Friday, April 15, 2016

Centre Time

 We love centre time, and it gives us a chance to work on our problem-solving skills as we learn how to share, play with others, and work together toward a common goal.  These last few weeks, our teacher has been so excited about how creative we have been, and how we are using the blocks, balls, vehicles, Lego and other centre bins in new ways!

This last photo shows how the creativity has built over the last few weeks - each time this city is built, it includes more buildings, parking lots and spaces.  Our school is even part of the city!

What do you enjoy doing with your friends?

Friday, April 8, 2016

Jump Rope for Heart

 Today we participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  As a school, we took turns skipping in the gym as a way to get active and have fun!

 After about 30 minutes, the whole school moved outside to keep skipping.  Some of us used long ropes and skipped with a partner, while others took turns skipping with a big buddy, a friend, or even a parent! 

How do you keep your heart and lungs healthy? 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hilling our Potatoes

 Today we checked on our potatoes in the front hallway, and hilled them for the second time.  We hilled them so that there is lots of dirt around the stems so that potatoes can grow.  We also took the time to measure them and examine the leaves.

Since the weather has been so nice this week, we decided to move our potatoes outside so that they get lots of fresh air and direct light.  Here's what they look like as soon as we moved them outside.  We wondered how the potatoes will change over the next few weeks, and will be checking our plants regularly!
We are also carefully watching the garden that Mrs. Drew's class planted.  The class has planted radishes, carrots, sunflowers and wildflowers.  Which seeds do you think will sprout first?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Salmon Release

 Today we had the privilege of helping to release 28,166 salmon fry!  Volunteers and workers from the Nicomekl Hatchery came to our local creek to release the salmon, and we all had a chance to help.  Each of us got a bucket full of salmon fry, and we walked down to the creek to help the salmon begin their journey back to the sea.

 We learned that about 25% of the salmon will come back in three years to spawn, 50% of them will come back in four years, and the last 25% will come back in five years. 

As one student said, "I wish that my little salmon have a safe trip to the ocean." 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Meeting an Author and Illustrator

 Today we met local author and illustrator Dianna Bonder.  She has illustrated eleven children's books, and has written four of them.  She began by talking about her illustrations, and showed us how she uses shapes to draw the outline of people or animals, and then fills in the details.  We were impressed with her ability to add details so quickly!

She also read us her story "Eleven Lazy Llamas", which was based on a true story.  She told us that it takes her about a year to illustrate one book, and several years to both write and illustrate one book.  Have you ever met an author or illustrator?