Miss McNabb

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

Weekly Schedule

Monday: Library
Wednesday: Walking Wednesday
Friday: Dismissal at 11:50am


1. Friday Letters: Please write a letter back to your child and return it by Friday of the following week - thank you :)

2. Next Curling Club Drop-in Time at lunch: March 17

3. Please pay for the upcoming Boats and Buoyancy Presentation and the First Nations/Inuit Museum Kits from the Glenbow Museum on your mycbe account...thank you :)

4. Early dismissal on March 19 @ 11:50 - spring break begins!

5. Don't forget to sign up for student-led conferences - the students are excited to show you some of the things they have learned this year.

Parts of a Sailboat and Writing Checklist

We discussed lots of different types of boats and then sketched a sailboat and labelled the different parts. Can I tell you some of the different boats we discussed today?  We continued to type out our artifact stories and are using the checklist below to see if we have met our goals for this writing assignment.

Washing Hands and Spreading Germs

Timelines and Measurement

We continued to learn about measuring and today learned how to use a standard measurement form like a ruler and tape measure.  We measured different body parts using cm and then compared these measurements to our partner.  We began discussing timelines and why they are used and the important information that is in them.  Eventually we will be making our own timeline at home (look for this to be coming home in the near future.)

Save the Oceans and Rivers Poster

We looked at different types of environmental posters and brainstormed criteria that most of the posters have: title, bright colours, spelling is correct, neat printing, limited words, the picture helps to explain the title, the title is in large letters, there are borders and the colouring matches the picture.  We first planned on a smaller piece of paper and then we began our actual poster.  We can't wait to show these during student-led conferences.  We continued to work on our artifact writing and most of us are beginning to type out our stories. What did we do in math group today? Some of us stayed with Miss McNabb and some of us went with Mrs. Roworth. 

Are you Vitruvian or Not?

What does it mean to be Vitruvian?  We read the story "Measuring Penny" and discussed the different types of measuring.  Can I tell you the difference between non-standard measurement and standard measurement?  Hint: one of them uses a ruler.  We discussed how we can use different objects to measure things but they have to be the same size (i.e., blocks, markers).   We also talked about Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and we measured our partners to see if they were Vitruvian or not.  Was I?  How did I know that I was?  What did we use to measure?

Dice Tower Sums and Blubber Mitten

We continued to write our story about the artifacts from the museum kit.  What did I write today?  In literacy centers we are starting a new spelling center so Miss McNabb is teaching us in small groups how to do this.  What centers did I do today?  If I had the spelling center what words did I work on?  In science we learned all about blubber and how the layer of fat can keep animals warm in cold water.  We even got to try our hand in ice water with blubber on it and without.  Can I tell you what happened?  Miss McNabb tricked using dice towers today.  If I have dice at home can I show you how this works and try to trick you too??

Curling Club and Ocean Clean-up Tool

We have finished building and testing our prototypes for our ocean clean-up tool.  We created a page in our visual journal and wrote about the challenges and changes that we had with the our prototypes.  Can I tell you about this?  What was challenging?  What changes did I have to make?  We looked at ocean clean-up tools that are actually built and working right now in our oceans, rivers and marinas and were so happy to hear that this is happening. We want to make posters to teach the rest of the school about the importance of the not using single-use plastics and keeping our waters clean.  Check out some of the videos below showing some of the tools at work now.




Mr. Fred and the Boiler Room

We were so excited today.  Mr. Fred took us on tour of the boiler room in the school.  We were so shocked to learn that we had an upstairs.  After we got back to class we discussed the different things that we learned and made a list (see below).  What did we do in math group today with Mrs. Roworth?  What did we do in Ms. McNabb's math group?  We looked at the Inuit artifacts for the last time today and then chose whether we wanted to create a story using the Inuit artifacts or the Blackfoot artifacts.  Which one did I choose? How did I begin my story?

Math Message

Boats and Buoyancy Program

We had the company Teacher's Pet come in for the morning and we did 4 different centers to learn about boats and buoyancy.   Thank you so much to the parents who came in to volunteer - you were amazing with the students and they learned so much!

1. Building a Boat:  What shape works the best for a boat?  Why did we colour the wood with crayons?

2. Floating and Sinking:  What makes objects float?  How can I make tinfoil sink?

3. Creating a Boat using Plasticine: How did I build this so that it could hold the most marbles?

4. Parts of a Boat:  Can I tell you the parts of a boat?  What happens if you load a boat with all the weight on one side?  

First Nations Art and Oral Storytelling

We talked about the art that we like to draw (e.g., unicorns, Dogman). We discussed what our environment is (i.e., school, houses, fire hydrants, roads, stores, etc.) and then we imagined our environment and what it would look like without all of those things.  Left would be grasses, trees, mountains, sky, animals, etc.  We looked at pictures of First Nations Art and discussed that their art was based on their environment and what they saw.  The students made the connections to some of the art that we have done along the way during our across Canada trip: lighthouses, northern lights, prairie landscapes and birch trees.   We also discussed oral story telling and looked at some of the art and told a story about the art piece.  What was my story about?

