Italian Celebration

This week all grades took part in activities and a special Italian assembly.

The grade 3 girls and boys learned about one of the celebrations important in Italian culture, Carnevale.  It is held each year before Lent begins.  (Lent is the forty day period when the Catholic tradition of not eating meat on Fridays is observed in the lead up to Easter.)

The word “Carnevale” means farewell to meat.  Children and adults dress up with traditional and modern masks.  There are parties and parades.  The most famous Carnevale celebrations take place in the city of Venice.

We made our own Carnevale masks decorated with sequins and feathers.  Here is just a sample of the wonderful masks created.


We have been learning about time and discussing important times of the day. Our focus has been on o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times.

Activities you can do at home:

  • On Schedule – Make a timeline of your day including any activities you do and the time. For example, you may want to record the time you wake up, when you eat lunch, and what time you get home from school.
  • Story Time – Make up stories that use time and write down each time, draw pictures of an analogue clock to show the time, or move the hour and minute hands of an analog clock to show the time. For example, you can tell a story about a rooster that cock-a-doodle-doos at six o’clock in the morning and then at twelve o’clock in the afternoon and then again at seven o’clock in the evening.
  • Day and Night –  Write about activities that you do during the day. What time do you go to school? What time do you have lunch? What time do you have recess? Then think about what you do at the same time at night. For example, if you wake up at 7:00 in the morning, what do you do at 7:00 at night?

Interactive games you can play:


Matching Time

Hickory Dickory


Stop The Clock (o’clock and half past)

Stop The Clock (15 minute intervals)

Giraffe Dash