Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Alicia Fiebelkorn washed and ironed the tie dye shirts that we made on Friday. We ironed on our "Green Team" badges and put the t-shirts on. Then we took our "Save the Earth" pledge. See the side bar for our pledge.
The Green Team - Check out the tie tyed t-shirts that we made last Friday.
The baby chicks started to hatch today.  So far we have a yellow chick and a black chick.  Please see the "Chicks and Bunnies" tab above for pictures.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Today was a great day.  We were so busy, that we forgot our spelling test!  Scott and Sarah's moms were in today to help us tie dye our "Green Team" t-shirts. We couldn't see how they turned out yet because they need to sit for 6 hours wrapped in plastic bags.  Scott and his mom took them home and they will rinse them out later tonight. On Monday, we will iron on our badges before trying them on.  Thank you to Mrs. Macauley and Alicia for all of your help!

We rolled and elasticized our t-shirts.  Then we
poured different colours of green, blue and yellow
dye on both sides.

These are some of the t-shirts that are done and wrapped
in plastic wrap.  They need to sit for 6 hours before they
are rinsed off and dried.  We can't wait to see what kinds
of designs we will get!
 We made beautiful flowers and clay pots for Mrs. Antymis and Mrs. Oberick because it was Secretary Day today.  We delivered these down to the office and sang to them.
Mr. Deneka brought in some very large pieces of sturdy cardboard for us to make our barn with.  We all took part in designing and painting the front of the barn.  It is now ready for Mr. Deneka to install.  Our farm is now complete and we are now waiting for the new bunnies and chicks to arrive.

This is the front of our barn.  The boys worked
on the design and painting of the window, door
and trim.
Adding the final touches to the barn.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Today we had computer class and Mrs. Deneka showed us how to log on to Worldbook online.  We got to explore the website to see if we liked it for learning about lots of different things. We are going to write Mrs. Myles a letter and ask her if we can get a membership for our classroom so that we can research and write about chickens and rabbits.  We watched a "Magic School Bus" video about the water cycle.  In math, we worked on our own doing "How Many Ways".  We got to choose between three numbers - 23, 69 or 94. In writing, we started planning our table of contents for our information books on chickens.  Catrina and Lex had show and tell today and presented their projects made from recycled items. 

Lex made a train out of various containers and a toilet paper roll.


Catrina made a piggy bank out of a milk jug and a boat out of
pop bottles, cardboard, and toilet paper rolls.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Mrs. Klein was our substitute teacher until 12:00 p.m.  This afternoon, we started learning about the water cycle in Science. There are some cool water cycle songs on utube.  The rabbit hasn't had her babies yet, but she is resting a lot.   In French, we learned about the days of the week and did a cut and paste worksheet.  We wrote in our journals about the puppet show that we saw yesterday.  Reegan was the helper of the day.  She made a life size robot out of recycled materials.  She also made flip flops from duct tape!!
Life size robot from cereal boxes, koolaid Jammers,
paper towel rolls and duct tape.  The robot is reading
a story that Reegan wrote about the Titanic.

Flip flops made from duct tape

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Today we went to a  K.O.B. (click on the blue letters to connect to website) puppet show.  There were three skits. The first skit had a puppet named Jennifer who has a learning disability.  The second puppet show was about Anna who has ADHD and the third skit was about bullying on the playground.  We learned a lot.

Jennifer talking about having a
learning disability.
Anna talking about having ADHD

In math, we worked on equivilent equations using balance scales and "How Many Ways". 
Madyson presented her recycled items project.  See the pictures below - great job Madyson!

Hot Air Balloon - made from
milk bottles, egg cartons,
part of Taylor's old toy, beads
and many more items.

Madyson melted all of her old crayons
 in a muffin tin to make new, multi-
colored crayon pucks - great for

A mouse, dog and airplane made from
all recycled items.

