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Oct 07 2010

A Cure for the Weary

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Have you ever felt a little sluggish while at school?

A little down in the dumps? Lethargic? Tired?  Well, our class have felt this way especially this week with the most recent International School Assessment (ISA) which took up most of Monday and Tuesday.

It was a long time to sit and think! So, we think we’ve found a cure–just get up and DANCE!

And that’s exactly what we did! One song, many moves…including pushups and situps. It was a lot of fun and very energizing.

What do YOU do when you feel slugglish?

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Oct 05 2010

Our Class Avatars

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As part of the Blog Challenge our class is a part of, we have been asked to create avatars.  We’ve used close up pictures of an art project we did at the beginning of the school year. Check out our Animoto video below.

Create your own video slideshow at

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Oct 05 2010

How Great is Nate?

Big Nate is a popular read these days at the Elementary level.

Miss Tara, our librarian, has recently purchased 6 more copies of it

for the library because there was a waiting list of 29 students who wanted to read it!!


Today during our library time, Ms. Tara introduced us to a really fun website for the Big Nate book. It even allows you to read the

first 4o pages of the book…for FREE!

How cool is that?

What other websites do you know about that offer FREE chapters or parts of chapters?

I personally know that Canadian authors M & L Wade’s popular series called And Then It Happened offers free chapters online!

Please comment below if you know of any other websites where we can read parts of books for free.

Be WARNED, however– you might end up really liking what you read and then have to get the book to finish what you started!

I look forward to reading your suggestions!

Miss B.

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Oct 04 2010

Blog Action Day- Oct. 15, 2010

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Hello Fellow Bloggers!

Water. We drink it, eat it, absorb it, sweat it out, swim in it, slosh in it, drive in it, water plants with it, freeze it. It really is all around us. It’s a life source!

Up to 60% of the human body is water

Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface

In 2006, 1.1 billion people lacked proper drinking water

Blog Action Day is fast approaching. Have you joined yet? The blog topic this year is WATER. You don’t need to be a water expert to participate — you just have to be interested in joining thousands of other bloggers from more than 100 countries in collectively raising awareness of one of the most important issues facing our world.

After all, clean water is essential for our survival, but dangerously scarce. Nearly one billion people in the world today don’t have access to clean water and 42,000 people die each week from water-borne diseases. And the issue doesn’t stop there — water availability impacts a wide variety of issues from the environment to women’s rights and from technology to fashion.

If you’re unsure what to write about on October 15th, click here for a list of topics to help get you started thinking.

What will YOU write about?


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Sep 17 2010

Health & Fitness Week at I.S.B.

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How do you prevent gum disease?

How should you wash your hands so that all the germs are off?

What does a balanced meal consist of?

How much sugar is in the cereal you eat?

Exactly how much fat are in chicken nuggets?

All these questions and more were explored at the annual Health and Fitness Week at our school. Our class had A LOT of fun visiting the different stations that answered many of the questions posed above.  Check out our photos Miss B. took of us.  Doesn’t it look like fun?  Thanks to all the wonderful organizers of the event. We can’t wait for next year!

One thing I’d like to say is that we don’t need to wait for Health & Fitness Week to think about how to eat healthy and stay fit.  It’s something we should think about every day!  See our previous post about breakfast foods!

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Sep 14 2010

We’ve Signed Up for the Blogging Challenge!

I’ve taken the liberty of signing up our class for the 2010 Blogging Challenge with the intention of having each and everyone one of us to become better bloggers this year.

Blogging Challenge Click Here

Never heard of the challenge, click here to read all about it!


How are you improving your blogging skills? What do you like best about blogging so far?

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Sep 12 2010

Spelling vs. Word Study: What’s the Difference?

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As a teacher fairly ‘green’ to Word Study in my class, I need to get into the habit of NOT calling it “Spelling”. In our class, we either refer to it as Words Their Way (which is the actual name of the program adopted by our school), or simply ‘Word Study’.

What is Words Their Way?

Words Their Way is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program.  It was developed by Invernizzi, Johnston, Bear, and Templeton.  Words Their Way is intended to be a part of a balanced literacy plan that includes fluency, comprehension and writing.  Word study is implemented as a small component of the literacy plan but it is also interwoven in actual reading and writing texts.

Words Their Way is an open-ended individual process. An assessment is given to determine where to begin instruction. Based on assessment results students are given words to study in order to discover the common attributes.  In this manner students are actively constructing their own knowledge of spelling patterns.  Students learn features by completing activities such as word sorting, word hunts, games and drawing and labeling.  Students work individually, with partners, and in small groups to encourage cooperative learning and individual responsibility.

Some of the students in the class have previous experience with this program because some of the Gr.4 teachers implemented it last year.  The students in our class currently fall into one of 3 categories: Within Word Pattern, Syllables and Affixes or Derivational Relations, and students can either be in the early, middle or late stages within those categories.   When I was growing up, the teacher often gave us a list of words that may or may not have been connected or related in any way, and typically it was on Fridays that we were given a test.  We didn’t really study word patterns or meanings of parts of words, so I became really good at memorizing.  This program called Words Their Way, I believe, is a better way at getting students to learn about these patterns and meanings so that when they do encounter unfamiliar words, they are able to apply their knowledge and understandings to decipher what that word might mean.

Take a look at some recent photos of the students practicing using their word sorts.

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Sep 08 2010

September Newsletter

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Aug 26 2010

7 Things About Miss B.

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1.  My favorite food is a tie between Polish, Indian, and Italian food.

2.  I enjoy a good Starbucks coffee every now and then.

3.  I am going to attempt to do the Phuket Triathalon this year!

4.  I thoroughly enjoy almost all types of activities to do

with water: swimming, surfing, sailing, tow-surfing, etc.

5.  I used to have a fish that floated (and yes, was alive!)

6.  I have 1 sister

7.  My 2 favorite seasons are Summer and Autumn

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Aug 25 2010

Parent Access to Various Online Resources

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Back to School Night is a chance to get a closer look at a typical day in your child’s school life.  It allows parents to get a deeper understanding of the curriculum, resources used, units of study, and so on. There is a lot of information presented and it can be hard to ‘take it all in’!  Below, I’ve provided several links to resources you may wish to look at when it is more convenient for you.  I may add more to this list as needed/required.

I’m looking forward to seeing you Thursday evening!

Miss Robin Bulsza :)classphoto2010

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