Ms. Carley's Classroom Blog

Sharing our Learning in Division 11

How can use our voices to lift each other up?

We loved creating a welcoming feel in the school with our special messages! Here are just a few:

“I can show kindness by being a friend” – Felix

“I can stand up for others!” – Sophia

“We can be kind to mother earth by using less plastic and being kind to others.” – Benjamin

“I can help others when they are hurt!” – Amelia

“I can show kindness by picking up garbage and recycling bottles and cans!” – Ian

“I can take turns.” – Sebastian

“I can help animals.” – Mariam

We had some amazing learning leaders in the class these last two weeks. Maia brought in her new book, Beautiful Oops and read for our class! Thank you for reading with such expression, and sharing such an important message!

Kela and Amal were our storytellers! We had so much fun acting out their imaginative adventures!

We have been exploring measurement and using non-standard measurements this week! We had so many observations of how these strategies worked for us, and why they would be hard to communicate to our pen pals!  Tell your family some of our fun examples! What was your height?

Sophia made the connection to her art class where she used a pencil as a referent to help her measure! Then she brought in her own amazing art to teach us how! We learned so much and noticed so many great math words throughout Sophia’s lesson! We can’t wait to bring our measurement outside again next week with standard and non-standard units!

Measurement, symmetry, geometry, vertical, horizontal, circle, oval, estimate, referent… and more!

Don’t forget to keep looking for tracks in the snow! We loved examining these replicas in class this week. Can your family guess which print is which? Post your guesses in the comments!

Now… time for an even more fun! Can you guess who this scat belongs to?!

We love our dance party movement breaks! Can you dance with your family this weekend?

Wishing everyone a safe and cozy weekend!

How Can We Love and Respect the Earth and Each Other?

We went on some special community walks this week! On Wednesday was our bird walk. We were listening and watching carefully for the birds in our community. We also walked to a forest we had never been to before – the Hidden Aspen Forest! It was so different from the forest behind our school! Tell your family what differences and similarities you noticed! Which birds did you see and hear along the way?

We shared love and appreciation with our classmates and teachers this week! Happy Valentine’s Day!


We had two more zoom presentations about birds – learning about the dangers of migration and also their ecological importance! We wrote thank you letters to the birds for all the amazing things they do for our community and world. Later, we wrote our second pen pal letters, sharing what we learned about our inquiry bird in English and Spanish! We can’t wait to get our pen pal letters back!

After Ms. Carley’s beaver dam story, we went outside to get inspired for our own math stories and problems! What math problems can you find this weekend?

On Friday, we went on another community walk, but this time we looked for animal prints in the snow! We liked making some of our own prints. And then at the very end we found another type of animal print!! What stories did you find on our walk?

Wishing you all a happy and restful family day long weekend! Enjoy these beautiful prints we made with Ms. McGivern, and your special family day art!

How can we show Kindness in February and Always?

February is all about kindness, celebrating our diversity, and taking action!

We have many exciting things coming up in February!

  • Tues. Feb. 14 – Valentines Day
    • if you are sending your child with Valentines day cards or treats, please send enough for everyone. Please find a photo of our names above
  • Wed. Feb. 15 – please feel welcome to join us for a community science walk from approx. 9:25-10:25
    • please let me know if you can join us – we need parent volunteers!
  • Fri. Feb. 17 – please feel welcome to join us for a community science walk from 9:25-10:25
    • please let me know if you can join us – we need parent volunteers!
  • Mon. Feb. 20 – Family day – no school
  • Wed. Feb. 22 – Pink Shirt Day! Please send your child in pink, if possible!
  • Fri Feb. 24 – Pro D Day – no school

February is off to an exciting start in Div. 11! We have reconnected with our Pen Pals and our Migratory Bird Inquiry! We had two bird presentations on Zoom and went on some bird walks in our community. We found so many birds! We are learning so many things about how to identify our orange-crowned, Wilson’s and black-throated gray warblers, and many other birds. What makes a scientific drawing special?


