Friday, October 19, 2012

Great Literature Inspires Great Ideas

Now is the time for beautiful colours and falling leaves. We've been reading leaf poems for the past few weeks and looking for our word wall words within them. We also read, "Leaf Man" written by Lois Ehlert. This book inspired a great art project!

The book was about Leaf Man who was on the move from the blowing wind. He was drifting all over the country, past ducks, geese, chickens, orchards, meadows and cows. The illustrations were made from actual leaves that were created into these various images.

We met with our Grade Six buddies on Tuesday and they helped us find a variety of leaves outside. We brought them back into the classroom, dried them off and let them sit for the night. The next day, during Art we took these leaves and created our very own Leaf Men!

Is it autumn (fall) where you live right now? If so, what is your favourite thing to do with leaves?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Classroom Video

Make your own slideshow at Animoto.

Mrs. van Rees was inspired to create a video of our classroom using Animoto. She had seen a few class videos where other teachers had used Animoto and she thought she'd give it a try. So, here it is: Our Classroom!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Welcome Primary Blogging Community!

This week is our week to "showcase" our blog to 4 other primary classes! Welcome Ms. Leech's class, Mrs. Ruckes' class, Mrs. Wideen's class and Ms. Ziemke's class to our class blog! Thank you for visiting us! We really enjoyed learning more about Mrs. Wideen's class blog and we are looking forward to meeting the rest of your class blogs in the next few weeks!

When Mrs. van Rees told us that we would be sharing our blog with you, we thought that you'd like to see our classroom. Here are some of the pictures we suggested she take, so you can get an idea of what our classroom looks like.

This is our classroom. Our desks are in groups of 4. We have 5 desk groups.

This is our classroom agreement that is posted on our wall to remind us of the things we promised to work on throughout the year.

A few girls in the class found a wooly bear caterpillar outside during nutrition break.
We have it in this cage to see if it will create a chrysalis. 

We created "Dot Art" inspired by Peter Reynolds' "The Dot" for International Dot Day in September. 

This is our classroom door with all our names on the owls.  

This is our monthly calendar so we can keep track of what is happening in the month.

Here is a picture of the front of the room and our SMARTboard.

Our school focuses on the 8 Keys of Excellence. These keys are posted on our wall as a reminder.
This month we are focusing on "Speak with Good Purpose".

This is our Math Wall and our math manipulatives underneath. Right now we're focusing on Graphing. 

This is our classroom library.

This is what our classroom looks like. What things in your room are similar? What things are different?