February 19

Junior High by Room 37

This month in E.L.A we have finished book clubs and have just started reading the book “Red Wolf.” The book is about a young aboriginal boy that has been forced away from his family by the Canadian government to attend a residential school. So far both of our classes are enjoying the book.

In Science class we have been learning about the particle theory and the difference between temperature and heat. Everyone was put in a small group and we had to make an insulator that would fit in our backpack. We had to put a can full of water inside the insulator with a thermometer that we checked periodically over the course of an hour. Several students have been attending the Inner City Science Center once every two weeks.

 

In Social Studies we have been learning about human rights. We have to do a research project on either a human rights activist or on an event where we can show what human right was violated.

In Math we have started learning about integers. The grade 7’s are learning how to add and subtract integers while the grade 8’s are learning how to multiply and divide integers.

In shops, the grade 7’s are in electronics and have been building shocking devices. The grade 8’s are in Freeze Frame and have been working on creating their own music videos.

All junior high students have just switched creativity hour classes. Half of the students are now in dance, while the other half is in technology on Days 1 and 2.  On Days 3 &4, half of the students are in music while the other half is now in Spanish.

On Janary 16th, eight junior students attended the divisional “Everyone Has the Right Conference” at the Human Rights Museum.  On Thursday, Feb. 14th, the principal from the MET School in Seven Oaks School Division and 4 of her students, attending our Genius Hour afternoon and shared with us their projects and to talk with us about how their project based learning presentations are done. On Feb.27, ten junior students will be attending the Youth Matters Conference hosted by the Winnipeg Police Service. All junior high students will be taking part in the Speak Up, a mental health literacy program that will take place every morning next week.  Finally, many of us are looking forward to the junior high ski trip on March 7th.

 

February 15

The Earl Grey Choirs will be singing in the Winnipeg Music Festival this year! 

You are welcome to come watch your child’s performance in the festival. Admission to watch costs $5 (children are free).

 

The Grade 6-8 “Advanced Choir” Club will perform on Tuesday, February 26th at 12:30 p.m. at Westminster United Church.

 

The Grade 1-3 Choir (Rooms 12, 16, 21, 22, 23) will perform on Monday, March 4th at 10:00 a.m. at Westminster United Church.

 

The Grade 4-6 Choir (Rooms 25, 26, 27, 28) will perform on Tuesday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. at Westminster United Church.

 

For their performances, the students should wear:

-any black bottoms (pants, tights, skirts, etc.)

-any white tops (shirt, sweater, hoodie, t-shirt, etc.)

 

Please visit Mrs. Alvarez’s YouTube channel if your child would like to listen to/practice the songs for the Winnipeg Music Festival:

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrWGTwtifToXCN6Y7x-orI6twkoweayhg

 

February 15

Room 26 had a ball with WISE-Kid Netic Energy

We enjoyed another visit from WISE-Kid Netic Energy this month! Students investigated a variety of exciting chemical reactions that extended our learning about matter.  We were amazed by the changes we observed after mixing substances together including changes in temperature and colour.  At the end of our session each student created a bouncy ball.  When mixing substances together, it was a challenge to create the appropriate consistency needed to form the bouncy ball.  At the end, it was all worth it! Experimenting with matter is truly amazing!

 

February 12

Room 13 LOVES Arctic Animals

This month we have been learning all about animals that live in the arctic. We have also been practicing reading and writing about arctic animals. We can all read the book “Who Lives in the Arctic?” As a class, we made a video about which animals are our favourite for the January assembly.

 

February 12

Spanish Bilingual Open House

¡Bienvenidos!

The Spanish Team would like to let you know that there will be an upcoming Information Evening for the Spanish program on February 21st at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in having a student in the Spanish bilingual program at Earl Grey. We are now accepting registration for September 2019 for students in Kindergarten and Grade 1.

Spanish bilingual programming provides students with the opportunity to learn the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in Spanish. Being in a bilingual program develops an appreciation for cultural diversity, and encases problem solving skills.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 204-474-1441.

 

We would be happy to meet you at our information evening.

 

Adios!

February 12

Room 23: What do you know about Manitoba animals?

 

On Wednesday, February 6th we had a special visitor.  Her name was Dr. Erin McCance from the University of Manitoba. With her, she brought different animal skulls, her animal trackers/collars, antlers, teeth and pictures that she took.

The first thing she showed us was an elk skull and some of it’s teeth. We thought it was SO awesome and interesting. For some of us it was our first time touching a real skull. Did you know that a female elk is called a cow and a male is called a bull?

Next, Dr. McCance talked about the difference between horns and antlers. Horns never fall off. Antlers fall off every winter and the animal grows new ones in the spring.

Did you know that a moose can weight up to 1500 pounds? We didn’t! Dr. McCance brought in a pair of real life male moose antlers for us to hold. They felt hard and very heavy. They must be VERY STRONG to hold up those antlers!

