3B had been working hard in December on Christmas "important books" for their families. We focused on crafting interesting descriptions and making our ideas clear to our audience (who were the students’ families). You can see the original The Important Book below to see our inspiration. The class made the wrapping paper, cards, and everything, and were very proud of their creations. We hope you enjoyed their lovingly authored Christmas books!
A trailer for the Citadel's production of A Christmas Carol (a different adaptation from the David van Belle one we watched this year)
This week we explored a mini-unit on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. We read the book, watched this year's Citadel play production (which was available virtually because of the pandemic), and watched the Muppet's film version. The students enjoyed comparing the different adaptations of the story, and examining the history of why Charles Dickens wrote the story and how its message is still important today. To cap off our unit, we played Jeopardy to review our knowledge of the story and the students earned an impressive $3300 (not that the money matters so much, as we learned from Ebenezer Scrooge of course). It was lovely to see the class embrace the Christmas spirit and remember the importance of kindness and generosity this week!
This week some enthusiastic members of our class created a reader's theatre production of Beauty and the Beast at their own initiative. They worked on rereading to develop fluency, speaking with expression and phrasing, and accurately portraying characters when practicing the script for their acting productions. They created some beautiful class, and their classmates gave them a unanimous 5/5 stars for the production!
Today we celebrated Ukrainian Christmas in 3B! We pretended to wait to eat lunch until we saw the first star outside (as some Ukrainians would do to remember the wise men following the star), and learned how to say Merry Christmas in Ukrainian (Veseloho Rizvda or Веселого Різдва). We decorated our classroom with a Didukh that symbolises the large wheat fields in Ukraine and means 'grandfather spirit' to signify people's ancestors being with them in their memories. The students went caroling like many Ukrainians do (singing “'Koliadky”), and we listened to the famous Ukrainian carol “Schedryk” (it has the same melody as “Carol of the Bells”).
We set up our own class nativity scene like Ukrainian families would often do, and made our own spider web decorations like Ukrainian children sometimes make to decorate their houses at Christmas. We read the beautiful book The Christmas Spider’s Miracle to learn about why spiders are so important to some Ukrainian people at Christmas and why there are often spider decorations on their Christmas trees. Finally, we drank some apple juice to pretend we were having uzvar, which is a national Ukrainian beverage, cooked with dried fruits and berries.
Today we went Christmas shopping in 3B! Given the students' growing skills with three-digit addition and subtraction, they were given a mission to make a selection of toys and other items for themselves with a budget of $1000 using some flyers. All the students stayed within the budget (except for a few who felt confident to add beyond $1000), and their selections and adding strategies were varied and impressive. We look forward to planing more shopping trips with our math skills!
In Social Studies this month, we began a new unit on the country of India! With 1.3 billion people, India has so much for us to learn about. We’ve been talking a lot about the geography, climate, wildlife and resources of India, and are looking forward to learning more about India’s languages, customs, traditions, and celebrations. You can click on this link to see some of the places we’ve explored in India, and watch the videos to learn more about this amazing country!
We bid a sad farewell to Miss Gartner, our student teacher, today! We have learned so much from her, enjoyed her warmth and kindness, and appreciated all that she has done for us over the past few months. We're looking forward to keeping in touch with her when she's back at university, and know that she will be an amazing teacher when she graduates in the spring!
Mrs. Barker is a grade three teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.