Jelly Beans! A Graphing Project

Jelly Beans! A Graphing Project

We’re just finishing up our Data Analysis unit in math, and we needed to do one last graphing project.  So we did it with a cup full of jelly beans, of course!  Students needed to sort and tally the colours of their jelly beans, then they made a concrete and bar graph with their data, … Continue reading

Sharing Circles and Talking Sticks

Sharing Circles and Talking Sticks

Today our 2J’s learned about the First Nations traditions of sharing circles and talking sticks.  First we listened to a read aloud titled The Sharing Circle by local Cree-Metis author Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson, and the Sioux legend “The Talking Stick”. We discussed the purpose of a sharing circle and what it should look, sound and … Continue reading

Learning About Buffalo Hide Paintings

Learning About Buffalo Hide Paintings

After learning about what buffalo hide paintings are and some reasons why First Nations people used them, we made our own “Buffalo Hide Paintings”.  Students chose some First Nations symbols and also wrote their names in Cree.  Finally they wrote a paragraph about buffalo hide paintings focusing on a strong topic sentence and adding descriptive … Continue reading

First Nations Wampum Belt Pattern Project!

First Nations Wampum Belt Pattern Project!

Our class learned more about First Nations treaties and wampum belts last week. Then  we each created wampum belt of our own! This project included research, creating designs and following patterns using our math knowledge and skills, art with beads, as well as paragraph writing a to share our learning about wampum belts.  Take a look!

Illustrating Our Narratives Using Scratch Jr.!

Illustrating Our Narratives Using Scratch Jr.!

Our 2Js  worked very hard writing narrative stories that have a clear beginning, middle and ending.  After they edited and revised their first drafts, students completed their final copies. To illustrate these stories, they used the chrome coding app, Scratch Jr.  Finally students used the chrome extension Screencastify to combine their Scratch Jr. interactive stories … Continue reading

Our Marble Maze Finale!

Our Marble Maze Finale!

Well, we had a great run with our 2019 Marble Maze Project! Obviously the ultimate purpose of this entire venture was to share our games with other children to play with.  We had the fortune of having four different classes at IREC invite us into their classrooms! After each time a game was played, our … Continue reading

Marble Maze Project: Phase 3!

Marble Maze Project: Phase 3!

This last week we implemented our planning and design work into the construction phase of our Marble Maze Project! Students stayed true to the theme of their original plans, while testing and making adjustments as they went along.  We’re all done building now, and just getting ready to share our amazing games!  Take a look!!!

Marble Maze Project: Phase 2!

Marble Maze Project: Phase 2!

Yesterday and today focused on Phase 2 of our Marble Maze Project: Game Instructions. We started off with a hook and stating the PURPOSE of each game, then explained some details from our mazes. After a short editing/revision process, students completed the good copies of their instruction sheets that they’ll share with the people who … Continue reading

Marble Maze Project: Phase 1!

Marble Maze Project: Phase 1!

Our class is knee-deep in creating a marble maze game!  Phase 1 is extremely important for the overall success of our project: Planning and Design.  See how it played out in the video below!