Category Archives: Final Project

Course Prototype Renewed

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It was great to hear all of the positive feedback about our course prototype on Genius Hour. Many comments were supportive and enthusiastic adding that this is the type of project that will encourage life long learners. I agree and hope that other teachers choose to utilize this amazing opportunity to have student/teacher links right at your disposal.

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One of the concerns about our project was the assignments and course information might be difficult for grade 3 students to understand. Throughout planning of this project, I thought that some of the modules may be geared towards a higher grade but I knew that for my grade 4’s, I would do one of two things.

  1. Use the modules that best fit my students.
  2. Use all of the modules but provide further instruction, a screen-cast, video, etc. where need be.

As a result, there was enough concern that prompted one of our group members to suggest that we change the grade level to 5-8 rather than 3-8, keeping in mind that for younger students some adaptations may be needed. Great idea!

As Danielle stated, our group chose blogging as the “thread” that ties our modules/project together. As a group we agreed that blogging would be a consistent way for the students to process, reflect, and explain their learning as they work their way through the project.

I was certainly on board for blogging because I have blogged with my students for 3 years now.  I consistently see growth, their confidence increase and engagement during blogging. In our discussions, we chose specifically not to provide a specific blogging domain (kidblog, wordpress, blogger, etc) because every teacher might not want to set up their blogs the same way. One thing we missed was including a “How to set up your blog?” section of our prototype just in case.

As a result, Danielle decided to add a short “How to” video for setting up a wordpress blog. Many teachers also enjoy Kidblog, TheEdublogs and I have recently been using Blogger. I switched to blogger this year and the students and I are enjoying it. Especially because of the fact it is free!

As a result, it was an important suggestion to introduce blogging to students who do not have any experience with it.

Lastly, we received feedback about our considerations for common concerns. Now, the prototype includes;

  • technology concerns
  • EAL students
  • cultural concerns
  • attendance concerns or students who are out of town
  • teacher/student communication  

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Overall, we had really positive feedback about the organization of the prototype and how user friendly it was. The modules were linked together well and flowed from one to the next. Everyone seemed to like the variety of videos and assessment tools that each group member chose for their modules.

 Thank you so much for the hard work of our Genius Hour group; Kyle , JorieAdam, Danielle, and  Lorraine. Some members of the group really stepped up and went over and above the call of duty!

For myself, I received great feedback on the introduction video for the module that I was tasked with. One comment was specific to the music I added to the video. In fact, I was thinking the same thing. One of my students had added the same music to his iMovie and it seemed to grab the students attention. So, I purposely kept that in mind because I know how easily a student’s focus can be lost, even while watching a stimulating and fun video!

Since completing the Genius Hour Introduction video, I also used iMovie for my Summary of Learning. I worked on smoother transitions and being more cognizant of not cutting out words here and there.

Now that the improvements have been made, it will be even better than before. I hope that it will be frequently utilized by students and teachers!

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Help videos for Grade 4 and 5 Multiplication and Division

Attention Grade 4 students!

Here is a video that explains Fact Families!

Here is a another video for Fact Families!


Learn your multiplication facts here!!!

Here is a video called, “Long Division Made Easy!”

Here is another video you might like. It is called, “Long Division Video.”

This video uses an acronym to remember the steps! Caidence suggested we change it from Father to Dad. It will make sense when you see the video!

And finally, a Long Division Song!




The grade 4/5 class were lucky enough to go to Agribition this year! Last Monday, November 24th the students headed on the bus to the Agribition grounds!

Check out some of our pictures from the trip!

Storytelling and smudging in the tipi’s!


Some students enjoyed watching hoop dancing.


Here is a short video!

The grade 4/5’s watching the milking demonstration!


Here is a video on how to milk a cow!

Next a couple pictures of the rodeo!


Here a video of barrel racing!

Some students spent time in the Family Agribition Pavilion. They saw baby chicks that just hatched and performed a surgical procedure?!?


