This week we have started talking about time. We reviewed the hour hand and minute hand and students used clocks to tell time with a partner. If you have an analogue clock at home practice these skills as a family.
Grade 1 expectations: read demonstration digital and analogue clocks, and use them to identify benchmark times (e.g., times for breakfast, lunch, dinner; the start of school and bedtime) and to tell and write time to the hour and half-hour in everyday settings.
Grade 2 expectations: tell and write time to the quarter-hour, using demonstration digital and analogue clocks (e.g. “My clock shows the time recess will start [11:10], and my friend’s clock shows the time recess will end [11:30])
Today we read this story, “Why should I save water?” It sparked interesting discussion. Some students didn’t think that water could run out, others thought we could drink ocean water if the freshwater ran out. This book sparked discussion that lead us to the current Capetown water crisis. We watched the short video below and students were interested in the many factors that have lead to the shortage in South Africa. After we brainstormed some ideas about ways that students could conserve water at home and at school.
Today students had some practice posing I wonder questions. The picture on the left was selected by the teacher. The picture generated a lot of discussion and questions. After, we zoomed out and had a chat about some of the questions they had. Can you guess what it is?
Today we read a story about the journey of a plastic water bottle and all of the stages it goes through. Students were surprised to see the process of changing from crude oil to plastic. They also were interested in ways to recycle and reuse the plastic we have rather than making more.
Our grade 2 students were immersed in some hands on simple machine experiments today using: wheel and axle, screw, lever, pulleys and inclined planes. I was even lifted by a grade 2 student using a lever! Thank you to the families that sent in a toonie to help offset the cost.
Today, our friend Mrs K came in and shared some strategies for strengthening our brains and some new breathing techniques. She also read a story called Edwina the Emu> The story was about being proud of who we are and how to show determination and grit when faced with a challenge!
The students were so excited to share all that they did to celebrate Earth hour, they decided to have to an Earth hour in the classroom. We used the natural light from the windows and shut down all non-essential electronics. It was a nice calm afternoon!