This past week the students in our class each chose a culture in Canada to research and report on. They then illustrated those facts using an iPad app, and you can read their important facts in their blogs using the class blog list in the right sidebar. We hope you enjoy them!
We had a great Valentine's Day in 2B! We wrote friendly letters in the morning, exchanged valentine cards and treats, watched a movie and played some board games, and enjoyed the delicious treats that parents that parents kindly sent in. The class very thoughtfully reflected that some of their favourite moments were giving treats and cards to their friends, which was quite sweet. There are plenty of great friendships to be celebrated in 2B!
In this Science this week, the students had to plan a waterproofing solution for some pretend placemats that we were planning for our prospective (pretend) Millgrove Restaurant. The students set to work testing out different solutions to our restaurant's problem. They found that wax crayons and rubber cement made the paper waterproof, but felt markers and pencils did a poor job. We recommended that the restaurant use the wax crayons because customers likely wouldn't want their lunch tasting like rubber cement!
We also examined different densities of liquids, and the absorbencies of different materials. We found that corn syrup is very dense, while cooking oil has a very low density. We also discovered that sponges are extremely absorbent, while nylon fabric, plastic wrap, and tinfoil are extremely poor absorbers. 2B would certainly suggest using a sponge rather than tinfoil to clean up a spill!
Our class wrote little stories using a new app on our iPads this past Wednesday, and they enjoyed coming up with their own characters and plot lines. The students published their stories to their blogs so that they could share them with their families at home and read each others'. Click on the students blogs in the sidebar to the right to listen to their stories and leave a comment!
We were very lucky this week to have the Jump Rope for Heart team visit our school as we start our Jump Rope for Heart initiative at Millgrove, and they were joined by a very special guest. Neil King who plays Safety for the Edmonton Eskimos (along with his brother) joined the other Millgrove skippers as they taught us about being physically active and making healthy choices. It was a very exciting and inspiring assembly to be sure!
We’ve been busy in January researching and writing about Arctic animals in 2B. To tie in our learning about Arctic Canada in Social Studies and our research skills in Language Arts, each student chose an Arctic animal to research and report on. We learned about avoiding plagiarism and putting facts in our own words, and also about how to make sure that we had evidence for all of the facts in our reports that we had found in reliable sources. Students looked for information in the categories of habitat, diet, adaptations, and interesting facts. They also learned how to craft an introduction that would hook their readers and a conclusion that would provide a satisfying wrap up to the report. You can read the students’ reports below!
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.