The Last Day

The last day is always a hard day for me as a teacher.  I have watched your kids grow in all ways and develop their confidence throughout the year.  I want to thank parents and families for sharing your little ones with me.  We spend many many hours together and naturally our relationships have continued to grow and get stronger.  I appreciate being able to work with all of you in order to help the kids grow and work as a team.  I have loved teaching each one of them and appreciate their unique qualities.  I will always be here for a visit and to advocate for them forever.  Have an amazing summer!  Love, Mrs. Byciuk (Becky)

Tuesday June 25, 2019

Tonight is our celebration of learning.  It is an open house from 5:30-7.  Students will be showing you work and things they have learned in stations throughout the gym and gathering space.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone.  Our talent show continues tomorrow.  Thursday is a 1/2 day.  Our class is going to have a "game" day.  Students are encouraged to bring their favourite card or board game.


Monday June 24, 2019

Our celebration of learning is tomorrow night from 5:30-7.  Please bring your children to explore different centres as they become Junior Melittologists!  1/2 a day on Thursday is the last day of school and no school on Friday.  On Thursday, we will have a morning of board/card games.  Students are welcome to bring their favourite board/card game.  Our class decided last week to have a mini talent show just for our class.  Please have your children bring anything they need tomorrow.

Today:

-we prepared for our bee night by working on sketching, finishing up art, pages in our paper bag book.

-we watched the Magic School bus bee episode.

-we had gym.


Wednesday June 19, 2019

Tomorrow is our field trip in the morning.  Many of the activities are outside, so please send proper clothing such as rain jackets and boots.  Our celebration of learning is on June 25th from 5:30-7.  It is an open house.  Your children have become junior Melittologists (bee experts) and are going to teach you why bees matter.  They have been working hard for this night!

Today:

-we wondered how bees make honey.  

-we finished our 2 drawings of the mason bee.

-we learned about the bee lifecycle and did a page in our paperbag books.

-we learned about the different roles of the honey bee and made a page in our paperbag books.

-many of us recorded our PSAs

-we had gym.

-we had the railway kit, sketched artifacts and wrote Davichi notes.  We learned about what each artifact is.

-we worked on our 2 art projects.  


Tuesday June 18, 2019

Today we talked about having our own class talent show next week.  Students can pick any talent they want to share with our class.  The field trip is on Thursday morning.  Our celebration of learning is on June 25th from 5:30-7.  It is an open house.  Your children have become junior Melittologists (bee experts) and are going to teach you why bees matter.  They have been working hard for this night!


Monday June 17, 2019

Field trip on Thursday morning.  It isn't supposed to be very nice out that day, so make sure to dress for the weather as we will be doing activities outside.  June 25th is our celebration of learning!

Today:

-we wondered why the sky is blue.

-we did artifact sketching of pioneer newcomer items in the morning.

-we had gym outside.

-we worked on our PSA's with Miss Patterson's class.

-we learned about the Canadian Pacific Railway and sketched some artifacts/did Davichi notes out of the museo kit.

-we finished our Bee Ozobot path for the celebration of learning.  We had to follow certain criteria to make sure our "bees" followed a certain pathway.

-we read Land of Stories.


Friday June 14, 2019

Field trip forms are way overdue and I am still missing a couple.  Our field trip is next week.  Please send in all field trip forms by Monday.  The students are getting very excited about our Celebration of learning on June 25th.  They are working so hard to prepare all of the things they will share as Junior Melittologists.

-Today we continued working on our PSA with Miss Patterson's class.  We will be filming next week.

-we have one bee poem to share with you.

-we had gym with Mrs. Byciuk

-we had class meeting and Land of Stories.


Wednesday June 12, 2019

Please send in field trip forms tomorrow.  Our field trip is next week.

Today:

-we wondered why bees buzz especially the bumblebee.

-we continued learning about bees by reading books, watching videos and checking out websites.  We loved the book "Give Bees a Chance" . and can't wait to show you at our celebration of learning.  Today we focused on "What is Killing the Bees?", "The Bees of Alberta" (some of the common types), and "The Difference Between Bees and Wasps".

-we had some time to work on our Father's Day surprises.

-we learned about the artist Yaacov  Agam who invented agamograph.  We started working on a bee agamograph.

-we used Ogo sports in the gym today.




Monday June 10, 2019

Field trip forms for our bee trip coming home today.  We have our volunteers.  Thanks so much for your help.

Today:

-we wondered if animals burn.

-we wrote a response to "What if Bees Disappeared?"

-we heard the famous quote from Einstein about bees and looked at pictures about what a grocery store would look like without bees. 

-we drew a picture of a bee and then watched a video about a boy named Austin who was doing a butterfly drawing.  How did he make his drawing more realistic?  How many attempts did he have?  We talked with our friends and they gave us feedback on our first drawing.  We made a second attempt.

-we learned about how the pioneers made butter with a churn.  Mrs. Byciuk didn't have a churn (haha) so we made our own butter by shaking cream in a jar.  We got to taste it on crackers at the end of the day.

-we had gym.

-we worked on some surprises for  our dads.

-we learned about how pioneers stored food.  Ask me some of the ways they were able to preserve food.



June 5, 2019

Today:

-we had our in-school field trip and worked on a special surprise for dad all morning.  Thank you to our volunteer for helping out.

-we wondered how earthworms can help our gardens.

-we went to the learning commons.

-we had gym and started badminton.

-we worked on our boat reflections.

-we learned about worms and did our worm page.

-we read Land of Stories.


June 3, 2019

Scholastic book orders due on Wednesday.

Today:

-we had free writing time and author's chair.  Many of us were publishing stories.

-we had gym.

-we learned about centipedes.  Ask me what I know about them.  We many a page in our small crawling/flying books about centipedes.  We also learned about millipedes and the differences.

-we spent the afternoon building boats.  Some of us tested our first prototype and are making our second prototype.  We learned how important detailed and well thought out plans are.  Can you talk with me tonight about what I have done so far and what my plan is?




Friday May 31, 2019

We have collected most of our materials to build our boats.  We need your help for a few material we do not have.  We are looking for styrofoam pieces (what you find in boxes to keep items safe). If you have any of this around your house, can you please send it in on Monday.



Thursday May 30, 2019

Next week, on June 5th (Wednesday) from 9-11, I am looking for at least 1 volunteer for a special in-school field trip.  We are working on a surprise for dad, so please only moms.  I'm sorry for the short notice!  Our Bee trip to Okotoks is on Thursday June 20th in the morning.  

Today:

-we wondered why spiders make webs.

-we planned our boats.  We followed the criteria to sketch our boat and make our material list.  

-we looked at Bar U Ranch pictures and talked about things we learned about.  We worked on a creative journal page/reflection on our day yesterday.  Thank you to the moms who volunteered their time yesterday.

-in music we about percussion instruments. 

-in gym we had free time soccer.

-we learned about spiders.  We read a book and watched some videos.  We worked on a mini page about spiders.  We included a detailed sketch with labels and facts about spiders.  Ask me some facts I learned today.  We talked about spiders that do not spin webs and watched some videos about them.

-we read Land of Stories.


Tuesday May 28, 2019

Tomorrow is our field trip to Bar U Ranch.  We will be leaving the school right away, so please be on time.  Please dress your children appropriately (no shorts or sandals, layers of clothing with a hat).  Please wear sunscreen and bring extra.  Students need a water bottle and a good lunch with a snack.  


Monday May 27, 2019

Wednesday is our field trip.  Thank you to the parents who have volunteered.  Please arrive at 8:30 to sign in and find out the group you will be responsible for.  Please dress your child in layers and NOT in shorts (no matter how hot it is).  Please send in appropriate footwear and with a lunch, snacks and water bottle.

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about aliens!

-we learned more about the Titanic.  We read books and watched videos.  We learned more about sailboats and a famous sailboat in Canada (The Bluenose).  We learned all of the parts of a sailboat including bow, stern and mast.  We also read a book about canoes and learned about a canoe, how to draw one and labelled the parts.

-we made our own ring and pin game.  We talked about the Inuit people and how they would have made the game in the past.  We tried playing and put the game in our trunk.

-we finished our multi-media boat art pieces.  

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth

-we read Land of Stories


Friday May 24, 2019

Thank you parents for helping your kids to make their penguin homes.  They were all so excited to share them this week and go through the criteria.  They were all so unique and different and the students were able to learn from each other.  They were desperate to finish today, so they are not bringing home poems this week.  We spent the day sharing houses and working on a creative journal page with pictures of their houses, a checklist of criteria and writing about things they would change for next time.  Have a great weekend!


Thursday May 23, 2019

This morning we participated in the archeology program.  We learned about bones (human and animal), artifacts and made predictions and observations.  Thank you to our one parent who came to volunteer her time.

Today:

-we spent our morning in the archeology program and learned a lot.

-we had gym outside.

-we had music.

-we worked on making 10 in math message.  We worked with more numbers today.

-some more of us shared our penguin houses.

-we read Land of Stories.


Tuesday May 21, 2019

Penguin houses were due today.  We will be sharing all week.  Our goal is to have penguins come home on Friday.

Today:

-we wondered how diamonds are made.

-we focused on making 10 in math message and recognizing numbers that make 10.

-some of us shared our penguin houses.  We went through the criteria and answered questions about our houses. 

-we did a number talk and finished reading 365 Penguins.  We had to figure out some math and tried to find Chilly on every page.

-we did the I Love Challenge in gym.  It was a soccer challenge.

-we had free writing time.

-we worked on some tags for volunteer tea:  painting and writing!

-we read Land of Stories.


Thursday May 16, 2019

Penguin houses due on Tuesday.  No school tomorrow and Monday.

Today:

-we wondered about the vikings!

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on learning new vocabulary this week.

-we worked on the Ketchup list.

-we learned how to paint textured paper like Eric Carle and created 3 paintings each that we will use for our art project next week.

-we read some more information on Inukshuks and learned about Ted Harrison (we didn't get to this yesterday).  We started an art project of an inukshuk in Ted Harrison style.

-we went to watch the grade 3 spring performance.



Wednesday May 15, 2019

No school on Friday or Monday!  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow.  Please send in Bar U Ranch forms.  Penguin homes due on Tuesday.

Today:

-we wondered why boats float.  We reviewed the words buoyancy, density and displacement and watched a brainpop video.  We made a prediction whether a plasticine ball would float.  Then Mrs. Byciuk gave us a challenge. Can you make the plasticine float.  Ask me what some of the floating boats had in common.  We made predictions and tested our predictions.  Tomorrow we will have another challenge.

-we practiced double digit addition in math message.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we continued our challenges in gym.  Today it was a soccer challenge.

-we had free writing time.  We had quiet 10, conferencing and authors chair.  Ask me what piece of writing I worked on.

-we started reading a book about the Titanic.  Ask me some things I learned about.

-we learned about the Inuksuk, why they were built and what they were used for.  We learned about different types.

-we learned about a famous Canadian artist Ted Harrison and started a piece of Inuksuk art in a similar style.



Monday May 13, 2019

Thank you parents for your support and understanding over the last week.  While away, my mom ended up in the hospital and I needed to be with her.  I will get caught up with emails and questions in the next couple of days, so thank you for your patience.  Penguin homes due on May 21st.  Scholastic book orders due on Friday.

Today:

-I came back to posters, cards and hugs.  What a warm welcome.  I missed all the students.

-we did Mystery Doug and celebrated a birthday.

-we talked about Boat and Buoyancy.  Ask me what buoyancy and shipwreck mean.  We learned about 2 famous shipwrecks:  the Titanic and the Franklin Expedition.  Ask me about the exploration, the Northwest passage and what happened to the boat.

-we worked together to put a whole bunch of things in our trunks that we have completed since Mrs. Byciuk has been away.

-we did an experiment on sinking and floating.  Ask me some things that float and some things that sink.

-we read Land of Stories.



Wednesday May 1, 2019

Please return Bar U ranch forms asap.  I am looking for 1 more volunteer.  I will be away and have a substitute teacher on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Penguin Homes due on May 21st.  

Today:

-we learned about Hats on for Mental Health day.

-we worked on the 10 strategy in math message.

-we published our stories all morning.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we sketched Inuit artifacts and wrote Da vichi notes.

-we worked on weighing a measuring our penguins for our take home project.  Please see the information in my backpack.  The students are super excited for this.



Monday April 29, 2019

Please return Bar U Ranch forms.  It would be great if I could have one more parent volunteer for the Bar U ranch trip.  

Today:

-mystery doug was about the black hole.

-we had an assembly.  It was a puppet show about accepting differences and including everyone.

-we had math message and focused on the making 10 strategy.

