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

Salmon Egg & Eyed Egg

Dear Students,

Today we started learning about the first stage of the Salmon Life Cycle which is Egg or Eyed Egg.  Salmon are very important to our ecosystem.  We even saw a video about how First Nations people depend on salmon for food.

What did you find interesting about the salmon in the Egg Stage or the Eyed Egg Stage.  Did you have any connections to today’s learning? 

Please share your thoughts as a comment to this blog.

Ms Sim

The Old Man with the Otter Medicine

Dear Students,

Today we listened to the Aboriginal Story of the Dene people called, “The Old Man with the Otter Medicine.”  It was a story about a village in the winter.  The people are hungry and there is no fish.  They seek help from the old medicine man.  The Old Medicine Man gets help from the otter in a very special way.

What does this story tell us about animals and this First Nations people?  What do you find interesting about this story?  Please share your ideas.

From, 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

Chatterkids Water mini-movies

Dear students,

This week we have been learning about why we should conserve water and brainstorming different ways to conserve water.  We used the Chatterpix Kids app to make mini-movies with a partner and uploaded them to our Class GoogleDrive.  This will become our class Water Movie.

What did you enjoy about this project?  What did you find challenging?  What might you change or do differently next time?

If you could make a Chatterpix mini-movie, what would you make one on?

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

Flight Check: Recording your reading

Dear students and parents,

Everyone has been given a new assignment on RazKids, please work on this for the next week. 

It turns out that our school desktop computers are unable to record with the microphones with single prongs.  They do work with Ipads and newer computers and so I have returned the headsets for students to try recording their assigned reading in “Flight Check.”  Please bring the headsets back on Monday, November 20th.  We will be able to use our headphones in the computer lab.  The headsets with microphones will work on other electronic devices we will use at school for future projects

This week, see if you can make a recording of your reading at home.  As we do in the computer lab, go to the school website and find ‘Classes.’  Go to our ‘Class Website.’  Click onto RazKids and then log into your RazKids account.  Then click ‘Flight Check.’  Click onto the microphone icon under the passage.  If you have a headset with a microphone, read the short passage into the microphone.  If you have an Ipad or a tablet you should be able to read into the bottom, as there is a built in microphone.  Listen to your recording.  If it doesn’t work, do not worry.  We will try it together next week.

From, Ms Sim

Understanding the number 346

Dear students,

What are different ways of writing and showing the number 346?

Using Kidspiration math and see if you can show a number in the different ways.  First write your name or names and then click the yellow box.  In the yellow box write a number in standard form, write it also in expanded notation and write it’s base ten name.  Don’t forget to also show the number in its Base Ten Form.  Print it out and you are done!


Ms. Sim

Nature Walk & Water





Dear Division 15,

Yesterday we had the chance to go on a nature walk near our school.  We had the chance to observe some water in our community. 

What are some of the questions you have about water?  What did you observe about water?  Why should we study about water?  Please share some of your thoughts and questions.

From, Ms. Sim