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!
Our class has welcomed some new guests over the past couple of weeks as we started our science unit on invertebrate animals (small crawling and flying animals). We’ve found it interesting to learn about the diversity of invertebrate animals, and the students are quite fond of their mealworms that now reside in the classroom. We’ve observed quite a few changes in the mealworms so far, and suspect that they may be undergoing some sort of metamorphosis…
Here are our learner outcomes for this unit on small crawling and flying animals:
The students of 2B have completed their research on their invertebrate animals! They used books and online resources to learn about their chosen animal’s appearance, habitat, diet, enemies, and interesting traits. Their writing, research skills, and growing knowledge of various arthropods were excellent! Take a look at the reports below to learn more about a variety of invertebrate animals!
This week we made invertebrate drawings that we then painted with watercolour and tempera paints. We had learned about iridescent insects from a book and used that learning to paint our invertebrates with bright, eye-catching colours. You can even watch below to see some art made by invertebrate animals and check out some more science-inspired art here, here, and here!
An important part of our science curriculum in elementary is “Problem Solving through Technology,” which is emphasized particularly in the Buoyancy and Boats unit in grade two. With the help of parents who sent in materials, students built their own boats in a boat-building competition to see whose boat could float and carry the heaviest load. We worked on designing, prototyping, and testing different versions of our boats, and the students were thoughtful in considering buoyant materials, stability, and how their watercraft would be propelled. Check out our video above to see their impressive creations!
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 afternoon of learning. Special thanks to our instructor Elaine, our volunteers, and Mrs. K!
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 had a week with lots of Science learning as we focused on how all living things need and contain water, the water cycle, the threat of pollution to accessing clean water, and a review of our learning so far. You can watch the students' videos about the water cycle (like Riley's above) on their blogs using the links to our class blogs on the right
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!
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.