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.
Our class is part of the pilot project for a wonderful initiative called A Kid’s Guide to Canada. It’s about kids digitally telling the story of where they live for Canada’s 150th birthday next year. The students chose the important things in our community themselves, took many of the pictures, dictated the text and recorded their thoughts and opinions. It’s so interesting to see what six year olds think are the important parts of their lives.
This project will be open for all Canadian classes beginning in January.
In recognition of the wrongs of the residential schools, our school participated in Orange Shirt Day. The colour orange was chosen because of one child’s experiences. All of the students wore an orange ribbon and got to watch a tipi raising and some First Nations drummers and dancers.
With all of the jars and bags of ladybugs that have been coming to school, we decided we needed to make a ladybug terrarium. This project was planned and created by the students. They gathered dirt, grass, leaves, sticks and of course lots of ladybugs. The terrarium is now in our classroom, providing lots of entertainment and hands on learning. Just ask your child what he/she has learned about ladybugs.
On the last day of school, each student used a paper cup to make his or her own “car”.
The cars were of lots of different makes and models. Some even included windshields.
Then the real fun began! The students used our Sphero robot to power the cars and raced the cars down a track they had created. Some cars couldn’t quite keep up with the speedy Sphero, but no one cared. As you can hear below, it was a lot of FUN.
After watching our tiny caterpillars eat and grow and eat and grow, they finally each made their own chrysalis. Then we waited impatiently. This last week, much to the students delight, they emerged. When we released them, some of the butterflies cooperated and perched on students’ hands before flying away!