The students all participated in Jump Rope for Heart today. This event is a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The students’ goal was to raise at least $7000. If that number is reached, Mr. Silversides has promised that the students can use duct tape to tape him to the wall!
Now that the baby pheasants are safely on the farm where they will be raised, we have some tiny caterpillars in our classroom. So far, they are just doing a lot of eating, but we are hoping for butterflies some day.
We had one of the Tornado Hunters at our school! Chris Chittick, who lives in Regina, came to talk to us the day before he left with his team to go film tornados for the new season. He showed us lots of great video of tornados and told us about how they form and how to be safe if a tornado ever came here.
It was pretty exciting to get to school and to see that two of the pheasant eggs we have been carefully tending since March finally had tiny peck holes in them.
We watched the eggs carefully all day but despite lots of rocking and squeals of delight from the children, nothing else happened. Finally, in a break near the end of the day, I went to pick up a couple of chicks that had hatched in another classroom who had had better luck. As you can see from the pictures below, this was what the children had been hoping for.
Several years ago, when the pheasants were more cooperative about hatching, I made this video of the process. It captures the students’ excitement and how the babies “get out of there”.