We are exploring measurement, and learning that different tools help us to measure different units. Knowing about measurement is essential for lots of professions such as teachers, mathematicians, engineers, builders, architects and medical professionals. Nurse Waverly came to our class to teach us about why measuring temperature is important for nurses to help sick children. We each got our temperature checked and then made comparisons using mathematical vocabulary and reasoning. We explored how temperatures are recorded in both Celcius and Farenheit, and even go to learn a cool formula to convert between C and F!
We discovered that a tiger is between 8-18 feet long… a blue whale is 79 feet on average… and a giraffe is between 15-30 feet tall! We took our animal inquiries outside and explored what these lengths look like in real life. Using a ruler (30cm) as a ‘1 foot’ measure, we worked in groups to see how long our favourite animals really are!
We are just past the half way mark with our swimming sessions for G1,2,3, and 4.
Our intention at this stage is that your child is becoming more aware of their
– Strengths and weaknesses within the water
– Progress thus far within the 3 strokes and survival skills
– Specific areas that they need to improve in within the 3 strokes
We encourage you to have a conversation with them by asking open ended inquiry questions – Some examples of questions to engage in conversation are –
– What did the coach tell you that you were doing well in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)
– Which swimming technique/style do you use when swimming under water?
– What is your favorite stroke in swimming – why?
– What do the arms do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)
– What do the legs do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)
Don’t forget that next week is our open swim week. We invite all parents to come along and see what we do in swimming. All visitors must remain on the viewing deck and no photos are allowed to be taken.
Today we read ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’ and had a debate. Should the Pigeon drive the bus? Some said no, and others said yes. Students planned 4 reasons to defend their choice. We had some good laughs about reason for or against letting the Pigeon drive. Later we wrote up our thinking . I wonder, did anyone change their position?
Grade 2 artists have continued learning about Surrealism and how artists use their imaginations. Recently they have learned and discussed paintings by Marc Chagall. What do you think this painting is about? What is Chagall trying to tell us?
The students have now been brainstorming about personal dreams and their own imaginations through a mind mapping exercise. They have listed as many imaginary places that they could dream up, characters that would live in those places, feelings the places would create, colors we would see, and opposites that may occur like in the Surrealist paintings we have been discussing.
So far no two ideas look the same! We have anything from glitter land to minecraft universes and worlds under the sea. Stay tuned to see what our creative artists use these ideas for next!