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!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bunny Art

With Easter fast approaching, we worked on a Bunny Art Project last week.  The idea came from this blogger who calls her online space Learning in Spain. Thanks for the inspiration!

We started with watercolour paints in stripes for the background.  For some students, this was their first time using watercolours and it took a few tries to get the hang of wetting the brush enough but not too much.  

The next step in the process was drawing a semi-circle for the head and 2 long ovals for ears.  We spent some time working on the show me boards on cartoon eyes, lashes, brows and nose/mouth/whisker options.  These boards allowed kids to share their ideas with everyone and erase and make changes until they liked what they saw.  Then they used markers to create that face and add some colour to the ears.  Assembling the pieces with glue was the final step.

We hope you will stop in to see the display across from Room 21.  It is a bright and attractive way to get us in the Easter spsirit! 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Science Design Project

The Grade Twos have been learning about Position and Motion as part of the Grade 2 Science curriculum.    They had doing some experiments to find out about friction, incline planes and wheel & axles.  As a final design project, they were given the challenge to create a vehicle with wheels and axles that could roll down a ramp.  It needed to have a place for a driver and cargo.  You can read their task below and see the criteria checklist in the second picture.  Materials were gathered and the students went to work!  
Woody was the able driver assigned to the challenge and Pikachu was the cargo!  
  After lots of practise and trial and error, it was time to show off the vehicles and test to see if they met the criteria.  
Following the Cardboard Challenge, the students had already practise in planning and then adapting the plan as needed.  It was a successful project and hopefully inspired the budding designers in the class!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Cardboard Challenge!

After a crazy week of snow, blizzard and school closure, we finally took on The Cardboard Challenge on March 10th. The "before " pictures below show the great support we received from our community in collecting material for the activity!

Mrs. Milliken heard about the idea at a PD session and we were able to find lots of online examples to share with the Kindergarten - Grade Four classes to get them started thinking.  The idea seems to have originated with a boy named Caine in Los Angeles in 2012 and you can watch his story here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U

The first step was planning as a group - being sure everyone's ideas were taken into the discussion and looking over the pile of supplies for material to use.  Then Mrs. Milliken said, "Go!".

We had several goals for our students with this experience.  We wanted an opportunity for them to work together across grade levels as well as negotiate and cooperate to make a unique creation using everyday items often thought of as "junk".  Older students were asked to be sure to involve the younger students and take on the leadership role in their group.  We were amazed at what we saw! The adults did the difficult cutting as needed but other than that, we stood back and watched their ideas come to life.  We hope it encourages students to try these skills at home to exercise their imaginations.  

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

100 Day

The Grade One and Two classes joined up on Tuesday, February 28th to celebrate the 100th day of school this year.  The IPad app called Aging Booth was a big hit to help us imagine what we will look like when we are 100 years old!

Our Smartboard and the one in the Grade One room were both in use to work on 100 charts.

 A 100 snack was counted out with 10 groups of 10 foods. That was a popular station!

Stacking 100 cups and making groups of 5, 10, 20 and 25 were educational and knocking them down was fun!

Thanks to our visitors who took time to join in the morning and help us celebrate the day!