In March all Grade 6 and 7 students had the chance to further their learning of a Space unit in Science by taking a visit to the HR MacMillan Space Center in Vancouver. We were able to look at the various displays around the center, touch moon rock, see a movie about the potential of other life in space, visit the Planetarium Star Theatre, and watch other interesting demonstrations. It was a great day filled with a lot of information, and definitely left us all with something to think about. There are so many unanswered questions about what else is out there in the dark depths of space!
In February the students of Division 2 stepped up to be the ambassadors of the Anti-Bullying movement and Pink Day. As a class they brainstormed and came up with a plan of action to promote Pink Day around the school. In the end the class came up with an entire week’s worth of ideas and had daily challenges and messages for the school, among other things. Pink Shirt Day was a huge success and the class received praise from their peers as well as parents and staff at the school. They should all be very proud of themselves!
The Pink Week display created by the students – the pink computer was a total hit with everyone at the school!
Also in Feb/March our class took on an Applied Skills project around metals. Students learned about different kinds of wire and the various hand tools that could be used to work with wire. Each student created a photo holder, beginning with a design draft before they got hands on with the tools to take their plan into action. Students found that working with wire can be harder than it seems as it can be delicate and sometimes hard to mold into the shape that they wanted it to. In the end they came out with some very cool designs that were totally functional.
At the end of term two students in both Divisions 1 and 2 created final projects to demonstrate their learning of the Early Civilizations unit in Social Studies. They were able to work solo, in a pair, or in a group, and had the option of doing a 2D or 3D map of their civilization. Students had to choose the environment where they would like to build their early village, while taking care to ensure that all needs of the village could be met. They had to keep in mind things like safety, food surplus, transportation and space for growth so that their village could be successful and eventually develop into a larger city. Finally they had to do a report on their city and present their work to the class. Students showed a lot of creativity and teamwork while working on their projects. Take a look at what they came up with!
Reminders that track practices will be held on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8am. Meet outside the gym at the front of the school ready in your gym strip and running shoes!
The following are the titles and authors of the novels we are reading for Battle of the Books. Enjoy!
Ark Angel – Anthony Horowitz
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
Rules – Cynthia Lord
Homework Machine – Dan Gutman
My Life as a Book – Janet Tashijan
11 Birthdays – Wendy Mass
Belly Up – Stuart Gibbs
Catching Spring – Sylvia Olsen
Brave – Svetlana Chmakova
George – Alex Gino
A few weeks ago Division 2 got together with Division 6, one of our buddy classes, to learn more about technology. The big buddies were able to teach their little buddies about a very cool coding app called “Lightbot” on the ipads. To this day, the little buddies are still talking about what a fun and exciting experience it was! We are looking forward to having some more time to share with Division 6 soon!
Do you have a love of Mathematics? Then there is a challenge for you! Check out a local competition for students in grades 5-7, the ELMACON Math Challenge that takes place on April 28th. See the link below to read for more information!
Students recently learned how to use perspective to create a picture that has dimensions to it. Well done class, they look amazing! Check them all out, each one is so unique!
Wow, I can’t believe that December is almost over! It feels like the last few months just flew by!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the students for being such a wonderful class. You continue to amaze me and inspire me daily, and are an absolute joy to see five days a week. I am a lucky teacher. To the parents and families, thank you for all your support. Whether it’s helping drive to events, helping with homework, or even just coming to say hello, you help make my job easier, and your children really do make this classroom special.
A special thanks for all of the holiday greetings and gifts, you are all too kind!
See you in 2018!
Secret Santa in Division 2!
On Thursday, Division 2 had the exciting opportunity to take part in a soap stone carving workshop. Students used tools to chisel and sand a block of soap stone into an animal that is traditional to the First Nations. Once finished they were baked in a small oven and came out shiny and smooth. The students had fun and said it was one of their favourite things they did so far!