September 16

Each One of Us is a Work of Art, Together We Are a Masterpiece

Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.


I painted the tree after school to give it time to dry.


Coloured pencils were sorted into 6 shades. I drew around a couple of mugs and a small glass for circles.

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May 13

Stuff the LC and #KindnessCounts

At Georges Vanier, the Learning Commons is a shared space that is used by staff and students for lots of great activities. We are helping further a sense of ownership by inviting students to bring a plush toy to hang out on the shelves in the LC for a couple of weeks. Please label stuffies with your child’s name and division.  No sentimental favourites, just in case…

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We are continuing to create some wonderful #KindnessCounts buttons. Students and staff are designing a self portrait with a big smile. We will wear them at the Year End Celebration Assembly on June 13th.

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March 5

Everybody Just Read

Getting Excited about Reading from the Vanier Learning Commons: Everybody Just Read from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We have a great collection of books in the Vanier LC with new titles arriving through the year. Students danced their way into sharing how we love to read.
At Vanier we are conscientious Digital Citizens. Students in this video have both school and other website media consents that have been received in writing by the classroom teacher and confirmed with the Teacher Librarian in advance. Students who have not been confirmed at the time of filming cannot be included.
UnRead Book Parody of Bruno Mars’ UpTown Funk by Adam Kalma and David May

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May 23

Making Patterns, Settings and Butterflies

Parent Appreciation Tea in the Learning Commons

IMG_8394So much building and making and problem solving this week in the Learning Commons.

Students in Kindergarten used shapes to show their learning about setting. Some Grade 1 students showed learning about shapes and symmetry using Hello Crayon and their knowledge of butterflies.

And some intermediate students problem solved how to get the whole class to organize pinecones and coloured paper into one unified pattern. We also photographed our stuffed toys and turned them into readers. Continue reading

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May 2

Storytelling, Deconstruction, Photography.

Primary students so enjoyed listening to Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie story that they asked for me to read it again. Instead I asked them to tell it to me as I turned the pages. I secretly recorded their story. So much fun!

Primary Students tell ‘Watch me Throw the Ball’ by Mo Willems from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We have been figuring out how best to open up a CD player and check out all the parts. We hope to arrange the pieces in the shape of a knight’s armour.







Our ‘Stuff the Learning Commons’ is in full swing. Some primary students have been using the stuffies to practice using the camera, framing a photo and uploading to DropBox.








We are also changing the way the books are sorted in the Learning Commons. The switch to grouping the intermediate fiction by genre has been a total success. Now we are simplifying the spine labels to make it even easier for students to find the books they love!


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April 18

Zoomy Digital Microscope, Deconstruction and Fair Winners


In the Learning Commons we shared a great story about the changing seasons called ‘And Then It’s Spring’ by Julie Fogliano. We examined some signs of spring with our cool Zoomy Digital Microscope and took a close look at the dandelions growing in the playground. We examined roots, pollen and petals of a variety of spring plants.


We also started to deconstruct an old CD/Cassette player to see if we could get a better understanding of how it worked. Our plan is to use the parts we salvage to design a knight’s suit of armour. We learned that different shapes of screwdrivers have special names and we soon figured out that those screws can be tricky to take out. We used team work to just about open the case and peek inside. We problem solved what went well with the activity and what didn’t go so well. To be continued…


And what a fun time we all had at the Book Fair! There were lots of great books and we were able to choose many to add to our library collection. Here’s a few of the new titles. We also raised some funds to support Learning Commons initiatives as well as order additional titles. And, 25 book prizes were awarded.  Yahoo!

Next week we will be starting our ‘Stuff the Learning Commons’ activity. Let’s see if we can stuff the LC with warm fuzzies! Students are invited bring in a plush toy to display in the library. We will have the toys at school for about 2 weeks. Please label with masking tape with student name and division. No sentimental favourites just in case! (And we don’t really have space for the fair ground style giant stuffies) This activity helps students create ownership of the space and students will be creating videos with the toys.

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