An Important Right by Dylan

This is a response to a project given by Mr.Hancock about rights and responsibilities. One of the projects was to write a blog entry about an important right to the student doing the project. Here is Dylan’s response.

I think an important right is for everyone to have a home because it is strong and protecting. A home is strong and protecting because they have strong walls and locks. In a home you have responsibilities to:

  • keep it clean
  • help out
  • do your chores
  • don’t break stuff
  • not leave home without asking.

Everybody has the right to have a home. If no one had a home it wouldn’t be happy and cheerful. It would be sad and gloomy.

Curt is a homeless person who went to my church. Then he never came back. I think Curt feels really sad. I feel really bad about homeless people because they don’t have anything. I miss Curt.

There are some things we can do to help homeless people:

Rights in the World by Ben G.

This is a response to a project given by Mr.Hancock about rights and responsibilities. One of the projects was to write a blog entry about an important right to the student doing the project. Here is Ben G.’s response.

A right that is really important is to be safe. If you are safe you won’t be kidnapped. Here are some ways you can be safe and not get kidnapped:

          • You should be with your family all the time.
          • You should be at home
          • You should be with someone.
          • You could be at school
  • You should be with a buddy
  • You should be with your teacher
  • You should be with your brother or sister
  • You should be with a cousin
  • You should be with a friend
  • You should go outside only in the daytime
  • You should be with a friend outside

If you don’t do these things you might get kidnapped. If we didn’t have the right to be safe, it would not be a safe and caring community. It would be a bad and scary place. I have heard of some kids who have been kidnapped and I care about them because they don’t have parents and home. I think thse people feel very, very, very sad. To help them, you could ask them if they want to come to your house until you find their parents or take them to the police where someone can help them.

All Good Things Come to Those Who Wait . . .

. . . and those things, of course, are the memory verse and the spelling words for the week. I am trying hard to get them to you on Monday but you may have to be patient with me for a bit. My mind wanders a lot. By the way, have I told you that I have a daughter? 🙂 I am really happy!!! Here are some more pictures.

The memory verse this week is an easy one. It is John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The spelling for this week is below:
Spelling M 3

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We have had a busy week so far. In social we have begun to look at mapping. If you haven’t had a chance to download Google Earth and play with it, go and get it. You will need a pretty up to date system however but give it a try. You never know what might happen. As part of our intro to mapping, we have been talking about cardinal directions: North, South, East and West being the main points on the compass. I was telling the students about how sailors used to use the stars to navigate by looking for the North Star or Polaris in the sky. By looking for the Big Dipper you could easily find the North Star. Here is a video describing how to do this:

Here is a neat video showing how you can use your watch as a compass to find North:

New Social Studies Voicethread

Over the last few weeks students have been working hard on a voicethread. A voicethread is a powerpoint that allows you to add narration. We have been creating our voicethreads to discuss things that make a community safe and caring.

Please enjoy your child’s work. If you have a microphone, please feel free to add an appropriate comment to the voicethread.

Students got their bible verses today. Students will be reciting them on Monday. However, I must have been half asleep when I typed it up as I made a couple of mistakes. Please check that your child’s verse matches the actual verse as listed below.

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

A Great Day!

It was a fantastic day today! The students earned another party which we will be having tomorrow afternoon. If you would like to help by supplying some kind of treat, that would be wonderful! Students will now have to earn double the amount of stars to earn their next party but I know they will be able to do it as they have been really improving as the year has gone!!!!!

We are working very hard on our Social Studies Voicethreads. Don’t know what a voicethread is? Check out the blog next week to find out!!!!

One of the students in the class, J.A. made a fantastic PicLit today which I wanted to share with you.

A reminder that next week is a short week with staff going to Pacific Academy for workshops and Thanksgiving Monday following that.

Students also have a spelling test tomorrow.

Students do not have a Memory Verse tomorrow as I, with my failing memory, forgot to get one printed out. They will have memory verse next week.


What a day!! So much happening . ..  So tired . . . so much excitement . . .

Chapel! Lot’s of excitement. Our class actually won a prize for being so full of praise and love for God and worshiping with all their hearts. It was great to see.

Speaking of the bible, the memory verse for this week is from Philippians 4:4-6:

Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice! Let your greatness be evident to all. The Lord is near! Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

We had some more Oobleck machines come in from various students. Here are some of the pictures:

In Social Studies we had this great discussion on the community of Chilliwack. I discovered this project that this Grade 3 Girl was doing in Colorado. She was asking people to fill in her wiki site with information about where they were to help her learn about geography; almost like getting people to send her a postcard. A wiki is a neat kind of website where you can allow people to add and change something that you have created as a way to collaborate and build something bigger, more relevant, interesting and powerful. Wikipedia is a very good example of this. Anyway, we decided to add some info about Chilliwack and we got into a great discussion about what picture we could use that would show as much as we could about Chilliwack. We found some good pictures but not all of them reflected the true diversity of what Chilliwack was about. So we ended up do a little bit and then added a message stating that we would add the picture later when we had finished discussing which picture to use. We were looking at the pictures from the City of Chilliwack site which you can see here. I have also added the site to the list of links of the side if you want to take a look at the wiki and what people have added already.

