Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Peacemaker Videos

For our Peacemaker project, you looked at this website to choose a Peacemaker to study. Here are some videos that you can use to gain more information about Peacemakers around the world and throughout history.


Mahatma Gandhi

Dorothy Day

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dalai Lama

Mother Theresa

Cesar Chavez

Desmond Tutu

Albert Schweitzer

Thich Nhat Hanh

Aung San Suu Kyi

Nelson Mandela

Jody Williams

Rosa Parks

Ruby Bridges

Wangari Maathai

Anne Frank

Henry Dunant

Jane Addams

Joan Baez

Parliament Field Trip Photos

Our field trip to the Latvian parliament was wonderful. The kids learned so much from our wonderful guide and had so many fabulous questions to ask. I was in awe over the beauty of the building and the items within. I especially enjoyed searching through the "Gift Room" where countries have send gifts to Latvia. Overall it was a wonderful experience and a great connection to our Sharing the Planet unit on Peace and Conflict.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

IXL Topics of the Week

Hi Students,

For extra math practice this week you can use IXL and go on the following lessons:


These problems correspond with what we are doing in class.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sharing The Planet: Peace See-Think-Wonder

School is in full swing and we have been progressing through our Peace and Conflict unit. Kids are thinking of many great ideas and questions related to the topic. For homework last week I gave them an assignment to do a See-Think-Wonder on a picture they found that represents what Peace is to them. The project turned out so well and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!


Friday, August 22, 2014

New Classroom in Riga

Things are happy here in Riga. As I get my feet solidly on the ground I wanted to show you some before and after photos of the classroom. Stay tuned for more.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday Grandma!

This morning we took 5 minutes to throw this together for a special woman in my life. She has been alive 90 years and has made a difference to so many people.

I love you Grandma!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Homework Project

Last week the students were tasked with creating something, anything, out of garbage. We have been discussing the powerful effect of water and how it can carry any piece of rubbish to the sea resulting in a dirty water supply for others. They came up with some fantastic projects and ideas. Check them out below.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Grade 3 Garden Update

The year is coming to a close but it seems like the garden is just starting to open! Although we are not working on the plant unit anymore, we have been going out to the garden two times a week to weed, water and observe. Many students are volunteering their recess time to be caring to the plants that we are cultivating. The flowers are blooming, the basil is ready for harvest and the beans are climbing higher and higher into the sky as they wrap around each other. Enjoy our photos!


Friday, May 2, 2014

Water Cycle Rap

The students have been studying the water cycle this week and many have found it quite challenging. The process is rather easy to understand but the vocabulary is very complicated. It is not as important that the students know the exact terminology, but they do need a good understanding of how water moves throughout the Earth and why.

Here is a rap to help them gain knowledge about the water cycle.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What Kids Need To Know

Last week after watching Kid President for Video Friday I created a homework assignment for my students to go home and create a project that shares what they think kids need to know on their first day on Earth. There were some great projects and I was really proud of the time and thought that went into them. Take a look at the photos and don't forget to click on Preston's video at the bottom.