-we went to gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we did a number talk.  We worked on a penguin math task.  We had to figure out how many fish we would need to feed 9 penguins.  It was a challenge.

-we worked with the artifacts in the Inuit kit.  We talked about where the Inuit lived/live.  We did DaVichi sketching and notes.  We made observations, made predictions, asked questions and wrote wonders.

-we watched our insulator choices throughout the day.  We learned that air and tinfoil are not great insulators.  Cotton was the best insulator.  We wrote conclusions about our experiment.

-we watched a "Magic School Bus" about the Arctic.  Ask me what I learned.



Thursday April 25, 2019

Today:

-we wondered why penguins are flightless.

-we read the story "Punctuation Celebration" and reviewed periods, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, and commas.  We edited our Chalk stories with an editing tool.

-Mr. Wilcox came in to teach us about the ozobots purchased by parent council.  We learned how to make a path for them to move and get them to do certain things along the path.  Ask me about it.

-we had music.

-we reviewed what an insulator is.  We talked about the blubber hand experiment and watched some videos about animal insulation.  We filled a cup with the insulator that we thought would work best:  styrofoam, foil, cotton balls or air.  We built the insulation around a smaller cup.  Mrs. Byciuk filled our cups with water.  We are going to freeze the water and test our insulators on Monday.  We set up our creative journal page with our experiment and made a hypothesis about what we thought would happen.

-we learned about some of the traditions of the Acadian people and worked on the traditions page in our flip book.  Ask me what I learned.

-we read Land of Stories!


Tuesday April 23, 2019

Tomorrow is the last inline skate day.  Please send helmets. I am looking for volunteers for Bar U Ranch (May 29) which is an all day field trip.  It is my absolute favourite field trip.  The students love it and learn a lot about pioneers.  

Today:

-we learned how old the world is in Mystery Doug.

-we had music.

-we worked on our April Chicken Soup Poem.  We followed the criteria for the poem.

-we started learning about the Acadians and Acadia.  Ask me where the old Acadia is.  We learned about where Acadians came from and what their early days looked like.  Ask me to tell you what their life was like.  We worked on a flip book to show our knowledge of the Acadians.

-we painted our Little Blue Penguins.  We added eyes and beaks and painted the rest blue/black.  The classroom was soooo messy!!

-we did a 3 Act task in math.  We had to make an estimate of how many whoppers were in the jar, then we had to do the math to figure it out.

-we read Land of Stories.



Wednesday April 17th, 2019

Picture day tomorrow!  No school Friday or Monday!  We are bringing home the new curriculum letter with important dates.  We will be looking for volunteers for Bar U Ranch (May 29) and the Chinook Honey Bee Farm (1/2 a day)

Today:

-we worked with 3 double digit numbers and subtracted them in math message.

-one of the students shared his cool science experiment:  the bouncy egg.

-we learned more about the Little Blue Penguin.  Did I tell you about paper mache yesterday!  We also looked at some pictures of the African Penguin in South Africa and watched a Great White Shark dive.

-we learned the decomposing strategy for double digit subtraction.  Tomorrow, we will pick the strategy that works best for us and show how we can double digit subtract.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we had our second day of inline skating!

-we wrote the next part of Chalk.  Ask me what happened.

-we drew our own thermometers and labelled important temperatures.  We are getting good at figuring out how to read a thermometer.

-some of us went to Sharkology.  Today was our last day.  Those of us that have not finished will be given the choice to finish at home and bring our page back for the grade 2 book.

-we finished the day with Land of Stories!


Monday April 15, 2019

No school on Friday or Monday!  Picture day on Thursday.  Tomorrow we are going to be doing paper mache.  I have paint shirts, but it can be messy, so make sure not to wear fancy clothes.  A heads up that our Bar U Ranch field trip is on Wednesday May 29th.  We are in need of volunteers to come with us.  If you have your clearance and are available, please let me know by email:  bebyciuk@cbe.ab.ca . 

Today:

-we wondered why people yawn.

-we practiced single digit subtraction strategy in math message.

-we wrote the next part of chalk.  The chase is on!  Ask me about it.

-we had gym outside with Mr. Welechuk.

-we learned the open number line/100 chart strategy for double digit subtraction.

-we were given another penguin task.  We had to figure out whether we could make a perfect triangle with 61 penguins.  

-we learned about the Little Blue Penguin.  It is the smallest penguin in the world and is approximately 30-40 cm tall.  Little Blue Penguins only live in Australia and New Zealand.  We will be making a Little Blue tomorrow.  Ask me if I know any more facts about them.

-some of us went to sharkology and some of us did a temperature scavenger hunt.



Friday April 12, 2019

It's another Movie Night! On Thursday, April 18, we will be showing "The Peanuts Movie." Doors will open at 6pm, and the movie will start by 6:30pm. Please come in your PJ's and enjoy one last movie night this school year!

Tickets are available through your child's Healthy Hunger account.  www.healthyhunger.ca
We hope to see you there!
Evergreen School Council
evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Our next inline skating day in Wednesday April 17th.  Please don't forget to bring helmets.

Today:

-we had our first inline skating lesson. 

-we have 2 poems to share with you about temperature.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had class meeting.



Wednesday April 10, 2019

Please bring helmet on Friday for our first inline skating lesson.

Today:

-we wondered how hot the Earth's core is.

-we added 1,2 and 3 to double digit numbers.

-we wrote the next part of our wordless book Chalk.  Some of us shared in author's chair.

-we continued our work with double digit subtraction.  We don't need to know how to regroup in grade 2, but many of us are already able to with the Base 10 blocks.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we continued our ninja training in gym.

-we had our 4th day of giving compliments at attendance time.  We are learning how to give genuine compliments to each other and what the difference between saying "thank you" to someone or giving someone a compliment.  Everyday we have to think of someone new to give a compliment to.

-we learned about the famous artist Claude Monet.  He was an integral part of impressionism.  Ask me if I like his style  of painting.  We recreated our own versions of The Water Lily Pond.  

First we used tape to recreate the bridge.  We used bright and pretty colours to finger paint lilies.  We will finish the finale step tomorrow.



Monday April 8, 2019

Please sign and return inline skating form.  Without this form signed, students will not be able to participate this week.  Parents are strongly encouraged to send a helmet for Friday (if you have one). Our class will be skating on Friday April 12th, Wednesday April 17 and Wednesday April 24th.  

Today:

-on Mystery Doug, we learned who invented pizza and where it was invented.

-in math message, we worked on using making 10 to add larger numbers.

-we wrote the next part of Chalk.  Some of us shared our stories so far in Author's chair.

-we did a 3 Act Task in math about pringles.  We watched a video of a man making a circle from pringles and estimated how many pringles he used.  Then we found out how many pringles were originally in the can and how many pringles were left after the man made the circle.  We did the math.  When we compare 2 numbers, we can subtract or count up. 

-we read another little part of 365 penguins.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a task in groups:  How can we organize 60 penguins in equals groups.  We used cups to put the penguins into equal groups.  Ask me what pattern I could use to make sure I get all of the answers.

-some of us went to Sharkology and some of us learned how to read a thermometer.  We watched a Brainpop video and practiced on paper thermometers.

-we read Land of Stories!


Thursday April 4, 2019

The forms for inline skating went home yesterday.  Please sign and return the form.  Without this form signed, students will not be able to participate next week.  Parents are strongly encouraged to send a helmet for next week (if you have one). Our class will be skating on Friday April 12th, Wednesday April 17 and Wednesday April 24th.  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow!

Today:

-we wondered how hot the sun is.

-we continued our work with adding friendly numbers in math message.

-we voted on our next wordless book that we will write.  The students loved writing Tuesday so much and did such a great job.  We started writing the beginning of our next story called Chalk (voted by the students).

-we did a number talk.

-we went over the calendar assessment from yesterday and talked about some of our struggles with the calendar and practiced answering different questions.

-We started reading 365 PENGUINS!  We are soooo excited about all of our work with this book.  Mrs. Byciuk read us a few pages then we stopped to do a math task.  We had to find out how many penguins will be delivered in January and February altogether.  Ask me about the book.

-we had gym and music this afternoon.

-we talked about hot and cold things and made a creative journal page with a table.  We worked on comparing sentences such as _____ is hotter than a _________. 



Tuesday April 2, 2019

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a restful break with family time and fun!  Thank you to the families that were able to come in for student-led conferences.  The students were so proud to show you some of the work they have been doing.  Please remember that I am always available to meet/talk anytime!

Today:

-we started our day by learning about how a battery works.  Ask me how this was discovered (hint:  think frog).

-we started a new math message week.  We are focusing on using single digit addition for larger numbers.  For example, if finding the sum of 60+60, we can think of single digit addition.

-we had an in-school field trip with Clay for Kids!  Don't ask us what we did because we want to keep it a surprise.

-we had gym and started working on movements on mats.

-we learned about the Pacific Garbage Patch.  We were so surprised and upset about what has happened to our oceans.  We talked about water pollution.  What is it?  What are the different types of water pollution?  How can we help?  Even one person can make a difference.

-we started talking about Hot and Cold Temperatures.  What do we know already?  What are we curious about?  What do we wonder?

-we were excited to get back into reading the Land of Stories.



Thursday March 21, 2019

Hope to see you at student-led conferences tonight or tomorrow!  The students worked very hard this week practicing and finishing up on work to show you.  Please bring your child, as this is a celebration of their learning and they have stations to bring you to!  Have a great spring break and enjoy your time together.  Welcome back on Tuesday April 2nd!



Wednesday March 20, 2019

Tomorrow is a half day.  The students are off at 11:50.  No school on Friday.  Kids are back on April 2nd.

Student led conferences are tomorrow night and Friday. Student led conferences are a chance for your child to showcase and celebrate their learning.  The time slots are an hour with up to 3 other families in the room at the same time.  I will, of course, be in the room to answer questions and check in with parents, but please make sure that you bring your child with you as they will be leading the night!  There is an Usborne book fair going on on both days as well.

Today:

-we wondered what an equinox is.

-we worked so hard typing and publishing our stories for quite a bit of the day.  

-we had gym.

-we worked on our ant math task from yesterday and went over it.  We will be showing you how to solve it during student led conferences.

-we finished up our art project on Mona Lisa and worked on illustrations for our stories. 

-we had a firedrill.


Monday March 18, 2019

The Usborne Literacy Fair is

 Coming!

Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd   

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles.  We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca


Sign up is open for student led conferences next Thursday night and Friday.  Student led conferences are a chance for your child to showcase and celebrate their learning.  The time slots are an hour with up to 3 other families in the room at the same time.  I will, of course, be in the room to answer questions and check in with parents, but please make sure that you bring your child with you as they will be leading the night!

Spring break starts on Thursday pm.  Students have early dismissal on Thursday (11:50).  School starts back on April 2nd (Tuesday).

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about how earthquakes happen.

-we begun the process of publishing our stories.  We had to edit ourselves and do an editing checklist with a partner.  We started typing our stories in google docs.  Our hope is that we have a published story to share with you on Thursday or Friday.

-we practiced our new math game Pico, Fermi, Bagels.  We worked on a task called number detectives.  We had to follow clues to find the number.

-we painted our tipis with acrylic paint.

-we read some of the Land of Stories.




Thursday March 13, 2019

The Usborne Literacy Fair is

 Coming!

Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd   

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles.  We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca


Sign up is open for student led conferences next Thursday night and Friday.  Student led conferences are a chance for your child to showcase and celebrate their learning.  The time slots are an hour with up to 3 other families in the room at the same time.  I will, of course, be in the room to answer questions and check in with parents, but please make sure that you bring your child with you as they will be leading the night!



Wednesday March 12, 2019

Today:

-we wondered what Hieroglyphs are!

-we worked on another part of Tuesday. 

-we played Pico, Fermi, Bagels in math and worked through a task about cupcakes.  We had to take multiple steps to find the answer.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we played some games with the basketball in gym.

-Mrs. Byciuk introduced us to a new art project called "Where in the World is Mona Lisa?"  We are loving it and were very creative with our ideas.

-we finished working on our buffalo artifacts for the Blackfoot people and finished our designs of the tee pees for our trunks.


Monday March 11, 2019

Today:

-we wondered about how magic tricks work.  We practiced one that we can share with you.

-we read a story called "I hear a pickle" and talked about the importance of description in writing and describing the 5 senses. We worked on the next part of Tuesday.  We have our fingers crossed that we will have a published piece of work to share with you at student led conferences.  2 of us shared our stories so far.  They are fantastic. 

-we had gym.

-in math, we practiced playing "Don't break the bank" with a partner.  We started working on a task about squirrels that has 2 parts.  We found that the hardest part about the task was explaining our thinking.  

-we finished our Mona Lisa art pieces.  We ripped pieces of dark tissue paper and modge podged them onto our clothing for a "robe" affect.