Something that is very gross and interesting about moose is the way they attract the females with their bells.  When the male moose want to find a mate they head to the muddiest area, walk in, go pee and they roll around in the mixture. The bell than starts to smell like the mixture and believe it or not the females love it. It is like perfume for moose!

Dr. McCance explained to us that most of the male animal skulls she had with her had antlers but the white-tailed deer female also has antlers. Did you know that a female deer is called a doe and a male is called a buck?

 

How many stomachs do you think white-tailed deer have? They have not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 stomachs! When the white-tailed deer eats it’s food it goes down into it’s first stomach. When it lays down the deer regurgitates it’s food from the first stomach and rechews food ssssslllllllooooowwwwwwlllllllllyyyy. We learned so much information with Dr. McCance.

One of the most important pieces of information that Dr. McCance shared with us was to “watch wildlife from far away because they might hurt you by mistake” like bite or attack you. She also said to leave the job of taking care of the babies to the mothers. Dr. McCance told us not to feed wild life because they can get confused and that it is important that they learn to find food for themselves. Some of the food that we might feed them is not good for their diet and can make them sick.

We LOVED seeing the animal bones and having Dr. McCance come to visit us. We would love to see her again and learn some more!

 

Love,

Room 23

February 6

Room 27 January Story

January brought many exciting adventures to Room 27. One of them was the 4,5,6 Share Fair. At the Share Fair students shared their interesting projects with their families, friends, teachers and fellow classmates.  If they wanted they could be in a private room with just their parents. One cool project was Nolan’s Crested Gecko presentation. Another very interesting  presentation was about Animal Cannibalism. There were so many different topics!

 

The Grade 4 students all went to the Pan Am Pool for swimming lessons on Thursdays in January.  We have learned how to be safe around water and ice.  We have also learned the dos and don’ts when someone needs help in the water.  We practiced using flotation devices. We have one more lesson left.

 

As a class we have been studying Chemistry.  What is Chemistry you ask?  Chemistry is the study of properties of and changes in matter.  You might also be wondering about the word matter and what it means.  Everything is made of matter!  You are made of matter.  We have done several experiments to learn about variables and how we test one and control the rest.  We are looking forward to more.

 

 

 

Share Fair details and ideas by the Grade 5 students.

Swimming information by the Grade 4 students

Chemistry by the Grade 6 students.

January 31

Room 28: In Our Classroom This Month

 

This month we started our new read aloud book: “Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher.¨ It’s about a kid who was running away from a girl, and found a magic shop. He was given an egg that was glowing different colours. He didn’t believe it at first, but it just so happened to be a dragon egg. So he has to learn how to raise a dragon baby, and the dragon keeps getting him into trouble! We think that the dragon is going to get really big and break their house. Jeremy might have to set the dragon free.

We are also learning about legends and writing our own. We have been reading some legends like “Cat and Rat” a Chinese zodiac legend by Ed Young and “Rainbow Crow”.

 

Passion Project Share Fair

Passion Project Sharing night was fun! There was snacks and drinks. Lots of people came both nights. All of the students did very well at presenting. Some people even brought models and examples of their topic. Nolan from Rm 27 even brought in his gecko Enigma!

Overall, we learned new ways to do a presentation, and we all had a really good time.

Grade 4 Swimming

This year the grade 4´s 1st swimming class was lots of fun! We used flutter boards and something happened, so we got to watch the lifeguards in action! We went to the lap pool and did activities and we were at swimming from 1:00-3:00pm. On our 2nd day of swimming, when we arrived at Pan Am Pool, we did the same but sadly we didn’t go to the Lap Pool. We practiced some diving and somersaults.

 

First Outdoor Learning Session

We got to go outside last week. We got to play Oh Deer, it was so much fun and the best part was we got to make a fort, and it was made out of tarps, sticks and bungee cords. We can’t wait until it warms up so we can go out again.

 

Science Rules!

In Science we started Chemistry, Mrs. Toulman showed us a video about what Chemistry is. Ms. Jessica from U of M’s W.I.S.E. program (Woman in Science and Engineering) came to our class and taught us about chemical reactions, we had a ziplock and we mixed two substances together inside the ziplocks and it expanded a lot – it almost exploded! We also made bouncy balls and molded it by rolling it around our hand, it didn’t work for some of us and made slime instead. We had lot of fun making it.  Some of us made different colored bouncy balls and slime. We could choose clear, red, or green, those were the colours they had.

 

The Arts

 

In Arts this month we made our own replica of a Ted Harrison painting. Our paintings were a picture of some outdoor scenes with lots of colors. We painted it with hot and cold colours to represent the snow and sky. Then we outlined it with sharpie.

In dance we have learned a dance with some easy steps and hard dance moves. In dance we also did a crazy workout to get ready to dance. We all appreciate our dance teacher and she does a great job! We also have a dance club which is really exciting because they get to enter competitions and get to do a lot of cool stunts.