Merry Christmas

Warmest wishes,

Mrs. Bacchus


The Christmas Story: Part 9


The Christmas Story: Part 8


The Christmas Story: Part 7


The Christmas Story: Part 6


The Christmas Story: Part 5


The Christmas Story: Part 4


The Christmas Story: Part 3


The Christmas Story: Part 2


The Christmas Story: Part 1

Our class retold the Christmas Story using Powerpoint.  Check back to see one each day until Christmas!

Sorting and Data Management Unit

Grade 2 Learning Goals:

- I can sort using two attributes.

- I can make and label a bar graph.

- I can conduct a survey and show the results in a graph.

- I can read and ask questions about a graph.


Grade 3 Learning Goals:

- I can sort using 2 and 3 attributes.

- I can find information from pictographs, bar graphs, and circle graphs.

- I can make pictographs and bar graphs.

- I can use a scale.

- I can collect and organize data.

- I can conduct a survey to collect data.


Sorting Game:


Cosmic Kids Yoga: Cracker the Dragon of Wonder


Advent Hymns


Money: Our Classroom Economy

We are learning about money and making change.

Money Master Game

Students will:
  1. Participate in a classroom economy designed to mimic real world economic activity.
  2. Add and subtract money amounts.
  3. Evaluate the importance of classroom jobs and daily responsibilities.
  4. Perform classroom jobs to earn daily salaries.
  5. Budget their money and balance their accounts.
  6. Pay bills (desk and chair rental, library fees, etc.)
  7. Reflect on the importance of saving money.
  8. Buy rewards (wear a hat in class, new pencil, sit at Mrs. Bacchus' desk, computer time, etc.)
We have schema (information we already know) about economy:
– Do you make an allowance?
– Have you ever purchased something with your own money?
– Have you ever had a job?
– Have you ever saved up for something?
– Have you ever sold something to someone else?


Come Lord Jesus Music

Come, Lord Jesus,

C …        D    E  D  C

come, Lord Jesus,

D …        E    F  E  D

come, Lord Jesus,

E …        F    G  F  E

come, and be born

F …        F   E   D

in our hearts.
C   D     C …


What is Matter?

Everything around us is matter.  It is anything you can see, feel, touch or smell.  Matter takes up space.  Even you are made of matter!
Matter comes in three main forms.  Matter can be a solid.  It can be a liquid.  It can be a gas.
A glass is a solid.  Orange juice is a liquid.  The air we breathe is a gas.
By the end of this unit, Grade 2 students will be able to:
  • identify objects as liquids or solids
  • describe the properties of liquids and solids
  • describe water in liquid and solid forms
  • identify what makes objects change states (liquid to solid, or solid to liquid)
  • describe how solids and liquids can be combined to make useful substances
  • explain the meaning of safety symbols
Watch this video about the 3 states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.

Check out the Science and Social Studies page to play some games.


Zero Gravity with Rick Mercer


Gravity Grounds Us


Cosmic Yoga for Kids


Anti-bullying Pledge

Anti-bullying Pledge (from and Family Channel)

This is for me
my friends today
And my friends tomorrow.
I think being mean stinks!
I won't watch someone get picked on
Because I am a do something person
not a do nothing person.
I care
I can help change things
I can be a leader
In my world there are no bullies allowed.
Bullying is bad
Bullying bites
Bullying bothers me.
I know sticking up for someone is the right thing to do
My name is (your name)
And I won't stand by
I will stand up.


Bullying Awareness Week 2013

Our school will be participating in lots of fun events for Bullying Awareness Week.  Today we chose five character virtues that teachers will be watching for.  Students who show these characteristics will be entered into a draw at the end of the week!

We will also be welcoming some of the older students at our school into our class to share some ideas about bullying.  On Friday, we'll all try to wear pink to show we STAND UP against bullying.

Check out a great song at the Family Channel to remind us to Stand Up against bullying.  You can even download the song for free and learn the dance.


