November 4

Happy November!


This week the students presented their amazing work and innovations during our PBL Dragon Den themed Presentation of Learning. I was very impressed with their clear speaking voices and excellent descriptions of their “products,” especially their enthusiasm about why “they love their product and so will you.” I was especially amazed at their understanding of the scientific method, and their recall of the steps needed for a successful experiment. We spent a lot of time in our Maker Unit working on forming “good” scientific questions, really getting beyond “because it’s cool” and understanding the “why” behind it. Well done!

We also designed labels, measured the product bags and jumped onto the computer to make professional labels in Word. Students learned how to created a text box with dimensions to match the bags, create unique fonts, change the colour of fonts, add images and cut printed pages to fit their bags. Very impressive work!

Our next PBL unit is: Engineering!

In Reading Groups we worked on close reading skills and spelling.

Math Groups worked on micro-skills, such as checking your work, carrying over, regrouping and 2/3-digit work. We played several games to help us with these skills, including “For Sale” and “Pumpkin Patch”.

In Math gnomes we looked at Measurement. There are three workbooks available, with everything from distance and mass to volume and mass. We will explore these concepts throughout the year 🙂


Theatre students worked on their beautiful, hand-stitched books after reading The Whisper, as story all about the power of imagination. The Whisper page

In Project’s Club, students designed their playhouse and began laying the foundation. Plans include a climbing wall, monkey bars, a few swings and possibly even a jail?!

The kids worked on measuring the boards, cutting them and attaching them with handing nails and joists. Great skills!

On Friday in Nature Adventures, students enjoyed their free play activities, exploring the magnet games created in the Maker Unit, as well as dressing up and exploring our Fish Cycle Activities.



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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