A WONDER-ful Book Talk & iPhone/iPad Sticky Note Ideas

I read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio to my grade 4 class last year, they really enjoyed it and it brought up many great discussions. You can link it to the language curriculum as well as it ties in nicely with the Health Education curriculum as well.
If you’re interested in promoting the book to your students feel free to use this book talk I made:

Reading and appeal levels:
Junior, Intermediate (elementary)

Ontario Curriculum Links:
Grade 4 Language – Reading
By the end of Grade 4, students will:
read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic and informational texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/language18currb.pdf)

Grade 4 Health & Physical Education –Understanding Health Concepts
C1.3 describe various types of bullying and abuse (e.g., social, physical, verbal), including bullying using technology (e.g., via e-mail, text messaging, chat rooms, websites), and identify appropriate ways of responding [IS] (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health1to8.pdf)

As a fun activity while reading the book I had the students pretend “tweet” as one of the characters on these iPhone stickies/Post-it notes I found at the dollar store (in less than 140 characters of course!). My colleague Laura did a similar activity with these sticky notes to practice chapter summaries in less than 140 characters. Oh what us teachers can do with dollar store goodies! 🙂 

Last June I “real” tweeted out a photo of their stickies:

I haven’t been able to find these iPhone Post-it notepads at my local dollar store lately, so I decided to create my own, they aren’t sticky, but who doesn’t have a glue stick? Feel free to download them and use for your own classes. Please comment below and let me know what you used them for! I added one with lines to help the littlest tweeters.

iPhone Stickies L.Aradj
Click HERE for PDF version of the stickies (like above).
Here’s the Google Drive shared folder with iPhone & larger iPad versions:

iPhone/iPad Stickies/Post-its FOLDER


“Vedettes du S.P.O.R.T” Gym Classroom Management Posters in French

Les Vedettes du S.P.O.R.T

Vedettes du SPORTWhen I taught Health & Physical Education in English a few years ago I used the “S.T.A.R.S” system to help with behaviour management and to keep the students motivated in the gym. I had no luck finding a French version anywhere so I made this loose translation, it’s the same idea, but as you’d expect with any translation I had to change the acronym. In French it works as “S.P.O.R.T” instead of “S.T.A.R.S”. My students love it! We concentrate on one letter per month and after each class I choose 2 students who exemplified that particular letter/trait very well and they get to sign the “wall of fame”.

In English:VedettesDuSportLAradj
S= Stay on task
T= Try your best
A= Actively participate
R= Respect yourself, others and the equipment
S= Sports Etiquette & Fair play

Example of Wall of Fame for “Sportivité”

En français:
S= Sportivité
P= Participation Active
O= On reste concentré(e)s
R= Respectez vous, les autres et l’équipement
T= Tentez votre mieux








Here are the posters I made to hang up in the gym in black & white PDF (click to download):

SharedFolderAnd here’s the Google Drive shared folder:

Vedettes du S.P.O.R.T Posters FOLDER


Welcome to MrsGeekChic.com! Here’s to a new adventure!

Here goes nothing! After several years of blogging for an audience of mostly parents of my students via school-wide and classroom blogs, today begins my new adventure with a new audience: TEACHERS!

My goal is to share, inspire and to make teachers a little more geeky through my Ed Tech tips, tricks and resources. 

Welcome and thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my new blog!


Geekily yours,

That day in 2009 when I got my first Smartboard…

{Previously posted on on old my classroom blog in 2009. I wanted to keep this little throwback to my first real step into the EdTech world…What a ride it’s been since the Principal at Dewson invested in me and my vision for technology & education!}

Here are a few photos of the new addition to our classroom–the SMARTBOARD. This new teaching technology will be shared with the other classes on the 2nd floor throughout the year. Ask your child about it, it’s amazing!!!!!
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