Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

If you are looking to order a copy of the book we helped create, you can order here on amazon.

Thank you to all of the families that helped support us! This is a project we were truly excited about.

Recently, we’ve been listening to the podcast The Unexplained Disappearance of Mars Patel as part of our literacy focus on inferring and making predictions. Students have really been loving this Sci-Fi-Action-Mystery!

Here are some other podcasts that your curious kids might enjoy! Podcasts are a great way to spend time together.

Science-themed podcasts:

Podcast “Stories”

Our class will be participating in Write to Give this year. Please watch the following video to learn a little about the project! We are very excited.


More information to come!

Also, if you’d like more information about World Teacher Aid, click here.

Next week we are going to begin reading the book Home of the Brave by: Katherine Applegate. This book is a fictional piece of writing that chronicles the journey of refugees from Sudan to North America.

For a more detailed synopsis please click here.

This book talks about the struggles and triumphs of newcomers to North America. Some of the content can be a little heavy, and we will be discussing all of the struggles that newcomers face in class. Please reach out if you have any questions about the content of the story. I encourage you to talk to your child at home about our learning surrounding this book. It is a powerful story, one that I hope stays with them for many years to come.

– Ms. Nicolaides

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring various texts that talk about resilience and overcoming adversity.


Have you ever faced a difficult situation? What was the situation you faced and how did you rise above it?


If not, who is someone you describe as a “rose that grew from concrete”? This person could be someone you know, someone famous or a fictitious character from a book you’ve read. What makes this person a “rose that grew from concrete”?

In the month of November we have started doing book clubs. Students have been put in groups for their book club. If you are wondering how the students got into their groups they were going around in their table groups from table to table and each table has a book. The books are Harry Potter, Rules, One and Only Ivan, Loser, 39 Clues: Maze of Bones. Students went to each table and read the first three pages of each book. They were given a book tasting menu. Once they read each book they had to fill out their menu. There was main dish, an appetizer and a dessert. Students put the book they liked the most in main dish category. They put their second favourite book in the appetizer category and their third favorite book is in the dessert category. After the students completed their menu I put some time into thinking about this and I choose the book clubs for the students by the books they wrote on their tasting menu. Now every week on Thursday the have a meeting for their book club. They discuss what happened in the book so far. Their goal is to read the whole book before christmas break.

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In class, my fellow classmates and I are presenting and watching each other’s passion projects. In this project, students chose an activity they were passionate about, and they made a slideshow or presentation about the activity. These presentations are supposed to teach the class new things about each other, and now, the class has learned many new things about others, so, in time, we can become one happy classroom community.


Now, our class is finished presenting these presentations, and we have all learned different things about each other. Like, we have learned about people’s pets, hobbies, sports and musical instruments.  This project has helped us to know more about each other.