This week at Studio Bell, students participated in a scavenger hunt throughout the galleries to learn about various genres of music and students had the opportunity to play instruments independently. Each parent volunteer/teacher had an iPad to take videos and pictures of students completing challenges which Studio Bell will share with us in the coming weeks. Students had a blast exploring the various parts of the museum and collecting various challenge cards from the tour guides! Students were especially in awe of the Kimball Theatre Organ which was used in the early 1900’s to accompany silent films! Ask your students to tell you about their special instrument!
This week Grade 1’s completed their addition and subtraction post-assessments as well as ways to recognize which strategies are most efficient and effective for each student. This week Grade 2’s have been working on subtraction with regrouping. This is typically a difficult part of the Grade 2 Math curriculum therefore students may need additional support at home. Towards the end of next week, students will be sent home with a math reasoning problem that they’ve completed this past week. This assessment has been given a mark and has notes on how students came to their solution and the steps they used to understand the problem.
This week we started a scientific experiment called Tomatosphere. This project allows students to grow their own tomato plants in the classroom room, however this is a catch! Half of these tomato seeds spent 30 days on the International Space Station. Our class was given two packages of seeds and it is our turn to hypothesize which package went up to space. Our research question we are investigating is how exposure to space will affect the rate of germination. Germination is a key concept your student should be able to explain! Ask your student what germination is (hint: when a seed grows into a seedling). Students learned important scientific concepts like having a control and experimental group. We also reviewed the needs of plants including air, water, light, and nutrients. Students also learned about life cycles and the various stages in an organisms life. For more information on our Tomatosphere project, go to http://tomatosphere.letstalkscience.ca
This week, students continued to work on their poetry unit through planning out a color poem. Students had to reflect on one color and how it relates to all of their senses. For example, one student said the color blue “felt” wet and slippery, “smelled” fresh like spring rain, and “looked” like a mirror due to a waters reflection. This poem asked students to think abstractly and connect with their five senses.
Students also wrote a creative short story based on their Tomatosphere project. Students had to create a backstory as to how their seeds got up to space! This gave students to develop their imagination and story-telling in connection to our science project.
This week students also finished painting their black capped chickadee sketches and they are now displayed outside our room! Students are excited for our upcoming nature walk to see if they can find these birds in their natural habitat. They also drew the tomato life cycle in their visual sketch journals in connection to our Tomatosphere project.
This week I sent home the parent letter/volunteer sign-up for the May 15th Spring Walk. I am still looking for multiple volunteers so if you are interested, please hand in your volunteer sign-up form!
Thank you for everyone who volunteered this past month. We've had a busy few weeks of field trips and they were all very successful! We only have a couple field trips left so please sign up if you have not fulfilled your volunteering commitment.
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.