What a great year we’ve had in 2B! It’s been a privilege to teach this group of caring, bright, and creative students! The arrival of summer break is certainly exciting, but I will miss this group very much. I hope you have a restful, fun, and memorable summer
The grade 1-4 students at Millgrove were very fortunate to work with Asha from Sound Kreations this past week on a dance performance! Pairs of classes worked on unique dance routines, and we had our big dance performance on Friday where students got to show off all that they had learned with Asha. The students were inspired to push themselves far as dancers this week, and their performances were spectacular!
Our class has been excited to host a variety of invertebrate guests in our classroom recently, which have included hornworms, superworms, crickets, silkworms, and earthworms! It's been very informative to observe their diet and behaviour up close, and to get a sense of their normal daily activity. Feeding them, observing them, and drawing them has been a favourite activity in 2B this month!
We got to visit the expert mathematicians in 4C this week who helped us explore a variety of math concepts as we rotated through their presentations and activities. The grade four students had prepared lessons, games, and online suggestions for our class to work on curricular math concepts, and we had a blast learning about math from them!
Today we were very lucky to be part of a presentation from a science professor who visited our school! Our class learned tons about hot and cold temperatures, magnetism, states of matter, and a variety of other science topics from him, and he showcased the fun and excitement of science. There were plenty of explosions, and the students were amazed by the scientific principles he was teaching us about. Our professor guest certainly made the case for why we should keep working hard to develop as scientific thinkers!
We had a wonderful visit to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden this week! Thanks to our gracious parent volunteers, we got to learn all about invertebrate animals that live in Alberta, explore an aquatic habitat, and see so many interesting plants that invertebrates (and humans) consume. Our guide Colson was an impressive expert, and took us a long way in our unit on Small Crawling and Flying Animals!
This week the students drew invertebrate animals that they 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!
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.