Being Human! Being Proud

As part of Project Imagine-action, students in the Grade 3/4 class had been learning about Human Rights. They got a chance to explore this important concept and then they created posters for the school about human rights and how we can all be better human beings. As a culmination project, they created powerpoints about some Canadian Human Right Defenders. It is their first time using Powerpoint. Although these students are little (and it shows in their work), yet what they have learnt and produced is big!

Wilson Head

John Peters Humphrey

 Emily Murphy

Famous Five

Irene Parlby

Jules Deschenes

 Lester B. Pearson

Mary Two-Axe Earley

Nellie McClung


Willie o’ree


Grade 2 got creative this year while using the program Pixie-2 to create digital stories of their own. Some are about them, some are recounts of stories they have heard while others come purely out of their own imagination. Great job, kiddos! 

Waiting to go to the Park story

Titanic story

Waiting for Christmas to come

grand theft auto

My best weekend story

one halloween night

My princess story

My Best Weekend

Going to the Park

A ghost and five children

Scary Day


Halloween Monster

I want a bike

Digestive System Tours

Our Grade 5 students learnt about the Digestive System in a really neat way this year. They used Google Sketchup to create 3-D animations of the system. It was wonderful to see them maneuvering around the complex software to create meaningful, appealing animations. They then gave a tour through the system with screencasting programs – some liked ScreenR while most preferred Jing. On the side they were engaged in purposeful conversations about the topic using an online discussion forum – Pepper. It was amazing to see how technology can transform teaching and learning in some cool ways.

Here are some animation screencasts for you to watch and comment on, as you enjoy each student’s individual creativity and innovation:

AA Presents Digestive System

MS’s digestive system project

AR- Digestive System finally done

AS – Digestive System

HK presents the Digestive System

MK’s Screencast-good copy

MA – Digestive System

NK presents Digestive System Project

PA’s Digestive System Tour

SS – The Digestive System process

SR – Digestive System Screencast_

TL’s digestive system

TS presents the Digestive System

UI – Digestive system screencast

US presents DS

FD’s Digestive System Tour

AI talks about Digestive System

KJ – Digestive System

MB’s Digestive System screencast

ZL’s screencast good copy

Beauty and the Beast

While Mrs. Cies’ and Mrs. Brown’s Grade 1 classes were learning to be respectful, their teachers read them the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  The students made connections to how the story has examples of respect in it. For the school assembly, they showed the school the following video made out of pictures that they drew about the story (using the program Pixie) read out loud in their own voices. So, turn up your computer volume and enjoy the story:

beauty and the beast



Silver Birch Fiction 2011

Students who are participating in Silver Birch 2011 (Fiction) are now welcome to contribute to the following Voicethread. After you have read the book and have had an interview with a teacher about it, please select the title of your book from the Voicethread below and leave your comments – either as an audio comment, typed comment or even a doodle!

Ms. Tomasevic and Ms. Shori.

Sound it Out!

It’s time to learn about Sound, Grade 4s! You will be visiting the following websites to find out some information about how ‘sound’ works. If the words are too hard to read yourself, use the ‘Reader’ button at the top of your page.

At the end, you will be leaving comments to share what you have learnt. As usual, extra credit will be given to making connections with the world, other books or with your own life.

Being Honest with Pinocchio

The value of the month for January at our school is Honesty. As the Grade 1s learnt about what honesty means, their teacher Ms. Cies read them the famous story of Pinocchio! Being 21st century learners, they then got to make a digital story about Pinocchio in the computer lab with Ms.
Shori.  Hope you like it!

Pinocchio movie

Light it Up!

Hi Grade 4s

 Please visit the following websites to learn more about Light and how it works. As you learn and do the activities, try to think of ‘how’ and ‘why’ something happens. When you’re done, leave a comment to tell us what you have learnt. Extra credit will be given for making connections.

We are Responsible

Focussing on the Corliss Value of the month ‘Responsibility’, the grade 2 students in Ms. Banu’s class decided to share some ways in which they are responsible. They created pictures of their responsibility acts using Kidpix in the computer lab. They then recorded their words using Audacity. The pictures and sounds were put together on Frames to create a class movie that was later shown at the school assembly as well. Check out these proud, responsible students:

Gr 2 ResponsibilityMovie

States of Matter

After visiting the following links to understand the states of matter, the grade 5s will leave a comment to summarize what they learnt. (Extra credit will be given to students who are able to make connections and give examples from real life as well):

Winter Olympics e-book

Ms. Sargent’s Grade 1 students were really excited about the Winter Olympics. They had been watching some parts of the games on their classroom projector and at home. In the computer lab with Ms. Shori, they decided to make pictures showing some of their excitement. We added some music to the slides (track titled “Goal” by George Wood taken from Here is our e-book for you to enjoy!!

