It’s been a busy day!


Just before I forget.. I finished a good book last night and started the second in the series this morning. The first was called The Chocolate Duchess by Sidney Jane Bailey. This is complete fluff, but it was fun.


The kids were fine. We got through long I in phonics, a little bit of place value practice, library and a science experiment on why birds fly in a v when migrating.

I really noticed today that some of the kids are noticeably better at things now than they were before Christmas break. It’s great to see.

I was also super happy to see that four children have already moved onto the next level in home reading. Yay! I had a feeling this group would move fast if I could just get the program for them.

I spent my prep and some time after school making an inventory list of our guided reading books. I’m going to use mine to keep track of what books I use with what groups.


I drove over to a nearby River and ran there with Dennis and Sarah. This got my car moving (I had to jumpstart it again yesterday) and got my run in:). It was actually quite a quick run as we were racing the daylight.


My gas fireplace turned itself off again yesterday and wouldn’t come back on so my cousin came again tonight to fix it. I wish I had been more organized and had something on hand to clean the glass. I tried vinegar, but I don’t feel like it did anything:(


There were just four of us for the first round.

What we knew in the first round:

Who are the goalies for the Canucks this year?

Dipieteo, Holtby, Demko

Which province produces the most milk in Canada?


Where was the Dodo bird from?


When was the penny discontinued in canada?


The second round was all music. It went from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s.

The Kahoot round was tough!

In the final round we knew:

What movie won best picture in 2020 Oscars?


Who played the son on Happy Days?

Ron Howard

What is the official language of Egypt?


What is the previous name of Mumbai?


What element used to be called quicksilver?


Spell commitment

In the song Beer for my horses, what do the men drink?


What are the first six words of Dancing Queen by Abba?

You can dance, you can jive

We are sitting in third place overall right now. It’s really bugging me that one of the guys on the team in first always has his phone out though. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but it’s bugging me!!

Have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

It was just another day.


I started the day by giving prizes for the kids who did home reading last night. I had eleven kids read on RAZ Kids last night and am hoping the four prizes I gave away will inspire the others.

We tackled the long e today and most of the kids did great! The students really seem to have turned a corner on their vowels since they came back from winter break.

We did a wonder wall! I have been wanting to do this for a few years since I saw it on Instagram and with our new unit about animals in winter, this was the perfect time to set it up. We talked about shallow and deep questions and I was pretty impressed that most of the questions were really thoughtful.

In the afternoon we started learning about migration- our first sub theme.

I left school quickly for my massage appointment.


I am still taking apart the sleeve:( I had better wear this sweater a lot once it is fixed!


Who was the co star to Lucille Starr?

Desi Arnaz Jr.

Who is on the front of the Canucks jersey?

Johnny Canuck

Who is the host of the bachelor?

Chris Harrison

Who are the actors in Mad About You?

Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser

What city was in the poem Casey at Bat?


In the music round, the categories were:

Bands of Colour

Single Named

Cowboy songs

Michael Jackson

Hits of 2018

In the Kahoot round:

Which author committed suicide?

Ernest Hemingway

Which country did Columbus sail for?


Which country is the most recent gold winner in Olympic hockey?


What was the name of George Clooney’s character in Oceans 11?

Danny Ocean

In the last round we knew:

Who played Doc in Back to the Future?

Christopher Lloyd

Who has stolen the most bases in baseball?

Ricky Henderson

What is the book of the New Testament that comes after Matthew, Mark, Luke and John?


What is Adele’s biggest hit?


Amazingly we won the final round and we were shocked!! Of course that meant I had to stay up later:(

Have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

Well the second day was just as frustrating when it comes to my smart board, but at least the kids got some time outside.


My smart board didn’t work this morning so I had to quickly change around my day and we did Thursday’s printing of u that doesn’t require any tech.

We had more tech problems after recess during our math time so there went that lesson too. We did some practice of counting by 2s while moving, but couldn’t watch the video I had found.

