On Friday we had a visit from a retired beekeeper. He taught the class all about Mason bees which are hard working pollinators. Mason bees are gentle, solitary and they are not destructive insects. Six Mason bees can pollinate one fruit tree compared to 10,000 honey bees. Mason bees partition and seal their nesting chamber with mud. They forage in a limited range of about 100 metres. Only the female stings when she faces serious danger and her sting is similar to a mosquito bite. People of all ages are safe around these super pollinators.
The students at Glenayre were fortunate to receive a visit from the author Eric Walters. He has written over 100 children’s books and in our class we have been reading his first novel titled Camp X. In the library, he talked to students about the importance of reading and even took time to sign copies of his books.
The author captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it becomes real. With a stick in hand, the options are endless—whether it’s conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon—give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin. Griffin shared this book at our school assembly.
Saturday marks the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, as the world bids farewell to the Year of the Monkey and says hello to the Year of the Rooster. The Rooster is the 10th in the 12 year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs and the last Year of the Rooster was in 2005. What Chinese zodiac sign were you born in?
At the Toronto zoo the zookeepers made a snowman for the giant panda named Da Mao. He seems to be having fun disassembling their creation. What do you think about Da Mao playing with the snowman? Please feel free to leave a comment.
Some people say that Saturn is the most beautiful planet in our solar system. The Cassini probe has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. On November 30, 2016 it started a series of orbits that will bring it closer to Saturn’s rings than ever before. Scientists hope to learn more about the rings and some of Saturn’s moons. Please feel free to leave a comment after watching the video.
In class we are listening to the story Pax by Sara Pennypacker. Below is a video of a fox hunting in the winter for mice in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, U.S.A. Please feel free to leave a comment.
In the winter many people visit the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Below is a video from the University of Oslo that does a very good job of explaining what causes this natural light display. In the southern hemisphere the lights are called the Aurora Australis.
The local police shared some Hallowe’en safety tips with the students in our school district.
- See and be seen. Make sure drivers can see you. Wear reflective clothing or place reflective tape on the front and back of costumes and clothing. Make glow sticks part of your costume and carry a flashlight.
- Are fake swords part of your costume? Make sure they look fake, but remember, some people still may not be able to tell the difference.
- Safety in numbers. Walk in groups and stay together.
- Stay on the outside. Never enter a house and only accept treats at the front door.
- Use crosswalks whenever possible. Visit houses on one side of the street at a time and cross the street only at intersections or at marked crosswalks.
- Save your treats. Wait until you get home before sampling your treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should check out all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.