Day #9 Online: Google Maps and Estimation

Day #9 Online: Over the next two days, staff from our school will call every family at Eastdale. We want to make sure everything is okay at your house. We want to talk to your parents about technology needs. We are getting ready to teach school without going to school!

I think I’m almost ready. I’m just going to add a little more to what I’ve been doing for the last two weeks. I will write families a letter with helpful information and a schedule. Then I will keep blogging every day! Please feel free to continue sharing what you work on (Parents: e-mail or a text message) for Team 2 to see:

How many LEGOs tall are the Bakker girls?

Today’s Idea #1: Google Maps Do you know your address? You can use google to find the distance between your house and our school. My example shows that Eastdale is 2.5 kilometers away from Westfield.  Use the link below, but change North Perth Westfield to your  to your own address. This will tell you the distance between Eastdale and your house. Clicking the map in the results will allow you to explore Listowel even more!

Image links to google search results


Today’s Idea #2: Try another estimation mystery from Steve Wyborney! Use the clues below to make a reasonable estimate of how many airplanes are in the bowl. Write your answer down somewhere so you can compare it  when I reveal the actual amount tomorrow!

Mrs. Lovell’s Message: Today our principal explained why she is wearing blue today. After I listened to her message, I changed my outfit to something blue. Maybe you will too:


Day #8 April has arrived

Day #8 April has arrived: Yesterday, Ontario decided that we will not be having school at the Eastdale building until May. I am working with Mrs. Lovell and other teachers to find the best way to help Eastdale keep learning at home. I’ll do my best to make it fun for everyone.
Speaking of fun, please enjoy Idea #1.
Idea # 1:  Today is a good day to check in on our friend Santa. Forgive me parents, but this is wonderful. Only 266 days until Christmas!

Image links to Santa Tracker activities


Idea #2: Sight Word Challenge Team 2 has used these lists in guided reading group. They need to learn all of the words below by the end of Grade 2. How many do you know? If you know them all, try printing or typing them too!

Mrs. Lovell’s Message Today’s message is about honesty and jokes!

Day#7: Emily’s movie, Miss Versteeg’s ideas, Mrs. Lovell’s message

Emily’s movie: Good morning Team 2! I’ve enjoyed checking in with you individually, in person, by phone, or through e-mail. Several of you have found a way to share  what you’ve been working on with me. No one is expected to do this, but I have thoroughly enjoyed your photos, docs, google form answers, and family emails. Emily’s family agreed to let me share the video they made together last week.  Enjoy!

Miss Versteeg’s ideas: Before I share today’s ideas, I want to give a big thank you to Bill! Yesterday, I had a mistake on the blog and he found it. You were right Bill.  Yesterday was March 30. I hope your dad had a happy birthday!

Idea #1: Typing Club. This was the #1 choice from yesterday’s Google Form question about what link I should share on the blog this week. Typing Club teaches keyboarding skills. It works best on a laptop or desktop computer. I’m not sure how it will go on a smaller screen.

Team 2: your first name is your username and your password is the same as your e-mail password 22222

Idea #2: Counting time! Today Malina was scheduled to be the last March Math Captain. If we were at school we would celebrate finishing Math Captain month with a whole morning of math facts and counting. Everyone would be challenged to earn at least 100 points.

You can do the 100 point challenge at home.  Family members can help you keep track of points or even try to earn their own. Use the table below to choose your challenges. You could even write a comment on this post to let me know how many points you can get.

Use the thumbnails below to help with skip counting:

And Finally: Here is Mrs. Lovell’s final March Video:

Ideas for Day #6: This post includes a Blanket Fort and a Lollipop Tree

Ideas for Day #6: Hello Team 2 families! I am happy, healthy, and ready to take on another week. I hope you are too! Once again, I will be posting at least two ideas for students to try each day. Writing a post every day last week helped to make my days feel more normal. I hope that seeing these posts, and trying some of the activities will make your days better too! (Especially Idea #1 for today. Ella sent me a blanket-fort building procedure!)

Idea #1: Complete this google form. I think you’ll like it Team 2.  I made it when I was in a blanket fort!

