Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of my blogging friends!  Where has the year gone?!  I am linking up with Jennifer at Simply Kinder for her Teaching Blog Linky Party.
What a great way to meet new bloggers and find more fabulous blogs!  

I enjoyed an icy but lovely run today.  I have signed up for the #500in2014 thanks to Shannon at I Run Read Teach - that means I'm going to run 500 miles in 2014.  Do you think since I'm Canadian I could pretend 500 kilometres is the same?  Lol!  I hope you all have a fabulous New Year's Eve and all the best for 2014.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

I've Been RACK'ed - Sharing the Love and a FREEBIE

A big THANK YOU to Erin at Mrs. Beattie's Classroom who RACK'ed me last week.  I love all of Erin's products - and especially adore all of her SMART Board products.  I am so grateful to her for sending me this:
This is another one of Erin's amazing SMART Board products - Multiplication Basic Facts and Algorithms for SMART Board.  Thanks again, Erin!

I am passing my Random Act of Christmas Kindness on to Ali at Teaching (Powered By Caffeine).  We have a similar background - teach the same grade, have taught a similar length of time, and I find her so supportive.  She always leaves kind comments on my blogposts which I appreciate so much.  I have created these Money Task Cards which I hope Ali will enjoy.  **I have also made them free for today.  If you download them, please leave some friendly feedback.  
I hope you are enjoying your holidays as much as I am.  Take care, everyone!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

A Peek at My Week - Christmas Style

I hope everyone is enjoying a sunnier winter break than I am!  We have had three full days of freezing rain!  I have not seen this much ice since the big ice storm of 1998!  We actually had two different families on my street lace up their skates and skate around the neighbourhood - I mean on the streets!  It is ridiculous here!

I am linking up with Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at My (Christmas) Week.
We started our Sunday with a delicious breakfast at Denny's!  That is my favourite way to start my week!

After breakfast, Rachel and I did many errands.  We were supposed to meet all of my cousins on my mom's side of the family in another town for lunch but due to the frustrating weather we had to postpone.  :(   So we went out for lunch and did more holiday errands with my mom.  Busy busy day. 
On Tuesday we will attempt the cousin gathering again - unfortunately, one cannot attend on this new day.  Wednesday, we cook breakfast for the mom's, make delicious Spinach Dip, Skor Cheese Ball, and broccoli salad and take those to my brother's house for a turkey dinner.  (You can click on the first two items to get a link to the recipes.)  Boxing Day we cook a turkey at our house for all of my husband's family - yep, 17 people for dinner!
During any free time, I have been busily trying to type all of my recipes out so they are on MacGourmet on my computer and devices.  It looks like such a great program but it sure is a lot of hard work to get everything converted.  Wishing you all a happy holiday!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Unwrapping Your Favorites - Holiday Photo

Well, there is one more day of school until the break!  I know I can do it!  So today I am linking up with Daina of Sticky Notes and Glitter and Tamara of Mrs. Russell's Room for their Unwrapping your Favorites linky party.  Today we are looking at the beloved holiday photos.
These first two pictures are near and dear to my heart.  They were taken about 14 years ago.  The first is one of the very first Christmas pictures with my husband, step-daughter, and me (and Chester the cat).  The next one is a picture of Rachel holding our Christmas present kitty, Rufus.  Nothing says Christmas like cats - cats in Christmas trees, batting around ornaments, eating tinsel, sleeping under the tree...  
Relatively recent Christmas Day tradition has my mom and I going for a run.  Then we go back to my house and Dave and I make breakfast for the Moms.  I love starting Christmas day this way.
On Christmas Day we go to my brother's house for a big family dinner.  It is so fun!  On Boxing Day we host a turkey dinner at our home for my husband's family.  Again - another great day!

Do you notice a pattern?  Eat, visit family,  eat with family and the occasional run.  :)

Monday, 9 December 2013

First Annual Holiday Cookie Swap Linky Party

Here I am - two days in a row!!!  I am linking up with Emily at The Reading Tutor/OG for her First Annual Holiday Cookie Swap Linky Party.  (Who doesn't love holiday cookies!)
The recipe I have chosen is my very favourite cookie recipe of my Grandma.  All of the grandchildren would fight over these cookies that only appeared at Christmas.  I always wondered why she didn't make them all year round.  They are that good.  But then again... I only make them at Christmas too.  :)  Miss you, Grandma!