Shade vs. Sun

We observed our insulators throughout the day and learned which material was the best insulator.  Which material won the challenge? We took our thermometers outside and measured the temperature in the shade and the sun.  What was the temperature?  Why was it different?  We learned a new math game called "Don't Break the Bank".  I can play this at home - all I need is 1- 6 sided dice and paper to write down my score.  Can I explain to you what the lines and dots means? Hint: one represents 10 and the other represents 1.  We sketched some more of our artifacts today. We learned what each one was and what it was used for - can I tell you all about these.  See the pictures below on our last post for the artifacts. 

Insulators, First Nations Artifacts, Weeks and Months

We discussed what an insulator is and looked at things we have in the classroom that are insulators (i.e., some water bottles, food containers).  Can I tell you what an insulator is?  In our groups we got the following materials: cotton balls, tinfoil, foam and air (haha). We had to decide between the 4 which would be a good insulator and would keep the ice from melting the fastest. What material did I choose and why?  We built the insulators (see below) and are going to test them out tomorrow. We got our museokit from the Glenbow Musuem.  We practiced sketching like Leonardo da Vinci and looked at some of the artifacts from the kit (see the pictures below).  What do I think the purpose of the artifact is?  Can I tell who might have owned it?  How old would they be?  Would they be a mother, father or a child?  How do I know?  Our next math problem was to try and figure out if we would be older 9 weeks from now or 2 months from now.  We had to show how many days each would be.  How did I solve this problem?  

Fooling Your Senses

We tricked our senses by using 3 bowls of water.  One with warm water, one with ice water, and one with normal tap water.  We put one hand in the warm water and one hand in the ice water at the same time and then put both of them in the normal tap water bowl.  What happened?  Why did this happen?  We continued our calendar math problems.  One of the problems today was: Mrs. Roworth's family takes out the garbage every Thursday starting on Feb. 13.  What date will it be when they take the garbage out on the 12th time? How did I solve this problem?  How did I write the date?  Did I use just numbers or did I use words too?  We got a new student today - can I tell you her name?  How many students do we have in our class now?

Disneyland and Buddies

We used the 2020 calendar to answer the following math problem: Would you rather go to Disneyland every day for the month of February or would you rather go to Disneyland once a week for a year?  We pretended that we were lawyers and we had to defend our answer by explaining why we chose it.  What did I choose?  What was my reasoning for that choice?  How did I use the calendar to help me solve it?  We had an excited afternoon and got to see our buddies and create kindness hands and make a class wreathe with them.  What words did I choose to write on my hands?  See our morning message math below.  Can I show you how I quickly added them up in my head without needing to use my fingers?

Changing Temperatures and Calendar

Can I tell you how ice, sun, shade, heaters, exercise, air conditioners all change temperature - see the picture below for help if needed. We are beginning to explore the calendar in math and will begin to do many word problems around this.  Can I tell you how many days are in a week?  How many months are in a year?  How many weeks are in a year?  How many days are in a year?  What month is the 9th month?  What month is the 3rd month?

Sound Kreations - Hip Hop

From the Gym:

Our students have been working hard and enjoying our 2 week Sound Kreations Hip Hop Residency with Josh. This Friday will be a chance for classes to informally share their new skills and celebrate with their peers in a 1-2 minute dance. In order to fit a dance floor and all the student audience, there is not sufficient room in our gym to invite parents to the live performance. Not to worry though! The performance will be videotaped and shared with parents at the upcoming Student Led Conferences. 
Thank you to Parent Council for supporting this residency and to all the students for their incredible energy and enthusiasm during this program!

Ms Roworth and Mr. Josh

Slide Shows and Birch Tree Art

We learned a new math game called "Fill the Staircase" (see below).  Can I explain to you how we played the game?  What kind of dice did we use?  We got to choose a topic that we know lots of information about (i.e., hockey, dogs) and learned how to use google slides and start to create a slideshow.  What did I choose to make my slide show about?  In the afternoon we had our last hip hop class and are excited to share our dance with the school tomorrow. We talked about birch trees and then used tape to create the birch trees on water colour paper.  Tomorrow we will be adding paint and salt to them.  What do we do with the tape after it drys?

Math Problem

We finished typing up our Arctic stories and our letters to Mr. Wilcox. For math we worked on adding two digit numbers together.  We used tens and ones blocks to help us understand how each number is built.  For example, 27 would be 2 tens and 7 ones.  If we don't have blocks at home to practice this at home we can draw a line to represent the tens and a square to represent the ones. Your child can show you how to do this at home.  See the problems that we worked on today.  We also worked on a math problem that seemed easy at first but ended up being challenging and helped us to stretch our brains.  Can I work on this problem at home as well?  We continued to design our ocean clean up tool at school and gave each other feedback.  We will be collecting materials (the students will bring their list home tomorrow) and then begin building next week. 

Persuasive Writing

We learned how to write a persuasive letter today and decided to write to Mr. Wilcox and ask him if we could stop using plastic cutlery in the lunchroom for those students that forget theirs.  We told important facts about how single use plastic is harming the environment.  Can I tell you some of the facts that I wrote?  How is our class planning to solve the problem?  We sketched and designed our Save the Ocean Tool - we did our da Vinci sketching.  Can I describe my tool to you and how it will work? Most of us have finished typing out our Arctic story and we can't wait to share it will you at conferences in March.  Can I show you the adding strategy we have been using lately to help us easily solve problems in our head?  We break the smaller number into easier parts to add - see the problems below and how we solved them.  We are all practicing different strategies and then we will choose the strategy that works the best for us. 