Idea #2 Learn a new song

If we were at school today, we would have music class. I would teach Team 2 a simplified edition of Burl Ives’ original  The Lollipop Tree  (shared above).  This song is fun to sing and it’s easy to learn the words:

One fine day in early spring I played a funny trick
Right in the yard behind our house I planted a lollipop stick
Then everyday I watered it well and watched it carefully
I hoped one day that stick would grow to be a lollipop tree

Ha ha-ha, Ho-ho-ho
What a sight to see
Me and my lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lolli-lolli-lollipop tree

Ha-ha-ha, Ho-ho-ho
What a sight to see
He and his lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lolli-lolli-lollipop tree

Then one day I woke to find a very lovely sight
A tree all full of lollipops had grown in the dark of the night
I sat beneath that wonderful tree and looked up with a grin
And when I opened up my mouth a pop would drop right in

Ha-ha-ha, Oh-ho-ho
What a place to be
Under a lollipop, lollipop, lollipop lolli-lolli-lollipop tree

Ha-ha-ha, Ho-ho-ho
What a sight to see
He and his lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lolli-lolli-lollipop tree

Winter came and days grew cold as winter days will do
On my tree my lovely tree not one little lollipop grew
From every branch an icicle hung, the twigs were bare as bones
But when I broke the icicles off they turned to ice cream cones

Ha-ha-ha, Oh-ho-ho
How I danced with glee
Under the lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lolli-lolli-lollipop tree

Ha-ha-ha, Ho-ho-ho
What a sight to see
He and his lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lollipop tree

And finally, Mrs. Lovell posted another message for our school. She has a fun writing idea for you to try too:

Day 5 of Learning at Home: A Family Check Out and a Math Book

Idea #1: Have a Family Check Out!  Team 2 has a class meeting every Friday.  It is a special time where everyone has a chance to share their favourite class memory from the past week and one thing they wish for our class to do the next week.  We can’t have a class check out today, but everyone can do a family check out! You can copy this doc. and change the names, or just write everyone’s ideas on a paper

Image links to sample family check out doc.

Team 2 students only: If you want to check in with your classmates, use this doc. Find your name, and write a message for Team 2 to read!

Image links to Team 2 Check out doc

Idea #2:  Read the math book  What would you rather? with your family.

Image links to pdf file of story

After reading, open the thumbnail file below to make up your own “What would you rather?” questions!From the Principal: In Mrs. Lovell’s message today, she reads the birthday list, and explains what to do with teddy bears today and flowers on Sunday. Have a safe and happy weekend, Team 2!

Posted by Listowel Eastdale Public School on Friday, March 27, 2020

From Mr. Uhler: 

Hello friends.  I am sending this email to let you know that I am thinking of you and hoping that everyone is healthy and safe.  I am also sending this email to remind you that even though you aren’t able to visit the Eastdale gym, you should still be finding time in your life to be active.
I have been staying active by going for runs, walking my dog Bella, trying yoga, and unsuccessfully teaching myself to juggle.  Being active for you might look like skipping in the backyard, shooting hoops on the driveway, going for a family walk, playing mini sticks in the basement or having a living room dance party.  The main goal is to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.  Easy peasy.
If you want something more structured that you can follow along with, try one of the following searches from YouTube:
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Coach Meger Fitness Games
Benjamin Pirillo
P.E. with Joe
Glenn Higgins Fitness
It doesn’t matter how you are active as long as you are being active.  If you have any questions, concerns or need additional resources please feel free to email me at;
Darrell Uhler
Listowel Eastdale

2 Ideas for Learning from Home: Day #4

The stuffy Olivia gave me for Valentine’s is perfect for Epilepsy’s purple day! Information about Epilepsy and purple day is in Mrs. Lovell’s message at the end of this post.

Learning from home day 4:

Idea #1: Feeling check! Red, Yellow, Green and Blue. Which colour is right for you? To learn about feelings and telling time, our class did feeling checks every hour:

You can do feeling checks at home!  At school, all students had a copy of the chart shown below on their desks.   Every hour, they took a moment to consider their current emotion, and used the appropriate colour to fill a box on their personal chart.  You can design your own chart at home, or print this one: Feeling Check – 9:00-3:00

Idea #2:  Mrs Lovell’s message challenges us to build something today.  Why not build 3D shapes? When we do regular morning math, Wednesday is Geometry day. This week, Thursday is Geometry day!  In class, we made 3D shapes using nets. If you click the thumbnails below, (taken from The Guide To Effective Instruction In Mathematics) they should open as  full sized images:

To turn a net into a shape, you cut on the solid lines, fold on the dotted lines, and use a lot of glue and tape to hold it together.  If you do not have a printer, you can try to draw one!  The cube requires 6 squares and the triangular prism is 4 triangles.

Esti-mystery Reveal:


Mrs. Lovell’s update:

Posted by Listowel Eastdale Public School on Thursday, March 26, 2020


Learning at home Day #3: 2 fun ideas!


Yesterday, our principal Mrs Lovell shared the special message above. At the end, she says something that helped me come up with Fun idea #1.

Fun idea #1: Today I’m going to try to change the world is a special song our school learned earlier in the year. Listen to the song once to learn/remember. Then play it again to sing along and see how many of the actions you remember!

Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World
Johnny Reid
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
Gonna take it one day at a time
I’ve made my resolution
I’ve opened up my eyes
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
I’m gonna say hello to my neighbor
Greet him with a smile
Shake the hand of a stranger
Sit and talk for a while
Tell someone I love them
From the bottom of my heart
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
Gonna take it one day at a time
I’ve made my resolution
I’ve opened up my eyes
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
Gonna make sure my children
Know there’s a right and wrong
I’ll never turn my back
On those of us who need someone
I’m gonna try to see myself
Through another’s eyes
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
Today I’m gonna try and change the world
Not for me, but for those I’ll leave behind
I’ve made my resolution
Change it one day at time
Today I’m gonna try and change the world

Fun idea #2:  Try an esti-mystery from Steve Wyborney! Use the clues below to make a reasonable estimate of how many blocks are in the glass. Write your answer down somewhere so you can compare it  when I reveal the actual amount tomorrow!

News from You & 2 Fun Ideas for Today

News From You!

2) The Google Form I shared yesterday is still open for anyone, including those not in our class, to answer. Here are some of the things our class wanted to share:

2) I found comments from Jaiden and Korbin on yesterday’s post! Anyone, parent or student, is welcome to comment on this blog at any time. You will need to enter your email address to do so.

Fun Idea#1 In class, we do counting circles. We do this by standing in a circle and then take turns saying the numbers for skip counting by 2’s to 100. If you say a decade number (10,20,30…), you have to sit down. The last person standing is the winner.


To do this at home, you will need your whole family, pets, and all of your stuffed animals.
1) Arrange everyone and everything in a circle.
2) People who know how to skip count can say their own number.
3) Animals, stuffed toys, and little brothers/sisters need you to tell them their number.
4) When people get out, they sit down. When anything else gets out, you can decide what to do with them.
5) Play until someone wins
6) Leave a comment on this post to tell me how high you got, and who won!

Fun Idea #2: 

Lahkai is an expert at using the markup tool for activities like this word search I made for you.  If you can remember how to use markup, save paper and do it that way.  If you want to print it so you can use your own highlighters and markers, use this link to make printing easier: Fun_Idea_2.

Happy Birthday Hannah!

Happy Birthday Hannah!

If there’s one thing Team 2 knows about me, it is that I keep my promises.  So here it is.  The Happy Birthday Hannah post. Parents, there is some information for you after today’s 2 fun ideas.

Team 2: 2 Fun ideas for Team 2 on Monday, March 23

Fun idea 1:  Fill in this google form!

Fun idea #2: A Video and a Challenge

In the past, I’ve used the video below to teach my students about the importance of mistakes. Today I’m sharing it for two reasons.  The first is, of course,  to teach about the importance of mistakes.  The first time you watch this with your family, just enjoy how excited Audri gets about his failures!

The second reason I am sharing this video today is science! Watch this again and think about science. Think about science because I’m challenging your family to build a machine of your own today!

This video is full of movement and simple machines. Pay attention to the details of what Audri is building. Do you see any levers or inclined planes? Do you see other things that help things move? (There are 4 more simple machines that our class has not learned yet.) What kind of machine will you create with your family?  I can’t wait to hear about it Team 2!

For Families:

For the next few weeks, everyone gets to spend lots of time with their family. I know that many of you have found ways to have school at home and this is wonderful.  At this point, my professional recommendation to families is this:

  1. Wellness is your number one priority.
  2. A little bit of learning at home is an excellent way to fill the hours and build routine. Mornings are usually when children are most productive at school work, and 20-30 minutes per task is appropriate for 7-8 year olds. The ministry of education has shared an e-mail with all families and it is full of great ideas to get started with this. However, not all Team 2 families are able to access the internet at home.  This means that until I hear otherwise, I will share fun learning ideas on this blog, not tasks I will be assessing.
  3. Time for the fun. Do today’s 2 ideas with your child and then see if you can find an isolated patch of snow for them to play in!


March 13, 2020: Day 113

March 13, 2020: Day 113

Since we already know we will not be at school for several weeks, Team 2 didn’t need to spend any time at all talking about that interesting news.

We needed to spend our day creating an awesome memory of an awesome day learning together.

And we did.  We read, we wrote, we sang, we listened, we had a test, and we had happy fun doing all of these favourite things.  I didn’t bother to take pictures. I know that conversations at home will tell a better story.  Expect to hear about  cookie dough giggles, Chromebooks, Captain Surprises and GOTCHA’S.  Do not expect to find a package of homework and worksheets. There isn’t one. There is just this promise:

I will attempt to publish something wonderful  and interesting for Team 2 students to learn, work on, think about, or enjoy every day. Families may decide if or when they wish to follow along and enjoy whatever experimental online learning fun I dream up.  I will start this on the first day after our regularly scheduled March Break, march 23, with a post called “Happy Birthday Hannah!”

Plan to check it out!