Thursday, December 12, 2013

Be More Dog!

This cat thinks that acting more like a dog is going to improve his quality of life. Is there another animal whose traits you think would improve your quality of life? Tell me about it!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Randoms Acts of Kindness

Mrs. Schmitt has challenged our school to perform random acts of kindness as we near the holiday season. Each student drew another student's name and will make sure to make that student's life a little extra special over the next couple of weeks. What a great idea! Here is the awesome video she used to explain the idea.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Jackson Pollock

Today we are learning about the famous American artist Jackson Pollock. He used liquid paint to create amazing drip paintings. He would use the force of his whole body to throw liquid paint on to a large canvas. Create your own digital drip paintings at this website:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

I love this video and the great message Audri sends out to his viewers: try, try, and try again!

Friday, November 22, 2013

hello! hello!

Today we are reading the book "hello!hello!" by Matthew Cordell in Language Arts. See if you can guess what this book might be about from the book trailer.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Our new favorite math game!

We were playing "I'm Thinking of a Number" yesterday, and the kids liked it so much, they asked for the link so they could play at home. Here it is:

I put the link in math games too!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Our new read aloud book!

We are reading one of my absolute FAVOURITE books right now, The One and Only Ivan. Here is the book trailer for this wonderful book.
I am so excited to share it with the Grade Three class!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Over The Rainbow

We are so excited to be performing Over The Rainbow at our Remembrance Day ceremony. We think the community of Milk River will love this song!
Kids, here is the video with lyrics if you would like to practice at home.

Monday, October 28, 2013


This is pretty much the ONLY book I ever want to read. EVER!

Check out my favorite book trailer of the year (so fa:

I Pick!

This year we have been learning how to choose books that are just right for us. We have been using the I PICK strategy to help us remember how to pick books that work for us. An awesome class in the US created an I PICK rap song so that we never forget the rules!

Here is the I PICK strategy:

I - I choose the book.
P - Purpose - Why do I want to read this?
I - Interest - Am I interested in the topic?
C - Comprehend - Do I understand what I am reading?
K - Know - Do I know most of the words?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

We made 2 Kiva Loans Today!

Today we had enough money in our Kiva account to make 2 separate loans. After a careful vote, we chose two very deserving requests.
Pedro is a hardworking husband and father in Peru who works on the docks. He believes that dedication and good effort makes his life rewarding. He is hoping to use his loan to make his home safer and more suitable for his family.
 Djidia II is a group of women from Baramba, in the country of Mali, who live in traditional larger familie. Esther is a member of this group, and plans to buy a variety of food products to use for food platters she sells at the local market.

To learn more about Kiva, visit

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Q and A with Kate Messner - Numero 2!

This is another Q and A that the wonderful author Kate Messner put up on her blog to share her thoughts with students involved in the Global Read Aloud.
This one's a little special though! Grade Threes at MRES should listen closely!!!

Another Awesome Example of Man-Made Music!

One of our super parents sent the link to this great example of music that is definitely "man-made!" Thanks Mrs. Court! We really appreciate it!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Missing you kids!

Hi guys! Hope you are enjoying the end of your school week! I just arrived in Jasper for the Alberta Social Studies Teachers Conference after a loooong drive. But it was all worth it when I saw who was eating supper next to my room!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Q and A with Kate Messner!

Kate Messner, the author of Marty Maguire, is posting weekly videos answering questions from the hundreds of classes that are reading her book during the Global Read Aloud. Here is her first Q and A video!
What question would you ask Kate Messner if you had the chance?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Global Read Aloud

Did you know our class is part of the Global Read Aloud? We are one of thousands of classes around the world participating in a (sort-of) book club - we are reading the book, Marty Mcguire, at the same time as many different Grade Three classes. We have already made connections with students in California and Michigan, and we are only on chapter 4! Students have been writing on their Kidblogs and commenting on other students' blogs around the world.  It has been very exciting, and we are looking forward to meeting more kids through our classroom reading!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dishwasher Music???

Yesterday we were talking about how sounds are all around us, and how you can make music out of almost anything! One example we looked at was the Broadway musical Stomp. Here is a video from Stomp that we loved!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Our own class photo!

Pretty good looking group, don't you think?

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Ahoy matey!
What do you think would be the BEST part about being a pirate?
Write it in a comment below!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

YOU Are A Genius!

In Grade 4, we are starting on an exciting adventure this year called Genius Hour. Students will be in charge of their own learning, answering inquiry questions with research-based strategies. I am so excited to see the independent learning that takes place!

So now we need to think... what question do you want to answer??? Go to the padlet wall I have linked to below and tell use the questions you are interested in!

Good luck!

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Grade Three Wonder...

We are learning about hearing and sound in Science class right now, and it has led to some really great
conversations. Today we were talking about the one thing all musical instruments have in common - they all use vibrations to make sound.
Tyler was wondering what the largest musical instrument in the world is. We found it!
The largest musical instrument is a pipe organ in Atlantic City. Check it out at the link below!
The World's Largest Musical Instrument

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dreambox is Up and Running!

Well, the Grade Threes have been asking and we have gotten our Dreambox subscription renewed! If you want to use Dreambox, click on the link in the Math section on the right hand side of the blog page. The password you used last year will still work - the only thing that has changed is that you click on the Grade Three icon now!

Monday, September 9, 2013

If The World Were A Village...

Today we watched a video called If The World Were A Village. We had to imagine that the world was made of 100 people! We were very surprised by some of the facts we learned. Did you know that if the world were a village of 100 people...

