Saturday, 4 November 2017

Park Poppies Project

This week, the Grade 2 class worked with the Grade 12's on a special project.  We worked together to make poppies from red and black craft foam and write the names on them of some of the many Reston area people who served in the two world wars. 

The cenotaph at the park has many names carved in it of those who died (see link here) and our poppies will serve to honour those who fought but returned.  We talked about how that must have felt for them and their families and how some chose not to ever talk about it.

The poppies were then hot glued to sticks.  After a fresh morning walk to the park, the classes of 2018 and 2028 were able to "plant" our poppies around the cenotaph with the help of Mrs. Bonnie Guthrie and Mrs. Marilee Smeltz.

On our way back to school, we stopped in at the Reston Memorial Theatre to have a look at the displays on the wall.  So many names and we found many of our own surnames among them. Reston School's Remembrance Day Service, led by our Grade 12 friends, will take place this year on Friday, November 10th at 2:00 in the school gym.    

We will remember them.  

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Halloween Stem Challenges

This year on Halloween along with the costumes, treats and games, the Grade 2 class spent some time doing some STEM challenges.  This acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  The eight challenge cards each gave a task and the materials that they were allowed to use to build it.  Students could work on their own or in pairs or small groups but most chose to work alone this time.  Group work is an important part of most STEM challenges but require a whole set of other skills - compromise, cooperation and communication among them.  

It was a busy hour that made the time fly past and got them that much closer to trick or treat time!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Pumpkin Art Project

The first step in our project was to use yellow, red and orange paint to paint the pumpkin shape on orange construction paper.  It was interesting to watch the colours mixing and easy since the sides would be cut off anyway, there was no need to stay within the lines.

The next step (which I forgot to take pictures of) was using black and white paper to create a variety of facial features.  Doubling the paper to make 2 matching pieces was a valuable skill to have here.  Giving the students an opportunity to stop and walk around to view their classmates' projects is helpful to spur on new ideas.

The completed pumpkins were put on the hallway wall right above the Grade 2 lockers.  The dark blue wall with the orange pumpkins is a pleasant colour combination - a fact pointed out to me by an observant student!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Plasticine Boats

With our States of Matter unit coming to an end, the students were given a challenge to design a boat from Plasticine that could float and  hold the most pennies. It took trial and error and determination to be successful!

McKenna's boat held 22 pennies so it was declared the winner of the challenge.  Students used the design process (see posters below) and needed to rethink their design after testing it.  They were thinking like scientists!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Liquids Experiment

Today the Grade Twos learned how to use eye droppers and then tested how different liquids move.  There was lots of excitement and trying different variables to drive the drop around the racetrack!
What happens if you use 2 drops?  How about if you hold the racetrack straight down?  What happens if you try to blow the liquid?

Something to Crow About!

 Our Art project this week came from a wonderful website called Deep Space Sparkle.  Projects that involve different media and techniques are important and I like it when the project has a place for individuality like this one did.
 Students started by using the water colour paints to create a background for the crow.  Some really liked the way these paints blended and using special Art paper helped with the look.  The paper stayed fairly flat as it dried quickly while students worked on the next part.

 Templates were given to cut out a body and wings from black paper and then a beak and feet from orange.  Googly eyes gave our crows a real cartoon look.

They turned out great - really something to crow about!

Listen to Reading - Old School Style

Our Listen to Reading station during Daily Five time received a throwback this week!  Grade Twos started using cassette tapes that read along to books!  They were so excited to learn how to use the Walkmans and helped each other with troubleshooting as needed.  

Listening to Reading allows the Grade Twos to follow along and hear fluent reading.  The books are short enough to finish them during a 10-15 minute station and then they need to remember to rewind the cassette for the next student.  

If all else fails and they can't get it to work, listening to a story on the IPads on the Raz Kids  is another choice!