Yesterday, the musical group Three Worlds visited the school to perform for us. The three musicians shared music and instruments from around the world. There were some instruments that we had never seen before. They wrote all the songs themselves! Here is a small taste of the what the students experienced:
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!
Screenshot from: “The Daily Cafe” by Bouchey and Moser
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.
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.
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!
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.