Sunday, December 30, 2012

Looking back on 2012 Part 1

2012 is coming to an end and we are a third of the way through this school year. I wanted to take this time to show some of the amazing and awesome things that the students have worked on so far this year.  I am so proud of all that we have accomplished and can't wait for January 7th when we are back at school.
 - Ms. Nairn

At the beginning of December we made cards to send to classrooms across North America, as well as Australia and Northern Ireland.  This was part of a Project's by Jen project.  The theme this year was snow globes and as you can see students too their time to add detail to their drawings.  The results were great and we have enjoyed receiving cards from the other classes.  Perhaps we will get a few more in the new year.

We have been working alot on writing this term, including writing letters to our university buddies, creating our own stories and to show our understanding of position, in science, writing riddles.  This writing turned into scripts we used to create our voice thread.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The last day of school before Christmas break

Today we went to the moon room for a special assembly.  We got dance Just Dance 4.  It was really fun.  We came back after and went for recess.  Recess was awesome. - Kayleigh
I really like Just Dance 4, especially the first song. - Kohen
We built cars out of boxes, plastecine and lids. - Kylie
On the day of our concert some of us accidentally cracked our glowsticks before it was time to crack them.  My mom could hardly see me because some very very adults were sitting infront of her.  I could not see her either. - Zoe.

Monday, December 17, 2012

First Post in awhile

At music we had a dress rehearsal and the kindergarten's were there with their teachers to watch us.  They clapped. - Davion
Today we went to gym and we played Front Bridge Tag. - Paige
Yesterday we watch a science video about friction.  Friction is when you rub your hands together they get warm. - Sofiya
Yesterday we watched a video that showed us about friction.  Bill was the science guy and he is really funny because he was pulling a rope and then he said "oh this is a lever" and he pulled the lever.  The lever crashed down and then he rubbed his hands together. - Zoe
On the 17th we have our Christmas concert.  I am really excited to see my parents. - Ewan
Yesterday we watched a Bill Nye the Science Guy video and it was funny because Bill rubbed his hands so fast that he set them on fire.  But its not true, it can't really happen. - Jillian
Yesterday we went to our practice for our Christmas concert.  We wear these sparkly headbands.  The grade three students wore costumes. - Kayleigh
Every day we practice our Christmas concert until the Christmas concert happens. - A
We have a Christmas concert with the grade three students and the grade twos. - Brook
At the Christmas concert I am on the tree. - Kaleigh
Yesterday we went to music rehearsal and we watched the grade threes act. - Madison
On Monday we will have our Christmas concert with grade 3's and 2's. - Cole
At gym we played a game called Helicopter. The rope comes around and you jump over it. - Kylie
Today on our Christmas (advent) calendar I dropped my chocolate when I was doing it. - Nathan
We sent Christmas cards to people who visit our blog. - Jearan
One card was a prank from the teacher next door. - Faith
When we sent Christmas cards to other people we got some back. - Vanessa.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How Living Things Move

 We are learning about how different things move.  Here is our the list we came up with for each type of movement.

How Living Things Move


-          Sea Otter
-          Dolphin
-          Fish
-          Killer Whale
-          Human

-          Tyrannosaurus
-          Wolf
-          Cheetah
-          Human
-          Bear
-          Antelope

-          Kangaroo
-          Bunny
-          Human
-          Frog
-          Wildebeest (Over things)
- Grasshopper

-          Pterodactyl
-          Geese
-          Fly
-          Bird
-          Eagle
-          Flying Squirrel  (glide)

-          Monkey
-          Apes
-          Humans
-          Sloth
-          Gorilla
-          Orangutan

Below is a video we watched yesterday, about 3 dogs being taught how to drive, to show how smart dogs are.  Not the usual mode of movement for a dog.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our First Field Trip

