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.
In Science this week, we explored different magnets’ north and south poles, which materials are transparent to the magnetic force, different magnetic devices, and examined magnetic fields. The students enjoyed making a temporary magnet with a nail, and used various devices to view the effects of invisible magnetic fields. Stay tuned for our upcoming magnetic device project
A big highlight so far this month in 2B has been the start of our unit on magnetism in Science. We've been exploring what materials are attracted to magnets and which are not, and observing the effects of magnets on a variety of items. In this unit, we will be learning:
Later in the unit, students will be asked to construct a toy or game that uses a magnet at home. Stay tuned for more details about that project, and for our further learning about magnets!
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!
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!
Our class has welcomed some new guests over the past week as we started our science unit on invertebrate animals (small crawling and flying animals). We’ve found it interesting to learn about the diversity of invertebrate animals, and the students are quite fond of their mealworms that now reside in the classroom. We’ve observed a few changes in the mealworms so far, and suspect that they may be undergoing some sort of metamorphosis…
Here are our learner outcomes for this unit on small crawling and flying animals:
We had a very special visit today from two Spruce Grove beekeepers who came to provide some very relevant information for our Small Crawling and Flying Animals unit in science. We learned about the lifecycle of honey bees, and learned about many aspects of bee behaviour and anatomy that affect the process of collecting honey from the bees. They brought so many interesting tools and artifacts that the students got to explore, and they were very generous with answering the students' questions. The beekeepers inspired a lot of interest in this important invertebrate animal!
The students of 2B have completed their research on their invertebrate animals! They used books and online resources to learn about their chosen animal’s appearance, habitat, diet, enemies, and interesting traits. Their writing, research skills, and growing knowledge of various arthropods were excellent! Take a look at your child's report on Seesaw to learn more about their chosen invertebrate animal.
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.