Mr. Johnson's Grade 3 Classroom Blog


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  • Terry Fox Video
    Thank-you for all of your generous donations. Below is the Terry Fox video I showed  in class. I thought it was interesting because it was an American story on Terry Fox. This led to lots of interesting and thoughtful discussions about the Terry Fox Run.

    Posted Sep 19, 2019, 11:05 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Designing and Testing Spinners on Different Surfaces

    In Science, students design and tested their own snap cube spinners. They investigated how friction affected their spinner on different surfaces.

    Posted Sep 19, 2019, 11:01 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Zones of Regulation
    This week we have been discussion the Zones of Regulation as well as strategies to help of manage each zone.

    Posted Sep 19, 2019, 10:47 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Building Shapes- First 20 Days of Math

    Posted Sep 9, 2019, 12:17 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Play-Doh Sculptures
    Sculptures that tell something about us:

    Posted Sep 8, 2019, 5:28 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • S.T.E.A.M. Rube Goldberg Machines
    Today students participated in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activity.

    First students were shown video for inspiration. Their inspiration came from a video demonstrating an elaborate Rube Goldberg Machine.

    Students worked in partners. Each group had access to a large variety of materials in the classroom (different types of tracks, blocks, dominoes, toy cars, golf balls, tape, Lincoln Logs, CD jewel cases, cardboard ramps and more). Students collaborated with their partner in planning and building their machine. They also needed to use their resources responsibly and share resources with the rest of the class. We also discussed learning skill goals for this task (Responsibility, Self-regulation, Collaboration).

    The amazing results:

    Posted Sep 6, 2019, 12:34 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Blasting Off to a New School Year

    YouTube Video

    Posted Sep 4, 2019, 12:06 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Welcome Back!

    Welcome to our class blog!


    I am a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (Bachelor of Education, Primary/Junior division). I also received my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Honours in Science, Psychology/ Philosophy).

    I have over 30 years of experience working with children. Before I became a teacher I worked at the Holland Bloorview Centre in Toronto, a research and rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities, as well as at the Bloorview School, which is on site. I also worked at various camps in Ontario for children with disabilities, such as Camp Kodiak, St. Albans Boys and Girls Club and Easter Seal's Merrywood Camp. I have always enjoyed working with children and look forward to my 18h year of teaching. I taught for 11 years at Goodfellow Public School in their primary division and this is my 7th year of teaching at Maple Grove!

    My interests include playing piano and guitar, singing, swimming and technology. I have two sons. Owen is 15 years old and Parker will be 13 in October.

    Check back often because I will be posting more information before the start of the school year.

    Best regards,
    P. Johnson
    Posted Aug 30, 2019, 7:06 AM by Patrick Johnson
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