project is part of a provincial collaboration under the
coordination of teacher, Sandra Gluth, from Edmonton Public
Schools. Both Miss Borrelli and Mrs. Vaage and their classes
were part of this project. Learning activities for both fall
and winter are highlighted on this web site.
St. Monica grade ones studied animals around the world. They
investigated methods of researching and recording data in the
process of discovering information about their interest in
In 2001 -
2002 Mrs. Vaage worked at St. Mary School as an
author-in-residence/teacher because she had published one
children's book Bibi and the Bull. She worked with the
fifteen grade 3-6 classes in this school, and with interested
teachers at St. Monica's. Students have writing in several
genres posted on this site.
telecollaborative project created by teachers and students as
they come to understand inquiry-based learning.
Birds and Flight
across Alberta joined together to create a wonderful resource
on birds and flight. The younger children focused on birds,
and the Grade 6 students contributed their knowledge of
Beyond 100 Day
and students share activities for their 100 days-in-school
celebration and how they extended the learning.
and their classes from k-3 became "bugsters" during May and
June. This site showcases some of the study and exciting
learning that happened!
teachers and students come together in the fall to begin a
year of "living" together. Students and teachers have shared
what they do in their classroom to help make a positive
Canada Goose Rhymes
rhyme is important for young children's early literacy
development, but most traditional Nursery Rhymes are based on
European history. This project attempted to work with classes
on Nursery Rhymes to create original ones based on
Canadian/North American settings. An unexpected disappointment
followed when we realized that the children were not able to
reach this level of abstraction and change of perspective at
the kindergarten and grade 1 levels. However, the teachers
created 40 different verses that can be used in classes. We
still welcome new additions any time.
project involves 11 kindergarten and grade 1 teachers and
their classes sharing their interest in and research about
Canada. The web site includes links to a breadth of topics to
enhance children's research. Children's research is displayed
on the site.
teachers and classes from kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2,
a-a-a-and Grade 3 collaborated to create this web site
dedicated to our favorite Canadian authors.
Castles Under the Rainbow
fall of 2002, the staff started off with a focus on literature
with the story Sky Castle. Subsequently, many classes
were involved in a study of castles, fairy tales, fables, and
Children of God
religion is embedded in everything we learn and teach. This
project highlights some of the ways catholicity is permeated
in our classes.
project involved 10 kindergarten and grade 1 teachers and
their classes as they explored the world of dinosaurs.
Children collaborated with the other classes as they shared
their knowledge to build this web site.
Documenting Young Children's Learning
project is an attempt to capture children's learning in
non-traditional ways, using multimedia and electronic formats.
Twenty teachers, administrators, and professors from across
North America are collaborating to develop this web site using
the philosophical base of Reggio and Assessment for Learning.
The children in each program were active participants in
selecting, gathering and formatting the data.
continues to be one of the best practical literacy sites I
know of for teachers of k-3. We compiled almost 2,000 poems
organized by topic so that teachers could find and access them
as needed. In addition, we summarized current research on
early literacy development and the classroom implications and
relevant strategies resulting from that research. Any
contributions of poems or strategies are welcomed.
often amazed at how quickly young children grasp technological
skills. This project highlights some of the work K-2 children
have accomplished on their own.
the turtle is a favorite story character for young children.
Ten kindergarten and grade 1 teachers and their classes
created a web site to celebrate Franklin, his creators, and
his stories. Children contributed original work and graphics
to share with others around the world.
telecollaborative project with K, Gr. 1, and Gr. 2 to
celebrate the spooktacular fun and learning for this holiday.
The Human Body
2 class at St. Mary School, with Mrs. Vaage, with was very
keen to do research and share it with the world... This
interest evolved from a health topic that became a fully
integrated topic involving science, language arts, social,
fine arts, and math.
Planning for this project began
early in the school year, when the teachers began discussing
using music to assist developing long-term memory for kids
within content areas of learning. Ongoing dialogue has
continued throughout as our projects developed so that we
could share ideas and encourage each other. Teachers and
classes reviewed the components and posted comments on the
summation page outlining the benefits of using music to
International Author Studies
teachers and classes from kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and
Grade 3 collaborated to create this web site dedicated to our
favorite International authors.
