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Room 129 does the Lego Challenge

Late last week the students participated in a LEGO challenge. Each table was given “a bunch” of different LEGO blocks and given challenge sheets to complete. On the LEGO challenge cards were engineering design challenges that the students were to build solutions to using LEGO bricks.

Some of the challenges included:

Name Challenge – students were challenged to engineer themselves a name tag using LEGO Bricks.

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Bridge Challenge –  A LEGO person who lives in Canada wants to visit his LEGO friend in England. To get across the ocean that separates Canada and England, the LEGO person can only drive. Engineers were challenged to build a bridge that was strong and sturdy so no LEGO people fall into the ocean.

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Make something Symmetrical  – Engineers were challenged to build a structure that was symmetrical.

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Make a LEGO boat and see if it will float – Engineers were challenged to build a boat made of LEGO and test it to see if it floats.

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The students loved these challenges and we will continue to do more. These challenges promote communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

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These challenges can also easily be done at home! So challenge the engineers in your life to an afternoon LEGO challenges!

 

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Peace is all around us

Peace

is not a gap between times of fighting,

or a space where nothing is happening,

Peace

is something that

lives,

grows,

spreads –

and needs to be looked after.

~Peace Begins with You     By Katherine Scholes

This week we have been reading, writing and learning about Peace within us. We read the book A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson and talked about the symbolism of the poppy on Remembrance Day. The students were very fascinated by the poppy and the dove as symbols of Peace and Remembrance.  We talked about remembering War times and honouring our Veterans those that have died, and those that are still alive. We talked a lot about not wanting War to happen again – wanting peace and what that looks like, feels like, smells like. We wrote about Peace, first as a class and then on our own. Here is our class poem:

Peace Within Us

Peace is love

Peace is to be loved

Peace is  calm

Peace is joyful

Peace is strong

Peace is having a fun time

Peace is having a friend

Peace is having a poppy

Peace is sharing and caring

Peace is seeing beauty
EVERYWHERE!

~By Room 129

Yesterday afternoon Montrose had their Remembrance Day service and the Grade 1/2 pints sang This is why we sing (the whole song is linked at the top of the blog). Below I have posted a quick video of Room 129 singing. There are no words to describe how truly beautiful it was to hear their voices singing this song. I hope you enjoy the quick glimpse and be sure to ask your child to sing it for you.

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Wow! Time sure does fly when you’re having Fun in Room 129!

October, October, where did you go?

 

It was a busy month – and I was lagging in the blogging department. Sorry about that. A quick catch up is needed for all of us!

We finished out Leaf and Autumn Inquiry. Students worked through the scientific method and discovered many interesting facts about leaves. We experimented with leaves in many different ways and even made some beautiful leaf mobiles for your homes (Shout out to Aude for the awesome idea!!).  As well, we took weekly walks around our community looking at all the leaves around us and on the trees. Riverheights is a great place to be in the Fall time!  It was interesting that the students were most fond of this little Maple Tree that has been obviously recently planted on Elm street – right beside the fence by Montrose Playground. They loved looking at the leaves and because the tree was “just planted”, it was easy to investigate the leaves, stems on the trees and branches. The students all took turns smelling the leaves each time we passed and it was amazing to see all of the different colours a Maple Leaf can turn. They also keep their shape so nicely, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if these little leaf lovers grow up and plant Maple Trees all in their yards!

Our Favourite Maple Tree!

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Hope you have found a neat spot for your Fall Mobiles. They turned out so well!

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October gave us our Annual Montrose fundraiser. This year the theme was a Triath-A-Thon. We danced, did yoga and math back in the classroom. I am so proud of the efforts the students and parents in Room 129 made. Together we raised so much money for our great school. Our class came in SECOND PLACE for the we money raised . . .  in the whole school! We won a Fruit and Veggie PARTY and an Extra Recess! I think we will wait to use them on a sunny day in January!

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We continued to go for lots of walks in October! We did community walks, we did listening walks and my favourite let’s slow down and take pictures walks; Each group of three was given 1 camera and they each had to take three pictures each (no more, no less). It was amazing how with a bit of thoughtfulness put into their photography, the things the students noticed around the community to take pictures of. We will definitely do this lots more!  Students shared their pictures with their peers and it was so neat to hear “I noticed this cool bird feeder in the trees above the far park”, “I took a picture of a branch shaped like a diamond”, “I saw the most beautiful leaf on the ground, look at my picture!”.