Overall the students, parents, and teachers had a fabulous day! Some were a little bit tired and were ready for home:)


Thank you to the parent volunteers for coming along!

Digital Progect; Bloggers Are in the House!

Part of my Digital Project is to start blogging with my class. So far, the students have really enjoyed blogging and commenting on their friend’s blogs!

Our very first blog was posted by Kaleeha. She must have been excited to blog because I hadn’t even asked the class to start blogging or even taught a lesson about it. Kaleeha just went ahead and wrote about herself and family. Since the screen shots are too small to read, I have included a copy of their post below each picture.


  Kaleeha's first blog2


Kaleeha wrote;

Hello my name is Kaleeha.

My teachers are Mrs.Huber,Miss.Toshack and Mrs.Jones my class is a grade 4/5 class my classmates are so nice to me.  my best friend in my class room is Sarissa. Me and Sarissa were best friends for tow years  we love to play at recess  all the time . We love to play with are friends and we play soccer together and that is the end of this story.


Then Kaleeha wrote a second blog post;

My Famliy.

Hi I will be talking about my famliy.  My famliy are the Cappos and Ironstars too. When it is the summer we go to powwows me and my sisters and my dad dance at the powwows. My Mom gets us ready at the powwow some times at powwows we have braeds at the powwows and when the powwow is done they say how wins at powwows people juje the peopie that dance they are 4 places you can win 1234 those are the places you can win money  at the powwows.With the money i go shopping with my famliy and that is what we do in the summer.

THE END       Love,Kaleeha.

The next blog that stood out to me was Kaia’s. She wrote her entry right away and told us all about her trip to Banff.

Kaia's blog


Kaia wrote;

Hi, i’m going to tell you about my trip to Banff & Calgary! First off I packed up my stuff & my grandparents picked me up from Yorkton. In the car was me, my grandparents, aunt Sarah & Daycin, other wise known as my cousin. It was boring having to travel like about 8 hours, by then it would be night time so we just stopped at a hotel. Me, Daycin & Sarah went swimming! There was a water slide & me and Daycin went on it! We chased Sarah around in the swimming pool for fun. After we went to bed, but first we ate chips & dip and watched “America’s Funniest Home Videos” I have to admit, I laughed a lot of times! In the morning we went to see Calgary, well, you know you have to go through Calgary to go to Banff? Right? As soon as we saw the beautiful mountains I knew we were here. We got a hotel, it was pretty nice, we stayed there last year. We went swimming for 1 or 2 hours, the next day we went to the mountains, the view was so beautiful, the water was teal-ish blue, I wish I lived in Banff… after that we went to “Tony Roma’s” for dinner, it was delicious, I had ribs.. yum! The next day.. we went to Bruno’s Bar and Grill. Then my grandpa said we can go and shop, we did, me and Daycin got a ball that bounces on water!  – Continues after swimming lessons!

The next blogger I wanted to share, is Kiara. She is an example of the student in the class who is always happy and loves school. I also decided she was going to teach the next lesson on adjectives!

 Kiara wrote;

Hello my name is Kiara ,

I have three brothers and one sister. My family is the Cuellars ,we are Spanish! I have an awesome best friend named Kaia she is really nice.She always cheers me up.I have four inspiring friends.One of them is Kaleeha. Kaleeha is cool,amazing and creative.The second friend Sarissa. Sarissa is hilarious,pretty and good gymnast.Muna is a great dancer and a good stylist.Then Jade you can’t forget about Jade.Jade is very caring,kind and taught me a lot of stuff.

That’s all my friends,thanks for listening

By kiara

The next  students wrote a shorter amount in their blog. This would be an example of a typical student’s work in grade 4 that I would see.

