This week, students explored the question of what objects float or sink. As a class we collected different classroom items and tested their buoyancy! Students then got to create their own hypothesis' about items they would like to test and recorded their own results. We also examined how the shape and size of boats corresponds to their load and capacity by testing how many wooden blocks a raft or canoe could hold. Students were shocked by our findings which made for a great class discussion! Students finished the week by designing their blueprints for their prototype boat. Their challenge is to design a boat that can float and hold as many block cubes as possible.
On Monday, we will be starting to build our prototypes so if you could donate various materials it would be greatly appreciated!
The Grade 1's have finished learning doubles and we've moved onto what an addition equation is. Students learned math vocabulary like plus, minus, and sum as well as learned an addition song and some fun addition games. Ask your grade one student to teach you their addition equation song and the corresponding actions!
Grade 2's are working with Ms. Smith on two-digit addition and regrouping.
On Monday and Wednesday, students had the opportunity to work with our Artist in Residence Leah Donald who taught the students about how to wet felt. Students helped create a mural for the front of the school that will be displayed in coming weeks. Ask your children how they contributed to the art piece and what are the essential keys for felting (water, wool, heat, and agitation).
Students started their rough copy on their stories "The Day I was Stuck in a Snow Globe!"
Remind your students to bring home their home reading books and encourage them to read their "Just Right" books that are at their appropriate reading level.
On Fridays, students go to a different classrooms to learn subjects relating to science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students who were in Room 9 this week learned the origins behind dreamcatchers and how to weave their own! Students had a blast decorating their designs with feathers and beads.
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.