What's Happening!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The past four weeks have flown by, and this great group of grade threes have been hard at work.  

Some highlights: 

1. Working hard inside and outside understanding measurement concepts, including how many centimetres in a metre, and how many metres are in a kilometre.  We set an ambitious goal of collectively running 200 km for Terry Fox, and today I am happy to share that we reached our goal!  In fact, we ran 206.5 km.  Each loop of the playground is 500m, so some great conversion activities and mental arithmetic helped us truly understand distance.  Additional Terry Fox activities included developing a list of 40 words to do with Terry Fox, using sticks to make a line, and writing about what we would do to change the world, as Terry Fox did.  

2. Using measurement concepts to plan the garden bed that Tecumseh is planning to build this fall.  We had a virtual meeting with parent Beth Moodie, and then measured the perimeter of the yard where six garden beds will be built.  Today, students started to plan where they think the garden beds should go. 

3. We have used many found materials to build structures out of sticks, as well as an individual bin of materials (snap cubes and wooden pieces) to build structures.  We will continue with structures, but also investigate soil so that we can make decisions for the garden bed project. 

4.  Writing a proposal to Mrs. Bate and Mr. P, to see if we could hold a fundraiser for the Save the Evidence campaign (a project to restore former residential school in Brantford).  Unfortunately, we cannot due to covid restrictions... I do have a plan as to how we can share our writing, so please stay tuned!  

A few updates... we now have chromebooks in the classroom (each child has their own).  I will use google classroom to post assignments in google classroom when students are away.  Also, you may have noticed that a RED - Read Every Day - folder has arrived home.  Daily reading is an important part of Literacy, and having it part of a daily routine is extremely important. 

Have a great weekend!  I am really enjoying teaching your kids, and even with the covid restrictions they are learning lots and having fun.  

Happy Thanksgiving.  

Congrats to us all!

We have finished our first full week as a class, and I am so excited about what we have accomplished.  We are figuring out how to wear a mask much of the day, are experts at hand sanitizing, and are embracing learning outdoors.  

In addition to learning the ropes of a new classroom and new rules and routines, we have also been learning about different curriculum areas.  I am launching the year with a fun, hands on unit in Science - Understanding Structures and Mechanisms (Note: I like to 'flip flop' between Science and Social Studies, so we will start our first Social Studies in October).  We are working hard in our daily Literacy block, and have been measuring in centimeters and meters both inside and outside.  

Despite the various new rules and routines, the students are happy, learning, and having fun.  It is great to back at school.  Happy Friday. 


This is my third year at Tecumseh Public School, and I am looking forward to a great school year.  

My goal as a teacher is to have kids enjoy coming to school and learning.  I feel that authentic learning tasks, where students are discussing and engaged in real world events, are very meaningful.  I think that problem solving and the integration of technology is important, as well as collaboration and creativity.  I am also really interested in expanding my understanding of coding, which is now part of the math curriculum.  I like to see kids engaged in learning, and develop a growth mindset.

Obviously, this is going to be a very different year.  We will be wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and learning outside a great deal.  Please ensure that your child is always dressed appropriately for the weather, as we will go out rain or shine.  We will not be using lockers, and a good backpack will be an essential tool for your child.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  My e-mail is reidj@hdsb.ca, or you can call me at the school at 905-639-8330.