back to school hustle and bustle that is coming soon, I am finally able to get some very important (and very cute!!!!) pictures of my students up for you all to see. These ones are great because this time of year at my school is completely magical.
Every year at JES, we have the annual Winter Breakfast, or as I call it, “Miss Monica’s Day to Wear her Jammies to School”. Yes! Students, teachers, staff members, and parent volunteers all come to school dressed comfy and cozy in their pyjamas. Together, we all have a wonderful breakfast together in our school gym. The tables, decorations, Christmas music, and of course, the food makes for a really special experience for everyone involved. Oh, and our special visitor direct from the North Pole always brings smiles to everyone’s faces!
Here are all the classes together getting ready to feast on pancakes, sausages, muffins, cheese, fresh fruit, & yogurt. Our school community really came together to bring in an enormous amount of food. Every student and adult who wanted seconds, or thirds, or even fourths were encouraged to fill up their tummies!
Check out this photo of our teachers and parent volunteers preparing the plates! Look at all that delicious food!
The best part about this activity is seeing all the children come together with their smiley faces! I am so fortunate to work in a small school where our whole student body can come together to celebrate special events like this. Look at how cute they are all together!
And of course, who could forget the joy that the man in the big red suit brings wherever he goes?
(It seems that WordPress likes to cut off children’s heads so in order to see the full photo, please click on it).
What a fabulous day we had all together! I am already looking forward to next year’s Winter Breakfast!
If you are like me, you are super excited about the site wide TpT sale December 1 & 2! I cannot wait to wake up and start purchasing my wishlist items! Here are some quick and easy tips that I use to get the most of the TpT site wide sales. Hopefully they will help you, too!
Before a big sale like this, I like to take the evening before and search for items that I know I need and will use. With so many amazing products out there, it is hard to know what to search for and where to start. Try taking a look on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, and Tsu . They are filled with tons of great teaching strategies, tips, ideas and products!
Once you have found what you are looking for, make sure to add them to your wishlist RIGHT AWAY! You don’t want to forget anything once this sale gets underway!
For some reason, this seems to be one of the best kept secrets – and I’m not exactly sure why. Many TpT buyers have no idea that they can earn credits to put towards their future TpT purchases. How it works is simple. In the words of TpT itself,
“Earn TpT Credits for purchases on TpT. You get one TpT Credit for every $ you spend on TpT. Thing is, you only get the Credits after you Provide Feedback — both a fair rating and a fair comment — on the items that you purchase. We will round up for you, too! If you provide fair feedback on a $4.75 item, you will earn 5 credits. Every 100 Credits is worth $5 that you can apply towards future TpT purchases, but there is no need to wait until you have 100 to redeem them. 50 credits is worth $2.50, for example.”
So, in a nutshell… provide fair and positive feedback for your purchased items and you will be on your way to earning $$ towards your future purchases. And with a site wide sale like the Cyber Sale, your saved up credits will go A LONG WAY!
Most TpT stores will be offering 20% off their products during the Cyber sale. That is already pretty awesome in itself. To make it even more enticing, the TpT site is offering customers an additional 10% off with the special code (TPTCYBER). A lot of people, with their excitement of the sale, actually FORGET to input the sale code! Now, TpT is very good at offering up the rebate if you forget to add your code, but you must open a help ticket and it could take awhile to receive your credit. Do yourself a favour and REMEMBER THE CODE!
I hope these tips will help you make the most out of your shopping experience! Thank you for supporting teachers like me who create materials specific to the needs and abilities of all our students.
Wishing all you teachers a FABULOUS TpT Cyber Monday and Tuesday!
I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!
Another group of fabulous Canadian teachers are coming together to host another AWESOME giveaway!
Oh yes! Who wouldn’t love some TpT cash to spend right before the holidays? I know I would!
Just visit these amazing blogs for your chance to win 1 $30 gift certificate or 1 $15 gift certificate to TpT!
It’s that simple – and a great way to start off your Festive Season!
Make sure to come back tomorrow and make your entries count!
My students and I have taken on a challenge and we have come out on top! We have been working on taking control of a book with over 600 pages… with tons of words, grammar rules, and definitions.
What 600 page book could a Grade 3 teacher possibly use in his or class?
In case you haven’t guessed yet… it is this one…
For grade 3 students, particularly ones who are learning English as a Second Language, this 656 page reference book can be quite intimidating. First of all, it is entirely in English. Secondly, it is huge and heavy. And lastly, there is A LOT of information on each and every page. No wonder my students stare in complete horror the first time I ask them to try to located a word!
Grade 3 is a perfect time to strengthen dictionary skills. And by dictionary skills, I don’t mean just the idea of finding words and their meanings. Dictionary skills encompass WAY more than that. We worked on the alphabet – finding what letters come before, after, and in-between others. We worked on alphabetical order and how to tell which word comes first when there are two, three or even four letters that are the same for multiple words. The students also learned about guide words and their importance to finding words on a page.
My students were totally engaged in their learning. Who knew a dictionary could be so captivating!
The activities also gave my students the chance to work together in groups. I was super excited to see them working cooperatively! I love it when my students work together to get their learning on!
If you would like to check out the practices pages I used for this blog post, just click on the photo above!
You’ll be having your students ask to use the dictionary in no time!