Find information about general class activities, “what we did today” blogs, examples of student projects, reminders, and general resources that parents or students might find useful. Upcoming events are in our calendar.

Weekly Schedule

Monday: Library - no more signing out books.
Tuesday: Word Rings (for those students doing them)
Wednesday: Walking Wednesday
Thursday:
Friday:

Reminders:

LAST DAY JUNE 27 (Thursday) - early dismissal at 11:50am.


Bee Sharing Night

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Celebration of Learning last night.  The students were so proud to take you through all of the stations and share their learning with you.  We hope you enjoyed learning all the cool facts about bees as well!




Honeycomb Art and Cool Bee Facts

We finished off our paper bag fact book today - we can't wait to show you this book on sharing night next week!  What cool facts did I write about bees?  We started our honeycomb art that we are going to decorate the gym with.  We used a hexagon to trace for the cells and then used crayon and watercolours for the rest.  Check out some of our math messages from this week below.   The challenge is that you can only use the numbers below.  You may add or subtract.



Chinook Honey Company Field Trip

Our last field trip was a success!  We had a great time learning more about honey bees today.  What were some new facts that I learned?  We even got to see a live hive and find the queen bee.  


Newcomers Museum Kit

Can you guess what the artifacts are below?  What were they used for?  Were they made by hand or by a machine?


Bees and Ozobots

We can't wait to show you the coding we made with the ozobots and bees today.  We worked in a group and had criteria to follow.  How does the coding work?  What codes did we choose and why?



Canadian Pacific Railway

We got our museum kit from the Glenbow today and discussed the different ways that people came to Canada - through covered wagon and boat.  We also discussed the building of the CP Rail and how BC would not join Canada unless the railway was built.  This was a very dangerous and tough job so they brought in people from China that were looking for work.  We talked about the unfair work conditions and how it was unfair for these people just because they couldn't speak English.  Tomorrow we are going to be making poster advertising for people to come and work on the railway.  


BEE PSA

What does a PSA stand for?  We chose our topics today and started planning and designing our commercial for our Celebration night.  What is my topic?  Who am I working with in my group?  What do I find challenging about working in a group?  What do I like about working in a group?  Some of us starting using a storyboard to plan out each scene. What ideas do we have so far?

Why Do Bees Matter?

We had a discussion and the students came up with the ideas below about what would happen if there were no bees left (see below).   We learned about a famous scientist - Albert Einstein who said a very famous quote a long time ago (see below).  Why do I think bees are important?  


Coming to Canada

We looked at posters from the past that would put up in Europe to get people to move to Canada.  We learned that you could move to Canada and get 160 acres for a $10 fee.  There were rules thought...1. You had to farm on the land 2. You had to build a home 3. You had to live on the land for 3 years and then it would be yours.  We used the app Pic Collage and created our own posters and then printed them off to put in our travel bags.  Check out some of the posters from the past and some of our posters. 

Comparing Invertebrates 

We discussed the similarities and differences between insects, spiders, worms and centipedes.  Did you know that spiders, worms and centipedes were not insects??  What are some important facts about insects?  Can I tell you the differences between the 4 invertebrates?  What are some similarities?


Bar U Ranch 

We had a wonderful day at Bar U Ranch.  Thank you to our wonderful volunteers that helped out today!!! The children were amazing and had lots of fun learning.  We created a page in our visual journal about the day.  We wrote 3 things that we learned, our favourite part and why, and one questions that we still had.  What did I write today?  


Bar U Ranch

We watched these videos today to get an idea of what we are going to see on Thursday.  What kinds of horses did Bar U Ranch used to raise?  What is the difference between a ranch and a farm?


Vitruvian Man

Are you Vitruvian?  The students learned about the Vitruvian man.  What does it mean to be Vitruvian?  How did I try to solve this?  What objects did I use to measure?  What was challenging?  How did I know if I was Vitruvian or not?

Ted Harrison Art

Who is Ted Harrison?  What north territory is he from?  What is special about his paintings (Hint: think colours, lines, shapes).  We did our own versions of Ted Harrison's art work today.  We created the lines by putting glue on them and then used oil pastels to add the colours.  What inuksuk did I choose to put on my art?


Boat Testing

This was the criteria that our boats had to follow today:

1. Float

2. Materials needed to survive in the water

3. Move on it's own in the water

4. Hold 10 marbles

How did my first test go today?  What changes do I need to make if I tested today?  Some of us are still building and will test tomorrow. 


Boat Building has begun!!

We continued with our design process and gave feedback to our partner on their boat design.  What feedback did I give to my partner?  What did my partner say to me? We then started building our boats.  We have to make sure that our boat is small enough to fit in the water table, it must be able to move on it's own, it must be able to hold 10 marbles, it must be able to float and the materials must be able to survive in the water.  Our next step is to test our boat after it is built.


Inuit Games and Traditions

We learned about our last Inuit topic.  We discussed the many different games and traditions of the Inuit.  We even got to build the hole and pin game.  How many times did I get the pin in the hole?  Did you know that I could make this easy at home with a pencil/marker, string, and a piece from a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll?  We will eventually get to take this game home but it is going in our travel bag with all of information and artifacts about the different communities we have been learning about. 



Discover Archeology

We had a blast learning how to be an archeologist today.  What does an archeologist study?  We went to 4 different stations.  The pictures are below of each station.  Some questions to ask your child:

1. What is the difference between an artifact and an ecofact?

2. What are some different ways to classify artifacts and ecofacts?

3. What were some ways to tell the difference between an animal bone and human bone?

4. How many vertebrae's does a mammal have? 

5. What was the mammal that we built using part of his bones?



Inuksuks and Inuit Transportation

What is an inuksuk?  What is it made of?  What do the two inuksuks means below?  Can I remember some of the other meanings?  We also discussed the types of transportation that the Inuit used in the passed and compared it to what they use now.  Can I describe the pictures below to you?



Gym Challenges

Check out some the challenges we have been doing in gym.  Can I try and work on them at home? 


Baby Kinsley

We loved our visit with Baby Kinsley.  She has grown and changed so much.  Last time when we measured her she was 29 unifix blocks long.  How long was she today?  What were some of the things that she learned to do?  How was she feeling today?  How could I tell this?




Inuit Daily Life

Can I describe these pictures to you?  How are they the same and different then the Acadian daily life?

Tuesday Story

Can I tell you what I wrote about these two pictures?  We are loving this story and can't wait see what happens next.  What is my prediction?


Inuit Housing and Clothing

We discussed the two different types of Inuit housing and why the Inuit would choose to use each kind.  We watched a short video showing how the Inuit built an igloo - it was amazing!! We looked at the different Inuit clothing and talked about the types of animal skin they would use to make their clothes.  Can I tell you about it?



Ocean Marine Animal Webinar

We spoke with a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Federation that specializes in whales and dolphins...her name is Alexander Cole.  We learned lots of important things like how scientists save animals that are entangled, injured or washed ashore.  We also discussed how the ocean is used for different things like: transporting goods, fish farming, oil and gas, fishing and for recreation.  What are some of the important ways that we can help keep the animals safe in the ocean?  Hint: it involves something to do with plastic :)

Da Vinci Boat Sketch

We have been learning lots about boats and materials that will float.  What is the front of the boat called?  What is the back of the boat called?  Our challenge today was to follow the criteria below to create our own boat.  The best part is that our boat has to be able to move - we can't wait.  Please start to collect materials from home that your have decided you would like to use in the making of your boat.  We are excited to follow the same process that we did when we designed our ocean clean up tool.



365 Penguins

Our problem today was how could the 60 penguins already in the house be organized into equal groups.  For example, there could be 6 groups of 10 penguins.  Some of us used math sentences and some of us used blocks to help us figure this out.  When we went over it as a class we noticed there was a pattern.  Can I try to solve this at home?  Here are some examples from today.

Inuit Artifacts

We sketched and wrote our wonders and then learned what each of the artifacts was and what they were used for.  What artifact did I find the most interesting and why?  Can I tell you about some of these artifacts below?


Franklin Expedition

We learned about the Franklin Expedition today.  What interesting facts can I tell you about this?  What was important about the Inuit people?  Is this still a mystery?  Take a look at some of the videos we watched showing the two ships being found in 2014 and 2016 - they went missing in 1845!!!



365 Penguins Math and Acadian Boat Art

We started the book called 365 Penguins.  There is so much math in this book.  We are going to read a few pages at a time and then we will work on math problems related to the book.  What is the story about so far?  Check out the math problem we worked on today.  Can I show you the strategy I used to solve this?  See the examples below of some of the strategies we used. Also look at our finished boat art that we did - we are so proud of it!


Acadian Boat Art, Multiply Splat and Tuesday Story

We wrote about the next page in our Tuesday story (see below).  What did I write today?  How did I describe what the frog was doing to the bird?  In math we worked on splats (see below) but they had more than one splat and we had to figure out how many blue dots were under the splats.  We are getting very strong at our mental math facts!  For art today, we used different mediums to create the water and the background for our boat art.  We even learned how to make an origami boat - watch the video below on how we made it.



Measurement Estimating, Tuesday Story, and Plasticine Boats

We have been working hard on estimating over the last couple of weeks.  We are getting really strong at this skill.  It even helped us when we were estimating how many marbles our plasticine boats would hold today.  We were given a ball of plasticine and had to make it float and then it had to be able to hold marbles.  How did I shape my boat to get it to float?  What changes did I have to make to get it to work? What was my estimate on how many marbles it would hold?  How many did it actually hold?  We looked at the next page in our Tuesday story (see below).  What did I write today?


Inuit Artifacts

We got our Museokit from the Glenbow Museum and we got to sketch different artifacts and write down our wonders today.  We answered the questions below:

Tuesday Story

We have taken a break from our stories that we are writing and we are using the wordless book "Tuesday" by David Wesner to help us practice adding details to our stories and write using interesting beginnings.  How did I start my story using the picture below?  We will look at a page at a time when we are writing this story. 




Making Floaters Sink and Sinkers Float

We used the objects from last week that floated and sank and tried to make them do the opposite.  How did we get the cork to sink?  How did we get the jewels to float?  How did we make the shell float?  We watched a great video about floating and sinking today and learned about mass and volume.  What does mass mean?  What does volume mean?


Sinkers and Floaters

Using different objects like wood, tin foil, plasticine, and cork we made predictions about whether these objects would float or sink.  Were my predictions right?  What material was I most surprised by?


Word Collectors

We read the story "Word Collector" by Peter Reynolds.   The boy in the story likes to collect different words and use them to write poems. We went on our own word hunt and collected lots of different words from magazines that we liked and then glued them into our words book.  What was my favourite word that I found?  How could I use that word in a sentence?

Estimating

See what we estimated today.  We are getting really strong at our estimating skills!  What strategy do I do to help me estimate?



Acadians and Estimating

We discussed and compared how the Acadians lived, dressed, got around and ate.  How is it different from how we do things now? How is it the same? Can I tell you about the pictures below?

Estimating

How did I use the first picture of the marbles in a glass to help me figure out the answer for the next 3 questions?

How did I estimate how long the rope was in cm?  What helped me to figure it out?


Mr. Fred and Lobster Traps

We were lucky enough that Mr. Fred is from Nova Scotia and he brought in a lobster trap to show us how they worked to catch lobsters.   We learned that some lobsters can be blue but most are a brown/black colour until they are cooked and then they turn red.  Did you know that lobsters used to be considered food for the poor?  The Acadians eventually started eating lobster after the Mi'kmaq taught them how to trap them but they still preferred to eat Cod fish.  After Mr. Fred's visit we got to make our own trap, lobster and buoy.  What is a buoy?  Why are they different colours?

P.S. Don't forget your helmet tomorrow - last day of inline skating :)


Pringle Ringle

Check out our math problem today!  First we had to estimate how many pringles we thought it would take to make the "Pringle Ringle".  Then we talked about what would be a "too high" estimate and a "too low" estimate (we are getting much better at this as you can see from below).  For the next step we had to figure out how many pringles were actually used by finding the difference between the amount in the container and how many we left.  What strategy did I use to solve this?  Some of us subtracted the tens and ones and some of us used a number line.  Can I show you my strategy at home?


Acadians

We have looked at the daily life of the Acadians and traditions that they had in the past. Can I tell you some of the chores that they would do during the day?  What were some of their traditions?  How do they differ from the chores and traditions we do today?


Conduction of Materials and Math Message

We learned about the scientific word "conduction" and talked about how heat transfers through different materials.  We looked at wood, metal and plastic.  What did we learn about those materials?  Did they conduct heat?

Blubber Experiment

We talked about how different animals stay warm that live in the cold.  For example, how do whales stay warm in the cold water?  We learned about blubber and how it is a layer of fat in between the skin and muscle layers that keeps the animals warm.  We even got to experience what it would feel like to be in cold water with blubber on our hand.  What did I notice was the difference between the had that had blubber and the hand that didn't have blubber?


