This week in our Global Read Aloud we read the book, "I'm Here" by Peter H. Reynolds. In the book a boy found a piece of paper and he made a paper airplane. Some of the Global Read Aloud classes decided to make a video of a paper airplane flying from one class to another in one long video that joins classes from all over the world. (It was inspired by Jimmy Fallon's Subs Across America video" - see below). We taped a short piece and sent it in. Hopefully we will be able to show you the results next week.
Our class is still working on our listening skills. Have you ever noticed that the same letters that make the word listen are also used to make the word silent? You need to be quiet when you are listening. We played a Halloween listening game where you had to listen for clues / hints for the Halloween word you were holding. It was a little tricky but we pulled it off. Great job everyone.
Zachary told us about Ruby Bridges so we read a book about her in class. That led us to think about other people who are changing the world. So we decided to find out more about Malala and about Gandhi.
We worked on the reading strategy of visualizing. We had a 8 paragraph story and we drew a picture for each paragraph. The story also had us doing some inferring. We had to draw a feathered creature that waddled and a furry creature that slapped its' flat tail on the water.
In Science we are still learning about soil. We learned about composting. Mrs. Cauley, our librarian, even read us a Halloween composting book called, "Pumpkin Jack". As well in science, we made some bricks in icecube trays. We used loam, sand, garden soil, and clay. In some of our bricks we used hay to help bind the soil together. Just like good scientists do, we predicted what mixtures would make the best bricks and we made sure that we put an ingredients label on each brick. On Monday we will try to take the bricks out of the icecube trays and see which mixture of soil is the best for making bricks.
We have been learning how to take deep breaths and have been using a glitter bottle as a visual to help us. Deep breaths are a good way to get us ready to learn. This strategy helps reduce anxiety and also helps to get our minds ready to focus.
In French we are learning about making connections.
In Math our class is learning about attributes of objects that can make patterns. Attributes can be size, shape, colour, direction, place, and design. We are also working on number patterns. As well, we have been learning the correct way to write a pattern rule. Today we had an addition quiz and everyone did pretty well.
In gym we played an impressive game called Helicopters. We have attached the video for you to see. Our class is building our leadership skills by taking the Grade 2 class to gym on Friday and teaching them games. They really loved this Helicopter game.
This week was excellent!