Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Book Shopping List

Christmas Book Shopping List

In case you are stumped for good book purchase ideas, here are a few sites to consider various titles and genres:

Grade Four Titles

Newberry Award Winners 2014 – appropriate for most grade fours

Caldecott Award Winners 2014 – Grade Three

Best Books – Grade 3-5

We are currently reading “The True Gift” , in class by Patricia Maclachlan.  Other books written by her may be a hit as students usually become interested in an author through a read aloud.

Dec. 15th-19th

Dec. 15th-19th


Monday, December 15th – Day 2

* Arts

* Math – Continuing with Data Management, Language – descriptive writing, Visual Arts – Christmas Crafts

* Pita Pit lunches

* NB 2 – junior choir practise

* I have 2 tickets to The Nutcracker at $15 each if any parents want to join us at the last minute for Thursdays performance.  First come first serve.

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Tuesday, December 16th – Day 3

* Phys-Ed.

Wednesday, December 17st – day 4

* last day to bring in secret santa gifts

* last day to bring in toy drive gifts

* popcorn $2

*NB#2 – Junior Choir

Thursday, December 18th – Day 5

* Secret Santa gift exchange

* Pizza Day – second nutrition break

* Trip to The Burlington Centre for Performing Arts to see “The Nutcracker”

9:30am-1:00pm – students are encouraged to bring a small snack that fits into their pockets

Friday, December 19th – Day 1

* Seasonal Singing – 11:33 – 12:21 – all parents welcome to attend

* pizza orders for January – June due

* Christmas class celebrations – students may bring in nut free snacks to share with others ( healthy snacks are also welcome…fruit, cheese and crackers… please no soda – it makes them crazy:)

Descriptive Writing Finale!

Descriptive Writing Finale!

Students worked really hard all week to produce their descriptive writing pieces. Monday was a planning day, Tuesday /Wednesday was time for writing, revising and conferencing around their rough drafts and Thursday was the day to write up their final, polished pieces. Today we shared these with our peers and engaged in purposeful discussion on what we did well and what our next steps are. The students definitely considered all of their learning.

Take a look at a few pieces from grade fours and threes as a model of level 3 and 4 work. The fours were asked to write about their literature circles books and the threes described a topic of their choice.






We’ll work on another piece next week!

Secret Santa!

Secret Santa!

This holiday season our class will be sharing in the spirit of the season with a secret santa gift exchange.  Each student will choose a name of someone in the classroom to buy a gift of $5 or more for.  This is a great opportunity to think about someone else in the classroom and their interests and have their store bought or home made gift reflect their personality.  I would ask that all gifts be brought into school on or before Wednesday, December 17th.

December 1st – December 4th

December 1st – December 4th

Monday, December 1st – Day 2

* Gr. 3 Word Study this week:  Contractions

* Grade 4 French:  Bonjour decembre and questions?  Qui sont-ils?


* Bring your mailbag to school

* Pita Pit lunches

* NB#2 Primary and Junior Choir

Tuesday, December 2nd – Day 3

* Math homework coming home (Data Management)

Wednesday, December 3rd – Day 4

* NB #2 Popcorn

Thursday, December 4th – Day 5

* Pizza Day

* Math homework coming home (Data Management)

* Junior Choir Event:  Ancaster Town Hall Tree Lighting night

Friday, December 5th – Day 1

Have a lovely weekend!