October 5, 2019 - Wetland Experiment

This week we added a wetland to the end of our river system. Students made excellent observations about how the water pouring into our reservoir was much cleaner and why that would be. We decided that we would prefer to drink this week's water when compared to the water that we observed last week. Our Grade 2 students are learning that wetlands are a wonderful natural tool for cleaning water and for storing water during floods. Sadly, we also learned that 90% of Calgary's wetlands have been destroyed. The good news is that the city of Calgary is working to protect these important ecosystems. Next week, students will apply what they have learned to make a poster explaining why wetlands are important and what we can do to care for them.

Why are we doing this work? On your child's report card you will see a science stem that reads, "Explores scientific events and issues in society and the environment". For the topic of Liquids, it is driven by curriculum that asks that students learn, "human responsibilities for maintaining clean supplies of water, and identify actions that are taken to ensure that water supplies are safe."

September 29, 2019 - Bow Glacier & River Experiment

Where does the water come from when we turn on the tap?

This week we learned that most (60%) of the water in Calgary comes from the Bow Glacier, north of Lake Louise. It travels down the Bow River to Calgary. We also learned that Calgary experienced a big flood in 2013. Students created dirty "flood water" and ran it through our river system. Ask your child what they observed when they poured their dirty water down our river.

Next week students will learn about the Elbow River which flows through the Weaselhead into the Glenmore Reservoir. It carries 40% of Calgary's water, principally serving the south of the city. Students will be asked to use their critical thinking skills to make a judgement

Which cleans water better: a large river or a wetland?

Here are our awesome scientists in action.

September 21, 2019

When students complete their work, one of their choices is to answer a question at our Estimation Station.

The roots of the work come from our Mathematics curriculum. In Grade 2 it is expected that students will learn to:

  • Estimate quantities to 100, using referents
  • Compare and order numbers up to 100
  • Demonstrate an understanding of addition (limited to 1- and 2-digit numerals) with answers to 100 and the corresponding subtraction

This week's question asks students to estimate how many unifix cubes it would take to cover a leaf. On Friday morning we will discover the exact answer and then analyze our estimates. We begin by sorting each estimate as less than, equal to, or greater than the actual number of unifix cubes. Then students use subtraction to determine the difference between the actual answer and their own estimate.

Last week students were very successful estimating how many pencils were in a jar. One student even estimated the exact quantity!

September 7, 2019 - Signs of Autumn

With signs of autumn starting to appear all around us, one special book that we shared this week was Leaf Man by Lois Elhert. Students wrote a new page to extend the story and imagined a new leafy character. This Friday we used pressed materials, such as leaves and flowers, to create our characters. 

Look below. Can you see a a butterfly, turtle, owl or peacock?

Ms. H.

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September 7, 2019 - Character Education

An important part of our TLC program is Character Education. It is a strand of instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The focus of the program this month is the virtue of respect.

In Room 44, Character Education is taught Monday through Thursday using a 'character circle'. Students sit with their classmates and have turns speaking, sharing their feeling and ideas. The general guidelines are that students may:

  • share a problem 
  • pay a classmate a compliment
  • give an example of how a virtue looks, sounds or feels

To celebrate the end of summer, we built a fire for our character circle each day this week. Our 'talking stick' had marshmallow on its end.

 

Mrs. Hoechstetter

October 5, 2019 - Wetland Experiment

This week we added a wetland to the end of our river system. Students made excellent observations about how the water pouring into our reservoir was much cleaner and why that would be. We decided that we would prefer to drink this week's water when compared to the water that we observed last week. Our Grade 2 students are learning that wetlands are a wonderful natural tool for cleaning water and for storing water during floods. Sadly, we also learned that 90% of Calgary's wetlands have been destroyed. The good news is that the city of Calgary is working to protect these important ecosystems. Next week, students will apply what they have learned to make a poster explaining why wetlands are important and what we can do to care for them.

Why are we doing this work? On your child's report card you will see a science stem that reads, "Explores scientific events and issues in society and the environment". For the topic of Liquids, it is driven by curriculum that asks that students learn, "human responsibilities for maintaining clean supplies of water, and identify actions that are taken to ensure that water supplies are safe."

September 29, 2019 - Bow Glacier & River Experiment

Where does the water come from when we turn on the tap?

This week we learned that most (60%) of the water in Calgary comes from the Bow Glacier, north of Lake Louise. It travels down the Bow River to Calgary. We also learned that Calgary experienced a big flood in 2013. Students created dirty "flood water" and ran it through our river system. Ask your child what they observed when they poured their dirty water down our river.

Next week students will learn about the Elbow River which flows through the Weaselhead into the Glenmore Reservoir. It carries 40% of Calgary's water, principally serving the south of the city. Students will be asked to use their critical thinking skills to make a judgement

Which cleans water better: a large river or a wetland?

Here are our awesome scientists in action.

September 21, 2019

When students complete their work, one of their choices is to answer a question at our Estimation Station.

The roots of the work come from our Mathematics curriculum. In Grade 2 it is expected that students will learn to:

  • Estimate quantities to 100, using referents
  • Compare and order numbers up to 100
  • Demonstrate an understanding of addition (limited to 1- and 2-digit numerals) with answers to 100 and the corresponding subtraction

This week's question asks students to estimate how many unifix cubes it would take to cover a leaf. On Friday morning we will discover the exact answer and then analyze our estimates. We begin by sorting each estimate as less than, equal to, or greater than the actual number of unifix cubes. Then students use subtraction to determine the difference between the actual answer and their own estimate.

Last week students were very successful estimating how many pencils were in a jar. One student even estimated the exact quantity!

September 7, 2019 - Signs of Autumn

With signs of autumn starting to appear all around us, one special book that we shared this week was Leaf Man by Lois Elhert. Students wrote a new page to extend the story and imagined a new leafy character. This Friday we used pressed materials, such as leaves and flowers, to create our characters. 

Look below. Can you see a a butterfly, turtle, owl or peacock?

Ms. H.

     .  .   


September 7, 2019 - Character Education

An important part of our TLC program is Character Education. It is a strand of instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The focus of the program this month is the virtue of respect.

In Room 44, Character Education is taught Monday through Thursday using a 'character circle'. Students sit with their classmates and have turns speaking, sharing their feeling and ideas. The general guidelines are that students may:

  • share a problem 
  • pay a classmate a compliment
  • give an example of how a virtue looks, sounds or feels

To celebrate the end of summer, we built a fire for our character circle each day this week. Our 'talking stick' had marshmallow on its end.

 

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