Today we went to the Manitoba Museum and there was a science experiment. - Ewan
Today we went to the Manitoba Museum and it was awesome because we went to the science gallery. - Kaleigh
Today at the museum we saw dinosaur bones. - Kylie
 Today at the museum I saw baby turtles. - Paige
Today on the bus it was bumpy at the back. - Chloe
At the museum some of us raced cars. - Sofiya
At the museum my group built lego technic race cars. - Nathan
During the field trip I saw a big, giant yellow thing, with a metal circle.  There was also one on the other side of the room.  Another person went there.  I talked and she talked, I listened and she listened.  Then I went on the pulley chairs. - Zoe
At the Manitoba Museum we went on the Nonsuch (the big boat).  There was the poop deck and there was a downstairs. - Brook
I was always beside Zoe being her partner. - Davon
We got to see dinosaurs. - Jason
On the bus Ms. Nairn gave us word searches.  There were shaped liked snowmen. - Cassidy
I saw the bones of a big swimming dinosaur. - Faith
At the science gallery I volunteered to do an experiment with a diaper. - Kohen
At the science gallery there was some gross stuff, like glue, food colouring and borax.  It was called Gak. - Cole
At the back of the bus Kaleigh and Zoe had a word search.  We all finished them. - A
 At the museum we went to this town and it looked like a real city. - Vanessa
At the museum I raced cars at the car station. - Madison
At the museum there was a cave with fake bats. - Dylan
At the museum I saw a buffalo and there was a hunter, hunting it. - Denzel
We went on a field trip which was awesome because we saw buffalo and we saw a town.  In the town there was an old movie.  It was black and white and it had no speaking.  There was only music. - Kayleigh
When we went to the museum on our field trip.  We went to the science gallery and the part I loved was sitting in the chairs and pulling ourselves up with ropes.  The red one was hard. - Jillian

We set up the book fair and we are going to visit it tomorrow to buy books. - Grace

Visitors in our class

Tomorrow we are going on a field trip to the Manitoba Museum. - Cassidy
Today we went to music and it was awesome. - Chloe
We had in our class today.  They were watching us do read to self. - Kaleigh
My dad is coming to the field trip. - Jearan
Today we had visitors and they watched Ms. Christian teach us. - Zoe
During portfolios we had to take everything out of our bins and our daily 5 bins. - Davion
Today we had to edit our position riddles. - A
We had Ms. Nairn and Ms. Christian record our riddles on her Ipad.  We wrote it down before we did the recording. - Brook.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Blizzard (sort of)

Photograph taken by Nathan, assisted by Kohen

We played Graveyard in gym and it was awesome. - Kaleigh
We went to library and we read a book called Perfect Snow. - Grace
Ms. Nairn gave bubble gum to us today.  - Faith
Ms. Nairn gave us portfolios for school.  - Paige
We read a book called Cam and the Mystery Writer Mystery and her real name is Jennifer.  They called her camera because she has a photographic memory.  They put the author's name somewhere else on the book so it would like a real mystery. - Zoe
Today it is snowing.  Snow is fun but it feels like a blizzard today.  - Kayleigh
Today it is pretty foggy because of the snow. - Nathan
Today it there was a blizzard outside. After recess we were doing math and we made a concrete graph with shoes. After that, we used blocks. - Jillian
For all three recesses me and Paige stayed inside.-Davion

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Day to Remember at Harold Hatcher

Today we had book choice. (Sofiya) Today we had a wonderful Remembrance Day Assembly! (Kaleigh) Today we read a story and it was called Cam Jansen. (Chloe) Our Assembly was a service and we learned about Peace!(Faith)At book choice we learned "good fit" books and what will work best for us when we are reading.(A) 


Friday, November 2, 2012

The week of Halloween.