We miss you Carson!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Today, we worked on finishing up stories that we are working on so that we can begin to write about chickens and their life cycle.  We went to the library, gym and had art class.  When we got to school, Oreo was frantically making a nest.  She is going to have babies any day and we didn't even know it!  We found out that Chocolate Chip is not a girl, but a boy!  The Silkie hens are not broody yet, so we covered their nesting boxes to help them get more privacy.  Our eggs in the incubator are going to hatch in eight days. 
We are having a "Save the Earth" challenge this week.  Please see the letter and checklist that was sent home today in our agendas.  If we complete all 10 challenges by Friday, we become members of Room 191's Green Team and will get to tie dye t-shirts.
Camden's baby sister, Montana Sky visited us today.
She is 4 days old!  What a beautiful baby girl.
Camden now has a sister!
Emily made her project out of milk jugs lids, a toothpaste box, coffee filters, a milk carton, a catfood tin, pudding cups and a marinara container. She made a model of a truck stop in Banff that has a mountain in the background.  Awesome job, Emily!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today was Freedom from Disease day at BEYS.  We watched a short video on disease around the world.  Many people have to walk for miles to get medicine and see a doctor.  We all wore bandaids and wrote words on them related to sickness.  We did this to remember all of the kids that don't get proper health care.

This afternoon, we went to East Gate Lodge to make birdhouses with the residents, have a snack and clean up the courtyard. 

Making birdhouses for Earth Day at East Gate Lodge

Cleaning up the grounds at East Gate Lodge

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

At BEYS it was "Freedom From Poverty" day.  We learned that every 3 1/2 seconds someone around the world dies from poverty.  In Canada, we can get medicine, food and clean water.  People can help us if we're living in poverty.  Other countries are not so lucky like us and do not have enough doctors, medicine, jobs and food to go around. 
Mrs. Myles getting trapped in her office
as classrooms deliver their food donations.
Today we helped our own community by bringing in canned goods to donate to the foodbank.  We trapped Mrs. Myles, our Principal in her office with all of our food donations.
Tomorrow is Freedom from Disease and Freedom to Act day.
Don't forget that we have a spelling test tomorrow because there is no school on Friday for students.
We are going to EGL tomorrow afternoon to do Spring cleanup and make birdhouses with the residents.  We are making "Dirt Cups" for our snacks at EGL. Sarah's mom, Tyson's mom and Scott's mom and Klara's mom are our helpers!  Thank you!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It was the second day of "Five Days For Freedom".  The theme was exploitation.  Did you know that 1:6 children worldwide have to work?  Some of these children are as young as 5 years old. For 10 minutes we sorted colored rice to try to get an idea of what it would be like to work in a factory.  We dimmed the lights and we were not allowed to talk.  The "Boss" (Mrs. Deneka) wandered around the factory keeping everyone on task.  Students that were off task or not doing their "job" were reprimanded.  We all reflected afterward and these are some of the comments below:

Klara:  "When the "Boss came over to me, I felt

Scott:  "Kids should have freedom to go to school
and learn."

Madyson:  "I got sore on my neck because
I had my head down for 10 minutes".

Aaron:  "It's not good for the children because
they don't get fresh air and get to play."

Tomorrow is "Freedom from Poverty" at BEYS.  Please bring non-perishable items (canned or boxed foods) to donate to our local food bank.  Our goal is to "can" Mrs. Myles (in other words, we are going to try to fill up her office with canned goods so she can't get in to work).

Tyson made an Inukshuk our of recycled boxes.
Aaron made a castle out of oil filter boxes and
empty candy tubes.

Today's presentations:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sarah and Aaron were the class helpers today. This week is Five Days for Freedom at BEYS.  Today we learned about Freedom From Thirst.  Did you know that we have communities in Northern Manitoba that do not have clean water? We also learned that a lot of children around the world get sick from dirty water.  Girls walk many miles everyday just to get clean water for their families. We had a kickoff assembly in the gym.  We are collecting loose change all week for our water bottle that is situated by the office.  All money collected will go toward our village in Kenya.


Sarah made a playground for her 2 hamsters
called Hamsterville Friends.  She made it out
of recycled box, toilet paper rolls and an old

Sarah brought in her hamsters to try out
the Hamsterville playground!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, April 13th, 2012

We had a Principal Awards Assembly today. Congratulations to our class recipients, Evan, Carson and Keagen.  Milk orders have been sent home today along with a schedule of activities that will be occurring during "Five Days For Freedom" next week at BEYS.  Mrs. Carriere's baby granddaughter visited us today.  What a sweet baby girl!  The Silkie Hens are still adjusting to our busy classroom.  We are hoping that they will start brooding soo, because there are 12 eggs waiting in the nest.

