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.
Andy Goldsworthy is an artist from Scotland who produces art and sculptures in natural and urban environments. The materials used in his art often includes brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. In class we looked at a book and DVD about the artist.
Last week we went outside in the afternoon and in partners the students created their own environmental art by using the same natural materials that Andy Goldsworthy uses in his work. Our school playground area is ideally suited for this art activity because we have trees, bushes, large rocks and a stream. The class was very engaged and excited when working on their projects. At the end we did an Artist’s Walk where the students were given time to show and explain to rest of the class what they had created. Below are some images of their work.
It’s a busy time at our school as students are learning and practicing different track and field events. We are also participating in the Kilometre Club where students run laps of the gravel field to improve their level of fitness. About 4 laps is 1 kilometre and after 20 laps they receive a brightly coloured plastic foot. The feet accumulate on a chain which they can wear around their neck. We find time to run about 3 times per week for approximately 20 minutes. All the students are running really well and Andrew has run close to 180 laps! Above is a picture of a student in our class wearing his Kilometre Club chain. Keep up the good work Division 7.