Growing Crazy and Going Buggy!

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Environment and Earth Day, Field Trips, Science | Posted on May 18, 2014

It’s been a busy spring in Division 12! We’ve been “growing crazy” learning about seeds and plants, growing bean plants, sunflowers and other vegetables, and reading and writing about giants and beanstalks and that greedy Jack fellow. We finished up our study with a trip to Dinter Nursery where we got to plant our own tomato plants.

Springtime also means bugs and we have been studying insects as well. Right now we are raising butterflies in the classroom. They have formed their chrysalides and we are looking forward to seeing the butterflies emerge, hopefully later on this week.

We’ve also been practicing for our spring music concert. Our class will perform this Wednesday at 12:30 and again at 6:00 p.m. See you then!

Learning about insects at Goldstream Nature House

Learning about insects at Goldstream Nature House

 

 

 

Finding insects in the park

Finding insects in the park

 

Developing a new appreciation for "bugs"!

Developing a new appreciation for “bugs”!

 

Examining the part of a bean seed.

Examining the part of a bean seed.

 

Having a close-up look with a jeweller's loupe. Too fun!

Having a close-up look with a jeweller’s loupe. Too fun!

 

Our caterpillars arrived!

Our caterpillars arrived!

 

Raising butterfulies in the classroom.

Raising butterfulies in the classroom.

 

They have to have names! Petals, Rosie, Rainbow, Jupiter, Lucy, Amy and 6 more are busy shedding their exoskeletons.

They have to have names! Petals, Rosie, Rainbow, Jupiter, Lucy, Amy and 6 more are busy shedding their exoskeletons.

 

Heading to the top of the jar to form a "J".

Heading to the top of the jar to form a “J”.

 

Beginnng to form a chrysalis.

Beginnng to form a chrysalis.

Butterfly mania in the classroom

Butterfly mania in the classroom

 

It’s Compassion Week!

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Compassion Week | Posted on February 23, 2014

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What’s that, you say? Mrs. Miller’s Grade 6 class has come up with a school-wide program to encourage our Bench community to focus on being kind, compassionate and accepting of others. Here are some ideas:

Monday is Random Acts of Kindness Day

  • open doors for each other
  • make new friends
  • hang out with new/different people
  • say hello to someone you don’t know well
  • compliment and encourage others
  • pick up things for others
  • invite others to play
  • anything else you can think of that is compassionate or kind

Tuesday is Give What You Can Day

  • gather anything you can for a charity of your choice
  • Division 2 students will have containers set up at the front door for donations
  • some of the possible charities are the SPCA, Salvation Army, Free the Children, Sundrop Centre, Women’s Support House
  • donate clothing, food, pet food, items for others
  • do a service activity (helping others at home or in the school)
  • anything else you can think of that is compassionate or kind
  • At our school assemble, all students will receive a pink anti-bullying shirt to be worn on Wednesday.

Wednesday is Pink Day

  • think pink, wear as much pink as you can to support Compassion Week/ Province-Wide Anti-Bullying Day
  • participate in the school run wearing your pinkest clothing and your pink shirt too
  • do anything else you can think of that is compassionate or kind

Thursday is Rainbow Acceptance Day

  • wear bright-coloured clothing to symbolize including everyone
  • accept students and people for who they are
  • include everyone
  • yes! you can wear pink again
  • do anything else you can think of that is compassionate or kind.

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We are 100 Days Smarter!

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Hundredth Day of School, Math, smilebox | Posted on February 23, 2014

The 100th day of school was a lot of fun! Each child brought 100 items, hidden in a bottle, and three clues for their classmates to guess the contents. We also did 10 sets of 10 excercises, made trains 100 items long and counted to 100. Have a look at all their creative ideas!

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Out of the mouths of babes

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Cooking with Kids, Nutrition | Posted on February 6, 2014

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Or is that INTO the mouths? I don’t know if parents enjoyed trying to get their children to try new foods, but their teacher sure enjoyed reading the results! The students were asked to try four new foods in two weeks, to write down what they tried and record how they felt about it. I just have to share the results with you. Some of them are just too funny. I have not included names.

brussel sprouts: Yum. It was good. I had three.
strawberry cream cheese: Yuck. Gross.
onion rings: Good. I like it.
thai sweet chili sauce: good
mushroom: pretty good
lemon: liked it
avocado: Double Disgusting
Curried Chicken: bad
Oka Artisan Cheese: smells bad
sweet chili sauce: good, didn’t mind the spiciness
haggis: was delicious. Strange as I don’t like meat!
guacamole: I kind of liked it.
papaya: I did not like it.
beets: I like them!
almonds: it was yummy
tangelo: it was delish
prawns: they were okay
cold shrimp: gross
Crock Pot Hawaiian chicken: dry and not good
can’t remember the name–a fruit from Safeway: looks like fish eggs and is slimey and gross but I like it.
guava: I love it
pepperoni: it was spicy
Shepherd’s Pie: I kind of like it
a BBQ burger: I liked it.
onions: good
olive: good
ginger: good
zucchini: I Didn’t
meatball: I liked it
celery: I liked it
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes: I sort of like it.
Curried Lentils: I loved it.
black olives and black beans: I liked olives but not the black beans
shrimp: tastes bad
pork: I didn’t like it
samosa: hot. It was okay.
Pizza bagels: love them
Perogies with sour cream: They were double good!
Broccoli salad: Yum!