Project Save the Ocean

We have started parted of our design process.  We learned information about the plastic that is entering our oceans.  We watched videos and wrote down the facts that we learned.  We then had a table group discussion to decide what we thought the problem was.  Our answers ranged from:

1. Stop using throw away plastics.

2. Move the dumps away from any water. 

3. Clean up all of the plastic in the ocean so that the animals don't die. 

Miss McNabb gave us our challenge: we are now engineers and we will need to design a prototype that can either clean up the ocean surface of plastics or the bottom of the ocean.  We are going to sketching our design and then getting feedback from our peers once we explain how it works.  Some things we need to think about when we are designing: what materials would work well in water and our prototype cannot harm the animals in the ocean.  We are encouraged to think about this project over the weekend and maybe try different materials in the bathtub to see what might work best. We also discussed that we will be re-using materials to build this ocean clean up tool. Check out a few of the videos that we watched below.



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

We have been having some meaningful discussions about our trash and water this week.  Below are the two main questions that we have been thinking about and our thoughts on these questions.  We then started to learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Can I tell you what it is? Can I tell you some facts that I have learned about it?  

Hip Hop Dance Moves

Here is a list of the dance moves we will be learning over the next two weeks.  Can I show you some of the moves I know already?

Lesson 1: 3 main types of GROOVES. Most other moves play off these base movements

  1. Bounce
  2. Rock
  3. Wave

-Bobble Head              - Bankhead Bounce
-Prep                           - Drop it like it's Hot
-Arm wave                   -Snake and Snap
-Rock Steady.              - Raise the Roof

-Patty Duke.                 - Body Rock
-Swag Bounce/Walk.    
Gr3 3 Count steps
      - Biz Mark
      - Chicken Noodle Soup 
      - Walk it out (Hock-ey Stick)


  • Review your moves/make them your own
  • Circle up
  • Cypher (Share moves 1 at a time)

Arctic Writing

We finished up our writing that we did with the Author in Residence - Cathy Beveridge.  What is my story about?  What animal did I chose?  Can I describe the 4 pictures that I drew in the 4 frame to you?  We learned how to use our google account and start typing out our story.  We learned skills like: how to delete, the space bar, how to type capital letters.  If I have a keyboard at home I can practice my typing skills using this website called Dance Mat Typing. 


Can I show you how I solved the math message this morning?  What am I learning to do in gym for the next 2 weeks?  What are some of the moves called?  Can I show you how to do them?


We learned how to log in to the laptops today and how to use our very own email to log in to our google account - it took us awhile to even get this far so we will continue to work on this.  Eventually we will be learning how to type out our stories and create slideshows in google slides.  In math we continue to work on adding double digit numbers and we have been explaining our strategies to the class (see the work from one students below).  What did I do in music and gym today?  Did I bring back my library books and exchange them today?

Cold Week

We had a busy week despite the cold weather and the students did really well despite having to stay inside for recess time.  Everyone is looking forward to warmer temperatures.  We did a couple experiments this week that looked at the absorption of different materials.  First we tested materials like: newspaper, plastic, tinfoil, sponges, and paper using water to decide which material would make the best raincoat.  What material did I notice would work the best?  What happened when I did the experiment?  We then completed the walking water experiment.  We were amazed that the water absorbed up the paper towel (despite gravity) and made secondary colours!  We discussed that this is how plants and trees get their water - it's called capillary action. Check out our pictures of this experiment below.  We started reading the story 365 Penguins and are going to be completing different math problems about this book.  Our first problem we had to figure out how many penguins arrived in January, February (in the book Feb does not have 29 days like we have this year) and March.  Miss McNabb showed us a strategy to try using the number line for when we add up double-digit numbers.  In order to do this strategy we have to understand that numbers can be broken down into different parts that make it easier to add.  For example, 28 can be broken down into 10+10+5+3.  We know how to count by 10s and by 5s so this will be an easier way to add up these numbers.  We are going to be learning and trying out different strategies and then we can choose the strategy that works for us.  See the problem below.

Northern Lights and Number Lines

In art we learned about what northern lights are and talked about the different colours that we see in them.  We then created our own northern lights.  We also discussed different arctic animals like the: arctic fox, narwhal, polar bear, harp seal and snowy owl.  We chose one of these animals to focus on for our story writing with the Author in Residence - Cathy Beveridge starting next week. What animal did I choose to learn about and add to my story writing?  I am also going to add a picture of it on my northern lights.  In math we discussed what a number line is and then we were given different cards and had to put them in a number line.  What did I do if I was missing numbers on the line?  How did I know how much space to leave?

Word of the Year and the Water Cycle

We thought about our new years resolution and chose an important word to help us remember what our goal is for the year. See the words that we brainstormed together as a class. What word did I choose?  Why did I choose this word?  What are my 3 action steps that will help me achieve this goal?  We discussed the water cycle today and created a page in our visual journal.  What does condensation, precipitation and evaporation mean?  Can I explain the water cycle to you (see the picture below). 

