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 www.goodreads.com. 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:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!