Way to go, Grade Ones! Good for you for being adventurous eaters.

Tower Building: What a Challenge!

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Science | Posted on February 5, 2014

How can you construct a tower at least 30 cm. high that can hold a tennis ball on top and withstand the wind from a fan for 30 seconds using only 4 of the following items:
6 sheets of newspaper, 3 sheets of manila tag, 4 paper cups, 15 paper clips, 12 straws, 2 small paper plates, 1/4 package of plasticene, 2 metres of masking tape or 10 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch office paper?

That was the question posed to my Grade Ones this week. In groups of three or four they tackled this problem with great enthusiasm.
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tower2

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tower5

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It was interesting to watch how they approached this task. Some took this VERY seriously and quietly worked, trying one way and then another. One little sweetie drew out her idea first (see above). Some listened to each other’s ideas. One team voted. Many persisted. A few gave up. Most had a lot of fun, although there were tears too. I hope they learned a little about engineering and a lot about getting along with others and working as a team.

Stay tuned: our winning class tower will compete against the winning teams from our other primary classes tomorrow!

Bread and Jam for Frances . . . and for us!

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Cooking with Kids | Posted on January 28, 2014

Today we read an oldie but a goodie, Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban. We discovere that it was written in 1964, 50 years ago! The kids loved this simple story about a little girl who only likes to eat bread and jam and is reluctant to try anything else that is put on her plate every day. One day her mother turns the tables on her and serves her nothing but bread and jam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Frances soon discovers that having the same thing every day is a little boring and there is a whole world of food out there just waiting to be explored.

We had bread today and had it with jam too!  The kids had a great time making breadsticks. The school smelled wonderful as the aroma of rising bread wafted throughout the hallways. First, we mixed the ingredients, then they each kneaded a lump of dough (and learned about a silent “k”) . . .

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and kneaded it some more. We set a timer on the SMARTBoard and they worked for 10 minutes, building up the muscles in their printing fingers.
kneading some more

The breadsticks went into the oven while the class went to Music.
into the oven
They rose and were baked by the time they returned.
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The verdict was a two thumbs up! Who wouldn’t love a warm breadstick, fresh from the oven?
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We are writers . . . because

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Writing | Posted on January 20, 2014

Today we added one more item to our list of criteria for writing assignments. They are currently striving to:

1. Write 5 or more sentences on one topic.

2. Use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and a period at the end.

3. Double space their writing so they can edit it easily.

4. Ilustrate their work with a detailed picture, using lots of colour.

Today the students were also asked to include a “because clause” to help them learn to extend their writing. They practiced making sentences using “because” orally before they began their writing. Success! Many of them incorporated this clause into their journal entries today. Here are just a few samples of their writing. Aren’t they amazing writers?

WritingDA

 

WritingLK

 

WritingLS

 

WritingSR

 

WritingRD

 

WritingLD

Learning Number Combinations to 10

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Math | Posted on January 15, 2014

You may have heard your child talk about “friendly numbers” lately. While this term is often used to refer to numbers that are easy to work with, such as multiples of 10, in my class we call those numbers that add to 10 “friendly.” The kids are learning to memorize the following facts, and their opposites.

 

Friendly numbers

We play the “Magic Dust” game with Power of 10 cards to visualize the numbers that are “friendly”. One child sits facing the group. I hold a card up so the class can see it, but the child cannot. The class calls out the number they see and the child has to call out the number that is “friendly” with it. I sprinkle some imaginary magic dust over their head before they start, just to give them a little extra help.

 

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This week they also used the Math balances to discover what they would have to put on one side if they had 10 on the other to make it balance. It was fun to watch them struggle first and then to hear their shouts of “7 and 3!” “8 and 2! ”

Using Math balances to find combinations that add to 10

Yesterday they made Mr. or Mrs. Friendly by choosing a friendly number combination and threading the corresponding number of beads on chenille stem legs. Have a look at these two:

Friendly Number Craftivity

We have also been working on skip counting–by 2′s, 5′s and 20′s. Remember that there are several links to math games your child can play on the Kid’s Zone page. Just click on the tab above on the top of this page.

 

Artists at Work

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Art | Posted on January 14, 2014

Being ASKED to crinkle up paper? How fun! This art project had beautiful results. To make the background for their Arctic scene, my Grade 1′s crinkled up and then tore waxed paper. They glued it to the background, being careful to overlap it before deciding where to position the polar bears they had cut out. Stretched cotton balls turned into clouds, and they were done.
Have a look!


Arctic Art

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Posted by enessman | Posted in Art | Posted on January 14, 2014

Being ASKED to crinkle up paper? How fun! This art project had beautiful results. To make the background for their Arctic scene, my Grade 1′s crinkled up and then tore waxed paper. They glued it to the background, being careful to overlap it before deciding where to position the polar bears they had cut out. Stretched cotton balls turned into clouds, and they were done.
Have a look!