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  • Welcome Back!

    Learn At Home Information Sheet 

    Welcome Back

    Hello! Welcome back after an extended march break to our new ‘virtual classroom’. In this information sheet I will outline details about our new virtual learning environment. 


    This first week will be about 1- getting everyone set up and comfortable with our Google Classroom, 2- trying out some apps and websites we will be using in our learning and 3- building our virtual classroom community (we are going to take things slow to start).

    Google Classroom

    We will be using Google Classroom as our virtual learning environment.

    SCDSB (Simcoe County District School Board) chose this platform which is great news for us since our class has been using it since last September. Recently I sent everyone an email about how to access it, in case students have forgotten. 

    Please make sure your child can login to Google Classroom (website on a computer or app on a device) using their school Google accounts ( followed by their 4 digit password). They are used to logging into Google (or a Chromebook) but need to remember to add to their username.

    Breakdown of Google Classroom 

    In Google Classroom there is the STREAM section which lists every posting in chronological order as well as the CLASSWORK tab, where work is collated and assigned. 

    In CLASSWORK you will see LEARN AT HOME-WEEK 1. This is where I will post all of the proposed activities for each week. 

    It is organized with an:

    OVERVIEW (what to expect from this week and what you need). There are also Youtube videos of the land acknowledgement and Oh Canada, which are items we used to use to start our school day. Students may like to have them as a way to start their at home learning, too. 

    DAYS OF THE WEEK activities that are broken down from Monday to Friday, 

    EXTRAS in case you want to add them in (such as music, movement breaks and extra practice). ASSIGNMENTS and FEEDBACK: During the week, sometimes your child will be asked to submit work. This will be done directly in Google Classroom and feedback on the work will also be given in Google Classroom (more information will follow next week about this).


    I understand that access to devices can be a challenge when moving to online learning so quickly. I try to design activities to work on any device (computers, Chromebooks, tablets, phones) but we are sure to run into some difficulties along the way.

    Apps (tablets/phones) and Websites (computers) we will be using:


    -Flipgrid, endorsed by SCDSB, allows students to record their answers by recording a short video. The video is private and can only be seen by our class. 

    Raz-Kids (see blog post below for more information):

    -Raz-Kids is an online Reading Program


    -A comic creator. It is all web based so no need to download an app. Works across devices.

    Cospaces (website as well as a phone and tablet app)


    -Students already have accounts (they login with their Google account information)

    -Creates virtual environments

    Apps we will likely use in the near future:

    -Google Slides

    -IXL (there is an app and website):

    -Nearpod (website and app)

    Videos I post in Google Classroom

    Videos I create are hosted by Google Drive. This means that only people who are logged into our classroom (using a SCDSB Google account) can see the videos. 

    Occasionally I might post videos from Youtube. You may need to use another device to view them if Youtube is blocked. I might also repost Youtube videos to our class blog for easier access.

    Video Conferencing

    This is something we will work towards. The preferred SCDSB video conferencing tool is Google Hangout/Meets. Zoom is a popular tool right now however there are security/privacy concerns with their software. So if we do any video conferencing it will likely be with Google.

    Thank you

    Thank you for all that you are doing to support your family during this difficult time. I am here to help. If you have any questions about our new virtual classroom, please email me at

    Posted Apr 6, 2020, 4:15 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • March 25th: At Home Online Reading Program
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    Dear Parents and Students: Hope everything is well.

    During this break from the classroom, I have signed our class up for an online reading program at home. Each student has their own Raz-Kids reading account and is set to their approximate reading level. They are terrific books!

    To access:
    A computer or Chromebook: Go to 

    Enter your teachers name as follows: pmjohnson
    Have your child click on their name. Their password is the first 4 letters (all lower case) of their last name as it appears on the school's attendance.

    Please let me know if you have any difficulties (through Remind or my email which is located on this page).

    Best regards,
    P. Johnson
    Posted Mar 25, 2020, 5:58 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Minecraft Tree House Project

    Posted Jan 17, 2020, 11:41 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Investigating Equality

    Posted Jan 7, 2020, 12:20 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Students Building Strong Structures out of Paper

    Students were given up to 30 pieces of paper and tape. Their challenge was to build a structure that could support a pile of books.

    Posted Jan 7, 2020, 12:05 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Creating Designs with Pentominoes and Finding the Area

    Posted Dec 18, 2019, 10:51 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Visualising a Story
    Recently, I read the story "Fuzzyland" to students. This story is about a warm fuzzies (which symbolize appreciations and kindness) and cold pricklies (which symbolize put downs and negative feelings). It takes place in a fantasy land. Students were asked to visualize Fuzzyland and then afterwards, work in teams to try and draw a map of it.  The results were amazing!

    Posted Dec 18, 2019, 10:32 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Making Shapes with Pattern Blocks and Finding out the Value of the Shapes

    Posted Dec 3, 2019, 11:55 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • The Power to Visualise

    RecentlyI introduced the second reading power to help with comprehension: The Power to Visualize. Students practiced visualizing different objects in their head such as rainbows, dogs and ice cream cones. We called these picture words since they were a lot easier to picture then say a word like at.

    Afterwards I read them the following story:

    I want you to visualize a lollipop. This lollipop is on a white stick and it has a

    wrapper on it. Visualize yourself holding this lollipop. I want you to notice the

    color and shape and size of this lollipop. Some lollipops are big, and some are

    small, some are round and some are flat —what does yours look like? Now I want

    you to visualize yourself taking off the wrapper. Listen to the sound as you take

    the wrapper off. Put the wrapper in the garbage. Now I would like you to visualize

    yourself taking a lick of the lollipop. What flavor is your lollipop? Take another

    lick. Now put the lollipop, if it’s not too big, in your mouth. Suck on it for a while.

    Listen to the sound it makes when it hits your teeth. Now take a bite. Listen to the

    sound the bite makes. Now crunch your lollipop and really get the flavor in your

    mouth. Some of the candy sticks in your teeth. Now visualize yourself as you take

    the lollipop out of your mouth. Look at what is left on your stick. Open your eyes.

    Students then discussed the following questions about their lollipop with a partner:

    1. What color was your lollipop?

    2. What size?

    3. What shape?

    4. What flavor?

    5. After you took a bite, what did

       your lollipop look like?

    We concluded the lesson by discussing that people's lollipops are all different because they have different experiences.

    The follow-up to the lesson was reading a book called Swimmy by Leo Lionni. Students listened to the story without seeing the pictures. Together, we drew some of the pictures we visualized in our heads and labelled them with words. Afterwards, we compared the pictures we drew from the actual pictures from the story.
    Posted Nov 26, 2019, 11:57 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Shrinking Patterns and T-charts

    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:12 AM by Patrick Johnson
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