Tweeting With Elise Gravel

We have a lot of Elise Gravel books in our classroom, and the students love them.

Yesterday, we used Elise Gravel’s book I Want a Monster to help us to draw monsters. The students were so pleased with their results that they wished they could show them to her. Because I know that Elise Gravel is on Twitter, I suggested that the students tweet her their pictures. So we did.

And to the student’s delight, right at the end of our school day, she tweeted every one of the students back! “Best end of the day ever” they all said.

Skating

The children are having a blast skating! I’ve been impressed by how hard they are trying and by how uncomplaining they are about sore feet and falling down. Just look at these smiles.

Christmas Fun

Over the last days before our Christmas break, we had a lot of fun doing special Christmas activities. We got to shop at the “Christmas Store” in the gym, choosing special gifts with the help of our big buddies…
Choosing Gifts
Choosing Gifts

…and then getting them wrapped by the helpers who donated their time.
Wrapping Gifts

Finally, they were all ready for us to take home.
See All the Presents We Bought

We also hand-made our Christmas cards…
Making Christmas Cards

and made special wrapping for our clay gifts…
Handmade and Wrapped Gifts

We decorated Christmas cookies…
Decorating Cookies

and made a cooperative mural.
Mural Making

The highlight, though, was the Christmas concert.
Christmas Concert Ready!

Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday from all of us.

Solving Christmas Problems

What if you had three Christmas trees and twelve decorations? How would you divide them between the trees? The students set out to solve this problem. One possible solution is below, but the students each had their own idea of how this should look. Check their blogs on the right hand side to see their solutions.

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All About Moose Jaw

Our class is part of the pilot project for a wonderful initiative called A Kid’s Guide to Canada. It’s about kids digitally telling the story of where they live for Canada’s 150th birthday next year. The students chose the important things in our community themselves, took many of the pictures, dictated the text and recorded their thoughts and opinions. It’s so interesting to see what six year olds think are the important parts of their lives.
This project will be open for all Canadian classes beginning in January.

Letters to Santa

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It’s the time of year that we need to let Santa know we are thinking of him. Together we decided that when we wrote to Santa we needed to thank him for last year’s gift, say something nice and then tell him what we were hoping to get this year. The students worked very hard on this; it’s an important document to get right. We mailed the letters to Santa, but first we took a picture of them so that you could see them on their blogs. Be sure to check to see their heart’s desires and their developing skills.

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Pajama Day

What fun to get to wear your pj’s, housecoat and slippers to school! Add your blankie, a pillow and a stuffed animal and learning is sooo much more fun. We did feel a bit sleepy, though…

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