Thursday, 8 December 2016

Mannequin Challenge

This morning we watched a few videos with mannequin challenges on them and we decided we wanted to try our own. Each time it was tough for all of us to remain still the entire time but we think this third version is our best one.  Have you ever tried the mannequin challenge?  A special thank you for Mrs. Cassidy's class in Moose Jaw as they were the first class we saw do it.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Hour of Code

On Monday we spent some time working through Apple's Swift Playground Hour of Code.  We began by watching this movie about pair programming created by

Then we got to work coding together.

If you're between the ages of 4 and 104 you can take part in the Hour of Code too! To find out more about the Hour of Code check out this resource If you are looking for some of the many Hour of Code tutorials available for yourself, your parents, or your friends, check this out . There are so many ways to code, even some that don't even use  technology.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Identity Day

Today our entire school celebrated Identity Day.  For the first half of the afternoon many classes came to visit our class to see what we were up to. Then half way through the afternoon we switched and we got to visit many classrooms to see what they were up to with their Identity Projects.  For some of us it was the very first time we went to the intermediate side of the school.

Overall it was a great experience that allowed us to learn a little bit more about the people in our school.  Here are some photos of our Identity Day.

The Gold Room Field Trip

On Monday we were fortunate to be able to go on a field trip to the Gold Room where we met a gemologist.  He took the time to look at all of our precious gem collections and help us figure out what each of them were.  Then we got to go behind the counter and look at some of our gems under the microscope. We also looked at salt and sugar crystals under the microscope.  Did you know that even though salt and sugar look similar with our eyes, when you look under a microscope they look very different.  One is a perfect cube, and one isn't even close to being a cube. Can you guess which one is cubed shaped?

Here are some photos from our adventure.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Which One Doesn't Belong?

Today Ms, Lirenman showed us four numbers and we had to decide which one didn't belong.  The numbers we were showed were 9, 16, 25, and 43.  At first, everyone was quick to say that they knew which one didn't belong. But when asked, it seemed we had a few different answers.  Some children said it was the 9, some said it was the 16, and others said it was the 43. We were confused.

Ms. Lirenman then asked us to explain our reasons behind the numbers we have chosen. Some picked the 9 because it was only a single digit number, some picked 16 because it was an even number, and some picked 43 because when you add 9 and 16 together you get 25 so it obviously didn't belong. Not so obvious right?  There were other answers too, all correct.

If you're curious to see more of these problems check out the Canadian website . Ms. Lirenman tells us we will be doing many more of these over the school year.

Planting Our Daffodils

Last Wednesday we spent our Wilderness Wednesday time planting daffodils in the front of our school.

First we had to remove the weeds we saw. Then we raked the soil to make sure it was ready for our daffodil bulbs. Finally we planted in small groups.

Here are some photos of us hard at work.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Learning with Pumpkins

On Thursday Ms. Lirenman read the book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara illustrated by G. Brian Karas. With the knowledge we gained from the book we made predictions about how many seeds we thought might be in the pumpkins we had in our classroom.

We then got to work scooping out the insides of the pumpkin and sorting out the seeds.

It was fun but messy work.

Then we had to count our seeds. Ms. Lirenman drew tens frames on our paper so it was pretty easy to count our seeds.

In between our counting we also had to see if we could pick the string that matched the circumference of our pumpkin.  Three groups could do it and four had a bit of trouble.

In the end we ran out of time and didn't get to finish counting all of our seeds. It was still a great way to learn a little bit more about pumpkins and a whole lot more about math.