Grade 3 Transition to Middle School

In our school district students go to Elementary School for kindergarten to grade 3, Middle School for grade 4 to grade 7, and High School for grade 8 to grade 12. To prepare for the transition in the fall, we have started getting together with the grade 3’s at the other Elementary School in our town.

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What was your favourite part about meeting the other grade 3’s?

Today, the principal of the Middle School visited our school to answer any questions the grade 3’s may have.

Do you have any other questions about Middle School for Ms. Johnson or Mrs. MacLeod?


Today we had some special visitors arrive to teach the grade 2’s and 3’s some fun games in French!

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Did you learn any French words?

Here is a wordle of some of the words we learned:
Wordle: French words
What was your favourite French game?

Frog Belly Rat Bone one, two, three, You Must Be Patient And Then You Will See

This month we have been doing many activities with this book:

61JePIi6aVL._SL500_AA300_It fits in perfectly with our newest ventures in Science – growing plants in the greenhouse and composting!

As we learned in this book, if you are patient, then you will slowly see the treasure reveal itself. What is the treasure?

Here are some pictures of us documenting our treasures as they reveal themselves to us:

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What are you growing in the greenhouse?

A New Novel

This week we started reading a novel in our class. We haven’t learned the title of the story yet, but we have met some of the characters. Messy Michael and Neatness Nut Norman are brothers with some very strange plants. The brothers share a room, which isn’t always easy.

Write a headline in the padlet below to describe our story so far. Be sure to put your name and then headline:

We chose to hang out in our Outdoor Classroom today to listen to the story and then create some images and questions.

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Are you more like Messy Michael or Neatness Nut Norman? Have you ever had to share a room?

What do you think is happening to Michael’s socks? Do you think the boys will catch whoever is taking them?

What do you think is going on with these strange plants?

Recorder Karate

This year in our recorder unit, we did Recorder Karate. Students moved through different levels of songs, receiving a “belt” for every song they mastered. Now, recorders have been sent home. Students can continue to practice songs at home and can bring them to school to play for Mrs. Kostiuk during Choice time to try and earn more belts. Here is the sheet music for the songs:

White Belt – Hot Cross Buns (BAG)


Yellow Belt – Au Clair de la lune (BAG)


Blue Belt – Mary Had A Little Lamb (BAG)


Green Belt – Starlight (GE)


Purple Belt – Lucy Locket (AGE)


Pink Belt – Little Tommy Tiddlemouse (AGE)


Orange Belt – Skin and Bones (AGE)


Red Belt – My Paddle (BAGED)


Brown Belt – Hush Little Baby (CBAG)


Black Belt – Ode to Joy (DCBAG)



You will also be able to find a PDF copy of all of the songs in our Learning Links tab under Music.

Flipping Around

We sure had a great time on our field trip to the gymnastics centre last week! Here are some photos of us on all of the fun equipment:

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What was your favourite part about visiting the gymnastics centre?

What was one thing you learned during our gymnastics unit?

Researching Canada

We have started our first big “project” with our LearnPads. We are researching Canadian provinces and territories through scanning QR codes on our big map of Canada.

Canada Map

Students choose a province and territory they would like to research and scan the code on the map to access the information they need. We are recording the information on a flipbook.

Mr. Main, who is the Principal of Technology in our school district and who is responsible for getting us our LearnPads, came to visit the other day to see what we have been up to with them. Check out this tweet:

Is Somebody Singing?

Music Monday is quickly approaching!

We will be meeting in the Platzl on Monday, May 5 to begin singing “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)” at 11:00am, along with hundreds of schools across Canada and Chris Hadfield!

Check out a video of us performing the song last year and you can practice at home this weekend :). You can find the lyrics under Learning Links.

Here are some guitars we created this week to celebrate music.

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What do you like about music? What kind? Instruments?

Why is music important?