Friday, June 26, 2015

Countdown Photobooth

For the last 11 days of school we have been having a countdown. Each day we pop a balloon and in the balloon is a special activity for us to do the next day. Some of them have been reading outside, sidewalk chalk outside with new, special chalk and bonus computer lab time. Last week one of them was a photo booth. I brought in a backdrop and some props for the kids to use. It turns out grade 2 kids are THE BEST in a photo booth. The endless energy and creativity works quite well! As you will see, some of them LOVED being in front of the camera. It was up to the kids how many photos they wanted but everyone got in at least one shot (not everyone's photo can be posted to the blog). There are a few that are in about 60% of them! This was a blast. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Touring Canada

We had a lot of success with our #postcardproject and learned about a lot of different communities in Canada. Now we are using that learning along with Tellagami to create a virtual tour of Canada! Each student will create a gami with 30 seconds worth of the information they got on their postcard. The full details of each location can also be seen on our Google Map of Canada.

Here are some of our gamis!







Friday, June 19, 2015

Mystery Skype Call

We have been practicing and preparing for our first Mystery Skype call! Finally the day is here and we will have our call this afternoon. We think we are all set.

We will use Skype to connect with a class somewhere else in the world. We will have to ask them yes or no questions to figure out where they are. This ties perfectly in with our recent explorations of Manitoba and Canada. We have been receiving postcards from people we know around Canada giving us information about their communities. The community we will connect with today is one of them!

We will use paper maps that are laminated so we can write on them as we narrow down our guess. We will also have a Google map up on our projector that we can move and zoom in on as we narrow it down. We have practiced starting with general questions and then getting more specific as we hone in on a region. The questions have to be yes or no questions. Some questions we might ask are:
"Are you in the north or south part of Canada?"
"Are you in the east or west part of Canada?"
"Are you in the province/territory ...?"
"Are you in the north or south part of the province?"
"Are you in the east or west part of  the province?"
"Are you close to water?"
"Is your home urban?"

We are super excited to connect with another class this way!

Update:
The call was a huge success! We asked really smart questions and narrowed it down quickly, just like we practiced. Some kids sat at the paper maps, some took photos, some asked questions, some wrote down the answers and some focused on the Google map. Everyone was totally engaged. We will totally do this again!

Seeing and hearing the students run the call, ask smart questions and be involved in their own way was so exciting for me. I love it when all the little parts of an inquiry or project come together and the kids have a really neat way to show me what they know. They applied what they have worked through this year in so many ways. Huge win!




Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Field Day!

We had an amazing field day today! Huge thanks to Mrs. Rand who spends countless hours organizing it all for us. It ran so smoothly and we are very appreciative. At the end of the day we made this slide show while we enjoyed our popsicles :)



field day movie from LeslieDent on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mini-athon

Today the Bird's Hill School Run Club went to the mini-athon at Dr. Hamilton school. For the first time, grade 2 students were invited to join run club this year! Katelyn, Abbey, Jaden, Evan, Chantal and Addison have been in run club this year. Katelyn, Abbey and Evan have even run the whole time with Mrs. Dent Scarcello a few times at our morning practices! This is a great accomplishment! We had a great time at the mini-athon and the runners did a great job.







Lulu and the Mysterious Mission || Book Review

We just finished reading Lulu and the mysterious Mission. It is the second Lulu book we have read. We really like Lulu and the Brontosaurus so we were excited to try this one.

Lulu's parents are going on vacation WITHOUT Lulu. So she has to have a babysitter. She doesn't want a babysitter. She tries to escape and do sneaky things to get her parents to come home on the next plane. -Kate

This is what we thought of it:

After the Lulu and the Brontosaurus one we had 2 books to choose from, this one and  Flora and Ulysses and the whole class picked Lulu and the Mysterious Mission. It was really interesting. - Gabby

I like when Lulu sang the poem. She sang it because she wanted the babysitter to go. The babysitter's name was Sonya Sofia Solinski or Triple S. -Haylee

I liked when Lulu tried to escape by climbing out her bathroom window and climbing down the tree. I also like the one where she used the top secret code message and tried to get her friend to bring her 3 cats over and SSS was allergic to cats. -Adam

I liked the story because when Ms Solinski transformed Lulu into Lou so she transformed into a lady, a mad kid and a cow. -Jaden

I really liked it because it was funny and I liked when it said "the end" it was spread across 2 different pages. -Addison

I liked the ending of the story but I am not telling what it was. -Anthony

I really liked it because she was trying to escape and it was really funny because Ms Solinski was always finding her. -Kate

We recommend this book 100%, 10/10, 5 stars. We think our siblings would like this book and maybe seniors because they like to read a lot. We also think our moms and dads would like it too. We think Mrs. Henry's class would like it because they are also in grade 2.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

We Went to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo...


Today we went on a field trip to the zoo! We had an excellent time and learned a ton. We also went to the Nature Playground which is amazing. If you live in Winnipeg or are ever in Winnipeg, you need to check it out. When we got back to school we made this slideshow with our pictures from the day. The kids added their ideas to some of them. Check it out!



zoo from LeslieDent on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our Caterpillar Weekend!