Finally this afternoon everything was working so after reading time we watched “Squirrel’s New Years Resolution” and discussed and wrote about what we could make as our goals this year. The children actually did really well at this concept this year. Maybe I’m getting better with the examples?!?!🤣


My running buddies tell me I am obsessed with running and they were worried I was out there too soon after falling. I did feel much better today, except on stairs and hills. I took it easy and got 4km in through the driving rain and wind and dark. What a night to be out there!

I also did 8 minutes of yoga and managed to avoid all kneeling and hand moves.😜


After a quick shower and some icing of the knee. It was time for trivia. There were only four of us tonight.

In the first round:

Where was Ryan Reynolds born?

British Columbia

What were the male uncle names in Full House?

Danny, Jesse, Joey

Who was the author of Frankenstein?

Mary Shelley

What is the next number in this series?



What was Lady Gaga’s biggest hit?

Bad Romance

Who was the female agent number in Get Smart?


What was the name of the man in curious George?

The man in the yellow hat

In the music round the topics were “Boy” bands, “girl” bands, “money” songs, The Police, Hits of Summer 2012

Kahoot round:

How did Julius Caesar die?


Which company makes Hummers?


What month is mentioned in The Temptations song My Girl?


I couldn’t stay around to find out what we got right in the last round as I wasn’t feeling well from my wings:(

All in all, a pretty good day.

Have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

It was a pretty good day!


It was a pretty productive day! We got the parent gift wrapped and the card made. It feels great to have that done and then I got the student gifts done after school so I’m feeling much calmer. I don’t think there’s anything else I have to get done by Friday .


I did a 5km with Dennis tonight. The best part of the run was that my NoxGear came and it was dark enough on the way home to be necessary.


It was the last night of the trivia tournament tonight.

In the first round:

Who played the Blues Brothers?

John Belushi and Dan Akroyd

What was the Spice Girls movie?

Spice World

What is the first name of The Rock?


Where was Roberto Luongo born?


What country is closest to the North Pole?


Name three countries starting with the letter H?

Haiti, Hungary, Honduras

Spell disingenuous

We won the first round with 50 points!🎊🎉

The music round started out really tough with songs that have “ho” said three times. Needless to say, we didn’t know anything. It was then Christmas songs, Christmas babies ( artists born on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day), #1 on Christmas Day, and songs Queen played at Live Aid. The last was probably our best category.

In the Kahoot round we came in second and knew:

What do botanists study?


When did Charlemagne reign?


What bridge doesn’t cross False Creek?


Who didn’t Bradley Cooper kiss?

Cameron Diaz, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Laurence, Amy Adams

Cameron Diaz

In which country are Cali and Catahenia?


What was the worst NBA team last year?

Golden State Warriors

It was so stressful the last round as we are ten points out of first place.

We knew:

What Friends character has a colour for a last name?


Which social network platform isn’t owned by Facebook?


Where is Big White?


How many provinces border Hudson Bay?


What artist had the most weeks at #1 in the 2010s?


We actually got all but two questions right in the final round, and ended up taking

Overall for the twelve week tournament. I’m happy with that:)

Have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

Today wasn’t a great day as I was still upset about Christmas and my kids were wired!


My class has brought in 241 items for the food bank so that’s pretty amazing for twenty little kids.

We tackled the letter u and it’s short sound today. We managed to get through Around the World counting by 5s. The kids had music while I tried to get more editing of my report cards done.

This afternoon I got through a reading group and then we tackled reindeer. Reindeer is our theme this week. We learned reindeer facts.

Did you know:

Reindeer live for fifteen years in the wild and twenty in captivity.

Reindeer can swim.

Reindeer are called caribou in Canada.

Male and female reindeer grow horns. Male reindeer can be 1.4m wide!

We then pretended we had a pet reindeer. The ideas were great, but it was just too much writing for the little guys.


I got out for a run after school as I was hoping that would change my mood. I got 5.22km in the rain.


Thankfully my one social event of the week was still on which was great!

In the first round we knew:

Name three US states that start with W?

Washington, Wyoming, and Wisconsin

What was the name of the wife in Home Improvement?