Ozobots

Our school was lucky enough to have a class set of Ozobots bought by parent council for us to use.  Mr. Wilcox brought them into our class today and we got to transfer some of the coding skills we have already learned.  Today we made a road for our ozobot to follow that included different codes.  What codes did I tell my Ozobot to do?  Who was my partner today?  What was challenging for us when we were making the road?  What worked well for my partner and I?


Cookie Monster Problem

We completed Act 3 of our cookie monster problem.  Today we had to figure out how many cookies the monster actually ate.  We knew from Act 1 that there were 48 cookies in the container to start with.  Then in Act 2 we figured out that there were 26 cookies left when he returned the container.  What strategy did I use to help me figure out how many cookies he ate?


Acadians

We are beginning our journey to study our next Canadian community and their past.  Today we learned about the Acadians.  What area of Canada did the Acadians settle in?  From which country did they arrive from?  Why were they eventually deported?  How does this make me feel?  We started back up doing literacy centers as well.  What centers did I do?  What am I reading during teacher's choice?  If I had guided reading today, what did I do with Miss McNabb?  In science we talked about what a "Heat Source" is and looked at the different ones.  What is an example of a heat source?  Why aren't socks a heat source?  What are they an example of?


Story Writing

Some of us were able to have a writer's conference today and then start to publish our story.  What part am I at in my writing.  What goals have I been working on in my writing?  What happened in my story today?  We continued to work on Act 3 of the cookie monster math problem.  Today we had to figure out how many cookies the monster actually ate.  What strategy am I using to figure it out?  We will continue to work on solving this tomorrow.  We are bring home our insulators that we made at school.  Some of us our excited different materials at home.  We took out our cups from the freezer at 8:30 this am and by the end of the day the only cups that still had ice were the ones that had cotton balls as an insulator. Why do I think this was?  What other materials can I try at home?

Concert

We had a special concert today. It was performed by a Senior Concert Band made up of about 25 grade 11/12 students from Tommy Douglas Collegiate in Saskatoon.  They played classics and Disney songs as well for the students to enjoy.  They students also got to hear what each individual instrument sounded like.  


Insulators

We continued to write our stories with effective beginnings.  What did I write today?  Did I have to go back and make changes to my beginning so that I can grab my reader's attention?  We had Clay for Kids in today to work on a special gift (hint: we did not use clay today but it's a surprise!!!). In the afternoon we continued to work on the Cookie Monster Problem.  In act 2 we had to figure out how many cookies were left in the package.  What was efficient strategy did I use to solve that?  We also learned more about turtle from one of our friends that was on vacation in Palm Springs and saw lots of them.  Throughout the day we checked on our insulators to see how the material we chose worked.  What did I observe about my insulator? At the end of the day we continued to work on Sharkology with Miss Jones.  Am I finished my page yet?  What do I have left to do?



Welcome Back!!

We had a great first day back...the students were excited to talk about all of their adventures over Spring Break.  In writing we looked at the book Charlotte's Web and talked about how it took the author 8 drafts to get his story ready to publish.  We talked about engaging beginnings.  What does engaging mean?  Did you know that the original beginning of the story was actually Chapter 3.  We read that beginning and then we compared it to the actual beginning that he chose to use.  We came up with 3 effective beginnings that we can add to our story.  Can I explain them to you?  (see below) What did I write in my beginning of my story so far?  

In math started a 3 Act problem which means that it has different parts.  We watched a video of a cookie monster eating some cookies from a package and then we had to estimate how many cookies we thought that he ate without being able to see the container after.  We talked about estimates that we thought we "too high" and "too low" and then we made our "just right" guess.  The next act of the problem involved showing them the actual package of cookies and having them figure out how many cookies were there to begin with (see below). What efficient way did I use to add up the cookies?  

In science we started an experiment about insulators.  We got to choose from 4 materials: air, tin foil, foam, and cotton balls to create our insulator with.  We are freezing the water and then tomorrow we will observe how well our insulator works.  What material did I choose and why?  See the picture below.


Student-led Conferences

The students have been busy getting ready for your arrival.  They will be practicing sharing all of their work that they are going to share with you during this time.  Please remember that this is a time for your child to shine and share their learning with you.  They will be guiding you through different stations set up in our classroom and the learning commons.  They are really excited for your arrival.  If you haven't signed up yet please don't forget to do so.  See you on Thursday or Friday!

Baby Kinsley's First Visit

We were so excited to meet Miss McNabb's niece today.  She will be coming to visit us every few weeks until the end of school.  We made some predictions about the things that we thought that she would be able to do.  Were our predictions right? What are some things that she can do?  How old is she?  How did we think she felt when she came into our class for the first time?  How did I feel when I came to school for the first time and why? We had many discussions about feelings today.  We also learned about the importance of tummy time for a baby.  Does Baby Kinsley like to do this?  We measured Baby Kinsley - she was 29 blocks long.  We are going to keep track of all the things that Baby Kinsley can do now and see how she changes every time she comes for a visit.  We also made up a "Hello" and "Goodbye" song that we will sing to her every time.

Turtle Webinar Talk

Through the Canadian Wildlife Federation we had a webinar with Turtle Specialist, David Seburn.  Along with many classes across Canada we listened to David teach us so many interesting things about turtles.  Some of the facts that we learned:

 - You can find the painted turtle in every province except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

- The snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Canada

- Turtles are endangered due to habitat loss and being hit on the roads

- In the winter they can't fly south so they live under water for up to 5 month and do not breathe.  

Here are some of the questions that we asked David.  What were the answers that David gave us?

1. How strong are turtle's shells?

2. Can turtles survive without their shells?

3. What do turtles eat?


Thermometer Scavenger Hunt

We have just begun to learn about hot and cold.  We started to look at how to read a thermometer.  We created a thermometer page in our visual journal book and then we went looking for the 10 thermometers hidden around the school?  Were all of the temperatures the same?  Why were some of them different?  Tomorrow we will be connecting with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to learn about the turtles that are endangered in Canada. 


Non-Fiction Writing

We looked at books written by an author named Steve Jenkins.  He writes non-fiction books about animals.  We have been learning about the organization of our writing.  Steve uses a variety of ways to organize the information that he wants he readers to learn.  For example, "Never Smile at a Monkey", the animals are all organized by things you should never do to that animal  In "I See a Kookaburra!", he organizes the animals into different habitats.  In the book, "Almost Gone", he organizes the animals by the most rare animals and tells his readers how many are left in the world.  Some of us chose to start writing a non-fiction book today.  What writing am I working on?  What are my goals from Writer's Conference time with Miss McNabb?


The Marching Band Problem

We had a busy day of sharkology and testing/building our ocean clean-up prototypes.  What stage am I in?  How many prototypes have I made?  What is working so far?  What have I found challenging? We also started to talk about hot and cold in science.  What were some of the things that I think I know about hot and cold?  What are some things that I want to learn more about?  We also started to work on the marching band problem.  We looked at pictures and discussed what a Marching Band was.  Can I show you how I organized my data to try and solve the problem below?



Ocean Cleanup Tool

We began building our tool today after we received feedback from our partner.  What did my partner tell me that works with my tool?  What did my partner suggest that I do differently?  Tomorrow we will finish the building and testing in our pretend ocean filled with plastic.  See our math message below.  Can I show you how I solved the problems in my head quickly?



Math Message, Sharkology and Parfleche Bag

We worked on our Parfleche Bag today.  What did the Blackfoot use this for?  What was it made out of?  We talked about symmetry and we made the designs on our pages symmetrical.  We are on our rough copy of our Sharkology page.  What kinds of things have I included on my page?  We created our March page in our visual journal.  What was the Chicken Soup poem about this month?  What did I draw?




Tic Tac Toe Hundreds Chart

Can I show you how to play this game at home?  It helps me to practice one more and less and ten more and ten less.

Math Message

Can I show you how I can easily make 10 to add up these numbers quickly in my head?


Timelines

We discussed timelines today and created a page in our visual journal using some important events in our lives like being born to starting grade 2.  A timeline came home today for us to complete at home using pictures or drawings of 8 important life events that have happened to us.  Please return by March 15 - the timelines will be returned after the students present them to the class and have them displayed for a few weeks. 


Coding Commercial and Mental Math

For our next coding challenge we are learning how to code a commercial for any place that we would like in Canada. What place did I choose?  What have I put in my coding commercial so far?  In math message we have been looking at quick and efficient ways to add double digit numbers in our heads.  Can I show you my strategy on the questions below?


Blackfoot Community Artifacts

We looked at artifacts from the Museokit from the Glenbow Museum today.  We wore gloves and got to touch and hold the artifacts.  We did "da Vinci sketching" and wrote all of our wonders in our visual journal.  What did I think my artifact was used for?  What was it made out of?  What is hand or machine made?  Did I think it was a valuable to the Blackfoot Community?  We are lucky that we will be able to learn and explore with the kit over the next two weeks.  


Math Message

We have been working on adding one digit numbers to two digit numbers in our heads and using the most efficient strategy that we can.  Some of us are counting on from the biggest number and some of us are seeing that we can "make 10" with the numbers so that we can easily add them in our head.  For example, 86+7 becomes 90+3=93.  This is why it is so important for us to know and understand all of the ways to make 10, for example, 9+1, 8+2, 7+3, 6+4, 5+5. 

Clues and Conclusions

We are studying pictures and circling the clues that tell us these pictures are from the past. 

Ocean Cleanup Tool Inventions

We are collecting household items to build our Ocean Cleanup tool.  We will start building and testing our tools at the end of February so please start to collect the materials that you need for your tool.  See some of our inventions below.


Thinking like a historian...

What is a historian?  Why are we learning to think like one?  What are we getting next week? (Hint: it's from the Glenbow Museum!).  We discussed the difference between "clues" and "conclusion".  A "clue" is a hint or pieces of information that help you find out something and "conclusions" are answers or ideas that you think because of the "clue".  We looked at the picture below and talked about the different "clues" that gave us our "conclusion".  

Past

We discussed what is the past?  What is the difference between then and now?  What clues tell you a picture is from the past?  We then looked at different pictures and circled the clues that gave us the conclusions that the picture what from the past.  See some of the pictures we looked at.  Can I discuss this with you at home?


The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

We are designing a tool that we will use to clean up our pretend ocean in the classroom.  We are putting on our Leonardo da Vinci hat to invent a tool that we think will work.  How does my tool work?  What materials do I need?  Students are encouraged to start collecting materials that they thinks they might need for their tool.  We talked about how engineers will sometime build many different prototypes while they test out their invention and then make changes to it.  Materials that we have talked about that could work are:

- yogurt and applesauce containers

- tin foil

- popsicle sticks

- foil pie plates

- straws

- sponges

Check out some of the videos that we watched and the book that we read about it. 


Fairytale Coding and Publishing

We have started to edit some of our finished writing pieces and are beginning to be publishers.  We are going to be typing out our writing and illustrating them.  We are so excited to become authors!!!  In coding we started our next challenge in Scratch Jr.  We are creating our own fairytale.  What is my story about?  We have to draw some of the characters and the backgrounds and take pictures of them and add them to our coding.  See the criteria below of what we have to have in our Fairytale challenge.  Check out our math message below as well. 


Liquid Layers

We stayed nice and warm inside today.  Our science experiment was all about pouring different liquids like syrup, oil, dish soap, water and milk into one container.  What was my prediction?  What really happened?  What happened with the milk?  What happened when we did the experiment without the milk?  Check out our experiment page below and an example of a coding story we have been working on about protecting the oceans. 


BRRRR...it's Cold Outside

We had quite a few students away today.  We had a really good day apart from it being cold.  We worked on our writing and used our binoculars and sensory words.  What did I write about today?  We went to the learning commons and gym.  What game are we learning to play in gym?  After lunch we had coding and are continuing to working on our Ocean stories. What is my story about so far.  What have I coded my characters to do?  We created a page in our visual journal about our February chicken soup poem.  What is the poem about?  What did I draw for my picture?


Surface Tension and Sensory Words

During writing today we looked at different sensory words (our five senses) that writers use to engage their readers.  We read the story "McDuff Comes In" and listened for sensory words (see the words we came up with below).  Then we went through our own writing and looked for sensory words that we used in our writing.  We noticed that we weren't using very many of these words so that will be a goal for us to work on.  In science we did the magic penny experiment to learn about the surface tension of water.  What did I observe about water when I was doing this experiment?  Check out the videos and our pictures below. 