Pop by Emily's blog.  There are already tons of delicious looking recipes to try!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Peek at my Week - Dec. 8

I have been absolutely MIA!  This was an unbelievably crazy and busy week - and I ended it with the nasty achy flu.  Boo!  On the bright side, I'm ready to link up with Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at my Week.
My evenings are much more free this week!  Thank goodness!
We will be using Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett for our shared reading and mentor sentence work.  We will be using a mentor sentence from the text to review the use of quotation marks.  Click here to read about the book on Jan Brett's awesome website.  Instead of a Paragraph of the Week, we will be doing a Sentence of the Day to test out our quotation mark knowledge!
In math, we are learning about money - counting up, making change, adding, and subtracting money (decimals).  My teacher candidate has lots of amazing activities planned for my little friends.  I'll send you pictures later on in the week.
In science, we are using SMART Notebook to create a display about a rock or mineral.  Each student chose a different rock/mineral so we will learn so much from each presentation!  My children can now animate objects...  They have a hard time moving past this though.  Lol!  They keep playing with all of the different effects - flip, fade in... "Come see this one, Mrs. B!"  We should be presenting by Thursday.
In art, we are creating monochromatic art.  They had to choose a shape.  Draw the shape in various sizes overlapping.  Then in each section they will paint a different tint or shade of the colour they choose.  Click here to see where I found the idea and see some examples.  Tomorrow we are going to simply explore the different tints and shades we can make on a strip of adding machine tape.
So it will be another busy but fun week.  Talk to you soon! :)

Sunday, 1 December 2013

December Currently

Have I ever told you how much I love December?  Aside from the weather it is my favourite month!  (We actually had a significant amount of snow during the last week of November but rain today.)  Weird!  I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her December Currently!  (I hope I make the top 100!)
I'm listening to my Holiday Favourites playlist on my iPhone.  I have to confess that I synced this playlist back onto my iPhone at least two weeks ago.  One month is too short to listen to Christmas music.  My all time favourite you ask?  Why it's Bing and Bowie.  Please enjoy.
Loving and Thinking and Wanting - no explanation required.  Our Canadian Thanksgiving was in early October so we have not had a break in a very long time.  This is the time of year we all get run down and sick!  I refuse to be sick during Christmas Break this year!  Let's get this out of my system!

I'm needing to get more done on my To Do List.  I made an excellent dent in it this weekend but still need to get more done!

My new favourite tradition is Elf Night.  We enjoy a delicious meal just before Christmas with my brother's family, eat, eat, eat and watch Elf!  I LOVE that movie!
Have a great end to your weekend and start to your week!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Great Blog with a Giveaway!

We Canadians sure could use a holiday about now - both the adults and the children.  Three-and-a-half more weeks to go... We can do it!  :)
There is a great blog that I just learned about thanks to Deb at Crafting Connections.  Have you checked out:
Rooting for Third Grade
Kayla started her blog shortly after I did.  And she is hosting an awesome giveaway.  Pop by her blog to enter!  Here's a direct link to her entry post.  Have a great night!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A Peek at my Week - November 24th

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.  (I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I was a bit envious of your upcoming holiday.  It's a full week up here.)  I am linking up with Jennifer of Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at my Week.
It's going to be another busy week in Grade 4.  For Literacy we are going to be reading "The Wretched Stone" by Chris Van Allsburg for our shared reading.  We are going to do a QMI chart for this text too.  This is an excellent text for making inferences!  Our Paragraph of the Week is about a special talent or something you are good at.  My Little Darlings are getting really good at writing strong topic sentences.  We will now focus on closing sentences.  :)
In Math we are learning those pesky times tables.  We are going to read "Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream" by Liza Woodruff to see how much quicker it is to multiply than repeat add.  We are going to write multiplication riddles.  Later in the week we will use base ten blocks to multiply.  See this post here.
In Science we will be continuing to learn about rocks and minerals.  We are going to make Mineral Posters on the SMART Board.  We will also do a rocks and minerals Jeopardy game.
In Dance they have created their own dance in groups of 4.  It is so fun watching them develop these!  We will be presenting on Thursday.
Mica Mine
Mica Mine - other angle
Have a great week!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Two Great Things!

