SFU Science Alive

We hear about solids, liquids, and gases – but what about those squishy fluids that are a bit in between? The class participated in a  workshop that explored non-Newtonian fluids, chemical reactions, and polymers through experiments and demonstrations. 

We were a scientist for a day and we completed three hands-on experiments about matter!

Literacy Week

During this past week, we celebrated literacy week!
We participated in a variety of literacy-based activities, a Read-a-Thon, family literacy BINGO, listening to guest speakers, listening to a host of stories of all types, and the list goes on! It was a fun-filled week. Each student got to take 1-2 books home from our Book Swap. Our PAC will be sponsoring a Read-a-Thon for our students. There is an opportunity to win great prizes for those students participating. Our week ended with an assembly and students were awarded prizes. The primary door winner was Mrs. Armstrong’s class and the Intermediate class was Mr. Gaitens. Congrats!

This week there is an early dismissal 2pm on Wednesday, April.17th for our student-led conferences.  Hope to see you there!

We will also be having a Bake Sale this week to raise money for endangered animals.  Thank you to all the parents who have offered to bake for us.

Its all About Matter!

This term we have been focusing on learning about states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We have completed a few hands-on learning experiences to learn the concepts, we have made Jello and had fuzzy grape floats.

Here are some highlights of our learning experiences…


Living Vs. Non Living

Next up was a culminating Sci. lesson on living and nonliving. Kids had the opportunity to compare a gummy worm, a live earth worm, and a rubber worm. Did you hear them all screaming at the sight of a real earth worm??? They were so engaged!!! You can’t teach this with pencil and paper.

We then completed an interactive science notebook to culminate our learning experiences.  The real earthworms where a huge hit as we compared living and non-living things.

Urban Safari Rescue Society

Here are some close-up photos of our first in the class field trip. We learned about the conservation of animals, animal characteristics, habitat, adaptations, behaviours while relaying interesting facts and stories. Our presentation focused on  • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment – behavioural adaptations of animals.

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school everyone! I hope that you all had a fabulous holiday!

This week we will be revisiting our classroom routines and classroom behaviour expectations. Our classroom contract is visible on our classroom wall. We also will be reviewing our term 1, learning standards.

Later this week, we will be having our first in the classroom field trip with “Urban Safari”. Stay tuned for photos!


Wow, have we ever been busy!

We have finished our Christmas concert and are performing again tomorrow evening. And today decorated our gingerbread cookies with Ms. Lum’s class! Thank you to the parents who brought in cookies, candies, and icing! It was all greatly appreciated. In between we actually did other school work, as well😏

On Friday, we will have our Pancake Breakfast thanks to the PAC! Please remember to bring in, a cup, a plate, and cutlery in a Ziploc bag. Between Recess and Lunch, we will be doing another buddy activity. In the afternoon we will be enjoying a Christmas movie🎬

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 🎄and a healthy, happy New Year🎉

P.S. I hope you all enjoy your snowglobes Christmas presents.

Remembrance Day activities

Here are our poppies on our bulletin in the hallway. They were created through a directed drawing lesson. Once the poppies were drawn, students traced over the pencil lines with markers. Then, they tore pieces of green construction paper to create the stems.  Lastly, they pasted them onto the blue backgrounds. They all did a great job!

The students could choose a 1 large single poppy to display or a few poppies grouped together. Check them out when you get a chance.

Spiders Oh My!

This term we have just finished learning about spiders and nocturnal animals.

Did you know that spiders are not insects? But instead, they are arachnids. In our learning experiences, we wrote about the parts of a spider and three basic facts about spiders.

Going Batty!

We had a brainstorming session where the students talked with their partners and came up with things that they knew, or thought they knew, about bats.  All responses were accepted.  As we learn about bats we will confirm or debunk these thoughts and ideas.  Students then came up with a list of questions that they want to know about bats.  So far we have learned to label the parts of a bat, written some bat facts, and the lifecycle of a bat.



Welcome to our Classroom Blog!

I would like to welcome everyone to our classroom blog our September was exciting and busy. I am very much looking forward to teaching GRADE 1 this school year! We are going to have an exciting year where the students will learn many new and interesting things.

Please feel free to contact me at the school or by email if you have any other questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting all of you during the first few weeks of school!


Miss Brancati