Water Cycle and Shapes of Liquid Drops

Put Your Binoculars On

Why are we putting on our pretend binoculars when we are writing?  Can I practice doing this at home?  Put your pretend binoculars on and then pretend that you see a field.  What else do you see?  Focus your binoculars so that you can see more things.  We are using our binoculars when we write to help us focus and zoom in which helps to lead to quality details in our writing.  We can practice doing this verbally at home and then writing down our ideas. 

Our next coding challenge is using research about the oceans and then creating a story in scratch jr about that research that we did.  What did I research so far?  What did I write in my mind map? 

During math some of us worked with Mrs. Roworth and looked at breaking double digit numbers into tens and ones (e.g., 82 = 8 tens and 2 ones).  Some of us worked with Ms. McNabb and looked at numbers as two parts and the whole (see below). 


Coding Challenge

We continued to work on our coding challenge.  Today's challenge involved showing a way to make our classroom a better place.  We had to have dialogue, animation and movement, and a clear message about how to be a good classroom community member.  What did I choose to code on my page?  What was my message?  We had a busy day filled with ketchup and writing.  What am I working on in my writing today?  We read a poem all about solids and then drew pictures that showed that we understood the poem's meaning.  What did I draw?  See our math message below.


Miss McNabb Away Jan. 21-25

I will be competing in the Alberta Provincials for curling and will be away next week.  The students wanted me to post the website for the provincials so that they can follow along and see how my team is doing.  My team is called Team Marthaller.  Mrs. Yano and Ms. Jones will be in that week for me. 

https://2019jiffylubealbertascotties.com/

Comparing Liquids

What stage am I in for Sharkology?  Have I finished my research?  Am I page planning?  What am I planning to put on my page?  What questions did I research?  We started presenting our Province/Territory Slideshows today.  What provinces did we do today?  In science we compared 3 other liquids to water.  We learned how to smell like a scientist.  We looked at the colour, smell and feel of the liquids.  What words did I use to describe the liquids?  Tonight we are going to see which liquids will freeze.  What was my prediction?



Coding, Making Numbers and Bill Nye - States of Matter

Check out the pictures and link below of the some the things we got up to today.  We watched a Bill Nye the Science video about the states of matter and had to create a page in our visual journal about the things that we learned. We had to create numbers using the hundreds, tens and ones blocks.  We started our new coding challenge and it's all about math!!!


Literacy Centers, Oil Experiment, Coding

We started some new literacy centers today.  What do we do at Teacher's Choice?  What new game did we learn to play? For math we split up our class and some of us went with Mrs. Roworth and some of us worked with Miss McNabb.  What did we do in our groups?  Can I show you at home?  After lunch we did a science experiment using oil, water and feathers.  What happened when we added the oil to the water? What happened when we put a feather in the oil and water?  Could I get the feather clean using water?  How would oil affect the plants, birds, and other animals?  In our coding challenge today, we shared our stories that we wrote and coded.  What was my story about. 

Questions???

What questions do you think of when you look at these pictures?  We discussed the difference between open-ended and closed-ended questions.  We worked as a group to generate 4 great questions to go with the pictures.  What were our questions?


Hip Hop Moves

Can I show you some of the moves we have been learning?  

  • Hip Hop Ready Pose
  • Swag  (finding your own style of `cool')
  • Prep
  • Patty Duke
  • Aunt Jackie
  • DJ (Wicka Wicka Whaaaa)
  • MC (Yo Yo!)
  • Free Style


Poor Freddy :(

Look what happened to our snowman!!!  What two states of matter did we see so far (HINT: ice, water)?  What is going to happen to the water? 

Freddy The Snowman

We were welcomed to quite a surprise this am - we had a snowman in our classroom.  We were wondering and making lots of observations. What did we notice?  What did we wonder?  We measured Freddy and the water in the container at different times during the day.  What happened to the water and Freddy as the day went on?  What do I think will happen to Freddy overnight?  We also worked on our story telling coding challenge and a snowman math problem (see below).



Happy New Year!!!

Welcome back...I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Our day began with music - what did we do in music today?  We created our January page in our visual journal.  What was the poem about this month? Mrs. Roworth came in to do math with us and we worked more on estimating. We looked at 4 different pictures of the same jar but with different amounts of jewels in them.  We used each picture to help us estimate better for the next picture - see below. We wrote our estimate and then we had to figure out the different from the actual amount. In the afternoon we continued on our Coding Trek.  Our challenge today is to create a story using for different pages.  We started the planning today.  Where is my setting?  Who are my characters?  What is happening in my story?  Tomorrow we are going to begin coding the story using Scratch Jr.   We also learned about resolutions and created a page in our visual journal - see below.

Dec. 21- PJ's and Hot Chocolate 

On our last day of school before winter holidays we will be wearing our PJ's and having hot chocolate.  If you could please send in a travel coffee mug with a lid and your child's name on it that would be a great help.

Estimation, Polar Express, and Coding

We are getting better at estimating!  Some of us even guessed the correct number of objects using the clues (see below). How many items are there in the jar? We used our polar express art to write a descriptive paragraph today.  What did I write?  What simile did I use?  What "juicy" words did I use?  Our math problem today was about all the different ways to make 21.  Can I show you how I solved it?

Santa left gifts for Mrs. V, Mrs. Watkins and Mrs. Byciuk.  If Santa left 21 gifts in all, how many gifts could they each get? Show the different ways.

COOKIE DOUGH PICK UP 

Tuesday December 18th between 5pm and 6pm. Please ensure all products are collected. Send someone on your behalf if you are unable to make it. The delivery will arrive just before 5pm and will be dropped at the front of the school. School Council does not have the ability to transport or store any remaining products. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

Polar Express Math, Estimation and Coding

What does it mean to estimate?   What is a strategy that I used to help me?  See the picture below - can you estimate how many objects are in the jar? Use the clues to help you.

We had a busy day of writing,  math and coding.  Can I show you how I solved the math problem below? See some of the challenges that we had to do in coding today.

Kindergarten Buddies, Sharkology and Polar Express

We were excited to work with our buddies this afternoon.  We worked together to create Rudolf.  There were lots of steps but we helped our buddies and worked great together.  What did we do in Sharkology with Ms. Broomfield?  Our math problem today was about Polar Express.  Can I show you how I solved it at home?

Problem #1: The Polar Express has 20 seats in one car.  If there was already 17 seats filled, how many seats are empty?

Problem #2: Each seat can hold 2 children.  How many children can ride in one car at once?

Challenge: The Polar Express train has 9 cars.  How many kids could fit on the train in total?

CODING - Scratch Jr App

We have been given a special opportunity to learn how to code over the next little while.  We are completing 10 challenges.  What does coding mean?  So far we have learned how to: create a sequence of blocks, change/create our characters and create a background.  Today our challenge included designing a classroom and teacher (some of us took a picture of Miss McNabb!) and we had to create a code that would have our teacher get from one side of the classroom to the other side. What moves did I have my teacher do?  Did I add any sounds or speech bubbles?  We are excited to complete the next challenge!


Winter Musical Information

Please plan to have your child in the classroom by 5:10 on our Tuesday performance.  Thank you.

Growing (Increasing) Patterns                                                  

Hundreds Chart

Calendar

Addition Table

Wednesday - Food Bank Mission Update

We're soooooo close to completing the mission!!!


Tug of War and Slideshows

How many items did we collect today?  We still need peanut butter, pancake mix, cereal, and canned fruit in order to complete our mission.  We have started working on our creating a slideshow of our favourite province/territory on google slides.  Who is my partner?  What did we choose? We are following a criteria for our title slide and then we get to choose the other information that we can add to it.  When we are complete we get to present it to the class. We learned a new math game called Tug of War.  This would be a great game to play at home.  Materials needed: deck of cards, 1 counter, paper to draw number line on.  See the picture below to see how we set it up.  The students learned how to place the numbers in the right places on a number line today - that was very challenging!  Once you get go at playing to 30 - challenge yourself to 50!!!  Remember red cards mean to subtract and black cards mean to add.


Food Bank Mission Update

We have collected 102 items for the food bank so far!!! WOW!  We are getting closer every day to completing our mission - and to being able to throw a pie at Mr. Wilcox!!!  Check out the picture below that show the items (in blue) that we still need to collect. 

Birch Tree Winter Art and Math Message

We started our birch tree art on Friday and finished it this morning.  We made the trees using tape and water colour paint.  Can I explain to you the steps I took to make this beautiful art?  We are going to display it during our winter celebration in the gym.  In math message, we are starting to understand the relationship between adding and subtracting.  While the questions are simple - it is good for us to practice this strategy with simple questions at first. See the questions we had this morning below. 

Doubles Song

Please practice if you don't already know them - doubles can help you with adding and subtracting quickly in your head (e.g., I know that 8+8=16 so I can solve 8+7 by adding 1 more or I know that 7+7=14 so I can solve 14-7=7)

Food Bank Mission

As a school we are trying to fill 10 boxes of food to donate to the food bank.  As a class we have certain items that we need to collect (see below).  If we bring in the most items from that list than our class (well Miss McNabb!) will get to throw a pie in Mr. Wilcox's face!!!!!  We are so excited and can't wait to begin this mission.  We can start collecting the items today and it won't hurt to collect more if we can!  Check out these videos below that explain how the food bank works and takes us on a tour of the building. 


Movie Night

Next Thursday is our much anticipated movie night. Be sure to secure your spot and purchase tickets at www.healthyhunger.ca by this week Thursday November 29th. To make this night a success, we are also looking for volunteers to help out, if you can spare 30 minutes, please sign up online at https://www.volunteersignup.org/8MHCW. 

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Cookie dough orders need to be in by Tuesday December 4th. Also ordered through your Healthy Hunger account.


Northwest Territories and Mars

We enjoyed our trip to Northwest Territories today.  What did we learn about the foods that they eat?  We also looked at the landing on mars today.  How long did it take to get there? (Hint: months!!!)

Compound Words, Splat and Yukon

What is a compound word?  Can I think of some examples.  Check out the video below to practice. What did I write about today?  We are continuing to work on increasing patterns.  Can I create a pattern at home to show you?  What is my pattern rule? We learned a new math game called Splat.  Can I explain to you how we play?  How could I play this game at home with objects? Don't forget to explain how you got your answer. There is an example below. In the afternoon we finished our trip of the Yukon.  We were so excited to pan for gold!!!


No School - Nov. 23 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Salmon and Self-Evaluation

Ms. Broomfield brought in some beautiful books today to help teach us about the Salmon Run that we were learning about when we were traveling in British Columbia yesterday.  What did I learn from the book that she read us? Why do salmon swim upstream?  We completed a self-evaluation about how we think we are behaving and working in class.  We will be showing you our answers and what our goal is at parent teacher interviews this week. We continued to learn about British Columbia and then we started to travel to Yukon.  What does midnight sun mean? We loved to see the northern lights and go dog sledding!

Square Numbers and British Columbia

Mrs. Roworth came into our class this morning to give us a challenging problem.  We had to figure out the increasing pattern using square shapes to figure out the square numbers. We knew that 1 and 4 was a square number.  What numbers came next? See some of our work below. On our Canada trip we went to the lovely British Columbia.  What sites did we see today?  


Writing Time and Alberta

We are loving our writing that we do everyday.  When Miss McNabb tells us it is time to finish up we just want to keep writing.  What did I write about today?  We learned about how we can learn something from a writer by reading what they have wrote.  What would someone learn about me from my writing?  We stopped in Alberta for a quick hi to our families :)  Check out some of the places that we visited today.  What was my favourite stop? Look at our math message from this am.  Can I show you how I can use adding to help me solve subtraction?


Sharkology and Lockdown

What does "ology" mean?  Mrs. Broomfield and Ms. Jones came into our class this am to look at different "ology" books. As a group we looked at the different books to discuss the types of "features" that are in these kinds of books. What features did I notice they had?  In the learning commons we have been observing an online shark tank and have been writing our wonders every time we visit the learning commons.  With all of these questions we are going to create a Sharkology book and have it in the school library for others to read.  Perhaps I can start doing some research about sharks at home?  The police officer said that we did a great job on the lockdown.  We were silent and serious (for most of the time!) and she said she didn't know where we were hiding when she first entered our room!


Saskatchewan and Fire Drill

We had a practice fire drill this morning. It was difficult for us to stay quiet during this time because we were cold but Miss McNabb reminded us why it was important to stay quiet so we could hear instructions and listen for our name to be called when she takes attendance. Perhaps we can discuss the importance of this tonight at home as we will be having a practice lockdown on Thursday and it's really important that we are serious and silent during this drill.  Our trip took us to Saskatchewan today. We saw how they harvest wheat and a cabin of a man that lived with a beaver!!!  We saw the RCMP musical ride and the snowbirds.   What else did I learn?  In our writing time we read the story "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day".  We made a list of all the connections that we made to the author as we heard the story - check it out below. 