Congratulations and Calendar Math Game

WOW!  The Grade 2/3s did an amazing job on stage today.  I'm so proud of all of you.  I made a video of the performance and will be sending it home for families to see.  Have a great, restful weekend.

Here's a game called Calendar Clowns:

P.S. Grade 3s - Oops! I forgot to send home your white bristol board for your map.  If you would like to start this weekend at home, you can use your own, or you can plan it out on rough paper first so you're ready to do a good copy next week.

App Recommendation: Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a website and app that lets you win points and badges for completing Math activities.

This video's just for you, parents and teachers!  If you are new to, they have talks on every imaginable subject.  This one is from a few years ago, by the creator of Khan Academy.  Enjoy!


Subtraction Video from Khan Academy

Example: 2-digit subtraction (no borrowing): Subtracting Whole Numbers


Choir: November 6

Magical Capitals Game


Adjective Spider Game


Mrs. Bacchus Challenges You...

Play Sum Sense and see if you can beat Mrs. Bacchus' time of 8 questions in 1 minute!


Simple Machines

Play this game to learn about Simple Machines you can find at home:


Forces and Movement

Grade 2s have begun a unit on Movement.  So far, we've talked about the different ways in which objects can move.  We also learned that there are 6 types of simple machines and have been reading books about what they are.  Soon, we will be able to describe each type of simple machine and give examples.
  1. Screw
  2. Lever
  3. Wedge
  4. Inclined Plane (ramp)
  5. Pulley
  6. Wheel and Axle

Grade 3s have begun a unit on Force.  We know that force is a push or a pull, and movement can mean changing direction or position.  We have looked for examples of forces and their effects (e.g. slow down a moving object, change the shape of an object, or make a moving object move in a different direction.)  We will learn about 6 different types of forces:
  1. Gravity
  2. Muscular Force
  3. Buoyancy
  4. Friction
  5. Magnetic Force
  6. Static Electric Force

Watch this video about how you use Force and Movement when you play soccer!  If you're at the library this weekend, Bill Nye has great videos about both of these topics.

Living in Ontario

This is the slideshow we used in class to learn about living in Ontario.


One and Two Digit Subtraction Games

We are learning about subtraction.  Click the picture below to play Fruit Shoot Subtraction.  Try to get all the way to Level 7!

More subtraction games:

One Digit Subtraction

Fun Fishing Game

Balloon Pop Subtraction

Two Digit Subtraction

Soccer Subtraction Game


Choir: Remembrance Day


Natural and Man-made Resources


Achievement Levels

Here is a link to the Ontario Achievement Levels from the Ministry of Education.  On page 14, if you look at Math, the expectations are separated into Knowledge and Understanding, Thinking, Communication, and Application. 

On students' tests, I separate their marks into Understanding (which encompasses Knowledge and Understanding and Thinking), Communication, and Problem Solving (the name we use for Application).

I hope this helps you to understand more specifically where your child can improve.  If you have any questions, please send a note in your child's agenda.


Rounding Numbers to the Nearest Ten or Hundred



Remember when you showed me the Cha-Cha-Slide with Miss K?  Check this out!


6 Tips for Preparing for a Test

Grade 2/3s have a unit test in Math on Tuesday.  Monday will be a Review Day.  Here are some tips for studying.

1. Look through the work we have done in this unit. What parts do you understand well? What parts do you need a bit of help with? What questions do you have?

2. Make a list of questions you have for Mrs. Bacchus so we can talk about them in class.

3. Play teacher.  If you can teach it to someone else, you must have a good understanding of the idea.  Ask a parent, brother, sister, or stuffed animal to be your student and teach away!

4. Talk out loud, especially about your thinking in Math.  In class, we are working on recording our thinking on paper so the reader can clearly understand what we were thinking.  One of the best ways to practice this is to explain it to someone out loud and then write down exactly what you said.

5. Try to correct any mistakes in your work.  If you don't understand, please ask me for help!

6. Play some of the games on this blog for extra practice.


Reading and Writing in Our Class

WAHOO!  We reached our goal!  We built up our reading stamina to 20 minutes!