-we had Sharkology throughout the afternoon and the rest of us put together our Buffalo artifact for our trunks.


Friday March 8, 2019

Today:

-it was Funny Friday!!

-we have 3 poems to share with you about Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives.  Ask me what each is.

-we had Ketchup time and worked on our February poem, water cycle page and States of Matter page.  We edited our Tuesday stories so far.

-in gym, we had free play and chose from 3 different pieces of equipment.

-we had a class meeting and the end of the day.


Wednesday March 6, 2019

Today:

-we wondered "Who was Mona Lisa?"

--we started working on our own versions of the Mona Lisa.  We worked on 2 steps.  We can't wait to show you at student led conferences.

-we started writing on the second part of the story Tuesday!  We are writing the words to a wordless book.  We are focusing on adding detail, triple scoop words and using similes.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we learned how to shoot a basketball in gym.

-in math, we learned how to play the game Pico, Fermi, Bagels.  I am going to teach you how to play at student led conferences.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some double digit addition questions and we chose the strategy that works best for us.  ALL of us were able to find the answers using our preferred strategy.  Some of us were even able to do some regrouping questions.




Wednesday February 27, 2019

No school on Friday!

Today:

-we watched a video about Pink shirt day and read a book about being kind.  We all came up with one way that we could show kindness today.

-in math message, we worked with number lines to 20.

-we had the Blackfoot Museo kit.  We talked about the rest of the artifacts and what they are and were used for.  We talked about storytelling and watched a video of an elder telling a story to his grandson.  We learned about the "dog days" (pre horse) and the travois.  We made our own travois model.  Ask me what a travois is.  We chose 2 artifacts that we were most interested in to put the pictures and description in our trunks.  We looked at the traditional Blackfoot map and talked about it.  We already have 3 things in our trunk.  We can't wait to show you at student-led conferences.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we continued working on basketball skills in gym.

-some of us went to Sharkology and some of us did an Estimation Mystery on the white boards!!  

-we read the "Enchantress Returns".  



Monday February 25, 2019

No school on Friday.  It is a PD day.  Wednesday is pink shirt day.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug, we wondered why Pluto isn't considered a planet anymore.

-in math message, we worked with number lines to 20 and found the difference between 2 numbers.

-we followed criteria to complete our chicken soup poem for February.

-we had gym.

-in math, we warmed up with an estimation activity.  We estimated how many rocks were in a jar.  It was fun.  We practiced double digit addition using an open number line.  For example, if given the number sentence, 24+53, we could start our number line at 53 and add 10 more (63) then another 10 more (73) and then 4 more (77).  

-we had the Museo Kit and sketched 6 more artifacts from the Blackfoot.  Ask me what I sketched.

-some of us went to Sharkology and some of us watched some videos about the water cycle.   We started making a creative journal page about the water cycle.  We described each part with a partner.

-we started reading chapter 1 of the second Land of Stories!



Thursday February 21, 2019

Thank you for helping your kids with their trunks.  We can't wait to start adding artifacts to them.  We are missing a couple.  Please send in for Monday at the latest.

Today:

-we worked on finding the difference between 2 numbers on our own created number lines.

-we read about Da Vinci and continued our artifact sketches from yesterday.  We did "See, Think, Wonder".  We learned how to sketch and add "Da Vinci notes" around our sketches.  We wrote observations, thoughts, predictions, questions and wonders.  

-we finished The Wishing Spell!  We absolutely LOVED the book.  We talked about our favourite parts and discussed/voted what book we wanted to read next.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some options, but almost all of us want to hear the second book of Land of Stories "The Enchantress Returns" especially after hearing the prologue.

-we had gym and music.

-we had our first look at the Blackfoot Museo kit.  We have the kit this week and next.  There are so many things to explore and learn about the Blackfoot.  Mrs. Byciuk talked about  What an artifact is.  It is an object made by people.  We talked about the rules of the authentic artifacts.  We had to use gloves, use both hands.  We had an opportunity to sketch 6 objects today.  We were given guiding questions and wrote Da Vinci notes around our sketches.  


Tuesday February 19, 2019

Trunks were due today.  We are missing a couple.  Please send in tomorrow.

Today:

-we wondered why cats purr!

-we started drawing number lines to find the difference between 2 numbers.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we worked on finishing our stories based on our idea maps.

-we had gym and learned a new game on scooters.

-we started learning about Leonardo Da Vinci.  He was an artist, scientist and inventor.  We watched a video about him, read a story and looked at some of his paintings.  We started a creative journal page of wonders! 


Tuesday February 12, 2019

Trunks are due on Tuesday.  Please see Friday's blog about the trunks.  Tomorrow we will be having our Valentine's Day exchange in the afternoon.  Any students who would like to hand out cards, please bring them for tomorrow.  No school on Thursday, Friday or Monday. 

Today:

-Mrs. Byciuk read us her story based on her idea map.  We talked about great beginnings, triple scoops words, similes and grabbing the reader's attention.  We began writing our stories.

-we had music.

-we finished our trip to Nunavut.  We found Nunavut so interesting.  It is the coldest place in Canada.  There are no trees and groceries are so expensive.  Baffin island is the biggest island in Canada.

-in math, we practiced double digit addition with Base 10 blocks.

-in gym, we used scooters.

-we started reflecting on our trip around Canada.  We finished reading "Hey Canada" and filled in our favourite places and things we enjoyed about the trip.

-we read Land of Stories.  We are getting close to finishing the book.  Ask me what happened today.


Monday February 11, 2019

Please see Friday's blog with information regarding "trunks" to be done at home.  This week is a short week due to Teacher's Convention.  No school Thursday, Friday or Monday (family day).  We will be exchanging Valentine's day cards etc on Wednesday afternoon.

Today:

-in MysteryDoug, we wondered why airplanes can't fly in space.

-we started an idea map.  We picked a memory from our memory pocket and drew the landmarks that we visited in our "memory".  We coloured our maps and got together with a partner to orally tell our story.  Mrs. Byciuk shared a memory about Copper's adventure.  Ask me about it.

-we had gym.

-we finished our Fleury art project of Fleury's lifecycle.

-we did a Splat number routine in math.  We had to use our mental math skills to figure out how many dots were under the SPLAT.  We were only given the total number of dots and could see that some were showing.

-we played place value tic tac toe.  This was an awesome was to practice our understanding of place value and the hundreds chart.  It was so easy to play.  We can even teach you at home.

-in Social studies.  We finished our tour of NWT and worked on our travel journals.  Some of our favourite things about NWT were the multi-coloured houses and that the houses are on stilts.  the longest river in Canada (the Mackenzie River), the diamond mines, the 24 hours of light in the summer and the igloo church.  We travelled to Nunavut and began to learn about Nunavut.



Friday February 8, 2019

The grade 2’s in Mrs. Byciuk’s class are learning about communities in Canada in the past and present and differences/similarities between the communities.  Students will be exploring the lives of the Blackfoot, Acadians, Pioneers and Inuit.  As we learn about the different communities, we will be collecting artifacts to represent the lives of the people in each community.  This is where we need your help!! When people immigrated to Canada, they stored their belongings in trunks.  Students are asked to make their own “trunk” at home.  A shoebox works great as a trunk and can be designed in many different ways.  There are many ideas on Pinterest for reference.  See a few below!  We are asking students to bring their completed trunk to school on or before February 19th.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Today:

-was Friday funnies!

-we have 1 poem to share with you this weekend.  It is about the water cycle.  Ask me to explain the 3 parts of the water cycle:  Precipitation, Evaporation, Condensation.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we continued working on our Fleury art.

-we had a class meeting!


Wednesday February 6, 2019

Please see yesterdays blog regarding the trunk to be made at home.

Today:

-we continued working with number lines in math message.

-we had 3 Daily 5 slots.  We chose what order to do "word work", "read to self" and "read to someone.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we played Quidditch in gym.

-we had an afternoon of Science.  We watched some videos about surface tension and talked more about it.  We did a liquid layers experiment and learned about density.  We added syrup, milk, dishsoap, water and oil to a container.  Ask me what happened and why.  We watched Bill Nye the science guy about liquids.  Some of us went to do Sharkology and the rest of us did an experiment about absorbancy.  Ask me what absorb means and what material would make the best raincoat!

Tuesday February 5, 2019

Movie Night:  Thursday February 28th at 6:00 pm.  Get tickets on Heathy Hunger!

The grade 2’s in Mrs. Byciuk’s class are learning about communities in Canada in the past and present and differences/similarities between the communities.  Students will be exploring the lives of the Blackfoot, Acadians, Pioneers and Inuit.  As we learn about the different communities, we will be collecting artifacts to represent the lives of the people in each community.  This is where we need your help!! When people immigrated to Canada, they stored their belongings in trunks.  Students are asked to make their own “trunk” at home.  A shoebox works great as a trunk and can be designed in many different ways.  There are many ideas on Pinterest for reference.  See a few below!  We are asking students to bring their completed trunk to school on or before February 19th.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.


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Monday February 4, 2019

Book orders due tomorrow.Today:

-was a blue day.  We had an indoor lunch and recess.  Ask me how lunch worked.  

-Mystery Doug was all about why there is so much salt in the oceans.

-in math message, we worked on matching addition and subtraction sentences to a number line.

-in writing, we listened to a retell of Little Red Riding Hood. Ask me how it was organized differently.  We continued talking about organization in writing.  We should be close to publishing one of our writing pieces.  

-we played Quidditch in gym.

-in math we did a number talk and a place value task.  We have learned how to use base 10 blocks to build numbers, how to expand numbers in order to understand place value.  For example, 64 is not 6 and 4, it is 60+4.  This is really important understanding for double digit addition and number sense.

-we reviewed states of matter:  Solid, Liquids and Gas.  We read a story and watched a Brainpop video.  We talked about the way that the molecules move in each state.  Ask me about that.  Fleury, our snowman has turned into a gas.  He evaporated over the weekend.  We did our last observation of him and wrote our conclusion.  The conclusion is the answer to a problem!

-we worked on the "Lifecycle of Fleury" in art and drew his 3 forms.

-we ended with Land of Stories.



Wednesday January 30, 2019

No school on Friday!  Book orders due on Tuesday!

Today:

-we wondered about states of matter.  Ask me about the 3 states of matter and how the molecules move in each one.

-we worked with number lines in math message.

-we did making words independently.

-we went to assembly.  Foothills brass came.  They taught us about different instruments and played us some songs.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we had gym.

-we did a "How Many?"  number routine.  We were given a math task.  We could use any 11 base 10 blocks to make a number.  There were so many answers.  We shared some of our answers on the SMART board.

-some of us went with Mrs. Broomfield to work on our Sharkology work and some of us stayed with Mrs. Byciuk.  Those of us that stayed looked at our class experiment.  It is the water cycle in a bag.  We are going to watch what happens inside the bag.  It represents what happens on our Earth.  We read a book about the water cycle and made predictions on what we think will happen in the bag.

-we read Land of Stories.



Monday January 28, 2019

No school on Friday!  Scholastic book orders coming home today.

Today:

-we had a visitor come to our classroom....A Snowman.  We named him Fleury.  We used him for an experiment today.  Our problem was:  "What will happen to Fleury in our classroom?"  We made a hypothesis (ask me what that is) and made observations throughout the day.  We included a sketch of him and some sentences about what he looked like.  Fleury started out as ice (a solid) and started to turn partially into a liquid throughout the day.  We are curious about what he will look like tomorrow morning when we come to school.

-in Mystery Doug we learned about how Football got started.

-in math message, we started working with number lines.  How can we show the difference between 2 numbers on a number line and write the matching number sentence?

-in writing, Mrs. Byciuk read us a piece of her writing.  It didn't make sense.  We talked about organization in writing and a clear beginning, middle and end.  She read a revised piece of writing and it made a lot more sense.  We had Quiet 10, Writing time/conferencing and the author's chair.

-we finished our tour of B.C.  We loved Stanley park, the ferry and some of the cool things to see on Vancouver Island.  We thought the ogopogo song was so funny.

-we read part of a book called "A drop of water".  Water is amazing.  We learned about surface tension.

-we read a few pages of the Land of Stories.


Friday January 25, 2019

As a class, we have been working on "whole body listening" during lessons and using our time during work periods.  We had a long discussion about these things during our class meeting today.  Some of us have brought home some work to finish that we have not finished in class.  We did receive lots of time throughout the week to "Ketchup" on this work.

Today:

-we had gym and played bench ball.

-we shared our dancing with 1/2 of the school to show some things we learned during the Sound Kreations residency.  We did AWESOME!

-we have 1 poem to share with you about similes.

-we had some Ketchup time to work on 4 things that we did during the week.

