As we are wrapping up our learning about communities and cultures in Canada, the students made board games to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday! Much like Edmontonopoly, these board games were designed to reflect the culture, land, and unique characteristics of Canada. The students included all sorts of important and interesting facts about our country. We had a board game party where we got to play each other’s games, and the class had a blast admiring each other’s creativity and celebrating their learning in Social Studies this year.
This week we've enjoyed coding with our school's Ozobots! The students were able to draw routes and embed behaviours in the route with markers that the Ozobots then followed. Our Ozobots went bowling, knocked down domino chains, and performed all sorts of impressive moves. You can see the Ozobots in action in the video below!
We’ve really been enjoying playing Breakout Edu games this past week to review our learning in grade two this year. The Breakout box is a student-friendly version of breakout or escape rooms where people have to solve puzzles to escape the room. In our Breakout games, the students had to use their knowledge from math, science, and social studies to solve a variety of clues that unlocked the locks on the Breakout boxes (which contained small prizes). So far the students have beat the timer on all our Breakout Edu games, which is no doubt a testament to both their knowledge of not only these subject areas, but also their problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking!
The mealworms in our classroom have officially emerged as mealworm beetles, and we released them into a forested area this week. We talked about the needs of these animals and chose a spot where they’d have access to shelter, food, water, and air. We’re looking forward to possibly seeing these beetles in their new habitat when we visit the Participark in the future!
The students' Canadian Career Fair was a great success! They've put so much thought and effort into their businesses, and it was neat to see that work pay off as they pitched their companies to prospective employees from 2A. There were many big hires made, and it was great to see 2B share their learning and creativity with their peers. You can watch the video below to get a sense of our exciting afternoon!
Using our knowledge of 3D objects from our learning about geometry in math in grade two, each student got their own Tinkercad account this month where they could design with a variety of 3D objects with all sorts of vertices, edges, and faces. After working through some tutorials on Tinkercad on how to manipulate and design objects, students used the "Key Ring, Letters!" tutorial on the website to create a custom-designed Father's Day keychains for their dads and grandpas.
Each keychain turned out very special, and they ranged from Star Wars designs to Stanley Cup models to affectionate words of endearment. The students were very proud of the designs that they worked on so independently, and the highlight of the whole project was the printing process when they got to see their keychains gradually take shape on the printer bed. It was meaningful for students to make the connection between their math learning and how that learning is useful in the world of design!
Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing 2B dads! The students in our class have been working hard on sculpting inuksuks, writing and handcrafting cards, and decorating their wrapping for their dads. The effort they put into their gifts were evidence of how much they love their dads (and some grandpas)! You can see the photos below for all the thought and effort that went into crafting the Inuit pieces of art!
We had our big Flat Stanley day on Thursday, and the students have loved learning about the journeys that each others’ Stanleys made. The recipients of the Flat Stanleys across Canada did an amazing job of showcasing their regions of Canada, and the class was so excited to see all the effort they put into the booklets that we received in the mail. We've learned about many different provinces in Canada, and it's been amazing to see the diversity of landscapes, culture, and communities in our country. Thanks again for all your help in making this project a big success
We're busy preparing for our career fair next week here in 2B! Students are practicing their presentations, creating props, and putting the final touches on their presentations. You can view their business presentations by checking out the students' blogs using the links on the left, or preview a few that are included below. They will undoubtedly have many interested employees in a few days!
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her son Jack.