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Listen, Listen, What do you hear?

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The Authors in Room 129 continue to write in copious amounts! We celebrated #NationalAuthorsDay, but really, EVERYDAY is National Authors Day in Room 129. The students write and share, write and share, write and share. They continue to get inspired by published books and books written by the writers in Room 129. Lately they have been really noticing the details of books; the publishing company, contents page, page numbers, all the details! I think over the winter we will start our own Publishing company and have a publishing station where students can choose books they want to publish and then shelve them on a special book shelf for their peers to read during Drop Everything And Read Time (Independent Reading Time). I think my little Authors would really enjoy this process!

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We did HALLOWEEN (On a Monday! Why? Why? Why?)

We had our Annual Halloween Math and Carving Morning. Thank you to all the parents who took time and joined us. We love having parents come in to help! You are welcome ANY time!!

We weighed pumpkins, measured the circumference of the pumpkins, did estimation with size and how many pumpkin seeds, we grouped and tallied the seeds, predicted and checked if pumpkins can float, chose how to carve the pumpkin as a team and drew names for who got to take the pumpkin home at the end of the day!

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The afternoon brought Fun Costumes! Great food! SPOOKY, SPOOKY Gym time, Computer Games and a little dancing!

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And now November is here! Isn’t it lovely! I can’t remember a November so warm and beautiful. We are enjoying all the moments and continue to get outside as we are fully into our Community Inquiry.

 

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We interrupt our regular blogging schedule….

Hi followers,

We have been very busy in Room 129! We did Halloween! We had a fantastic Field Trip! We had our fundraising wind – up assembly!

We have lots to BLOG about. Unfortunately this blogger (Me) is busy writing report cards! So check your inboxes next week. There is sure to be a few good blogs posted!

If you are not following our blog (why not!), please take some time to put your e-mail address into the small box at the top of our blog. Followers have our blog posts delivered directly to their e-mail inbox so you don`t have to keep checking in to see what we have been up to. It allows you to see right away what is happening. One of the main reasons I love blogging is so that you will have talking points with your child at dinner or before bed. You can see what they are doing during the day – and then continue the discussion and learning at home. It`s a win, win actually!

 

So check your e-mail inbox next week! Expect some good blog posts. But for right now this blogger has to get back to writing report cards!

 

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Celebrating National Author’s Day

From the Author’s in Room 129!!

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Triath-a-thon Sucess!

We had our MONTROSE Triath-A-Thon today! We DANCED! We did YOGA! We did MATH!!! It was so much fun! And for a great cause too…. US!!!!!  All proceeds (Every. Single. Cent.) goes to Montrose Students! And we couldn’t  be more Worth It!

So if you haven’t gotten your fundraising in yet, please do some ASAP!! If you have already raised your funds THANK YOU!!!

Here’s some fun pictures of us!

 

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Kids dancing is one of the best things ever!!

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This kid rocks it!

 

 

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Sun Salutations!

Then we came back and did our  quiet math to complete the Triath-A-Thon! Students filled in a 100 chart and coloured the even numbers red and the odd numbers blue. Then grouped the numbers into groups of 5. They worked so hard!

 

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Oh, River Heights Community Glows

September was the beginning of school, the addition of new classmates and with these few changes came changes to our classroom community. We spent a lot of time developing a great, kind and understanding classroom community (The Important Thing About Us, The Important Things About Room 129), as well as really understanding our Montrose School community.

Now, we are beginning to really look at the community (ies) we live in.

Montrose school is in the community of River Heights. It is a beautiful community. During our Autumn walks one of the things we really noticed was the beautiful trees all around us. The streets are lined with Oak trees, Elm trees, Evergreen trees and Maple trees.

Now we are reading lots of books about community and this week we have been going deeper into:

  • What makes River Heights special
  • How do we get around River Heights
  • Where are the places to have fun in River Heights
  • Who are the people who protect in River Heights
  • Where are the places that help in River Heights

We are asking you, our followers if there are any community experts who could come and speak with us about what they do in the community and how they help or serve our community, we would love to hear from you!

We look forward to learning more about our own community (ies). And of course we will continue to share our learning with you!

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The students worked in small groups and each had an opportunity to add to our classroom community brainstorm session. This is an efficient way to get everyone’s ideas down on paper – so everyone’s voice is truly heard. 

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Room 129 students love working together. Often when student’s hear their peers ideas it helps them to come up with connected ideas. Working together always brings out the best! 

