This week students reflected on their own sense of community and what groups they are apart of. Students shared the various groups they were apart of from their school community, classroom community, neighborhood community, and many more. From there we discussed the community of Calgary and what a city needs in order to thrive. In groups, students presented what they thought were city's needs and wants. This week we also compared urban, suburban, and rural settings to which students examined which area they live in. Students learned the concepts of infrastructure and a city blueprint as a foundation for how they should design their own city in the coming weeks.
We started to explore the role of a Civil Engineer and how they contribute to city blueprints and designing of structures. Students reflected on how they can think like a civil engineer to properly design their city in the most efficient way possible. Next week, students will be looking into environmentally friendly ways to cut down pollution in their cities.
This week Grade 1's learned how to write their own addition word problems and have finished their unit on addition. Next week we are starting subtraction.
Grade 2's are working on two-digit subtraction with Ms. Smith through lots of interactive and engaging math games.
In Room 9, we have also been practicing our problem solving and math reasoning with brain teasers and math puzzles. Its a fun way to get students thinking outside of the box with math and working in groups to try to come to a solution!
Room 9's goal has been to improve their reading skills by focusing on their "Just Right" level books! Everyone morning and afternoon, we are working hard to increase our vocabulary and jump to the next reading level. Students also worked on a reflection entry on their community and why being apart of many different communities is beneficial.
Valley View School had the privilege of welcoming Earth Rangers to our school today for a special assembly on climate change and animal conservation. Students learned about various species adaptions, habitats, and how our changing climate affects these animals. Students got to meet many animal ambassadors like Millie the armadillo, Floyd the python, a red-tail hawk, and a barn owl. To become an official Earth Ranger, you can head to https://www.earthrangers.com/membership for details!
Thank you for everyone who has signed up to volunteer for the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on April 24th - we are full for volunteers! I am still looking for 3 volunteers for the Calgary Tower visit on April 23rd so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested! The Math Fair Night is on Thursday April 19th this week from 6-7PM; please come visit the three Grade 1/2 classrooms and get your child to teach you our various math games!
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.