In February, we learned about the Olympics! Snowboarding, figure skating, the skelton, women’s and men’s hockey, curling, speed skating, skiing, the luge, and sledding. We wrote about what we would compete in if (and when!) we are in the Winter Olympics. We updated our tally marks for how many medals Canada won. We won a total of 29 medal!
We had many readers come and share with us some stories during I Love to Read Month! Veronica Hamulka came to read her daughter’s favorite books, “The Princess and Pig” and “Prince Ribbit”. Georgie’s dad came to read and he read “Old Mac Donald Heard A Fart”. We loved making the different fart noises. Mike Benson from the BC Lions came and share with us what happens when you bring a mouse to school or give a moose a muffin. Mariam from Room 21 came to read her favorite Robert Munch book. Wab Kinew came to read to our whole school about different games of strength, agility, and endurance. Finally, Manitoba Opera came to read to us “Opera Cat” and teach us a vocal warm up!
February was A LOT of fun and we LOVED all the books!
Love, Room 23
Room 28 participated in a walk for the Ladybug Foundation. The LadyBug foundation is a foundation that raises awareness and money to give to the homeless. What an awesome foundation! Congratulations to everyone that donated and especially C.J. for donating 68 dollars!
Did you now that on February 15th it was Canadian Flag Day? We learned that our red and white flag was first flown on Feb 15, 1965!
You are also not allowed to write on the national Canadian flag, and in parades when the flag comes you should take off your hat. Also every school in Canada has to sing O Canada!
In Room 28 we learned a little bit about Chinese New Year. Did you know that most grade 6 people are born in the year of the dog and most grade 5 are born the year of the pig? This year, 2018, is a dog year! Also we learned that people who celebrate Chinese new year clean their house to sweep away bad luck, and then put away their brooms so that good luck won’t be swept away. They also use a lot of the colour red for luck.
Last thing, that was probably the best , was Camp Cedarwood because of the fact that it was only for grades 5 & 6. It was amazing! The food, activities, and no gaming devices! One of the activities we did was cross country skiing. You had to go through a trail that was kind of long, but some people managed to do more than 3 laps. Another activity was survival skills. On that activity, we learned a few survival skills. One of them, for example, is how to build a shelter during either the winter, spring, fall, or summer. Another skill was how to make a fire.
That was it for Room 28’s month of February!
February has been a very eventful month for us in junior high and March looks busy as well. For the past several weeks we have been learning about democracy and the great Greek philosopher Socrates. In language arts we are just completing our Lord of the Flies novel study and we are going to be finishing it off by taking part in several Socratic Seminars. Last week we watched the movie and compared it to the book and we feel that the book was better and it is a book we highly recommend.
As a part of our science program, the grade sevens have made several trips to the Inner City Science Lab where they had the opportunity to work in a real lab for the day. In our light and optics unit, we conducted a number of experiments such as dissecting a pig’s eye and testing a variety of lenses.
In the beginning of February, we began a second session of Genius Hour. This time around we have two options, we can either do another passion project, or try our hand at designing a new marketable product.
In February, both Kelvin and Grant Park came and made a presentation to our grade eight students about how high school works and how to register. We also began some exam preps.
The most exciting part of the month was our Gym Riot event which took place on February 23rd and involved all students from grades five to eight. We were divided into three teams and each team had to come up with a team name, a team colour, a chant and a poster that every member had to sign. Our teams were named the Black Panthers, the Blue Lightning and the White Marshmallows.Some of our favourite events were the art contest and the pie eating contest. At the end of the day the Black Panthers were victorious and were treated to a pizza party.
We have been learning about friendship and love. The eagle is love. Eating healthy food and drinks shows love for your body.- Naomi
Love is hugs and kisses. – Maggie
I love my Mom and Dad. – Elliot
I can show love for my school and not be a litterbug. – Tryce
I can show love by not being a bully. – Jordyn
I love Spinasaurus and T-Rex. – Carter
I love my sister and give her hugs. – Hannah
I love my cousin and I say that I love her. – Oliver
I show love by being kind when people are crying and hurt. We can not kiss at school. – Layla
I love the whole world so I take care of it. I don’t kill plants. – Willow
My Mom always kisses me. She loves me and I love her. – Evan
I love my sisters. I share my toys with my sisters. – Mylee
I love my family and I hug them. – Charley
Love is being kind to your friends. – Mia
I can show love by washing the dishes without being asked. I can take out the garbage and recycling. I can show love when I listen to my Mom and Dad and do whatever they say right away. – Joe
Valentine’s Day by Anne Rockwell
We chose this book because it gives us ideas on how to make Valentine’s Day cards for our classmates. We are very excited about our Valentine’s Day party and excited about giving Valentine’s Day cards to all the students in our classroom. We think that Valentine’s Day is a day to show caring and love and this book really showed us that. The book is set in a classroom, so we made the connection to our classroom on how we can prepare for Valentine’s Day just like the students in the book.