Tuesday fun? Oh, Yeah! In 3B, It Is!

It was a great day here in 3B. First of all, we had a surprise from one of the students who went home and found her own oobleck in her backyard. Hers was slightly different though as it was pink! I hope it isn’t spreading across Canada. We could be in trouble if oobleck continues to spread through our backyards!! Anway, she brought us a sample she collected from her backyard and had it safely contained in a tupperware container. I got a shot of it to show everyone. Here it is:

We also had our very first chapel time together which was great fun. It is so wonderful seeing everyone there worshipping God and praising his name. The kids really got into and the singing was wonderful. For math today, we used the digital camera to take some pictures of numbers for the calendar. The students had to use various objects around the room to represent the number they had been given. When they were done, I gave them the digital camera to use. We will then print out the numbers and cut them out to use on our calendar. The students did a fantastic job with the camera. I have created an animoto to show you how the pictures turned out.

For social today, we started talking about our communities and how we can make them a safe and friendly place to live. You can see the results of the brainstorming below:

We used a site called The students really enjoyed using the site. One part of it allows you create room using pictures of objects. The site is free but requires them to register. Your children might bug you to help them sign up. It’s a great tool to use and fun for the kids. You can have them use it to create their own diagrams on various topics.

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Don’t forget that favorite bible verses are due on Friday. Bookorders are due on Monday.

A Googlish Day!

It was one of those days when anything could happen. The class were doing all sorts of neat things today. We learned some fun games and talked about all the different ways math is a part of our lives. You can see below in the brainstorm all the different ways math is a part of our lives.

We will be using these ideas for some Math Is . . . poems.

We also took a look at Google Earth. If you haven’t taken a look yet, download the program and have some fun. You can click on the link above or click on the link under the links section. For Social Studies this year, the students will be learning alot about the different communities in British Columbia and how communites work together, play together and live together. We will also talk about the different services and goods communities provide and how communities did all these things in the past. 

Don’t forget that Monday night is Parent and Teacher Dessert Night. Come out to meet me and ask any questions you have about the class programs, smartboard, blog, etc. The night starts at 7:00 p.m.

A Whole New Term and Whole New Spelling Words! Werd, dude!

Well, I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break. My wife and I enjoyed our time together and especially enjoyed our trip to New York. All the sights and sounds! It was amazing! If you ever have a chance to go, take it! New York is an amazing city and very safe. My wife and I went to a lot of galleries and art museums. We also saw three shows including The Little Mermaid. Here are some excerpts:

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In class today, we started our look at fractions relating the use of fractions to scores on tests and pieces of pie. The students are picking it up very quickly which I am pleased to see. In social today, we did a quick review of aboriginal communities in B.C. We will be adding the aboriginal community that is local to our map of the physical features of British Columbia. One of the questions we will be asking is why they think our local aboriginal group decided to settle in this area of the province.

We will be starting our new unit on space tomorrow with a little quiz to find out what students already know about the solar system. It should be very interesting to see the information the students have already learned and synthesized about this unit. It will also be interesting to see what misconceptions about the universe the students have. I think it will be a great unit, especially with all the great interactive materials for the smartboard that are available.

Here is the spelling list for this week:cheap cheerfulhonest freshcheap    cheerful

honest fresh

rough wise

wide plain

actual sure

dependent delight

future choice

least young

pair faith

always steal

Finally, I showed this video to the students this morning and they got a huge kick out of it. I won’t give the secret away (and kids, if you are watching this with your parents, don’t tell them the secret either).[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]This is what some kids experience in class all the time! How do we teach our kids to focus amongst all the distractions of life?

Last Few Days

Open house has come and gone. It was an interesting experience for me; this being my first year at Highroad. It was quite strange to keep glancing up as I was teaching and seeing another group coming through the door. However, we made it through and everyone seemed happy and interested in our school.

EasterWe only have a couple of days left and still lots to do. We are leaving for Science World on Thursday and I think it will prove to be a great day. Today we also had a closer look at the physical features of B.C using Google Earth. Our Google Earth seems to be really choppy unfortunately. We also read from Luke and discussed the resurrection of Jesus. We are preparing an Easter project to do with Easter and this was a nice reminder of the true reason behind why we celebrate. I was telling the students that it was hard finding a project to celebrate Easter as everything seemed to focus on bunnies and easter eggs and chocolate. It is very unfortunate. We talk a lot about losing Christmas to commercialism but I think think we also are affected by commercialism at Easter.

It was a good day. Look for some more poetry on the blog soon!