Gym was so awesome this week! Parachute stuffies was on Friday, but we also got to do a Halloween obstacle course at our other gym times. Our class helped Mrs. Aubrey set up a really fun and spooky obstacle course outside on Monday. It was so much fun we decided to play it again inside on Thursday. When we got back to class we talked about ways we could "bump up" the game and we are going some of the ideas next week.
In our Global Read Aloud we read the book "ish" by Peter H. Reynolds. The book had a great message; you don't have to be perfect and you should not worry about what other people say about your work. The students in Virginia thought that the book had the same message. They said, "Just be the best you that you can be." We had a little trouble getting connected to the class in Virginia, but when we did it was fun! We told them that we had brought in loonies and toonies for the United Way and they asked us what a loonie is and what a toonie is. The students in Virginia did not know about Canadians having $1 and $2 coins, so we told them all about it. We also thanked them for telling us about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Some of our students told the class in Virginia that finding out about MLK led us to discover some other incredible people like: Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Malala. Our two classes compared and contrasted our Thanksgiving traditions and our history of Thanksgiving. Did you know that Canada had the first Thanksgiving, even before the United States? We did a little research together and found out that the first Thanksgiving in Canada was in 1578 when explorer Martin Frobisher gave thanks for surviving his journey. The American students and teacher were very surprised to hear that.
On Thursday we had the netbooks for the first time this year. Mrs. Aubrey set up our class on Bitstrips for Schools and we each got to make our own avatar. Our first assignment was to make a comic about a Halloween Safety Tip to share with the Grade 2 classes. Mr. Rogers is going to print our completed bitstrips in colour so that we can hang them up in the hallway for the Grade 2 kids to see.
This was also our first week to do Guided Reading Groups. We divided into four different groups to read and discuss four different stories. The four different books we read were: To The Pumpkin Patch, Monster's Halloween, Carlos First Halloween and The Monster Pumpkin.
In Math we have been working on repeating patterns and we even got to do some spooky Halloween patterns. Everyone had a chance to use the Smartboard to make a repeating pattern, extend a repeating pattern or show the core of a repeating pattern.
We finished Lesson 2 in Spelling. Our focus was on words that had the short e or short i sound in them. Some of the activities were a little tricky, but we worked them all out.
In Religion we talked about God's laws and Government laws. It was interesting to hear how many of the laws from the 10 commandments are also government laws.
Our class found out more about composting in science this week. We did a sorting game with organic and inorganic items to decide which ones should go in the green bin. We also looked at different kinds of erosion (water, wind, ice) and how it is effecting our planet. Miss Michele told us that her Grandmother's neighbourhood in Quebec had been changed by erosion because the moving water in the river had washed away the land where the across the street neighbours once lived. Everyone took a look at their bricks on Monday. There is a photo in another blog. We found out that a mix of clay and any other soil made the best bricks.
Listening is still a focus in our class. We played an addition listening game with numbers up to 24. Mrs. Aubrey timed us and it took 21/2 minutes to complete the game. We are going to try and beat our time next week.
We prayed for the two soldiers that died this week and we sang O Canada loud and clear.
Next week is Halloween and we are planning on having a spooktakular week!