Monday, 17 October 2016

Global Read Aloud, SSEP contest and more

It is hard to believe we are more than halfway through October and that we have had about one month of learning together as a class.  We have been reading Pax, a novel by Sara Pennypacker as part of out participation in the global read aloud. We are improving our skills at using reading strategies like: visualization, making connections and determining importance.  You can find more details about the book and author here: .  You can find more information about the Global Read Aloud here: .

So far we have had one Mystery Skype with a class in Argentina reading Pax too.  We hope to have discussions with them again in the near future.  Not only does the Mystery Skype enable students to hone their geography skills, but it also encourages us to learn more about students around the world. On Tuesday, October 18 we will try another mystery Skype, I wonder who we will meet?

In addition, we are participating in the District SSEP science contest.  Hopefully one or two teams will have a proposal ready to submit by November 1.  You can find out more details about what we are studying in science by following the link to our Science page on the right.

See the trailer about Pax:

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Welcome to Mrs. Elie's Class 2016-2017

Moody Elementary started the first week of school with students in Grade level groups learning about the Zones of Regulation.  Students also learned about expectations for hallways and walking through the school.  If you would like an introduction to the Zones of Regulation, you can watch this video here:

It is hard to believe we are in the second week as a class.  We have been participating in a variety of activities to help us get to know each other.  In addition we started our Lucky Stars Scratch n Win not only to encourage Green Zone behaviours but also to learn about probability.  There are 500 tickets to be won this Term.  440 out of 500 tickets are prize winners.  So how many tickets are not winning tickets?  Students recognize that there is only 1 chance to win a pizza party for the class but there are 50 tickets which will let you choose a prize from the prize bin.  So far we are having quite a bit of fun with this.

This term we hope to participate in the 2016 Global Read Aloud by reading the book PAX.  In addition, SD43 has a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in the SSEP which involves a science contest to send an experiment to the international space station.  Finally, Mrs. Elie is an ambassador for the Kids Guide to Canada initiative where students will be sharing their ideas about where we live with other students across the country.  Watch for details about all of these on our Science, Social Studies and PAX pages on this blog.

Finally, we will be using Freshgrade to create digital portfolios of our learning for the year.  This is a district-wide initiative so we are waiting for our student accounts to be set up so students can communicate their learning to their parents on an ongoing basis.  There are a few technical glitches to be resolved but stay tuned!

Looking forward to a great Year!

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.