Today our school celebrated an early St. Patrick’s Day by wearing GREEN! We celebrated early because our students are on March Break when St. Patrick’s Day actually falls.
Five Facts About Shamrocks:
- This three leaf clover called the shamrock is one of the most widely recognized symbols of Ireland and is often referred to as the unofficial symbol of this country. The official symbol is actually the Irish harp instead.
- When Saint Patrick traveled over to Ireland in the fifth century and began preaching the word of God, there was a small problem. Unlike today, Christianity was traditionally spread around by word of mouth. Armed with this knowledge, this Saint is said to have used the shamrock and its distinctive three leaves to teach the people all about the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Did you know that the word shamrock comes from the Gaelic word Seamrog, meaning “little clover”.
- The meaning of symbols can often change throughout history and sometimes rather dramatically too. In the early 1900’s, the shamrock became a symbol of rebellion of the Irish people against the English. As a symbol of rebellion, openly displaying this three-leaf clover was made illegal and punishable by death.
- Shamrocks are often placed as a lucky emblem and motif in the wedding bouquet of an Irish bride. This is an old custom and tradition that is still often followed today in modern weddings.
In the pictures below, students are busy colouring in the patterns on their 3 leaf clovers.
We’ve launched into our final units in Science which are all about soil and plants.
Soil is so important for life on earth. So, what exactly is it? Soil is a combination of water, air, dead plants and animals, and rocks. We learned soil has several layers including:
- topsoil + humus
Humus is formed from decomposing or rotting things such as leaves, plants, animals.
Soil can be found on the upper layer of the earth and is sometimes known as the “skin” of the earth. It can be a home for animals, plants, bacteria, and insects.
We’ll be learning a lot more about soil and plants in the coming weeks.
What are things you have found in soil?
My favorite book is called Thea Stilton . I have been reading the series since I was 6 years old . My cousin told me about it so I started reading it . It became my most favorite series! It’s my favourite series because I like how the characters go on adventures. I like how the characters are mice, too! Have you ever read a Thea Stilton book?
What’s your favorite book you’ve ever read?
What does BK + TC = I mean? It looks like a math equation but really it means
Background Knowledge + Text Clues = Inference
Today we talked about inferences and specifically looked at 4 different commercials where we could practice making inferences.
Did you know that we make inferences all the time without even knowing it? You can make inferences walking down the street, in the grocery store, when watching a movie, and so on. Sometimes adults refer to it as ‘reading between the lines’. Others refer to inference as an ‘educated guess’. In general, an inference means that someone can make a conclusion on something based on their own experiences and other information. We will be working on transferring that skill to reading text over the next several weeks…and beyond.
Have a look at these commercials and see what you can infer. Some of them are quite funny!
In the spirit of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, we made paper lanterns last Friday and today we explored chopsticks! We read the book called Chopsticks by one of my favourite authors, Amy Krouse Rosenthal.You can check out my blog post from last year about Amy by clicking here.
The book is full of fun illustrations and a simple message about the strength of friendship but at the same time reminds us how we can learn to be independent when we need to be!
We were each given a pair of bamboo chopsticks and explored how to hold them and tried to pick up something off our desk. It takes plenty of practice and persistence to get the hang of it! Students got to take home their chopsticks at the end of the day.
There are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos out there, but here is one that we watched in class. Check it out!
Have you ever used chopsticks before? What is your favourite food to eat with chopsticks?
When we began our measurement unit, students brainstormed many things that we can measure some of which included:
What other things can we add to our list?
The metric system uses units such as meter, liter, and gram to measure length, liquid volume, and mass. The metric system is based on 10s, and some of the different measures for length include kilometer, meter, centimeter, and millimeter. Notice that the word “meter” is part of all of these units.
Did you know that there is only 3 countries in the world that have not adopted the metric system. These include the US, Myanmar, and Liberia.
Armed with rulers, meter sticks, and measuring tape, students were busy measuring various items around the class today. We even learned about something called circumference when we had to measure the distance around our heads!
Check out these busy bees!
Check out this video that we watched in class. You may find yourself singing along!
‘Give alms…Pray to your Father…Fast without a gloomy face…’ (Matthew 6:1-18)
There are 3 pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving.
During Lent, we are called to get closer to God and the Pillars of Lent help us to do just that.
Prayer–when we pray, we let God know we believe in Him. When we pray we learn to feel God’s love in our hearts.
Fasting— Fasting takes a lot of effort and dedication as we offer up to Our Lord the food we’re not eating. Perhaps you’ve decided to sacrifice eating snacks between meals or giving up a favourite treat. Fasting is difficult for everyone but is one way
Almsgiving–We are encouraged to do charitable acts every day and to pay attention to the needs of others.
We hope to approach Easter Sunday with hearts overflowing with love for God.
The students worked in their teams to create tableau (frozen picture) demonstrating what the 3 Pillars of Lent looks like. Check out some of their work:
Math is all around us. Whenever we go to the grocery store, the mall, see gas prices, travel distances to go somewhere, check the time, share a pizza, make cookies, there is no denying that we’re applying math concepts. Over the last little while, our students have been busy applying math concepts in order to go shopping with $10.00. They also had to figure out what change they’d receive. Using flyers and play money is a fun way to learn!