(That's me doing my happy dance.)

In our class, we use the Daily 5 language program.  It is the structure that helps us fit all the pieces of the Literacy puzzle together, including:
  • independent reading and writing
  • shared reading and writing
  • guided reading and writing
  • read-alouds
  • modeled writing
  • word work and spelling
  • grammar
It also helps us to work independently, in groups, and one-on-one with the teacher.  We have learned to Read to Self and Work on Writing so far.  Next up: Listen to Reading, which will help us build our reading fluency.


Researching Countries

Good websites for Researching Countries:

Play “Connect the World” with Buster

Technology in Our Classroom

I believe it is important for students to learn to use technology, and to use technology to learn.  We all know the Internet is a valuable tool for learning, but we need to teach rules about appropriate use and safety at a young age. Here are three great websites with tips and rules about online safety.

Internet Safety Tips for Elementary School Kids | Common Sense Media

Ten Rules of Internet Safety for Kids

Internet Safety from

As we visit the computer lab at school, we will talk about some of these important issues.  Please continue these discussions at home with your child, and take advantage of parental control settings on your home computers.

Just for fun, here is a video that shows some of the technology that is available today and how it is changing the way we live. The Future of Glass Technology


The "ee" Sound

Choir: Thanksgiving Liturgy

1. Now Thank We All Our God

2. Seed, Scattered and Sown

3. Thank You, Lord


Representing Numbers

These learning goals are for the Grade 3 unit on Representing Numbers.  Many of the goals overlap Grade 2 expectations. 

Learning Goals

I can show numbers with Base Ten blocks, pictures, and words.

I can solve problems and explain how I did it.


Success Criteria

By the end of this unit, I will:

ü Read and print numbers from 0 to 1000.

ü Read and print number words to 100.

ü Count forwards and backwards by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s to 1000.

ü Count by 25s.

ü Describe numbers to 1000 in real life situations.

ü Group numbers in 100s, 10s, and 1s.

Practice using Base Ten Blocks with this game:

Try these skip counting games too!



Nouns and Verbs

Think you know your nouns and verbs?  Test yourself with these two quizzes.  Good luck!


What to Say When You Retell

Learning Goal:
We are learning to retell a story.

Success Criteria:
We will talk about:
  • the setting (where and when?)
  • the characters (who?)
  • the problem and solution (what happened?)
  • the beginning, middle, and end - in order
  • our connections (it made me think of...)
  • the author's message (they wanted us to think about...)
  • the most important part of the story
  • our thoughts about the story
Here are some stories that you can practice retelling.


The Seven Continents

In Social Studies, we are learning about Global Communities.

Learning Goals:
  • I know that there are many countries, continents, physical features, and bodies of water around the world.
  • I can find oceans, continents, the equator, poles, and hemispheres using a map or a globe.
  • I know how to use the cardinal directions (N,S,E,W) on a map or globe.
  • I can find specific countries, cities, or towns around the world.
  • I can describe connections between locations and climates.
  • I can use clues from a picture to take a good guess where it is in the world.
  • I know many things humans need and how people around the world meet these needs.
  • I can describe physical features, wildlife, and culture of a few communities.
  • I can compare my community to a different community in the world.
Try out this game!  Can you beat the highest level?


Get to Know Mrs. Bacchus

Hi Grade 2/3s!

I was so happy to meet you all again today.  I can't wait to share this year with you!

Here are a few things you might want to know about me:

  • My favourite colours are RED and YELLOW.
  • I have a black and white cat named Coda.
  • I love to go for bike rides, grow vegetables in my garden, and travel whenever I can.
  • My favourite season is summer.
  • My favourite animals are giraffes and manatees.
  • Grade 2 and 3 are my favourite grades!
See you tomorrow!

Love, Mrs. Bacchus

Mrs. Bacchus' Top 5 Back-to-School Books

If you live in Ontario, you've probably survived Week 1 and are just starting Week 2 of school.  The first FULL week of school.

