Art Christmas

Handmade Community Christmas Cards

For seven years we have been part of a proud tradition in our community. We make cards and deliver them to the houses and business all around our school community. We mail them to agencies and businesses involved with our school community.

Students collect all kinds of goodies like stickers, glitter, paper and old Christmas cards to upcycle them into new cards. Each student makes 2-3 cards so we have about 1500 cards to deliver during the month of December. Continue Reading

Christmas Creative Thinking Holidays and Seasonal Language Arts Our TpT Products Seasonal/Holiday

Christmas Word & Logic Activities

You know that week in December when you’re constantly called down to the auditorium for concert rehearsals, some of your students are away sick, some have left for vacation early and you have to keep a classroom full of excited kids busy? Christmas is fun and all, but it’s so hard to keep kids interested in learning and it’s a challenging time to introduce new concepts with all those interruptions. What’s a teacher to do? Continue Reading

Art Christmas Holidays and Seasonal Seasonal/Holiday

Five Christmas Tree Projects

Looking for a new twist on a Christmas tree art project. We’ve searched high and low to find and test out some of our favourites and here they are just for you!

When composing pieces like these we often encourage students to use an odd number of objects. We also ask them to have part of their drawing go off the page. Students have a page to use to practice the steps or skills before trying out their “good copy.” Give students direct instruction on how to use pastels, paint brushes or how to complete specific strokes. Don’t forget to teach students how to look after the different materials and resources.

Let’s get started. Continue Reading

Canadian History Historical Thinking Holidays and Seasonal Reading Remembrance Day Seasonal/Holiday

The Importance of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day As we were growing up, many of us had family members who had served in World War II. It was easier to understand the purpose of Remembrance Day when Grandpa would wear his medals to our school service. Our current students are a few generations removed from that war, though some have had family members serve in Korea, Afghanistan or with the United Nations Peacekeepers. It is difficult for some of them to understand the abstractness of war, so it is even more important for us to give them a realistic view of those events. Continue Reading

Art Creative Thinking Indigenous Cultures Our TpT Products

Bring Indigenous Culture into Your Art Lessons

Indigenous Art LessonsIncorporating the stories and culture of Indigenous people is important to us. It’s woven throughout our subject areas, but we often look for other places to provide opportunities to bring cultures together. Some years we’ve had several students who share their Cree and Dene cultures with us. Other years we’ve had no one in our classroom with a direct connection to our Indigenous people We want all of our students to feel connected to the history of our country and the people who were here first.

So, in what ways do we bring the Indigenous culture to our school and classroom? Continue Reading

Back to School Classroom Community Classroom Management Differentiation Ninja Tips Our TpT Products Professional Learning Universal Design for Learning

Creating a Culture of Community in Your Multi-Grade Classroom

Create Classroom CultureHow do we create a classroom community where all students feel they are equal and belong? It turns out we’ve had more combined grade classes that straight grade classes since we began teaching, so we can’t imagine teaching any other way. First of all, we call it a combined class rather than a split class. It’s the first thing we do with parents because our combined classes are not like the old ‘split’ classes.

When students come into our classroom on the first day of school they immediately collect into two different groups-the lower grade and the upper grade.  They don’t know each other well and like to sit with their friends.  We don’t give students a seating plan right away (or sometimes at all) so we can see which relationships form or are already in place, but then we slowly start changing their mindset about the combined class.

So, what are our secrets?

Continue Reading