Surface Tension and Adding Double Digits

We did an experiment using water, an eye dropper and a penny to learn about surface tension.  Water is an amazing liquid!  Can I explain what happened when I added drops of water to the penny.  How many drops did I predict the penny would hold the first time?  Did it matter how fast I put the drops on it?  What shape did the water take as I added more water?  What happened when I added too much water? Check out the video below that explains how a water strider uses surface tension to walk on water.  In math we started to look at adding two digit numbers together.   Can I explain how I added the questions below?  Some of us added all of our answers together - what strategy did I use to solve this?


Welcome back!  We hope that everyone had a wonderful time with their families during the winter break.  The students were very excited to share what they did over the holidays but were also happy to be back at school.  We completed our January Chicken Soup poem in our visual journal and then talked about resolutions.  We thought of some goals for the new year and talked about a thing that we would also like to stop doing.  What did I these were?  Can I tell you why the first month of the year starts in January - hint: it has something to do with the god named Janus?

Magic Hats and Water + Oil Experiment

We learned a new game called magic hats.  WOW did this stretch our brains.  At first we started with two magic hats and then numbers 1-8.  If we solved that without exploding any of the hats than we tried it with 3 hats and had to fill it with as many numbers as we could starting at 1.  The most anyone has got to is 23.  Can I show you how to play the game at home?  Our experiment today

Racing Liquids, Snow Problem and Polar Express

In science we raced liquids to learn about the viscosity of a liquid.  What does that mean?  What liquids did we race? What was my prediction?  What was my observation?  Why was one liquid faster or slower than others?  We used our knowledge about growing patterns and used it to solve the snow problem today.  What did I find challenging about this problem?  Some of us thought that we had the answer to the challenge problem but we didn't.  How did I fix my work?  We read the Polar Express and learned about simile's.  The author uses this type of writing a lot throughout the book.  Can I give you an example of a simile.  Hint: a simile is a comparison of 2 things using "like" or "as".  For example, "The center of the candy was a white as snow."  When we watch the movie on Thursday, we are going to be looking for similarities and differences with the book. 

Stephen's Backpacks

We were so excited to fill all 50 backpacks with things like mittens, hats, toys, books, toothbrushes and toothpaste.  They are now under the Christmas tree awaiting to be picked up by a group of volunteers on Dec. 18. 

Winter Concert

Thank your for your support with the winter concert - especially those families that helped their child with memorizing their lines!  The concert was a huge success and our class was very proud of our performance.  What new math game did I learn to play?  What did I do in math group with Mrs. Roworth?  We finished our liquids experiment and compared water to other liquids. What liquids did we observe?  Can I tell you how they smelled, felt and looked?  Can I show you how to smell things safely?

Yukon and Northwest Territories

We travelled to two territories this week.  What did I notice that is different about the land?  How will this affect the foods that the people that live there eat?  What is the Arctic Tundra?  What is permafrost?  We have been working hard at practicing for the winter concert tomorrow and can't wait to sing for you!!!  Please remember to have your child to the classroom by 5:10 - thank you!

3D Snowflakes

We were pretty excited to build these snowflakes out of 6 sheets of square paper.  We had a to follow a pattern and that was a very challenging part to remember but we are so proud in how they turned out.  We had literacy centers AND did ketchup AND practiced for our winter concert AND had gym.  What centers did I do today?  Did I finish all of my work from this week?  We can't wait to perform in front of you next week!

Ship Problem and December Chicken Soup Poem

We solved a problem all about ships and the smoke that comes out of their smokestacks.  How did I solve this problem?  See the problem below.  Can I show you what I did? What kind of a pattern was it? We read our December poem and created a page in our visual journal.  What did I draw to show that I understand the poem?  We also changed desks.  Who do I sit with now?

Pip and I Love a Challenge

We are continuing to learn to use our imagination and add detail to our writing.  We watched a short Disney film called "Pip" ("tear jerker warning" - see the link below).  We brainstormed words together and then are retelling the story through our writing.  We are practicing this because the writing that we do and the details that we add, need to create a picture or movie in our reader's mind.  We were shocked to learn that someone actually wrote the movies and tv shows that we watch!!!  What was our challenge in gym today?  What challenge level did I get up to?  We have been practicing our subtraction facts and using a number line to help us see the relationship between adding and subtraction.  We also continued to learn about growing patterns and looked at some more complex patterns.  Miss McNabb hid parts of the pattern and then we had to guess what was under the paper.  Can I show you how I use the number line to help me figure out a pattern that grows by 2s?


Estimating and Engaging Beginnings 

How did I solve the estimating problem today (see the pictures below).  How did I use the first 3 pictures to help me guess the amount of blocks in the last picture?  We read discussed the author E.B. White who wrote Charlotte's Web.  Miss McNabb read us the beginning of chapter 3.  Did you know that this was his beginning at first but after 8 drafts he came up with a more engaging beginning?  What was engaging about the beginning he chose to read?  What 3 things can I use in my story beginning that will engage my readers?  See below and I can explain what each 3 means.  