Manitoba and Increasing Patterns

Our next stop was Manitoba.  We were so excited to see the polar bears and beluga whales.  We got to see how bannock was made.  What other things did we stop and do in Manitoba?  We took a break from shapes today and talked about increasing patterns.  We worked on solving the math problem using increasing patterns.  Did I figure out the pattern rule today?   What jobs did I have during literacy centers today?  For writing we read a story called "A Year of Firsts" and talked about how author's want their readers to make connections to what they are writing.  What connections did I make to the book?  What did I write about today?


Ontario and Shapes

Our trip across Canada took us to Ontario today.  What is the provincial bird and flower?  How many great lakes are there?  What is the capital of Canada?  What do they do at the Parliament building?  We worked on describing shapes to a partner and had them draw what we described.  This was very challenging as we had to use words like: faces, edges, and vertices.  We also could only feel the shape as we described it because it was hidden in a bag. Can I describe a 2D and 3D shape for you to draw? 


Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose. Please bring in donations for the poppy fund.  The students will be receiving poppies on Friday.

Postcards for Peace

We wrote postcards and mailed them to Veterans in Calgary.  What did my postcard say?   We can't wait to show you are swimming art.  We will leave it as a surprise for parent teacher interviews.  We looked at an artist named David Hockney.  We loved how he painted the pool water to make it look real.  We used oil pastels and paint to create our art pieces. Some of us have volunteered to be actors in the winter musical and a form came home about this today.  Please make sure your child will be at both of our musical times before accepting the actor part.  Thank you!


Quebec

What was some of the yummy food we tasted in Quebec today?  What city did Miss McNabb go to University?  See below all the excited things we did on our trip today.  We had literacy centers and then math.  In math we talked about the different names for polygons and why they are named that.  What is the difference between 2D and 3D?  We then had the challenge to try and create nets that made cubes.  What is a net again?  How many different ways could I turn a 2D shape into a 3D shape? 


New Brunswick

What sights did we see on our trip to New Brunswick today?  What were my favourite things?  We wrote about our weekend - what did I write today?  Did I add enough detail to create a picture in my head?  Did I read over my work to check for any mistakes that I may have made?  We created a page in our visual journal drawing the 2D shapes.  Can I tell you the shapes we discussed today - hint: there were 10 shapes in total!


Ketchup

Every Friday we have "ketchup time" to catch up on all of our work from the week.  Some of us worked really hard and finished all of our work.  Unfortunately some of us were wasting our time by fooling around with our friends so we had to miss some of our extra gym time so that we could finish our work.  How did I work today?  We learned that if we hard during the week we will earn free time on Friday if all of our work is complete.  We also created a page in our visual journal about our swimming goal.  What did I write?  What was our November Chicken Soup Poem about?


Swimming

We had a wonderful week swimming.  Miss McNabb was very proud of how we behaved.  What was my goal this week?  Did I meet my goal?  What was something that challenged me?  The rest of our day was filled with music, gym, computers and math.  What did we do in music and gym today?  In computers we are continuing to practice: how to log into the computer, how to log into our google account and how to go on the Evergreen School website.  Our math problem today was all about candy.  Check out the question below.  What strategy did I use to solve it?  Can I show you?


Halloween Costumes and Swimming

On Halloween the students will be dressing up but due to swimming that morning please send your child's costume (no weapons or masks please) with them and they can put it on after we get back from swimming.  Please send your child in their swimming suit every morning as well as providing a re-usable bag to put their wet suit and towel in after swimming.  Volunteers: There was an email sent out with information (please email jcmcnabb@cbe.ab.ca if you didn't receive it). Thanks for arriving at the school at 9:25 if you are taking the bus with us :)


Swimming and Prince Edward Island

We have been having lots of fun at swimming.  Ask me what my goal was this week.  Have I met it yet?  What have I been enjoying?  What do I find challenging about swimming?  This afternoon we loaded up on the "pretend bus" and took the ferry across the Prince Edward Island.  Did you know that the sand can be red there and there are Singing Sand Beaches? What were my favourite things about Prince Edward Island?  We even got to stop for "pretend ice cream" at their famous ice cream shop - Cow's Ice Cream.  What flavor did I choose?


MEET THE TEACHER

Hi Families...

I know that we missed our time on Meet the Teacher night while I was away sick so I am offering a couple after school times for you if you would like to meet me.   If you can't make those times we are having another Parent Teacher Interview time on Nov. 22/23.  Please email me with your preferred time and date and I will try to accommodate you - jcmcnabb@cbe.ab.ca. 

Thank you for your understanding and sorry we missed the earlier meeting time.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 3:20 - 6:00 (10 min time slots)

Friday, Oct. 26 from 1:00 - 3:00 (10 min time slots)

No School on Friday - PD DAY

We did a 3-2-1 about the facts that we learned about bats yesterday.  3 things we learned, 2 things we found interesting and 1 question we still have.  What did I write?  Can I show you how I solved our math message this am.  What strategy did I use? We practiced logging into the computers today and went into our google account.  Did you know we get our own email address!!! 


Bat Webinar

We learned so many interesting facts about bats today!  We spoke with 12 classes across Canada in our webinar and learned from a bat expert from the Canadian Wildlife Federation.  Did you know that bats are not related to rodents in any way?? No they are not flying mice!!!  Did you know that bats can only have one pup (baby) per year??  What do most bats eats?  Why are bats important?  What is something amazing that they can do with the bones in their body?


Making Observations

We sure did enjoy our walk to Fish Creek Park today.  What were some of the things that I saw, heard, felt, and smelled?  What does making observations mean?  Should I take my time when making an observation?  See our pictures below from our trip.


Fish Creek Park Walk Wednesday

The grade 2s will be taking a walk to Marshall Springs tomorrow in the afternoon for "Get Outside Day".  We don't need volunteers as we have plenty of student teachers that will be helping us. If you need to get ahold of us the office will have our cell phones to contact us.


Water Cycle

What do the words precipitation, condensation and evaporation mean?  We learned about the different steps to the water cycle today and what happens.  Check out what we created in our visual journal.

Gym

Look at some of the action shots from today in gym.  We are learning the proper technique to throw a frisbee.  Can I show you how I do it at home?  We were aiming at targets today.


REMINDERS:

1. Fee invoices came home this week.  These will include the fees for swimming, for our magician and for the 3 museum kits we will have throughout the year from the Glenbow Museum. You can go on your cbe account to pay online.

2. Please return swimming forms by Friday. 


Monday Math Message

The Napping House

We read the story called The Napping House and then solved the problem: How many legs are in the bed? Can I show you the strategy that I used to solve this problem?  The next problem we had was to figure out how many legs are in OUR house.  How many legs did I figure out?  Check out the story on youtube below.

Shapes

We explored with 2D shapes and tried to make 3D shapes.  What shapes did I make?  We are going to continue exploring with the shapes and see what nets (a 2D pattern of a 3D shape that can be folded to form the shape) we can make.

Math Message

Every morning we start off with a math message to wake our brains up.  We use whiteboards to answer the questions and then we take turns sharing our strategy that we used to solve them.  This week we were working on 1 less and 2 less.  Subtracting tends to be more challenging for students.  We discussed a couple strategies that we can try when doing the question in our heads: thinking of addition (16 - 8 = ?, I know that 8+8=16 so I can answer 16-8+8) or counting back from the bigger number).  See a couple of our math messages below.  Can I explain the strategies that I used to solve it to you?


Richard Young the Magician

WOW!  We could not believe the magic tricks that we learned today...and all of them used magnets!!  What are the 4 metals that magnets are attracted to?  Why didn't the magnet attract to one of the nickels?  If the magnet is bigger does this mean that it is the strongest?  How can we turn a spoon into a magnet?  What happened at the end of the show?


Kindergarten Buddies

We loved sharing our magnet games with our kindergarten friends!  Have a look at some of our pictures below.

Trip Across Canada

We are taking a "pretend" trip across Canada to learn about all the wonderful things that our country has to offer us!  We were in Newfoundland and Labrador today.  What were some of my favourite things that I saw and did while we are there?  (Hint: whales and icebergs).  We also finished up our magnet games and we will be sharing them with the kindergarten students tomorrow - we are so excited!!!  Check out some of our pictures from the day.


Magnet Games

We put on our Leonardo da Vinci hats and invented a game using magnets.  We are going to build these games and then teach the kindergartners how to play them.  Check out some of our inventions below (sorry for the sideways pictures...sometimes blog won't let me change the orientation??)


Speed is Not Important

We discussed why speed is not important when problem solving.  Why is it important to take your time?  We used a piece of paper today and had to complete various challenges.  See some of the pictures below. We learned today that if we went fast we didn't get the shapes quite right.   We also learned that there are many ways to get the same answer and that we all think differently. 


Fun Lunch

Fun lunches for this year are now available on www.healthyhunger.ca. Please note that if you have an account from a previous year you will have to re-add your children under their new classroom teacher. Deadline to order for this month’s Subway meal is Thursday, October 11th. If you have any questions please email evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com.

Math Brains

This week in math we have been watching short video clips and doing activities that are helping us to have a growth mindset.  What does it mean to have a growth mindset?  We discussed how that it's ok to make mistakes and that every time we make a mistake our brain grows.  If you start a problem by believing you can do anything and you struggle and fail...your brain will still grow!  If you start a problem by saying "this is too hard" and "I can't do it"....your brain will not grow!

Class Pets

Meet our new class pets...we have worms!!!!  

1. Why do we have worms in our classroom?

2. What are we going to use with the worm castings?

3. What kinds of foods can we feed our worms?  What else do we put in with the worms?

4. What do the worms not like?


Leonardo da Vinci Sketching

We looked at an example of Leonardo's invention journal and discussed how he used nature to inspire his inventions.  What animal did he observe to help him design the airplane?  What about the boat?  What animal inspired him to build the army tank?  Have a look at some of our sketches from today.  What is the difference between sketching and drawing? We looked at artifacts and thought about the following questions:

1. I wonder...

2. I think...

Check out some examples of our sketches below.





Orange Shirt Day - All Children Matter

We had amazing discussions today about why we wear orange and why this day is so important.  Please watch the video on this link to learn more information.  www.organgeshirtday.org

Some of the questions and comments we had were:

- "I feel bad for the kids who died and didn't get to leave?"

- "I wonder how many people survived?"

- "I wonder if they could call their parents?"

- "Why did they build the schools?"

- "Where were their parents?"

- "How did they escape the schools?"

Leonardo da Vinci

Our day was filled with talking about our brain and how it grows.  We learned a little bit about Leonardo da Vinci and wrote down our wonders.  What do I wonder about him?  What are some of his inventions?  Can I show you how to "mirror write"?  Why is this important to Leonardo?  We also learned about how our brains can grow to work well in different areas like math AND science AND art AND writing AND reading  ----  just like Leonardo was talented in many different things. See the picture below of his famous painting - the Mona Lisa and a portrait of himself. 

TERRY FOX RUN

We didn't give up today despite the rain and cold weather.  We ran like Terry Fox did and ran for the people that we wrote on our stickers.  How many laps did I do today?  What made me to keep going even when it was hard?  We were lucky after our run and got to have oranges for a snack.  Did you know this was Terry's favourite snack?  How much money did our class raise in total?  Did we reach our school goal and raise over $1000?  Miss McNabb was very proud of us today!

Welcome Back!

We have had a wonderful start to the beginning of grade 2!

We have had been working on creating our classroom community by reading the following books: The Golden Rule and Bucket Filling.  What does the Golden Rule mean? What does it mean to be a "bucket filler"?

We read a story called "On my Summer Vacation" and talked about the difference between a truth and a lie.  We discussed using our imagination to create a story that included a lie and 2 truths.  We had "Author's Chair" and we read our stories to our class to see if they could figure out our truths and lies.  What did I write?

We are going to learn lots about Canada this year.  We started by looking at a map of Canada.  How many provinces are there?  How many territories?  Can I look at a Canada map with you and name them?  We are going to colour and label a Canada map so that we can learn where the provinces and territories are.

We have played math games called Race to 100 and Addition War.  We read a story called "First Day Jitters" and then graphed all of the feelings that we were feeling as a class.  Which feeling had the most?  Which feeling had the least?




Miss McNabb

Find information about general class activities, “what we did today” blogs, examples of student projects, reminders, and general resources that parents or students might find useful. Upcoming events are in our calendar.

Weekly Schedule

Monday: Library - no more signing out books.
Tuesday: Word Rings (for those students doing them)
Wednesday: Walking Wednesday
Thursday:
Friday:

Reminders:

LAST DAY JUNE 27 (Thursday) - early dismissal at 11:50am.


Bee Sharing Night

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Celebration of Learning last night.  The students were so proud to take you through all of the stations and share their learning with you.  We hope you enjoyed learning all the cool facts about bees as well!




