We have started reading a wonderful new novel called Because of Mr. Terupt during our Evening Meeting. It's an outstanding story with a great message that can be appreciated by all.
This is not a book that I would recommend my Grade Three students read on their own once we finish. I'm reading it to the class from my e-reader and there will not be a copy available to students in the classroom.
It's an incredible book, but it contains a few words that I'm going to leave out (mostly bathroom humour). Nothing super questionable, just a word or two that are not appropriate for my classroom.
It's just such a fantastic story and I want to be the one to share it with my students.
I think once the children reach Grade 5 or 6, they can read it on their own, but until then, they can relax and enjoy being an active listener.
March 24, 2016
March 21, 2016
We are really enjoying reading The One and Only Ivan. It's such a special and important story. The boys and girls especially love this story because it is true.
I promised them I would post some information about Ivan here on the blog.
Here is a link to some interesting facts about Ivan that may not have been presented in the novel.
Facts About Ivan (click here)
March 10, 2016
March 07, 2016
There was a major announcement in Room 208 this morning! I mean MAJOR!!!
I told my class all about a new class initiative. Starting this week, the boys and girls will be recognized for their great behaviour, hard work, and all kinds of other achievements by receiving Brag Tags!
Each child received a personalized lanyard this morning and their very first Brag Tag, which was to recognize a milestone from a few weeks ago: the 100th day of school!
Starting this week, I'll award Brag Tags on the regular for a variety of reasons including:
- neat printing
- fluent reading
- class leadership
- great problem solving skills in Math
- Math-fact mastery
- good citizenship
- high quality homework completion
- and the list goes on and on!
I want this initiative to help all students in my room feel recognized for the great things they do and the hard work they put into their jobs as grade three students.
I'm also hoping it will help my students to further develop their leadership skills and motivate them to work on any goals they might have for themselves (e.g. "I'd like to read more fluently" or "My goal is to memorize my times-tables").
There were lots and lots of questions about all the different Brag Tags that are available (basically, the options are unlimited since I'm creating them myself!). I assured my students that the tags and lanyards are theirs to keep and they will not be going home until June. If the lanyard is lost, students understand their name tag and lanyard itself will be replaced, by their tags will not...responsibility is the name of the game here!
The reaction of the class to Brag Tags was really heart-warming. This is such a great community-building activity and I just know it will be a treasured souvenir for my students to enjoy for years to come!
March 01, 2016
To help the boys and girls complete their Practice Page #25 correctly, I recorded my instructions from this afternoon for them.
They are encouraged to watch the video to make sure their work is completed according to expectations.
As part of our problem to be solved in Math today, we needed to review our counting money skills.
I have a three (or is it four?) step strategy that I teach kids. Sometimes we find that the biggest mistake made when it comes to counting money is that decimal.
For your convenience, I've made a quick video that outlines the strategies taught today. It's not fancy but it does cover all the key points that were reviewed in our lesson today.
In case I didn't emphasize it enough in the video, please stress to your student that keeping the decimal in line is essential to accuracy.
Again, the video isn't fancy, but it does cover today's lesson nicely.
And for those kids who are extra keen and have some time on their hands tonight, here's a sample problem to work on. We call these types of problems "Bake Shop Problems" and we'll do lots and lots of them until we all feel confident in our skills!