Monthly Archives: December 2013

T’was Four days…..

T’was Four days…..

Here’s a cute little poem we generated as a class to practise our list words for the week:

T’was four days before Christmas holidays and all through the school,

Not a stocking was filled,

Not even a pool.

The temperature dropped with some new fallen snow.

Every teacher hung  some lovely holly mistletoe.

When on the playground some carols were sung,

and outside Mrs. Bosher’s office a thistle wreath was hung.

Snowflakes and reindeer were hung with care,

In the hopes that Secret Santa exchange soon would be there.

When what to my wondering eye did appear?

But some small, naughty elves , sipping, Root Beer!

More rapid than the gingerbread man did they play,

and a buzz at the office said he was in a sleigh.

Then over the announcements there came a big noise……..

Merry Christmas Rousseau,

thanks for donating so many wrapped toys!!

I want to wish all of my 3/4L families a happy  holiday.  I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some time together creating new holiday  memories with your lovely children! Keep an eye out for a special keepsake coming home created by your child.   See you in the new year!



This year 3/4L will have a secret Santa Gift Exchange.  Every student has chosen a name of a student in the class they will be Secret Santa for.  We have set a limit of $5 for a gift for one another.  Gifts must be wrapped and  brought in, on or before, Thursday, December 19th so we can exchange as a class.  I am encouraging each student to think about something their friend may like or enjoy and incorporate this in their gift.  Gifts can also be home made!  Have fun shopping and we look forward to a fun day on the 19th!  Happy Holidays!


December 9th-13th

December 9th-13th

As Christmas holidays are fast approaching, we are enjoying our time together in the classroom talking about Christmas in the past and completing some fun Christmas Art projects.

We’ve had time to move on to Data Management and have been exploring Pictographs and Line Graphs, as well as completing surveys – generating the most effective survey questions.  Grade Three’s have been learning about the “mode” in data and the Grade Fours have been recalling their knowledge on “mode” and learning about “median” as well.

In Language, we are right in the “thick” of asking questions when we read.  Our next reading strategy!  We have been talking about asking “thick” questions and “thin” questions.  Ask your child about these!

Writing is still progressing as we compare and contrast our own lives to those of different time periods (Early Settlers and Medieval Societies).  Using the “key” words such as “compared to, different from, the same as, like….”, has given us the ability to make a much more definite and better comparison.

Social Studies is continuing with our Inquiry projects.  We have many students interested in Aboriginal Tools, Clothing, Transportation and creation stories.  We have the Grade Fours exploring many ancient civilizations and learning about The Feudal System, Medieval Weapons, Castle Life, Clothing, and much more.  Lots of interesting learning going on.

This week, our word study focus will be on Homophones.  Words that are spelled differently, sound the same, but have different meanings.  Always a tricky topic! We will have many opportunities to practise and learn these throughout the week.

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Day 2

* Grade 4 Trip to Dundas Valley Conservation Area – Please arrive dressed for the weather.

* See my new Homophones – See homework link to video

* Please remember Mitten and Sock Drive, as well as our Christmas family we are supporting.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Day 3

* Math homework

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Day 4

* Popcorn $2 – Break 2

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Day 5

* Math homework coming home.

* 9:25 Mad Science Assembly

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Day 1

* Word Study quiz on Homophones.


Dundas Valley Conservation Area

Dundas Valley Conservation Area

Today the grade Three’s at Rousseau had the pleasure of learning, exploring and appreciating the wonders of the outdoor classroom. We explored the Science Lab at DVCA and learned more about wildlife and plants in the area. Much hands on discovery and learning happened today and the students enjoyed it very much!









We then hiked through the valley to search for our own discoveries !




We had a great day! Lots of tired little ones I’m betting 🙂