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 KidsHealth.org

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

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