Christ in Christmas
classes across Alberta shared their spiritual activities for
the Christmas season within the Catholic context.
teachers in Alberta attempted to record all literacy events as
they occurred in their kindergarten classrooms throughout the
year. This proved to be a massive task, but one that was
exceptionally fruitful. As a result of creating this web site,
we noticed similarities and consistencies within the unique
world of each classroom. Several teachers used this
information to create a new working model for Kindergarten
Literacy, which we simple called "Balanced Literacy for
Kindergarten". We created a list of developmentally
appropriate literacy centers and planning board. This was
original work specifically created for kindergarten.
Learning to Read
teachers at St. Monica chose as their professional growth plan
to make the process of learning to read more visible - to each
other, to the parents in the school, and within our
classrooms. This site outlines the methods of instructing
reading, strategies used, examples of children involved in
learning to read, and their thoughts.
teachers at St. Monica School along with several other primary
teachers pooled their understanding of how young children
learn to write. Classroom ideas are shared, ideas for parent
hand-outs, and examples of student writing are shared on this
Literature for Literacy
awareness emerged as a topic from our Early Literacy Project.
From the research, we learned that it is critical for children
to develop this oral skill within an integrated context. This
site outlines the research, classroom implications, and
strategies. In addition, classes helped to locate literature
that exemplified specific phonemic concepts.
1 and kindergarten teachers and their classes participated in
this project to demonstrate how the Alberta Math Curriculum
can be implemented using manipulatives and hands-on-learning
versus a more traditional method.
Meeting Our Students
showcased their early work with computers for the November
conferences. The kindergarten students used KidPix for
self-portraits, and the Grade ones used Kidspiration, KidPix
and some PowerPoint.
This is a
telecollaborative project involving all of the classes at St.
Monica and St. Mary. The challenge was to create a one to two
minute video/movie related to one or more of the following
subjects: technology, math, social studies, science, language
arts, art, music, drama, health, physical education, religion
or any study covered in school. The kindergarten and grade one
students were involved in every step of the movie making from
storyboarding to video editing and are excited to share their
finished projects online. So come and check out what these
amazing Canadian kids have accomplished.
project explored using technology for music. It was an attempt
to create a site for young children to hear simple songs and
be able to read the accompanying text. It was our hope that
children could create new lyrics to the midi melodies.
classes from Kindergarten to Grade 5 across Alberta joined
together as they studied evidence of spring through new life!
site is a collaborative effort of students and teachers to
build a resource center building awareness of good nutrition,
and sharing ideas for good health and educating each other.
attempt to use the electronic media of the worldwide web,
several of us collected stories created by our classes and
published them online for easy access at school and at home.
search to find appropriate materials for grades K-3, we became
aware of the shortfall in many areas, and so enlisted our
classes to help create and locate appropriate pieces for
Readers Theatre. We have over 150 small poems and pieces that
can be used with young children. We welcome any new
submissions to help the repertoire grow.
Rubrics by Kids
telecollaborative project showcasing rubrics designed and used
by children in elementary schools.
creation of this site earned St. Monica School "The Blue
School Award" because of the knowledge and involvement of our
classes in appreciation of Canada's oceans and marine life.
The site contains student research and activities, ideas for
teachers k-3 to implement a unit on the sea, and links to
wonderful sites on the sea.
have such a long winter, much time is spent at play outdoors
and at work indoors. This site outlines some of each.
telecollaborative project shares incredible learning about
space - Mars, planets, the moon - with Alberta teachers and
students from Kindergarten through to Grade 6.
one classes practiced watercolor skills and shared their work
with older children.
Webs on the Web
encourage divergent thinking and higher level organizational
brain work, we attempted to develop this site to share
brainstorming webs with other classes. We have several
brainstorming topics displayed that can be copied and printed
or added to. This was a first attempt to work with Inspiration
Words for Beginning Readers
spend much time practicing sight words to build their reading
vocabulary. Because teachers know that children transfer
knowledge if it is connected to something real, rather than
practicing it in isolation, they wanted to find examples of
literature that used these sight words repetitively. The
children helped in the search for books that contained these
words, and in addition, they wrote their own texts for some of
grade one classes attended the Valley Zoo this year and did
extensive work before, at and during this trip. Several other
classes became involved in animal research as a result of
this, and joined in our project to create this wonderful site.