Friday, January 29, 2016

New Read Aloud || Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

We have a reading goal. We want to read, as a whole group (read alouds) 30 books before spring break! After Christmas we decided to set a goal and track it using When we finish a book we rate it and write a review. You can see our reviews over there --> along the side of our blog. We finished a chapter book last week so this week we spent some time reading picture books we were interested in. Now it is time to start another chapter book. In the past, grade 2's have enjoyed hearing other books by Kate DiCamillo so we are going to give this one a try. Before we started we watched this book trailer:

Stay tuned to hear what we think of it!

The Kids of Room 4 :)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Stop Motion!

Today Matea made this stop motion video! I have a feeling once we share this there will be a few other eager little ones at my door! Great job, Matea!

When I got home and was finalizing the video to post, my kids were watching with me. Emily is 3.5 and Oliver is almost 2. They wanted to keep watching it over and over. I suggested we make our own video just like the Lego one. So we did! This is Emily's stop motion:

And Oliver's:


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Special Guest Artist!!

This morning we were really lucky to have a special guest visit us! We are researching careers and Karsten chose to research an artist. Elaine Dilay is a painter and came to answer his questions!

Elaine told us a technique to start with the lighter colours always. She is also a fast painter. She is a really good painter. - Ryann

Next she used a different colour of paint and she kind of taught us to put the paint on kind of thick so the white canvas doesn't show through. She is a really, really, really good painter. - Shelby

She taught us to not put too much water or it won't look like anything. - Marley

At the end she stuck the saran wrap on the light part and dragged it down to blend it together. - Ashley

She sprayed the water so it would look cool and drip down. She said don't use a lot of water or else the paint will all run away. - Andrew

She taught us to paint carefully so we wouldn't get it all smudged. - Dyson

We learned not to use too much dark colours or else is will look muddy. - Adam

She sells her paintings online, at her house, in some stores and some galleries in Winnipeg. She told us where she gets all the supplies and canvases. Sometimes from Michael's, sometimes from the dollar store and sometimes from a special art store. - Shelby

She has been painting since she was a kid and has been painting like this since she was about 25. She wasn't feeling well but didn't want to waste the day so she got some supplies and started painting. She like being an artist because there are no rules about art.

I asked what inspires her art and she said lots of things like stores, clothing, buildings, houses.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Walter Wick :: I Spy

In IBL I have started a new project with a grade 3 class exploring the work of Walter Wick. He is the photographer behind I Spy books and Can You See What I See? Today we explored the books with an examining eye and noted what we notice about his work and what we wonder about his work. We collected our wonders on this padlet. We are going to connect with Walter Wick, either online or with a Skype call next week to actually ask him our questions! Then we will use his expertise to publish our own "I Spy" book with our own collections of items. We are all pumped about this project!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Layered Liquids

Today in IBL we did a experiment wfe miss dent it was fun! - Karsten                                                   Today we had a grat day because we did a experamat waf miss dent. We uost liquids to. It was fun we had a grat day! i liket my day - Shelby!!!!

In IBL I am working with my own class! It is nice to work with them and my teacher partner, Candace at the same time!
We have been doing experiments for Solids, Liquids and Gasses. Today we talked about density and layered liquids in a jar. Science experiments are the best because kids are so engaged. They just cannot wait to see what will happen. We get to talk about scientific information, make predictions and then actually see what happens. Today they learned that liquids that are more dense stay at the bottom and liquids that are less dense go to the top. We are all having a blast!

From bottom to top: honey, corn syrup, dish soap, water, oil and rubbing alcohol.

Making in the Makerspace

We made  a video 
First we took a picture then we took another picture
andrew ashley alex dyson  adam kayden made it
it  was in the library at  makerspace. It took 4 days. we used a lot of clay. we used lots of  different colors. Like green brown blue grey and yellow. we took lots pictures. we made lizards a pond 2 trees turtles and snakes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Global Read Aloud

This month we have been participating the the Global Read Aloud. This is a very cool reading project that uses books to connect classrooms around the globe. Groups in similar grades are all reading the same book and connecting online to discuss, predict and share ideas. We have connected with classes in Canada and the United States!
We are reading "The Year of Billy Miller" by Kevin Henkes. Today we used padlet to post ideas we had about a problem in the story. I created the padlet and then each of the kids posted their own idea in the computer lab. Now we can share the padlet with the other classes we know and have them post their ideas! You can check it out below.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Supporting Our Community

As we continue to explore our community, we are talking about how we can support our community and help the people around us that are in need. There are two great initiatives going on right now that we can help with!

 First, we found out through Instagram that Siloam Mission, (a shelter in Winnipeg that provides food, shelter, clothing and many services to the less fortunate) is in immediate need of men's and women's jeans and hoodies. If you have any of these items that you no longer need and would be willing to donate, please send them to school and I will deliver all donations to Siloam Misson. 

Second, Kid President initiated SOCKTOBER! You can check out the video below that explains it very well and has a little dancing too! Our SPIN Club is collecting *new* socks for the first two weeks of October. They will be donated to a shelter in our regional community to help those in need.

So this is where we are starting with ways we can support our communities. We are just beginning!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Our Great Community Walk!

Today we went on a walk to explore our community and look closely at the things we have in our community.

When we started the walk we saw lots of things like the mailboxes and we saw the bank and a lot of stuff. -Shelby

WE had partners and mine was Ryann. We carried the clipboards and the pencil and wrote lots of stuff on the paper. -Matea

On the walk we saw lots of big trucks and we walked to Sobey's and there were lots of acorns on the ground. -Andrew

On the walk we passed my dad's work when we were heading to the park. He works at a chiropractor.  -Dyson

We saw my friends work. It's by Jonesy's. It's a dentist. On the way before I saw my friends work, we saw some acorns. -Ashley

I saw lots of Ford trucks. -Karsten

Then we started heading to the park and we played there for about 20 minutes or so. -Ryann

So we found two hundred or two thousand acorns so that was fun doing our walk because we got to play at the end at Quarry Park. -Alex

We went to the park and I went on the swing and then after that we looked at lots of acorns. I picked up lots too. -Karsten

When we were heading to the park I saw a lot of cool stuff and I saw a car getting fixed. -Shelby

Friday, September 11, 2015

Our Exciting First Week at School

On our first day it felt like a very, very short day. -Shelby

On the second day of school we had gym and library. -Dyson

This week at school me and Ms. Lefko read "The Little Red Pen." It was great!! -Marley

At gym it was awesome because we did fun activities like some games. -Ryann

This week at school we had gym and we had math and the math was very fun because we coloured and we wrote it out ourselves. -Andrew

At our first week of grade 2, I liked colouring the t-shirts. -Rylee

At school this week we met a new girl named Marley! She is a nice girl. We are happy that she is in our class! -Ashley

We had fun this week at school because we did lots of art work. -Karsten

Our first week of school was awesome because we went to gym, I love gym. -Matea

We had a lovely time on the first day of school. We met our new friends. -Sawyer

The new girl that came into our class, we were friends right away! -Isla

At recess I had fun playing with my friends this week. We played football and soccer. -Adam