On Friday as I was getting ready to go home I realized I should take the caterpillars home. They were getting so big and it's a 3 day weekend. I knew many, if not all of them would go into their chrysalids and I didn't want to miss it! It's too bad all of you aren't here with me to watch this amazing transformation. Not to worry, we are catching them in photo and video when we can! Here are some we have so far.







video

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

30 x 30 Nature Challenge! {get outside}

We are participating in an exciting challenge this May! The 30 x 30 Nature Challenge. The David Suzuki Foundation  offers this challenge each spring, challenging Canadians and people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. We have responsibilities at school that we still need to take care of so we are going to be creative in how we get outside. Sometimes we will be exploring, sometimes we will be reading and sometimes we will be writing. You can join us in the challenge by clicking here and signing up. Also, follow us on Instagram (@terrifictwos) to see how we are getting outside and use the hashtags #natureiscalling and #30x30challenge


The David Suzuki Foundation also posts some great daily tips (see the link on the website) with ideas of what to do outside to connect with nature. We will certainly be using a few of these!
We hope you will join us! If you plan to participate, leave us a comment so we can connect
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Earth Day in the Library

I have been working with a few classes on Earth Day activities this month in the library. Mrs. Tresoor’s grade 1’s gathered ideas for ways they can help the Earth on Earth Day and all year around. Then they created this great display of their ideas in the library!


Ms Wasney’s grade 5’s worked with me to upcycle book pages for blackout poetry. This was a fun and challenging activity. There are some very creative poets in grade 5!






Mrs Daraska and Miss Dodd’s classes have both written Earth Day Haiku poems. We brainstormed the things they can do to be more sustainable citizens and take care of the Earth. Then they used these ideas to write haiku poems, typing out their good copies to be displayed with their art.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

#postcardproject

This year in Social Studies we have been learning about our community and comparing our community with other cities. Now we are ready to learn about lots of other communities in Canada during our current unit - The Canadian Community. We are looking for LOTS of information and we hope you can help.
We would like Canadians from other parts of Canada to send us a postcard from their community. On the postcard we would like them to tell us information about their part of Canada. We have brainstormed a list of questions we are interested in asking other Canadians. If you are interested in sharing with us, leave us a comment below. We can communicate by email, snail mail, Google Hangout or Skype.
We posted about the project on Instagram and have some more folks that are going to connect with us too! You can find us @terrifictwos.
As the postcards start coming in we will post the locations and the facts we learn to our Google Map. Each pin on the map will show a location where we know someone and when you click on it, the information they sent us will pop up. We will also post them in our classroom on our wall map of Canada.
We will keep sharing here on the progress of the project so stay tuned!
The letter we sent to our fellow Canadians

The questions we generated to ask them! We each highlighted the ones that are important to us and asked our person those questions.

Spring Art

This week we made art. It was called spring art.We painted on water colour paper.We painted lots of sqaures and then sprinkled salt on them. But first we painted a blue background. Then we cut out flowers,birds,butterflies and even more! Then we glued the stuff on the paper. Doing the art was fun!
by: Haylee

The Eagles Have Hatched!

Once again this year the Decorah Eagles are being streamed online. Ms. Wasney just posted that three eaglets hatched in the nest which is in Decorah, Iowa. We will enjoy watching them grow up and hopefully see them take their first flights again this year!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Awesome Activity Day

Today we did activity day. Activity day is when you get to do a whole bunch of activities. -Haylee

It was really awesome because there was a lot of cool activities. -Gabby

We did 10 of the stations but there were 14 and we didn't get to do all of them. It was sooooo fun because even though you didn't get to do all 14, the ones we got to do were amazing! -Katelyn

I liked the fencing station because you got to hit people with pool noodles. Not on the nose but on the legs. We were trying to knock them down without losing our balance. They lose their balance and, woop, their off. -Nathan

There was a really, really incredible activity and you got to go into a big huge green, red and blue donut with no sprinkles or icing. And you got to go in it and big kids pushed it and you got to knock down a bunch of pins. And I whacked two down with my hands. -Adam

My favorite part was the parachute because when we were playing cat and mouse it was so fun. I got to be a mouse. -Amie

My favorite station activity was the mats on the scooters because the big kids pushed us and we pushed them around a pylon. I also liked silent ball because we had practice and then we had a game. -Jaden

I really liked the musical chairs because Mr. Hargreaves hosted and there was lots of chairs and lots of people and were going slow and touching the chairs a lot and there was some pushing to get on the chairs so fast and then it was fun to watch when you were out. -Addison

My favorite station that I went to was silent ball. There was a lot of people and the people out could make funny faces but Nathan and some were making them and it was funny and that made it hard to stay silent. -Haylee

My two favorite were the mats on the scooters because they were going really fast and my other favorite one was the human bowling because it was fun flipping around in the donut. -Gabby

Mrs. Dent Scarcello was hosting the parachute. We played the cat and mouse. I was the mouse and it took a long time for me to get caught. I was on my belly and my hands were pulling me. -Gabby

I liked the hand hockey because it was sooooooooooo incredible. I was whacking the ball over and over again and I lost. -Adam