Wild Self

Last week we read, The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. It is about a chameleon who doesn’t find life very exciting and after a trip to the zoo, wishes he could be more like the animals he sees there. The result is one very mixed up chameleon!

On Monday, we were inspired to create our own mixed up creations. We used a fun, web-based program called Build Your Wild Self to create pictures that we can use as our avatars. First, you create your human self and then you have the ability to add all sorts of different animal parts. Finally, you can choose a background to finish your avatar off. We thought the finished products were very funny!

You can click on each image to make it larger and then you will also be able to see each of our mixed up animal names.

What kind of mixed up human would you create?

Buddy Reading in K/1/2/3

We have come to the end of our second week together.  The Kindergartens have done marvellously with their first week of full days.  The students are all excited about reading and sharing their favourite books with each other.  Here’s a peek at buddy reading this afternoon:

What’s your favourite book?

Dream Houses

If you could build a house anywhere in the world and money was no object what would you build? This is the question the students answered last week when they imagined their dream houses.

We started by looking at Mrs. Watson’s pins of dream houses on Pinterest. Next we brainstormed locations and the different rooms we might want to include in our own houses. We had a chance to talk about our ideas with a friend and then we set off to make a plan. On our plans we tried to add specific details that would make our writing interesting.

The next day, we started to write. We were trying to focus on using descriptive language and on adding sensory details. We wanted to make our readers feel like they were walking through our houses on a tour.

Finally we drew pictures to go along with our writing. Here are the pictures we drew:


You will be able to find our stories in this month’s AJ Eagle and on our individual blogs shortly.

Where would you build your dream house?

What would it look like?

Would there be any special rooms you would be sure to include?

Two More Student Bloggers

We are very excited to introduce you to two more student bloggers from our class. Bronwen and Teagan just published their first posts and would love to have some comments to reply to.

You will find links to their blogs in the sidebar to the right, or you can just click on the screen shots below.

Bronwen’s Blog

Teagan’s Blog

Introducing 2 More Student Bloggers

We would like to introduce two more enthusiastic student bloggers. May and Jacob are both very excited to have earned their own blogs.

We hope that you will stop by and leave them a comment. They would love to get new visitors!

You can visit our other student bloggers by clicking on the links to their blogs in the sidebar to the right. They all love reading and replying to your comments, seeing new dots on their Cluster Maps, and making new friends.

Two New Student Bloggers

We are very excited to introduce two new student bloggers to you. Jorja and Sharon both earned their own blogs by showing interest and enthusiasm for blogging. Both girls have been leaving comments on posts and have been replying to our visitors.

Sharon and Jorja would love to have some visitors to their blogs and are excited about replying to any comments you leave them.  You can find links to our student blogs in the sidebar to the right.

Look for more student bloggers to launch their blogs in the next few weeks!

The One and Only Ivan

For the past few weeks we have been reading, The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate.

The, One and Only Ivan is about a gorilla who lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Ivan, and the other animals who live there do not have a very good life. They live in cages and have to perform in circus shows 3 times a day, 365 days a year.

Katherine Applegate was inspired to write this story after learning about the true story of a gorilla named Ivan who had spent most of his life living in a cage in a shopping mall.

If you haven’t read, The One and Only Ivan yet, we really think you should. We all loved it!

Brooklynn-I really wouldn’t have liked to have been Ivan because it wasn’t a good life for him.

Jorja-It really was sad when Stella died.

Kezra-It was really sad for Ivan that he stayed in a cage for 27 years.

Koa-It was really happy that the Ivan saw Julia and he probably was happy that Julia was still alive. I feel really happy for Julia, Ivan, and Bob.

May-I like the part when they were in the zoo.

Linden-I think it was really nice when Ruby got put in the zoo with all the other elephants instead of getting poked with the claw stick.

Taegan-It was really sad for Ruby to not have Stella anymore.

Sharon-It was really sad and happy at the same time.

Solomon-I think it was really nice that George got a job at the zoo.

Rhys-Ivan was happy that Bob was in the backpack.

Merissa-I liked when I heard that Ivan did a happy dance.

Jacob-The book was really good and my favourite character was Ivan.