Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fidgit Spinners with Eight

Fidgit Spinners are certainly the hot toy with my age group of kids right now and to capture that interest and use it for thinking about numbers, Grade Twos were challenged to make fidgit spinners using 8 cube-a-link cubes in one or two colours.  Then they had to tell me a number sentence about eight that those cubes show.  The first one in the pictures below could be labelled as 7 + 1 and the next is 4 + 4.  

 Getting kids to see numbers in everything helps with their sense of numeracy and to think flexibly.  It was fun too!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Mixing Liquids

The new Grade Two class of 2017-2018 started the year off with learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases in Science Class.  Investigating and comparing properties of liquids is one of the outcomes for this unit and to work on our Scientific Literacy,  students completed a hands-on activity.  They were able to choose two liquids from the row pictured above to mix and then stir.  They observed the result and took turns describing what they saw to their classmates.

Open House happened to be the evening after so families were able to see our mixtures.  Students noticed some differences in some of the mixtures since they had left them at 3:30!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Eric Carle Author Study

Eric Carle has written lots of books and some we had seen before but others were new to us.  Here is a link to his website. http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html

Other teachers in the school and the school library helped us out with lending us more copies of Eric's books that they had,  We love having more than one copy of a book so two or more kids can read side by side.

We finished the unit with one of his art techniques by making butterflies by dropping paint on one side of a wing shape and folding the paper to make the other side match.  They made a great display in the hallway!