Thursday, June 23, 2016

Milk bags

Ms. Harris and her group of weavers have been putting our milk bags to good use!

They have completed one mattress which will be sent off to be used in a country that needs them. (We are not sure where it will go yet)

It took over 1000 milk bags to complete this mattress. Our class collected more than half of them!
(note the hands holding up the mattress -- these are Grade 8 students -- this mattress is huge!)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

  Happy Fathers Day to all of the men in our lives -- our dads, daddys, babas, uncles, grandfathers, papous, and great grandfathers!

We painted blocks of wood and attached some very close up photos to them. They looked amazing -- sorry that I can't show the finished products.

We worked with bright acrylic paints and worked on layering and then adding details.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Introduction to equations

We are learning how to balance equations.

We learned that the equal sign ( = ) means "the same as"

To introduce the word "equation" we read this book and made up some funny word equations.
These were from the book : "small + bottle = baby" and "tall + coffee = grown-up" 

We were all familiar with equations such as
but students had difficulty when we switched things around a bit 5 = 2+?
We had been relying on standard equations for too long!

We used an actual balance scale to physically balance cubes to find out what "balanced".

The Grade 2's learned how to balance in a more complicated way.
They tried equations like 5+2 = 4+? 
We learned to solve one side of the equation, and then solve the other side.
Our balance scale mat really helps to remind us how to solve the equations.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Introduction to Mapping

We made maps of our bedrooms!
We read some books about mapping, and then made maps of our bedrooms.
We discussed birds eye view and then used some real doll house furniture on a grid to represent our furniture.

This really helped with the scale of furniture (and toys) in the rooms.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Life Cycles

The Grade 2's are observing life cycles of butterflies and the life cycles of frogs. Then they will compare them!

We were really lucky to see some butterflies while they were emerging from their chrysalis. It usually happens in the early morning (dawn), but we saw many of them.

We have also been watching our tadpoles grow legs. It is really cool!


Friday, May 13, 2016

Composing 2 Dimensional Shapes

We have been learning about 2 Dimensional Shapes.
Our Learning Goals for this Unit are:

 First we learned what a polygon is, and then we learned the properties of different polygons.


We added geometry words to our Math Word Wall as we went:

Then we did a warm up -- we had all spent lots of time using pattern blocks, so this wasn't too hard.

Then the problem was introduced.
First we had to talk about how the word "least" has a few different meanings!
And one student asked if the hexagon had to be a "regular" hexagon (excellent question!) No it does not have to be regular!


Then we worked in pairs to solve the problem:
We are really learning how to show our work clearly!

One group found a way to create a hexagon with only 3 pattern blocks! AMAZING!

What we learned:

Sunday, May 1, 2016


DPA is "Daily Physical Activity"
It is recommended that each day we have at least 20 minutes of sustained exercise.
On days that we don't have gym or pool, we do some form of exercise in the classroom, in the hallway, downstairs in Room 35, or outside.

I have been reading this book about how exercise helps our brains learn other things better.

One day last week we had a tabata challenge with Mme. LaFlair's class. For 4 minutes we alternated squats with seal jacks.

Here is a fast motion video of us during one of our sets!

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