-we had our class meeting and read Land of Stories.



Wednesday January 23, 2019

Today:

-we wondered if salt water freezes.  We talked about our freezing experiment that we did at  home.  Why doesn't syrup freeze properly?

-in math message, we worked with 10 frames, added 2 sets together and found the difference.

-we did making words for the second time.  Ask me how many words I made.

-we chose to Read to Self or Read to Someone.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we talked about place value and read a book called "Place Value".  Ask me what I learned.

-we finished traveling in Alberta.  We loved learning about our own province and have some ideas about some new places we want to travel to.  We worked on our travel journals.  Ask me what my 3 favourite things are about Alberta. 

-we learned about grain elevators.  Ask me some questions.  How was grain put in the train before grain elevators?  Why were grain elevators put on the train line?  What were grain elevators used for?  Why was there one in each community/town?

-some of us went to work with Mrs. Broomfield on our Shark project and some of us stayed with Mrs. Byciuk to start our art project of a grain elevator.

-we read Land of Stories.


Monday January 21, 2019

Today:

-we had Sound Kreations.  It was great to see Josh back today and the kids were happy to show off what they learned last week with Melissa! Some classes have learned their whole performance dance, and some classes were learning the first halves of their dances. Grade 3's were introduced to some Funk moves like `The Fresno', `The Walkout' and the `Neck-o-Flex', all from the 1970's. The next 3 days will be spent improving and making our dances ready to share.

-in math message, we worked with dominos.  We added numbers together and found the difference between sums.

-in writing, we learned how to revise our work.  Mrs. Byciuk had an example of a retell and we crossed out parts and added carrots to make our writing better and make more sense.  We had Quiet 10 and writing time.

-we did a How Many?  We built 2D creatures from Base 10 Blocks and found the value.  We reviewed how to use expanded form to stretch out a number and talked about what happens if we have more than 10 ones and more than 10 tens.  

-we continued traveling around Alberta.  We went to the Tyrell Museum and the HooDoos.  We checked out the rodeo and the Calgary Stampede.  We learned how paleontologists dig up fossils in the National Park.




Friday  January 18, 2019

Sound Kreations continues next week. 

Today:

-we have 2 liquids poems to share with you.

-we danced in the gym.

-we had soooo much Ketchup to do.

-we had a class meeting.

-we read Land of Stories.  The twins got the last item for the Wishing Spell.  We are so into it.



Wednesday January 16, 2019

Fun lunch tomorrow.  Please try experiment that I asked students to do on Monday if you haven't.  Return report card envelopes.

Today:

-we learned about how dinosaurs got their name.

-we worked on using "addition for subtraction" in math message.

-we used letter tiles to make different words for Word Work.

-we used Base 10 Blocks to build different numbers in different ways.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-in gym, we travelled in different ways across benches.

-we learned some more about Saskatchewan and worked on our travel journal for Saskatchewan.

-we talked about the definition of a liquid and raced some liquids on a baking sheet.  We made predictions on which liquid would be the fastest and which liquid would be the slowest.  Tomorrow we are going to talk about why different liquids flow at different speeds.


Monday January 14, 2019

Please send signed report card envelopes back to the school.

Today:

-we started Sound Kreations.  

Classes were introduced to Mr. Josh and the Hip Hop style of dance today.  Ask your student if they can remember any of these moves:

  • 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

We have Mr. Josh for the next 2 weeks and will be building on our Hip Hop and learning group dances.

-we continued working on addition and subtraction and how they are related (number bonds) in math message.

-we had a class meeting.

-we learned what a blood moon is.  Did you know that there is a solar eclipse on January 20?

-we listed to the Eric Carle story "A House for a hermit crab".  The hermit crab thought that his house looked plain, so he added sea creatures to give it colour and interest.  How is this like writing?  Mrs. Byciuk drew a square as a house and each of us added a detail.  We wrote a description of the house together.  Details are so important in our writing.  We had Quiet 10, wrote, conferenced and 2 of us shared in Author's chair.

-we did our first liquids experiment.  We compared water to other liquids.  Comparing is looking at things that are the same and different.  Our problem was, "Do liquids have the same properties?"  We talked about what the word properties means and made a prediction.  We compared water to oil, vinegar and syrup.  WE made observations on colour, feel, smell, whether the liquid took the shape of its container, how fast or slow it pours and whether it is transparent or opaque.  We worked on a creative journal page.  We learned how to use a Venn diagram to compare 2 things.  Can you help me solve a problem?  We are wondering whether these 4 liquids freeze.  Can I try to freeze 1 or more of these liquids at home (water, oil, vinegar and syrup) and bring my results (to talk about) for Wednesday?

-we worked on our travel journal for Manitoba.

-we read Land of Stories.


Thursday January 10, 2019

Book orders due Monday!  Please return signed report card envelopes.  Next week Sound Kreations will be doing our gym.  We are going to be learning hip hop dance.

Today:

-we continued learning about how addition is related to subtraction and turned subtraction questions into addition questions in math message.  For example:  9-6=3  6+3=9

-we chose read to self or read to someone in Daily 5.

-we finished our Polar Bear art project.  We used chalk, oil pastels and paper to make the cutest polar bears.

-in math, we estimated how many oranges were in the bowl.

-we were given a math task.  We had to add up all of the numbers on a telephone to find the sum.  We then used the numbers to find different ways to make 20.  Ask me what a really efficient way is to figure out the sum of the numbers.

-we had music and gym.

-we started talking about liquids and started working on a 321 creative journal page.

-we read some Land of Stories.  Ask me what happened in the mines!!


Tuesday January 8, 2019

Happy New Year and Welcome back!  I hope everyone had an amazing break together!

Today:

-we learned how glass is made!  Ask me how.

-we started a new set of math messages.  For the next 2 weeks, we will be focusing on how addition is like subtraction and using "addition as subtraction" as a strategy to subtract.  For example:  13-3; we can think of 3+ ___=13.  

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we wrote about our top 3 things about the holiday!

-we did a number talk.

-we read the story "Katy No Pockets".  We loved the story!  Afterwards, we were given a bunch of math tasks to solve.  We had to figure out the number of pockets in our group, in part of the class, in the whole class.  Some of us even got to the challenge to figure out how many pockets in both ours and Ms.  Watkins class.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we remembered back to learning about Churchill Manitoba.  What is special about Churchill?  Where is it located in Manitoba?



Thursday December 20, 2018

We just learned today that we are the winners of the Food Bank contest.  We donated a total of 200 items to the food bank.  I can't believe how generous my families are!  As an extra bonus, I am the lucky teacher to throw the pie in Mr. Wilcox's face.  I'm hoping that I don't get stage fright tomorrow!  Caroling is tomorrow at 10:45.  Parents and families are welcome to join us in the gym.  Thank you to the parents who sent in treats for our Polar Express movie!  We had plenty to go around.  Tomorrow is the last day of school.  Students will also get their report card.  School does not begin back until Tuesday January 8th.  I hope you and your families have an amazing holiday and enjoy your time together.  We will see everyone back in 2019.  



Wednesday December 19, 2018

Tomorrow we are going to have our "party".  We are going to watch the movie Polar Express.  If you would like to send a treat for the class, please let me know.  Friday is our last day of school.  It is pj day that day.  We will be singing carols in the gym!  Students are off until Tuesday January 8th.

Today:

-we worked with ten frames and found the difference between 2 numbers.

-we learned about fact families and how subtraction is the inverse of addition.   We can use addition for subtraction as a strategy for subtraction.  An example of a fact family is:  17+3=20, 3+17=20, 20-17=3, 20-3=17.

-we went to buddies.  We gave them cards that we made for them yesterday and read them some holiday books.  We are working on being great leaders and role models.

-we did Quiet 10 and writing.  Ask me what I wrote about today.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we played a really fun game in gym.  Ask me about it.

-we finished our snowman art.  

-we went to the learning commons to research sharks.

aMonday December 17, 2018

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!  

On Thursday morning, we are going to have our "party".  We are going to watch the movie Polar Express.  If you would like to send a treat for the class that day, please let me know.  Friday is our last day of school.  It is pj day that day.  We will be singing carols in the gym!  Students are off until Tuesday January 8th.

Today:

-in math message, we started working on "difference".  What does find the difference between 2 numbers mean.

-we read the December Chicken Soup poem and illustrated it.

-we had gym.

-we went to the learning commons to continue our research about Sharks.

-we started the first steps of our card to give to our Kindergarten buddies and our families.

-we worked on our Macrame.

-we continued our visit to Manitoba.  Some of our favourites were:  The Canadian Mint and learning how money is made, The Forks in Winnipeg and the visit to Churchhill up North.


Friday December 14, 2018

December 18th is the cut off for the food drive.  We are neck in neck with 2 other classes for collecting the most amount of food items.  So far, we have collected 173 items!  Wow!  Thank you for your generosity!  Next week is our last week of school before the break.  On Thursday morning, we are going to have our "party".  We are going to watch the movie Polar Express.  If you would like to send a treat for the class that day, please let me know.  Friday is our last day of school.  It is pj day that day.  We will be singing carols in the gym!  

Today:

-we have 3 poems to share with you.  We had a lot of opportunity to talk about new vocabulary that we had never heard before.  Ask me what words I learned the meaning to.

-we had a chance to practice logging in to computers and going on Raz kids.

-we had gym with Mrs. Byciuk.  

-we started learning about Manitoba.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday December 12, 2018

Thank you parents and families for coming and supporting your children for the night time performance last night and the afternoon performance today.  They did great.  Please continue to send in food items.  We are still in need of 3 boxes of cereal to complete our first mission.

Today:

-we continued working with ten frames in math message.

-we learned how to use watercolour pencils and we colour in our "train window" scenes.

-we watched the performance in the morning and we performed in the afternoon.

-we learned how to do macrame!!  We can show you how.  All we need is some yarn.


Tuesday December 11, 2018

Please bring your children to the classroom 20 minutes before the performance at 6:40.  Students can wear fancy clothes or black, white and blue!  We are at 134 items.  We only need 3 boxes of cereal to complete the first part of the mission!  We are in first place now, so thank you to the families who have contributed.  Only 7 more days until we determin the winner.


Monday December 10, 2018

The musical is tomorrow at 7:00 pm!  Students should wear black, white and blue, or a fancy outfit if they prefer!  We are at 104 items for the food bank.  There are 2 classrooms ahead of us!  3rd place isn't bad.  We are still looking for pasta, cereal and canned fruit.

Today:

-we started working with 10 frames in math message.  

-we had a day of descriptive writing, learning how to log in to computers, typing our writing and learning how to air drop to Mrs. Byciuk.

-we had gym in the music room today!  Ask me what we did.

-we had a rehersal for our musical.

-we learned how money is made!



Thursday December 6, 2018

For our first mission for the food bank, we are looking for specific items of Pasta, Cereal and Canned fruit!  We have collected 99 items so far, but are behind some of the classes!  Keep the donations coming!

Please see yesterdays blog for information about the musical next week. No school tomorrow!

Today:

-we wondered about the different celebrations in December.

-we worked on explaining strategies in math message.

-we talked about what we might see out the "train window" of the Polar Express.  We drew a picture and talked about what we have learned about similes and triple scoop words.  We are writing a descriptive paragraph to go with the art that we will be working on next week.  

-we had a music practice.

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  In one of the poems, we picked out the nouns and underlined them.  Ask me what a noun is!

-we painted our backgrounds for our art project.  We used salt for snowflakes.

-we had Ketchup time to work on everything from this week.

-we had gym with Ms. Jones.

-we had class meeting at the end of the day!



Wednesday December 5, 2018

On With the Snow! There are four different performances on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12, so please look at the chart below for your child’s class. Each class will perform in one show on the evening on December 11, and one show during the day on December 12. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it! Students should wear black, white and blue, or a fancy outfit if they prefer!

Tuesday, December 11

Wednesday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Frampton/McLarty/Stanford

McNabb/Patterson

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Frampton/McLarty/Stanford

McNabb/Patterson

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

Byciuk/Watkins/Welechuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

Byciuk/Watkins/Welechuk

Thank you for your support! 

Lindsey Bell

For our first mission for the food bank, we are looking for specific items of Pasta, Cereal and Canned fruit!  We have collected 94 items so far, but are behind some of the classes!  Keep the donations coming!

Today:

-we had such a great time doing Polar Express this morning. We travelled on the Polar Express and even got to have some treats on the train.  We got a bell and are going to do a special art project with it next week.  Ask me about it.

-we had choice writing on Polar Express.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we had a special program in gym:  learning football.  Ask me about it.

-we did a number talk and worked on a Polar Express math task.

-we worked on our Shark project.


