Monday, 20 June 2016

National Aboriginal Day June 21st

We are preparing to celebrate National Aboriginal Day with some First Nations story-telling, bannock eating, bracelet weaving and game playing.  We are going to share some of the fun on June 21 through our class twitter account @ClassElie.  Stay tuned!  We were also fortunate to receive some resources from the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Check out the link for learning resources here:

Here is a photo of one of the baked blueberry bannocks Mrs. Elie made.

Mrs. Elie has made a lot of bannock.  When she was in grade 4, 5 and 6, her school used to celebrate Festival de Voyageur.   Students used to fry bannock in electric frying pans throughout the school.  Mrs. Elie also learned how to bake bannock from her mom, Lynne Maller, a third generation baker.  Lynne received teachings from first nations people in The Pas and Northern BC.

If you would like more information about bannock, follow this link:

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Future Goals & Vault

STEM readiness and Financial Capability

This week our class and the grade 4 Math Class will be trying our hand at online courses offered through Everfi.

Course 1: Future Goals

Watch the video to learn about the course here:

Course 2: Vault
This course is about Financial Capability
You can learn more about this course by following the link here:

Friday, 8 January 2016

The Marshmallow Challenge

Today we participated in a "The Marshmallow Challenge."  You can watch the video about "The Marshmallow Challenge" from TED 2010 here:

The original "Marshmallow Challenge" was created and studied by Peter Skillman.  His presentation notes interesting observations about how people learn, reach a goal, design something and succeed.  Significantly, he observes that repeatedly, kindergarten students produced taller structures than business school graduates.

If you want to run your own Marshmallow Challenge, please check out this website for details:

Stay tuned for images or videos of our structures.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Hour of Code Week

Last week, during Library, students were introduced to the hour of code website.  This week students will have more time to try an hour of code.

Here is the link to the official website for Hour of Code :

On Monday we tried a tutorial at Tynker.  This week students will get an account with a username and password to learn coding.  There are also some fun things to try on the website for Hour of Code week.  Here is the link:

Parents, feel free to try at home too.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Wrapping up Fish in a Tree with a Celebration

We have been so busy lately, we haven't had much time to share what our class is doing.  Here is a bit of an update.

This week we are completing our "Strut your Stuff Challenge" to show what we know about Fish in a Tree.  Be sure to watch Lynda Mullaly Hunt read the final chapter and answer questions.  You can find her video on our Fish in a Tree page of this blog.

We are preparing to have our very own version of a "Fantastico Friday."  Cupcakes, games, chess, art, pickle cars and "Alice in Wonderland" will probably be involved in one form or another.  We hope to share our celebration with our buddy class too.  Students are also looking forward to some time to "munch and crunch" at the end of the day.  Yes, students are welcome to bring a snack to share.

Remember to check out Ally's sketchbook at Lynda Mullaly Hunt's website for ideas.  You can follow the link here:

Finally, we were fortunate to receive 2 ipad minis and 2 Osmos from the Fuel Your School initiative sponsored by Chevron.  We should be getting access to those ipads soon.  In the mean time, we will try out the Osmo using Mrs. Elie's ipad.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Global Read Aloud Continues

Although we are a bit behind from the global schedule, we are almost finished "Fish in a Tree."  Lynda Mullaly Hunt reads chapter 42 and answers questions from some readers.  We thought the title for this chapter was particularly funny.

You can watch the video here:

We also looked at Lynda Mullaly Hunt's new website and we examined some of Ally's drawings in her sketchbook of impossible things.
Here is the link:

We continue to work on asking and answering questions as well as making connections to the book.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Raz Kids Independent Reading Practice

Today students were given passwords and shown the Raz Kids Website.
Students are encouraged to read independently for 15-20 minutes per day at home.
The leveled books on this website will help students track their progress and improve their comprehension skills.

Here is the link:

Happy Reading!