November 2018: What Will We Learn?

This week, I have created a collage that gives an overview of the Ontario curriculum expectations our class learning goals will be based on for the month ahead. There are no “Captain” students this week, and many exciting new things will be introduced.

All Ready For November (And Our Check Out!)

“Check Out” is how we end a week of learning in our classroom. I take this time very seriously. I pay attention to what kinds of things stand out in student memories, and I try to make every wish come true.

All Ready For November: When a new month begins, our class does special things.  We make a new seating plan and meet new spirit buddies:

We review our reading log entries from the previous month:We make a new calendar:

We learn about the new Captain Job:

And we do our best work on everything else too!

All of the Costumes, All of the Kindness, All of the Captains, All of the Notes

All of the Costumes:  Adjectives are words that describe nouns.  To tell the class about my costume today, I used adjectives. I was an excited, thankful, big-eared, quiet mouse.  I took photos of everyone, and we thought of adjectives to describe our costumes.  Check student blogs to see how these creatures described themselves!

All of the R.A.K.s:  Our day was full of kindness. Our main class R.A.K. for today was to walk to Caressant care to show the residents our costumes.  It rained, so we had to cancel the walk. And then someone did an amazing R.A.K. They hired a bus so we could go even though it rained!

A Random Act Of Kindness so we could do our Random Act of Kindness!

Our class R.A.K. yesterday was making awesome awards.  Today DQ made the awesome awards even more awesome.  They added free ice cream to the awesome awards.  How awesome is that?!

Ice Cream is always AWESOME!

I’m in the mood for one last October R.A.K. to keep the kindness excitement going.  Are you ready?


All of the Captains: Brayden had his turn to be the captain today.  Great work everyone!

All of the notes:

1) The adjectives I wrote about the quiet mouse are correct.  I have nearly lost my voice.  Interviews tomorrow will be interesting!

2) Even thought there is not homework, we will still  have our E spelling test tomorrow.

3) There is a new list for Pizza day tomorrow:

4) Someone else finished a whole reading log!

On The Second Day of R.A.K. Week…

There are 5 R.A.K.s in this picture.

On The Second Day of R.A.K. Week:  We did another class R.A.K. today. Our school has many Halloween traditions.  One of them is a family pumpkin carving contest.  The top 3 pumpkins in each category win a family prize.  There are over 70 pumpkins, but only a few pumpkins will get one of the family prizes.  We thought that every pumpkin deserved a prize, so we made AWESOME awards. Mr MacSorely asked the Team 2 students with June birthdays count all of the AWESOME awards to make sure there were enough.  There were 82.  Now everyone will have a prize winning pumpkin tomorrow.

Other Great things:

1)We did two dot talks:

2) We Learned More About Halloween:  What do you know about the history of Halloween?  We read about it here:  The History Halloween. What did you learn?

3) It’s almost November: We started to make our November calendar today. We still need to write instructions for the Captain job.  I will send the calendar home when we come up with job instructions.4) A Student Achievement:

BREAKING NEWS: Addison has filled a reading log. She wrote 39 pages. You are more than 400 minutes smarter now Addison.

5) Two Captains: Ivy and Avery explained how to make some Halloween things.

Our Random Acts Of Kindness Week

Book Fair!

Our Random Acts Of Kindness Week This will be an extra-wonderful-four -day week. In addition to Halloween celebrations it is R.A.K. week for Team 2. R.A.K. stands for ‘Random Acts of Kindness.’

Random Acts of Kindness Day  is really on Friday, November 2.  Our school has a PA day then, so we are going to have a whole Random Acts of Kindness week instead!

Each student has a Kindness Bingo sheet that is full of ideas for how they can show kindness this week. They also have a small blue card to use for an extra special act of kindness.  Use link above to print Bingo cards for your whole family!

More Media Files:

1) A Dot Talk Screenshot:

2) A Sample Student Survey

3) The New Spelling Words

4) I am Peace: Enjoy our bonus word story!

5) Book Fair News: Today we did our our first whole-class R.A.K.  We helped Mrs. MacNeil make the book floor display look perfect for the people who shop next!  Every class makes a wish list at the book fair.  Here is ours:



October 29 – November 2, 2018: What Will We Learn?

Each week, I create a collage that includes the Ontario curriculum expectations our class learning goals will be based on in the week ahead. These collages also feature students scheduled to be ‘Team Captains’ in the week ahead. This month, Captains will bring “something they made themselves”. Presentations will include telling the class what they created, materials used, and steps followed.

The Last October 2018 Check Out

“Check Out” is how we end a week of learning in our classroom. I take this time very seriously. I pay attention to what kinds of things stand out in student memories, and I try to make every wish come true.

The Last October Check Out 2018: Happy Friday!  We had another wonderful week.  We noticed that next week we will have a November Check Out.  That was fast!

37 Awesome Days Together!

Notes for Next week: 

1) Eastdale is having a Halloween food drive.
2) The book fair will be open in the library all week.
3) Wednesday is Halloween. You may dress up in something that is not scary. We will be walking the Caressant Care to show the residents our costumes at about 10:00 (after the Eastdale assembly)
4) Report Cards and Interview Times will be sent home on Monday
5) Friday is a PA day.

Picture of the day:

Done the math task? Time to make up your own math challenge!

I See Dots, Questions About Surveys, and Captain Creations

I See Dots: For the next few weeks, we will use the dots we made yesterday for our number talks.  We will even play some games with them! The video above shows what our dots look like when they are not on a dot.

What do you see? How do you see it?

Questions about surveys: We did a more surveys today! The more we do, the better our math talks get! What do you notice about these graphs?  What makes a good survey question? Do you remember how to take a screen shot? **Do any of the adults reading this know how to generate bar graphs from a google form? Help!

Captain Creations:  Evie and Colin spent extra time making their Captain posts awesome.  Please check their blogs to see their writing, their photos, and their typing.  I think you will be as proud of their hard work as I am!

Wonderful Wednesday Update

Check the sky for the full Hunter Moon tonight!

Math Update: Team 2 ended up doing two special math jobs today.  Job one involved completing the survey I shared this morning:

Job two involved cutting and decorating special dots:

Team 2 cut out a lot of dots today!

Language Update: In language we read  books and talked about books.  We love talking about our books!

What books did your group share?

Science Update: We discussed hazard symbols today.  Some liquids and solids are dangerous.  They can hurt you if you do not use them safely.  They have special labels on them.  Where have you seen these symbols before?


Social Studies Update: Our continent maps are almost done!

What continent do we live in?

Captain Update: Madison and Lauryn shared their creations today:

Another Team 2 Survey: Data Collection Time!

(**this is a post I am using for teaching this morning. I will either  update this post at the end of the day, or write another.)

Good morning Team 2!  This is another survey.  It is about special things our class does together.  You get to answer my questions, and then write your own!

The survey link was here: If you finish, please see me for a Dot job.  I will give you one of these: Big Dot.

(Try not to peek at Science yet.)