What Makes Structures Strong?

The students were happy to have the chance to do some hands on science again this afternoon. It is a lot more fun than just listening and watching. Today they built shapes to test which ones are the strongest. They were great learning partners and did a good job of sharing and recording their discoveries. Hopefully they can put this knowledge to good use when they build their final project after Christmas.

See a Need, Fill a Need:

Warman Elementary See A Need, Fill a Need Campaign December 1 – 20, 2017

This year we will be raising money for The Warman Food Bank and Camp Tamarak. All students who bring in a donation or make a donation online will be given a decoration to colour and add to our Christmas tree. The class that raises the most money will be given a pizza party in the New Year. Thanks so much for your part in this fundraiser. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Have a wonderful Christmas Season!

Story Helpers:

We have done a lot of writing already this year, but today we worked on writing our first fiction story. Fortunately we had some fun, furry help. The kids really seemed to enjoy the cuddly and helpful support of the stuffed animals.

Subway Lunch:

Kindergarten A and Grade 1-4 Subway Lunch on Wednesday, December 13th!!

We are going to be placing the orders through Healthy Hunger again for this hot lunch. Please proceed to the Health Hunger website (www.healthyhunger.ca) and enter your account to place your order. If you are new and have not created an account click the green Learn more button under Parents and then signup a free account.

Cost is $6.50 per student and includes: 1 sub from Subway, a bag of chips and a juice box (*Flavours will vary). At the end of your order there will be an additional processing fee.

If you mistakenly order a sub for a student that is NOT in Kindergarten A or Grades 1-4, your order will be deleted (and your money refunded).

Subs are ordered in advance, late orders cannot be accepted after December 7th. Nutritional Guide available upon request.

If you have any questions about the lunch, please contact Denaye Merz at dmerz@sasktel.net. You can also call Healthy Hunger if you have any questions about the site at 1-800-818-6260.

All proceeds will be going to the SCC Initiatives

Pajama Day Tomorrow:

It has come to my attention that I am no fun. Apparently other teachers have had pajama day and I have been a bit of a slacker in this area (so I am told). After a bit of a lecture (yes, I was on the receiving end), I have learned my lesson and hereby declare tomorrow pajama day for 3C.

Netsmartz Learning Samples:

The bulk of our safety unit in health class has been about internet safety. The students have learned four important Netsmart rules and many other internet safety ideas. The final project for this unit is a poster that shows their learning. They worked hard and did a great job. The students also learned about making good passwords by viewing a password rap video. They made jot notes as they listened to the song. Later, they wrote a paragraph about what they learned. Over the next week or so, these two pieces of work will be coming home for you to see.

Student Blogs:

It took a few tries, but I have finally been able to create blogs for the students. They will use the blogs to share their learning with you, each other, and the world. You will want to know that all posts and comments are submitted to me and I have to approve them before they appear. People can’t interact with the students through their blog. Please check out the new Blogging 101 tab at the top of the page. It has most of the information needed to have a successful student blogging experience.

Visualizing:

The latest comprehension strategy we have been learning is visualizing.

When Readers visualize while reading:

  • they are using words they hear or read in a text to create visual images or “movies in the mind”.
  • they can turn on their brains just as they would turn on their TVs, to enjoy the many images they create.
  • they’re training their brains for when they begin to read books that don’t include pictures with text.
  • they are encouraged to activate their imaginations as they read
  • they combine their own background knowledge with the words of the author to create mental images that enhance understanding of the text and bring reading to life.
  • they are able to activate all their senses to create mental images.
  • it is most likely when reading books about places, weather, or seasons that are filled with rich, descriptive, and vivid language.”
    Adrienne Gear, Reading Power