Welcome Back

It’s wonderful to see new and returning students and families at Maywood!  Students from last year’s class worked together on this Inukshuk wall display to include “welcome” in different languages.

 

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Fostering Reconciliation


On Friday, our staff and students devoted time to remember and honour the lost lives of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.  Students wrote thoughtful messages on orange feathers that were displayed on our front entrance windows. We also gathered with our cohort class for a time of silence and to share words of hope and respect for the Indigenous community.

 

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Salmon Research

In science, the class has been learning about the life cycle of salmon and their amazing journey as they migrate from their birthplace, down river, into the ocean and then travelling back to their stream to spawn. During research, students practiced applying their knowledge of text features to find information about salmon in non-fiction texts.  Here are some questions for discussion:  What are some interesting facts you have learned about salmon? How is salmon important to Canada’s Indigenous People? How can salmon help the local environment?


Besides engaging in research, students also worked on directed drawings of fish with added details and colour. Each drawing in the gallery is a fine work of art!

Salmon Life Cycle by LevinFish Art by Nathan

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A Sweet Lesson from Growing Chefs

This week we had a sweet lesson from Growing Chefs about the history and science of maple syrup. The virtual field trip enabled our class to meet and talk with chefs and other presenters of the Growing Chefs team who guided us through the process of harvesting and producing this sweet food.  We also examined some historical information and compared how maple syrup was made in the past and present The students appreciated learning it was Canada’s Indigenous Peoples who first discovered maple syrup and they shared their knowledge of cooking and preserving this food with European settlers. A sneak peak of the virtual presentation can be viewed here. 

 

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Keyboarding

One skill related to the use of technology grade two and three students have started learning this term is typing or keyboarding. The first step was becoming familiar with the layout of letters, numbers and other characters on a laptop computer. Next, they learned about the function of keyboard features like the space bar, shift key and touch pad. With guidance, patience and practise, the students are slowly becoming skillful at typing their own written work.

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Playing With Language

In this literacy activity, the students had to cut up a template of different words and create sentences on their own. They showed a great deal of interest in playing with language and discovering how language works. Using the same set of words, it was amazing to see how the class came up with a variety of sentences.

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Our Personal Stories Are Unique

In doing the Humans of the Land project, we acknowledged that everyone has a unique story to share about their favourite place whether it is somewhere local or a country of birth. The presentation of stories allowed students to listen and exchange ideas and respect the contribution of others. Through story and lesson discussions, they also gained an understanding about the Indigenous People of Canada and their connection to the land.

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Black Shirt Day

On January 15th, many schools in Burnaby and other districts took initiative to raise awareness for Black Shirt Day.  Learning about the history of Black Canadians fosters an understanding of civil rights and respect for all people regardless of skin colour. For storytime, we listened to the story, I Am Enough by Grace Byers which reminds us about loving who you are and respecting others.  We also spent time discussing and sharing some thoughtful messages to include in our theme posters.

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Christmas Cards For Seniors

We spent some quality time talking about Christmas memories and what we enjoy most about this holiday.  Christmas can be a joyful celebration for many people, but for some it can be a sad or lonely time.  The reading of the story, Miss Tizzy by Libba More, reminds us to be thinking of seniors in our community who are isolated from family and friends during the pandemic.  The students were touched by the story and shared their desire to make greeting cards to bring joy and good cheer to elderly members this Christmas.

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Lest We Forget

   

Our virtual Remembrance Day Assembly featured our class as well as other primary classes singing, The Little Red Poppy which they sang beautifully under the direction of Ms. Berar. Everyone showed appreciation and respect throughout the assembly which included the territorial acknowledgement, singing our national anthem, a read aloud story,  a showcase of poppy wreaths and a moment of silence to honour the brave soldiers who fought for freedom for their countries. As a class, we talked about the poppy as a symbol of peace and shared what peace means to each one of us. 

   

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