This year I am working full-time for the AMDSB Program Department supporting blogging as pedagogy and connections-based learning throughout the board. I will be partnering with Kerri-Lynn Case Schepers at Blue Water Coast Elementary spending 1 day a week working with her and her grade 5/6 students. All of our posts will be shared on Kerri-Lynn’s Class blog, Huskie Howlers HQ.
Wishing all our Grade 1/2 Busy Bees & their families, a wonderful & safe summer! We are so happy to have been your teachers and wish you all the very best for your next year! Continue your hard work & dedication! Each and every one of you can do anything you put your mind to! We can’t wait to hear about all your successes next year!
Big hugs from,
Mrs. Cassell & Ms. King
We are learning about adaptations in animals in our science class. An adaptation is a way an animal’s body helps it survive, or live, in its environment. Today, we read the ‘The Mixed-Up Chameleon’ and did some research about special body parts that make animals unique. We then created our own mixed up animals. Check out our blogs for our mixed-up animals.
To celebrate the last week of school and consolidate our learning about living things, the Grade 1/2’s traveled to Morrison Dam for the day. We took part in a Puddles and Pollywogs program where we explored living things that live in the water, we went on a nature walk, and scavenger hunt. We had a fantastic day! Check it out 😀
Today, we let go our class pets. A while ago, we brought in some tadpoles and kept the, in our class. We watched them every day and you will see how they grew and went through metamorphosis before our very own eyes. See our own blog posts for the changes we saw. When we let them go, we had some baby frogs and some that were still going through the stages of their life cycle. None were adult frogs when we let them go. We took them out of the tank in our class, and took them to the pond at the back of the school. We want to make sure they got retuned to their natural habitat (that means their home in nature). Goodbye to our little friends! It was cool to see you grow! Good luck!
Today will be our last community circle check-in chat since this is the last Friday before school is done for the year.
My favourite events of the year were:
-Fun Fair (Maricela, Erica, Katie)
-Track and Field (Landin & Josiah)
-Field Trip to Morrison Dam (Josiah, Logan, Nathan, Brody)
-Halloween Party (Rachel)/ Halloween Dance (Josiah)
-When we watched the BFG (Ryan, Tyson, Boyd)
-Pajama Day “You Rock” party (Breanna, Ginger, Cohen)
-Christmas Concert (Madison)/ Christmas Dance (Rachel)
-Valentine’s Day Party (Wyatt)
-Easter Party (Tia)
-Mother’s Day Art (Rachel)
-Making our “All About Mammal” books (Ryan)
-100 Days of School Party (Erica)
Some wishes I have for next year are:
-Nap time (Tia)
-That I can do better on my school work (Wyatt)
-That I get to stay home all day (Cohen)
-To be in Mrs. Cassell and Ms. King’s class next year (Logan, Ryan, Landin)
-To get Ms. King when I’m in Grade 3 (Erica)
-More Play Days (Tyson)
-More Math time (Boyd, Tia, Brian)
-To not be in my brother’s class (Rachel)
-More iPad time (Brian)
-Every subject is Art (Maricela)
-More gym time (Landin)
-To be at school longer (Brody, Ryan, Madison)
-More recess time (Josiah)
-To have more Science experiments (Maricela)
-To have FUN! (Erica, Katie)
Today, we were measuring how heavy we were. The math word for that is mass. We stepped on a scale to find out how many pounds we weigh. Then, we got in an order for heaviest to lightest.
We found out:
– that some people were heavy and some people were light (Wyatt)
– that Boyd was the heaviest and Rachel was the lightest (Ryan)
– that Nathan and Ginger were tied for the second heaviest at 70lbs (Ginger)
– that Ms. King weighs the most in our class (Maricela)
– that Katie is the third lightest (Katie)
– that Ryan, Wyatt and Connor weighed the same amount (Connor)
– that Madison weighed two more pounds than Rachel (Tia)
– that Cohen and Erica weighed the same (Erica)
– that not everything is measured in pounds (Ms. King)
We learned the math words:
Yesterday, we met Karin from the Royal Botanical Gardens, in Burlington, Ontario through a video conference about insects. This is what we have learned.
~ have three body parts (head, thorax, abdomen) **see our song video about the body parts of insects
~ have 6 legs
~ are cold blooded
~ have 2 antennae
~ have an exoskeleton
Where do insects live?
~ in winter, some may live in the mud
~ everywhere in the world, except where it’s really cold
~ when it’s winter, butterflies go to Mexico (or somewhere warm)
~ some live in trees
~ some live in water
~ some live under rocks
~ some live in dirt
~ some live in plants
** how the insect moves and what it eats, determines where it lives
How do insects breathe?
