January and February Fun!

We have had so much fun in January and in February.  Here are some photos of our fun times in our class!

Our Crazy Hat Day!

IMG_1271 Learning about Math through Arrays and through Blocks.
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We ALL love Multiplication!

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Fun Multiplication Minions Fun Project.  Let’s see if you can show your understanding of Multiplication sentences 6 x 8 = 48 by making beds and pillows for your minions!  We had “minions” of fun!IMG_1292

 

Learning about Robotics through a Robot expert!  Thank you James Kennedy Elementary and Mrs. Pimentel for letting us learn with you!

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We have tons of questions about Salmon!IMG_20160204_141801220

Mrs. O’Connor who works for the BC Oceans and Fisheries came to teach us about Salmon and how to set up our tank in January!  It was amazing!  She also came back to talk to us about our dead egg and what we should do with it. IMG_20160205_111239027 IMG_20160205_111250963 IMG_20160205_111255791

 

We are creating a website that we are working on for Term Three called Heart of Our Trails for our local creek.  It is still under construction.  It is a website of awareness to teach everyone about our McClughan Park and the special salmon habitat just literally 6 minutes from our school!

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Our recent Walking Field Trip to McClughan Park.  Tons of smiles and excitement!

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Let’s learn about the Storm Sewer!  Is that water really good for salmon?  Ask one of our students and they will tell you the answer!

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Thank you Microsoft Canada for Our Trial Laptops!

Our students are excited!  We can feel a happy hum in our class!  This is due to the fact that we have been graciously allowed to borrow 5 Hp Stream laptops from the corporate Microsoft Canada office until March!  Click HERE to learn more about these wonderful laptops.  After getting them set up last week the students have been working on Salmon journals, researching and using them for an online Math website called Gizmos.

IMG_20160112_104844701This comes at a perfect time because we are working on website design and development through the WordPress platform.  We worked on our school website, and to see our launch on YouTube you can click HERE.  We are now going to be able to build and work on other WordPress projects in teams of five now, in an efficient and easy way because the device comes with a wonderful processor!  The laptops have an Intel Celeron Processor – that is fast and efficient for the kids to quickly jump from one application to another, download files fast (onto the hard drive with the 2 GB memory) and stream and connect with other devices globally (i.e. through a clear Skype experience).  To learn more about the processor, you can click HERE.

Some students who have challenges with writing will be able to use these devices to easily record their voice through Office 365’s OneNote to share their understanding.  The devices are small and are able to fit into the kids hands easily because they are light and small enough to fit very comfortably on their desks.

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Our school district has moved to use Office 365 for students and staff, and there is an opportunity for our class to trial this platform in the Spring time.  We look forward to the many more hours of creativity, researching, manipulating and coding we will be able to do with this device.

I wanted to send out a shout out to Mario Asta – the Microsoft Education Western Canada Rep – for putting these devices in our Grade 4 class at Dorothy Peacock.  This would not have happened without you!  Thank You!

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November and December

We did some amazing things in November and December.  We had our Remembrance Day Ceremony and we coloured some “stain glass” poppies.  We also learned about Book Creator while we created our Aboriginal stories.   There is a photo below of a student presenting their Book Creator-creational story! We also did very cool ornaments which hopefully can last for a very long time.  I told the kids that I made one of these sequin ornaments when I was their age, and I still have it!  There is also a photo below of Mrs. Burtman’s class because we went into her class to learn about green screen.  Enjoy the photos!  I can’t believe we are in 2016 already!  Here are some photos reflecting the fun we have had.

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Website Launch and Halloween

We have had a great couple weeks and here are some great photos and video about what we have been doing.  Thank you for all of your support, care and interest in our activities in our classroom, whether it has been the website launch or our Halloween festivities or even the other fun things like Parent Reading.   Thanks!

Here is the video of our launch:

Here are some photos of our Halloween fun!

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September Video and Woelders’ Wonder Kid iBooks

Here is a video about what we have been up to in class.  Make sure to chat with your kids about us running across Canada – digitally – and how we have challenged a couple teachers on staff.

Here is a celebration video of the Woelders’ Wonder Kid iBooks that I have started creating for the kids.  Stay tuned this month for the next presentation that will be Tuesday, the 3rd of November during Parent Reading!

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June Post

We have had an awesome year and here are some photos from the last month and a half. Here is our beautiful classroom with our awesome photos!  I have really enjoyed teaching your kids this year.  Although I will be moving schools, I will always remember this fantastic group of kids at James Hill.  Have an awesome summer, everyone!

Photos are posted in order of most recent.

Here are photos of our classroom.  I love the picture frames in the class.  We have had many compliments on them.  They will be going home with the kids the last day of school, with a special addition to them.

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We did a Mystery Math Skype with Cambridge Elementary.  This time they had to guess the perimeter and we had to guess theirs.
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Langley Gymnastics for the Grade 3s.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the Grade 4s going to Cultus.IMG_0901

IMG_0911 IMG_0910 IMG_0908 IMG_0904KidsEdcamp was tons of fun.  Kids led sessions on different topics that interested them.

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We enjoyed creating our Colony iBooks, where we were learning about Perimeter, Area, Social Studies and Language Arts.  Students used BookCreator to make their own.

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What’s Going on in Our Class!

Here are an array of wonderful photos and experiences we have had since the middle of March!  Enjoy!  Look closely at this photo because you will notice our tulips that we planted in October have bloomed behind these girls.  The kids loved seeing the flowers come to life!DSC_1833

Our Aboriginal Film Festival just before Spring Break was an awesome success!  I wish I could upload the presentations on to YouTube, however because the students used copyright images I can’t.  However, here is a snap shot of the presentations.IMG_0628

Here we are making Ukranian Eggs, which many of you mothers received on Mother’s day.  It was a great day and we want to thank my mother – Bev O’Connor – for coming in to show your expertise!  And all the parents helpers too!

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We also had Madison’s Dad come in and teach us about painting.  It was amazing.

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DSC_1842 DSC_1841 We had the privilege of recently have Jenny – an Aboriginal presenter from the school district – come into our school to show us Soapstone carving.  We have been learning a ton about the Aboriginal culture and we look forward to learning more.  Sorry, I didn’t take any photos for this activity.

Last week, we had the privilege of doing a Mystery Math Skype with a school from Surrey. Each class had to pick a number under 1,000 and then we had to go back and forth trying to figure out what number it is by asking questions.  It was a ton of fun!

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This week, we started our project on explorers.  This will be an amazing experience for the kids because they will eventually build a Minecraft colony in a world where there was an Aboriginal village built in second term.  Here are some photos of us starting to learn about what platforms (perimeter and area) we need to use for our colony.  Soon, we will have constructed a colony into a Minecraft world.  Stay posted for a YouTube video before the end of June!

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We are also combining our class with the Grade 4/5 class to do an Edcamp-style like activity.  This means that each student will have an opportunity to either present by themselves or with a group on a subject they love (i.e. cooking, basketball, dancing).  They will be given time to be in a small group to facilitate discussion and teach others what they know about their subject.

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