Thanks goes out to Projects by Jen for this fun seasonal project. Our recent art lesson on print-making led to the creation of the beautiful and unique cards that we made last week and sent off today. We are excited to receive cards in return and learn about other classrooms and places across Canada and the U.S.
Today was a perfect day for mailing a letter. Students are participating in The Great Canadian Mail Race. We sent one letter back to the school in Aurora, who sent us a letter, and 19 letters to random schools across Canada. The “race” is to see who writes us back first.
To end this amazing year the students have participated in learning activities that connect to Social Studies and Science in both grades: air, water, soil, plants, celebrations and traditions, communities around the world, urban and rural communities and early settlers. These connections are centered around food. Through a grant I was able to purchase local organic farm produce, fresh Ontario strawberries, seeds and soil, as well as several books.
The energetic and enthusiastic bunch of kids in room 6 had a great final day before “the break”. Wearing pyjamas and cuddling their stuffed friends, the boys and girls had a day filled with fun and learning. Some great math thinking wrapped up our unit on time. We did a few multiple choice questions together and then the grade 2’s and 3’s worked with a partner on problem solving. A key learning from today was to remember to look back and make sure the question was answered. Often in a multistep problem, students show all their work and then forget to write a sentence that answers the question. The students did a great job of organizing their work and showing their thinking using lists and charts. The rest of the day was spent finishing up social studies reports, playing Elephant Ball, seeing Mrs. Andreychuk for music, heading to the gym for D.P.A. and inviting room 4 to come and learn how to blow bubbles with us.
This slideshow covers a number of the science activities from the last month or so. The grade 3’s completed experiements connected to gravity and magnetic force and also built their own paddle boats. The grade 2’s worked on making clay float, building boats to hold pennies as well as testing how a variety of solids and liquids mix.
These pictures are from our Early Settler/Celebrations Day. Carrots, cornbread and variety of other foods were the highlight of this event.
~exploring area and perimeter with grid paper and geoboards (play with an online geoboard here)
~using Cuisenaire rods to create fractions (click here for online Cuisenaire rods)
~connecting and deepening our knowledge of fractions by investigating flags from around the world
~creating art with a metre of string
~investigating liquids via The Liquid Race (grade 2 science)
~comparing the distance a car travels on various surfaces to understand friction, click here for a virtual version of our experiment and a quiz (grade 3 science)
~baking molasses cookies for our upcoming Early Settler/Celebrations & Traditions Day
On Friday we were lucky to once again welcome a volunteer from the United Empire Loyalists’ Association. Pat Blackburn arrived in full pioneer dress accompanied by numerous artifacts to help the grade 3 students deepen their understanding of pioneer life in Upper Canada. The boys and girls were engaged by Pat’s stories as well as the opportunity for hands-on exploration of the many tools, clothing items and toys that were available. Click on an individual picture for a larger image.
This is another great project from Jen Wagner at www.projectsbyjen.com. The video shows how the boys and girls in room 6 participated this year. I love how excited the students are when they see me with mail in hand. We have received about half of the 29 expected cards so far. We are looking forward to more mail next week.
Below are some excerpts taken from students’ reflections on our Early Settlers Era Day. Some students also requested the cornbread recipe so they could teach their family how to make it. You can find it here. This post wraps up with a slideshow of some of the activities. Enjoy!
My favourite part of the Early Settlers Day was when we ate like the early settlers. (Andrew)
My favourite part was when I poured the baking powder in the bowl. (Jacob)
It was fun to make the cornbread and butter. (Sohrab)
Everyone ate and tried to follow the early settler rules like NO eating until everyone is sitting down. (Chanelle)
It was so fun because we helped peel the carrots and potatoes, we also made the cornbread. (Kudzwai)
We didn’t do everything like early settlers but we did play Post Office in the gym. (Omare)
My favourite part was all the food because there was turkey, cornbread, potatoes, carrots and stuffing. (Brodie)
We shook cream to make butter. Each child shook 2 bottles for 1 minute. (Sarah)
After we ate we played a game called Post Office which is like Duck, Duck, Goose then we came back and played charades. (Jeremy)
Yesterday the grade 3’s had a feast like the pioneers. I said almost because the pioneers weren’t allowed to talk while they were eating. (Riley)
I like the rule no elbows on the table. (Mojtaba)
I liked how everyone helped to make the food like cornbread, potatoes and carrots. (Hajar)
It was like our early settler family. (Fozia)
I got to peel a carrot and I made it look like me. It was funny when I looked at my carrot. It looked like a monster not me. (Samra)
We needed to shake the whip cream in the jar to make butter. It was fun shaking the jar but it was really tiring. (Maylie)
Yesterday my favourite part of the day was when we got to eat because we helped make some of the food. (Ahmad)
I liked the part when everyone shook the butter in the jar. Then Ms. Duemm put the cornbread on the stove. (Fatimah)