This week, students had the opportunity to explore two great places in Calgary: the Calgary Tower and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. On Monday, students got to observe the city of Calgary from a birds eye view from the top of the Calgary Tower. Students learned the history of the tower, how it was built, and fun facts about what it has to offer! Each student was given a clipboard and a scavenger hunt checklist to find the various shapes around our city's downtown skyline. Once they had found all the shapes, students got to make their own city scape with various shapes! Lastly, students loved their free time on the observation deck and standing on the glass deck. This field trip gave students a great perspective as to how city are laid out and how their own city blueprint should look. Students identified the various parts of our city like rural, suburban, and urban centers as well as identified key infrastructure such as rivers, bridges, streets, and highways.
On Tuesday, the class packed up again and headed out to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. It was a perfect day for a nature walk outside and the path was filled with wildlife. Students began their day with the Traveling Seed Show in which students learned the 5 different ways seeds travel! Ask your child how seeds get from one place to another and try to get them to teach you the corresponding dance move! After snack we set out on a guided nature walk where we saw a ground squirrel, red-tail hawk, lots of Canadian goose, mallards, chickadees, magpies, and many other species of birds! Although we didn't see a beaver out on the path, we could tell that beavers lived in that area due to the bitten down trees! Students loved being outside in nature and hearing all of the different bird calls.
This week students finished their final draft of their acrostic spring poetry. They also wrote reflections on their time at the bird sanctuary focusing on what their learned and what they saw during the nature walk. Lastly, as a class we read the book "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. This book focuses on how we need to preserve our planet in a fun and engaging way! Students were asked to make connections on how this story applies to what we've been learning about reducing our carbon footprint and following the three R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Grade 1: Working on making proper estimations and subtraction 0-10. Next week we will start subtraction 0-20 .
Grade 2: Base tens and subtraction without regrouping.
Next week, we will be sending one a math evaluation of how students are doing with subtraction equations and problem solving.
In addition to our field trips this weekend, we extended our discussion of seeds and birds by doing an animal spotlight on Black-Capped Chickadees. As a class, we read books on chickadees as well as watched videos on chickadees in their natural habitat and their chickadee songs. In addition to learning about the chickadees habitats, appearance, and fun facts, we also did a guided drawing and painting activity where each student did a watercolor painting of their chickadees. Students finished works of art will be displayed outside our room with all our facts we learned about the Black-Capped Chickadees!
Studio Bell field trip forms and the $14.50 fee need to be handed in as soon as possible as we are going next Thursday (May 3rd). If your child has misplaced the forms, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send home another form. We are still looking for one volunteer to join us. Please keep in mind by the end of the year, you should have volunteered at least 3 times this year.
Thanks and have a great weekend full of sun!
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.