Alberta and Organizing our Writing

We are writing fiction stories this week and have a looked at a few different picture books to see how they organize their writing.  Some books have used the days of the week and some have used first, next, then and last.  How am I organizing my story?  What is my story about?  Am I using my binoculars when I am writing?  What does this mean?  We travelled to Alberta and made a quick stop in Calgary to say hi to our families!!  What did I like seeing in Alberta?  Is there somewhere I would like to visit?  What happened at Head Smashed in Buffalo and Frank Slide?  What game did we play in gym today?

Mr. Snowball and Shopping

Look below and see who stopped in for a visit today!  What did I observe that happened to Mr. Snowball (we voted and named him this!). How was he made?  Our math problem today was about Stephen's Backpacks.  We had $25 to spend and we had choose items to go in the backpacks. Miss McNabb will go shopping this weekend for all the items.  See out math message below.  We have been learning how addition and subtraction are related. 

Pattern Leaf Problem and Saskatchewan

Can I show you how I solved the math leaf problem today?  How did I organize my work?  What kind of pattern is this?  What is the pattern increasing by? We travelled to Saskatchewan and learned how they make bread out of wheat. We also saw the snowbirds and watched the RCMP musical ride. 

Goldilocks Idea and Finding the Difference

Can I explain what the Goldilocks idea is?  How can it help me when I am writing and thinking of an idea to write about?  What happened in the Goldilocks story that will help me to remember this when I am choosing something to write about?  Can I explain to you how I used the number line to help me find the difference of two numbers?

Manitoba and Estimating Length

How did I use the other 3 pictures of the yarn to help me estimate the last length of the rope in cm?  Did I use the dice, eraser or toy car to help me estimate?  What was my guess?  Was I close to the right answer?  How is the land in Manitoba different from the Maritime provinces?  Would they have different jobs here than they would in Prince Edward Island?  What about the kinds of food they eat?  Who was Lois Riel?  What is The Forks?  What do they make at the Royal Canadian Mint?  What animals did we get to see when we went to Churchill?  What is the capital city of Manitoba?

Ontario and Math Message

We travelled to Ontario this week.  What does it mean to be a tourist?  What were some important places in Ontario that we visited?  How do tourists help each province? 

Seesaw and Memory Writing

We read the story, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge and discussed what memories are.  The lady in the story lost her memory and a little boy brought her different objects in a basket to look at.  This helped her to remember lots of different stories from her life.  What were some of the objects in the basket?  What did she remember about them?  Miss McNabb had a basket of objects and she told us some stories.  What memories did I think about when I looked at the objects (hint: shells, rocks)?  We learned a new app on the Ipads called Seesaw and we created patterns on it and then recorded what kind of pattern it was.  The best part about it is that we can send our work to Miss McNabb for her to look at!  Take a look at the estimation question we had this morning.  How did I come up with the numbers for each one?

Estimating - Math Message

What does estimating mean?  How can I use clues in this picture to help me estimate?  How many did I first think was in the cup?  How did I use the other cups to help me guess how many balls were in the last cup?

Counting Money

We took the money from the toy and book sale and counted it today.  We talked about what each coin was worth and different ways to count them to make it easier.  What coins did my group count?  How did we organize the coins so that we were efficient?  Some of the other classes are going to count the money as well as see if they get the same number as we do. Can I remember what the total was?

David Hockney swimming Art

We looked at some of the art that David Hockey does and discussed how he painted the water.  What were the steps that we took to create our swimming portraits?


Take a look at some of the pattern work we've been doing this week.  Can I explain what we did?

Busy Day...

We had the toy sale, buddies, literacy centers, art, played Tic-Tac-Toe Sums math AND had fun lunch!!!

We will be counting the money from the toy sale to see how well we did. Thank you to all the families that supported our sale by either donating items or sending money with your child to purchase items.  We learned about Remembrance Day and the poppy today.  Why is this something important to remember?  We learned how to draw poppies and created a page in our visual journal. With our buddies we made poppies to put on our class wreath for tomorrow's assembly.  Who is going to be carrying our wreath? We played Tic-Tac-Toe Sums.  Can I tell you how to play this game?  Perhaps we can make a board to play at home? 

Nova Scotia - Mr. Fred

We had another guest speaker today - Mr. Fred (our school janitor).  He used to live in Nova Scotia and showed us pictures from where he used to live.  Did you know that he got to ride on the Bluenose???  WOW!  Did you know that the Bluenose did not lose a race?  He read us a story about Lobster Fishing and then showed us his lobster trap.  Did you know that there are blue lobsters?  What else did we learn from him?

Nancy - Stephen's Backpack Society

We were lucky enough to have Stephen's mom - Nancy -  to come and talk to all of the grade 2s this afternoon.  She spoke about Stephen's dream and how it started small and is now helping so many people.  She asked us how we are global citizens?  How do I help out in the world?  How do I help others?  Tomorrow we will be writing about our dream and sending them to Stephen's Backpack Society for them to display in their office. What is my dream?  What problem can I help to solve in the world?  Here is a different video all about Stephen and his dream:


Toys and books have been starting to come in today.  Don't forget to go through your toys and books and see if there is anything that you can donate for the sale on Thursday. We are trying to raise enough money to fill 50 backpacks this year!!!!   

Swimming Volunteers

Thank you to all of the parents that volunteered for swimming.  We were so lucky to have your help on the bus and in the change rooms!!!!

