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The 3Js are 100 Years Old!

The 3Js are 100 Years Old!

  It was 100 Day at IREC today, and the 3Js did a writing project to surmise what they would each be like when they were 100 years old.  Ms.J aged pictures of them using a photo app, and students added them to their own writing projects.  Below is a slideshow of their projects, as … Continue reading

Measuring Time!

Measuring Time!

Estimating and measuring time is an important skill to have!  The 3Js practiced that today using pendulum timers they made.  As a class we came up with several different tasks to complete.  They estimated how many pendulum swings each would take, then actually measured them and ranked them from fastest to slowest.  Finally student groups … Continue reading

Constructing & Testing Bridge Design!

Constructing & Testing Bridge Design!

Over the past couple of days, the 3Js have been busy building bridges, testing the strength of each design, and discussing what they learned.  Student teams each built a beam bridge and a truss bridge, then created a screen cast explaining what each looks like, how they made it, and which one they think will be … Continue reading

Operation: 40 Payback!

Operation: 40 Payback!

One of our Gr.1 teacher’s celebrated her birthday this week.  In fact, it was her 40th!  The 3Js decided to celebrate with her… with a little payback! (Background note: Ms.J celebrated her 40th several years ago with a “decorated” classroom courtesy of Mrs.Taylor.)  So we brainstormed, schemed, planned, surveilled and executed a flawless mission to … Continue reading

The BFG – Serious Discussions!

The BFG – Serious Discussions!

Over the past month (and a bit), the 3Js participated in the #GlobalReadAloud: The BFG.  Although we finished reading the novel quite a while ago, today we got to watch the blockbuster movie!  Students then had some rich comparing and contrasting discussions with a partner.  Check it out!!!

Wolf Creek Giant Country – Part 1

Wolf Creek Giant Country – Part 1

For the #GlobalReadAloud, classes around the world have been simultaneously reading certain books.  The 3Js are reading The BFG by Roald Dahl.  As we have been reading about the giants of Giant Country from the book, we decided to create our own giants of Wolf Creek Giant Country.  Below is a kid cam showing our planning process … Continue reading

Giant Watercolour Paintings!

Giant Watercolour Paintings!

Because we’ve been reading the Global Read Aloud, The BFG, we decided to do an art project to go along with it.  Students followed a set of directions to create the outline of a giant, then made each more unique by adding their own details and colour.  Check out our video of students painting, and the slideshow … Continue reading

Digital Stories!

Digital Stories!

Well, the 3Js have proven to be over-achievers! Students independently wrote “super short, funny stories” using the memory writing strategy we learned about a little while ago.  Our focus was to add more details as well as adjectives and adverbs into their writing. The final product, however, was to be in the form of a digital … Continue reading

Kid Cam – Reading Buddies!

Kid Cam – Reading Buddies!

Here’s a partner to go along with yesterday’s post.  The first Reading Buddies video showed the experience from “an outsider’s” point of view.  I also threw an action cam on Austin’s head so we could see what the experience is like from the students’ point of view.  It’s truly powerful to see how much impact our … Continue reading