... only 1 would have a university education?
... 75 would be able to read and write?
... 24 would have enough food to eat?
... 32 would be Christians?

This told us a lot about how quality of life is very different around the world. We also felt very lucky to live the lives we do!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Amazing Grade Threes!

Today we read the book Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. It has a great message about reaching your goals. Grace learns that if she puts her mind to it, she can do almost anything, even when people make her doubt herself.  The Grade Threes are now writing about their own goals and how they can achieve them.

You can listen to the book Amazing Grace in the video below!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Improving the Quality of Life of Those Around The World

Today we learned about Kiva, the micro-loaning institution that Milk River Elementary has been involved with for the last few years. It is the Grade 3 "job" to choose people from around the world to loan money to. This money is used to help them build their businesses, have safe homes, and go to university, college, or even primary and secondary school.
Today we loaned to two different women in war-torn countries. The Grade Threes wanted to help people who were living in countries that were going through difficult times. Here is some information on the two people they chose.

Jariatu is 26 years old  and is married with two children. They live in Sierra Leone. She has a food business and required a loan to purchase rice, seasoning and palm oil. She hoped that this would expand her business and increase her family's quality of life.

Tenneh lives in Liberia. She is 28 years old, and is also married with two children. Tenneh sells charcoal after she learned the business from her friends. She wants to use her extra income to build and a home and educate her children.

If you would like to learn more about Kiva, just go to!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Welcome to Grade Three!

Welcome to Grade Three! My name is Nicole Freel and I have taught at MRES for the past seven 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 at the end of each day. 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.

            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 they may have 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 does not allow 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 a “treat” (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, 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 so much for allowing me to work with you and your child. I know this year is going to be filled with fun, learning, and excitement!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Last year, we LOVED Share Me Maybe. Now Cookie Monster has a new hit on his hands...

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Your life in jellybeans!

What will you do to make today worth it?

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Use your library!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What's a Word Cloud???

You might not know what a word cloud is, but I bet you have seen them before! Here is an example... can you guess where the words come from?

Make your own word cloud here!

Monday, May 6, 2013

May The Fourth Be With You!

Hey there!
Here is the Jar Jar Binks Origami instructions we talked about today!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Future Zoologists???

Yesterday we has Scientist Mark and Scientist Wendy visit from Scientists in School. They taught us all about animal life cycles. It was so much fun!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Welcome to our Student Led Conference!

Hi there! The Grade Threes and I are so happy to share all of our learning with you tonight. We have been having a blast this school year - honestly, I will be sad to say goodbye to this awesome group of kids at the end of June.
If you haven't been to our blog before, let your child show you around. Check out some of the games, posts, comments, and photos. And don't forget to comment on the question below!

Today we talked about some of our favorite school memories. What is one of your favorite school memories? Remember to write your first name so we know that it was you who commented.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! This is a day when the world celebrates our Earth and people put more effort into helping their environments. In Grade 3, we talk about taking care of our planet a lot! Having Earth Day just helps to remind us that we need to do our best to keep our earth clean and healthy.

What will you do today (or in the future) to help take better care of our planet?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Caine's Arcade Comes To Milk River!

We have been inspired by Caine's Arcade. This week, we are working on a performance assessment for our building unit in Science. Students are being challenged to create arcade games from recycled materials that will help their classmates practices math skills.

Here is the link to the video of Caine's Arcade - it is awesome!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Just got a great bag of books at the Lethbridge Public Library book sale. Excited to share them with you guys!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Yarn Bomb!

Do you remember when we read the book Extra Yarn last week?

That book had such a great story, and with Jon Klassen's awesome illustrations it was just perfect.
I was thinking about that book yesterday, because as I was walking around downtown I noticed a yarn bomb, like the ones I showed you after we read the book!

This one was outside of the Penny Coffee House in Lethbridge.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy April Fools Day!

Here is my favourite April Fools Day joke I saw today while I was playing around on the internet.  Enjoy!

I hope all you munchkins had a lovely Easter and I will see you next week!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fun Website Find!

We have been reading the hilarious book How To Train Your Dragon in Grade Three. Last night, I saw that the author, Cressida Cowell, has created a fantastic website with lots of fun stuff to do that go along with the books.
Check it out!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This week students built leprechaun traps in Science class. I can't wait to find out if they were successful!

World Read Aloud Day 2013

March is only half over, but it has been one of our busiest months yet! It has been hard keeping up with all the excitement, which is my excuse for why our blog posts have been so sparse.

On March 7th, Milk River Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day. People from all over the world come together to celebrate the importance of literacy for children. I love to read aloud to my students, and I love being read to as well. Reading aloud is a great way to build relationships and literacy at the same time.

At Milk River Elementary, our school hosted a community tea and book raffle. Here are some photos from this great event!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lights, Camera, Action Figure!

This week our science challenge is to build action figures that can move their arms and legs at the joints. We watched this Star Wars video to get us in the mood!

Stay tuned for pictures of our action figures later this week!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Which city is it?

Commander Hadfield just posted a photo from the space station. It's a shot of the capital city of one of the countries we are studying.
Any guesses???

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hope you found a great book to read on your week off!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thanking Our Community

Last week, the Grade 3s completed their community project for the month. Each student chose a business or community member who they wanted to thank. We baked cookies, made thank you cards, and hand delivered our thanks to these deserving people.
We found out that it's just as much fun to give as it is to receive. It was a blast!!!
Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped us out!