Evan created a pencil holder
from an old telephone book!
Devin made a birdhouse
from a 2 litre pop bottle.
These little chicks are Silkies (one is a Red Silkie and the other is a Partridge Silkie).  They are living with our Silkie Hens.  Aren't they cute!!
Red and Partridge Silkie
Red Silkie - 5 Days Old

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dianne Fitzmaurice from made a presentation to our classroom about chickens today.  She left two adult Silkie Hens and 12 eggs with us to keep for the next month.  The hens will brood the eggs for 21 days and hopefully we will get some chicks hatching out of the eggs.  Mr. Liske also gave us some eggs and we placed those into an incubator. So our inquiry project about chickens and their lifecycles should be very interesting and exciting.
Don't forget that we have a spelling test tomorrow!
Next week is 5 Days of Freedom at BEYS.  We will be posting the schedule of activities tomorrow.

Starting to brood
One of our Silkie Hens
The Silkie checking her eggs

We also had an Americana Rooster visit us.  He strutted around the room making himself right at home.

Americana Rooster
Don't mess with the hair!

 Jeremy presented his project made out of recycled products. He made a helicopter made from pop cans, Kinder egg containers and a plastic chicken container.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Tonight is Family Math Night from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. We got our games ready and tidied up the room.  Students in grade one will be playing "Race to Twenty or Thirty" and will choose a "Power of Ten" math game to teach their families.  Students in grade two will play "Four Kings" and choose a "Power of Ten" game as well.  We had gym blast today with Mr. Mario. 
Carson, Kalan and Kianna presented their recycled projects.
Kianna made a robot out of a milk jug, cereal box and pop bottles.

 Carson made a vehicle transporter out of toilet paper rolls, bread twists ties, cardboard, popsicle sticks and beads.
 Kalan made a wind twister out of a broomstick and milk jug.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Mrs. Haladar was in for Mrs. Deneka today.  Kianna had show and tell today.  Mrs. Deneka will post the picture of her project tomorrow.  We were supposed to be getting our Silkie Hen tomorrow but this will now happen on Thursday afternoon.  We have gymblast tomorrow and everyone in our classroom will be attending (there were no amber slips)!  Way to go Room 191!!
Tomorrow evening is Family Math Night from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  Come out for an evening of math games and fun!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday, April 9th, 2012

We practiced our math games for Family Math Night.  We had our spelling preview today.  The new spelling words are updated on this blog.  We wrote in our weekend journals and had guided reading with our reading groups.  We went to the library to sign out books.  This afternoon, Scott, Kailey and Jorden presented their objects made from recycled products.  They were awesome!

Scott's Airplane is made from plastic bottles and a cardboard Cola box.
 Kailey made three projects.  This is a ski-doo made out of a juice carton, bottle lid and popsicle sticks.
                                 She made an ornament of the sun out of popsicle sticks and a jar lid.
                Kailey soaked an old toothbrush in hot water for 10 minutes and then formed it into a bracelet.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday, April 4th, 2012

These are pictures of the Easter Bunnies that we painted.  Students will be taking them home today as gifts to their parents.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Please check agendas for mail.  There is information about a pizza lunch (fundraiser), Family Math Night and community flag football. 
We had writer's workshop today and wrote for over one hour!! Some of us are working on rough drafts, some of us conferred with the teacher and are now publishing and some of us are writing chapter books!  We have a whole classroom of authors and illustrators.
There is a spelling test tomorrow. Jorden is our helper of the day and presenter tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

We worked on "Number of the Day" and "How Many Ways" in math.  In spelling, we learned about contractions. We also learned a song called "There is No A in They!"  Ask your child to sing this song for you.  We finished our Easter rabbit faces and started working on butterflies.  We are collecting empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Please send them in if you have any.

Klara made a purse (first photo) from a recycled bag and embellished it with old buttons.  She also made a jewelry box (second photo) from an egg carton.