Our storytellers and bookmakers are hard at work and play! Stay tuned for more amazing sharing!

We had a special garden day workshop last week! We learned how to make plant pots and planted cabbage seeds! Then we made our own seed packets for our favourite vegetables! Thank you, Pablo for joining us in our learning!

In math, we have been practicing, learning, and playing many addition and subtraction games!



Joyful January!

Div. 11 has loved learning in January!

This new year and Lunar new year, we have been thinking of one word that will help us be our best selves. We chose our word and have started creating art! If you want to read the story that inspired us, it is here: One Word for Kids: A Great Way to Have Your Best Year Ever.

In numeracy, we are learning and practicing addition and subtraction! Some fun moments were when we went on addition scavenger hunt and when we played bump to help us build our fluency!

In literacy, we have been reading a novel called Wishtree! We are practicing so many strategies for understanding and sharing our thinking about books!

We have also started our storytelling sessions again – sharing, revising, and then performing! We love hearing each other’s stories and seeing them typed up on the board! We especially love being a special character in the performance! Whose story did you perform in this week? Thank you Colin, Maia, Sebastian, Celine, and Ethan! We look forward to hearing our other classmates share next week.

We have three new published books this week! Congratulations to Amelia, Felix, Benjamin, Yuha, and Ian, on your creations! Our collection is growing!


This week was literacy week and we were focused on learning about our culture and heritage. With our buddies, we explored the stories of our names. Can you have a conversation this weekend about what your name means? We hope to share with our buddies again on Tuesday.

In science, we have been connecting our learning to Wishtree! Just like Red is a home for many creatures, where can we find homes? What do homes look like? How are they different?

We have special new artifacts to explore – whose home is this? We explored bird houses, honey combs, wasp nests, shells, and more! Our magnifying glasses helped us look closely and wonder about these homes.

Next week, we will continue our bird inquiry and start to go on some bird walks! Be ready for dates you can join us!

Our next garden day is next Tuesday, Jan. 31. Please let me know if you can join us 1-2:30pm!

Looking forward to our next learning adventures!

Wishing Everyone a Happy Holidays!

Dear Families of Division 11,

Thank you for such a wonderful December!

Our class had an incredible performance at our winter concert! Thank you again to Maia’s family for helping us sparkle!!

We loved spending time with buddies creating our mittens and eating and dancing together at the Pancake Breakfast!

We hope you love your special holiday creations!

Thank you for all your cards, gifts and words! Our amazing class community makes my heart so full. ❤️

Noticing patterns all around us!

In math, we love exploring patterns! Can you find any patterns around you this weekend?

This week in Div. 11, we continued our amazing stories! We are publishing our books and sharing them with our classmates. We will continue to update our story board too!


How can puppets help us explore stories? We love Ms. Carley’s new puppets!

We love art with Ms. McGivern! She teaches us fun concepts. These are our monsters wearing underpants!

We love time to explore materials and solve puzzles together!

We have shown so much improvement in singing and dancing for our winter performance! See if you can find a few minutes to practice over the weekend!

How can story help us understand the world around us?

This week was very exciting! We loved being creating and wondering about the world around us!

We are excited to learn our winter concert song! If you have a chance, please practice our song and dance at home:

This week, we continued creating stories in story workshop! We love making stories with materials, drawing, painting, writing, and sharing our ideas. (If any story workshop materials from the library or the classroom make their way to your home, please send them back when you can! :))


We have been exploring the water cycle! This week, we showed the water cycle with loose parts and then we went on two water walks in the community! Thank you to all the parents who joined us! We appreciate you!

Where did you find the water cycle?


Did you see or hear any birds on our walk?

We looked closely and created observational drawings of our forest treasures this week, especially learning parts of the birds!

We love our Daily Five reading stations with Ms. Guise! Here are some of the fun ways we read and explore words!

