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    Happy Family Literacy Day!

    Happy Family Literacy Day! We are disappointed that we were not able to celebrate Family Literacy Day together in our school with families this year but we hope that you are still able to find ways to celebrate literacy at home. In the classroom, we celebrated literacy in many ways. We talked about what it might be like to really dive into a favourite story after reading the book Mungo by Timothy Knapman and Adam Stower. In the story, Mungo ends up as a character in one of his favourite books. What book would members of your family want to visit by actually becoming a character in the book? We…

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    Spider Game

    Division 7 has a spider matching game for you! We have been learning about spiders and noticing the colours and patterns on their bodies. We decided to create our own spider species using our imagination. After we drew our spiders, we used our descriptive writing skills to describe our spiders. Can you match our descriptions to our pictures? If you need help, the answer key is below.   My spider’s legs are yellow, pink, blue, and green. I like spiders because they make webs and they are my friends. My spider is brown in the cephalothorax. It has teeth. It has lots of fangs and it has long legs and…

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    Math Patterns

    Division 7 has started their math learning this year with an exploration of patterns and counting. These two activities form the foundation for much of the math that we will continue to work on throughout the year. Students began by exploring repeating patterns. They worked on creating patterns that had a core that repeated at least three times. They created patterns on the big rocks on a beautiful sunny day. Students are also working on translating patterns from one form to another. Some patterns are translated to sounds or movements. Patterns are also translated to letters. Can you find the ABABCD pattern or the ABB pattern in the photos below?  …

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    First Post of the Year

    Dear Division 7, This is reminding me of the story that we read last week, Could Be Worse by James Stevenson. First Covid, then smoke, now a broken water main, what’s next? I know that many of you have grown-ups who are taking care of you today who are also trying to do their own work. You are going to have to do some of the things that we would have done at school today except that you will do them at home.  Try to do them without too much help if you can. Here are some things that you can do today: Math – Counting Collections At home, you…

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    Last Day of School

        Dear Division 8, Today is our last day of the school year. Usually, it would be quite a different type of last day but this has been a very strange year. We will be having our last zoom meeting today at 1:30 if you are able to join us. We are going to wear our zoom masks for the meeting so if you have not had time to make one, you might want to make one this morning. I am hoping that each of you are able to do some ‘happy hunting’ this summer so that you can find many ways to have a great summer. I am…

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    Happy Hunting

      Hello Division 8, We have our last two days of school this week and I have a few more activities for you to do. If you have not already started, today you can work on making a mask. You can use it for our last zoom call tomorrow or just for fun. In your writing today, you are going to draw and write about things that make you happy and how to find some of those things this summer. We read about this in our last zoom call and I found another book about this. Today’s book is called Happy Right Now and it is written by Julie Berry…

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    Summer Solstice

      Hello Division 8, Tomorrow is the first day of summer. Have you noticed how late the sun is setting now? This is the time of year when it is hard to get to sleep at night because it can still be light out when you go to bed. Here is a story called Sun Dog about a dog named Juno who lives up North where it stays light even longer in the summer. Look at the illustrations in this book. Do you think that you could make a piece of art like the ones in the book?

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    Life Story Writing

    Theia and Raphael used printmaking techniques to make their money including bills and coins. By using styrofoam trays and carved stamps, they were able to make many copies of their bills and coins. If you have not already finished writing all of the sections of your Life Story, I am hoping that you can do that today or tomorrow. I have sent you an e-mail to let you know if you have any sections left to finish. Since we are thinking about Life Stories, I decided to pick a biography for our story today. The story is  The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with Chimps by Jeanette Winter. Jeanette Winter is…

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    What is This?

    Did you go for your Nature Walk yesterday? We went for a walk around the school and into the gold forest. We found some new creatures. Noah found that if he put his clipboard on the ground in the upper field lots of little tiny red bugs would jump onto his page. Today, I learned that those bugs are called clover mites. Roman discovered this interesting creature in the gold forest? Does anyone recognize it? I wonder what it is. I was going to put a P.E. lesson on the weekly schedule for today but it is so beautiful outside that I am going to leave it up to you…

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    More Money and More Chapters of the Class Story

      Today’ money was created by Noah, Roman, and Braeden. What would you buy with an ‘Infinity’ bill? A few more chapters have been added to the story since the last time that it was posted on the blog. If you want to read the latest chapters of the story, you can find them here. It looks like you might have some sunshine for your nature walk today. I wonder what kinds of creatures you will find on your walk. Today’s story is about one of those creatures, the dragonfly. The book is called Are You A Dragonfly?. It is written by Judy Allen and illustrated by Tudor Humphries. Enjoy…