Not only are we learning all about hot and cold temperatures in our class, but we can also portray temperatures using colour! We learned about warm and cool temperatures in Art this week, and you can see the winter landscapes that we painted using cool colours (such as purple, blue, and green) below!
In Social Studies this past week, our class has been researching Saskatoon. The students have explored different videos, pictures, and texts about this Canadian community, and we had fun sharing our learning with a "snowball fight" of our recorded learning and using the Answer Garden below. If you know something interesting about Saskatoon, you can add it below!
The students in 2B have been paying extra attention to the author's choices in the books we read this month, and have been focusing on how author's plan and are thoughtful about the details in their writing. We planned and wrote a story as a class, which you can read below, and the students are working on their own stories now. There are so many creative story planners in our class!
We are enjoying our science unit on hot and cold temperatures in 2B! Some highlights have included baking potatoes to see how materials are altered with temperature changes, measuring temperatures with thermometers, and examining how heat rises. The students observed the differences between raw and cooked potatoes, and discovered that raw potatoes smell like potato chips and French fries (you can watch the video below to see how heat is used in the making of potato chips). If you’d like to review the outcomes of this unit, you can take a look at the ten outcomes in the slideshow below!
2B has been working through a Health curriculum called Zones of Regulation, and the students have really taken to it! The Zones is an approach used to teach students self-regulation by categorizing al the different ways we feel and states of alertness into four zones. As the Zones of Regulation website explains:
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
The Zones can be compared to traffic signs. When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”. A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone. A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone, this often is the case. The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize. All of the zones are expected at one time or another, but the curriculum focuses on teaching students how to manage their Zone based on the environment and people around them. For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, no one would think twice about one being in the Yellow Zone but that would not be same in the library.
Stay tuned for more of our learning on our Zones of Regulation!
With the arrival of colder weather and snow this month, we’ve started a new unit on Hot and Cold Temperatures in Science. We've been exploring different uses of thermometers, learning about different temperatures, and comparing the high and low temperatures from day to day. In this unit, we will be learning:
Stay tuned for our further learning about hot and cold temperatures!
In Math, we are beginning a new focus on addition and subtraction up to 18, and solving word problems. This unit will focus on deepening your child’s understanding of number relationships, counting, and place value. Below you can find a game and video we've been playing to get this unit off to a fun start!
The learning goals for this unit are to:
You can also play the video and games below for extra practice at home!
The staff and parents at Millgrove's Remembrance Day Ceremony yesterday were so proud of the students' respectful behaviour. They truly brought pride to Millgrove School! We were privileged to have many special guests at our school yesterday, and the students learned a lot and reflected thoughtfully on the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and veterans, and the value of peace. This month at Millgrove we are talking about the importance of respect which especially appropriate in this month with Remembrance Day. Our class was challenged to come up with five photos that illustrate different situations where we need to exercise respect, and you can see their ideas below!
To remember the important sacrifices of our soldiers this Remembrance Day, our class made magnified red poppies that would have come from Flanders Fields. We made these flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe, who we learned about this week in Art. Georgia O’Keeffe is famous for her magnified, detailed approach to portraying flowers. You can watch the videos below to learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe and her flower art.
We received our ceramic art that we made in the pottery studios in St. Albert from last month, and the students enjoyed finishing up their pieces with some final touches this week. The students made a clay piece depicting a friend, and learned many clay techniques from our art teacher. After spending some time drying and being fired in a kiln, 2B was thrilled to see how well their finished pieces turned out!
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.