Div. 11 & 12 created land portraits to show the special, amazing people we are! Thank you for being you!


How can we reflect, connect, learn, and share together?

This week, we spent time reading and learning about Remembrance Day. We made poppies with our big buddies and our classmates, During our school assembly, Sebastian and Sophia shared about why our school and class made poppies. We hope you have a beautiful, reflective Remembrance Day today.

“We honour with poppies because they show love, respect, and remembering.” – Sebastian
“We made our poppies with hearts and a flower centre to show kindness and peace.” – Sophia

Another big focus of our week was writing our pen pal letters in English and translating them to Spanish! We were so proud of writing our letters and connecting with our pen pals. On Thursday, they were finally ready. We weighed our letter, found the right amount of stamps, and walked our letter carefully to the mail box! We can’t wait for our pen pals to receive our letter and we are looking forward to getting their letters too!!

On Tuesday, we became water droplets in the water cycle going on a grand journey! Starting in a variety of different places, we rolled the dice to see if we would stay or travel to another part of the water cycle through many processes! By collecting beads throughout our journey, we were able to track where we travelled and create a story to go with it!


Our storytellers of the week were Felix and Colin! Thank you for sharing your exciting stories about protecting the forest and working together!

We chose a song for the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00pm! There will also be a dress rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon. Please mark your calendars for this winter fun!

On Thursday, your child brought home a home reading package, including: ziplock book bag, welcome letter, reading log, and two books to start with! Please send your children back to school with their book bags for our exchange on Mondays and Fridays, if they are ready to switch books!

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Storytellers & Scientists in Div. 11!

This week was full of adventures.

We shared stories of our celebrations and families.

We shared stories from our imaginations.

Storytellers shared their stories aloud while Ms. Carley typed them on the whiteboard. Then we reviewed and revised together. Finally we had actors help act out our stories. We had so much fun – we can’t wait for more story tellers to share! Thank you Amelia and Mariam!

We created stories using loose parts and then drew and wrote them down! Thank you Sebastian, Maia, Charlotte, and Kela for sharing your stories today!

We learned about the Ojibway Seven Sacred Teachings through stories from and songs with Mr. Asham and Elder Dave Courchene on Zoom. You can find the video we watched about the teachings here.

As scientists, we explored water mysteries, such as the case of the missing puddle!

We had our second garden workshop day! Thank you to the parents who were able to join us!

We also used our observation skills of sight and touch to explore forest beings that were preserved and shared from the Beatty Museum! We look forward to looking closely with tools next week and creating art and stories inspired by these forest treasures!

The bird was soft. – Leah

The chipmunk and the other animal over there were very soft and I liked it but the chipmunk was softer. – Amelia

I like that bird that the people cut the wings off. – Sebastian

I like the rocks. – Max

I like the squirrel. – Ian

Actually the squirrel was a little bit softer than the chipmunk. – Maia

It was fun to touch all the artifacts and the wings and the squirrels and chipmunks were softer and for the rocks I think that the firm part of the fossil was different than the rock part. – Benjamin

I like hummingbird. – Niko

The chipmunk is the cutest. – Ethan

Our monitors loved caring for our class this week and we felt proud and happy when we read their messages!

Thank you for a wonderful week, Div. 11! I look forward to our next week!

Celebrations & Migrations

We are learning about different celebrations in Div. 11! Last week people celebrated Diwali. This week, many people are celebrating Halloween today and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 1st & 2nd.

It was fun watching the school have a costume parade and creating haunted houses inspired by the artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

We are amazed at how many animals migrate for the winter and how these journeys and places connect us all. Today, we learned about the migration of the Monarch Butterfly and the connection it has to Día de los Muertos. We look forward to reading more stories about Day of the Dead and creating some special sugar skull art on Wednesday. What special celebrations does your family have?

We look forward to our second garden day tomorrow!

Be safe and have fun this evening, if you are trick-or-treating!


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