Hi Bloggy Friends!
I hope you aren't too disappointed in my blogging or lack thereof.  Can you say Tired with a capital "T"?  I have had this cough-cold-hangy-on-thing for over two weeks now. I just can't seem to shake it.
But on the good side... I was sooooooo fortunate as to win Meg at The Teacher Studio's grade 5/6 Giveaway!  I have had so much fun choosing, receiving, and perusing all of these great teachers' products.  Thank you everyone!  I will be sure to highlight some of these products in upcoming posts.
And my second great thing (that is great for you too!) is... Have you been following Krista of Creative Clips' super cute Unwrap Your Freebie clipart?  Wait until you see today's freebie!  Absolutely adorable!  Click on the picture to download your copy and then go back to Krista's blog to get the last two presents.  :)
Have a great night!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Book Club Math!

I'm linking up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday.
This is Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6's idea and I love it!!  At my school, we always receive way too many Book Club Order forms.  Well, I saved them up.  Then I printed Stephanie's activity that you can find here for free.  My Grade 4's worked with a partner but they each recorded the specific books, quantities, and totals that were as close to $200 as possible but not over it.  Every single student was engaged for the duration of this activity.  Here are a few pics of my lovelies hard at work.

Here's hoping you have a fantastic night!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day

We had our Remembrance Day Assembly at school today.  (Yes, we had school.  No garbage pick up, banks, or mail.)  Our assembly was beautiful as always.  Our school has a large population of military families.  It is so powerful to see all of the parents in uniform.  There were close to 200 parents in attendance.  The children were amazing!  They were quiet and respectful.  They always seem to come through on this important occasion.  Here's a video we watched at our assembly.  Isn't it great?
On Saturday, I went shopping in the northern United States with a bus of teachers (great time!) and we were surprised that there were no poppies.  I hadn't realized that they are now a Canadian/British tradition.
Here is one more of my favourite Remembrance Day videos for you.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Short and Sweet - OQI

Well, we read the very touching "A Bear In War".  It is such a perfect story for Remembrance Day.  After reading it, my lovelies went to their desks with three Post-It Notes.  On one they put what they Observed, on the second they recorded a Question they may have, and on the last they wrote what they Inferred.  Ta da!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

A Peek at My Week

I'm linking up with Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at My Week.
I really really enjoyed my extra hour this weekend so I know this is going to be a great week.  First off...  I finished my progress reports!  Yippee!!!  Then I created a powerpoint for introducing area to my Grade 4 friends.  I will tell you more about that next time.

For our shared reading, we will be using the book A Bear in War.  This is an excellent book for Remembrance Day.  It is about a little girl who gave her dad her teddy bear to keep him safe during World War I.  This is based on a true story and the actual teddy bear is on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.  (If this book sounds familiar, Anne from Looking From Third to Fourth did an excellent Must Read Mentor Linky post on this last weekend.  Check out her post for way more information.)

We are also going to be writing a descriptive paragraph for our Paragraph of the Week.  On Friday, with no electricity and the children fuelled by sugar, we did the Monster Dice Drawing that you can get here.  We are going to use this monster for our descriptive paragraph.  I'll share some of them later in the week.  That's all for now!  I hope your weekend was amazing!  Have a great Monday.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

November Currently

Happy Saturday!  I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her November Currently.  I cannot even believe that it is November already!
It feels like we have had way too much rain this week.  We probably really haven't, but we did have a full day of indoor recess on Hallowe'en of all days.  Can you even imagine those excited little people not being able to go outside all day?  Zoiks!  

Progress Reports are due on Monday but there is no way I was giving up my Saturday run/walk/brunch with my family.  Mission accomplished.

Here is my pin for Pecan Pie Bars.  They are delicious!  Enjoy your extra hour of sleep!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hallowe'en in the Library

Well, the wonderful Miss A has done it again!  This time, she asked classes to create pumpkin storybook creatures - and they did not disappoint.  Here are four of my very favourites:

What does your school do?  
P.S.  This is three posts in four days...  Much better than last week!