Our students love to do science experiments in classroom! It's lots of fun for them to see normal household things change and react. For example, here the students are seeing what happens when they drop coloured vinegar into a plate of baking soda. This is easy to do at home too without the eyedropper. Just combine 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda and see what happens! It's best to do this experiment on top of a plate to catch the spills!
During this month's student assembly, our students learned about healthy eating. They learned about the major food groups and why it is important for our bodies to have good, nutritious food.
Students worked in pairs to look through grocery store flyers and make decisions about what food they wanted on their plates. We are so pleased that our students mostly looked for healthy food, like vegetables and fruit.
Our Beethoven students always take on a leadership role during whole-school activities like this one. Each Beethoven student worked with a younger Mozart student to complete the activity. They worked so well together. They made sure their younger partners stayed on task and together they made very impressive plates. Good job Beethoven students!
Our Winter Term report cards went home on Friday. Hopefully everyone has had a chance to look them over during the weekend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, March 31st to Wednesday, April 2nd. If you are interested in meeting with me to discuss your child's report card, please fill out the form and return it as soon as possible.
The Beethoven B students have been busy learning about soil this past week! They each planted a small pot of vegetables, including radishes, carrots, peas, and beans. Some have already sprouted! We are hoping to transplant them into the garden when it gets warmer.
Have a great day!
Our Olympics Unit came to an end last Friday and we celebrated by inviting Beethoven A into our classroom and showing them our Olympic dioramas! Each student prepared a speech and showcased their work of art. The Beethoven A students were a wonderful audience and asked some great questions.
Our class is learning all about the 2014 Olympic Winter Games! We started by talking about the countries that are involved and finding out which countries have won the most medals over the past few years. For each of these countries, we coloured in their flag and stung them up in our classroom. We also have a "medal tracker" display set up on our bulletin board.
The 2014 Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. Coverage on TV will begin on Friday, Feb. 7th.
The Beethoven B class just finished reading a novel together called Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang. This novel is about a six year old boy named Jacob whose family thinks he is too young to do many important things. Jacob wishes he could be smart and strong like his siblings, members of "Child Power!" Jacob goes on an adventure to a children's prison, where the Hooded Fang and the "slimers" are keeping the poor children from seeing the sun! Jacob Two Two manages to free the children and learns that the Hooded Fang isn't so evil after all.
As I read aloud to the students, they were asked to think about characters, setting, and main events in the story (including problems that arise and their solutions). After reading each chapter, we discussed these things and kept track of all the information on large chart paper. We also made predictions about what would happen next. We talked about character development and how certain characters, such as the Hooded Fang, surprised us.
It took us 2 weeks to finish the novel together. We're all looking forward to choosing our next novel together.
We were all so excited to come to school after the weekend and see that our triops has finally hatched! It took us awhile to figure out the proper level and temperature of the water, but it looks like the new eggs we put in the bowl have finally started to hatch. Triops are little sea creatures that look like shrimp. Their life span is only about 40 days long.
Michael, Evan, and Samantha all saw the triops swimming around in the bowl. Evan even said that it looks like it is trying to climb up so that it can sit on the sand in the bowl. We put some triops food in the bowl so hopefully our triops will start to grow bigger.