May 17

Going to Great Wolf Lodge

If you haven’t gone to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, you should! There are water slides, swimming pools, and plus you can sleep over there! In some of the rooms there are bunk beds and in other rooms there is no bunk beds. Outside the water park there is a place where you can get treats. There is also a buffet. In the water park there is a restaurant!

Written by: B.W.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO GREAT WOLF LODGE BEFORE?

May 16

In a World of Robots

Recently, as a culminating activity to our 3D Geometry unit, students designed their own robots and presented them to several other classrooms. Using an assortment of recycled materials, students loved making their projects and were proud to show off their hard work. They were asked to give their robot a name and write a paragraph explaining the features of their robot and the 3D shapes they used.

May 7

The Works

Are all burgers junk food? I’m sure The Works burgers are harmless to your body because they use fresh ingredients and cook with care. The Works is a great restaurant in the city where I live. The burgers are really delicious and you can taste the most crispy and delicious onion rings and sweet potato fries there, too. They use a large measuring cup for the drinks and refills are free of charge. The Works address is 145 King Street.

by: SK

Have you ever been to The Works?

What are your favourite toppings on your burger?

May 6

A Classroom Shopping Spree

What can one buy with only $10.00 to spend on various items around the classroom? That’s exactly what students had to decide when shopping around the room for various items with price tags. The rules were they had to spend more than $4.00 but no more than $10. Some students commented on the bargains to be had! It’s interesting to see the shopping habits of these young students already emerging 🙂 With clipboards and pencils poised, students carefully tabulated their totals. When we gathered back together to discuss and share, we also learned how to calculate change with a subtraction strategy.

We discussed what we could buy for  $10.00 outside of the classroom and the fact that in reality there is tax to be included in most things as well.

How would you spend $10…or would you save it?

May 1

Grandparents Day

Today was a special day as we celebrated our grandparents! While some grandparents were far away or not able to come, we did have a terrific turnout overall. Our students welcomed our visitors warmly and were eager to show them their various projects “on the go” and give them a tour of the classroom. Some students read together with their grandparent or worked on some math problems. Some even gave an impromptu puppet show!

After the classroom visit, grandparents were ushered into the gym to watch a few performances from our school show, Shrek Jr.

Thank you to our grandparents (and parents) who helped make today extra special for us all.

 

April 17

Whatch’ya Been Up To?

As we make our way towards May, the students have been engaged in a variety of activities within our classroom. We try to have a lot of fun and make learning as hands-on as possible.

Check out our busy bees below:

April 10

Book Tasting: Part Deux

Our last book tasting in November was a big hit, so it only made sense to do it again! Last week, our students came in hungry and left STUFFED with ideas for books to read.

What was on the menu this time around? Well, Chef Sully, who flew in all the way from Paris, complete with a fancy French accent, was serving up some delicious genres that included:

  • Books in a Series
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Fantasy
  • Picture Books

What’s on YOUR reading menu these days?

April 10

Eggcellent Egg Drop

As part of our recent Science unit all about Forces and Motion, students recently were given a design challenge and needed to work collaboratively to solve the following problem:

Problem:  A local sports store, “Eggsactly Sports”, is needing new ideas to help improve their line of protective gear such as helmets. They are looking to young, innovative kids to help design inexpensive protection that could inspire the store to make new gear.

Solution: Design safety equipment that will protect your egg from a drop of at least 3 m.

Each group’s design was innovative and well thought out. I was SO impressed! Students used a variety of materials some of which included:

  • cotton balls
  • tin foil
  • a cushion
  • balloons
  • Kleenex
  • Kleenex box
  • parachute
  • paper roll
  • styrofoam

We recruited some help from Mrs. Chapman to be the “tester” and with Mr. Ritchie involved as well, each team’s design was dropped from the roof of the school to the pavement below.

Students looked on anxiously to see what happened as a result. Did the egg survive the fall? Did the design function the way it was intended?

Take a look at the collection of 5 videos from all teams along with some pictures:

 

In class, we watched the videos to reflect on what we noticed or heard with each drop. They were asked to think about what they would change or keep the same if they had to do it again. Was our prediction accurate?

Three out of the 5 groups did not have their egg break. There was 1 egg broken and 1 was cracked.

Overall, we had fun building and testing our designs!

 

If you were to do this experiment, what type of materials

would you use?