We Love Reading!

On Monday mornings the K-3s enjoy reading books together.  We can read the pictures or the words and we remember to sit elbow to elbow and knee to knee so both partners can see the pictures.

 

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Here are some of our favourite books:

Mya-My favourite book in the entire world is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Caleb-My favourite book is Marvel Super Heroes because it has Spiderman in it.

Kaleigh-My favourite, favourite book is Frozen.

Joey-The Book with No Pictures is really, really funny!

Storm-I love to read with friends.  I like the Rainbow Fairy book.

Star-My favourite book is Cinderella.

Eli-My favourite book is Star Wars.

Alexandra-My favourite book in the whole entire world is La La Loopsy.

Cherish-My favourite book is Puppy Place because my favourite animal is in it.

Mackenzie-My favourite is the dolphin book I was reading today.  The dolphins save people and it is kind of a challenge.

Owen-Magic Treehouse is my favourite because Dad and I read it at home.  It is the desert one.

Hilary-My favourite is the book about dogs.

Sierra-I like Curious George.  I really like that one!

What is your favourite book?

Book Shopping!

This morning we filled our book baskets with “Good Fit” books. The first day of book shopping in a new school year is always so much fun!

Before we shopped, we talked about what makes a book a good fit. We use the, “I Pick” strategy to make sure we are picking great books that will help us become better readers.  You can use “I Pick” at home too!

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                                                                             Screenshot from:  “The Daily Cafe” by Bouchey and Moser

Do you have a favourite book?

Our First Swimming Lesson

The K/1/2/3s had an amazing first day of swimming this morning! The sun was shining, the water was warm, and there were smiles all around. The students sure did a lot of learning on day 1!

Thank you to the parents who were able to come and help us out. We can’t wait for our next swimming day!

Thank you Brilliant Labs!

Last Friday, we got a very special package in the mail!  You may remember that in  the new year our class won a prize from Brilliant Labs for participating in the Hour of Code.  We got to choose $2000 worth of technology-based resources for our classroom. When we opened the box we found Makey Makeys and several Little Bits kits (the Lego Wedo is still to come).

We have spent two afternoons exploring the Little Bits kits and brought out one of the Makey Makeys this afternoon as well. We started with some of the suggested projects in the manuals, but then did some inventing of our own.

We would like to thank Brilliant Labs for this amazing prize and can’t wait to share our learning with everyone!

Q’uen-Thank you so much they are awesome!

Melliah-Thank you for the stuff you bought us.  We had a lot of fun with it.

Sierra-I made an invention with it.  I put the finger sensor at the end and the roll wheel think in the third spot and my battery before it.  I pressed the wheel and the vibration sensor bounced around.

Owen-I really like how you got us all of these parts.  I think I am going to try and change the calendar into a keyboard.

Kaydan-Thank you for this awesome stuff.  I made something called a Wiggle Light.

Alexandra-It was very nice of you to give us all these fancy things.

Ava-I really like the invention that I made.  Thank you for giving us them.  I made a really cool invention with Alexandra.  I gave her the other light so she could make two lights.

Cherish-I really like them.  I like the pressure sensor.

Science Venture

UVIC Students from the Science Venture program visited our school again this year.  Meera and Morgan presented workshops to the K-3s and the 4-7s.  The primary workshop was called Force and Motion and the intermediate workshop was all about weather.

In our class we went on a force and motion picnic, and learned all about forces and friction.  The students had fun exploring the friction boards and they all got to make helicopters to take home.

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Here are a few of our test flights:

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Beach Art

It was a beautiful afternoon and so we decided to head down to the beach for art.  The students used found objects to make their art pieces.  Some chose to make their own masterpieces and others chose to work together.  The students found treasures to share with each other and were quick to help their friends when they needed it.

 

Here are our finished works of art.  We hope you like them!

Creative House

Creative House

Treasure Box

Treasure Box

Rainbow

Rainbow

Cross Rainbow

Cross Rainbow

Beautirific!

Beautirific!

Crabby's Home

Crabby’s Home

The Fairy Hotel

The Fairy Hotel

Kandinsky Inspired Trees

In art we looked at the works of Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky.  We noticed how his style changed throughout his life and spent time discussing how he used colour and shape in his paintings.  Then we set off to make some trees inspired by some of these later works.

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Stayed tuned for the finished trees next week!