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The grade 2s of 2BB, along with their grade 4 Buddies, had a chance to practice teamwork, problem solving, and creativity in an outdoor setting. The warm weather allowed us to get outside and use our new place space to build forts using materials such as tarps, bungee cords, and ropes. Though the wind proved to be a challenge, our students worked together to create strong structures that withstood the natural elements as well as other students joining in the play at recess.IMG 3668IMG 3673IMG 3675IMG 3679IMG 3690

 

Michael ManyEagles, a traditional Cree Metis man, visited the grade 3 classes to each us about soapstone carving. Soapstone is the softest stone in the world and is a traditional activity. Soapstone can be found in Northwestern Ontario. We were taught how to make arrow heads and  then made them into necklaces.

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Asking the question, “How many people are in your family?” led to multiple conversations in our classroom about numbers and families these past two weeks. Each student drew their family on an index card and then presented their family to the class. It was great to hear the comparative language students were using as they described their “place” in their family. Some stated they were the oldest, others the youngest and many were in the “middle” of their siblings.

We then taped the family pictures to the white board forming a graph according to the number of family members. After the graph was complete, students were asked to tell me what they noticed about it. From their observations we recorded true math statements as a way of representing mathematical information. Students noticed that:

-          11 students have 5 people in their family and 9 students have 6 people in their family

-          2 more students have 5 people in their family than 6

-          the smallest family was 2 people and the largest family was 11 people

-          the same number of students have 8 and 11 people in their family

-          2 more students have 4 people in their family than 8 and 11 people

-          2 less students have 6 people in their family than 5

It was so exciting to not only see the class interpreting the graph they made, but also using rich mathematical language to describe their observations.

As we continued to interpret our graph is became clear that the class was very interested in figuring out how many people were in all of their families and this question led into an exciting investigation of larger numbers!

In order to keep track of each family, students made a train out of snap cubes (one cube for each person in their family). We then snapped cubes together making sticks of 10, predicting along the way, how many people would be in all the families as we counted and recorded the numbers. In the end the class was amazed to find out there were 142 people in all of their families!

Be sure to check out our family graph and true math statements on our hallway bulletin board.

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We are learning all about rocks, minerals, and erosion in 4KD! We began by searching for interesting rocks around the school, and then sorted them by our own rules. After that we explored the difference between rocks and minerals, and used a cookie example to help explain the difference. Rocks are like the cookie, and minerals are the ingredients. Each ingredient is pure, and when put together it makes a cookie or rock. The next step was looking at how we use rocks and minerals in our lives, and following that we tested minerals to see what they were. This took place both using an interactive game, as well as hands on testing in the classroom. We will now move on to exploring erosion, and looking at ways to minimize it in our 

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Students enjoyed identifying a problem, making a plan, and gathering materials to create an object to keep them warm outside. Students came up with brilliant ideas to protect their senses. Ear muffs, face masks, nose warmers were some of the ideas created. Design processes are so much fun for students, and give them an opportunity to work hands on and work with objects and materials.

We have been working hard at identifying how, why, and where things change. Change is everywhere! This term, we have noticed that the following things change: 

weather

time

seasons

clothes

ages

families

communities

We have also discussed the importance of being a part of changing our community and classroom to make them a better place! As a class, we decided that a few important community members who help change our community are: 

firemen

policemen

doctors

vets

We decided to change our Pumpkin Patch into a Vet to practice helping others! We are also learning about our senses, and are working to use all of our sense as we role play. We use x-rays of animals to *see* how we can help animals. We use brushes, beds, and blankets to help the animals *feel* safe and comfortable. We feed the animals and talk about their sense of *taste*. We understand that animals need different foods, and we can't feed them all the same thing, or the same amount. We use our ears to *hear* their heartbeats, their whines, their growls, and each other talk. 

Using all our senses, we work to help animals, customers, and each other! 

We are identifying ways our community would be different, without people like veterinarians to help our animals. 

Next week we will be thinking of ways we can help animals prepare for the winter. We might build bird feeders, animal homes, or simply clean up garbage to help keep them safe!  Head to www.onederfulfun.blogspot.ca for snapshots of our adventures. 

                                                                                                                                                       

In 4BL we have been busy working on many exciting activities to start the year! Most recently, we have been learning about different habitats, and how we can contribute to their sustainability. Students were presented with a problem of a heavily polluted river, and were asked to design and create filters that would clean the water for its inhabitants. Students learned that often sustainability is easier said than done, and that it requires a lot of hard work and planning to be successful. One of the main comments from students was that garbage was easier to remove, however materials such as chemicals and salt were more difficult to remove. Their realization was that WE as humans are often responsible for much of the damage in habitats, so WE need to be responsible for maintaining and improving the habitats around us.

On Wednesday, October 31st, four of the grade 4 classes were able to go to a local play at the Concert Hall. The actors and volunteers did an amazing job of bringing the world of Narnia to life. It was exciting to see some of JR Walkof's past and present students up on stage. Not only did we get to enjoy an excellent play, but we got to get some physical activity by walking to and from the venue. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who made this field trip possible! 

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In Grade 1, all curricular outcomes are connected with a theme of HOW THINGS CHANGE. As a class, we are asking, "How do things change?" "What do we know about change?"

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