Wednesday, January 11, 2017


We had fun with balls outside today. It felt like spring :)

What time is it Mr. Wolf?

But we also took some time to watch the water. Where DOES that water go?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy New Year! And our jam recipe :)

I hope that all Room 15 families had a wonderful holiday. Everyone had exciting tales to tell of what they did during the holidays ( movies! skating! resorts!)

Everyone said that they loved our apple/ cranberry jam! Some families even asked for the recipe. We had so much fun making it!
First we put on our aprons (we all wore aprons), and washed our hands:

Then we peeled, grated, squeezed, measured and mixed. We used a special apple peeling machine that peeled, cored AND sliced the apples - a special thank you to Ms. Hayter for helping us with the apples! Turning the crank was a highlight of the process!

We had other favourite parts too:

(washing the jars)

It took a really long time for the fruit to boil down and get jammy, so Ms. Brown put it in the jars and gave it a "hot water bath" after we went home. But we also had fun making our own labels for our jars!

Here is our recipe:

Room 15's Apple Cranberry Jam
(makes 9-10 half pints -- 250ml jars) ( this recipe can be halved, but do not double)
8 cups peeled and sliced apples ( less firm apples are best)
4 cups whole cranberries
6 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 lemons, zested then juiced
1 tsp cinnamon ( spices may be left out for a less festive jam)
1/2 tsp allspice

. Combine the apples, cranberries, sugar and water in a large pot, over high heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the cranberries pop and the apples soften.
2. Add lemon zest and juice and spices and simmer until the liquid in the pot begins to thicken.
3. Ladle into prepared jars (leave 1/4" headspace), wipe rims, apply lids, and process in a boiling water canning bath for 10 minutes. Remove from water bath and allow to sit, undisturbed for 24 hours. Check the seal of the lids, and refrigerate any unsealed jars.

* if you have any questions about how to safely can and seal jams, please ask me!

Blog note:
Blogging is about to become much more frequent. I 'bit the bullet' and purchased a blogging app that will allow me to blog and post photos that don't flip! All from the iPad, or even from the phone.
We've also given the classroom a gift :) we now have a new Nikon Coolpix camera (that is shock resistant), so students will be able to document their own work whenever they need to ( we share 5 iPads with Room 21, so we often find that we need the iPads right when Room 21 is using them! ). I say that WE have given the classroom a gift because I purchased it with our Scholastic bonus points that we have accumulated! Thank you!
( also, please let me know if you are seeing photos upside down, or if the photos are too large, etc. -- what I see on my screen is not always what everyone else sees!)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thankful Pie

We are a very thankful class!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Most Important Rule

We've been trying to come up with a list of rules for the classroom and we have agreed that "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is one of the top ones.

The Golden Rule is one of my favourite books to introduce the concept, and Do Onto Otters is always EVERYONE's favourite!

Each student decided what they thought was THE most important rule.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


We are working on ways to solve problems. We are starting with personal problems and social problems.
We did some together as a whole group - and then we broke off into our table groups and  then presented what we thought would be the best solution. 
The groups worked very well together and come up with excellent solutions! Great work, Room 15!

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Good Teacher / A Good Student

We brainstormed and came up with a list of what makes a good teacher and what makes a good student.

When we brainstorm like this, sometimes the students do the writing and sometimes I write what they say. But it is ALWAYS in their words.
I would love it if the students always did the writing, but sometimes I help due to :
TIME - it is really hard for everyone else to sit and wait while someone writes a sentence. Multiply that by 21 sentences.  That is a lot of time (likely over an hour). We usually start to lose our audience after the second student writes :) . So we take turns. Because I can write while they talk!

Also -- some students feel shy about written in front of everyone at this point. Some students are not ready to write yet -- I will help to boost their confidence by having them write the first letter (or letters -- whatever sounds they know), then I complete the word.

I often do the writing if we are going to be reading the chart often and independently. But again -- it is in the students words.

The class was more vocal about what makes a good student!

Friday, September 16, 2016

International Dot Day September 15(ish)

"It was like our dots exploded!"
That was one of the comments from a Grade 1 student.

We have been exploring line, and we made our lines extend from our dots. We used colourful lines, skinny lines, thick lines, loop-de-loop lines, zig zag lines, and so many more!

Parents: you will see them all in person on Curriculum night -- this Thursday!