Friday 30 January 2015

Social Studies - Interactive games/videos

AA Parents!

Below you can find some interactive games/videos about our unit in social studies.

Do you know the about the Great Lakes?

Capital  Scramble - identify the provinces and their capital cities in  this interactive game

Canada's  Treasure Hunt - from TVO Kids - Search for "hidden treasure"  as you learn about the provinces and territories of Canada                           

Online Dictionary for kids -


Tourist attractions in Ontario:

Solve the Mystery:

3-D shapes


A 3-D link that kids enjoy!

Quran update. Tr. Ibtissam


Can you please practice with your child Surah An-Nazia't From Ayah 1 to 10


Thursday 29 January 2015

Quran Competition

Dear parents and guardians,

Assalamu Allikum

Hope this email reaches you in the best state of Eman.

For the students who have submitted registration slips for the competition, please be advised that the first round of the competition will start after the Family Day weekend  and will last until the beginning of March, so be prepared for this round according to the following dates:

 (Feb. 17 to Feb.20 )              JK, SK
 (Feb.17. to Feb. 20)              Grades 1.
 (Feb. Feb. 27)              Grades 2 and 3 .
 (Feb.17. to Feb 20)               Grades 4
 (Feb. Feb. 27)              Grades 5 & 6 
 (Feb.17. to Feb 20)               Grades 7 & 8 

On a final note, we would really appreciate any donations you can make in support of this competition. Jazakum Allah Khairan, no need to remind you of the enormous ajer in helping such a noble cause.
Those donations will go towards the gifts and trophies we will give for all of our students who participated.

Wassalamu Allikum

Wednesday 28 January 2015

3-D Geometry and 3-D Measurement

Dear Parents,

Over the next couple of weeks, your child will be working with 3-D geometry shapes and measuring mass and capacity. Students will name and compare prisms and pyramids. They will also identify attributes, such as the number of faces, edges, and vertices. Students will then study the concept of measurement involving mass (the amount of matter in an object) and capacity (the amount a container will hold). The goal of your child will be to use their knowledge of 3-D shapes, mass, and capacity to solve related problems.


Tuesday 20 January 2015


AA Parents,

Inshalla all is well. I wanted to take this time to kindly remind parents that students have spelling homework every week! I give the students a whole week plus the weekend to complete the spelling lesson and study for the spelling test. However, many of the students come back to school with this homework incomplete. Students are given plenty of time (6+ days) to complete three pages from their spelling spectrum book. Please help your child manage his/her time accordingly. Encourage your child to do one page everyday or every other day (instead of keeping everything to the last minute). There is a spelling test every Monday!

Topics we have covered in spelling:
Short and long vowel sounds 
Words with final double consonants 
Words with final /le/ sound
Words ending with the -ed and -ing 
words with /oi/ /ou/ /o/ sound 

In the meantime, we are still exploring fables! 


The students are required to read passages and answer multiple choice and long answers. They are also required to write proper paragraphs on a given topic (i.e. Which method of transportation is the best form).

There are two kinds of writing. One tells a story and has a beginning, middle and end. The other gives information that has an introduction, body and a conclusion. The key to success for either type of writing is to have a plan that will tell about the topic (or a web). A great planner treasures writing out the sketch first by starting with a topic sentence or main thought. Next, he has to write or outline the reason(s) or fact(s) followed by examples as explanations. Finally, he writes the conclusion, which usually restates the topic sentence and becomes the ending paragraph or thought.
Here is a guide for your child to follow for writing a winning story or paragraph.
Writing Checklist for Success
  • Write a topic sentence
  • Sketch out ideas-reasons
  • Give details and examples (examples (proof) from the text)
  • Draft
  • Reread and make corrections
  • Edit: Check for transitional words, capital letters, punctuation, spelling
  • Revise: Stayed on topic and have a concluding statement
  • Proofread
  • Final copy

Tip: The more your child reads, the better his/her writing skills will be. The more a child writes, the better he/she will read.

Please check out the links below. You can practice with your child and correct their work. 

Language Link

Monday 19 January 2015

Quran Update


We will be having a test for Surah Abasa on Friday  Jan-23-15 Inshaa Allah


Arabic Update Tr. Amal

أولياء الأمور الكرام / السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته 

أتمنى للجميع الصحة والسلامة وبعد ,

أعلمكم بأنه سيكون هناك تققييم كتابي يوم الأربعاء القادم _ بأذن الله_ في  درس ( في المتجر)  وسيتم تقييم التلاميذ في النقاط التالية:

- الفهم والاستيعاب  ( الإجابة على الأسئلة)

- فهم معاني المفردات  الواردة في الدرس .

