Thanks to everyone who sent delicious snacks, fun games, and magnificent costumes for our Halloween party yesterday. We had a great time, and I hope that your Halloween weekends were full of lots of fun!
In Social Studies recently, we have been learning about the past in our different Canadian communities. While focusing on the past in Saskatoon, we discussed the settlers who came to Canada and farmed the land. We viewed artifacts from these immigrants’ journeys and advertisements that were used in Europe to promote immigration, and the students crafted their own ads for people to come to Saskatoon. They made some very convincing arguments, and showed their growing knowledge of the geography, culture, and history of Saskatoon! You can use the links at the bottom of this post to check out some of the resources we viewed this week as we were exploring the past in Saskatoon.
We’ve been reading and writing poetry this month in Language Arts, and wrote a variety of different types of poetry this past week. The students worked hard to make interesting word choices and tried to paint pictures in their readers’ minds. They are very proud to have them up in the hallway for the audience of Millgrove students and staff!
We've been paying attention to the federal election in 2B since the beginning of the year, and it was very interesting to watch how everything unfolded with the vote results on Monday! Our class had been viewing news coverage of the election during our current events time in Social Studies, and after looking at a brief synopsis of party platforms the students even participated in their own pretend election (with pretend student representatives from the parties). It's always exciting to watch history unfold with the students in 2B!
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In a month that we often associate with fear, we were inspired to paint like Edvard Munch and make our very own versions of his piece “The Scream.” We learned about Munch’s history as an artist, and looked at many examples of other artists’ adaptations of “The Scream.” The students painted their own background of a sunset on the sea, and posed with their best poses of terror! Their pieces of art turned out brilliantly, as you can see below.
We’ve got another fun week ahead in 2B. Here are a few notes about this upcoming four day week:
In Social Studies this past week, we were lucky to have some Inuit artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum in our classroom. We learned about many interesting aspects of Inuit culture, and were able to use a variety of items including an ulu (multipurpose knife), traditional pulling game, mukluks, art, and a soapstone carving. The students in 2B were also researching the weather in Iqaluit, Meteghan, Saskatoon, and Spruce Grove, and found some notable similarities and differences in their climates. We’re lucky to learn about such an interesting group of people in grade two!
We've been busy with numbers up to 100 recently in Math, whether we were skip counting with money (a big highlight), investigating even and odd numbers, counting toothpicks like Raymond from Rain Man, and using ordinal numbers to describe objects (such as first, second, 3rd, 4th). The students were expert money counters, and felt quite prepared to spend their pretend money!
We are working on an exciting and important challenge in 2B this week! Each month Millgrove School highlights a theme in our Caring and Values Education (C.A.V.E.) program. This month, our theme is Empathy and Compassion. The local food bank is low on food, and our school has taken on a challenge to do "Pound Away Hunger." This means we want to collect one pound of non-perishable food for each student who attends Millgrove… that is 415 pounds of food! In 2B, we will work toward collecting 19 pounds of food for our class of 19.
Parents and students, please send in your food as soon as possible. We will total the food and have an assembly at 2:40 pm on Friday afternoon to see if we met the challenge. The food will be delivered Friday after school so the food bank can fill its shelves in time for Thanksgiving. All schools in PSD have been given this challenge. Let’s show Millgrove Pride and rise to the challenge!
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.