This week we got to practice our badminton skills in PE! It is tricky to learn to control the birdie with the racket, but the students worked hard and got some great rallies in by the end of the week. You can watch the world's longest badminton rally below, which was 108 shots!
Our school is lucky to be participating again in the eight week Rainbow Connection program sponsored by Save On Foods and TransAlta Bri Leisure Centre. The Rainbow Connection was created to increase the amount of vegetables and fruit consumed daily by children. The program encourages students to try diverse fruits and vegetables while learning about healthy eating for life. The program also includes a daily exercise guide to promote the benefits of daily physical activity. Participants will learn nutrition awareness and why physical activity is important for overall wellness.
If you would like to receive weekly emails with a recipe that includes the fruit or vegetable they tried, as well as a family activity, and wellness tips, please register by clicking here. During the program students will be encouraged to eat more vegetables and fruit through education, taste testing, and tracking. We are now having weekly samples of vegetables or fruit delivered to our classroom (this week we got to try out oranges!).
You may have heard of March Madness, but 2B took part in a book tournament called March Book Madness over the past month. There was a bracket of 16 entertaining and interesting picture books, and we have enjoyed reading the selections. We voted at each of the rounds of book face-offs and the big winner this week was the Canadian book "Finding Winnie!" Our class' favourite was "Not Quite Narwhal" by Jessie Sima, which you can listen to below. It's always a treat to be exposed to new literature, and we loved seeing what readers around the world liked reading the most!
We’ve been learning about fairy tales and fractured fairy tales in 2B for the past month. Fractured fairy tales are based on classic fairy tales, but the setting, characters, problem, solution, or some other element of the story are changed. The students had great fun reading a variety of fractured fairy tales, and wrote their own fractured fairy tale books. Check out a couple of the fractured fairy tales below and how we planned them using a graphic organizer. You can even practice writing your own fractured fairy tale using the game linked below!
Recently we've been working with dot collections from Gerri Lorway to look for smaller groups of dots within a set of them. The students have loved using these different images to estimate the amount of dots after just seeing them for a flash, and then analyzing the sets of dots to decompose them into different groups. This helps us to use the commutative property and associative property (see above), and as Gerri Lorway says, "The ability to flexibly name numbers is foundational to building long term recall of facts."
The students to 2B have been demonstrating growing skills with two-digit addition and subtraction, so today they were given a mission to make a pretend selection of toys for themselves using online children's stores with a budget of $100. All the students stayed within the budget (with a few approvals to go over budget if their three-digit math was accurate), but their selections and adding strategies were varied and impressive. We look forward to planing more shopping trips with our math skills!
Our focus in Social Studies continues to be on life in three communities within Canada: an Inuit, an Acadian, and a Prairie community. We are about to start a unit that focuses specifically on the economic characteristics of these communities. Children will learn about:
Children will be better able to understand the concepts in this unit if they can make connections with familiar content through you. Here are some ways you can be involved:
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We had the privilege of watching the play Aladdin performed by Stony Plain Central School this week! The play had music, lots of comedy from the genie, and some amazing costumes. One of our class' favourite moments of the play was the confetti that came down on us part way through the performance, and we got to ask the actors and director questions after the play. One of our students even got to join in a dance scene during the play. The class wrote reviews of the play when we got back to school, and Aladdin garnered high praise from 2B!
We learned lots and had lots of fun today at Telus World of Science! We got to watch the Thermal Theatrics demonstration on the science stage which tied in perfectly with our unit on hot and cold temperatures, and we participated in the Splish Splash program led by our science expert Derek which culminated our class' unit on Exploring Liquids. We also got to explore a number of the exhibits in the facility thanks to our four wonderful volunteers!
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.