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!
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.
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!
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...
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!
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 Wars, Remembrance 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!
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!