January 28 Update

It’s raining and pouring, but we are doing anything but snoring!

We have been completing so many cool projects that is it’s hard to keep up!

On Monday and Thursday PBL we worked on posters and clay scenes to highlight our African Country research project. We were excited to share what we’ve learned about our countries so far, especially how much more beautiful and diverse they are, even more than we could imagine! We were especially impressed with the ancient buildings in Ghana, the river systems in Sudan, and the incredible beaches in Malawi. We talked about Capitals and how they might be chosen. We connected a lot of our work to Canada, and were really impressed with how old African cities are… some date back before the Egyptians!


In Math we worked on our Money Garden Projects, adding multiple numbers through mental math, “friendly numbers” such as 8 and 2, and through breaking large sums down into parts. Next we add the bills columns and get out totals, and start building our gardens!

In Reading we worked on reading and writing skills, especially spelling tricks. We played copy cat, naughty monkey, guess who and Dictation.


On Tuesday in Spotlight Theatre we worked on our Norse Myth Claymations. I taught the kids how to later the clay to create realistic effects for clothes and hair. We film next week! We made bunny plushies in Project’s Club, learning to saddle stitch, create patterns from scratch and how to make measurements to get the most our of one piece of felt.

On Wednesday we learned about the verb Faire in French class through a cartoon strip on going to the city for a shopping trip. In Art, Nancy taught the kids how to shade and use pastels to create bold contrasting colours. The pictures were incredible! We cooked Waffle Cones and made mango and strawberry frozen yogurt. So delicious!

In Friday Nature School we finished our Phenology Wheels to review seasons, months and equinox/solstice. In the afternoon we studied the Water Cycle and created an experiment to see if we could filter dirty water as well as nature does. Our second attempt was successful, I would say!

*We are switching the Date of the Maker Faire to May 19th.

  • Our next PBL Unit is Jurassic Park, not Maker Faire (which will begin after Spring Break)

Published by zomacreative

While I have always looked towards teaching for my profession, it was the two years as I spent in Japan an ESL teacher that convinced me I had found my calling. I enjoy the challenges we face in the classroom—the variety of learning styles, the creative versus the scientific mind—and see the day-to-day impact that teachers have on students’ lives. In my own classroom I try to create a sense of excitement and adventure. I strongly advocate for Multiple Intelligence as a central pedagogy.

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