The Grade 1’s learned about Inukshuks this week. They learned that they were first created by the Inuit and represent a beacon for those looking for the right direction and safe passage. An Inukshuk in the shape of a person signifies safety, hope and friendship. While stone figures resembling human forms are often referred to as…

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This week in SK we started off with frogs and ended with toads. It’s been a very powerful unit for the class. First up was the life cycle of frogs lesson. To build on this inquiry unit, we headed out for a field trip to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for their ‘Frog Watch’…

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Kudos to the Student Government for doing a bang-up job of presenting the Term 2 Ribbons last Friday. We were fully virtual this time around but the Government brought a real sense of occasion to their classroom presentations. They were very well prepared as usual! Thank you to Michelle L for making sure the Government…

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You can see how much the JK’s loved this activity by the big grins on ‘both’ their faces. Sara A and Meesh set the stage by doing their own self-portrait building challenge first. Their portraits gave the kids an example of just how much fun, and just how BIG, they could go with this challenge.…

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Last week the Grade 1 class spent some time learning about the importance of Earth Day and what we can do in our everyday lives to make a difference. Using the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), students were challenged to create a droid using only recycled materials around the house. The smiles below say…

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The Grade 1’s always love their STEM challenges – the Foil Boat Challenge is a particular favourite. The challenge: build a tin foil boat that floats on water and measure how many coins you can get it to hold before it sinks. Students make predictions beforehand and there is a bonus for counting up the…

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The Grade 1-3’s totally enjoyed their STEM Snapology sessions this week. It’s so great to see how engaged the children are with the instructors through the medium of the SMART Board. The Grade 1’s had a Stars Wars theme and built spaceships and the 2/3’s built ecosystems for their chosen animal. Fun!

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We had our first virtual field trip this week with Snapology. The JK’s were the first up. The goal: to build a lego crown. They did some warm-up building activities to get their creative juices flowing and then moved on to their crowns. Some children branched out and made wands, thrones and castles. Austin was…

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We had our first virtual field trips with Snapology this week. The JK’s had their trip on Tuesday morning and Grade 1’s got their chance on Wednesday. (The rest of the students will be ‘going’ on June 12.) The Grade 1’s had a blast building a ‘magical hideout’ that you would live in if you…

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The Grade 2/3’s were just challenged to design, construct and test a boat using any materials they had at home for their STEM activity this week. The only instructions: make sure it can float and carry a load. Some of the children were proud to share that they also used recycled materials for their boats.…

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