Today we played Mystery Number with Mr. Barker, Jack, and Ellie and we figured out their mystery number both times! When we play mystery number, we get out our hundred charts so we can cross out numbers we have excluded. We also try to ask powerful questions that give us a lot of information rather than guessing individual numbers one at a time (for example, is the number greater than 50 or is it an odd number are powerful questions). You can click on the link below to play an online version of Mystery Number.
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!
2B created their own virtual museums this past week using our borrowed artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum! We learned so much about Inuit traditions, ways of life, and history from these artifacts, and the students became real experts with lots of knowledge about these Inuit artifacts. You can check out your child's virtual museum on Seesaw!
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. You can see the students poster PSAs about water conservation (like the ones above) on Seesaw!
In Social Studies this past week, we were lucky to have some Inuit artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum in our classroom. We learned about many interesting aspects of Inuit culture, and were able to use a variety of items including an ulu (multipurpose knife), traditional pulling game, kimiik, art, and a soapstone carving. We’re lucky to learn about such an interesting group of people in grade two! Each student became the expert on an artifact, and our friends in 2A, 2S, and 2W came to visit our mini-museum and learn about the artifacts form our class. You can watch the video above to hear from some 2B experts sharing about these fascinating artifacts, and watch the video below to hear Inuit throat singing.
We had a great Valentine's Day in 2B! We wrote friendly letters in the morning, exchanged valentine cards and candies, watched a movie, made some crafts, and enjoyed the delicious treats that parents that parents kindly sent in. The class very thoughtfully reflected that some of their favourite moments were giving treats and cards to their friends, which was quite sweet. There are plenty of great friendships to be celebrated in 2B!
We've been practicing our estimating skills in 2B this week, and the students have become more comfortable with having an informed estimate that doesn't exactly match their subsequent count. In grade two, students use referents to help inform their estimates, and the class is getting impressively accurate with their estimates of amounts up to 100!
In this Science recently the students had to plan a waterproofing solution for some pretend placemats that we were planning for our prospective (pretend) Millgrove Restaurant. The students set to work testing out different solutions to our restaurant's problem. They found that wax crayons and rubber cement made the paper waterproof, but felt markers and pencils did a poor job. We recommended that the restaurant use the wax crayons because customers likely wouldn't want their lunch tasting like rubber cement!
We also examined different densities of liquids, and the absorbencies of different materials. We found that corn syrup is very dense, while cooking oil has a very low density. We also discovered that sponges are extremely absorbent, while nylon fabric, plastic wrap, and tinfoil are extremely poor absorbers. 2B would certainly suggest using a sponge rather than tinfoil to clean up a spill!
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.