Our classmate Aiden is one of our Saskatoon experts in 2B as we learn about prairie communities in Canada this year. Last weekend he was in Saskatoon, and his family very thoughtfully brought back some Saskatoon jam for us! The students loved learning more about the berry that Saskatoon gets its name from, and even moreso loved the tasty treat from Aiden's family!
We have begun a new unit in Social Studies in 2B about life in three communities in Canada. One purpose of this unit is to help your child appreciate the diversity and vastness of Canada’s land and peoples. The specific communities we will study are:
Students will learn about the weather, geography, language, history, daily life, and economy of these three Canadian communities. There will also be opportunities to make connections to Alberta and Spruce Grove.
You are invited to be part of our unit in a variety of ways, for example:
The students already have a sense of the geographic and weather differences between the communities, and are becoming experts at the communities where Zenia (Saskatoon), Kenojouak (Iqaluit), and Jean-Louis (Meteghan) hail from. We’re looking forward to an exciting unit!
What a great first day! It was a pleasure to meet all the lovely new students of 2B, and to get to know them today. I can tell it's going to be a great year with this group of children (in my very favourite grade, grade two)! Millgrove kicked of the year with the privilege of watching some very special First Nations dancing and storytelling in our first assembly, and it was a great beginning of the year for 2B since we will be learning more about Aboriginal people in Canada and their importance in our nation's culture and history over the course of the year. I can't wait to see what Day 2 of our school year has in store!
As we are wrapping up our learning about communities and cultures in Canada, the students made board games to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday! Much like Edmontonopoly, these board games were designed to reflect the culture, land, and unique characteristics of Canada. The students included all sorts of important and interesting facts about our country. We had a board game party where we got to play each other’s games, and the class had a blast admiring each other’s creativity and celebrating their learning in Social Studies this year.
We’ve really been enjoying playing Breakout Edu games this past week to review our learning in grade two this year. The Breakout box is a student-friendly version of breakout or escape rooms where people have to solve puzzles to escape the room. In our Breakout games, the students had to use their knowledge from math, science, and social studies to solve a variety of clues that unlocked the locks on the Breakout boxes (which contained small prizes). So far the students have beat the timer on all our Breakout Edu games, which is no doubt a testament to both their knowledge of not only these subject areas, but also their problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking!
The students' Canadian Career Fair was a great success! They've put so much thought and effort into their businesses, and it was neat to see that work pay off as they pitched their companies to prospective employees from 2A. There were many big hires made, and it was great to see 2B share their learning and creativity with their peers. You can watch the video below to get a sense of our exciting afternoon!
We had our big Flat Stanley day on Thursday, and the students have loved learning about the journeys that each others’ Stanleys made. The recipients of the Flat Stanleys across Canada did an amazing job of showcasing their regions of Canada, and the class was so excited to see all the effort they put into the booklets that we received in the mail. We've learned about many different provinces in Canada, and it's been amazing to see the diversity of landscapes, culture, and communities in our country. Thanks again for all your help in making this project a big success
We're busy preparing for our career fair next week here in 2B! Students are practicing their presentations, creating props, and putting the final touches on their presentations. You can view their business presentations by checking out the students' blogs using the links on the left, or preview a few that are included below. They will undoubtedly have many interested employees in a few days!
We were lucky to borrow a collection of historical artifacts from the Edmonton area from the Royal Alberta Museum, and we learned a great deal about the past. Many of the artifacts were more than one hundred years old, and provided a great snapshot of how life in the past was the same as and different from our lives today. 2B's favourite item was the stereoscope, which reminded us of today's 3D movies except that you viewed photos instead of video!
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.