I used my drone to film some video in British Columbia. In the lower right hand corner you can click on ‘Enter full screen’. There is also a button where you can select video quality and 1080p is recommended. If you have speakers, there is music that makes the video more enjoyable. Please feel free to leave a comment.
Last week, Dawn, an elder from the Aboriginal Education program taught us about the talking stick and talking circle. She is returning to our class on Wednesday to teach us about button blankets and First Nations art. We still need parent helpers to help the students with the needles and thread. Grandparents are also welcome in our classroom.
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.
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.
On Friday we had a visit from the children’s librarian at the public library. She told us all about the best grade 2 and 3 books for 2015. The books are listed below, click on a link to learn more about each title.
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo
The Notebook of Doom # 8: Charge of the Lightning Bugs by Troy Cummings
The Ghastly McNastys: Raiders of the Lost Shark by Lyn Gardner
Digby O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery by Shirley Hughes
Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Book # 1: A New Friend by Poppy Green
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
Congratulations to Emma and Tyler who won GRIF prizes this week. Emma received a GRIF for demonstrating good thinking in Math and Tyler received a GRIF for reading quietly and independently at his table. Their names were mentioned during morning announcements and they received prizes at the office. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
The students just finished a fun art project using an old shoe, paint, glitter, foamcore, glue and recyclable materials. Their work is displayed on the bulletin board at the front of the school next to the office. There are more art shoes located on the bulletin board outside of the gym. If you are at the school be sure to check out their very creative work.