2B had been working hard the past couple of weeks of school on Christmas stories for their families. We focused on crafting interesting plots and making our ideas clear to our audience (who were the students’ families). They made the wrapping paper, cards, and everything, and were very proud of their creations. You can see all the carefully written stories below!
2B was very excited to borrow the Lego WeDo 2.0 kit from PSD 70’s Mobile Learning Initiative, and we learned lots about problem solving, coding, and building. It was great to see the students play to their different strengths, and different leaders and roles were elected for our different tasks. You can see some of the creations and coding that the class achieved in this video from our final day with the Lego WeDo kit!
We had some special grade nine guests are our school this week who shared their art expertise with us this week! The girls brought supplies for Christmas ornaments to our class, and 2B fastidiously followed their directions to create their own Santa Claus decorations. 2B was thrilled to have some older students in the classroom, especially such warm and friendly ones!
In Social Studies we’ve been focusing a great deal on what is unique about the land in our three Canadian communities, and this week we used all that we knew about the geography and climate of Saskatoon to create art representing this community at Christmastime. The temperatures in Saskatoon at this time of year are very cold, and the students did an excellent job of representing the farmland, distinctive buildings, and First Nations and Ukrainian cultures in the community. There’s even a grain elevator and combine!
The students of 2B are thrilled to have each started their own blogs this Friday. They wrote a bit about themselves, and are excited to read each other’s writing. Any blog entries and comments need to be approved by the teacher to ensure that any personal or inappropriate information remains off of the web. You can view the students’ blogs by using the links on the right, and feel free to comment on your child’s (they’d love that!).
We had a big week of indoor recesses with the cold temperatures and wind chill, much to the majority of students’ delight! We built an igloo inspired by Inuit people, and did a few experiments with the snow, insulated cups, and solar heating. Here’s hoping the temperatures rise a bit this next week!
This past week in Science we’ve been focusing on heating systems (namely forced air, water, and geothermal), and insulation. We learned about insulation used in buildings to keep them warm or cool depending on the season, and examined various types of insulation that animals use to brave the weather. Mrs. Leblanc gave us a fascinating tour of our school’s heating systems, and the class really enjoyed seeing the inner workings of Millgrove! You can watch the video below to see how people take advantage of animal insulation to keep themselves warm!
With winter holidays coming up, the students in 2B got to work making some Christmas ornament art to decorate the hall outside our classroom. We read a story about the significance of Christmas ornaments, and the students painted some wonderful christmas ornaments using paint. They turned out beautifully. You can browse through the photos below to see how lovely they look!
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.