Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pattern Quilt

To finish up our pattern unit in math, students created a square for a pattern quilt. Each square needed to include two patterns. They are all up together on the wall to create one big pattern quilt. Great work division 8, your quilt looks fantastic!

Friday, November 4, 2011

{healthy pumpkin faces}

The end of October sure snuck up fast! On Spirit Day (Oct. 31), we had a fun day. We practiced our word of the week: the and made healthy pumpkin faces. Each student earned at least a silver lunch that day! We have been continuing our unit on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Lunchbox Olympics is now over, but students still keep bringing healthy lunches. Great work! On Thursday, we created a food group display.

This past week we have also been finishing up our unit on patterns in math. The students are working hard to make a pattern quilt square to create our classroom pattern quilt. I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Division 8 is also starting a new science unit on force and motion. This week the students explored movement with balls, scarves, and bean bags. These are the ways the students could move their objects:
  • spin
  • roll
  • push
  • pull
  • drop
  • slide
Can you find other things at home that you can move?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Our Classroom Contract

Over the past week our class has been working on creating a classroom contract. This is the final project for our lesson on governance for Social Studies. The students discussed rules and rights they wanted to have in the classroom and then got to vote for five they want to follow. After voting, the results are in!! Our rules are...
  • Sit criss-cross
  • Be quiet at the carpet
  • Do not talk when others are talking
  • No playing with scissors
  • No hurting others
The students then got to draw a picture of their favourite rule and we put both the signed contract and the pictures up in our classroom.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Meet Doug!

This is Doug our classroom dragon! Doug has a mailbox in our room and loves to read letters. Today the students each wrote Doug a letter. He will read every letter and write back each week by Friday. There have already been some wonderful questions to Doug like...
  • "What is your favourite colour?"
  • "How old are you?"
  • "Do you have any pets?"
What other questions can you think of that you would like to ask Doug? Make sure to read your letter on Friday because he might have some questions for you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pattern Bracelets

You may have seen your child come home with a bracelet. Yesterday we were practicing our patterns by making some wonderful pattern bracelets! Students have been working on making patterns with 2, 3, and now 4 different colours. A 4 colour pattern is called an ABCD pattern. There were many creative patterns made. Ask your child what their pattern is!

Monday, October 17, 2011

TH Turkeys!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and all things turkey, Div. 8 made some great looking TH turkeys! The students have been practicing the 'th' sounds like the soft 'th' in thanks and the hard 'th' in the. The students did a 'th' hunt around the room to find as many 'th' words as they could in 10 minutes. Then, on each turkey's feather they wrote down a 'th' word that they found. There were some great words!
Here are some of the words students found:
  • Thursday
  • with
  • the
  • thanks
  • this
  • mother
  • thirty
  • thumb
Can your child find any 'th' words around the house? Happy hunting!

-Ms. M

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Last Week: Patterns, Healthy Eating, and Keeping Our Buckets Full!

"Keeping Our Buckets Full!"

Last week our class worked on creating patterns using two colours. The students came up with a lot of different patterns like red, blue, red, blue, red, blue (ABABAB). Students then created other patterns using two colours: blue, green, green, blue, green, green (ABBABBABB). They all had fun coming up with as many different patterns as they could!

We also talked about healthy eating and practiced finding pictures of meat and alternatives around the room during our scavenger hunt. Div. 8 makes good detectives! We are also checking our lunches for all four food groups during this month's lunchbox olympics.

Last week we also talked about keeping our buckets full! We read How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer and talked about ways to keep everyone's buckets full by saying and doing nice things. Div. 8 had some great ideas about how to help keep everyone's bucket full!