Story Writing by Leah and Cameron

This week I have asked Leah and Cameron to share a bit of their writing. They have each done an amazing job of capturing the reader’s attention by using details that “show” instead of “tell” the reader what is happening. This makes it easy for the reader to follow along with the action, and to visualize what is happening! I am sure that both students would LOVE to read your comments about their writing!

       Cassandra and the Crazy Talking Zebra

by Leah

  Cassandra was stuck trudging through the thick,tall African grass and weeds until … she heard something or someone following her. “I wonder who or what is following me?” she mumbled to herself. When she looked back…. THERE WAS A SNEAKY LION STALKING HER!!!!! Cassandra took off running at an alarmingly fast speed and as fast as  her little legs could carry her, the lion was catching up… wait did I say the lion? I meant lions! So where was I? Oh ya,the lions were hot on her trail! How was she to lose them? Then it happened she swiftly climbed up a huge rock in front of her and jumped over, as the lions all crashed into the giant rock and lay not knowing what hit them! After she jumped off the rock she ran a small distance. She took a break, sat down, and then took a tiny sip of fresh cool water. “Wow! I’m soooo glad I got away from those starving lions.” puffed Cassandra.Then Cassandra set off again looking for something interesting. A couple of hours passed, the blue sky was getting darker and darker until it was a cool summer night. This meant that all sorts African creatures would be out looking for dinner,so she quickly climbed a gigantic tree,got her hammock out her bag and dozed off into dream land. The next morning Cassandra awoke to talking!? She looked and saw nothing but a zebra. “Hmmm” she said. “Who could be talking at 5:00 in the morning?” Then the zebra spoke the words “Hello friend!” Cassandra nearly screamed! “A talking ZEBRA? How could this be?” she whispered to herself in terror and excitement. The zebra looked as if she were lost. And she was lost because she ran away from her cruel zebra pack. “W-w-would y-you be m-my pet?” Cassandra stammered. The crazy zebra yelled, “Yep Sharoney!” Then Cassandra said “What should I call you?” How about Stripy?” “Sure,yep okay dokay!”Said Stripy happily. “Oh,hop on my back Miss…”Cassandra” she corrected Stripy. When she got on  Stripy ,the crazy talking zebra took off at an alarmingly fast speed. “WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?!!!!” screamed Cassandra! She was taking her a safe place away from those nasty lions. When they got there, there was a hippo river, giraffes at every tree, and lots of friendly zebras and other animals. It was animal paradise! Cassandra raced around taking pictures of all the animals! When she was done taking pictures of all the animals she marched courageously back to Stripy and said “I have decided to get a newborn lion for a pet!” “You can’t!” yelled Stripy in terror! But Cassandra was already on her way back to get a newborn lion as her second African pet to be friends with Stripy. She saw some sleepy lions and  a newborn baby lion. This was her chance! Cassandra tiptoed her way to the baby lion grabbed it an ran for her life because the lions wanted their baby back! Cassandra was puffing,the lions were right behind her! Then she noticed the rock that she jumped. Then she jumped the rock and kept on running! As for the lions the same thing happened to them lying down not knowing what hit them! Well Cassandra got her pet lion after all. A couple hours of walking and jogging finally got her to the place Stripy brought her. But Stripy wasn’t there! Cassandra looked around and saw a woman who was just about to skin Stripy for a zebra skin dress! Cassandra ran and pushed that lady down hard. And untied Stipy,then jumped on her back and they were off! They reached the ocean in two weeks of trotting,walking and running with King the baby lion. When they reached the ocean they relaxed for a while then slowly started to build a raft. Many days passed on the ocean. Then at midnight they landed on the shore of Canada! They raced to Cassandras mansion with Cassandra in the lead! When Cassandra,Stripy and King got there she led them to there big open cages. Stripy and Kings cages were beside each other. Stripy and King got along very well and that is the end of Cassandra adventure!  


