Monday, December 3, 2012

Visiting India with Mr. Stewart

Today, Mr. Stewart was here sharing photos from his trip to India. We were all very interested in his pictures and eager to share our own knowledge of India.

What did you find most interesting about Mr. Stewart's presentation? What do you want to learn more about?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

I want this!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Now THESE are some creative musical instruments!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today we celebrated all of our good work with Pajama Day! We had a yummy breakfast in our PJs and watched the movie Jumanji. It was great!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reading Relaxation...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Hundred Chart Patterns

We have been talking about hundred chart patterns and how they can help us to add and subtract. Here are some fun games to investigate your knowledge of the hundred chart and number line strategies we have been learning!

Hundred Square Jigsaw

Give the Dog a Bone

Number Jump

Let's Rock and Roll!

We have been learning about Hearing and Sound in Science for the last few weeks. Students have learned that sound is made by vibrations! So then we started thinking about all the ways you could use vibrations to make noise. The kids decided to experiment with pitch and volume by creating musical instruments. Here are some of their awesome creations!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kiva Loan Update

Earlier this year, we used our Kiva account to make a loan to Yophesi in Uganda. I just received this awesome update about his progress:
Yophesi is now a 25 years old married man and a teacher by profession but also a maize produce dealer. He used the loan to buy a maize milling machine so as to supplement onto the small salary from teaching. His business is yielding higher profits compared to teaching and because of this, Yophesi managed to repay the loan quickly before the agreed period so as to get a new loan which he is also servicing very well. Yophesi is an ambitious man who keeps venturing into new businesses and due to this, he has started his private nursery and primary school which has helped to reduce on the long distances covered by school going young ones in his place Kyenjojo, Uganda.
We are so proud to be able to help people like Yophesi to build their own lives, who in turn help those in their own communities!
If you would like to learn more about Kiva, or make a loan yourself, visit:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wanna learn some Spanish???

Here is the video we watched today when learning about changing pitch on stringed instruments!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

 We had a great time at our Halloween celebration last week! Here are some photos of all the fun!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Elephant Rescue!

I saw this video today about a group saving a baby elephant who was trapped in a well, and it immediately reminded me of Ruby in The One and Only Ivan.
Watch the video here!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I Wonder...

I saw this post on Wonderopolis this morning, and had to put the link up for you kids!
I hope you are having a great day with Miss R. while I am out of the classroom. See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Rocks in our Community

We went on a walk around town and photographed some of the rocks we noticed that were being used in our community - in roads, landscaping, and buildings.
Here is a video of what we found!

Rocks In Our Community

Felix's Lego Jump

Wow! Yesterday Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space - millions of people watched the video, and our class watched it today.
We loved the Lego tribute to Felix that was posted today!
Click on the link to see it:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Kinderkid Buddy Reading

Each week, the Grade Threes meet up with the students from the Kindergarten class to read together. The Grade Three students read and ask the Kinderkids about the stories they read. It's always a fun time for both classes!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Soil Scavengers

Hey there!
Go on a soil safari with the kids on Brain Pop Jr.
Go to this link and do the activities that go with the video!

Have fun!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ivan, Ruby, Stella, and Bob

We are well into our novel, The One and Only Ivan, and it is fantastic!
The author, Katherine Applegate, has written a story from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla living in captivity in a mall. By telling the story from Ivan's point of view, we are learning much more about animals, and the lives they lead in captivity or in the wild.

If you could save one of the characters, Ivan, Stella, Bob, or Ruby, which one would you save?

You will have to think about what the word "save" means. Does it mean sending them back to the wild? To a zoo? To allow them to roam the mall freely?
What do you think?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

September's Star Students!

This month, our Star Students were chosen because of the GREAT transitions they have made into their Grade Three classroom.
Congratulations to all three of these awesome kids!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Gettin' Down and Dirty!

Today we were getting our hands dirty in science class, becoming soil detectives! The kids were making observations on the colours, smells, textures, and organisms in the soil.
This week and next we will talk more about soil and the important role it plays in our lives.

Why do you think soil is important in your life?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

What words describe Terry Fox?

Here is the Wordle we created to describe Terry Fox this morning!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A True Canadian Hero

Tomorrow, our school will be joining Erle Rivers High Schoolf for the annual Terry Fox Run. Here is a video about Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope.

What makes Terry Fox a true Canadian hero?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Our 19th Kiva Loan!

Today the Grade Threes were able to loan out some money that was repaid to our Kiva account. We chose to loan money to Ulalia, a farmer from Samoa.
Ulalia is a 36-year-old married woman with 6 children. She has a small plantation and grows yams, taro, taamu and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years. Ulalia has requested a loan to pay for taro seeds, taamu seeds, a grass-sprayer, chemicals, a knife and a rake for her business.
We think she was a GREAT choice for our latest loan!

If you would like to learn more about Kiva, check out

What do YOU know about India???

In Social Studies this year, the Grade Threes will be comparing four different countries: Peru, Ukraine, Tunisia, and India.
We have been focussing on India for the last week or so, and I would love for the Grade Threes to share some of what they have learned.

Explain what this picture tells us about the QUALITY OF LIFE in India.
You could investigate what it tells us about:
or another aspect of quality of life you notice in the photo.

Remember to use STRONG sentences. First names only please!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Welcome Fellow Blogger!