~ some insects breathe out of their butts (the dragonfly baby that lives in the water)
~ those insects that live on land breathe out of holes on the side of their abdomen
How many different families of insects are there?
~ there are 9 or 10 different insect families
What is the difference between and butterfly and a moth?
~ they have different antennas
~ butterflies have straight
~ moths have feathery antenna
~ moths are hairy
~ moths fly at night
Are spiders insects?
~ spiders are not insects because they have 8 legs, not 6 and spiders only have 2 parts of their body and spiders do not have antenna
~ spiders are actually arachnids
What is the difference between bugs and insects?
~ bugs are one of the families of insects
~ bugs have that special mouth part that helps to eat
Are rolly pollies insects?
~ not insects but they are related
~ they don’t have 3 body parts (they have segments)
~ more than 6 legs
~ do not have antenna
~ catepillars chew side to side rather than up and down with their mouth
~ at the Royal Botanical Gardens, they let ladybugs out to eat other bugs to protect the plants
~ they estimate that there are 10 000 000 different types of insects
~ we only know 1 million of these insects
~ beetles are the largest family of insects
What are walking sticks? (Ryan)
Why are the beetles the biggest family of insects? (Erica)
How many insects are in the world? (Josiah)
Why do some insects sit on poop? (Tyson)
Do you guys save insects (like rescuing them)? (Maricela)
Today, Constable Stanley came back for a surprise visit to answer our questions we had!!!
How many police officers go out in a day?
For the Huron County Detachment, it could range from 10-12 officers. Some days it could be less if some are out to do training.
What if I know the person who is trying to sneak into my house?
That is called a break and enter, so what you need to do, tell mom and dad for sure. Second thing you need to do, if you are home without your parents but with a sitter, and someone is trying to do something that is scary, call 911 for emergencies.
Have you ever used a tazer?
Not yet. I have only done that in training. Some other officers have had to.
Have you ever used your gun?
I have only used it in training. And the only other time I have used it to humanely put an animal down that is suffering on the side of the road.
Have you ever used the radio?
All the time, as this is how officers communicate with his fellow police officers and how he gets told to go out to calls. They have a special language. Each letter of the alphabet has a word associated with it.
Maricela – Mike, Alpha, Romeo, India, Charlie, Echo, Lima, Alpha
Madison – Mike, Alpha, Delta, India, Sierra, Oscar, November
Ryan – Romeo, Yankee, Alpha, November
We have special codes as well. If we went to acknowledge you, we would say 10-4, 10-52 to call an ambulance or 10-19 to come back to the detachment.
Have you ever used pepper spray?
Yes, only once and many times in training.
How do you use your handcuffs?
There is special training for that. They are used for arresting someone for their safety and the officers safety. When handcuffs are on, they are behind their back and restricts their freedom. Leg shackles go on their legs. When we take them off, there is a handcuff key.
Have you ever put someone in jail?
Yes, police officers have to arrest people and they go to the holding cells that is behind bars. The holding cell is 24 hours. It is up to the judge to see if they go to jail or not as a punishment.
How many people are in jail right now in Ontario?
I don’t have the exact number but it would be in the thousands.
How do you use the sirens on your police car? Can you change the volume of the sirens?
I can’t change the volume but there is a button to press. There are four sirens to pick from. They are to notify others that are using the road. To go around them safely.
How do you use the lights on top of your car? Are your lights red, blue, and white? How bright can the lights get?
The lights are LED lights and are just changed in the last few years. We can’t change the brightness and seem brighter at night time. The colours are red and blue. On a police car, you can see them from any angle. When it is snowing or really foggy, we have the siren because it is hard to see the lights at night.
When can you drive faster than the speed limit?
Police officers are allowed to speed when we are going to an emergency call. We want to get there fast to help. Otherwise, other duties we aren’t allowed to speed and we can get charged as well while on duty. Police officers make mistakes sometimes as well.
Do you have phones?
A phone is issued to him but some carry their own personal phone.
Can you go through a red light?
Only if you stop and check to see if it is safe to cross and only at an emergency.
Are you allowed to crash the car if they don’t pull over?
In some situations, yes, but has to be very serious and needs to be putting others in harms way. We will force a vehicle off the road, but only in very serious situations and only as a last resort.
Have you ever crashed your car?
Yes, someone hit my from behind. I was at the side of the road and it was icy and the other driver lost control. No one was hurt. But the car was totalled.
Have you ever put on your siren and the bad guy heard it and they drive away?
Yes, that has happened. That is called a police pursuit or a police chase.