A Video and a Game!

Well, it’s the weekend. I don’t know about you but that first week back fairly flew by!! Anyway, it was a great week back and we got lots done. Next week will see the end of the science building unit so the students will be starting a brand new Science unit. We also have lots of other great things planned. Thanks for all your kind words and support!

Here is a video I found. For Art students have been learning basic drawing techniques using a great resource called Art Attack. The students learn to draw neat little pictures using perspective, shading and other techniques. The gentleman who created the series had a T.V show a long time ago and I was able to find them on YouTube. They are quite old but lots of fun!

Here is a new game for you for the weekend!

Gymnastics Friday and A Fun Game!

Kids_Gymnastic_ApparatusStarting this Friday, the students will be going on a series of field-trips to the Chilliwack Gymnastics club. We will be leaving at 12:45 for a 1:00 start and arriving back at the school at 2:15 on each of those Fridays. For clothing, students will be wearing their regular uniforms and changing into their gym clothes at lunch recess. For the Grade 2 students, they will need to bring a change of clothing to wear. Grade 2 students can bring a t-shirt and a pair of shorts they can use for gymnastics. Sweats are not ideal as they get warm too quickly. Jeans will also not work as they are not stretchy enough. If you have questions please come and talk to me.

I found a neat site a long time ago that has great games on it that you can use on your blog. However, I could not figure out how to get them on the blog properly. Yesterday, however, I figured it out. Enjoy the fun game. I will add more as the year goes.

What’s That? A New Science Challenge?

Well, all right then! This will be our last Science Challenge this week  . . . and it’s all about music!! No, no, don’t worry your smart, curious, intelligent heads now. You don’t need to be able to read notes or anything. You can put away the old tuba collecting dust in the corner. This one is going to be a whiz-banger of creativity, a flim-sham of activity, a kerplutz of musical genius making. So without further ado (and with sounds of music running through my head!) here is the challenge:

Use any/all of the following materials to create a one man band contraption that you can wear and play. This is a great one to videotape!

rubber bands
paper clips
empty cereal container
a plate
2 spoons
2 objects of your choice
a bowl
a book
a hairbrush
a comb
3 soda cans

As you think about your design for this challenge take a listen to a news article about a real one man band and how he designed his!

Listen to a One Man Band – Interview from NPR

If you need some more inspiration, try this game out!

Games at Miniclip.com - One Man Band
One Man Band

Build your very own one man band!

Play this free game now!!

To end off, here is a an old favorite from Mary Poppins where Burt becomes a one man band!

Have fun! All projects are due on Monday, June 15th but you can always bring them in early!!!! The earlier you bring them in the less you have to worry about them!!!!!

Also, permission forms for the waterslides are due on Friday! Check the Important Dates area for more info on things coming up!

Christmas Time is Here . . .

We had a wonderful day yesterday. The students had a reading test yesterday and we also prepared for their Science Test today. Students were extremely well behaved on their field trip to the Chilliwack Museum where they got to hear stories from the past and make some pioneer crafts including potato candy. Yes, that’s right. You heard correctly; potato candy! And it was good!! In fact, it’s all good in Grade 3.

As the Christmas season comes closer, we often tend to think of those in need. While we should always be thinking of others who are having difficult times throughout the year, Christmas seems to naturally bring these feelings out.

As such, our class has a couple of projects we are working on to help bring Christmas to others. Our first project is the annual Salvation Army Food drive. We are are working hard to being in lots of cans and other food items. We have already received a number of items but more is needed. Please continue to bring those items in.

The other project we are working on is a toy drive. We are working on getting used or new toys together to donate the local Woman’s Shelter. Any toy is fine as long as it is in good shape, has all the pieces with it and is clean. I am sure that your child has many items that they do not play with and could be donated to someone who may not get a present for Christmas.

Landing on Mars


O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Oh give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Oh give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1-3

All the students were very excited this morning to tell me the news about the new Mars craft landing on the surface of Mars. Called the Mars Polar Lander this spacecraft is different from the previous machines as it does not move. Instead it will stay in one spot and do research on whether there is water there and whether there is any kind of life. There is lot of information on their website at Phoenix Mars Mission. Here are some of the videos.

If you go to these sites, you can download some images and make your own animotos. We will then put them on the blog if they turn out. Part of their homework tonight is to think of a question to ask the scientists.

We also previewed a new game which is very addicting, challenging and takes a great deal of logic and brains. There are some ads on the site though so please do not click on the ads. The game is called Magic Pen.

The rest of the day went very well. We are continuing with our poetry unit. However, we are just reading some poems now. Today we read a Robert Louis Stevenson poem about going to bed in summer. The students were really able to relate to the poem. We also had a look at the first 10 spelling words for the week. Here are the spelling words:

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Can I Please Buy A Vowel?

I am seeing a whole lot of comments tonight which is great. Before I put down the computer for tonight and spend some time with my wonderful wife, I thought I would put a quick blog entry to highlight the new newsletter coming out tomorrow and mention a couple of things going on today. I have added some new links on the side including the cool link to the video of Mercury crossing the Sun. I just think that is so neat; this little planet going across the huge magnificence of the Sun. It certainly gives you another reminder of the awesomeness of God. There is also a link to a new logic game called Blobs. It is very addictive. The students really got into it.

So here is the newsletter for May. You can download it from the Box.net widget on the right. Don’t forget to vote in our new poll!