Today we Skyped with a grade 2 class.  They told us some jokes. - Sofiya
We had gym and it was fun because we played a game called Yoshi Island. - Cole
This past Wednesday we had Halloween.  We went trick or treating and it was the best thing ever. - Kayleigh
On Thursday we had a substitute teacher.  It was fantastic. - Kaleigh
I talked to the principal about playing Minecraft.  We are waiting to see if we can play it on the computer.- Jearan
Yesterday we watched the Magic School Bus video about sound and music. - Dylan
We read Ivy and Bean today.  Bean thought that her sister was crying because Bean was gone, but she was crying because she can't get her ears pierced.   We have two chapters left- Brook
In the book Ivy and Bean, Ivy said she was going to throw up and she made a gross burp twice.  It was just a trick to get Bean out of the ladies yard. - Jillian
On Monday we had Halloween gym.  I had the best time ever.  There were stations.  There was a haunted house and there was a spider's web.  There was also a graveyard.  When you finished going around the graveyard you had to feel yucky stuff.  The last station, you had to get on a scooter and roll around in a spooky maze. - Zoe
In the haunted house you actually had to go on a scooter too. - Kohen
Today we had daily 5.  I read a book.  The title was Today I Will Fly by Mo Willems. - Chloe
The class Halloween the snacks were healthy and they were awesome. - A
Today in science we learned about position and it was fantastic. - Madison
Yesterday we played a math game called Drop of Doom. - Davion

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Anticipation for a Halloween Party!

We finished our monster.  - Cassidy
Today we have a Halloween party.  It is going to be awesome. - Sofiya
Today we have a costume party.  It is going to be exciting. - Cole
Today we have a Halloween party and we are dressing up in costumes, and we are going to have a bunch of treats. - Brook & Kohen
We are going to be having treats like chips and cheese & crackers.  It will be fantastic. - Ewan
I brought a special surprise treat and nobody knows what it is.  - Zoe
We have Halloween gym on Monday.  It is like jungle gym but spookier. - Dylan
We have a haunted house during Monday's Halloween gym. - Jearan
Our Monster is cool because it likes Monsterella. - Sofiya
The monster is spooky.  It is done.  Now it is on the wall. - Brook
Ms. Nairn put up cobwebs. - Davion
Ms. Nairn decorated the class room with Halloween stuff.  There is a bat, a skull and windown decorations. - Kaleigh
There is a fake pumpkin that is blinking.  - Denzel

A wants to know:
Are you looking forward to Halloween?

This has been a very busy week in our class.  We have finally finished our monster, and will be naming him next week.  This project was a great way for students to work through the designe process, which includes making a plan, choosing materials and how to put their monster part together and problem solving if they discovered their original plan needed to be modified. 

We are also half way through the novel we are currently reading "Ivy + Bean" by Annie Burrows & Sophie Blackall.  They are enjoying the humor in the story and many students have either purchased some of the books with their families or are planning are requesting them from Santa.

- Ms. Nairn

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

One Foggy Day (and the next day too).

Yesterday it was really foggy.  We didn't go out for the first recess because it was soooo foggy. - Ewan
Yesterday and today we Skyped with different classes in the United States. - Brook
We are making a monster in our class for the Global Monster Project. - Paige
We are going to play a new math game and it is going to be fun. - Kayleigh
When we were Skyping the other classes were asking us questions and we answered.  We were asking them question and they answered. - Sofiya
I am working on the feet, they are green with black polka dots.  They have 5 bloody cuts. - Faith
Kohen and I are working on the arms. - Zoe
Kylie and I are working on the legs.  We finished the legs with the Zebra prints and now we are onto the infested and slimy. - Jillian

Cassidy and I were working on the shark shaped fingers. We are done the fingers. - Davion
Madison and I are doing the 80 toes(20 on each foot). - Grace
Sofiya and I are working on the ears. - Kaleigh
Denzel and I are working on the tail. - Cole
Ewan and I were working on the wings and now we are done. - A
We started a new chapter book. Its called "Ivy+Bean". - Madison
We had hard top recess. -Chloe
Dylan and I were making a mouth for our monster and it was fun.We had to make it look like a cow mouth. -Nathan
Nathan and I are doing the lips on the monster.- Dylan
Yesterday it was so foggy out that I had to use a flashlight to get to the bus. - Jearan

