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Alevin & Fry Stage

Dear Division 15,

Today we started to learn about the Fry Stage of the salmon.  Last week we read and wrote about the Alevin Stage.  Isn’t it amazing that they Alevin have a yolk sac and the Fry have a swim bladder? I wonder why the Alevin need a yolk sac and why Fry need a swim bladder?

What do you find interesting about these two different stages of the salmon?  What are some facts that you know about the Alevin or Fry stage?  If you have a question please share.

From, Ms Sim

A Bike Like Sergio’s

Dear Division 15,

Today I read you one of my favorite books this year called, A Bike Like Sergio’s.  It is about a boy named Ruben who would love to have a bike, like his friend Sergio.  He happens to see money falling out of someone’s purse and puts the dollar in his pocket.  When he gets home it turns out that it was actually $100, which is more than enough to buy a bike.  I found it interesting how he has many different emotions about the money that he finds and what he chooses to do with it.

What did you find interesting about this story?  Please share your thoughts.  What would you do if something like this happened to you?  How would you feel?

Love, Ms Sim

Digital Read and Response

Dear students,

Today we will do a read and digital response.  Please choose a book from the coloured bin for reading time.  We will go to the computer lab and you will do our responses as a comment on the blog below. 

Write about your favourite part or what you found interesting about your book.  You may add questions that you may have about the story or a connection that you have.

If you don’t have time to finish your comment, you may finish it at home.

From, Ms Sim

Heart Maps and GoogleDrive

Dear Students,

Today we have a very special guest coming to our classroom.  Her name is Ms Chan and she is one of our district technology teachers.  She is very knowledgeable about education and technology.  Today Ms Chan will be helping our class learn how to sign onto GoogleDrive.  We will be using the images of our Heart Maps to do a short writing piece in the afternoon using GoogleDocs.

After you learn how to Sign On and write your first Google Doc, feel free to share what you find interesting about this way of writing. 

Excited, Ms. Sim

I am thankful for…

Dear students,

What a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend.  I had the chance to run the 10 km Turkey Trot at Granville Island.  It took me 1 hour and 1 minute to run this race.  At times during this run I was really tired and thought, “I should stop running, I’m too tired.”  However, strangers encouraged me and smiled throughout the way.  There were even performers who would sing songs, and so I just kept on running.  Sometimes when things are tough, it’s good to be reminded what we are thankful for.

During my run, I thought about all the people I was thankful for and why I was thankful for them.  I am thankful for my family and my friends.  I am also thankful that you are my students.  Although Mrs. Malito did not run the Turkey Trot with me this year, we enjoy talking about how we are thankful for our students this year.

Amanda, thank you for putting good effort in your writing.

Brandon, thank you for being a kind friend and offering to share your computer with a classmate.

Christina, thank you for working together to draw a picture for a class book.

Jade, thank you for working together to design a cover for a class book.

Jason, thank you for offering to help during computer time.

Justin, thank you for sharing your ideas at carpet time.

Nancy, thank you for your beautiful artwork.

Oliver, thank you for your warm smile.

Summer, thank you for working well with others during group time.

William, thank you for being a gentle friend.

Andrew, thank you for offering to hand out the notices.

Damian, thank you for sharing your knowledge and love for animals

Ekrem, thank you for sharing your learning with the class.

Howard, thank you for trying to cheer up a fellow classmate and ask how they were doing.

Ibrahim, thank you for independently finding jobs to help out the teacher, such as offering to help stack the chairs.

Lawrence, thank you for trying your best work in learning a new language.

Layton, thank you for using your communication skills and asking for help when you need it.

Lyn, thank you for sharing your ideas and helping others with their work.

Monica, thank you for offering to hand out the duotangs.

Warren, thank you for helping classmates during computer time.

Ye Joon, thank you for helping classmates during Math.

Who are you thankful for and why?  Please share.

Love, Ms. Sim & Ms. Malito

Thank you, Mr. Falker

Dear Division 15,

I am so excited that you are all in my class this year.  Thank you for being my students.

We finished reading a very special book called, “Thank you, Mr. Falker,” written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco.  Trish is a very talented art student, but found reading and math difficult.  She also went through a hard time with students who were unkind to her.  I loved how this story was actually based on a true story of the author, Patricia Polacco.

Trish had very special people in her life, such as her grandmother, grandfather and of course, Mr. Falker, who helped her go through the difficult times through encouragement and learning.  

What did you find special about this book?  What is something that comes easily for you at school?  What is something that is more difficult for you that we can help you with this year?  What can you do if you are going through a hard time?Please share on our class blog.

Sincerely, Ms. Sim

I am a thinker

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Dear students,

Today we talked about how as learners we are all thinkers.  Thank you for participating in our classroom discussion about what a thinker looks like.

As a thinker I can

  • build on the ideas of others and create new ideas of my own
  • have interests and passions that I pursue over time
  • ask questions to learn more about things
  • gather information about topics I am curious about

Please share how you are a thinker?  What are some things that you do that show that you are thinker.

Sincerely, Ms. Sim

Being Communicators

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Dear Students,

We are ALL learners and today we discussed how we are communicators.

As communicators,

  • I can respectfully listen and respond to the ideas of others
  • I can clearly present what I have learned in an organized way
  • I can support my ideas with evidence
  • I can take on roles and responsibilities in a group

How are you a good communicator?  What are some activities or ways that show that you are a good communicator?

Please start your sentence with I can.

Sincerely, Ms. Sim