Mrs. Byciuk

The Last Day

The last day is always a hard day for me as a teacher.  I have watched your kids grow in all ways and develop their confidence throughout the year.  I want to thank parents and families for sharing your little ones with me.  We spend many many hours together and naturally our relationships have continued to grow and get stronger.  I appreciate being able to work with all of you in order to help the kids grow and work as a team.  I have loved teaching each one of them and appreciate their unique qualities.  I will always be here for a visit and to advocate for them forever.  Have an amazing summer!  Love, Mrs. Byciuk (Becky)

Tuesday June 25, 2019

Tonight is our celebration of learning.  It is an open house from 5:30-7.  Students will be showing you work and things they have learned in stations throughout the gym and gathering space.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone.  Our talent show continues tomorrow.  Thursday is a 1/2 day.  Our class is going to have a "game" day.  Students are encouraged to bring their favourite card or board game.


Monday June 24, 2019

Our celebration of learning is tomorrow night from 5:30-7.  Please bring your children to explore different centres as they become Junior Melittologists!  1/2 a day on Thursday is the last day of school and no school on Friday.  On Thursday, we will have a morning of board/card games.  Students are welcome to bring their favourite board/card game.  Our class decided last week to have a mini talent show just for our class.  Please have your children bring anything they need tomorrow.

Today:

-we prepared for our bee night by working on sketching, finishing up art, pages in our paper bag book.

-we watched the Magic School bus bee episode.

-we had gym.


Wednesday June 19, 2019

Tomorrow is our field trip in the morning.  Many of the activities are outside, so please send proper clothing such as rain jackets and boots.  Our celebration of learning is on June 25th from 5:30-7.  It is an open house.  Your children have become junior Melittologists (bee experts) and are going to teach you why bees matter.  They have been working hard for this night!

Today:

-we wondered how bees make honey.  

-we finished our 2 drawings of the mason bee.

-we learned about the bee lifecycle and did a page in our paperbag books.

-we learned about the different roles of the honey bee and made a page in our paperbag books.

-many of us recorded our PSAs

-we had gym.

-we had the railway kit, sketched artifacts and wrote Davichi notes.  We learned about what each artifact is.

-we worked on our 2 art projects.  


Tuesday June 18, 2019

Today we talked about having our own class talent show next week.  Students can pick any talent they want to share with our class.  The field trip is on Thursday morning.  Our celebration of learning is on June 25th from 5:30-7.  It is an open house.  Your children have become junior Melittologists (bee experts) and are going to teach you why bees matter.  They have been working hard for this night!


Monday June 17, 2019

Field trip on Thursday morning.  It isn't supposed to be very nice out that day, so make sure to dress for the weather as we will be doing activities outside.  June 25th is our celebration of learning!

Today:

-we wondered why the sky is blue.

-we did artifact sketching of pioneer newcomer items in the morning.

-we had gym outside.

-we worked on our PSA's with Miss Patterson's class.

-we learned about the Canadian Pacific Railway and sketched some artifacts/did Davichi notes out of the museo kit.

-we finished our Bee Ozobot path for the celebration of learning.  We had to follow certain criteria to make sure our "bees" followed a certain pathway.

-we read Land of Stories.


Friday June 14, 2019

Field trip forms are way overdue and I am still missing a couple.  Our field trip is next week.  Please send in all field trip forms by Monday.  The students are getting very excited about our Celebration of learning on June 25th.  They are working so hard to prepare all of the things they will share as Junior Melittologists.

-Today we continued working on our PSA with Miss Patterson's class.  We will be filming next week.

-we have one bee poem to share with you.

-we had gym with Mrs. Byciuk

-we had class meeting and Land of Stories.


Wednesday June 12, 2019

Please send in field trip forms tomorrow.  Our field trip is next week.

Today:

-we wondered why bees buzz especially the bumblebee.

-we continued learning about bees by reading books, watching videos and checking out websites.  We loved the book "Give Bees a Chance" . and can't wait to show you at our celebration of learning.  Today we focused on "What is Killing the Bees?", "The Bees of Alberta" (some of the common types), and "The Difference Between Bees and Wasps".

-we had some time to work on our Father's Day surprises.

-we learned about the artist Yaacov  Agam who invented agamograph.  We started working on a bee agamograph.

-we used Ogo sports in the gym today.




Monday June 10, 2019

Field trip forms for our bee trip coming home today.  We have our volunteers.  Thanks so much for your help.

Today:

-we wondered if animals burn.

-we wrote a response to "What if Bees Disappeared?"

-we heard the famous quote from Einstein about bees and looked at pictures about what a grocery store would look like without bees. 

-we drew a picture of a bee and then watched a video about a boy named Austin who was doing a butterfly drawing.  How did he make his drawing more realistic?  How many attempts did he have?  We talked with our friends and they gave us feedback on our first drawing.  We made a second attempt.

-we learned about how the pioneers made butter with a churn.  Mrs. Byciuk didn't have a churn (haha) so we made our own butter by shaking cream in a jar.  We got to taste it on crackers at the end of the day.

-we had gym.

-we worked on some surprises for  our dads.

-we learned about how pioneers stored food.  Ask me some of the ways they were able to preserve food.



June 5, 2019

Today:

-we had our in-school field trip and worked on a special surprise for dad all morning.  Thank you to our volunteer for helping out.

-we wondered how earthworms can help our gardens.

-we went to the learning commons.

-we had gym and started badminton.

-we worked on our boat reflections.

-we learned about worms and did our worm page.

-we read Land of Stories.


June 3, 2019

Scholastic book orders due on Wednesday.

Today:

-we had free writing time and author's chair.  Many of us were publishing stories.

-we had gym.

-we learned about centipedes.  Ask me what I know about them.  We many a page in our small crawling/flying books about centipedes.  We also learned about millipedes and the differences.

-we spent the afternoon building boats.  Some of us tested our first prototype and are making our second prototype.  We learned how important detailed and well thought out plans are.  Can you talk with me tonight about what I have done so far and what my plan is?




Friday May 31, 2019

We have collected most of our materials to build our boats.  We need your help for a few material we do not have.  We are looking for styrofoam pieces (what you find in boxes to keep items safe). If you have any of this around your house, can you please send it in on Monday.



Thursday May 30, 2019

Next week, on June 5th (Wednesday) from 9-11, I am looking for at least 1 volunteer for a special in-school field trip.  We are working on a surprise for dad, so please only moms.  I'm sorry for the short notice!  Our Bee trip to Okotoks is on Thursday June 20th in the morning.  

Today:

-we wondered why spiders make webs.

-we planned our boats.  We followed the criteria to sketch our boat and make our material list.  

-we looked at Bar U Ranch pictures and talked about things we learned about.  We worked on a creative journal page/reflection on our day yesterday.  Thank you to the moms who volunteered their time yesterday.

-in music we about percussion instruments. 

-in gym we had free time soccer.

-we learned about spiders.  We read a book and watched some videos.  We worked on a mini page about spiders.  We included a detailed sketch with labels and facts about spiders.  Ask me some facts I learned today.  We talked about spiders that do not spin webs and watched some videos about them.

-we read Land of Stories.


Tuesday May 28, 2019

Tomorrow is our field trip to Bar U Ranch.  We will be leaving the school right away, so please be on time.  Please dress your children appropriately (no shorts or sandals, layers of clothing with a hat).  Please wear sunscreen and bring extra.  Students need a water bottle and a good lunch with a snack.  


Monday May 27, 2019

Wednesday is our field trip.  Thank you to the parents who have volunteered.  Please arrive at 8:30 to sign in and find out the group you will be responsible for.  Please dress your child in layers and NOT in shorts (no matter how hot it is).  Please send in appropriate footwear and with a lunch, snacks and water bottle.

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about aliens!

-we learned more about the Titanic.  We read books and watched videos.  We learned more about sailboats and a famous sailboat in Canada (The Bluenose).  We learned all of the parts of a sailboat including bow, stern and mast.  We also read a book about canoes and learned about a canoe, how to draw one and labelled the parts.

-we made our own ring and pin game.  We talked about the Inuit people and how they would have made the game in the past.  We tried playing and put the game in our trunk.

-we finished our multi-media boat art pieces.  

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth

-we read Land of Stories


Friday May 24, 2019

Thank you parents for helping your kids to make their penguin homes.  They were all so excited to share them this week and go through the criteria.  They were all so unique and different and the students were able to learn from each other.  They were desperate to finish today, so they are not bringing home poems this week.  We spent the day sharing houses and working on a creative journal page with pictures of their houses, a checklist of criteria and writing about things they would change for next time.  Have a great weekend!


Thursday May 23, 2019

This morning we participated in the archeology program.  We learned about bones (human and animal), artifacts and made predictions and observations.  Thank you to our one parent who came to volunteer her time.

Today:

-we spent our morning in the archeology program and learned a lot.

-we had gym outside.

-we had music.

-we worked on making 10 in math message.  We worked with more numbers today.

-some more of us shared our penguin houses.

-we read Land of Stories.


Tuesday May 21, 2019

Penguin houses were due today.  We will be sharing all week.  Our goal is to have penguins come home on Friday.

Today:

-we wondered how diamonds are made.

-we focused on making 10 in math message and recognizing numbers that make 10.

-some of us shared our penguin houses.  We went through the criteria and answered questions about our houses. 

-we did a number talk and finished reading 365 Penguins.  We had to figure out some math and tried to find Chilly on every page.

-we did the I Love Challenge in gym.  It was a soccer challenge.

-we had free writing time.

-we worked on some tags for volunteer tea:  painting and writing!

-we read Land of Stories.


Thursday May 16, 2019

Penguin houses due on Tuesday.  No school tomorrow and Monday.

Today:

-we wondered about the vikings!

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on learning new vocabulary this week.

-we worked on the Ketchup list.

-we learned how to paint textured paper like Eric Carle and created 3 paintings each that we will use for our art project next week.

-we read some more information on Inukshuks and learned about Ted Harrison (we didn't get to this yesterday).  We started an art project of an inukshuk in Ted Harrison style.

-we went to watch the grade 3 spring performance.



Wednesday May 15, 2019

No school on Friday or Monday!  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow.  Please send in Bar U Ranch forms.  Penguin homes due on Tuesday.

Today:

-we wondered why boats float.  We reviewed the words buoyancy, density and displacement and watched a brainpop video.  We made a prediction whether a plasticine ball would float.  Then Mrs. Byciuk gave us a challenge. Can you make the plasticine float.  Ask me what some of the floating boats had in common.  We made predictions and tested our predictions.  Tomorrow we will have another challenge.

-we practiced double digit addition in math message.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we continued our challenges in gym.  Today it was a soccer challenge.

-we had free writing time.  We had quiet 10, conferencing and authors chair.  Ask me what piece of writing I worked on.

-we started reading a book about the Titanic.  Ask me some things I learned about.

-we learned about the Inuksuk, why they were built and what they were used for.  We learned about different types.

-we learned about a famous Canadian artist Ted Harrison and started a piece of Inuksuk art in a similar style.



Monday May 13, 2019

Thank you parents for your support and understanding over the last week.  While away, my mom ended up in the hospital and I needed to be with her.  I will get caught up with emails and questions in the next couple of days, so thank you for your patience.  Penguin homes due on May 21st.  Scholastic book orders due on Friday.

Today:

-I came back to posters, cards and hugs.  What a warm welcome.  I missed all the students.

-we did Mystery Doug and celebrated a birthday.

-we talked about Boat and Buoyancy.  Ask me what buoyancy and shipwreck mean.  We learned about 2 famous shipwrecks:  the Titanic and the Franklin Expedition.  Ask me about the exploration, the Northwest passage and what happened to the boat.

-we worked together to put a whole bunch of things in our trunks that we have completed since Mrs. Byciuk has been away.

-we did an experiment on sinking and floating.  Ask me some things that float and some things that sink.

-we read Land of Stories.



Wednesday May 1, 2019

Please return Bar U ranch forms asap.  I am looking for 1 more volunteer.  I will be away and have a substitute teacher on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Penguin Homes due on May 21st.  

Today:

-we learned about Hats on for Mental Health day.

-we worked on the 10 strategy in math message.

-we published our stories all morning.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we sketched Inuit artifacts and wrote Da vichi notes.

-we worked on weighing a measuring our penguins for our take home project.  Please see the information in my backpack.  The students are super excited for this.



Monday April 29, 2019

Please return Bar U Ranch forms.  It would be great if I could have one more parent volunteer for the Bar U ranch trip.  

Today:

-mystery doug was about the black hole.

-we had an assembly.  It was a puppet show about accepting differences and including everyone.

-we had math message and focused on the making 10 strategy.

