We have chickens in our class.We have Columbia Rock ,Barred Rock, Buff Orpington and Black Australorp. So far Three Chickens have hatched. One is trying to hatch. I have had three chickens so far. We have seen the egg tooth in the eggs that have hatched. We have seen the chicks cuddle and walk. They make peeping sounds. They look like they are play fighting some times.
The new calendar year comes in the middle of the school year and it has always a struggle between starting new and continuing what works. I haven’t done too much with this blog this year. It has mostly been a housing of links and a small window into what happens in our classroom. During the break I have had some time to revisit a few things, look around and tidy some things and think about how I want to continue using this site. I hope to post more frequently in 2016 and that you become a more frequent visitor. The primary audience for this site has been my students and families and that will continue; this is a jumping off place for the students in my class to explore new learning using the internet. The focus of this site will continue to be to share our learning with you.
As I look through the site, I reread the Learning Intentions page create in 2013 and those words still ring true.
I have struggled to find a way to communicate my learning intentions for your children this year without making them too specific and having to uploaded too often. Many of you may have heard about the Maple Ridge School Districts new report cards because they have been in the news lately. Maple Ridge has decided that they will not give intermediate students letter grades on their written report cards. This decision has caused much discussion around the province.
I have looked at the primary report card and like many things about it, most of all I like that their goals for inquiry learning. As I read these goals I find that they describe my goals for your children in our classroom. They are broad and general but they are ultimately what I hope for your children as they move through this year of learning. In our class we talk about learning to learn and these goals describe what that process looks like. I would love your comments and feedback on how you feel about these goals as a way to communicate your child’s progress.
These are our learning intentions for your child this year will be for them to;
Plan ahead and implement ideas Describe and reflect on experiences Make connection to extend knowledge Use a variety of information and resources to solve problems, investigate ideas and answer questions Use materials in imaginative and creative ways
These goals fit perfectly with our new curriculum being implemented in British Columbia and continue to clearly communicate my goals for your child. I hope that you see these traits begin to develop in your child as they move through the Primary Years in school. If you ever have questions or concerns about things that are happening in our school please contact me. 2016 is going to be an amazing year!
We have been working hard in Grade 1 & 2. Learning how to learn is hard work, but it is fun. We have been talking a lot about honesty this month in our Classroom Championsunit. Sometimes telling the truth is hard and we don’t want to do it. We have read several different versions of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, including The Wolf Who Cried Boy.
We discussed how and why being honest is important.
To sum up the month of October it was busy!! Check out this short slideshow to see some of the things we are doing in our class.
We have been working on Science Fair projects. Many students in our class have not done Science Fair projects before so we decided we would do some experiments and enter them into the Eagle View Science Fair as a class. Last week we did 5 different experiments, went through the scientific process and Monday we will get ready to present our projects as a group. Each child will be part of a small group who will present to the judges during the Fair. I have tried to introduce various ways to record and observe.
Students have chosen, or in some cases names have been drawn, to determine which experiment they will wish to present at the Fair. I welcome you to stop by and view the projects on Tuesday afternoon or ask your child to tell you about the experiments we have completed in class.
This is a video we all created using video as a observation tool. After we recorded our observations and learn about the science of why the leakproof baggie works.