As we are wrapping up our learning about communities and cultures in Canada, the students made board games to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday! Much like Edmontonopoly, these board games were designed to reflect the culture, land, and unique characteristics of Canada. The students included all sorts of important and interesting facts about our country. We had a board game party where we got to play each other’s games, and the class had a blast admiring each other’s creativity and celebrating their learning in Social Studies this year.
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 students' Canadian Career Fair was a great success! They've put so much thought and effort into their businesses, and it was neat to see that work pay off as they pitched their companies to prospective employees from 2A. There were many big hires made, and it was great to see 2B share their learning and creativity with their peers. You can watch the video below to get a sense of our exciting afternoon!
We had our big Flat Stanley day on Thursday, and the students have loved learning about the journeys that each others’ Stanleys made. The recipients of the Flat Stanleys across Canada did an amazing job of showcasing their regions of Canada, and the class was so excited to see all the effort they put into the booklets that we received in the mail. We've learned about many different provinces in Canada, and it's been amazing to see the diversity of landscapes, culture, and communities in our country. Thanks again for all your help in making this project a big success
We're busy preparing for our career fair next week here in 2B! Students are practicing their presentations, creating props, and putting the final touches on their presentations. You can view their business presentations by checking out the students' blogs using the links on the left, or preview a few that are included below. They will undoubtedly have many interested employees in a few days!
We were lucky to borrow a collection of historical artifacts from the Edmonton area from the Royal Alberta Museum, and we learned a great deal about the past. Many of the artifacts were more than one hundred years old, and provided a great snapshot of how life in the past was the same as and different from our lives today. 2B's favourite item was the stereoscope, which reminded us of today's 3D movies except that you viewed photos instead of video!
We were lucky to borrow a collection of Ukrainian artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum, and we learned a great deal about Ukrainian culture. We learned about the traditions that distinguish their weddings, funerals, and religious celebrations, and enjoyed seeing some of their games and currency up close. The students each created their own virtual museum with a Ukrainian artifact exhibit which you can enjoy on their individual blogs using the links to the right (you can see a few of them below as well if you'd like).
In our recent Social Studies look at work across Canada, we’ve been learning about the variety of natural resources in our countries different regions and what goods are made using those natural resources. The students used their recent learning this week to imagine pretend businesses and with a natural resource and good that they pretended to make out of that resource. You can check out the videos on this post and in the students’ individual blogs to learn more about goods and natural resources!
The variety of cultures in communities across Canada has been a recent focus in our class, and this week we celebrated Easter Ukrainian style by decorating eggs (or “pysanky”). The students used kitskas and beeswax to create designs on their eggs, and we used real Ukrainian dyes. It was very exciting to see how they turned out after we’d melted all the wax off!
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.