by Cameron

Crackle, crackle! Carson woke up.  It was 3:00, and he heard a big bang. He dashed downstairs and said, “Mom what’s that.” His mom said, “There is a thunderstorm coming.” Carson said, “What kind of thunderstorm?” “‘Just a normal one that’s all.” He said, “can I go and play in the tall grass?” “Sure,” said his Mother, “I call you back for breakfast.” “When its ready ok.”Carson said “Ok, I’ll come back for breakfast” “Oh” said his mother, “you can also go explore the jungle but be safe.” So Carson set of to the jungle and through the tall grass. He heard a sound it sounded like something was scraping a bone or a rock. He went to see what it was. It turns out it was a lion. Carson scrunched through the grass.The lion heard him and Carson hid behind the rocks and tried not to get the scent on him so the lion could find him. Carson took a deep breathe and started walking straight through the jungle. He saw a bunch of wildlife. But it didn’t seem like enough. He never pet a lion or even seen an elephant or got to ride on a zebra. So he started heading south were the elephants are. He would rather have a baby to pet than a giant elephant to try and reach.So the first thing he saw was a baby elephant so he pet it.He said that maybe I could keep it as a pet. But he said that he has other things that are more important. He has to live with his own family.Then something very bad happened there was a stampede coming and right behind it was a lion chasing them.The baby elephant started to run. So every elephant started to run. Carson was trying to get on one of the elephants and ride it rumble, rumble. Carson’s Mom was getting worried she heard the rumble in the jungle then she got really scared that Carson was hurt or safe. Carson saw dark clouds coming there was a humongous storm coming. Carson had to build a shelter before the storm came. It seemed really big but good thing he brought his binoculars and camera if he wanted to take pictures.  He wanted to go to the jungle were there is more shelter so he tried to get the elephants to it so he could make a shelter. He hadn’t realized that he had been out for a long time and he knew his Mother would be worried. Carson finally got to the jungle and started to make a shelter and went to bed he couldn’t sleep because of the thunder. The next minute it started to rain. Then he saw something it was a lion he wanted to go feel it but he couldn’t. He didn’t know if it was safe or not but he remembered that his Mom said that there is a knight lion and he had a feeling that it  was it even know that they all look the same but some don’t so he took a risk he walk over quietly and the lion was surprised and scared Carson but the lion didn’t bite Carson or grab him. Carson was surprised that the lion didn’t touch him or bite him or especially eat him for dinner. Carson decided to pet him he slowly wiggled his hand over to the lion and pet it.Carson said, “I finally did it I pet a lion!” He ran back to his Mom and said,  “Mom I pet a lion!” His Mom was still asleep. She heard a little crackle she got scared. She grabbed something to the person with. She saw a boy but she didn’t know who it was. She came closer. Then she realized it was Carson she ran to him and gave him a big hug and a kiss. Then they went to bed. The next morning Carson and his Mom woke up and said, “Looks like there was no storm after all.” Carson told his Mom all about the adventure. Suddenly Carson saw something golden in the distance it was the lion that he pet. When his Mom was talking Carson winked at him and the lion winked back. Then he smiled and the lion walked into the sunset. Carson remembered that forever and never forgot about him again. THE END   


Happy Easter!

We all know that Ukraine is having some difficult times. This week, with Easter on it’s way, our class focused on the positive and spent some time learning about traditional Ukrainian pysanky. Next, we decorated some eggs with a mixture of traditional Ukrainian symbols, and our own creative designs. Here are a few of our creations!


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Happy Easter!

C.A.R.E. Presentation


Today our class was fortunate to have a visit from Jan Underwood from C.A.R.E. (Central Alberta Refugee Effort). Jan talked to us about life in India. During her presentation, Jan showed us a PowerPoint, then she had some artifacts for us to see. She even brought some clothes for a few lucky volunteers to try on. We really enjoyed her presentation!

Grade 3’s, what did you learn from Jan? What was your favorite part of the presentation?

Spring, is that you???


Wow, what a beautiful day! Finally!

Today, our class took advantage of the warm temperatures by competing in a Biggest Snowball Challenge during Phys. Ed class.

I was amazed at the size of the snowballs that students made in about 30 minutes, with all of the snowballs far surpassing my expectations.

I loved how as the challenge continued, all of the students decided on their own to team up with another group and combine their efforts. You showed great synergy Grade 3’s!  


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Rocks and Minerals

This week we started a new Science unit called Rocks and Minerals. During this unit we will be learning about;

– the rock cycle

– how to classify and identify rocks (color, lustre, texture, hardness, presence of carbonates)

– how rocks break down to become soil

– ways we use rocks and minerals

We would like to thank Mr. Nicholson for coming in to talk to us about diamond mining! His presentation was a fantastic introduction for our unit. We really enjoyed seeing the pictures that he showed us, and we are excited to learn more about how coal becomes a diamond.

On Wednesday our class also had a Rock Show to show off our rock collections. 

As you can see, we had some very interesting and unique samples to show!

Grade 3′s, do you have a favorite rock of your own?

Where do you like to hunt for rocks? Who do you go rock hunting with?

Can you describe the most unusual rock that you saw during our rock show?

Signs of Spring!

Hopefully our watercolor tulips can help take your mind off of this “First Day of Spring” SNOWSTORM! Enjoy!

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

We just wrapped up our teacher-led novel study of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a huge hit!  Please have a look at our google presentation about the novel.

(Warning! Parts of the presentation may include spoilers!)

Peruvian Textile Weaving

Our class has learned about Peruvian textile weaving as part of our Social Studies curriculum. This traditional art form may have originated with the Incas, and has been passed down from generation to generation in the high mountain villages of Peru. We have learned from that “In places like the mountain community of Chinchero, most girls and some boys learn to weave at six or seven years old. From an early age they have fun playing with their mothers’ spindle and yarns, and experimenting on their own until they learn to spin fine yarn. Then they start weaving narrow ribbons called jakimas (pronounced “hakimas”). Often older sisters, brothers or adults help the children learn to make their first narrow backstrap “looms” starting with twenty or thirty threads.”

One thing is for certain. We now know that weaving is not only fun, but it also takes a great deal of skill, and stamina.  Check out our finished projects!

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Introducing Arrays

This morning we are exploring arrays in multiplication. We know that ALL multiplication facts can be shown as a rectangle with rows and columns. We also know that arrays represent two multiplication facts at once.


What facts are represented by the array in this picture? Grade 3’s where have you seen arrays in your daily life?