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.
An important part of our science curriculum in elementary is “Problem Solving through Technology,” which is emphasized particularly in the Buoyancy and Boats unit in grade two. With the help of parents who sent in materials, students built their own boats in a boat-building competition to see whose boat could float and carry the heaviest load. We worked on designing, prototyping, and testing different versions of our boats, and the students were thoughtful in considering buoyant materials, stability, and how their watercraft would be propelled. Check out our pictures below to see their impressive creations!
We've been working on boats in our classroom since Spring Break, and the students have highly enjoyed exploring how different materials float or sink in the water and have done some excellent problem-solving in our boat challenges. There is also quite a lot of excitement among some students who have been reading about the Titanic and discussing why it sunk! Because of our in-school field trip this upcoming week, we will be wrapping this unit up by the end of the month. In our unit on buoyancy and boats, students will work to achieve the following outcomes:
We enjoyed our big in school field trip where we explored buoyancy and boats this week! We conducted many experiments, learned a great deal about what causes objects to sink or float, and the students even got to construct their own boats! It was a great afternoon of learning. Special thanks to our instructor Shari and our four wonderful volunteers!
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.