Monthly Archives: December 2013

Introducing the Following for 2014

New for 2014

1. “NonFiction Fridays” – Fridays are devoted to non-fiction text!
Reading books as well as online news sites.
a) Have a ton(!) of books spread around the room hidden in corners and nooks for children to “hunt for”.  Choice is important: Students can choose to read alone, with friends, in groups.
b) Fire up our computers and check out these “news sites” for students:
P.S. Stories can be of a sensitive nature … so always preview!
c) As a starting point consider the use of these Graphic Organizers when recording ideas, observations, opinions & questions:

2. “Calendar Math” Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (This term we will include cells for “odd & even”, “factors & multiples”, “multiplication & division”, “All the ways to make ….”.) Google & Pinterest have tons of example pintables to view and make your own.

3. Mindfulness in the Classroom – for more information view the following:
a) What is Mindfulness? &

4. “Habits of Mind” – Class meeting theme – for information view the following:
a) Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind:
d) Kingsway College in Toronto has truly embraced this concept: “Habits of Mind, Body & Action”. They have fulfilled those promise/goal. Please visit their school site to learn more!

What are you planning to embrace, include, do differently in 2014?
We would love to hear from you!

Happy New Year!


P.S. I recently came across this site which I found quite practical : dolch/frye