Siempre Te Querré by Robert Munsch
We chose this book because it shows the meaning of love. This book is the Spanish version of the story “I will Always Love you” by Robert Munsch. As we read this book, we liked how we saw the boy and the mother of this book grew through time. We liked how the mother showed her love towards her child by singing him the same lullaby. It shows how much love the mother had towards the boy even when he was an adult. We made the connection that the story can continue with the boy becoming an adult and having his own children. He can continue singing the same lullaby to his children and his children can continue with their children.
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
We liked this book because Pete the Cat was playing the song on his guitar. In the pictures you could see he was practicing adding numbers, just like us!
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
We liked this book because it had neat pictures. We liked how the yarn only worked for the nice character, Annabelle, and not the mean Arch duke! He was rude!
No Clean Clothes by Robert Munsch
Room 15’s favourite book was No Clean Clothes by Robert Munsch. The book made us laugh. It was funny when all the animals kissed the girl.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud
Live your life as a bucket filler. Filling a bucket goes a long way toward helping other people feel good about themselves.
When you fill a bucket your own bucket gets filled too!
Wolf Island by Celia Godkin
We liked reading this book because it talked about what wolves eat. We were sad when the wolves sailed away from the island. We learned that wolves help control how many deer are on the island by eating the hurt ones.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
For the months of December and January we read the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This adventurous book is about Brian Robeson who had many problems when taking a small passenger plane to visit his dad in the Canadian wilderness. It was a fantastic story with many animal encounters and survival tips. If you are curious to know more, read the book to find out! We highly recommend it!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle
We chose A Wrinkle in Time for our January book. We are enjoying reading a Science Fiction book! We can’t wait for the movie to come out in March!
The Night Gardener by Johnathan Auxier
We decided on Night Gardener (by Jonathan Auxier) because it is a very unique piece of writing. The book has a really interesting plot that grabbed our attention. It is about a tree that stands out from the rest, and a peculiar gardener that cares for the tree. All in all we rate it 10/10!
During the month of February, we celebrated 100th Day twice and celebrated I Love to Read Month. For 100th Day, we went to the Manitoba Children’s Museum where we talked about what we learned during the past 100 days, we wrote them down on little pieces of paper and put them in balloons. The museum created a 100th Day balloon tree with our balloons. We also had a 100 day fiesta with the Spanish kindergarten class. We had so much fun!
For I Love to Read month, Wab Kinew came in and read to our school. Señora Zacharias’ uncle, Pedro, also came in to our classroom and read to us in Spanish. Thank you Wab Kinew and Pedro!!
It was a fun filled February!
From: Room 12 – Grade 1 Spanish Bilingual
Durante el mes de febrero, celebramos el Día 100 dos veces y celebramos el mes de I Love to Read. Para el Día 100, fuimos al Museo de Niños de Manitoba donde hablamos sobre lo que aprendimos durante los últimos 100 días, los escribimos en papel y los pusimos en globos. El museo creó un árbol del globo número 100. También tuvimos una fiesta de 100 días con la clase de kínder en español. ¡Nos divertimos mucho!
Para el mes de I Love to Read, Wab Kinew llego y leyó a nuestra escuela. También el tío de la señora Zacharias, Pedro, vino y nos leo en español en nuestra clase. ¡Gracias Wab Kinew y Pedro!
¡Fue un mes lleno de diversión!
De: Cuarto 12 – Grado 1 Español Bilingüe
January was a great month. One of our favourite days this month was the Bannock Making and Voyageur Day! In the morning Room 28 helped us make the bannock and we loved cooking it over the campfire. In the afternoon at the Voyageur Day, the Grade 6 students were in charge of teaching the students the games and making sure that everyone was participating and having fun. The Grade 5s were team leaders. They made sure that their team went to the correct stations. The Grade 4s were great role models for the younger students on their teams! We enjoyed all of the activities and had a lot of fun being outside!
Another activity we enjoyed this month was making hot dogs for the entire school! As a fundraiser for the Grade 5/6 Camp our class organized the Hot Dog Lunch. We labelled lunch bags in the days leading up to the sale. The day of the sale we had an assembly line of workers packing the bags with juice and cookies. Some kids wrapped all of the hot dogs and we packed those in the bags as well. We rushed to deliver the lunches to the classrooms before the bell. It was a huge success!
Our class finished up a study of Space in January. In December the Expert Groups taught their lessons and made their presentations in the last week of school. In January we followed up our learning by answering our big questions in our Science Journals.
This month, we started out by sharing our passion project to parents, teachers and students from both rooms 28 and 27. Everyone learned lots of new things! Many parents had positive feedback to give to their children and other students.
Next up, we had a presentation from CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). A woman named Brianna visited us, and shared with us what it is like to be blind. She answered ALL of our questions, and we had lots. She even made every student from room 28 and 27 a card in braille that said our name and a message on it (it was: if you can read this message you can read the braille alphabet).
Then we held a festival day at our school. In the morning, room 28 had every class come down so we could teach them how to make bannock. In the afternoon we had the festival part which was named Festival du Voyageur, which was for grades K-4. Grade 6 students set up the stations and were running the stations, and grade 5 students were the leaders of the groups.
That’s all we had for this month. We hope we will have a great February because we leave for Camp Cedarwood on the 26th! We are so excited!
By Ivy and Lior