After what seemed like a very long wait, the pheasant eggs arrived for our incubator. For the next 23 days we will stand in for a mother pheasant, keeping the incubator warm and moist and turning the eggs several times each day. The x’s and o’s on the eggs are to help us be sure we turn all of the eggs each time.
On Friday we had two very special visitors in our classroom. This one is Hank, a blind hawk who is in rehabilitation with Wild and Cared Free Wildlife Rehabilitation. One of the students’ mom is a volunteer with this organization and was able to answer some of the many questions the animals elicited from the students. As you can see, we even got to touch the magnificent bird.
Today we got to chat with some students in a school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There were lots of things that were different where they live, but we thought of lots of things that were the same as us as well! They were studying Canada, so they had questions first…
and then it was our turn…
Nothing like kids learning from other kids.
This week we are learning about celebrations. We’ve discovered that some of our celebrations are the same as others in our class and some are different. After we read a story about Hanukkah (which NONE of us celebrate), we tried potato pancakes. Almost all of the students gave them a thumbs up.
Later, we Skyped with Ms Lirenman’s class in Surrey who taught us a lot about Hanukkah, including the dreidel.
They lit a menorah for us to see. We wondered why the candle flame looked like this. Do you know?
We had some special visitors in our school this week! The Earth Rangers taught us a lot about animals who need our help. They also brought some surprise visitors with them!
After what seemed like many days of waiting, it was finally time to make our robots. The learning was messy (as it often is), but so much fun! The students had great ideas about what their robots could do and worked hard to make their visions work. Check their individual blogs on the right to see their final products and to hear them describe what their robot can do.
This past week we participated in four Lego Challenges.
The first challenge was for students to make their name with Lego. There were lots of ways the students chose to do this. You can see all of their tweeted names here.
The second challenge was to create the largest Lego boat possible that would float and not tip over. Testing the boats was the BEST part of this challenge. Again, there are pictures and tweets from all of the students about their creation here.
The next day, Lego Challenge 3 was to design part of the ideal playground. Look closely and you’ll see a urinal. What would a playground be without it?
Lots of fun, cooperation and hands on learning.