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Cheers to learning,

The tiny citizens of River Heights Community

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Leaf Explorations with an Autumn Stroll

Leaves rustle, crunch, twirl, scatter and dance in the wind as we go on autumn strolls. 

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We went for a walk in the leaves today.

 

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The leaves rustled and crunched as we kicked them away.

 

(PRESS PLAY! ~ MADE WITH BOOMERANG APP)

Red, orange, yellow, purple and brown. They flew into the air and then fluttered down.

 

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We always have so much fun exploring, observing the changes and differences in our favourite trees. It’s so much fun getting outside. We will continue to explore the seasons – but Autumn, there is something that is just so beautiful about Autumn.

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This week the scientists of Room 129 completed their leaf experiments. We observed many things and the descriptive language was definitely a 10/10! “Slimy, gooey, gross, soft, crunchy, brown, it changed COLOUR!!” And many other comments were heard as the scientists looked at the changes in their leaves. The time frame was 7 days to see if we could keep a leaf soft. The scientist brainstormed different ways to keep the leaf soft:

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  1. Put lotion on a leaf
  2. Put Lip Stuff on a leaf
  3. Put a leaf in water
  4. Wrap a leaf in saran wrap
  5. Put a leaf outside the window (taped to the window)

The scientists hypothesized that the lotion would keep the leaf the softest. They thought the water was a good option as well.

 

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In conclusion the scientists discovered that it was the lip stuff that kept the leaf the softest and most leaf like without getting gross, breaking or changing colour.

 

Next week we have plans to see how quickly we can make a soft leaf crunchy (hint: We will be using an oven and playing with the temperatures) As well, we have collected leaves to make leaf mobiles (Thanks Aude for the great idea!). And our Fall poems are coming along very well. We will share those with you soon. Keep falling  following along as we investigate, play, hypothesize and discover Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A time to give Thanks

We spent a lot of our day today talking about what we are Thankful for. We read some books. Thank You World by Alice B. McGinty and The Thank You Book by Todd Parr. We thought and thought about all of the many things in our lives that we have to be Thankful for. Here is a small snapshot:

I am Thankful for the Earth because it is a place where everyone can live. (Julia)

I am Thankful for shoes because you wear them to keep your feet safe. (Keito)

I Thankful for my hockey stick because it makes me feel happy when I play with it. (Finnley)

I am Thankful for all the sports I play because it keeps me healthy and active and is fun to do. (Mira)

I am Thankful for water because I like to drink some. (Brody)

I am Thankful for the holidays because you spend time with your family. (Proverbs)

I am Thankful for our books because I like to read. (Quintin)

I am Thankful for my mom because she gave birth to me. (Janna)

I am Thankful for my brother because he plays with me.(Luca)

I am Thankful for my friends because they make smile. (Levi)

I am Thankful our classroom because we learn. (Anton)

I am Thankful for my mom because she helps give me a good nights sleep. (Charlotte)

I am Thankful for drawing because it keeps me creative. (Kennedy)

I am Thankful for my house because it keeps me from being too cold and too hot. (Aude)

I am Thankful for my bunny because he always helps me sleep. (Shayle)

I am Thankful for Sydney because I like to play with her. (Georgia)

I am Thankful for my doll because I like to play with her. (Maevyn)

I am Thankful for my toys because they are fun to play with. (Zoe)

I am Thankful for Mrs. Thomas because she’s wonderful, lovely and she’s the greatest teacher ever and she loves her children. (Aude, Anton, Finnley, Keito, Luca)

 

 

Not just at this time of year, but all year long, we like to think about what we are thankful for. It is a difficult concept for 6 and 7 year olds to understand  fully. It is at times, difficult for adults to understand or communicate. It can be simple or it can be more complex.

What are we thankful for?

Room 129 is asking you, our loyal followers, to comment on this blog post and answer the question What are you Thankful for? We can’t wait to hear what you share with us.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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October is a time for….

This is the month to…

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Throw leaves up in the air

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Investigate the leaves around us

Look at the bark on the trees

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Feel

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Discover

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Look closely

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Really, really close

 

 

carve a pumpkin (or just add glitter)

buy a new pair of boots

bake with pumpkin

jump in leaves and throw them in the air

trick or treat

buy or make Halloween costumes

the nights are longer, the days are shorter

to enjoy the colours of the leaves

spend  time with your family at Thanksgiving

 

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