On our walk to the Participark this week, we had the important task of collecting soil samples to examine for our Rocks and Minerals unit. We found bugs, mushrooms, plant debris, and a variety of rocks in the soil, and found many smaller components in our samples when we took a closer look back in class. Our class learned about different materials that make up soil, namely minerals, air, water, and organic material, and students enjoyed contrasting the textures, appearances, and components of the peat moss, clay, and sand that we compared in class.
We celebrated the 10th annual Take Me Outside Day this week, which is a Canadian initiative that encourages schools to extend the classroom beyond four walls and a desk to engage with natural areas. Our class has really enjoyed our time in the woods this year, and this year especially it’s lovely to take a break from the classroom and get some fresh air. The day before Take Me Outside Day, we took part in a concert by Remy Rodden who sang songs about Canada’s flora and fauna, and taught us some interesting facts about the outdoors. We joined thousands of other classes across the country and were proud to brave the chilly temperatures as true Canadians do
Last month we sent postcards to different staff members at Millgrove and over the past little while the students have been receiving their return mail with the reply from the other teachers. Today, Mr. Cherry played a trick on the teachers in 3B by returning mail to the students who had written to him with a letter and items that he knew would drive the teachers crazy: kazoos, loud clappers, and whoopee cushions. The joke was on him, however, because we returned the favour later today when we threw a very loud surprise parade in his remote teaching classroom. He was a very good sport, and we had fun pranking him back for his noisy mischief
We’ve been putting together many of our building number sense skills in 3B this month as we worked on creating amounts with coins, estimating up to 1000, and skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 10s. We also enjoyed some graphing this week, and enjoyed reading a book all about animals and numbers. You can try some of the estimation and skip counting games below and take a look at some pictures of what we’ve been up to in Math class!
This week in Science we’ve been learning all about the rock cycle, and the three types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. We looked at examples of each type of rock and examined their properties just like a geologist. You can check out the videos below to learn a bit more about rocks and how they are formed!
With more time spent in our seats during class time this year, our class has enjoyed a variety of ways to be active and move our bodies during the day at school. Activities from Go Noodle are always a crowd favourite, and the class has enjoyed our walks to the Participark and time on the playground. Now that the weather is cooling down, we will be moving on from some field games like Capture the Flag to some gym activities like basketball and cooperative games this week!
Thank you for sending all the beautiful leaves yesterday! The class read the book The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (see the video below) and were inspired by her leaf illustrations to make their own leaf animals. The students were very creative and careful with their leaves. You can see your child's leaf art on Seesaw!
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 kids Jack and Ellie.