Happy Halloween!!

We had a wonderful day filled with swimming...costumes...poster making...worms and a party!!  How did I do on my last day of swimming?  Did I go down the slide?  We discussed a boy named Stephen and his society and how we are collecting used toys and books for our toy sale (see the video above that will tell you more about him) and then will use that money to buy new items for backpacks. We made posters today to remind everyone about the sale.  We fed our worms as well - thank you to the families who sent in food this week.  We had a little grade 2 party where we go to go visit some of the grade 2 classrooms and the gym.  What did I get to do in each classroom?

Have fun tonight and stay safe!

Magnet Game Launch

After swimming today we shared our magnet game with our kindergarten buddies.  After we had to write about what was challenging for us when we were making the game and what change we would make to it.  We read the book, Rosie Revere, Engineer and discussed how she wanted to give up after her first try. We wrote down this quote from the book on our whiteboard so that we can remember it - "The only true failure can come if you quit."  What does this mean to me?  Tomorrow is our last day of swimming.  What is my goal for tomorrow?  What am I most proud of?  We have worked really hard this week learning new skills and overcoming some fears!!!  Don't forget to bring your costume to school if you plan on wearing one and we will change into them after swimming when we get back to school. 


We are so excited to introduce you to our classroom pet. They had been on vacation and are happy to be back in the classroom with us.  They are red wriggler worms.  We will be feeding them once a week and then will be using their worm castings (ask me what this is?!) to help to fertilize our pollinator garden that is located by the parking lot and drop off zone by the side of the school.  In the spring we will separate the worms from the castings and put it in with our flowers.  Miss McNabb asked us to collect food scraps for the worms.  Worms cannot eat: anything citrus like orange peels, dairy, oily.  They love to eat green leafy veggies like spinach and lettuce or the tops of strawberries.  They also like apple cores.  If you are sending anything into the class can you please make sure that it is chopped up into smaller pieces as our worms don't have teeth!!

Swimming and Quebec

What did I do in swimming today?  Do I have a goal - something that I would like to get better at?  We travelled to Quebec today.  What was my favourite part of our trip?  How is that an important part of Quebec?  

Buddy Art

We used leaves and painted them white and then stamped them onto black paper.  After we used sponges to colour in the areas around the leaves.  How did I help my buddy today?

Writing Goals for the Week

* using our "binoculars" to add more detail to our writing

* using lowercase letters and capitals in the appropriate places - when should I have a capital letter?

* doing our "best try" spelling and underlining the words that we aren't sure how to spell

* using the word wall and our personal words book to help us spell words that are unfamiliar to us

Magnet Game Building

We took our design sketches and started building our magnet games.  What did I find most challenging?  Did I decide to work with a partner?  What are we building?

Richard Young the Magnet Magician

We were in awe of the magic tricks that we saw today and then even more excited when he showed us how he did the tricks using magnets.  What was my favourite magic trick that he did?  Remember: if you see him at a birthday party performing - make sure you don't tell the other kids how he does the trick!  We learned lots of important things from him today: the 4 metals that magnets are attracted to, what the magnetic force looks like around a magnet, how to turn a spoon into a magnet, how magnets are used in the real world...and of course...how to do his magnet tricks!

Magnet Game and New Literacy Centers

We looked at some games that use magnets and then did a da Vinci sketch of our own design and explained what materials we will use and how the game will work.  What game did I come up with?  How am I going to make it?  What materials can I bring from home to help me with the game? We learned some new literacy centers today.  What do I do at them?  What number was I today when I was working?  Can I show you all the different ways to make 16?  Did I guess Miss McNabb's way?

New Brunswick and Leaves

Our trip across Canada took us to New Brunswick today.  What is a popular job in New Brunswick?  Could people in Alberta have this job?  Why not?  Can I explain the pictures below about the places we went to?  What happens at the Bay of Fundy?  Our poem today was all about leaves.  What did I draw to show that I understand the poem.  What does the writer mean when wrote "to lay a carpet"?  We continued to work on balancing the scale in math today.  See one of our questions below.  Can I show you how I solved it?

Writing and Making 10

We discussed what binoculars are and how we can put on our "binoculars" when we write and add the details that we see.  We used an example of describing a field.  Once we put our "binoculars" on we could see many things happening in the field from bunnies running around and farmers working with their vegetables.  What details do I see when I put my binoculars on and look at the field.  We made a list of all the things that we like and then we chose one of those things to write about using our binoculars.  What did I choose to write about today?  Did I get to share my writing and sit on the Chester Chair today?  We learned a new game in math called "Make 10".  All I need is 20 number cards from a deck of cards (do not include the face cards or the 10 card) and I need to use two or more cards to make 10.  Can I show you how to play this at home? 

Leonardo da Vinci Sketching and Triangle Math Problem

We looked at artifacts today and sketched and wrote our wonders about them.  What is an artifact?  What did I sketch today?  What do I think it was made of?  What do I think it was used for? Was it man-made or made by a machine?  In math, we had to work in a group and create shapes using 4 triangles - but there were certain rules we had to follow (see below).  Can I draw the shape we came up with?  What did we call the shape?

