Monday, January 27, 2014

This is what my students were greeted with when they got to the classroom on Thursday morning.

I couldn't find my warning tape in the Halloween tub, so I had to quickly make up my own.  The message on the door told students to wait until everyone in the class was there and to leave their backpacks and jackets in the hall.  I left an envelope with the first clue and off they went.

Luckily, I had an EA who was able to wander around the school with the students to keep them together. 

After 9 clues (our school is small), they found me hiding in a little storage room in the basement.  It was such a neat way to start the school day.  We ended up doing our read-aloud and journal in the music room.

Pic Collage

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My latest find is an app called Pic Collage.  It has probably been around forever, but to me it's the newest and greatest little addition to my lessons.  The other day I had my students create a pic collage to show me their understanding of forces.  Here's an example:

What's your "go-to" app in the classroom?

The Sochi Winter Games Are Almost Here!

Monday, January 20, 2014

I love watching the Winter Olympics.  I love hearing the athletes' stories.  I love watching CBC's coverage of the games.  I love watching reruns of events.  I love seeing the Canadian flag get raised.  I love the excitement.  I love hearing O Canada play.

Here are a few of my favourite Olympic moments:

~ Sidney Crosby scoring the gold medal goal for Canada's men's hockey team
~ Jamie Sale & David Pelletier winning silver at Salt Lake & then later getting their well-deserved gold 
~ the loonie under centre ice at the Salt Lake games
~ Catriona Lemay Doan skating with the Saskatchewan flag after winning her speed skating event
~ Scott Moir & Tessa Virtue winning a gold medal in ice dance

What are your memories?

I've put together a few Olympic goodies on my TpT store.  Here's a sneak peak:

I printed this poster set last week and got them laminated.  I plan to use them on my hall bulletin board with the research activity above.  Aren't the penguins adorable?

Thanks to these wonderful artists for helping me out with these products:
Font courtesy of JF Keep It Simple designed by Jackie Golden @
Background graphics by Lovin’ Lit @

Penguin graphics courtesy of Poppydreamz Digital Art @