Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Schedule Change

After some internal shuffling, I just wanted to let you know that our schedule has changed a little bit. Beginning Monday, October 29th, our new schedule is...

Day 1- Drama/Dance/Music
Day 2 - Gym
Day 3 - Library
Day 4 - Art, Drama/Dance/Music
Day 5 - Gym

A Halloween Brain Break....

Source: youtube.com via Tammy on Pinterest

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Time, Temperature and Money

Today, we are starting a new math unit that covers Time, Temperature and Money. Here are some activities that you can work on at home to support our learning at school....

  • Discuss with your child the special events your family celebrates during the year. Have your child help you record these dates on a calendar.

  • If you have an outside thermometer at home, direct your child's attention to where the mercury is in the morning and then again at night.  Ask him or her if the mercury has risen or fallen.

  • When shopping with your child, point out food products (up to a dollar) and have your child read the amounts.

We are looking forward to some really fun activities to do with these topics over the next few weeks!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Our Virtual Field Trip to Kenya

On Friday, we joined thousands of schools from across North America for a virtual field trip to Kenya. We watched on the smartboard, as a scientist showed us pictures and videos of the work that he did in Kenya.  He even showed us his camera that got eaten by a lion!

Monday, October 15, 2012


We started learning about spiders today! It goes along nicely with our science unit on life cycles, and it goes with our book Charlotte's Web.
This was the Spider Anchor Chart we did today, of our schema (prior knowledge) as well has some new learning from today.  We are going to continue to add to our chart as we go.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Welcome Primary Quad Bloggers!

This week we would like to give a special welcome to Mrs. Robinson's class, Mrs. Martel's class and Mrs. Sarchet's class. Take a peek around our blog to see what we've been up to! Can't wait to hear from you!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our 2B families and visitors to our blog a very Happy  Thanksgiving!  Here is a little bit of the history of Canadian Thanksgiving, taken from Kidsworld.com...

Canadian Thanksgiving

Turkeys probaby are not as thankful for Thanksgiving as we are.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving day in Canada celebrates the successful harvest season.
Harvest Season

How It Began

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts!

Official Holiday

For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879. It was then, that November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday. But then on January 31, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October because after the World WarsRemembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week.

The 49th Parallel

Another reason for Canadian Thanksgiving arriving earlier than its American counterpart is that Canada is geographically further north than the United States, causing the Canadian harvest season to arrive earlier than the American harvest season. And since Thanksgiving for Canadians is more about giving thanks for theharvest season than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to celebrate the holiday in October. So what are the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, other than the date? Not much! Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a whole lot ofturkey!

Read more: Canadian Thanksgiving | History | Tradition | Harvest Festival | Thanksgiving Day | Holiday http://www.kidzworld.com/article/2614-canadian-thanksgiving#ixzz28W5qYWD1
Here's a little video of our year so far!

Try our video maker at Animoto.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Literacy Centres

Each morning, our class spends about 30 minutes doing some independent literacy centres.  The centres we are working on this week are:

Reference Roundup : we are learning to work with the dictionary.

 Jump into writing: where we are working on some fall writing activities

Non-fiction news helps us get acquainted with non fiction writing

Buddy reading to help with our fluency

Reading Ebooks on the iPads. 

All of this makes for a fun and busy morning!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Global Read Aloud

Today, October 1st is the offical starting date of the Global Read Along.  What is the Global Read Aloud you may ask?  Watch the video below to find out all about it!

Our class is really excited to be a part of this exciting opportunity! We will be reading the book "Charlotte's Web". We were with Mrs. Wideen's class this morning and did a Skype call with Mrs. Lierman's class in Surrey, BC to make our predictions!