Griffin's blogLucas' blog

Hello my name is Tailor I’m a older child I have one brother two sisters.Tanner Charlie and Vienna I go to my Dad’s every Thursday and  every second weekend I go to Soccer on Saturdays I like to play catch with Vienna and Tanner my sisters are two months(Charlie) one year nine months(Vienna)

Hi I am Griffin I love playing video games and I am 9.My dad loves playing video games with me and helps me. He is 39.My mom cleans a lot of stuff ,bathrooms ,living  rooms ect. She’s 34.Last my sister .She bugs me a lot like its her job but when she’s not bored she watch’s tv, dolls and facetiming my grandma. A lot!

Lucas shared a lot of information and added good detail but forget something really important. That’s right, punctuation!

Hi my name is Lucas I’m telling you about my family I have two brothers ones lane ones Cody lane likes to play football he is star running back and we also have Cody he is  funny and likes to play foot ball no matter what he was line backer in football also i have my dad he likes to build amazing things like wooden tables and my mom she likes to build with my dad and cook next me I like to play football and soccer thank you for reading my blog

My final blog post that I wanted to share is Kayden’s. We typically don’t see this much writing in class, but he sure likes to blog. I also didn’t know he is a HUGE fan of the Pats!

 Kayden's blog

Kayden wrote (unfortunately it doesn’t show all the different coloured fonts he chose for his entry);

My favorite team is the Regina Pats because they have good players and they win a lot.  I go to every game with my mom and my dad.  My favorite player this year is Sam Steele he wears number 39 on his jersey.  My second favorite player is Dryden Hunt number 29.  My favorite player that ever played for the Pats is Jordan Weal.  He is too old to play for the Pats.  He was assigned to the LA Kings. I named my guinea pig after him, her name is Wealz.  When I go to the Pats games I like to play mini sticks in the mini rink with my friends.  I even decorated my room in Pats colors, red, white and blue. I collect Pats cards and autographs, every time they autograph after a game, I get one.  When I play NHL 14 on my xBox 360 I always am the Pats.  I have 2 Pats jerseys, one of them is all signed from different players.  Another of my favorite players was Jordan Eberle and he is too old and now plays for the Edmonton Oilers.  You can only play for the Pats until you are 21 years old.  I went on the ice and skated with the Pats and got more autographs and they are my favorite favorite team.  I have mostly every single poster and they are signed.

Last of all, Isabelle shared a picture of her dog Guiness in one of her blog posts!


Progress, Progress, is Being Made!


My classroom website is coming together and taking shape. I had planned to add a page for favourite websites, a page to link our kid-blog website, and an about me page. I also wanted to learn how to create a screen-cast. Fortunately, all of my plans for the website went well. Janine Taylor  came to Dr. Hanna and we created a screen-cast together.

I started with adding to my about me page. Since, I am in a team teaching classroom and I have an intern, I wanted to include them. Here is a look at the page.





Next, I added the websites we use regularly. Initially, these websites were on our weebly webpage but they needed to be put on our new site. At this point, adding pages and links is becoming second nature and I can tackle these tasks with ease. Progress continues to be made!!!!

math website

Reading websites

Finally, I added a page for our class Kidblog. I wanted to have the link to the kid blog to make it user friendly for my students. So far, this seems to be working well. Most of the students have posted their blog and are commenting on their peers work. I included detailed instructions on how to add a blog post and created a screen-cast so I will never have to hear the excuse, “I didn’t know what to do.” I’m hopeful but not certain that the screen-cast will help!


Finally, I created 2 screen-casts. One is a quick look at the website and the other is a How To blog using Kidblog. These were easy to record but my work computer doesn’t like the screenr so it was giving me a hard time saying java was not available. Janine helped me change the settings so java will now allow the screenr website. Otherwise the recording of the screen-cast went smoothly (aside from the intercom and bell ringing at the very end)Lol!

I created this screen-cast to show my students how to post a blog. It went quite well and the students were excited to check it out!

Thank you for reading! I look forward to posting my next update on my website/digital project! Stay tuned…..