-we went to gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we did a number talk.  We worked on a penguin math task.  We had to figure out how many fish we would need to feed 9 penguins.  It was a challenge.

-we worked with the artifacts in the Inuit kit.  We talked about where the Inuit lived/live.  We did DaVichi sketching and notes.  We made observations, made predictions, asked questions and wrote wonders.

-we watched our insulator choices throughout the day.  We learned that air and tinfoil are not great insulators.  Cotton was the best insulator.  We wrote conclusions about our experiment.

-we watched a "Magic School Bus" about the Arctic.  Ask me what I learned.



Thursday April 25, 2019

Today:

-we wondered why penguins are flightless.

-we read the story "Punctuation Celebration" and reviewed periods, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, and commas.  We edited our Chalk stories with an editing tool.

-Mr. Wilcox came in to teach us about the ozobots purchased by parent council.  We learned how to make a path for them to move and get them to do certain things along the path.  Ask me about it.

-we had music.

-we reviewed what an insulator is.  We talked about the blubber hand experiment and watched some videos about animal insulation.  We filled a cup with the insulator that we thought would work best:  styrofoam, foil, cotton balls or air.  We built the insulation around a smaller cup.  Mrs. Byciuk filled our cups with water.  We are going to freeze the water and test our insulators on Monday.  We set up our creative journal page with our experiment and made a hypothesis about what we thought would happen.

-we learned about some of the traditions of the Acadian people and worked on the traditions page in our flip book.  Ask me what I learned.

-we read Land of Stories!


Tuesday April 23, 2019

Tomorrow is the last inline skate day.  Please send helmets. I am looking for volunteers for Bar U Ranch (May 29) which is an all day field trip.  It is my absolute favourite field trip.  The students love it and learn a lot about pioneers.  

Today:

-we learned how old the world is in Mystery Doug.

-we had music.

-we worked on our April Chicken Soup Poem.  We followed the criteria for the poem.

-we started learning about the Acadians and Acadia.  Ask me where the old Acadia is.  We learned about where Acadians came from and what their early days looked like.  Ask me to tell you what their life was like.  We worked on a flip book to show our knowledge of the Acadians.

-we painted our Little Blue Penguins.  We added eyes and beaks and painted the rest blue/black.  The classroom was soooo messy!!

-we did a 3 Act task in math.  We had to make an estimate of how many whoppers were in the jar, then we had to do the math to figure it out.

-we read Land of Stories.



Wednesday April 17th, 2019

Picture day tomorrow!  No school Friday or Monday!  We are bringing home the new curriculum letter with important dates.  We will be looking for volunteers for Bar U Ranch (May 29) and the Chinook Honey Bee Farm (1/2 a day)

Today:

-we worked with 3 double digit numbers and subtracted them in math message.

-one of the students shared his cool science experiment:  the bouncy egg.

-we learned more about the Little Blue Penguin.  Did I tell you about paper mache yesterday!  We also looked at some pictures of the African Penguin in South Africa and watched a Great White Shark dive.

-we learned the decomposing strategy for double digit subtraction.  Tomorrow, we will pick the strategy that works best for us and show how we can double digit subtract.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we had our second day of inline skating!

-we wrote the next part of Chalk.  Ask me what happened.

-we drew our own thermometers and labelled important temperatures.  We are getting good at figuring out how to read a thermometer.

-some of us went to Sharkology.  Today was our last day.  Those of us that have not finished will be given the choice to finish at home and bring our page back for the grade 2 book.

-we finished the day with Land of Stories!


Monday April 15, 2019

No school on Friday or Monday!  Picture day on Thursday.  Tomorrow we are going to be doing paper mache.  I have paint shirts, but it can be messy, so make sure not to wear fancy clothes.  A heads up that our Bar U Ranch field trip is on Wednesday May 29th.  We are in need of volunteers to come with us.  If you have your clearance and are available, please let me know by email:  bebyciuk@cbe.ab.ca . 

Today:

-we wondered why people yawn.

-we practiced single digit subtraction strategy in math message.

-we wrote the next part of chalk.  The chase is on!  Ask me about it.

-we had gym outside with Mr. Welechuk.

-we learned the open number line/100 chart strategy for double digit subtraction.

-we were given another penguin task.  We had to figure out whether we could make a perfect triangle with 61 penguins.  

-we learned about the Little Blue Penguin.  It is the smallest penguin in the world and is approximately 30-40 cm tall.  Little Blue Penguins only live in Australia and New Zealand.  We will be making a Little Blue tomorrow.  Ask me if I know any more facts about them.

-some of us went to sharkology and some of us did a temperature scavenger hunt.



Friday April 12, 2019

It's another Movie Night! On Thursday, April 18, we will be showing "The Peanuts Movie." Doors will open at 6pm, and the movie will start by 6:30pm. Please come in your PJ's and enjoy one last movie night this school year!

Tickets are available through your child's Healthy Hunger account.  www.healthyhunger.ca
We hope to see you there!
Evergreen School Council
evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Our next inline skating day in Wednesday April 17th.  Please don't forget to bring helmets.

Today:

-we had our first inline skating lesson. 

-we have 2 poems to share with you about temperature.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had class meeting.



Wednesday April 10, 2019

Please bring helmet on Friday for our first inline skating lesson.

Today:

-we wondered how hot the Earth's core is.

-we added 1,2 and 3 to double digit numbers.

-we wrote the next part of our wordless book Chalk.  Some of us shared in author's chair.

-we continued our work with double digit subtraction.  We don't need to know how to regroup in grade 2, but many of us are already able to with the Base 10 blocks.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we continued our ninja training in gym.

-we had our 4th day of giving compliments at attendance time.  We are learning how to give genuine compliments to each other and what the difference between saying "thank you" to someone or giving someone a compliment.  Everyday we have to think of someone new to give a compliment to.

-we learned about the famous artist Claude Monet.  He was an integral part of impressionism.  Ask me if I like his style  of painting.  We recreated our own versions of The Water Lily Pond.  

First we used tape to recreate the bridge.  We used bright and pretty colours to finger paint lilies.  We will finish the finale step tomorrow.



Monday April 8, 2019

Please sign and return inline skating form.  Without this form signed, students will not be able to participate this week.  Parents are strongly encouraged to send a helmet for Friday (if you have one). Our class will be skating on Friday April 12th, Wednesday April 17 and Wednesday April 24th.  

Today:

-on Mystery Doug, we learned who invented pizza and where it was invented.

-in math message, we worked on using making 10 to add larger numbers.

-we wrote the next part of Chalk.  Some of us shared our stories so far in Author's chair.

-we did a 3 Act Task in math about pringles.  We watched a video of a man making a circle from pringles and estimated how many pringles he used.  Then we found out how many pringles were originally in the can and how many pringles were left after the man made the circle.  We did the math.  When we compare 2 numbers, we can subtract or count up. 

-we read another little part of 365 penguins.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a task in groups:  How can we organize 60 penguins in equals groups.  We used cups to put the penguins into equal groups.  Ask me what pattern I could use to make sure I get all of the answers.

-some of us went to Sharkology and some of us learned how to read a thermometer.  We watched a Brainpop video and practiced on paper thermometers.

-we read Land of Stories!


Thursday April 4, 2019

The forms for inline skating went home yesterday.  Please sign and return the form.  Without this form signed, students will not be able to participate next week.  Parents are strongly encouraged to send a helmet for next week (if you have one). Our class will be skating on Friday April 12th, Wednesday April 17 and Wednesday April 24th.  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow!

Today:

-we wondered how hot the sun is.

-we continued our work with adding friendly numbers in math message.

-we voted on our next wordless book that we will write.  The students loved writing Tuesday so much and did such a great job.  We started writing the beginning of our next story called Chalk (voted by the students).

-we did a number talk.

-we went over the calendar assessment from yesterday and talked about some of our struggles with the calendar and practiced answering different questions.

-We started reading 365 PENGUINS!  We are soooo excited about all of our work with this book.  Mrs. Byciuk read us a few pages then we stopped to do a math task.  We had to find out how many penguins will be delivered in January and February altogether.  Ask me about the book.

-we had gym and music this afternoon.

-we talked about hot and cold things and made a creative journal page with a table.  We worked on comparing sentences such as _____ is hotter than a _________. 



Tuesday April 2, 2019

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a restful break with family time and fun!  Thank you to the families that were able to come in for student-led conferences.  The students were so proud to show you some of the work they have been doing.  Please remember that I am always available to meet/talk anytime!

Today:

-we started our day by learning about how a battery works.  Ask me how this was discovered (hint:  think frog).

-we started a new math message week.  We are focusing on using single digit addition for larger numbers.  For example, if finding the sum of 60+60, we can think of single digit addition.

-we had an in-school field trip with Clay for Kids!  Don't ask us what we did because we want to keep it a surprise.

-we had gym and started working on movements on mats.

-we learned about the Pacific Garbage Patch.  We were so surprised and upset about what has happened to our oceans.  We talked about water pollution.  What is it?  What are the different types of water pollution?  How can we help?  Even one person can make a difference.

-we started talking about Hot and Cold Temperatures.  What do we know already?  What are we curious about?  What do we wonder?

-we were excited to get back into reading the Land of Stories.



Thursday March 21, 2019

Hope to see you at student-led conferences tonight or tomorrow!  The students worked very hard this week practicing and finishing up on work to show you.  Please bring your child, as this is a celebration of their learning and they have stations to bring you to!  Have a great spring break and enjoy your time together.  Welcome back on Tuesday April 2nd!



Wednesday March 20, 2019

Tomorrow is a half day.  The students are off at 11:50.  No school on Friday.  Kids are back on April 2nd.

Student led conferences are tomorrow night and Friday. Student led conferences are a chance for your child to showcase and celebrate their learning.  The time slots are an hour with up to 3 other families in the room at the same time.  I will, of course, be in the room to answer questions and check in with parents, but please make sure that you bring your child with you as they will be leading the night!  There is an Usborne book fair going on on both days as well.

Today:

-we wondered what an equinox is.

-we worked so hard typing and publishing our stories for quite a bit of the day.  

-we had gym.

-we worked on our ant math task from yesterday and went over it.  We will be showing you how to solve it during student led conferences.

-we finished up our art project on Mona Lisa and worked on illustrations for our stories. 

-we had a firedrill.


Monday March 18, 2019

The Usborne Literacy Fair is

 Coming!

Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd   

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles.  We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca


Sign up is open for student led conferences next Thursday night and Friday.  Student led conferences are a chance for your child to showcase and celebrate their learning.  The time slots are an hour with up to 3 other families in the room at the same time.  I will, of course, be in the room to answer questions and check in with parents, but please make sure that you bring your child with you as they will be leading the night!

Spring break starts on Thursday pm.  Students have early dismissal on Thursday (11:50).  School starts back on April 2nd (Tuesday).

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about how earthquakes happen.

-we begun the process of publishing our stories.  We had to edit ourselves and do an editing checklist with a partner.  We started typing our stories in google docs.  Our hope is that we have a published story to share with you on Thursday or Friday.

-we practiced our new math game Pico, Fermi, Bagels.  We worked on a task called number detectives.  We had to follow clues to find the number.

-we painted our tipis with acrylic paint.

-we read some of the Land of Stories.




Thursday March 13, 2019

The Usborne Literacy Fair is

 Coming!

Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd   

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles.  We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca


Sign up is open for student led conferences next Thursday night and Friday.  Student led conferences are a chance for your child to showcase and celebrate their learning.  The time slots are an hour with up to 3 other families in the room at the same time.  I will, of course, be in the room to answer questions and check in with parents, but please make sure that you bring your child with you as they will be leading the night!



Wednesday March 12, 2019

Today:

-we wondered what Hieroglyphs are!

-we worked on another part of Tuesday. 

-we played Pico, Fermi, Bagels in math and worked through a task about cupcakes.  We had to take multiple steps to find the answer.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we played some games with the basketball in gym.

-Mrs. Byciuk introduced us to a new art project called "Where in the World is Mona Lisa?"  We are loving it and were very creative with our ideas.

-we finished working on our buffalo artifacts for the Blackfoot people and finished our designs of the tee pees for our trunks.


Monday March 11, 2019

Today:

-we wondered about how magic tricks work.  We practiced one that we can share with you.

-we read a story called "I hear a pickle" and talked about the importance of description in writing and describing the 5 senses. We worked on the next part of Tuesday.  We have our fingers crossed that we will have a published piece of work to share with you at student led conferences.  2 of us shared our stories so far.  They are fantastic. 

-we had gym.

-in math, we practiced playing "Don't break the bank" with a partner.  We started working on a task about squirrels that has 2 parts.  We found that the hardest part about the task was explaining our thinking.  

-we finished our Mona Lisa art pieces.  We ripped pieces of dark tissue paper and modge podged them onto our clothing for a "robe" affect.

