On Friday we had a visit from Canadian story teller and author, David Bouchard. Sadly, a scheduling mix-up meant that our time with him was very limited and our Kindergarten and Grade 1/2 students didn't get to see him as we had planned. He apologized for the confusion and David has promised to do a "do over" and come back to our school in the spring when he returns to Calgary.
For the students who did get to see him, David's message was clear - listen to, read, and remember stories! He shared that he does not consider himself an author, but a storyteller. He said that his best stories came from his Kokum; his grandmother. He told students that the stories that you hear from your family are the most important ones.
Each of our families has their own incredible and unique story. It is the story of who you are, what you value, your beliefs, your story of how you came to live here in this amazing country we call home. David encouraged students to ask their grandparents, or their parents to tell them a story. If you are a parent or grandparent, take the chance today to share the story only you can tell them - your story. If you are a student - ask the important people in your life to tell you a story. It is how we learn who we are and where we came from.
News from Grade 1/2
In Grade 1 and 2 we are exploring weather and temperature changes. Using The Weather Network, we make daily recordings about the temperature and wind chill and look at the changes from day to day. We discuss whether yesterday the temperature was warmer or colder and what we think will happen tomorrow. Did you know that on the Douglas Harkness website there is a link that let’s parents know what the temperature at the school is? If you follow the link, the webpage will also give you suggestions for what your child should wear to school to be safe from extremely cold weather.
We have placed thermometers around the school to measure and compare the temperature in different places like the learning commons, our classrooms and in the office. We even put a few thermometers outside so we could check if the temperature outside matches the temperature on The Weather Network. At lunch one day, the thermometer on the metal door outside reached 40 degrees Celsius! Do you think that it was actually 40 degrees outside? What could be causing the thermometer to be so wrong?
Students have also been working hard to learn to read thermometers. It has been very tricky for us because there have been so many negative numbers in our forecast lately! We learned that when there is a minus beside the number it means that it is colder than if there is no minus. We also learned that when there is less red (or the red moves down) on the thermometer it means it is getting colder, and when there is more red (or the red moves up) it is getting warmer. You can work on this with your child at home by watching the Weather Channel or the Weather Forecast on the news.
Last Week's Math Challenges
The record seems to be 51! THAT is a LOT of squares! Some people turned them to look like diamonds, but those are STILL squares! Great job, everyone!
This Week's Math Challenge
This week's challenge is about something that works in math, social studies and in language arts, sot it's the only challenge I will share this week
A PALINDROME is a number, word or phrase that is the same backwards as forwards - for instance, WOW is the same if you read it from the left OR the right. So is this sentence - Was it a rat I saw?
In Math these numbers occur all over the place!
If you have mastered that, try making your OWN by following these steps!
What famous events happened in years that are palindromes?
Who was born in a palindrome year?
When will the next palindrome year be?
PE FOCUS – Gymnastics - please have children wear clothes that allow lots of movement
Playground schedule - Division 2 on playground before school and at recess and Division 1 on the playground at lunch time.
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