Tens and Ones, Plain vs. Detailed, and Nova Scotia

In math message today, we looked at using tens and ones blocks to add two-digit numbers together.  Can I show you how to do this at home (see the questions we worked on below).  In writing, we read the story a "House for Hermit Crab" and discussed how the crab felt that his shell was "plain" and wanted to add more "details" to it.  We then practiced adding details to a plain rectangle house (see below what we came up with).  We compared this to our writing.  What details did I add to my writing today so that it wasn't plain?  We continued our Canada journey and took the ferry to Nova Scotia today.  What did I like doing and seeing in Nova Scotia?

Math Message, Magnets, Rekenreks and Writing

Can I show you how to solve the math message this morning (see the animal leg question below)?  How many different ways could there be?  In writing today, we looked at different reading samples from other students in grade 1, 2, and 3 and discussed how you can usually learn something about the author based on their writing.  For example, we said that the author of Dogman is probably really funny or people that write about sharks probably love learning about sharks.  What did I write today?  What could my readers learn about me?  We learned a new game in math using the rekenreks and a deck of cards.  Can I explain how to play?  Most of us finished up our magnet centers today.  Can I describe the centers to you and what I learned?  There were 5 centers.  

Newfoundland and Labrador, Math Message, Literacy Centers and Rekenrek

We started our journey across Canada today and visited many different places in Newfoundland.  Can I show you where this province is on a map?  What is the capital city of Newfoundland?  What were my favourite things that I saw on our pretend "visit"?  Our math message was about balancing the scale today.  How did I solve the answer so that my scale was balanced? (see one of the problems we worked on below).  We learned how to use a rekenrek today.  Can I explain how I use it and how many beads are on each row and what is the total?  What is an easy way to know this?  See the pictures below as I can easily make one at home to help me solve math fact problems.  We started literacy centers today.  What are literacy centers and why do we do them in our class?  What centers did I try out today?

Math Message, Stoplight Problem, and Facts about Leonardo

At first most of us thought there were 10 triangles but then we looked a bit closer.  How many can you find?  We then worked on the stoplight problem and had to find the different ways to arrange the stoplight using the three colours red, yellow, and green.  Can I show you this at home?  How many ways are there?  We continued to learn about Leonardo da Vinci and created a page in our visual journal with facts that we know about him.  What did I write?

Leonardo da Vinci

We learned about Leonardo da Vinci today.  We discussed some of his inventions and looked at his sketch book.  What were some of his inventions?  How did he use nature to help him invent?  Did he get to build his inventions?  How did he write in his journal and why?  Can I show you how to do this at home?  What famous painting did he do?  Why is it important for us to learn about Leonardo's story?

Math Message

Can I show you how I solved this today?  Can I explain my strategy to you?  We loved hearing all the different strategies that our friends use in class - some of them we never even thought to solve it that way!

Trip Across Canada, October Poem, and Magnet Centers

We are excited to start our journey across Canada (this is a pretend trip!).  See below for some of the questions that we discussed today.  What was our October poem about today?  What did I draw?  Can I explain the difference between a 1, 2, and 3 for our drawings and pictures (see the picture below).  What magnet centers did I do today?  What was the question I had to answer at that center?  Our math message today was about the different ways to make the answer 10.  See the examples below that the students came up with.  Can I try to find some different ways at home?

Cube Nets, Math Message and Magnet Centers

Can I show you the different ways that I can make 9?  The answer is 9 so we needed to show all the ways that we can make 9.  See some of our examples below.  We continued to work on magnet centers today.  What centers did I work on today?  When we finish our magnet centers we are going to create our own game using magnets and then we will share it with our kindergarten buddies.  We are starting to collect materials for this: cardboard, tin cans or other metal objects.  Can I tell you what "attract" and "repel" means?  We got to explore with the squares shapes and tried to make as many different nets that would make a cube.  How many different ways did I make?  See below what this looked like.  Miss McNabb will be away Friday and Monday.  Miss Brandt will be in for her. 

Terry Fox Run, Rekenreks and Magnet Centers

We had a wonderful day for the Terry Fox Run.  As of this afternoon we had raised just over $1000 so thank you to our Evergreen families!  Our class was able to raise $70!!!!  How many laps was I able to run today?  Did I run with my buddy today?  How did I challenge myself when I was starting to get tired?  During math message today we used a rekenrek for the first time.  How many beads are on it?  How can this help me with adding and subtracting?  What makes it easy to count to the beads (Hint: the colours are in groups of what?).  We started our magnet centers today.  What centers did I do?  What did I learn?

Magnets, Terry Fox and Bubblegum Brain

What were the types of magnets that we learned about today?  We got to go to the "Science Room" and were pretty excited about that!  When we finished creating our magnet page in our visual journal we got to go around and explore to find out what magnets are "attracted" to.  What does "attract" mean?  What objects did I notice magnets were attracted to?  We are ready for our Terry Fox Run tomorrow and are going to run with our buddies.  We watched a video (see below) about Terry Fox and then wrote about his story.  What did I write about him?  The story we read today was called "Bubble Gum Brain" (you can watch the youtube video of the book below).  Can I tell you a way that I used my "bubblegum brain" today? Check out our math messages below.  Can I explain what strategy I used to add up the dots in the ten frames (hint: it doesn't involve counting all of the dots individually).



