Wednesday WOW!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Bonjour!  Hello!
I am first going to start off by saying Happy Thanksgiving to those that are celebrating this weekend!   Enjoy your long weekend folks!  :-)
We, Canadians on this side of the border, do not get a long weekend.  {Oh, how I would love an extra day off.}

Secondly, Deb from Crafting Connections informed me that Kayla over at Rooting for Third Grade is having a fabulous giveaway.  You only have one day left to enter her giveaway.  I suggest you hurry on over there and enter.  Good luck!

Thirdly, this Friday, November 29th, is known as Sport Day in Canada.  It is a national celebration of sports, at all levels of ability, where everyone is encouraged to wear their team jersey or if they do not play a sport, they are encouraged to wear their favorite team's jersey. My grade 3's and I will be celebrating National Jersey Day this Friday by wearing our favorite team's jerseys.  My students and I can't wait till Friday.

Thirdly, I'm linking up with Emily over at Curious Firsties for her Wednesday WOW! linky party.

Today, we had French Cafe at our school.  Our gymnasium was converted into a cafe.  Parents were invited to attend the festivities.  All the students were encouraged to speak French by taking food orders from their parents.   Everyone felt as though we were in Paris.  The whole event was such a great success.  

My second WOW! was when a parent (whose son I had taught 3 years ago) approached me and told me that her son was frantically searching the whole house for his grade 3 math workbook.  When the mom asked him as to why he needed his grade 3 math book, his response was, "Mom, I need my metric system ladder.  Mrs. Z. taught us the metric system with the steps and I need that sheet to help me out with my grade 6 math.  She helped me understand it way better!"  The mom was so touched by her son's comment that she thought I needed to know the impact I had on her son.  OH!  MY!  Let me tell yah!  I was truly touched!  I had no idea that I had such an influence.  Teaching is truly a beautiful profession.  I am so blessed!

C'est tout!  That's all!  Now, don't forget to visit Rooting for Third Grade and Curious Firsties.

Wednesday Wow!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hello friends,
Oh my my!  It has been a lonnngggg time since I've last blogged.  Time sure does fly by!  Hope you forgive me.  In the meantime, I hope things have kept you well.    

I'm linking up with Curious Firsties with their Wednesday WOW! linky party.  (I must worn you, this post might be a tad too long.)

Here we go:
1.  I always encourage my students to use descriptive words in their writing.  In order to make this concept fun and engaging, I brought in a pumpkin.  My students were beyond excited to see a pumpkin 'sitting' on my desk. We first started the lesson by reviewing nouns.  Then, all of a sudden, one of my students says, "Hey, that pumpkin is a noun!"   Boy, was I happy that the light had finally come on.  That was my cue to say, "Great!  Now, let's describe this noun.  Can you think of some adjectives?"   As soon as I was given the first adjective, I wrote that adjective on the pumpkin with my handy dandy Sharpie.  Ohhhh boy!   You should have seen everyone's hands go up as soon as the first word was written on that pumpkin.  After that, they all wanted 'their adjective' to be written on the class pumpkin.  

 (please don't judge me...."sphere" is not an adjective, I actually meant to write "spherical")
(For the life of me, I can't remember where I saw this idea, so if it's you, please let me know so that I can give you full credit for it.)

2. We just finished learning about graphing.  We used Halloween foam stickers and Jolly Ranchers.

(again...let me know if I need to give you credit...)

3.  Our pen pal letters were mailed out to Pennsylvania.  We made bookmarks, too.

We also sent this book to our Pen Pals! It provides detailed information about each of the provinces.

4.  Lastly!!!!   My report cards are DONE!   Yeyyyy!   

Now, it's time to go and see what everyone else has been up to.  Hope you'll share your WOW's, too!  

Have a fab week!
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