Jill Taylor

Who were the two male actors in Wedding Crashers?

VinceVaughn, Owen Wilson

What does GMO stand for?

Genetically modified organism

We had to figure out how big an angle was- 62 degrees.

What is the capital of PEI?


The music round was tough! The categories were sun songs, rain songs, oh no you didn’t which was the techno version of songs, songs by Lil’, and 2013 songs.

Of course tonight was the night we were trying to stay ahead of another team🙄

In Kahoot, we knew:

How many players are on the floor at one time in box lacrosse?


What is on the dime?

Bluenose schooner

What nationality was Casanova?


Who was a famous gangster?

Al Capone

In the final round:

What was the famous line Arnold said in Different Strokes?

What you talking about?

What was the last name in The Godfather?


What was the dog’s name in TinTin?


Some nights we know everything and some nights we know nothing🤣

Have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

It was a long day as it was once again an indoor day, all day:(


My students did really well for not being able to get outside and run around. We learned about the short i this morning. They had library while I wrote a report card and then this afternoon I took a reading group and then we did STEM. This month we concentrated on creative thinking and read the book, Not a Stick. We then went out in the pouring rain to each find a stick and played charades until someone guessed what our stick really was. We then recorded our idea with writing and a picture and made a class book. The kids really seemed to love it!

After school I got to work with my teaching buddy and now have eight report card drafts done. I do feel like I need to go back and rewrite the first ones though. It’s always like that as it takes a few for me to get into the swing of things.


Trivia tonight is themed around the show The Office. I’ve never seen the show but studied the character Angela a bit and brought my best printing.

My tea really knew their stuff!

I knew that the character Angela had the same name unreal life and on the show

We came in first for the first and second rounds, did horribly the third round and then came first again the fourth round to win the night overall🎉🎊🎉🎊

On that news, have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

It was a tough day cause they called another indoor day at lunch.


We did more work for our report cards today. The kids did their perspective and told me about who their friends are, what they like best at school and the most interesting they’ve learned so far this year. It was real interesting!

We did a couple of math games and then I had a prep.

This afternoon we tackled rights and responsibilities again as I didn’t feel like the kids really got it.


I left work early and went for a run with Dennis. We were supposed to be doing an interval workout, but instead we did a tempo run. I hit a 5:57, but was definitely feeling eating at 3pm.


I managed to finish the socks! I had to change the toe of one because I was running out of yarn.

This is the Brookline socks done in Kroy socks in gray. I really do love this yarn for reasonable socks.


There were five of us for trivia tonight. In the first round we knew:

What is Roberto Luongo’s twitter name?


What three countries start with F?

France, Finland and Fiji

Who wrote the Handmaid’s Tale?

Margaret Atwood

What card has to appear if you have a perfect 29 hand in crib?


How tall is Bad Bad Leroy Brown?


The music round was 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006, 2016.

We did okay in the Kahoot round and came in second?

Which South American country has the largest population?


In which film did High Grant play a book shop owner?

Nothing Hill

What are the names of the two characters in Outlander?

Jamie, Claire

What is the last zodiac sign alphabetically?


What is the song contest throughout Europe?


What key is beside the l?


We actually won the last round!

So that’s it for me!

Have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

Well it was once again a nice day since my principal was away again🎉🎊


I actually started the day with ten minutes of yoga before I went off to work. It felt great, took no time and got me a little more yoga time for the year- a win all around:)

I also did a run with Dennis after school. We had to do a progression run where every five minutes we got faster. I actually managed to do this. We had a few breaks as he was still having trouble breathing (it was his first day with a puffer), but we managed 4.57km. Pretty good for a very cold Tuesday.


Our day was quite mixed up. The older kids cane up this morning and taught us the brain dance. I promised them I would get the exact movements from the teacher as grade five teachers aren’t perfect.😜

We also had a quick poppy poem to do and then it was time to eat snack as we had to eat before our early recess today as we had the Remembrance Day assembly after recess.