Brain Pockets

We read "Your Fantastic Elastic Brain" today and discussed how making mistakes and learning new things helps our brain to stretch and grow.  We also got a giant brain to "brainstorm" about different ideas that we could write about.  We will use this Brain Pocket to help us think of ideas for our future writing.  What did I write under each pocket?  Can I think of some more ideas with you that I can add to my pocket?

Save 20 Math Game

We learned a new math game called Save 20.  All you need is 5 dice and a partner or two and something to write the score on. You get 3 chances to roll a total of 20 or lower. If you roll more than 20 than you get a score of 0!!  If you roll 20 or less than you get that score.  The highest score wins or you can play to whoever reaches 100 first.  On your second and third attempt at rolling - you can choose to keep some of the dice and just roll one or two of them.  Can I show you how to play this at home?  This is a really good game for us to practice adding to 20 and it teaches us to use strategy in the game. 

Math Message:

Can I show you the different ways to make 14?  What way did Ms. McNabb make it today?

Friday letters came home today.  We can't wait to share them with you.  


We had a wonderful morning in Fish Creek Park doing SOGO.  How many times did I go around the loop.  Can I tell you what these symbols mean on a map?  What was challenging about this week?  What was my favourite part about SOGO?

Math Message, Brain Hats and Kindergarten Buddies

We started our morning math message today.  What strategies did I use to solve  the problems?  Can I explain how I did it to you?  How does the game "Guess My Way?" work?  Can I show you the different ways to make 12?  We learned about the different parts of the brain and then made our brain hats.  Some of us finished them and took them home today and some of us are still working on them. We continued to work on our shape math centers and worked on sorting shapes different ways.  Can I sort different shapes at home?  In the afternoon we met our Kindergarten Buddies and read books with them.  What is my buddy's name?  Don't forget to check the weather tomorrow morning as we will be running in Fish Creek Park for the morning.

Learned and Failed Writing

What did I write today about a time that I learned something and a time that I failed?  What did my partner say?  What stations did I do at SOGO today?  We did a lot of "ketchup" today and completed work from the last two weeks.  Was I able to finish all of my work?  What do I have left to do?  

Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset

We read the book called "The Most Magnificent Thing".  What happened in the story?  This

started a discussion about the difference between fixed and growth mindset.  Can I tell you the difference between the two?  What would be something that I would say if I had a "fixed mindset"?  What would I say if I had "growth mindset".  Tomorrow we are going to be writing about a time when we learned something new and the steps we took to learn that.  We are also going to be writing about a time that we failed and how that made us feel.  Can I discuss these two things with you at home so that it will help me when it is time to write about it?

SOGO adventure running

Here is a link describing the running program that we will be participating in next week.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothing. 

Our schedule is the following:

Monday and Tuesday (field) 8:45 - 9:45

Thursday (Fish Creek Park 9-12)



What is the difference between sketching and drawing?  We used our fingers to feel the different parts of our face and the shapes so that we could sketch our self-portrait. We can't wait to show you them during the Open House.

Classroom Journalists

We practiced being journalists today and interviewed a person that we don't know that well in our class.  What is an interview?  Who did I interview and what did I learn about him/her?  We then took those interview answers and wrote about our friend and will be making a classroom book "All About Us".

Dare to Care

We had a company called Dare to Care come to our school today.  We learned the difference between a conflict and bullying.  Can I explain the difference to you? 

Ways to be a Friend

We created a page in our visual journal about the ways that we can be a friend.  What did I write?  In math we continued on with our math centers...what centers did I do today?  Can I tell you some of the 3D shapes that I have been learning about?  We read a poem called "It's September".  What is the poem about?  What did we do in music and gym today?

Canada Map

We talked about the 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada and then we coloured and labeled each on a map.  Can I show you that I know where the provinces and territories are on a map?

Hopes and Goals

We read the story "This School Year Will be the Best".  The story can have some silly ideas as well as some serious ideas.  We talked about our hopes and goals and brainstormed some things that we were hoping would happen this year and what our goals are.  What did I write for my 3 silly hopes?  What did I write for my two serious hopes?  You can watch the book on youtube below. 


Shape Centers 

Can I explain the centers that we started today? 

2D Shape Review

Can I tell you what these shapes are below?  Do I know how to spell them?  What is the difference between a side and a vertice?  We had music - what game did I play today?  In gym we learned how to play twister using different body parts and hula hoops around the gym.  We also got to go to the learning commons (library) for the first time this year and we signed out 2 books.  We will be going every Monday but students are welcome to exchange books throughout the week as well. 

Welcome to Grade 2!!!

WOW!  We have had a wonderful start to grade 2!  We have learned all about the Zone of Regulation.  Ask me what feelings go in each colour: red, blue, green, yellow.  We learned how to line up and clean up using 1-2-3.  What does this mean? We read a poem all about chicken soup.  What did I draw for my picture to show that I understand what the poem means?  We've read many books this week as well and our favourite has been Chester so far - he's a silly cat!  We watched two Mystery Doug's about mushrooms and Pluto.  Can I tell you what I learned?

Don't forget - early dismissal on Fridays!

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