Honeycomb Art and Cool Bee Facts

We finished off our paper bag fact book today - we can't wait to show you this book on sharing night next week!  What cool facts did I write about bees?  We started our honeycomb art that we are going to decorate the gym with.  We used a hexagon to trace for the cells and then used crayon and watercolours for the rest.  Check out some of our math messages from this week below.   The challenge is that you can only use the numbers below.  You may add or subtract.



Chinook Honey Company Field Trip

Our last field trip was a success!  We had a great time learning more about honey bees today.  What were some new facts that I learned?  We even got to see a live hive and find the queen bee.  


Newcomers Museum Kit

Can you guess what the artifacts are below?  What were they used for?  Were they made by hand or by a machine?


Bees and Ozobots

We can't wait to show you the coding we made with the ozobots and bees today.  We worked in a group and had criteria to follow.  How does the coding work?  What codes did we choose and why?



Canadian Pacific Railway

We got our museum kit from the Glenbow today and discussed the different ways that people came to Canada - through covered wagon and boat.  We also discussed the building of the CP Rail and how BC would not join Canada unless the railway was built.  This was a very dangerous and tough job so they brought in people from China that were looking for work.  We talked about the unfair work conditions and how it was unfair for these people just because they couldn't speak English.  Tomorrow we are going to be making poster advertising for people to come and work on the railway.  


BEE PSA

What does a PSA stand for?  We chose our topics today and started planning and designing our commercial for our Celebration night.  What is my topic?  Who am I working with in my group?  What do I find challenging about working in a group?  What do I like about working in a group?  Some of us starting using a storyboard to plan out each scene. What ideas do we have so far?

Why Do Bees Matter?

We had a discussion and the students came up with the ideas below about what would happen if there were no bees left (see below).   We learned about a famous scientist - Albert Einstein who said a very famous quote a long time ago (see below).  Why do I think bees are important?  


Coming to Canada

We looked at posters from the past that would put up in Europe to get people to move to Canada.  We learned that you could move to Canada and get 160 acres for a $10 fee.  There were rules thought...1. You had to farm on the land 2. You had to build a home 3. You had to live on the land for 3 years and then it would be yours.  We used the app Pic Collage and created our own posters and then printed them off to put in our travel bags.  Check out some of the posters from the past and some of our posters. 

Comparing Invertebrates 

We discussed the similarities and differences between insects, spiders, worms and centipedes.  Did you know that spiders, worms and centipedes were not insects??  What are some important facts about insects?  Can I tell you the differences between the 4 invertebrates?  What are some similarities?


Bar U Ranch 

We had a wonderful day at Bar U Ranch.  Thank you to our wonderful volunteers that helped out today!!! The children were amazing and had lots of fun learning.  We created a page in our visual journal about the day.  We wrote 3 things that we learned, our favourite part and why, and one questions that we still had.  What did I write today?  


Bar U Ranch

We watched these videos today to get an idea of what we are going to see on Thursday.  What kinds of horses did Bar U Ranch used to raise?  What is the difference between a ranch and a farm?


Vitruvian Man

Are you Vitruvian?  The students learned about the Vitruvian man.  What does it mean to be Vitruvian?  How did I try to solve this?  What objects did I use to measure?  What was challenging?  How did I know if I was Vitruvian or not?

Ted Harrison Art

Who is Ted Harrison?  What north territory is he from?  What is special about his paintings (Hint: think colours, lines, shapes).  We did our own versions of Ted Harrison's art work today.  We created the lines by putting glue on them and then used oil pastels to add the colours.  What inuksuk did I choose to put on my art?


Boat Testing

This was the criteria that our boats had to follow today:

1. Float

2. Materials needed to survive in the water

3. Move on it's own in the water

4. Hold 10 marbles

How did my first test go today?  What changes do I need to make if I tested today?  Some of us are still building and will test tomorrow. 


Boat Building has begun!!

We continued with our design process and gave feedback to our partner on their boat design.  What feedback did I give to my partner?  What did my partner say to me? We then started building our boats.  We have to make sure that our boat is small enough to fit in the water table, it must be able to move on it's own, it must be able to hold 10 marbles, it must be able to float and the materials must be able to survive in the water.  Our next step is to test our boat after it is built.


Inuit Games and Traditions

We learned about our last Inuit topic.  We discussed the many different games and traditions of the Inuit.  We even got to build the hole and pin game.  How many times did I get the pin in the hole?  Did you know that I could make this easy at home with a pencil/marker, string, and a piece from a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll?  We will eventually get to take this game home but it is going in our travel bag with all of information and artifacts about the different communities we have been learning about. 



Discover Archeology

We had a blast learning how to be an archeologist today.  What does an archeologist study?  We went to 4 different stations.  The pictures are below of each station.  Some questions to ask your child:

1. What is the difference between an artifact and an ecofact?

2. What are some different ways to classify artifacts and ecofacts?

3. What were some ways to tell the difference between an animal bone and human bone?

4. How many vertebrae's does a mammal have? 

5. What was the mammal that we built using part of his bones?



Inuksuks and Inuit Transportation

What is an inuksuk?  What is it made of?  What do the two inuksuks means below?  Can I remember some of the other meanings?  We also discussed the types of transportation that the Inuit used in the passed and compared it to what they use now.  Can I describe the pictures below to you?



Gym Challenges

Check out some the challenges we have been doing in gym.  Can I try and work on them at home? 


Baby Kinsley

We loved our visit with Baby Kinsley.  She has grown and changed so much.  Last time when we measured her she was 29 unifix blocks long.  How long was she today?  What were some of the things that she learned to do?  How was she feeling today?  How could I tell this?




Inuit Daily Life

Can I describe these pictures to you?  How are they the same and different then the Acadian daily life?

Tuesday Story

Can I tell you what I wrote about these two pictures?  We are loving this story and can't wait see what happens next.  What is my prediction?


Inuit Housing and Clothing

We discussed the two different types of Inuit housing and why the Inuit would choose to use each kind.  We watched a short video showing how the Inuit built an igloo - it was amazing!! We looked at the different Inuit clothing and talked about the types of animal skin they would use to make their clothes.  Can I tell you about it?



Ocean Marine Animal Webinar

We spoke with a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Federation that specializes in whales and dolphins...her name is Alexander Cole.  We learned lots of important things like how scientists save animals that are entangled, injured or washed ashore.  We also discussed how the ocean is used for different things like: transporting goods, fish farming, oil and gas, fishing and for recreation.  What are some of the important ways that we can help keep the animals safe in the ocean?  Hint: it involves something to do with plastic :)

Da Vinci Boat Sketch

We have been learning lots about boats and materials that will float.  What is the front of the boat called?  What is the back of the boat called?  Our challenge today was to follow the criteria below to create our own boat.  The best part is that our boat has to be able to move - we can't wait.  Please start to collect materials from home that your have decided you would like to use in the making of your boat.  We are excited to follow the same process that we did when we designed our ocean clean up tool.



365 Penguins

Our problem today was how could the 60 penguins already in the house be organized into equal groups.  For example, there could be 6 groups of 10 penguins.  Some of us used math sentences and some of us used blocks to help us figure this out.  When we went over it as a class we noticed there was a pattern.  Can I try to solve this at home?  Here are some examples from today.

Inuit Artifacts

We sketched and wrote our wonders and then learned what each of the artifacts was and what they were used for.  What artifact did I find the most interesting and why?  Can I tell you about some of these artifacts below?


Franklin Expedition

We learned about the Franklin Expedition today.  What interesting facts can I tell you about this?  What was important about the Inuit people?  Is this still a mystery?  Take a look at some of the videos we watched showing the two ships being found in 2014 and 2016 - they went missing in 1845!!!



365 Penguins Math and Acadian Boat Art

We started the book called 365 Penguins.  There is so much math in this book.  We are going to read a few pages at a time and then we will work on math problems related to the book.  What is the story about so far?  Check out the math problem we worked on today.  Can I show you the strategy I used to solve this?  See the examples below of some of the strategies we used. Also look at our finished boat art that we did - we are so proud of it!


Acadian Boat Art, Multiply Splat and Tuesday Story

We wrote about the next page in our Tuesday story (see below).  What did I write today?  How did I describe what the frog was doing to the bird?  In math we worked on splats (see below) but they had more than one splat and we had to figure out how many blue dots were under the splats.  We are getting very strong at our mental math facts!  For art today, we used different mediums to create the water and the background for our boat art.  We even learned how to make an origami boat - watch the video below on how we made it.



Measurement Estimating, Tuesday Story, and Plasticine Boats

We have been working hard on estimating over the last couple of weeks.  We are getting really strong at this skill.  It even helped us when we were estimating how many marbles our plasticine boats would hold today.  We were given a ball of plasticine and had to make it float and then it had to be able to hold marbles.  How did I shape my boat to get it to float?  What changes did I have to make to get it to work? What was my estimate on how many marbles it would hold?  How many did it actually hold?  We looked at the next page in our Tuesday story (see below).  What did I write today?


Inuit Artifacts

We got our Museokit from the Glenbow Museum and we got to sketch different artifacts and write down our wonders today.  We answered the questions below:

Tuesday Story

We have taken a break from our stories that we are writing and we are using the wordless book "Tuesday" by David Wesner to help us practice adding details to our stories and write using interesting beginnings.  How did I start my story using the picture below?  We will look at a page at a time when we are writing this story. 




Making Floaters Sink and Sinkers Float

We used the objects from last week that floated and sank and tried to make them do the opposite.  How did we get the cork to sink?  How did we get the jewels to float?  How did we make the shell float?  We watched a great video about floating and sinking today and learned about mass and volume.  What does mass mean?  What does volume mean?


Sinkers and Floaters

Using different objects like wood, tin foil, plasticine, and cork we made predictions about whether these objects would float or sink.  Were my predictions right?  What material was I most surprised by?


Word Collectors

We read the story "Word Collector" by Peter Reynolds.   The boy in the story likes to collect different words and use them to write poems. We went on our own word hunt and collected lots of different words from magazines that we liked and then glued them into our words book.  What was my favourite word that I found?  How could I use that word in a sentence?

Estimating

See what we estimated today.  We are getting really strong at our estimating skills!  What strategy do I do to help me estimate?



Acadians and Estimating

We discussed and compared how the Acadians lived, dressed, got around and ate.  How is it different from how we do things now? How is it the same? Can I tell you about the pictures below?

Estimating

How did I use the first picture of the marbles in a glass to help me figure out the answer for the next 3 questions?

How did I estimate how long the rope was in cm?  What helped me to figure it out?


Mr. Fred and Lobster Traps

We were lucky enough that Mr. Fred is from Nova Scotia and he brought in a lobster trap to show us how they worked to catch lobsters.   We learned that some lobsters can be blue but most are a brown/black colour until they are cooked and then they turn red.  Did you know that lobsters used to be considered food for the poor?  The Acadians eventually started eating lobster after the Mi'kmaq taught them how to trap them but they still preferred to eat Cod fish.  After Mr. Fred's visit we got to make our own trap, lobster and buoy.  What is a buoy?  Why are they different colours?

P.S. Don't forget your helmet tomorrow - last day of inline skating :)


Pringle Ringle

Check out our math problem today!  First we had to estimate how many pringles we thought it would take to make the "Pringle Ringle".  Then we talked about what would be a "too high" estimate and a "too low" estimate (we are getting much better at this as you can see from below).  For the next step we had to figure out how many pringles were actually used by finding the difference between the amount in the container and how many we left.  What strategy did I use to solve this?  Some of us subtracted the tens and ones and some of us used a number line.  Can I show you my strategy at home?


Acadians

We have looked at the daily life of the Acadians and traditions that they had in the past. Can I tell you some of the chores that they would do during the day?  What were some of their traditions?  How do they differ from the chores and traditions we do today?


Conduction of Materials and Math Message

We learned about the scientific word "conduction" and talked about how heat transfers through different materials.  We looked at wood, metal and plastic.  What did we learn about those materials?  Did they conduct heat?

Blubber Experiment

We talked about how different animals stay warm that live in the cold.  For example, how do whales stay warm in the cold water?  We learned about blubber and how it is a layer of fat in between the skin and muscle layers that keeps the animals warm.  We even got to experience what it would feel like to be in cold water with blubber on our hand.  What did I notice was the difference between the had that had blubber and the hand that didn't have blubber?


Ozobots

Our school was lucky enough to have a class set of Ozobots bought by parent council for us to use.  Mr. Wilcox brought them into our class today and we got to transfer some of the coding skills we have already learned.  Today we made a road for our ozobot to follow that included different codes.  What codes did I tell my Ozobot to do?  Who was my partner today?  What was challenging for us when we were making the road?  What worked well for my partner and I?