Click here to check it out on the full screen:
Olympics Movie

Press play to watch movie on small screen:

Buy A Glass of Water Please!!

While studying Media Literacy with Ms. Shori, the grade 2 and 3 students from Ms. Gonsalves’ class and Mr. Mohammed’s class learnt about advertising tricks and how ads are posted in various places to target various types of audiences. They then got creative and started to design their own ads. In the following videos, you can see the ads they created selling A GLASS OF WATER!
(They used Kidpix for designing. The sound effects were later taken from and the title picture was taken from

Ms. Shori would like to thank Ms. Sutherland of Toronto District School Board for giving her this idea!!

Glass of Water2-3

Glass of water 3A

Beginning Ancient Egypt

The Grade 5 students in Ms. Hager’s class have just started to learn about Ancient Egypt. They are excited to share some new words they’re coming across. We worked for the first time on Voicethread for this assignment, so some students have only shared one word instead of two. But it’s a great try. Have a look yourself:

Forest of Reading 2010

Forest of Reading 2010 is here! And we’re going to get started soon! Let’s get ready to read some new books, review them, comment on them and then vote for them!! 

Check out the titles in the following podcast created by the Computer Club for their wonderful library teacher, Ms. Tomasevic. Spiced up with some music by George Wood (Seeing the Light) taken from, the clip takes you into the wonderful world of Blue Spruce and Silver Birch! Happy Reading!!

Forest of Reading 2010

Grade 5 turns Bills to Laws!

In Social Studies, Ms. Front’s Grade 5 learnt about how an ordinary bill becomes a famous law in the Senate. They then represented their learning through a comic strip created using the online program “BitStripsForSchools”, which helped their creativity come to life.  Below are their teacher’s top 5 picks. Now, don’t they really deserve an applause?

(If you can’t read some of the comics clearly due to their smaller size, you can zoom in by holding the CTRL key and + key at the same time until it is big enough for you! To go back to the original size hold CTRL and – keys together.)

Bill to Law 1

The next one is called:

Bill to Law 2

Here comes the next:

Bill to Law 3

Another good one:

Bill to Law 4

And here comes another that deserves to be here:

Bill to Law 5

We are Happy!!

These enthusiastic Grade 2s in Ms. Maharaj’s class set out to tell everyone that they’re happy! They drew, they wrote, they spoke and they had fun! In the end, each one got to get a CD of his or her “I am Happy” video to show off to family and friends!!

The video podcast that follows is a mish-mash of all of them saying “I am Happy”.  Enjoy!

I am Happy Podcast

Is Grade 2 ‘Late for Supper’?

For Drama, the students in Grade 2 read a book called ‘Late for Supper’ (by Lalie Harcourt and Ricki Wortzman, published by GageLearning) with Ms. Shori. The book is about a boy named Marcus who is looking for his dog Boots and is afraid that he might be late for supper. The students took on the roles of various characters in the story. They then put on an audio play using the program Audacity. Sit back and enjoy!!

Late for Supper Audio Play

ExploraVision Entry – Honourable Mention!

Corliss Public School participated this year in ExploraVision – a contest which is more than just a contest! It calls for young minds to think of innovations in Science that could change the face of the world in the future. Schools from all across United States and Canada participate in this contest every year with the guidance of their teacher coach. We are proud to announce that our very first attempt in this prestigious contest has brought us an honourable mention award! The Grade 5 team is very excited and can’t stop talking about it. So, I just passed them the microphone and here’s the result (pepped up with some great music from the track titled “Goal” by George Wood, taken from PodsafeAudio) !!


Christmas is Near!

 With festivity in the air, who can blame two bubbly Grade 4 and 5 students for deciding to make a video about Christmas! Jazzed up with a little music and pictures (courtesy:,,, their own voices will give you a good feel of the holiday tradition! The students are getting comfortable with Movie Maker as well, as you will notice!


Corliss Respects!

Our first podcast!!!!

Our school chooses a value every month to focus on and students are given credit for getting caught demonstrating it. For this month, the goal for everyone was to show “Respect”.
The computer club which meets twice a week in the computer lab, took on the task of making a small presentation for the school. It’s their first attempt based on a poem titled “Respect” by Anders Lim (credited in the video) and has been a great success at our school! Enjoy the show!