As we're getting into our Science unit on Hot and Cold Temperatures, Miss Rebecca taught us this month about warm and cool colours in art. You can see the difference between warm and cool colours in the diagram above, and we used those colour differences to portray a cool nighttime side of our illustration with a moon face, and a warm daytime side with a sun face. You can see your child's art on Seesaw!
We’ve been reading and writing poetry this month in Language Arts, and wrote a variety of different types of poetry this past week. The students worked hard to make interesting word choices and tried to paint pictures in their readers’ minds. They are very proud of their variety of poems, and you can see more of your child's poetry on Seesaw!
We've been paying attention to the federal election in 2B since the beginning of the year, and it was very interesting to watch how everything unfolded with the vote results on Monday! Our class had been viewing news coverage of the election during our current events time in Social Studies, and after looking at a brief synopsis of party platforms the students even participated in their own pretend election with ballots and voting screens with the help of Student Vote. It's always exciting to watch history unfold with the students in 2B!
2B was a flurry of building and experimenting this past week as we built and unveiled our magnetic devices for our grade one buddies. It was neat to see the variety of ways in which magnets can be used practically, and the students did some excellent scientific problem-solving in the creating of their devices. The highlight was when the grade one students visited our class to test out our creations. Needless to say, the students of 1V had lots of fun with all the toys and games! Check out the video above to see the students’ creations.
The students were thrilled this week to play golf in PE! We practiced our mini-golf skills and also swing skills in a small-scale driving range. For our Play Parkland field trip, we got to go swimming and then play some movement games on one of the outdoor fields. We had lots of fun and lots of learning in all of these alternative activities this week!
We've been working on estimating in Math this week with Miss Rebecca, including talking about how our estimates need to be informed and logical but not perfect, using referents (a smaller group of objects) to make an accurate estimate, and comparing our estimates to our counts. We also used grouping by 10 strategies to more accurately and efficiently count large groups of items. There are some great number sense and estimating gurus in our class!
Our most special guest for Read In Week was Spruce Grove's Mayor Stuart Houston! He read us two Thanksgiving books, and answered our questions about what responsibilities he has as our city's mayor. It was especially helpful given our recent learning about elections, and the mayor was a very entertaining and informative guest reader.
We are extremely lucky to have welcomed the wonderful Miss Rebecca to our classroom this past week! Miss Rebecca will be with us until December 16 as she completes her final practicum for her Elementary Education degree at the University of Alberta. It's been great to have two teachers in our classroom, and Miss Rebecca's warmth, thoughtfulness, and great teaching have already been a great asset to our class. She's already started teaching some of our math, and the students are now experts on ordinal numbers thanks to her teaching!
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.