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!  

Monday, 28 October 2013

Introduction to Quadrilaterals

Hi Friends!  It's me again - 2 days in a row!  Today we started learning about quadrilaterals.  First my lovelies shared with an elbow partner what they already knew about quadrilaterals.  They knew they have 4 sides.  Some students gave examples of quadrilaterals:  rectangle, square, parallelogram, rhombus, trapezoid.  Then we watched this super cute video.
Did you love it?  Now you'll be singing it all night.  Finally, I made a Frayer Model template from Jennifer at 4mulafun's Flippable Template Pack that you can get here.  Here are some photos of my template and my kidlets work.

Have a great night!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Blogger MIA & A Peek at my Week

Hello My Friends!  I'm sorry I have been missing in action but things are just way toooooooo busy.
I got an email today from K-5 Learning today.  K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.  I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.  If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their  open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. - See more at:
Has anyone else used this?  I'll let you know in 6 weeks what I think.  :)

Today I am linking up with my friend Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at My Week.
This is a pretty busy but fun week at school.  We are starting 2D Geometry in math.  I am going to use a Frayer Model foldable to introduce it.  Later this week we are going to do a fun activity using my plastic name tags on string.  I'm going to put a polygon in each one and the students need to ask yes/no questions to determine which one each has on his/her back.  Fun!  We are also starting my very favourite grade 4 science unit:  Light and Sound.  We have some great experiments to do - I'll save the flashlight ones for Thursday as it is supposed to pour rain and be dark and dreary on Hallowe'en.  Oh well.  At least the light will show up better.  Have a great Monday!  Blog to you soon... (way sooner than last time)

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Author's Purpose PIE'ed Craftivity

A big thank you to Deb at Crafting Connections for providing me the opportunity to test-run one of her fabulous craftivities.  Deb sent me the product free so we could try it.  Thanks so much, Deb.
We got the Author's Purpose PIE'ed craftivity.  First, we looked at the different books we were reading for independent reading.  We brought them to the carpet and sorted them into categories based on what we thought the Author's Purpose was.  We narrowed down the possibilities to:  Persuade, Inform, Entertain, Explain, and Describe.  Then we did Deb's free Author's Purpose activity that you can find here.  There are five different examples - one for each purpose of writing.  My students worked in pairs to complete this so they could share their ideas, discuss, and reach a consensus. This was a great way to check their understanding of the topic.  Finally, they worked hard to create their Author's Purpose pies.
Thinking and cutting

Thinking and gluing

Thinking and reading

Thinking and gluing
It was so quiet as they thought and cut, and thought and glued...  My students loved this activity, and their pies looked so cute.  (They weren't all green like the previous photos.) 
You can get this awesome activity here - or you can visit Deb's blog and enter the rafflecopter to win a copy of this craftivity.  Good luck and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

SLANT Box Reveal!

This was such a great day!  I got to go to the Cross Country Race with our 17 divisional finalists and came home to open my super awesome SLANT Box.  I was paired with Amanda at His and Her Hobbies and Terry at First at Bat.  It was so nice getting to know both Amanda and Terry, and I can't wait to continue my friendship with them.  Terry sent me the most thoughtful stuff!
I LOVE Sharpies - check out the 80's Glam! 
Florida sand and rocks and minerals from Hawaii

Cinnamon is my favourite candy flavour!

Everything is so great!
My favourite thing of all is Terry's handmade item.  She sent me this beautiful handmade magnet.
Isn't that beautiful?  Thanks so much, Terry!  For more information on the SLANT Box go to Jameson at Lessons With Coffee's awesome blog.  Have a great night everyone!!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends and Happy Columbus Day to my American friends!  My family has a wonderful tradition of going to Mont Tremblant in Quebec each Thanksgiving weekend.  This year, my husband, step-daughter, hubbies' parents, my mom, and my brother's family all went!  So awesome!  Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy.  (Thanksgiving is a week later than last year and we have had such weird weather so the leaves were not as beautiful as usual.  Many had fallen.)
Trail around the base of the mountain
View from the mountain
I don't think deer are supposed to be this tame!
Have a great start to your week!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tried It Tuesday - Kindle App Edition

Happy Tuesday, Folks!  And boy am I tired!  I spent a good chunk of today at our divisional cross country race with 3 friends (colleagues too) and 103 awesome little running athletes!  It was so fun and the weather was absolutely perfect!  The kids did an amazing job!!!
Today I am linking up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday.
This is a great way to show shared reading texts on the SMART Board so your students can see the text clearly.  First I needed this: 
I connected it to my iPad (Mini).  Then I needed the Kindle app on my iPad.  (I love this app!  It is my favourite app for reading books.) 
I opened "I Need My Monster" (which I bought for barely $6) on my Kindle app and projected it to the SMART Board via the adapter.  The end result was this: 
Isn't that awesome?  So easy too!  (If you're wondering, it's pitch black because I turned off all of the lights and was at school very early... like before the sun.)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Currently October

Well I can't believe it is October already, and you know what that means.  I'm linking up with Farley at
for Currently, October.  First I want to share a cute note that a boy hid on my super messy desk today.  This is one of the activities in Nick of Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason's Book of Awesome Tasks which you can find here.  One of the activities has the student write a note to the teacher and hide it on his/her desk.  Here is one of the first notes I found from a super sweet boy:
It says:  "Your the best teacher ever so I well mack cupcacks for you and the class."  (Clearly I'm not the best spelling teacher.)  :)  It stems from my saying "I love cupcakes!" this morning as the students were entering the building.  So cute!  Here also is a photograph of that awesome Terry Fox silhouette that our librarian made. 
Now back on topic... 
Loving...  I am a huge enjoyer of the television and thus am soooooo happy that the new shows are back!!!  
Thinking...  Why does it seem that there is never enough time to sleep?  There are so many things I would rather be doing.
Wanting...  I wrote this yesterday.  I still would love the Haagen Dazs even though I just enjoyed a hot caramel sundae with extra topping.  (Shhh... Let's keep it between us.)
Needing...  Things are getting overwhelming!  It seems like we could work every waking minute of each day and still be able to find more to do.  It's all about balance, right?
Treat...  The apples arrived at school today for Teacher Appreciation.  Now some wonderful members of my staff will turn them into delicious apple crisp.  I can't wait!!  Have a great night!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Awesome Librarian!!

As you know, I have been fortunate enough to move into a brand new school with an incredibly beautiful library.  (Do you see the pretty green walls in the background?  I love that colour.  My husband calls it "Lisa green".)  We are also fortunate enough to have an awesome librarian who must never sleep and spends all of her free time making our library look great.  Today when I was in the library with my super cute Kindergarten reading buddies, I happened upon these owls.  Aren't they adorable?  There are many of them located in different corners and shelves in the library - handmade with love!
In another spot there is a Terry Fox display complete with books and a life size Terry Fox silhouette!  I can't imagine how long that took her to make!  Sorry - that photo didn't work.  For you Dr. Seuss lovers, this is up on one of the walls.
And one of my favourite things... Over the summer, she asked the students to have pictures of themselves taken reading in certain locations.  One wall has photographs and descriptions for each category, such as, Most unusual place to read, Most comfy place to read, Most uncomfortable place to read (this one's hilarious!), Farthest place from our city, Best reading spot in our city, Most active reading place, Cutest reading companion, Most unusual reading companion, and Most famous reading companion.  Thank you Miss A for keeping our library amazing!!