Friday, October 5, 2012

Our Short But Packed Week

We had bus evacuation.  Where we learn a little bit more about the bus. - Dylan
We learned that when there is accidents and if the bus tips on its side, we can go out the front or back doors if they are available, or the windows if they are available, or the top. - Ewan
Bus evacuation are when you go into a parked bus, so you can learn more about buses.  We learned that because we want to be safe on buses. - Zoe
At bus evacuation
We had health today with Mrs. Burns.  We learned about how we feel, high, just right or low.  - Sofiya
We got rocket candy from Ms. Nairn. - Kylie  (because they did such a good job of working together and sharing during our indoor recesses today. - Ms. Nairn)
We had a fun day today because we are going to computer. - Kaleigh
We played cards today.  The games was called Addition Snap. - Paige
Mrs. Burns came and read us a story about low, high and just right.  She talked about if you could tell if someone was sad or if they were happy, or if they were just right. - Brook
Today it was indoor recess. I was trying to make a Lego Ninjago.  I made the new character Lloyd. - Kohen
Today at lunch recess Ms. Nairn put on some music. Everybody started dancing, even Ms. Nairn.- Vanessa
It was different because it was snowing today.  We didn't have recess outside because it was snowing a lot. - Ewan
On our classroom brain we have our classroom's smarts.  Each person has a toothpick flag with their smarts on it.  Then we know what kinds of smart they are. - A
There is going to be blood on our monster. The blood is going to be red, and scary.  There will be yellow stuff in the belly button.  There will also be a big zombie head on the head.  Its going to be really, really, cool- Kayleigh
We have a classroom project that we are doing. It is going to be a monster.  Some of the classes are doing, even some from all over the world.  Our monster is going to be enormous. - Zoe

This week was jam packed with activities.  We are preparing to start our monster building next week, and I am hoping to have our class Skype with some other classes throughout the process.  This will be a great way for students to go through the design process and work collaboratively with their peers.  Stay tuned to our blog to follow us on our journey. - Ms. Nairn 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our week so far.

We went to gym today. (Paige)
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra visited our school and we had the woodwind quintet play for us yesterday. (Kaleigh)
Today we did daily 5. (Chloe) We also had computer and played games. (Cassidy)
Yesterday we made our class brain out of plasticine and it is pink. (Sofiya)
We are very excited about our Monster Project. (Grace) 
We picked a belly-button for the Monster Project. (Faith)
We wrote on little flags what kind of "smart" we are and we are going to stick them in our plasticine brain with toothpicks! (Cole)
In Guided Reading one of our groups read a book called "The Junk-yard Dog". (Jillian)
In this story Stuart was mean to the dog, but Rachel gave him bones! (Zoe) 
The song we enjoyed the most at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra was the theme to Star Wars. (Jearan)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Make 10 Rap

This month we are also practicing our 10 facts.  One way we have been doing this is by doing the What Makes Ten rap.  Watch the video below and check it out.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Terry Fox Run

We had the Terry Fox run.  It was really long and it was really fun too. - Zoe
I was running like a cheetah out there and Brook was following me. - Davion
We were running very long and we saw our houses.  I also saw my dad in his car. - Sofiya
After the Terry Fox run.  We had the gym party.  We got juice boxes and granola bars.  We even got play with equipement. - Jillian
I was running fast that I tripped. Jearan and I were the first ones back. - Kohen
On the Terry Fox run I saw my house and my brother was sticking his head out the window. - Ewan
At the Terry Fox run, Ewan showed me his house.  Then he showed my friend his house too. - Kayleigh
In the Terry Fox run I was right behind Kohen and Jearan. - Nathan
At the Terry Fox run Kohen and I ran so fast that no one could catch up to us.  My buddies like music and so do I.  The put on music after the run.
We got letters from people who are trying to become teaches. - Paige
The people who are trying to be teachers go to the University of Manitoba. - Cassidy
Today we went gym and we played Jump the Canyon.  One person had to jump over the mat and the other person had to go running around the mat to try and tag them. - Chloe

Today was a rather busy day for our class.  In the morning student's received letters from their new pen pals.  Our class is partnering with students at the University of Manitoba in their final year of the education program.  They will exchange several letters throughout the year.  This partnership supports our class by providing our students with an authentic audience for their writing.  It also benefits the pre-service teachers as it allows them to see actual examples of student writing, as connecting with students.  We hope to visit the university in the Spring and meet our pen pals face to face.  Our whole school also participated in the Terry Fox run today.  Our goal was to beat last years goal of over 1300 dollars.  We will find out tomorrow if we have, in which case all the male staff members have agreed to dye their hair pink. - Ms. Nairn

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It started with a tweet...

