We worked at identifying the unit in a pattern and then counting the number of units in the repeating pattern.
The watched the story of the magic e. The magic e made the other vowels strong and game them so much power that they started saying the own name. But after giving away the power the magic 'e' became weak and so became silent:(
Mindful moments in class!
100th day celebration!
We had loads of fun celebrating our 100 days of school in K2. Ms Loadwick challenged us to draw a picture of ourselves in 100 seconds!
We stacked a 100 cups.
Bounced the ball a 100 times.
Ran around the field a 100 times.
Took a 100 steps with our parents.
Looked royal by sticking 10 different objects on 10 different strips to make a crown.
Looked cool with our 100 day glasses .
BURST a 100 ballons!
Patterns are all around us. We went on a pattern hunt in the school and made lots of patterns with objects we found in the garden.
FORMS of dances to express emotions:
We looked at the dance from India called Bhangra which was performed during the harvest festival as it bought them JOY and PRIDE!
Ms Rehu came to demonstrate and teach us about Haka dance from NewZealand. It is a dance which bring out emotions like SCARE and ANGER.
Chinese New Year Dance:
Fun with directions:
Giving direction is not easy. We had loads of fun playing different games which helped us with the terms used in giving directions like forward, backward, left, right, up down, next to, beside, on top of, under and many more!
Introduction to Mathletics:
Welcome back to the New Year!
We were all so excited to see all our friends again, to share all our stories.
This week we have been revisiting our routines in the school. We looked at the rules that we need to follow in the playground, classroom and corridors.
We also revisited our Literacy routine of Daily 5, how we choose the book and how we could be responsible and build our Daily 5 stamina.
Mathematics: This terms focus is to get stronger with numbers and number bonds. We have started challenging ourselves to solve number problems.
Positional language is another aspect of Math that we are learning about.
What happens to the soil when the trees are cut?
We went around our school to look at the soil around the trees and at the soil where the trees were cut down. We discovered that the soil was very loose where the trees were chopped.
After reading the book Rainforest by Helen Cowcher we understood that when there are heavy rains, it results in floods. Since there are no trees to protect the water all the soil gets washed off. To understand this better we first made our very own roots on twigs and planted them. Then we imagined that they were roots of trees that were cut. After that, we sprayed them with jet water. What happened?
The soil washed off.
It was flooded.
Everything got destroyed.
Everything is broken.
We should not cut trees.
We will also die and go away with water.
Field Trip: Natural History Museum
Here we saw lots of animals, birds and insects.
We saw the skeleton of the dinosaur.
We also saw the Dodo bird.
They are both extinct. But when we looked at why they became extinct we found that dinosaurs became extinct due to natural reasons, but, the dodo birds became extinct due to human interaction. People hunted them adn their eggs were eaten by the people's pets. That's why there are no more of these birds.
What can we do to take care of our planet?
Blend and stretch:
We have been looking at the strategy of blend and stretch. It will help us read and spell the words better.
Combine numbers to 10.
Playing lots of different games has been helping us to count and use the 'counting on' strategy to combine numbers.
Squirrels. They live on trees and can climb up the trees very quickly.
We pretended to climb up like squirrels too!
Ms Hima got us two snails she found near her home. We observed them over two days.
On day one in the morning we gave them names. Each of us called it by different names.
Next morning the we observed some liquid and lots of black things. It had eaten the apple and then pooped and peed.
We observed how it moved very slowly.
The snails' antenna is where its eye were.
It was slimy just like the slime we play with.
It's shell was hard and it went into the shell to hide from us.
We let them go before we went home on Friday afternoon.
We are working on our number skills and figuring out different ways to combine objects to make 10
Field Trip: Botanic Garden
We saw lots of insects and animals of the rainforest in the botanic garden. It was important to protect them by not polluting our environment, not cutting down trees and following the 3 R's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
We saw the Touch Me Not plant. When we touched the plant it got scared and collected all its leaves together.
Loads of fun playing and making animal stories.
Birds or bats?
After reading the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, we wanted to fly like birds and hang upside down like bats!
Samuel's mummy bought their pet cat Bella to school. Hugh, Samuel's brother also came to our class to share a lot information about cats. We learnt about what they eat, how they see and smell (sniff), how they shed their hair, how they clean themselves, when they sleep and lots more. We all wished we had pets whom we could to take care for.
When Bella had settled and was comfortable in our classroom , we took turns to stroke her. We had to be gentle with her.
Racing to 10:
We played the game of racing bear and quick images on the ten frame. We are working on our counting- on strategy and finding number bonds to 10.
World Kindness Day November 13th: The entire Paterson campus students got together to spread kindness by saying kind words to each other. We were treated to small treats made by the teachers.
Later we got together with our grade 5 buddies and made a card for people who are special to us, spreading kindness.
House Event on Friday: Sack race fun!