We have been learning how to create capital letters and small letters in handwriting!

Now, we are trying to connect these words to write our names and other words!

What is your favourite letter in handwriting?

Which letter do you find the easiest to do in handwriting? Which letter is the hardest and why?

One Smile

We have been enjoying the story of “One Smile” and how it relates to the kindness boomerang video.

Mrs. Carriere came to help us learn about this story. Here are some of the connections we made:

This fits in perfectly with our celebration of RAK Week (Random Acts of Kindness) and is a good lead up to Pink Shirt day next Wednesday, February 22. Stay tuned to see how these kindness boomerangs have inspired us to do something of our own 😉

What is a kindness boomerang?

What acts of kindness do you like to do for others?

A Recipe to Stay Cool

We have been learning all about ways we can stay cool in situations during our No Putdowns program. Miss Granger came up with this fun way to have us create our own special “recipe” of ways that work for each of us to stay cool. Check them out in the gallery below!

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How do you stay cool?

Why should we learn about these things?

The Daily 5


There are lots of fun ways we can practice reading and writing. This January we started the Daily 5. Here are some of the things we have been practicing:


Read to Self – Epic! Books for Kids


Read to Someone (a puppet!)


Writing – Class Blog


Listen to Reading

What is the Daily 5? Check out this video that Mrs. Kostiuk created last year in one of her Master’s courses to show how technology can be used in the Daily 5.

Vote for your favourite station!


Which Daily 5 station is your favourite and why?

Have you read any books on Epic yet? If so, which ones do you like?


We have started learning about poetry in our class and this week we have focused on couplet poems. These poems have two lines that rhyme. We wrote one as a class:


and we added a funny line at the end (it didn’t rhyme but sometimes poems don’t always follow the rules!). Some students have been trying to write their own couplet poems this week:


Name something you could write a poem about (food, animal, or favourite place). Think of some words that rhyme with what you chose and tell me in your post!

Our Special Spots

Almost every Friday this year we have been going out on Frolicking Friday to enjoy the outdoors and further develop our love and fascination with nature. Before spring break many of us picked a special spot down in the gully by our school. This week students went back to this spot with their nature journal.

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We also found a meeting spot for the grade 3’s every time we go down into the gully.


Although spring weather is here now, there is still snow down in the gully. There was lots of ice on the pathway, so we gathered dried pine needles to spread on the ice so that it was easier to walk on the trail. Great work, Grade 3’s!

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Describe your special spot. What do you like about it?

And we’re off…

This week we set off on an adventure…around the world! We are learning about winter and Christmas traditions in different countries. To start off, we talked about Canada and learned about some Aboriginal traditions in December. Every winter Solstice (the longest night and shortest day), a gratitude stick is made and buried. Mrs. Keiver helped us make our own gratitude sticks by using willow, cedar, turkey feathers, fur, ceremonial tobacco, and sinew.

We started our travels by “visiting” Victoria and hearing about life in Ottawa from Mrs. MacLeod. Next, we had a flight over to France where we checked out the Eiffel Tower. After that, we took a short flight to Sweden to learn from Mr. Chris. To finish off our week we boarded a red-eye flight to South Africa – we should arrive there on Monday :). Here are a few pictures of our travels so far:

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Which place have you enjoyed learning about the most so far?

Are you going to bury your gratitude stick on December 17?