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Friday, October 30, 2020

A Big Bite

 Our first week of the hybrid learning model was a successful and although we still have some kinks to work out, the students were excited to be back in school, ready to learn!  When students were at home learning, they showed patience and understanding with their "at school," peers and me. :)  We are living our motto of, "holding each other up."

Please check the weekly email update for important information about conferences and other classroom happenings.

Here are some pictures from our week.  Mask breaks, indoor recess, celebrating Halloween and Mr. Banks  dressed as an '80s fitness guru!  

Have a great weekend!  Stay safe Saturday night!

Mrs. A

Friday, October 16, 2020

A Big Bite

 We have been working hard during remote learning.  We have completed two units in math, place value and addition/subtraction.  Multiplication and division will start next week.  We are still establishing routines in reader's and writer's workshop and will start our first interactive read aloud next week.  This past week, we participated in a virtual author visit with Amy Nielander, author of The Ladybug Race and Grama's Hug.  Thanks to the PCC for funding this enrichment opportunity.

Plant and Animal adaptations and structures have been the focus in science.  We will continue this work in the upcoming weeks.  Our focus in social studies has been on map skills, using an atlas and geography.  

Creative Arts Wednesdays are coming together.  Students have been learning about the many tools available in Google during tech workshop and have been creating maps with Mrs. E in Project Based learning.  In poetry workshop, we are writing Bio poems and should finish this week.

Google rolled out Jamboard, Breakout Rooms and Live Polling and we have been having fun learning how to use these tools during Google Meet.  

I am excited to finish full remote learning next week and am looking forward to hybrid learning beginning on October 26th!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. A

Friday, October 2, 2020

A Big Bite

 Book bags are are a few that are ready for pick up!

Room 23 is working hard and making progress!  We have finished the unit on place value in math and have taken our first math test.  Many students completed the bonus point studying assignment, WOOHOO!  Addition and subtraction start next week!  We have been writing about hopes, goals and dreams for fourth grade; these students have set great expectations for fourth grade!  We have been establishing routines in reader's workshop and I have been building book bags for everyone.  Pick up is on Monday from 3-4 in the afternoon.  Students are learning to use an Atlas and maps in daily geography and the students will be working independently on daily geography questions next week.  We will be starting a unit on animal adaptations in science next week.  Keep it up, Room 23 and remember, "If you dream it, you can achieve it!"

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. A

Friday, September 25, 2020

A Big Bite

 We had a great second week!  the students continue to master the technology and make progress with the curriculum. We anticipate having a test on place value skills on Friday.  Students have been building stamina in reader's workshop and are getting ready to start creating journal entries. We have been reading many picture books in reader's workshop and using them to develop reading comprehension skills.   The students are using on line maps to complete geopgraphy questions.  We have been developing hopes and dreams for 4th grade and should publish our work by the end of the week.  Our morning meetings and end of the day meetings have benn a great way to build community in our classroom.  We continue to embrace our class motto, "We hold each other up."  We are off to a great start!

Our first "Dancer of the Day," in Room 23 for the 2020-2021 school year!  #letsboogie #ThisKidCanDance

Here is the book, "Whack-A-Mole; Room 23 Style,"  told in slides.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 18, 2020

A Big Bite


Welcome back to school; the new year is here and we are excited to get 4th grade rolling.  We are learning in a remote environment but that doesn't stop us!  We have done a great job of getting to know each other and building our classroom community.  Here is the constitution that we decided upon after celebrating Constitution Day and reading books like "I Promise," by LeBron James and "You Hold Me Up," by Monique Grey Smith.

We Hold Each Other Up When...

... we work hard and never give up.

...we encourage each other to do their best.

... we follow guidelines for behavior, online, and in person.

... we work cooperatively together.

... we stay focused, when we listen, and when we have self control.

... we are patient with ourselves and others.

... we treat each other with respect and kindness. 

...we look out for each other.

... we take risks with our learning and when we learn from our mistakes.


We also spent a good deal of time creating and building. Here are some pictures of workstations, inspired creations and paper chains.

What a wonderful group of young people!  I am so excited for this year!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. A

Monday, August 10, 2020

Picture Book 10 For 10

  pb10for10 hashtag on Twitter

It has been a while since I have participated in Picture Book 10 For 10, hosted by Mandy Robek on the Enjoy and Embrace Learning blog, and Cathy Mere at the Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community blog, but I am back!!!  I have been cultivating a text set of  #Ownvoices picture books; books written and/or illustrated by Indigneous authors and illustrators from The United States and Canada.  Several contain Indigenous text, a glossary, and many have author's notes for more in depth learning and reading experiences. They are class FAVORITES and several have become the foundation for class mottos and mantras.  These books are KEY to establishing, fostering and maintaining classroom community and will be prominent selections in the early weeks of my remote teaching experience this fall.  Thank you to all of these authors and illustrators for their amazing works and dedication to making this world one place for ALL of us. Ahhh, it is good to be back. 

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel.  This WAS our class motto, every student knew it and lived by it.  We hold EACH OTHER UP!

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac.  We often discuss how we are grateful for so many things; people, places, things, large and small.

At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell by illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre.  Empowering and thought provoking.  Traci Sorell is a fan favorite!

Birdsong written and illustrated by Julie Flett.  A touching story of relationships, art  and what it means to think of others first.

Bowwow Powow by Brenda J Child, translated by Gordon Jourdan and illustrated by Jonathan Thunder.  Celebrations, history and the relationships between people and animals.

The Elders Are Watching by David Bouchard illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers.  An important story told in poems about taking care of the earth. 

Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.  What is in a name?  A great mentor text for beginning of the year “get to know you,” in writer’s workshop.

Fishing with Grandma  by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula and illustrated by Charlene Chua.  A fun story about fishing, family and the importance of multigenerational  connections.

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez Neal.  Family, traditions and food told from an important perspective.  I love the Author’s Notes at the end, so very important!

A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell, pictures by Julie Flett.  A First Nations family and their intergenerational relationships are explored as the family goes on a picnic and learns about nature from their grandmother.