 - التعبير عن الصور بجملة مفيدة .

أرجو مساعدتكم في هذا الأمر  وأنا بدوري سأأقوم غدا - إن شاء الله - بمراجعة الدرس مع التلاميذ.

جزاكم الله خيرا

المدرسة أمل

Saturday 17 January 2015

Math new chapter: Data Management

Dear Parent,
During the next week, your child will design surveys to collect data; sort and
organize data using Venn diagrams and tally charts; represent data by creating
pictographs and bar graphs with scales of 2, 5, and 10; and describe and interpret
bar graphs, pictographs, and circle graphs. Your child will explore what makes a
survey question a good one, how best to organize and display a given data set,
and what sorts of things a graph can tell us.
Throughout this time, you and your child can practise some activities such as the
• Your child can count some items that come in large quantities (e.g., straws) and
create a pictograph with a scale of 10 to represent the items.
• Your child can design a question, conduct a survey, tally the results, and display
the data in a bar graph. For example, they could ask, “How many of my books
do I want to read, or read again: soon, someday, or never?” and then interpret
the results.
• Your child could look in the media for examples of bar graphs with scales and tell
you 3 or 4 things the graph shows. The scale might be larger than 10; they could
discuss why the scale used is appropriate.
• When sharing a circular item, such as a pie, encourage your child to compare the
sizes of slices (cut from the centre); this is similar to a circle graph.
You may also want to visit the Nelson Web Site at for
more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive
attitude towards learning mathematics, and for books that relate children’s literature
to data management. Also check the Web site for links to other Web sites that
provide online tutorials, math problems, and brainteasers.

Reminder: math quiz on Monday in sha'Allah


Tuesday 13 January 2015

Islamic Studies Update

As-salamu alaikum dear parents of Grade 3 students,

I pray you are doing well and that you had a relaxing break.

This is share with you that grade 3 students have studied and practiced wudu' during the month of November and December. Tr. Hajer and Tr. Fatima used many methods to teach and encourage students to perfect their wudu'. Students' wudu was also assessed in various ways throughout November and December. 

Further, grade 3 students were offered a wudu' workshop where they focused on the proper order of the steps of wudu' while assessing their own wudu' process. Peer evaluation was also conducted to give students a chance to teach each other and be critical about the performance of wudu'. 

I have also made regular visits to both girls and boys washrooms during wudu' time to correct mistakes and ensure students are more conscious of their wudu'.

Please note that wudu' will not be covered in Grade 4's textbook next year, and therefore grade 3 students are expected to master their wudu' this year. We encourage you to be part of this important learning and spiritual experience your child is going through, and it might be a good idea to watch your child making wudu' every once in a while to ensure compliance with the etiquette and steps of wudu'. 

Grade 3 students have also learned about congregational prayers, which they practice during dhur prayer everyday at school (including Jumu`ah prayer). They will continue to learn about other topics related to Salah in the coming years insha'Allah. It is important that students are encouraged to practice their salah at home and visit the masjid when possible. 

Your cooperation in reinforcing what our dear students are learning at school is highly appreciated  by us as educators, and most important, by your children as they grow to become strong Muslims insha'Allah.

Jazakum Allah khair.

Math H.W and Math Quiz

AA dear parents,

Math homework for Thursday in sha'Allah: P 52 (workbook).
Students will also have a quiz (adding and subtracting three-digit numbers) next week in sha'Allah.


Monday 12 January 2015

Social Studies - Update

AA Parent,

In Social Studies we have covered basic concepts of maps (legends, compass, scale etc.). We have also looked at a certain type of map (The Political Map). Students now know the different continents. They understand that we live North America.
As a class we also talked about the different features found in a globe.

  • North and South pole is cold
  •  the equator is hot.  
  • Northern Hemisphere 
  • Southern Hemisphere 
  • Eastern and Western Hemisphere 
  • Prime Meridian 
  • The oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Artic)
An activity was given to the students to work on at home; colour and cut out the continents.  Have a balloon at a medium size and glue the continents. Write the oceans in the correct place. Students are encouraged to do this and hang it up somewhere in their home or room.

We moved forward and we are now discovering Canada as a Country
- Provinces (capitalized on a map)
- Major Cities 
- Where each province is located and what it is known for (oil, forest etc.)
- Comparing provinces


Monday 5 January 2015


AA Parents,

I hope everyone had a well rested winter break. I want us to remember to renew/clear our intentions for this year. Today we reviewed basic expectations in the classroom. We also discussed our adventures during the winter break. Inshalla we will get back to our weekly spelling tests and activities. We will take up the Language EQAO booklets tomorrow inshalla, please make sure students remember to bring them in.  We will continue focuing on writing with detail and fables.