Cookie Monster Problem

We completed Act 3 of our cookie monster problem.  Today we had to figure out how many cookies the monster actually ate.  We knew from Act 1 that there were 48 cookies in the container to start with.  Then in Act 2 we figured out that there were 26 cookies left when he returned the container.  What strategy did I use to help me figure out how many cookies he ate?


Acadians

We are beginning our journey to study our next Canadian community and their past.  Today we learned about the Acadians.  What area of Canada did the Acadians settle in?  From which country did they arrive from?  Why were they eventually deported?  How does this make me feel?  We started back up doing literacy centers as well.  What centers did I do?  What am I reading during teacher's choice?  If I had guided reading today, what did I do with Miss McNabb?  In science we talked about what a "Heat Source" is and looked at the different ones.  What is an example of a heat source?  Why aren't socks a heat source?  What are they an example of?


Story Writing

Some of us were able to have a writer's conference today and then start to publish our story.  What part am I at in my writing.  What goals have I been working on in my writing?  What happened in my story today?  We continued to work on Act 3 of the cookie monster math problem.  Today we had to figure out how many cookies the monster actually ate.  What strategy am I using to figure it out?  We will continue to work on solving this tomorrow.  We are bring home our insulators that we made at school.  Some of us our excited different materials at home.  We took out our cups from the freezer at 8:30 this am and by the end of the day the only cups that still had ice were the ones that had cotton balls as an insulator. Why do I think this was?  What other materials can I try at home?

Concert

We had a special concert today. It was performed by a Senior Concert Band made up of about 25 grade 11/12 students from Tommy Douglas Collegiate in Saskatoon.  They played classics and Disney songs as well for the students to enjoy.  They students also got to hear what each individual instrument sounded like.  


Insulators

We continued to write our stories with effective beginnings.  What did I write today?  Did I have to go back and make changes to my beginning so that I can grab my reader's attention?  We had Clay for Kids in today to work on a special gift (hint: we did not use clay today but it's a surprise!!!). In the afternoon we continued to work on the Cookie Monster Problem.  In act 2 we had to figure out how many cookies were left in the package.  What was efficient strategy did I use to solve that?  We also learned more about turtle from one of our friends that was on vacation in Palm Springs and saw lots of them.  Throughout the day we checked on our insulators to see how the material we chose worked.  What did I observe about my insulator? At the end of the day we continued to work on Sharkology with Miss Jones.  Am I finished my page yet?  What do I have left to do?



Welcome Back!!

We had a great first day back...the students were excited to talk about all of their adventures over Spring Break.  In writing we looked at the book Charlotte's Web and talked about how it took the author 8 drafts to get his story ready to publish.  We talked about engaging beginnings.  What does engaging mean?  Did you know that the original beginning of the story was actually Chapter 3.  We read that beginning and then we compared it to the actual beginning that he chose to use.  We came up with 3 effective beginnings that we can add to our story.  Can I explain them to you?  (see below) What did I write in my beginning of my story so far?  

In math started a 3 Act problem which means that it has different parts.  We watched a video of a cookie monster eating some cookies from a package and then we had to estimate how many cookies we thought that he ate without being able to see the container after.  We talked about estimates that we thought we "too high" and "too low" and then we made our "just right" guess.  The next act of the problem involved showing them the actual package of cookies and having them figure out how many cookies were there to begin with (see below). What efficient way did I use to add up the cookies?  

In science we started an experiment about insulators.  We got to choose from 4 materials: air, tin foil, foam, and cotton balls to create our insulator with.  We are freezing the water and then tomorrow we will observe how well our insulator works.  What material did I choose and why?  See the picture below.


Student-led Conferences

The students have been busy getting ready for your arrival.  They will be practicing sharing all of their work that they are going to share with you during this time.  Please remember that this is a time for your child to shine and share their learning with you.  They will be guiding you through different stations set up in our classroom and the learning commons.  They are really excited for your arrival.  If you haven't signed up yet please don't forget to do so.  See you on Thursday or Friday!

Baby Kinsley's First Visit

We were so excited to meet Miss McNabb's niece today.  She will be coming to visit us every few weeks until the end of school.  We made some predictions about the things that we thought that she would be able to do.  Were our predictions right? What are some things that she can do?  How old is she?  How did we think she felt when she came into our class for the first time?  How did I feel when I came to school for the first time and why? We had many discussions about feelings today.  We also learned about the importance of tummy time for a baby.  Does Baby Kinsley like to do this?  We measured Baby Kinsley - she was 29 blocks long.  We are going to keep track of all the things that Baby Kinsley can do now and see how she changes every time she comes for a visit.  We also made up a "Hello" and "Goodbye" song that we will sing to her every time.

Turtle Webinar Talk

Through the Canadian Wildlife Federation we had a webinar with Turtle Specialist, David Seburn.  Along with many classes across Canada we listened to David teach us so many interesting things about turtles.  Some of the facts that we learned:

 - You can find the painted turtle in every province except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

- The snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Canada

- Turtles are endangered due to habitat loss and being hit on the roads

- In the winter they can't fly south so they live under water for up to 5 month and do not breathe.  

Here are some of the questions that we asked David.  What were the answers that David gave us?

1. How strong are turtle's shells?

2. Can turtles survive without their shells?

3. What do turtles eat?


Thermometer Scavenger Hunt

We have just begun to learn about hot and cold.  We started to look at how to read a thermometer.  We created a thermometer page in our visual journal book and then we went looking for the 10 thermometers hidden around the school?  Were all of the temperatures the same?  Why were some of them different?  Tomorrow we will be connecting with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to learn about the turtles that are endangered in Canada. 


Non-Fiction Writing

We looked at books written by an author named Steve Jenkins.  He writes non-fiction books about animals.  We have been learning about the organization of our writing.  Steve uses a variety of ways to organize the information that he wants he readers to learn.  For example, "Never Smile at a Monkey", the animals are all organized by things you should never do to that animal  In "I See a Kookaburra!", he organizes the animals into different habitats.  In the book, "Almost Gone", he organizes the animals by the most rare animals and tells his readers how many are left in the world.  Some of us chose to start writing a non-fiction book today.  What writing am I working on?  What are my goals from Writer's Conference time with Miss McNabb?


The Marching Band Problem

We had a busy day of sharkology and testing/building our ocean clean-up prototypes.  What stage am I in?  How many prototypes have I made?  What is working so far?  What have I found challenging? We also started to talk about hot and cold in science.  What were some of the things that I think I know about hot and cold?  What are some things that I want to learn more about?  We also started to work on the marching band problem.  We looked at pictures and discussed what a Marching Band was.  Can I show you how I organized my data to try and solve the problem below?



Ocean Cleanup Tool

We began building our tool today after we received feedback from our partner.  What did my partner tell me that works with my tool?  What did my partner suggest that I do differently?  Tomorrow we will finish the building and testing in our pretend ocean filled with plastic.  See our math message below.  Can I show you how I solved the problems in my head quickly?



Math Message, Sharkology and Parfleche Bag

We worked on our Parfleche Bag today.  What did the Blackfoot use this for?  What was it made out of?  We talked about symmetry and we made the designs on our pages symmetrical.  We are on our rough copy of our Sharkology page.  What kinds of things have I included on my page?  We created our March page in our visual journal.  What was the Chicken Soup poem about this month?  What did I draw?




Tic Tac Toe Hundreds Chart

Can I show you how to play this game at home?  It helps me to practice one more and less and ten more and ten less.

Math Message

Can I show you how I can easily make 10 to add up these numbers quickly in my head?


Timelines

We discussed timelines today and created a page in our visual journal using some important events in our lives like being born to starting grade 2.  A timeline came home today for us to complete at home using pictures or drawings of 8 important life events that have happened to us.  Please return by March 15 - the timelines will be returned after the students present them to the class and have them displayed for a few weeks. 


Coding Commercial and Mental Math

For our next coding challenge we are learning how to code a commercial for any place that we would like in Canada. What place did I choose?  What have I put in my coding commercial so far?  In math message we have been looking at quick and efficient ways to add double digit numbers in our heads.  Can I show you my strategy on the questions below?


Blackfoot Community Artifacts

We looked at artifacts from the Museokit from the Glenbow Museum today.  We wore gloves and got to touch and hold the artifacts.  We did "da Vinci sketching" and wrote all of our wonders in our visual journal.  What did I think my artifact was used for?  What was it made out of?  What is hand or machine made?  Did I think it was a valuable to the Blackfoot Community?  We are lucky that we will be able to learn and explore with the kit over the next two weeks.  


Math Message

We have been working on adding one digit numbers to two digit numbers in our heads and using the most efficient strategy that we can.  Some of us are counting on from the biggest number and some of us are seeing that we can "make 10" with the numbers so that we can easily add them in our head.  For example, 86+7 becomes 90+3=93.  This is why it is so important for us to know and understand all of the ways to make 10, for example, 9+1, 8+2, 7+3, 6+4, 5+5. 

Clues and Conclusions

We are studying pictures and circling the clues that tell us these pictures are from the past. 

Ocean Cleanup Tool Inventions

We are collecting household items to build our Ocean Cleanup tool.  We will start building and testing our tools at the end of February so please start to collect the materials that you need for your tool.  See some of our inventions below.


Thinking like a historian...

What is a historian?  Why are we learning to think like one?  What are we getting next week? (Hint: it's from the Glenbow Museum!).  We discussed the difference between "clues" and "conclusion".  A "clue" is a hint or pieces of information that help you find out something and "conclusions" are answers or ideas that you think because of the "clue".  We looked at the picture below and talked about the different "clues" that gave us our "conclusion".  

Past

We discussed what is the past?  What is the difference between then and now?  What clues tell you a picture is from the past?  We then looked at different pictures and circled the clues that gave us the conclusions that the picture what from the past.  See some of the pictures we looked at.  Can I discuss this with you at home?


The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

We are designing a tool that we will use to clean up our pretend ocean in the classroom.  We are putting on our Leonardo da Vinci hat to invent a tool that we think will work.  How does my tool work?  What materials do I need?  Students are encouraged to start collecting materials that they thinks they might need for their tool.  We talked about how engineers will sometime build many different prototypes while they test out their invention and then make changes to it.  Materials that we have talked about that could work are:

- yogurt and applesauce containers

- tin foil

- popsicle sticks

- foil pie plates

- straws

- sponges

Check out some of the videos that we watched and the book that we read about it. 


Fairytale Coding and Publishing

We have started to edit some of our finished writing pieces and are beginning to be publishers.  We are going to be typing out our writing and illustrating them.  We are so excited to become authors!!!  In coding we started our next challenge in Scratch Jr.  We are creating our own fairytale.  What is my story about?  We have to draw some of the characters and the backgrounds and take pictures of them and add them to our coding.  See the criteria below of what we have to have in our Fairytale challenge.  Check out our math message below as well. 


Liquid Layers

We stayed nice and warm inside today.  Our science experiment was all about pouring different liquids like syrup, oil, dish soap, water and milk into one container.  What was my prediction?  What really happened?  What happened with the milk?  What happened when we did the experiment without the milk?  Check out our experiment page below and an example of a coding story we have been working on about protecting the oceans. 


BRRRR...it's Cold Outside

We had quite a few students away today.  We had a really good day apart from it being cold.  We worked on our writing and used our binoculars and sensory words.  What did I write about today?  We went to the learning commons and gym.  What game are we learning to play in gym?  After lunch we had coding and are continuing to working on our Ocean stories. What is my story about so far.  What have I coded my characters to do?  We created a page in our visual journal about our February chicken soup poem.  What is the poem about?  What did I draw for my picture?


Surface Tension and Sensory Words

During writing today we looked at different sensory words (our five senses) that writers use to engage their readers.  We read the story "McDuff Comes In" and listened for sensory words (see the words we came up with below).  Then we went through our own writing and looked for sensory words that we used in our writing.  We noticed that we weren't using very many of these words so that will be a goal for us to work on.  In science we did the magic penny experiment to learn about the surface tension of water.  What did I observe about water when I was doing this experiment?  Check out the videos and our pictures below. 


Water Cycle and Shapes of Liquid Drops

Put Your Binoculars On

Why are we putting on our pretend binoculars when we are writing?  Can I practice doing this at home?  Put your pretend binoculars on and then pretend that you see a field.  What else do you see?  Focus your binoculars so that you can see more things.  We are using our binoculars when we write to help us focus and zoom in which helps to lead to quality details in our writing.  We can practice doing this verbally at home and then writing down our ideas. 

Our next coding challenge is using research about the oceans and then creating a story in scratch jr about that research that we did.  What did I research so far?  What did I write in my mind map? 

During math some of us worked with Mrs. Roworth and looked at breaking double digit numbers into tens and ones (e.g., 82 = 8 tens and 2 ones).  Some of us worked with Ms. McNabb and looked at numbers as two parts and the whole (see below). 