The assembly went reasonably well for our first virtual try. The kids were super patient as we tried to get sound working, etc.

After lunch we had silent reading and guided reading. I am worried about the two girls I worked with today as the sounds just don’t seem to be clicking for them. I had sent home the alphabet rap, but maybe it’s not getting done:(

We also worked on a Peace Is class book this afternoon before we went out to play. I have about five students who still need to finish, but otherwise, a pretty good day.


We went to trivia tonight, but we really aren’t sure how much longer it will go on with these new restrictions we are under.

So there were five of us for trivia tonight and we are still in third place overall.

In the first round, we knew:

On survivor what do you have to do?

Outwit, outlast and outplay

On which hit tv show did Shelly Long play Diane?


What is the name of the character on the children’s show Tipoo and ?


Where is the boy from in the Journey song Don’t Stop Believin?

South Detroit

The music round had Bands with Brothers, Lounge Lizards, Songs about Drinking, Duran Duran and Songs of 1997.

We won the Kahoot round.

What nationality was Catherine the Great?


In the fourth round we knew:

What four movies were Jennifer Laurence and Bradley Cooper in?

Silver Linings Playbook, Serena, Joy, American Hustle

What do women win in Wimbledon?


In which movie did Clint Eastwood day, “do you feel lucky?”

Dirty Harry

What is a package of paper called?


In which county is Seattle?


Which book is Captain Ahab in?

Moby Dick

What musical instrument does Lady Gaga have on her arm?


Well that’s it for me, have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

Sorry for no post yesterday- I went to bed at 8🤣


It was quite the day because we had an inside recess and lunch! We got through printing, two lessons on rights and responsibilities and a math game. At the end of the day we had a dance party. It was fun to see the kids boogie- some of them have some great moves!

We were just about to dismiss when a code yellow was declared (hold and secure) because there was a bear up the street. I ended up having the kids for an extra half hour🙄


I had had enough by then and decided I needed a run whether I had a running buddy available or not. I didn’t do the hills I was supposed to but got a decent 5km in.


We were back to the five of us and general trivia.

Put the Harry Potter movies in order.

Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of yhe the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince

Finish the quote…

You drive for show, putt for dough

What do men brag is hot?


Where is Skip the Dishes headquartered?


What two states border Manitoba?

North Dakota, Minnesota

Who was president during 9-11?

George W Bush

The music round all featured “one”.

We came second in the Kahoot round but got the drinks as the first team had already won.

How many soldiers are in a Roman legion?


How many children did Jill and Tim have on Home Improvement?


What type of food is a Kennebeck?


What three countries in the world start with Ch?

China, Chile, chad

What was the name of the Russian space shuttle?


Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!


Trivia Tuesday

Well it appears I’m wearing a target.


We worked on the parts of a pumpkin this morning and then went on to putting our pumpkins in order from smallest to biggest.

After recess the kids were super excited to roll virtual dice on the smartboard and tell me whether the number was even or odd. We managed to do this by having each child use their own personal whiteboard marker to touch the smartboard. So simple and yet they loved it.

This afternoon we did a mini book about the life cycle of a pumpkin. The kids got to see me make another mistake as originally I had the flower before the vine. I swear…I meant to do that.

While I was on my prep in the staffroom, where we have been told we have to prep, I was sitting with my lunch to my right, my tea to my left and my phone on my lap as I uploaded Terry Fox run pictures to FreshGrade for the parents. My principal goes by the window, knocks on it and motions for me to put on a mask. I am in the room alone and am eating and drinking…🙄😖


After a quick stop at the dollar store I met up with Dennis for my run at the track. We were supposed to do fifteen repeats of 40 seconds hard, then 20 seconds easy, but Dennis was having real trouble with his breathing so we did nine repeats with more rest. It’s another 2.4km in the run bank.


It was a Seinfeld theme night. I have never watched Seinfeld, but did read up on Elaine in advance.

We actually won the second round!

We came in third overall for the night which is decent when there were only three people on the team who have seen Seinfeld. Sometimes I think a team of four is the best.

Have fun!