The Pheasants Hatched!

For twenty three days we waited patiently while the pheasants grew inside their eggs in the incubator in our classroom. Waiting was not easy!
This week, they finally began to hatch. Several of the eggs hatched as the students watched–an incredible learning experience.
The chicks have been given to the Wildlife Federation who will raise them until they are able to look after themselves. Then, they will release them into the wild.

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Happy Mother’s Day

By now all the moms will have received their hand made gifts, so it’s safe for me to post this picture of the students hard at work on their fancy hangers.
I hope your day together is wonderful!

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Caterpillars!

Two weeks ago some caterpillars arrived in our classroom. These eating machines are noticeably bigger every day. We can’t wait until they make a chrysalis. Exciting times!

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New This Week

A couple of new things in our classroom this week.
Playing the equal/not equal game…

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…and working in our “offices”.

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Mystery Number Skype

To help practice our numbers, we played a game of mystery number Skype with a K/1 class in Denver. We were both able to guess the other class’s number by asking great questions like “Is it more than…”, “Is it less than…” and “If we counted by 5’s would we say the number?” They asked some great questions that we are going to use on another Skype call next week.
We also had time to ask some questions. They wondered if it was snowing in Moose Jaw and we wondered why they only have eight students in their class.

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Chopsticks

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is one of our favourite authors. This week, we read a book of hers called Chopsticks.

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Most of the students in the class had never tried chopsticks or eaten sushi, so we gave it a try. First we rubbed them together to get rid of any splinters…

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..and then we gave using them a try. There were lots of different techniques.

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Finally, success!!

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Incidentally, almost everyone loved the sushi.
The students’ writing about the possibilities of chopsticks will begin appearing on their blogs later today.