Coding Challenge

We continued to work on our coding challenge.  Today's challenge involved showing a way to make our classroom a better place.  We had to have dialogue, animation and movement, and a clear message about how to be a good classroom community member.  What did I choose to code on my page?  What was my message?  We had a busy day filled with ketchup and writing.  What am I working on in my writing today?  We read a poem all about solids and then drew pictures that showed that we understood the poem's meaning.  What did I draw?  See our math message below.


Miss McNabb Away Jan. 21-25

I will be competing in the Alberta Provincials for curling and will be away next week.  The students wanted me to post the website for the provincials so that they can follow along and see how my team is doing.  My team is called Team Marthaller.  Mrs. Yano and Ms. Jones will be in that week for me. 

https://2019jiffylubealbertascotties.com/

Comparing Liquids

What stage am I in for Sharkology?  Have I finished my research?  Am I page planning?  What am I planning to put on my page?  What questions did I research?  We started presenting our Province/Territory Slideshows today.  What provinces did we do today?  In science we compared 3 other liquids to water.  We learned how to smell like a scientist.  We looked at the colour, smell and feel of the liquids.  What words did I use to describe the liquids?  Tonight we are going to see which liquids will freeze.  What was my prediction?



Coding, Making Numbers and Bill Nye - States of Matter

Check out the pictures and link below of the some the things we got up to today.  We watched a Bill Nye the Science video about the states of matter and had to create a page in our visual journal about the things that we learned. We had to create numbers using the hundreds, tens and ones blocks.  We started our new coding challenge and it's all about math!!!


Literacy Centers, Oil Experiment, Coding

We started some new literacy centers today.  What do we do at Teacher's Choice?  What new game did we learn to play? For math we split up our class and some of us went with Mrs. Roworth and some of us worked with Miss McNabb.  What did we do in our groups?  Can I show you at home?  After lunch we did a science experiment using oil, water and feathers.  What happened when we added the oil to the water? What happened when we put a feather in the oil and water?  Could I get the feather clean using water?  How would oil affect the plants, birds, and other animals?  In our coding challenge today, we shared our stories that we wrote and coded.  What was my story about. 

Questions???

What questions do you think of when you look at these pictures?  We discussed the difference between open-ended and closed-ended questions.  We worked as a group to generate 4 great questions to go with the pictures.  What were our questions?


Hip Hop Moves

Can I show you some of the moves we have been learning?  

  • Hip Hop Ready Pose
  • Swag  (finding your own style of `cool')
  • Prep
  • Patty Duke
  • Aunt Jackie
  • DJ (Wicka Wicka Whaaaa)
  • MC (Yo Yo!)
  • Free Style


Poor Freddy :(

Look what happened to our snowman!!!  What two states of matter did we see so far (HINT: ice, water)?  What is going to happen to the water? 

Freddy The Snowman

We were welcomed to quite a surprise this am - we had a snowman in our classroom.  We were wondering and making lots of observations. What did we notice?  What did we wonder?  We measured Freddy and the water in the container at different times during the day.  What happened to the water and Freddy as the day went on?  What do I think will happen to Freddy overnight?  We also worked on our story telling coding challenge and a snowman math problem (see below).



Happy New Year!!!

Welcome back...I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Our day began with music - what did we do in music today?  We created our January page in our visual journal.  What was the poem about this month? Mrs. Roworth came in to do math with us and we worked more on estimating. We looked at 4 different pictures of the same jar but with different amounts of jewels in them.  We used each picture to help us estimate better for the next picture - see below. We wrote our estimate and then we had to figure out the different from the actual amount. In the afternoon we continued on our Coding Trek.  Our challenge today is to create a story using for different pages.  We started the planning today.  Where is my setting?  Who are my characters?  What is happening in my story?  Tomorrow we are going to begin coding the story using Scratch Jr.   We also learned about resolutions and created a page in our visual journal - see below.

Dec. 21- PJ's and Hot Chocolate 

On our last day of school before winter holidays we will be wearing our PJ's and having hot chocolate.  If you could please send in a travel coffee mug with a lid and your child's name on it that would be a great help.

Estimation, Polar Express, and Coding

We are getting better at estimating!  Some of us even guessed the correct number of objects using the clues (see below). How many items are there in the jar? We used our polar express art to write a descriptive paragraph today.  What did I write?  What simile did I use?  What "juicy" words did I use?  Our math problem today was about all the different ways to make 21.  Can I show you how I solved it?

Santa left gifts for Mrs. V, Mrs. Watkins and Mrs. Byciuk.  If Santa left 21 gifts in all, how many gifts could they each get? Show the different ways.

COOKIE DOUGH PICK UP 

Tuesday December 18th between 5pm and 6pm. Please ensure all products are collected. Send someone on your behalf if you are unable to make it. The delivery will arrive just before 5pm and will be dropped at the front of the school. School Council does not have the ability to transport or store any remaining products. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

Polar Express Math, Estimation and Coding

What does it mean to estimate?   What is a strategy that I used to help me?  See the picture below - can you estimate how many objects are in the jar? Use the clues to help you.

We had a busy day of writing,  math and coding.  Can I show you how I solved the math problem below? See some of the challenges that we had to do in coding today.

Kindergarten Buddies, Sharkology and Polar Express

We were excited to work with our buddies this afternoon.  We worked together to create Rudolf.  There were lots of steps but we helped our buddies and worked great together.  What did we do in Sharkology with Ms. Broomfield?  Our math problem today was about Polar Express.  Can I show you how I solved it at home?

Problem #1: The Polar Express has 20 seats in one car.  If there was already 17 seats filled, how many seats are empty?

Problem #2: Each seat can hold 2 children.  How many children can ride in one car at once?

Challenge: The Polar Express train has 9 cars.  How many kids could fit on the train in total?

CODING - Scratch Jr App

We have been given a special opportunity to learn how to code over the next little while.  We are completing 10 challenges.  What does coding mean?  So far we have learned how to: create a sequence of blocks, change/create our characters and create a background.  Today our challenge included designing a classroom and teacher (some of us took a picture of Miss McNabb!) and we had to create a code that would have our teacher get from one side of the classroom to the other side. What moves did I have my teacher do?  Did I add any sounds or speech bubbles?  We are excited to complete the next challenge!


Winter Musical Information

Please plan to have your child in the classroom by 5:10 on our Tuesday performance.  Thank you.

Growing (Increasing) Patterns                                                  

Hundreds Chart

Calendar

Addition Table

Wednesday - Food Bank Mission Update

We're soooooo close to completing the mission!!!


Tug of War and Slideshows

How many items did we collect today?  We still need peanut butter, pancake mix, cereal, and canned fruit in order to complete our mission.  We have started working on our creating a slideshow of our favourite province/territory on google slides.  Who is my partner?  What did we choose? We are following a criteria for our title slide and then we get to choose the other information that we can add to it.  When we are complete we get to present it to the class. We learned a new math game called Tug of War.  This would be a great game to play at home.  Materials needed: deck of cards, 1 counter, paper to draw number line on.  See the picture below to see how we set it up.  The students learned how to place the numbers in the right places on a number line today - that was very challenging!  Once you get go at playing to 30 - challenge yourself to 50!!!  Remember red cards mean to subtract and black cards mean to add.


Food Bank Mission Update

We have collected 102 items for the food bank so far!!! WOW!  We are getting closer every day to completing our mission - and to being able to throw a pie at Mr. Wilcox!!!  Check out the picture below that show the items (in blue) that we still need to collect. 

Birch Tree Winter Art and Math Message

We started our birch tree art on Friday and finished it this morning.  We made the trees using tape and water colour paint.  Can I explain to you the steps I took to make this beautiful art?  We are going to display it during our winter celebration in the gym.  In math message, we are starting to understand the relationship between adding and subtracting.  While the questions are simple - it is good for us to practice this strategy with simple questions at first. See the questions we had this morning below. 

Doubles Song

Please practice if you don't already know them - doubles can help you with adding and subtracting quickly in your head (e.g., I know that 8+8=16 so I can solve 8+7 by adding 1 more or I know that 7+7=14 so I can solve 14-7=7)

Food Bank Mission

As a school we are trying to fill 10 boxes of food to donate to the food bank.  As a class we have certain items that we need to collect (see below).  If we bring in the most items from that list than our class (well Miss McNabb!) will get to throw a pie in Mr. Wilcox's face!!!!!  We are so excited and can't wait to begin this mission.  We can start collecting the items today and it won't hurt to collect more if we can!  Check out these videos below that explain how the food bank works and takes us on a tour of the building. 


Movie Night

Next Thursday is our much anticipated movie night. Be sure to secure your spot and purchase tickets at www.healthyhunger.ca by this week Thursday November 29th. To make this night a success, we are also looking for volunteers to help out, if you can spare 30 minutes, please sign up online at https://www.volunteersignup.org/8MHCW. 

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Cookie dough orders need to be in by Tuesday December 4th. Also ordered through your Healthy Hunger account.


Northwest Territories and Mars

We enjoyed our trip to Northwest Territories today.  What did we learn about the foods that they eat?  We also looked at the landing on mars today.  How long did it take to get there? (Hint: months!!!)

Compound Words, Splat and Yukon

What is a compound word?  Can I think of some examples.  Check out the video below to practice. What did I write about today?  We are continuing to work on increasing patterns.  Can I create a pattern at home to show you?  What is my pattern rule? We learned a new math game called Splat.  Can I explain to you how we play?  How could I play this game at home with objects? Don't forget to explain how you got your answer. There is an example below. In the afternoon we finished our trip of the Yukon.  We were so excited to pan for gold!!!


No School - Nov. 23 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Salmon and Self-Evaluation

Ms. Broomfield brought in some beautiful books today to help teach us about the Salmon Run that we were learning about when we were traveling in British Columbia yesterday.  What did I learn from the book that she read us? Why do salmon swim upstream?  We completed a self-evaluation about how we think we are behaving and working in class.  We will be showing you our answers and what our goal is at parent teacher interviews this week. We continued to learn about British Columbia and then we started to travel to Yukon.  What does midnight sun mean? We loved to see the northern lights and go dog sledding!

Square Numbers and British Columbia

Mrs. Roworth came into our class this morning to give us a challenging problem.  We had to figure out the increasing pattern using square shapes to figure out the square numbers. We knew that 1 and 4 was a square number.  What numbers came next? See some of our work below. On our Canada trip we went to the lovely British Columbia.  What sites did we see today?  


Writing Time and Alberta

We are loving our writing that we do everyday.  When Miss McNabb tells us it is time to finish up we just want to keep writing.  What did I write about today?  We learned about how we can learn something from a writer by reading what they have wrote.  What would someone learn about me from my writing?  We stopped in Alberta for a quick hi to our families :)  Check out some of the places that we visited today.  What was my favourite stop? Look at our math message from this am.  Can I show you how I can use adding to help me solve subtraction?


Sharkology and Lockdown

What does "ology" mean?  Mrs. Broomfield and Ms. Jones came into our class this am to look at different "ology" books. As a group we looked at the different books to discuss the types of "features" that are in these kinds of books. What features did I notice they had?  In the learning commons we have been observing an online shark tank and have been writing our wonders every time we visit the learning commons.  With all of these questions we are going to create a Sharkology book and have it in the school library for others to read.  Perhaps I can start doing some research about sharks at home?  The police officer said that we did a great job on the lockdown.  We were silent and serious (for most of the time!) and she said she didn't know where we were hiding when she first entered our room!


Saskatchewan and Fire Drill

We had a practice fire drill this morning. It was difficult for us to stay quiet during this time because we were cold but Miss McNabb reminded us why it was important to stay quiet so we could hear instructions and listen for our name to be called when she takes attendance. Perhaps we can discuss the importance of this tonight at home as we will be having a practice lockdown on Thursday and it's really important that we are serious and silent during this drill.  Our trip took us to Saskatchewan today. We saw how they harvest wheat and a cabin of a man that lived with a beaver!!!  We saw the RCMP musical ride and the snowbirds.   What else did I learn?  In our writing time we read the story "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day".  We made a list of all the connections that we made to the author as we heard the story - check it out below. 


Manitoba and Increasing Patterns

Our next stop was Manitoba.  We were so excited to see the polar bears and beluga whales.  We got to see how bannock was made.  What other things did we stop and do in Manitoba?  We took a break from shapes today and talked about increasing patterns.  We worked on solving the math problem using increasing patterns.  Did I figure out the pattern rule today?   What jobs did I have during literacy centers today?  For writing we read a story called "A Year of Firsts" and talked about how author's want their readers to make connections to what they are writing.  What connections did I make to the book?  What did I write about today?