-we had Sharkology throughout the afternoon and the rest of us put together our Buffalo artifact for our trunks.


Friday March 8, 2019

Today:

-it was Funny Friday!!

-we have 3 poems to share with you about Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives.  Ask me what each is.

-we had Ketchup time and worked on our February poem, water cycle page and States of Matter page.  We edited our Tuesday stories so far.

-in gym, we had free play and chose from 3 different pieces of equipment.

-we had a class meeting and the end of the day.


Wednesday March 6, 2019

Today:

-we wondered "Who was Mona Lisa?"

--we started working on our own versions of the Mona Lisa.  We worked on 2 steps.  We can't wait to show you at student led conferences.

-we started writing on the second part of the story Tuesday!  We are writing the words to a wordless book.  We are focusing on adding detail, triple scoop words and using similes.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we learned how to shoot a basketball in gym.

-in math, we learned how to play the game Pico, Fermi, Bagels.  I am going to teach you how to play at student led conferences.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some double digit addition questions and we chose the strategy that works best for us.  ALL of us were able to find the answers using our preferred strategy.  Some of us were even able to do some regrouping questions.




Wednesday February 27, 2019

No school on Friday!

Today:

-we watched a video about Pink shirt day and read a book about being kind.  We all came up with one way that we could show kindness today.

-in math message, we worked with number lines to 20.

-we had the Blackfoot Museo kit.  We talked about the rest of the artifacts and what they are and were used for.  We talked about storytelling and watched a video of an elder telling a story to his grandson.  We learned about the "dog days" (pre horse) and the travois.  We made our own travois model.  Ask me what a travois is.  We chose 2 artifacts that we were most interested in to put the pictures and description in our trunks.  We looked at the traditional Blackfoot map and talked about it.  We already have 3 things in our trunk.  We can't wait to show you at student-led conferences.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we continued working on basketball skills in gym.

-some of us went to Sharkology and some of us did an Estimation Mystery on the white boards!!  

-we read the "Enchantress Returns".  



Monday February 25, 2019

No school on Friday.  It is a PD day.  Wednesday is pink shirt day.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug, we wondered why Pluto isn't considered a planet anymore.

-in math message, we worked with number lines to 20 and found the difference between 2 numbers.

-we followed criteria to complete our chicken soup poem for February.

-we had gym.

-in math, we warmed up with an estimation activity.  We estimated how many rocks were in a jar.  It was fun.  We practiced double digit addition using an open number line.  For example, if given the number sentence, 24+53, we could start our number line at 53 and add 10 more (63) then another 10 more (73) and then 4 more (77).  

-we had the Museo Kit and sketched 6 more artifacts from the Blackfoot.  Ask me what I sketched.

-some of us went to Sharkology and some of us watched some videos about the water cycle.   We started making a creative journal page about the water cycle.  We described each part with a partner.

-we started reading chapter 1 of the second Land of Stories!



Thursday February 21, 2019

Thank you for helping your kids with their trunks.  We can't wait to start adding artifacts to them.  We are missing a couple.  Please send in for Monday at the latest.

Today:

-we worked on finding the difference between 2 numbers on our own created number lines.

-we read about Da Vinci and continued our artifact sketches from yesterday.  We did "See, Think, Wonder".  We learned how to sketch and add "Da Vinci notes" around our sketches.  We wrote observations, thoughts, predictions, questions and wonders.  

-we finished The Wishing Spell!  We absolutely LOVED the book.  We talked about our favourite parts and discussed/voted what book we wanted to read next.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some options, but almost all of us want to hear the second book of Land of Stories "The Enchantress Returns" especially after hearing the prologue.

-we had gym and music.

-we had our first look at the Blackfoot Museo kit.  We have the kit this week and next.  There are so many things to explore and learn about the Blackfoot.  Mrs. Byciuk talked about  What an artifact is.  It is an object made by people.  We talked about the rules of the authentic artifacts.  We had to use gloves, use both hands.  We had an opportunity to sketch 6 objects today.  We were given guiding questions and wrote Da Vinci notes around our sketches.  


Tuesday February 19, 2019

Trunks were due today.  We are missing a couple.  Please send in tomorrow.

Today:

-we wondered why cats purr!

-we started drawing number lines to find the difference between 2 numbers.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we worked on finishing our stories based on our idea maps.

-we had gym and learned a new game on scooters.

-we started learning about Leonardo Da Vinci.  He was an artist, scientist and inventor.  We watched a video about him, read a story and looked at some of his paintings.  We started a creative journal page of wonders! 


Tuesday February 12, 2019

Trunks are due on Tuesday.  Please see Friday's blog about the trunks.  Tomorrow we will be having our Valentine's Day exchange in the afternoon.  Any students who would like to hand out cards, please bring them for tomorrow.  No school on Thursday, Friday or Monday. 

Today:

-Mrs. Byciuk read us her story based on her idea map.  We talked about great beginnings, triple scoops words, similes and grabbing the reader's attention.  We began writing our stories.

-we had music.

-we finished our trip to Nunavut.  We found Nunavut so interesting.  It is the coldest place in Canada.  There are no trees and groceries are so expensive.  Baffin island is the biggest island in Canada.

-in math, we practiced double digit addition with Base 10 blocks.

-in gym, we used scooters.

-we started reflecting on our trip around Canada.  We finished reading "Hey Canada" and filled in our favourite places and things we enjoyed about the trip.

-we read Land of Stories.  We are getting close to finishing the book.  Ask me what happened today.


Monday February 11, 2019

Please see Friday's blog with information regarding "trunks" to be done at home.  This week is a short week due to Teacher's Convention.  No school Thursday, Friday or Monday (family day).  We will be exchanging Valentine's day cards etc on Wednesday afternoon.

Today:

-in MysteryDoug, we wondered why airplanes can't fly in space.

-we started an idea map.  We picked a memory from our memory pocket and drew the landmarks that we visited in our "memory".  We coloured our maps and got together with a partner to orally tell our story.  Mrs. Byciuk shared a memory about Copper's adventure.  Ask me about it.

-we had gym.

-we finished our Fleury art project of Fleury's lifecycle.

-we did a Splat number routine in math.  We had to use our mental math skills to figure out how many dots were under the SPLAT.  We were only given the total number of dots and could see that some were showing.

-we played place value tic tac toe.  This was an awesome was to practice our understanding of place value and the hundreds chart.  It was so easy to play.  We can even teach you at home.

-in Social studies.  We finished our tour of NWT and worked on our travel journals.  Some of our favourite things about NWT were the multi-coloured houses and that the houses are on stilts.  the longest river in Canada (the Mackenzie River), the diamond mines, the 24 hours of light in the summer and the igloo church.  We travelled to Nunavut and began to learn about Nunavut.



Friday February 8, 2019

The grade 2’s in Mrs. Byciuk’s class are learning about communities in Canada in the past and present and differences/similarities between the communities.  Students will be exploring the lives of the Blackfoot, Acadians, Pioneers and Inuit.  As we learn about the different communities, we will be collecting artifacts to represent the lives of the people in each community.  This is where we need your help!! When people immigrated to Canada, they stored their belongings in trunks.  Students are asked to make their own “trunk” at home.  A shoebox works great as a trunk and can be designed in many different ways.  There are many ideas on Pinterest for reference.  See a few below!  We are asking students to bring their completed trunk to school on or before February 19th.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Today:

-was Friday funnies!

-we have 1 poem to share with you this weekend.  It is about the water cycle.  Ask me to explain the 3 parts of the water cycle:  Precipitation, Evaporation, Condensation.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we continued working on our Fleury art.

-we had a class meeting!


Wednesday February 6, 2019

Please see yesterdays blog regarding the trunk to be made at home.

Today:

-we continued working with number lines in math message.

-we had 3 Daily 5 slots.  We chose what order to do "word work", "read to self" and "read to someone.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we played Quidditch in gym.

-we had an afternoon of Science.  We watched some videos about surface tension and talked more about it.  We did a liquid layers experiment and learned about density.  We added syrup, milk, dishsoap, water and oil to a container.  Ask me what happened and why.  We watched Bill Nye the science guy about liquids.  Some of us went to do Sharkology and the rest of us did an experiment about absorbancy.  Ask me what absorb means and what material would make the best raincoat!

Tuesday February 5, 2019

Movie Night:  Thursday February 28th at 6:00 pm.  Get tickets on Heathy Hunger!

The grade 2’s in Mrs. Byciuk’s class are learning about communities in Canada in the past and present and differences/similarities between the communities.  Students will be exploring the lives of the Blackfoot, Acadians, Pioneers and Inuit.  As we learn about the different communities, we will be collecting artifacts to represent the lives of the people in each community.  This is where we need your help!! When people immigrated to Canada, they stored their belongings in trunks.  Students are asked to make their own “trunk” at home.  A shoebox works great as a trunk and can be designed in many different ways.  There are many ideas on Pinterest for reference.  See a few below!  We are asking students to bring their completed trunk to school on or before February 19th.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.


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Monday February 4, 2019

Book orders due tomorrow.Today:

-was a blue day.  We had an indoor lunch and recess.  Ask me how lunch worked.  

-Mystery Doug was all about why there is so much salt in the oceans.

-in math message, we worked on matching addition and subtraction sentences to a number line.

-in writing, we listened to a retell of Little Red Riding Hood. Ask me how it was organized differently.  We continued talking about organization in writing.  We should be close to publishing one of our writing pieces.  

-we played Quidditch in gym.

-in math we did a number talk and a place value task.  We have learned how to use base 10 blocks to build numbers, how to expand numbers in order to understand place value.  For example, 64 is not 6 and 4, it is 60+4.  This is really important understanding for double digit addition and number sense.

-we reviewed states of matter:  Solid, Liquids and Gas.  We read a story and watched a Brainpop video.  We talked about the way that the molecules move in each state.  Ask me about that.  Fleury, our snowman has turned into a gas.  He evaporated over the weekend.  We did our last observation of him and wrote our conclusion.  The conclusion is the answer to a problem!

-we worked on the "Lifecycle of Fleury" in art and drew his 3 forms.

-we ended with Land of Stories.



Wednesday January 30, 2019

No school on Friday!  Book orders due on Tuesday!

Today:

-we wondered about states of matter.  Ask me about the 3 states of matter and how the molecules move in each one.

-we worked with number lines in math message.

-we did making words independently.

-we went to assembly.  Foothills brass came.  They taught us about different instruments and played us some songs.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we had gym.

-we did a "How Many?"  number routine.  We were given a math task.  We could use any 11 base 10 blocks to make a number.  There were so many answers.  We shared some of our answers on the SMART board.

-some of us went with Mrs. Broomfield to work on our Sharkology work and some of us stayed with Mrs. Byciuk.  Those of us that stayed looked at our class experiment.  It is the water cycle in a bag.  We are going to watch what happens inside the bag.  It represents what happens on our Earth.  We read a book about the water cycle and made predictions on what we think will happen in the bag.

-we read Land of Stories.



Monday January 28, 2019

No school on Friday!  Scholastic book orders coming home today.

Today:

-we had a visitor come to our classroom....A Snowman.  We named him Fleury.  We used him for an experiment today.  Our problem was:  "What will happen to Fleury in our classroom?"  We made a hypothesis (ask me what that is) and made observations throughout the day.  We included a sketch of him and some sentences about what he looked like.  Fleury started out as ice (a solid) and started to turn partially into a liquid throughout the day.  We are curious about what he will look like tomorrow morning when we come to school.

-in Mystery Doug we learned about how Football got started.

-in math message, we started working with number lines.  How can we show the difference between 2 numbers on a number line and write the matching number sentence?

-in writing, Mrs. Byciuk read us a piece of her writing.  It didn't make sense.  We talked about organization in writing and a clear beginning, middle and end.  She read a revised piece of writing and it made a lot more sense.  We had Quiet 10, Writing time/conferencing and the author's chair.

-we finished our tour of B.C.  We loved Stanley park, the ferry and some of the cool things to see on Vancouver Island.  We thought the ogopogo song was so funny.

-we read part of a book called "A drop of water".  Water is amazing.  We learned about surface tension.

-we read a few pages of the Land of Stories.


Friday January 25, 2019

As a class, we have been working on "whole body listening" during lessons and using our time during work periods.  We had a long discussion about these things during our class meeting today.  Some of us have brought home some work to finish that we have not finished in class.  We did receive lots of time throughout the week to "Ketchup" on this work.

Today:

-we had gym and played bench ball.

-we shared our dancing with 1/2 of the school to show some things we learned during the Sound Kreations residency.  We did AWESOME!

-we have 1 poem to share with you about similes.