Did you know that Mrs. Garber has a classroom blog too?
Check it out!
She has just written a post about the Alberta Arts Days project our school worked on last week.

Click here to see Mrs. Garber's Blog:

Click here to learn more about Alberta Arts Day:

The One and Only Ivan

The Grade Three class has been reading a WONDERFUL book, called The One and Only Ivan.
Watch this book trailer to learn more.

Are you enjoying the book so far?

What is one word you would use to describe Ivan's character? Why would you choose that word?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Your Wish Is My Command!

Today we talked about molten rock in Science, which made us think of lava, which made us think of lava lamps, which made us wonder... How can you make your own lava lamp???

Here's the instructions - check with your parents first!!!!

How To Make A Lava Lamp At Home

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meeting new friends at Extendicare!

Yesterday we visited the residents at Extendicare for the first time this year! We had a great time.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Perfect for inquiring young minds...

One thing that has really stuck out to me about this class of Grade Threes is their NEED (want is not a strong enough word) to know the "why" of everything. This, I totally love about them. What a great group of kids, who know how to think for themselves and ask themselves the tough questions! So I found this website, and KNEW it was right for the Grade Three class!

Check it out! Every day, learn something new about the world we live in.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome to the blog 2/3s!

Hi there!

I am so happy you guys are here. I loooove to read comments on the blog from all the students. It is great to hear what you have to say.
You can comment at school or at home - you could even teach your parents how to write comments!

For your first try, I would love to hear about what you are excited about for the upcoming school year.

Remember the steps to writing a good blog comment:
1. Use full sentences.
2. Check your spelling.
3. Use your FIRST NAME only.

Thanks! I am really excited to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome back!

Welcome to Grade Three! My name is Nicole Freel and I have taught at MRES for the past six years. I have spent some time with the current Grade Threes in the past, and I can’t wait to enjoy every day with your awesome kids. This year, I will be the Grade Three homeroom teacher, with a few classes being taught by Mrs. Schmitt. Below are a few information items that will help make for a successful Grade Three year.

Each student will be taking home an agenda today. This agenda will go home every day, should be checked by a parent and initialed, and then sent back the following morning. This agenda will be a primary source of communication between us, so it is very important that the routine is kept up. Students also learn a valuable organizational lesson by using these agendas regularly. They will be writing reminders and notes about special events in these agendas weekly. I really appreciate your cooperation, as it helps me stay organized during those hectic school days! If you have any comments or concerns, please write them in the agenda and I will respond back to you.  Also, this is a great place to write down any appointments or absences which may occur throughout the year.

Students are encouraged to read every night. They can read aloud, silently, to a family member, friend, even a pet – any type of reading is fabulous! In the front cover of each student’s agenda is a Home Reading Log. Parents and students can work together to fill in their reading logs each night. Students will earn rewards by doing consistent reading practice at home. I will send more information home on our reading incentive program shortly.
            This year, our spelling program is changing slightly in Grade Three. Students will be working on a spelling program that is tailored to each individual student’s needs, decided by some diagnostic testing and student-teacher observations and discussions. Students will be assessed on their spelling abilities, but will not be having weekly spelling tests as in the past. Students will not need to practice specific spelling words each week, but will take home activities which can be worked on and discussed at home.           

            In Grade Three, I like to encourage students to become increasingly independent in their learning, but recognize that they are still kids and need some guidance. Reading practice is the primary homework students should by doing at home. There will be times when students will be expected to study for tests in subjects such as Science and Social Studies. Students may also be encouraged to do some extra Math activities once in a while, but this will not be very often. When studying for tests, it is important for parents to remember that in Grade Three, students have had little experience with study skills. We will review concepts at school prior to tests and study guides will be sent home well in advance, but parent guidance is very beneficial for students at this age. Any extra help you can give them when studying for tests would be great.

            Our school, and myself, are really trying to advocate students choosing healthy lifestyles this year. Students are encouraged to keep fit by exercising, and eating and drinking healthy as well. To help students in this, Milk River Elementary will no longer be allowing pop or energy drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, and other similar drinks) at school. Students are encouraged to drink milk, fruit juice and water while at school. If a student would like to bring a water bottle to fill at the fountain, they are more than welcome to do this.

            On this note, I know that kids are active and often get hungry through the school day. I sure enjoy munching on an apple while I work to get my brain moving! Students are welcome to snack on healthy foods while they are in the Grade Three room during lessons, as long as it does not interfere with learning or other students. The catch is that these must be healthy snacks. Students are welcome to eat any “treats” (such as chocolate bars, potato chips, etc.) at noon after they have finished their lunches. So feel free to pack an extra piece of fruit or a granola bar, or any other nutritious snack, for your child if you think they will need it. This is a classroom policy, so students need to remember to be respectful of their other teachers’ choices with regard to snacks.

Thanks for everything!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sharing is a Good Thing

What a nice sentiment for the beginning of the school year...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My New Banff Buddy

This week I have been having a GREAT time at a teaching conference in Banff. I am learning all about the different ways teachers can work together to make their classrooms even better. I have met tons of great people, but there was one very special friend made this morning...

My alarm clock rang, I rolled over, stretched and yawned, opening one eye to look out the window...

Look at this! What a lovely friend to say "good morning" right when I woke up!

After my new friend was done her breakfast, she had a morning nap right outside my window!

I'm on my way home tomorrow after a great four days. These wonderful summer days are ending too quickly!