2B celebrated Earth Day on Thursday and were very thoughtful in their commitments to help the environment. We composted our biodegradable waste, avoided using any electricity from 11:00-12:00, and recorded our promises to help take care of planet Earth on the pavement outside. The students had fun reading the Lorax, and we brainstormed ways we can listen to the Lorax’s advice as we are learning about how to steward our natural resources around Canada. Some students even started their own initiative to collect litter at recess!
We enjoyed our big in school field trip where we explored buoyancy and boats this week! We conducted many experiments, learned a great deal about what causes objects to sink or float, and the students even got to construct their own boats! It was a great morning of learning. Special thanks to our volunteers and Mrs. Hill!
This past week we learned about the artist William Wegman. William Wegman is a photographer who is famous for taking pictures and videos of his Weimeraner dogs wearing costumes. His dogs are very well-trained, and have even appeared on Sesame Street. This month, 2B made our own silly-looking drawings of dogs in human roles. We hope you enjoy!
We've been working on boats in our classroom since Spring Break, and the students have highly enjoyed exploring how different materials float or sink in the water and have done some excellent problem-solving in our boat challenges. There is also quite a lot of excitement among some students who have been reading about the Titanic and discussing why it sunk! Because of our in-school field trip this upcoming week, we will be wrapping this unit up by the end of the month. In our unit on buoyancy and boats, students will work to achieve the following outcomes:
We've started our own book clubs this month, and students have enjoyed reading new books and discussing them with their peers. Our book clubs are similar to adult book clubs, but with a few more expectations for students to be checking in about their understanding of the book and talking about their reading strategies. The aim of the book clubs is to encourage thoughtful discussion and a love of reading. The students are in small groups with peers who are reading the same book alongside them, and they each have a job as they read such as "Discussion Director" and "Passage Predictor." 2B is getting to be more and more grown-up in their reading skills!
March Book Madness has finally reached its conclusion, and a picture book winner has been announced! After much reading, voting, and chatting about books, “Finding Winnie” was announced as the book with most books. It was a book from the realistic side of the book bracket, and one of our favourites in 2B! It’s a Canadian book that starts with the story of soldier Harry Colebourn and explains how the famous “Winnie the Pooh” came to be. You can watch the videos below to learn more about this picture book. We’ve had so much fun learning about new books over the past month!
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.