The variety of cultures in communities across Canada has been a recent focus in our class, and we had some celebrations this past week to take part in some of the cultural practices observed in Iqaluit, Saskatoon, and Meteghan. We listened to different music, ate Saskatoon jam, enjoyed croissants, made Ukrainian nesting dolls, and especially enjoyed making Pysanky for Easter. The students are looking forward to planning more celebrations of our diverse Canadian culture!
Our final vote in our March Book Madness will take place this upcoming week as we vote between the realistic book ("Finding Winnie") and the fantastical book ("Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!"). We'll let you know what the students voted for, and which book came out on top of the bracket, later this week. You can vote from home as well by clicking on the picture below.
As we conclude our Science unit on liquids, we have been reflecting on the importance of keeping clean water sources available. We learned about how pollution can cause acid rain and impact our water sources, and talked about how to limit pollution and conserve water. We enjoyed problem-solving with some dirty water, and were able to create filters that made the water cleaner!
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. Take a look below to see the students’ published fairy tales, castle art, and practice writing your own fractured fairy tale!
There was a great deal of excitement this week over St. Patrick’s Day, and we had our suspicions in 2B that Louie the Leprechaun would pay a visit to our classroom before we got there on Thursday morning. We wrote letters to Louie, but we wrote them with the opposite of our desires because we know that leprechauns never do what you ask them to. The students cleverly begged Louie “not to give us all presents,” to make the classroom like a “tornado” had been there, and to please destroy all of our possessions. Sadly, Louie still caused some damaged and seemed to enjoy scattering classroom items, leaving a trail of shamrocks, and turning everything upside down. He even left a puzzle for us to solve with chocolates and balloons! Let’s hope that next year Louie isn’t quite so sneaky at Millgrove School!
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 with a few Jeopardy and Kahoot games. You can watch the videos below to learn more about the water cycle and take this link and this link to play our class’ Jeopardy games. Check out the captions on the pictures below to take a closer look at some of our experiments!
Image from March Book Madness
March Book Madness has been the subject of great discussion in our class this month! We are about to move on to the second round of voting, and the students are eager to find out what books made the cut to the next round. The favourite books in 2B are Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, Finding Winnie, Blackout, Journey, Robo-Sauce, Chopsticks, and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. We'll keep you updated on what books are sticking around in March Book Madness!
2B has wrapped up our research on penguins, and we have now decorated the hallway with our penguin reports and art. The students are true experts on their chosen penguin species now, and you can take a look at our art and reports below. We hope you enjoy them and learn a bit more about these fascinating birds!
Jack needs some new toys to update his playroom, and given the students growing skills with two-digit addition and subtraction, they were given a mission this week to make a selection of toys for him with a budget of $100. All the students stayed within the budget, 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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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.