Some of my favourite books that I read aloud to my students are the ones that help me start off the year.  Here are my Top 5 Favourites!

1. You're Finally Here!

This book reminds me of the Pigeon series by Mo Willems.  The character talks to you and demands answers about what took you so long.  Guaranteed to have all little ones engaged and giggling.  It's not specifically about school, so it could be used on other occasions.

2. Splat The Cat: Back To School Splat!

I loved reading series as a kid. And as a teacher or parent, they are one of the best ways to help kids love reading. When you find a great character like Splat the Cat, you know he'll be a fast favourite.

3. Froggy Goes to School

There's an underwear joke: instant hit!

4. Wow! School!

Great for young readers with it's simple text and building excitement about all the new things you find at school.

5. First Day Jitters

This book is a great way to share some empathy about being nervous on the first day of school. Everyone loves an ending with a twist!

What are your favourite books for starting a new school year?


Life Cycle of a Butterfly



Have a wonderful school year!

Chameleons are Cool

Why do you think the author (Martin Jenkins) wrote this story?

Listen to the description of the chameleon.


Narrative Writing: Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales have:
  • Good vs. Evil
  • Magic
  • Numbers 3 or 7
  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Happy ending

See if you can find each of these in the story Jack and the Beanstalk.

We have been working on a few narrative writing projects. This was a response to the prompt: "If I had a fairy godmother, I would wish for..."


Jack and the Beanstalk

We read Jack and the Beanstalk as part of our unit on Fairy Tales.


Measurement: Area Art

Today we made "Area Art" using grid paper.  Students made pictures using the following rules:
1. Follow the lines using pencil.
2. Colour each section one colour.
3. Mrs. Bacchus will ask you to find the area of sections of your picture.

We used this pattern grid to do an example first, and then we got started!


Hail Mary: Gentle Woman by Carey Landry


May 2013 News

May will be a busy month!  Here are some important dates:

May 7 - Jump Rope for Heart (Pledge forms due.)
May 10 - Growing in Faith Through the Arts Show - 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
May 10 - Grade 1 Scientist in the School - 11:20 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  (Note to come.  Parent volunteers needed.)
May 20 - No School
May 22 - Grade 2 Scientist in the School - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  (Note to come.  Parent volunteers needed.)
May 24 - School Mass, led by Grade 2 students - 9:15 a.m.
May 24 - First Communion Breakfast - 12:55 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Congratulations to our Grade 2 students who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday!  The Grade 2s will have the opportunity to lead the school in Mass on May 24th in the gym.  All are invited to share in the celebration of the Mass.

Language Arts:
We are reading Fairy Tales and are exploring the features of Narrative texts.  Students are also learning to write narratives.  We have been writing personal narratives in our journals for most of the year, and will begin to write our own Fairy Tales.  We will also dig deeper into the writing process. 

Week 30 will be the final week of new spelling activities on  From then on, we will be reviewing our word wall words for the year.  I will leave the lists posted through the summer months for continued practice.

Our new unit is called Linear Measurement, Area, and Perimeter and we will be comparing, estimating, and ordering lengths.  We will use a number of non-standard unit of measurement (hands, paper clips, cubes) as well as standard units (centimetres, metres).  Grade 1s will then focus on estimating and comparing areas, while Grade 2s will learn about area and the "distance around" objects (perimeter).  Stay tuned for lots of fun practice activities on our class blog.

Social Studies:
We will be learning:

·         How to correctly use the terms culture, celebrations, heritage, traditions.

·         What are some of the cultures that make up our community?

·         What traditions are passed down from earlier generations?

·         How are heritage and traditions passed on?

·         What are the origins of your family members?

·         What are the similarities and differences in celebrations among cultures?

·         Ask questions to find out about your family history and create a family tree. (This will be an assignment near the end of the unit.  More information will be sent home soon.)

·         Compare community celebrations that reflect your own heritage and Canadian identity

May is the month of Mary, and we will be learning songs and stories about Mary.  We will also discuss diversity and recognize human contributions to our world.