Ontario and Shapes

Our trip across Canada took us to Ontario today.  What is the provincial bird and flower?  How many great lakes are there?  What is the capital of Canada?  What do they do at the Parliament building?  We worked on describing shapes to a partner and had them draw what we described.  This was very challenging as we had to use words like: faces, edges, and vertices.  We also could only feel the shape as we described it because it was hidden in a bag. Can I describe a 2D and 3D shape for you to draw? 


Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose. Please bring in donations for the poppy fund.  The students will be receiving poppies on Friday.

Postcards for Peace

We wrote postcards and mailed them to Veterans in Calgary.  What did my postcard say?   We can't wait to show you are swimming art.  We will leave it as a surprise for parent teacher interviews.  We looked at an artist named David Hockney.  We loved how he painted the pool water to make it look real.  We used oil pastels and paint to create our art pieces. Some of us have volunteered to be actors in the winter musical and a form came home about this today.  Please make sure your child will be at both of our musical times before accepting the actor part.  Thank you!


Quebec

What was some of the yummy food we tasted in Quebec today?  What city did Miss McNabb go to University?  See below all the excited things we did on our trip today.  We had literacy centers and then math.  In math we talked about the different names for polygons and why they are named that.  What is the difference between 2D and 3D?  We then had the challenge to try and create nets that made cubes.  What is a net again?  How many different ways could I turn a 2D shape into a 3D shape? 


New Brunswick

What sights did we see on our trip to New Brunswick today?  What were my favourite things?  We wrote about our weekend - what did I write today?  Did I add enough detail to create a picture in my head?  Did I read over my work to check for any mistakes that I may have made?  We created a page in our visual journal drawing the 2D shapes.  Can I tell you the shapes we discussed today - hint: there were 10 shapes in total!


Ketchup

Every Friday we have "ketchup time" to catch up on all of our work from the week.  Some of us worked really hard and finished all of our work.  Unfortunately some of us were wasting our time by fooling around with our friends so we had to miss some of our extra gym time so that we could finish our work.  How did I work today?  We learned that if we hard during the week we will earn free time on Friday if all of our work is complete.  We also created a page in our visual journal about our swimming goal.  What did I write?  What was our November Chicken Soup Poem about?


Swimming

We had a wonderful week swimming.  Miss McNabb was very proud of how we behaved.  What was my goal this week?  Did I meet my goal?  What was something that challenged me?  The rest of our day was filled with music, gym, computers and math.  What did we do in music and gym today?  In computers we are continuing to practice: how to log into the computer, how to log into our google account and how to go on the Evergreen School website.  Our math problem today was all about candy.  Check out the question below.  What strategy did I use to solve it?  Can I show you?


Halloween Costumes and Swimming

On Halloween the students will be dressing up but due to swimming that morning please send your child's costume (no weapons or masks please) with them and they can put it on after we get back from swimming.  Please send your child in their swimming suit every morning as well as providing a re-usable bag to put their wet suit and towel in after swimming.  Volunteers: There was an email sent out with information (please email jcmcnabb@cbe.ab.ca if you didn't receive it). Thanks for arriving at the school at 9:25 if you are taking the bus with us :)


Swimming and Prince Edward Island

We have been having lots of fun at swimming.  Ask me what my goal was this week.  Have I met it yet?  What have I been enjoying?  What do I find challenging about swimming?  This afternoon we loaded up on the "pretend bus" and took the ferry across the Prince Edward Island.  Did you know that the sand can be red there and there are Singing Sand Beaches? What were my favourite things about Prince Edward Island?  We even got to stop for "pretend ice cream" at their famous ice cream shop - Cow's Ice Cream.  What flavor did I choose?


MEET THE TEACHER

Hi Families...

I know that we missed our time on Meet the Teacher night while I was away sick so I am offering a couple after school times for you if you would like to meet me.   If you can't make those times we are having another Parent Teacher Interview time on Nov. 22/23.  Please email me with your preferred time and date and I will try to accommodate you - jcmcnabb@cbe.ab.ca. 

Thank you for your understanding and sorry we missed the earlier meeting time.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 3:20 - 6:00 (10 min time slots)

Friday, Oct. 26 from 1:00 - 3:00 (10 min time slots)

No School on Friday - PD DAY

We did a 3-2-1 about the facts that we learned about bats yesterday.  3 things we learned, 2 things we found interesting and 1 question we still have.  What did I write?  Can I show you how I solved our math message this am.  What strategy did I use? We practiced logging into the computers today and went into our google account.  Did you know we get our own email address!!! 


Bat Webinar

We learned so many interesting facts about bats today!  We spoke with 12 classes across Canada in our webinar and learned from a bat expert from the Canadian Wildlife Federation.  Did you know that bats are not related to rodents in any way?? No they are not flying mice!!!  Did you know that bats can only have one pup (baby) per year??  What do most bats eats?  Why are bats important?  What is something amazing that they can do with the bones in their body?


Making Observations

We sure did enjoy our walk to Fish Creek Park today.  What were some of the things that I saw, heard, felt, and smelled?  What does making observations mean?  Should I take my time when making an observation?  See our pictures below from our trip.


Fish Creek Park Walk Wednesday

The grade 2s will be taking a walk to Marshall Springs tomorrow in the afternoon for "Get Outside Day".  We don't need volunteers as we have plenty of student teachers that will be helping us. If you need to get ahold of us the office will have our cell phones to contact us.


Water Cycle

What do the words precipitation, condensation and evaporation mean?  We learned about the different steps to the water cycle today and what happens.  Check out what we created in our visual journal.

Gym

Look at some of the action shots from today in gym.  We are learning the proper technique to throw a frisbee.  Can I show you how I do it at home?  We were aiming at targets today.


REMINDERS:

1. Fee invoices came home this week.  These will include the fees for swimming, for our magician and for the 3 museum kits we will have throughout the year from the Glenbow Museum. You can go on your cbe account to pay online.

2. Please return swimming forms by Friday. 


Monday Math Message

The Napping House

We read the story called The Napping House and then solved the problem: How many legs are in the bed? Can I show you the strategy that I used to solve this problem?  The next problem we had was to figure out how many legs are in OUR house.  How many legs did I figure out?  Check out the story on youtube below.

Shapes

We explored with 2D shapes and tried to make 3D shapes.  What shapes did I make?  We are going to continue exploring with the shapes and see what nets (a 2D pattern of a 3D shape that can be folded to form the shape) we can make.

Math Message

Every morning we start off with a math message to wake our brains up.  We use whiteboards to answer the questions and then we take turns sharing our strategy that we used to solve them.  This week we were working on 1 less and 2 less.  Subtracting tends to be more challenging for students.  We discussed a couple strategies that we can try when doing the question in our heads: thinking of addition (16 - 8 = ?, I know that 8+8=16 so I can answer 16-8+8) or counting back from the bigger number).  See a couple of our math messages below.  Can I explain the strategies that I used to solve it to you?


Richard Young the Magician

WOW!  We could not believe the magic tricks that we learned today...and all of them used magnets!!  What are the 4 metals that magnets are attracted to?  Why didn't the magnet attract to one of the nickels?  If the magnet is bigger does this mean that it is the strongest?  How can we turn a spoon into a magnet?  What happened at the end of the show?


Kindergarten Buddies

We loved sharing our magnet games with our kindergarten friends!  Have a look at some of our pictures below.

Trip Across Canada

We are taking a "pretend" trip across Canada to learn about all the wonderful things that our country has to offer us!  We were in Newfoundland and Labrador today.  What were some of my favourite things that I saw and did while we are there?  (Hint: whales and icebergs).  We also finished up our magnet games and we will be sharing them with the kindergarten students tomorrow - we are so excited!!!  Check out some of our pictures from the day.


Magnet Games

We put on our Leonardo da Vinci hats and invented a game using magnets.  We are going to build these games and then teach the kindergartners how to play them.  Check out some of our inventions below (sorry for the sideways pictures...sometimes blog won't let me change the orientation??)


Speed is Not Important

We discussed why speed is not important when problem solving.  Why is it important to take your time?  We used a piece of paper today and had to complete various challenges.  See some of the pictures below. We learned today that if we went fast we didn't get the shapes quite right.   We also learned that there are many ways to get the same answer and that we all think differently. 


Fun Lunch

Fun lunches for this year are now available on www.healthyhunger.ca. Please note that if you have an account from a previous year you will have to re-add your children under their new classroom teacher. Deadline to order for this month’s Subway meal is Thursday, October 11th. If you have any questions please email evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com.

Math Brains

This week in math we have been watching short video clips and doing activities that are helping us to have a growth mindset.  What does it mean to have a growth mindset?  We discussed how that it's ok to make mistakes and that every time we make a mistake our brain grows.  If you start a problem by believing you can do anything and you struggle and fail...your brain will still grow!  If you start a problem by saying "this is too hard" and "I can't do it"....your brain will not grow!

Class Pets

Meet our new class pets...we have worms!!!!  

1. Why do we have worms in our classroom?

2. What are we going to use with the worm castings?

3. What kinds of foods can we feed our worms?  What else do we put in with the worms?

4. What do the worms not like?


Leonardo da Vinci Sketching

We looked at an example of Leonardo's invention journal and discussed how he used nature to inspire his inventions.  What animal did he observe to help him design the airplane?  What about the boat?  What animal inspired him to build the army tank?  Have a look at some of our sketches from today.  What is the difference between sketching and drawing? We looked at artifacts and thought about the following questions:

1. I wonder...

2. I think...

Check out some examples of our sketches below.





Orange Shirt Day - All Children Matter

We had amazing discussions today about why we wear orange and why this day is so important.  Please watch the video on this link to learn more information.  www.organgeshirtday.org

Some of the questions and comments we had were:

- "I feel bad for the kids who died and didn't get to leave?"

- "I wonder how many people survived?"

- "I wonder if they could call their parents?"

- "Why did they build the schools?"

- "Where were their parents?"

- "How did they escape the schools?"

Leonardo da Vinci

Our day was filled with talking about our brain and how it grows.  We learned a little bit about Leonardo da Vinci and wrote down our wonders.  What do I wonder about him?  What are some of his inventions?  Can I show you how to "mirror write"?  Why is this important to Leonardo?  We also learned about how our brains can grow to work well in different areas like math AND science AND art AND writing AND reading  ----  just like Leonardo was talented in many different things. See the picture below of his famous painting - the Mona Lisa and a portrait of himself. 

TERRY FOX RUN

We didn't give up today despite the rain and cold weather.  We ran like Terry Fox did and ran for the people that we wrote on our stickers.  How many laps did I do today?  What made me to keep going even when it was hard?  We were lucky after our run and got to have oranges for a snack.  Did you know this was Terry's favourite snack?  How much money did our class raise in total?  Did we reach our school goal and raise over $1000?  Miss McNabb was very proud of us today!

Welcome Back!

We have had a wonderful start to the beginning of grade 2!

We have had been working on creating our classroom community by reading the following books: The Golden Rule and Bucket Filling.  What does the Golden Rule mean? What does it mean to be a "bucket filler"?

We read a story called "On my Summer Vacation" and talked about the difference between a truth and a lie.  We discussed using our imagination to create a story that included a lie and 2 truths.  We had "Author's Chair" and we read our stories to our class to see if they could figure out our truths and lies.  What did I write?

We are going to learn lots about Canada this year.  We started by looking at a map of Canada.  How many provinces are there?  How many territories?  Can I look at a Canada map with you and name them?  We are going to colour and label a Canada map so that we can learn where the provinces and territories are.

We have played math games called Race to 100 and Addition War.  We read a story called "First Day Jitters" and then graphed all of the feelings that we were feeling as a class.  Which feeling had the most?  Which feeling had the least?




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Only a few more days left of summer vacation for our modified calendar schools. Their school offices open on Monday, Aug 12 and the first of classes is Thursday, Aug 15. Check your school calendar for details #WeAreCBE #yycbe https://t.co/8042yBjWba

RT @YouthLinkYYC: In response to questions raised by #yyc #community members surrounding #gangviolence, #highrisklifestyles and #communitysafety during a Town Hall meeting on July 23, 2019; we will be hosting free information sessions for adults and youth 11+. https://t.co/19SSPfEXRw https://t.co/gUhpkMAkcq

There's still time for CBE students to apply for a chance to provide their perspectives on educational issues with the Minister of Education #WeAreCBE https://t.co/61LC4nS5Xs

RT @yyCBEdu: Middle or high school students transitioning to @calgarytransit next year are invited to attend a free orientation session this summer with their families. Learn more: https://t.co/gqXoRFrBtc #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/7IHShuMgLY

RT @UsihChristopher: Dr. Zahi Shlah, my new dentist, is a CBE alumnus. Always a pleasure to connect with #WeAreCBE alumni and showcase positive role models! ⁦@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/G8yR11qYxg