Archive for May, 2011

Last Friday the students looked at several examples of non-objective art and then painted some beautiful artworks of their own. After the paintings were dry we added more detail using black paint and spray bottles of white paint. This week we started by cutting our paintings into squares and then put them back together randomly. Some students were a little nervous about having their paintings cut-up, but we all loved the results when they were finished.

This art lesson came from another great blog that Mrs. Watson follows, mrspicasso’s art room.

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We are really having too much fun experimenting with claymation. Today Sahara, Lily, and Karin shot this super stop motion video. They did a fantastic job of creating their characters, scenery, and story. Great job girls!

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Many of the 2/3′s are a part of the Tech Club that meets after school on Tuesdays. For the last two weeks we have been experimenting with stop motion animation using JellyCam. We have had a great time bring our clay figures to life using our web cam. JellyCam is very easy to use and when we get better lighting the results should be fantastic. We would love for you to take a peek at some of the short skits we have animated:

Have you ever tried stop motion animation before?

Do you have a Tech Club at your school? What sort of things do you do at Tech Club?

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It was an absolutely beautiful day here today. The kind of day that has the children wanting to swim in the lake (even though it would be far too cold) and has people running to the store to find something to BBQ.

It was definitely far too nice to stay inside and so we decided to take Daily 5 out. We headed to the grassy area at the front of the school and listened to the next chapter of Harry Potter and then the students either wrote in their writing books or read a book from their book bags.

There should definitely be more days like this!

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We continued our study of plants today by dissecting seeds. Almost half the class was away today and so this post is a way to share our discoveries with our friends who were sick.

First we completed an anticipation guide full of interesting statements about  seeds.  We had to decide if the statements were true or false.  Try a few for yourself (you can find the answers at the bottom of this post):

T  F       1.  All plants produce seeds.

T  F       2.  The outside covering is called the seed coat.

T  F       3.  Some seeds can wait two thousand years before they begin to grow.

Next, we made observations after looking carefully at dried lima beans and ones that had been soaked over night.  We compared the two and tried to predict what the inside of the seed would look like.

Finally, we carefully dissected the seeds identifying the different parts and discussing their jobs.


Here are a few of the cool facts we learned today:

Jenny-If the seed coat doesn’t break the plant won’t grow. Some plants grow very quick. The seed needs its food supply.
Fay-The seed coat won’t break unless the seed gets enough water to expand and break out. Some seeds can wait up to 2000 years before they begin to grow. The seed needs water and the right temperature to grow.
Silkence-
The seed has a coat so that it will be protected from disease and insects. There is an embryo inside the seed. The embryo looks like a big pokey thing.
Ana-A seed needs to have water and if it doesn’t it won’t grow.
Dante-The food supply is almost the whole lima bean.
Justin-It needs the right temperature in the ground to grow.
Niall-Seeds have their own food supply until they can make their own food.
Jordan-The lima bean has all the food it will need until it can grow and then it will make its own food. The temperature has to be right for the plant to grow or it will die. Plants can grow very, very slow. The lima bean has a little curve at the top of it and you can see the root growing.
Quang-The lima bean had a lunch pack just like the baby salmon did so it can grow.
Oceana-If you put a lima bean in water overnight it will expand.

How did you do with your predictions?

(Questions 1,2, and 3 are all true)

Have you ever looked closely at the inside of a seed?

If you would like to read more about the seed that waited 2000 years to grow, click here.

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Today we received two very special packages in the mail from two of our Quad Blogging buddies. One was from Mr. Avery’s Class in Massachusetts and the other was from Mrs. deVries’ Class in Australia.


Mr. Avery’s class sent us a beautiful book all about Boston called, Journey Around Boston from A to Z. It is full of interesting facts and information. We looked at the headings and beautiful illustrations for each letter of the alphabet and can’t wait to read more so that we can learn all about where our buddies live.

Mrs. deVries’ Class sent us two fantastic looking books from the Tashi series. We don’t have any Tashi books in our school and have been very curious about them after reading how much Mrs. deVries and 3DD enjoy them. We read the back of each book today and boy do they sound exciting! We love chapter books and can’t wait to start one of the Tashi books as soon as we finish our current read aloud.

Quad Blogging was such a wonderful experience and now we have two great reminders of the friendships we made with our buddies!

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Friday is normally our art day, but with today being a Professional Development Day in our school district we decided to find a way to combine art with math on a Thursday instead.

This lesson from Adventures of an Art Teacher seemed to be the perfect fit.

We talked about different two dimensional shapes and then had a wonderful time using them to create these beautiful pictures.

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A few weeks ago our friend Mr. E and the students at Hawes Community Primary School made a great post on their blog about playground games.  Their post inspired us to hit the tennis court with ropes in hand.

The  2/3′s all have their own skipping ropes at school and have been practicing their skipping skills for the last couple weeks. We thought it would be fun to share some of the tricks we have learned so far.

What is your favourite skipping trick?

We would love to see videos of our blogging buddies doing some tricks of their own so that we can learn more!

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We have had a wonderful visit with our new goldfish friend, Gill (a.k.a G2). G2 came to visit all the way from Cambridge, Ontario. He is the class mascot of a group of students called the Gill-Villeans.

We have had so much fun showing G2 around our school, community, and even down island. Gill loved making pancakes (he brought the syrup, YUM!), going to the Regional Science Fair, his trip down island, Skyping with the Techie Kids, visiting the community garden and the beach (he wanted to dip a fin in the Pacific Ocean, but we told him it was pretty cold and he changed his mind), riding rides at the fair, egg hunting, getting to know Trev the Kiwi from New Zealand, and spending time with the students!

Gill is on his way to Port Hardy this week where he will make new friends with Mrs. Soltau-Heller’s students. We hope Gill has a fantastic time learning more about the North Island. We’ll be watching G2′s travels on his wiki and have a few last messages for him:

Jordan-I had fun with you when we went to the fair.
Niall-Thanks for coming, Gill. I hope you had a great time!
Sahara-I hope you enjoyed looking at the countryside on our way down island.
Sophie-We’ll miss you!
Ana-I will always remember you and when you came to our class.
Oceana-I hope you have fun on your journey all the way back home.
Lily-I hope you have a good time in Port Hardy.
Fay-Bye Gill, have a safe journey!
Karin-Thanks for visiting us!
Jenny-I hope you have a great time!
Silkence-Have a nice time in Port Hardy.

What do you think Gill’s favourite thing about his visit was?
If you are not from our town, what would you like to see or do if you came for a visit?

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This week we have been learning all about leaves. Today we went outside and searched our school grounds to find different types of leaves. We brought our finds back to the classroom and made leaf rubbings to add to our science duotangs. We labeled our rubbings with the leaf type (simple of compound), the blade shape, and the type of edge. Some of the leaves were pretty tricky to classify!

See if you can identify some of the different leaf shapes (e.g. oblong, oval, lance, spatula, diamond) and edges (e.g. lobed, scalloped, toothed, serrated) that we found in these pictures.

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