-we had some Ketchup time to work on 4 things that we did during the week.

-we had our class meeting and read Land of Stories.



Wednesday January 23, 2019

Today:

-we wondered if salt water freezes.  We talked about our freezing experiment that we did at  home.  Why doesn't syrup freeze properly?

-in math message, we worked with 10 frames, added 2 sets together and found the difference.

-we did making words for the second time.  Ask me how many words I made.

-we chose to Read to Self or Read to Someone.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we talked about place value and read a book called "Place Value".  Ask me what I learned.

-we finished traveling in Alberta.  We loved learning about our own province and have some ideas about some new places we want to travel to.  We worked on our travel journals.  Ask me what my 3 favourite things are about Alberta. 

-we learned about grain elevators.  Ask me some questions.  How was grain put in the train before grain elevators?  Why were grain elevators put on the train line?  What were grain elevators used for?  Why was there one in each community/town?

-some of us went to work with Mrs. Broomfield on our Shark project and some of us stayed with Mrs. Byciuk to start our art project of a grain elevator.

-we read Land of Stories.


Monday January 21, 2019

Today:

-we had Sound Kreations.  It was great to see Josh back today and the kids were happy to show off what they learned last week with Melissa! Some classes have learned their whole performance dance, and some classes were learning the first halves of their dances. Grade 3's were introduced to some Funk moves like `The Fresno', `The Walkout' and the `Neck-o-Flex', all from the 1970's. The next 3 days will be spent improving and making our dances ready to share.

-in math message, we worked with dominos.  We added numbers together and found the difference between sums.

-in writing, we learned how to revise our work.  Mrs. Byciuk had an example of a retell and we crossed out parts and added carrots to make our writing better and make more sense.  We had Quiet 10 and writing time.

-we did a How Many?  We built 2D creatures from Base 10 Blocks and found the value.  We reviewed how to use expanded form to stretch out a number and talked about what happens if we have more than 10 ones and more than 10 tens.  

-we continued traveling around Alberta.  We went to the Tyrell Museum and the HooDoos.  We checked out the rodeo and the Calgary Stampede.  We learned how paleontologists dig up fossils in the National Park.




Friday  January 18, 2019

Sound Kreations continues next week. 

Today:

-we have 2 liquids poems to share with you.

-we danced in the gym.

-we had soooo much Ketchup to do.

-we had a class meeting.

-we read Land of Stories.  The twins got the last item for the Wishing Spell.  We are so into it.



Wednesday January 16, 2019

Fun lunch tomorrow.  Please try experiment that I asked students to do on Monday if you haven't.  Return report card envelopes.

Today:

-we learned about how dinosaurs got their name.

-we worked on using "addition for subtraction" in math message.

-we used letter tiles to make different words for Word Work.

-we used Base 10 Blocks to build different numbers in different ways.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-in gym, we travelled in different ways across benches.

-we learned some more about Saskatchewan and worked on our travel journal for Saskatchewan.

-we talked about the definition of a liquid and raced some liquids on a baking sheet.  We made predictions on which liquid would be the fastest and which liquid would be the slowest.  Tomorrow we are going to talk about why different liquids flow at different speeds.


Monday January 14, 2019

Please send signed report card envelopes back to the school.

Today:

-we started Sound Kreations.  

Classes were introduced to Mr. Josh and the Hip Hop style of dance today.  Ask your student if they can remember any of these moves:

  • 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

We have Mr. Josh for the next 2 weeks and will be building on our Hip Hop and learning group dances.

-we continued working on addition and subtraction and how they are related (number bonds) in math message.

-we had a class meeting.

-we learned what a blood moon is.  Did you know that there is a solar eclipse on January 20?

-we listed to the Eric Carle story "A House for a hermit crab".  The hermit crab thought that his house looked plain, so he added sea creatures to give it colour and interest.  How is this like writing?  Mrs. Byciuk drew a square as a house and each of us added a detail.  We wrote a description of the house together.  Details are so important in our writing.  We had Quiet 10, wrote, conferenced and 2 of us shared in Author's chair.

-we did our first liquids experiment.  We compared water to other liquids.  Comparing is looking at things that are the same and different.  Our problem was, "Do liquids have the same properties?"  We talked about what the word properties means and made a prediction.  We compared water to oil, vinegar and syrup.  WE made observations on colour, feel, smell, whether the liquid took the shape of its container, how fast or slow it pours and whether it is transparent or opaque.  We worked on a creative journal page.  We learned how to use a Venn diagram to compare 2 things.  Can you help me solve a problem?  We are wondering whether these 4 liquids freeze.  Can I try to freeze 1 or more of these liquids at home (water, oil, vinegar and syrup) and bring my results (to talk about) for Wednesday?

-we worked on our travel journal for Manitoba.

-we read Land of Stories.


Thursday January 10, 2019

Book orders due Monday!  Please return signed report card envelopes.  Next week Sound Kreations will be doing our gym.  We are going to be learning hip hop dance.

Today:

-we continued learning about how addition is related to subtraction and turned subtraction questions into addition questions in math message.  For example:  9-6=3  6+3=9

-we chose read to self or read to someone in Daily 5.

-we finished our Polar Bear art project.  We used chalk, oil pastels and paper to make the cutest polar bears.

-in math, we estimated how many oranges were in the bowl.

-we were given a math task.  We had to add up all of the numbers on a telephone to find the sum.  We then used the numbers to find different ways to make 20.  Ask me what a really efficient way is to figure out the sum of the numbers.

-we had music and gym.

-we started talking about liquids and started working on a 321 creative journal page.

-we read some Land of Stories.  Ask me what happened in the mines!!


Tuesday January 8, 2019

Happy New Year and Welcome back!  I hope everyone had an amazing break together!

Today:

-we learned how glass is made!  Ask me how.

-we started a new set of math messages.  For the next 2 weeks, we will be focusing on how addition is like subtraction and using "addition as subtraction" as a strategy to subtract.  For example:  13-3; we can think of 3+ ___=13.  

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we wrote about our top 3 things about the holiday!

-we did a number talk.

-we read the story "Katy No Pockets".  We loved the story!  Afterwards, we were given a bunch of math tasks to solve.  We had to figure out the number of pockets in our group, in part of the class, in the whole class.  Some of us even got to the challenge to figure out how many pockets in both ours and Ms.  Watkins class.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we remembered back to learning about Churchill Manitoba.  What is special about Churchill?  Where is it located in Manitoba?



Thursday December 20, 2018

We just learned today that we are the winners of the Food Bank contest.  We donated a total of 200 items to the food bank.  I can't believe how generous my families are!  As an extra bonus, I am the lucky teacher to throw the pie in Mr. Wilcox's face.  I'm hoping that I don't get stage fright tomorrow!  Caroling is tomorrow at 10:45.  Parents and families are welcome to join us in the gym.  Thank you to the parents who sent in treats for our Polar Express movie!  We had plenty to go around.  Tomorrow is the last day of school.  Students will also get their report card.  School does not begin back until Tuesday January 8th.  I hope you and your families have an amazing holiday and enjoy your time together.  We will see everyone back in 2019.  



Wednesday December 19, 2018

Tomorrow we are going to have our "party".  We are going to watch the movie Polar Express.  If you would like to send a treat for the class, please let me know.  Friday is our last day of school.  It is pj day that day.  We will be singing carols in the gym!  Students are off until Tuesday January 8th.

Today:

-we worked with ten frames and found the difference between 2 numbers.

-we learned about fact families and how subtraction is the inverse of addition.   We can use addition for subtraction as a strategy for subtraction.  An example of a fact family is:  17+3=20, 3+17=20, 20-17=3, 20-3=17.

-we went to buddies.  We gave them cards that we made for them yesterday and read them some holiday books.  We are working on being great leaders and role models.

-we did Quiet 10 and writing.  Ask me what I wrote about today.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we played a really fun game in gym.  Ask me about it.

-we finished our snowman art.  

-we went to the learning commons to research sharks.

aMonday December 17, 2018

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!  

On Thursday morning, we are going to have our "party".  We are going to watch the movie Polar Express.  If you would like to send a treat for the class that day, please let me know.  Friday is our last day of school.  It is pj day that day.  We will be singing carols in the gym!  Students are off until Tuesday January 8th.

Today:

-in math message, we started working on "difference".  What does find the difference between 2 numbers mean.

-we read the December Chicken Soup poem and illustrated it.

-we had gym.

-we went to the learning commons to continue our research about Sharks.

-we started the first steps of our card to give to our Kindergarten buddies and our families.

-we worked on our Macrame.

-we continued our visit to Manitoba.  Some of our favourites were:  The Canadian Mint and learning how money is made, The Forks in Winnipeg and the visit to Churchhill up North.


Friday December 14, 2018

December 18th is the cut off for the food drive.  We are neck in neck with 2 other classes for collecting the most amount of food items.  So far, we have collected 173 items!  Wow!  Thank you for your generosity!  Next week is our last week of school before the break.  On Thursday morning, we are going to have our "party".  We are going to watch the movie Polar Express.  If you would like to send a treat for the class that day, please let me know.  Friday is our last day of school.  It is pj day that day.  We will be singing carols in the gym!  

Today:

-we have 3 poems to share with you.  We had a lot of opportunity to talk about new vocabulary that we had never heard before.  Ask me what words I learned the meaning to.

-we had a chance to practice logging in to computers and going on Raz kids.

-we had gym with Mrs. Byciuk.  

-we started learning about Manitoba.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday December 12, 2018

Thank you parents and families for coming and supporting your children for the night time performance last night and the afternoon performance today.  They did great.  Please continue to send in food items.  We are still in need of 3 boxes of cereal to complete our first mission.

Today:

-we continued working with ten frames in math message.

-we learned how to use watercolour pencils and we colour in our "train window" scenes.

-we watched the performance in the morning and we performed in the afternoon.

-we learned how to do macrame!!  We can show you how.  All we need is some yarn.


Tuesday December 11, 2018

Please bring your children to the classroom 20 minutes before the performance at 6:40.  Students can wear fancy clothes or black, white and blue!  We are at 134 items.  We only need 3 boxes of cereal to complete the first part of the mission!  We are in first place now, so thank you to the families who have contributed.  Only 7 more days until we determin the winner.


Monday December 10, 2018

The musical is tomorrow at 7:00 pm!  Students should wear black, white and blue, or a fancy outfit if they prefer!  We are at 104 items for the food bank.  There are 2 classrooms ahead of us!  3rd place isn't bad.  We are still looking for pasta, cereal and canned fruit.

Today:

-we started working with 10 frames in math message.  

-we had a day of descriptive writing, learning how to log in to computers, typing our writing and learning how to air drop to Mrs. Byciuk.

-we had gym in the music room today!  Ask me what we did.

-we had a rehersal for our musical.

-we learned how money is made!



Thursday December 6, 2018

For our first mission for the food bank, we are looking for specific items of Pasta, Cereal and Canned fruit!  We have collected 99 items so far, but are behind some of the classes!  Keep the donations coming!

Please see yesterdays blog for information about the musical next week. No school tomorrow!

Today:

-we wondered about the different celebrations in December.

-we worked on explaining strategies in math message.

-we talked about what we might see out the "train window" of the Polar Express.  We drew a picture and talked about what we have learned about similes and triple scoop words.  We are writing a descriptive paragraph to go with the art that we will be working on next week.  

-we had a music practice.

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  In one of the poems, we picked out the nouns and underlined them.  Ask me what a noun is!

-we painted our backgrounds for our art project.  We used salt for snowflakes.

-we had Ketchup time to work on everything from this week.

-we had gym with Ms. Jones.

-we had class meeting at the end of the day!



Wednesday December 5, 2018

On With the Snow! There are four different performances on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12, so please look at the chart below for your child’s class. Each class will perform in one show on the evening on December 11, and one show during the day on December 12. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it! Students should wear black, white and blue, or a fancy outfit if they prefer!

Tuesday, December 11

Wednesday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Frampton/McLarty/Stanford

McNabb/Patterson

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Frampton/McLarty/Stanford

McNabb/Patterson

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

Byciuk/Watkins/Welechuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

Byciuk/Watkins/Welechuk

Thank you for your support! 

Lindsey Bell

For our first mission for the food bank, we are looking for specific items of Pasta, Cereal and Canned fruit!  We have collected 94 items so far, but are behind some of the classes!  Keep the donations coming!

Today:

-we had such a great time doing Polar Express this morning. We travelled on the Polar Express and even got to have some treats on the train.  We got a bell and are going to do a special art project with it next week.  Ask me about it.

-we had choice writing on Polar Express.

-we exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we had a special program in gym:  learning football.  Ask me about it.

-we did a number talk and worked on a Polar Express math task.

-we worked on our Shark project.


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