Bossy R (R controlled vowels)

Shiver me timbers!  This is a swashbuckling song about ARRRRR!

Pirate Jokes:

Why was the pirate hiding?  He was afraid of the darrrrk.

Why are pirates pirates?  Because they arrrrre.

Where do pirates go when they want to have fun?  To the parrrrrk.


Noah's Ark Art



Earth Day Posters

PBSkids has a bunch of great Earth Day Games for you to try!

Our class created fantastic convincing posters to tell people at our school all about Recycling!

The Amaryllis in our class even decided to show its pretty face just in time for Earth Week!


First Communion Pictures

    "Life Touch" will be at the church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th for First Communion Photos. There will be a group photo and individual photos taken. Each child will receive a complimentary 8x10 of the group photo and complimentary individual photos, provided they have their picture taken (includes 1 - 8x10, 2 - 5x7's, 4 - 3x5's, 4 - 2/3's and 8 minis). Since there is no charge for the photos, there will be no other flyers or notices from "Life Touch". 

The Grade 2s had a wonderful day at their First Communion Retreat today.  Please enjoy all of the treasures they brought home to share with you.  Many thanks to Mrs. T for volunteering her time to be with us and teach us about the special things we see at Mass. 

Adding and Subtracting Two Digit Numbers

This addition and subtraction game is great practice for our upcoming Math test.  Use your computer mouse like a pencil to draw on the yellow page.


Trading Ones for Tens

Structures: Bridges

Today in class, we made two different paper bridges using arches and triangles.  We learned that those shapes make bridges STRONG and STABLE.  We have also tried standing with our feet together and then spreading them apart to explore what it means for a structure to be stable.

Watch this video with pictures of bridges from all around the world.  Do you see any arches or triangles?


Base Ten Blocks

Grade 1s are learning to show numbers using "base ten blocks".  These blocks help us to learn place value, addition, subtraction, and someday percents and decimals.  We want to be very comfortable using them to show numbers.  Right now, we are practicing counting objects in groups of ten with "leftover" ones.


Here are more virtual manipulatives to explore.

Strong and Stable Structures


Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is a famous painter.  If he were still alive, today would be his 160th birthday.  This video shows some of his paintings.  You might even recognize some of them!  Look at how he used texture in his art.


Advertising Tricks

This is a game we played in class while learning about Media Literacy.  Click on the picture above to try making your own ad for "Burp Cola" and check out the other games on PBS Kids.


Professor Garfield: Fact or Opinion

Visit Professor Garfield's Learning Lab to play Fact or Opinion.


The Eggs Factor Contest

Design an egg online and for each valid entry Egg Farmers of Ontario will donate one dozen eggs to Breakfast Clubs of Canada.


Long Vowel Sounds: ee and ea



Highlights Kids

Highlights Kids is a great website with lots of stories to listen to.

Under "Games", you'll love Super Story Twister!  Take a look at the great Science Experiments they have too!


New Math Unit: 3-D Geometry

Grade 1 Learning Goals:

I can make buildings using 3-D solids.
I can sort and classify 3-D solids and 2-D figures.

Grade 2 Learning Goals:

I can identify and name solids.
I can build using 3-D solids.
I can make skeletons of 3-D solids.

This unit introduces many new terms, so our spelling list this week is based on them in order that students can have some extra practice.  A great way to practice these concepts at home is to have your child help with the groceries.
  1. Have your child choose two objects and tell how they are the same and how they are different.
  2. Talk about why you place particular packages together.
  3. Ask how many faces, edges, and corners they see for each solid.


Q + U = BFFs


More Living Things


Describing Words

In Descriptive Writing, we have learned to write paragraphs using a topic, three details, and a feeling sentence at the end.  Now we are going to add some "WOW Words" to our writing.  We will learn about describing words (adjectives).


When Two Vowels Go Walking...

The first one does the talking!  That means you only hear the sound of the first vowel.  The second vowel is silent.


Super E Video

We know it as the Silent E, but watch this fun video all about "Super E"!

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