We, in Venus 1 have begun to made connections with classrooms outside our school and it all began with a tweet.  In our class we have been reading books by Oliver Jeffers.  The grade 2 crew really enjoyed STUCK, a story of a boy who gets his kite caught in a tree and then tries to throw things at it, to dislodge the kite.  What really impressed me was the deeper thinking they students had as they asked questions about the book.  One in particular centered around the fact that on every page, the tree and the boy were a different colour.  We discussed why the author may have chosen to do this.

One of the ways I connect with other educators, is by following them on Twitter and on Monday I responded to one of their tweets.  Mr. Stimson's grade 1/2 class had tweeted that they had enjoyed reading STUCK.  When I got home, I tweeted back that our class also loved the book and then shared our wondering about the different colours of the tree.  Mr. Stimson's class said they hadn't noticed by would go back and re-read it and share their thinking with us.  By Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Malkoske's grade 1/2 class also joined into our conversation and suggested that all three classes Skype.  We are hoping to set up a time to do this in the next week or so.  Mrs. Malkoske's class also wrote a post on their blog and shared a video which you can view here.

Now that each class has shared some of their thoughts, we are hoping to find a way to connect with Oliver Jeffers himself and find out why he chose the colours that he did.

I am so excited that our grade 2 crew are able to share their learning with others and even encourage discussions in other classes!  It is a great way to start off our year of connecting with others.

I encourage you to check out Mr. Stimson's class page and Mrs. Malkoske's class blog!

Indoor Recess

Today was our first indoor recess of the year.  We had a lot of fun.  Some of us were playing animals and blocks.  Some of us also played Lego.  Kohen and Davion were playing with Monkeys.  Some of us were drawing.  At the end we listened to music.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Our day at school

Today was Tuesday at school and we went to gym.  We had both phys.ed teachers today because we had to share our class with the other grade two's. (Vanessa)

We played a fun game with some of our friends at recess. It was called "My little pony". (Zoe)

At recess I played with Brook on the monkey bars and it was very fun.  (Paige)

We learned how to count by 10's in math. (K)

We did 26 spelling words but they were words that we knew pretty well so it wasn't that hard for us. (Cassidy)

We played Domino Parking Lot in math and it was fun too! (Brook)

We wrote in our journals about what we did on the weekend and we had to do two sentences and draw a picture. (Kaleigh)

At recess I played Knights with Faith. (Cole)

The last time I rode my dirt bike I only fell off it twice. Now I can balance much better. (Jearan)  

On the weekend Mrs. Hepworth went to Clear Lake with her family. I went mountain bike riding, and swam in an outdoor pool ....chilly!! On the last day I saw Buffalo in part of Riding Mountain National Park. They were not scared of me at all and looked very big. (Mrs. Hepworth)


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First Day of Grade 2

We went to music. - Paige
We had fun at recess because my friends and I were spying on another friend. - Kohen
It was fun meeting Ms. Nairn - Ewan
I had fun at recess because I was playing with my friends. - Jillian
We went to assembly. - Kylie I had fun at recess becuase me and Paige were playing with our friend. - Brook
Its fun in grade 2 because I met a new teacher. - K
We leared that 22+2=24 in math. - Madison
We are sharing and caring and having lots of fun. - Zoe

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Brand New Blog!

Well another school year is 5 weeks away, and I am already starting to plan some of the awesome experiences I will share with my students.  Last year we experimented with a class blog which you can find here: Ms. Nairn's Blog.   It was very successful and so I am preparing a new blog for this upcoming year.

Today I spent several hours with my good friend and fellow teacher Miss Matsumoto, who will be teaching grade 1 at Bernie Wolfe School next year and is also creating a classroom blog.  You can check it out here!

Miss Matsumotoa and I working on our classroom blogs at my house.

Check back often to get a glimpse of what is in store for this coming year!

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