Goodbye Grade 2!

The last day of the school year at Eastdale is always a fun one.  We always begin with a whole-school assembly.  This takes up our whole morning.  Students put on a talent show. Ivy danced while Avery sang, Evie sang a song she wrote while she played her ukulele. Leena did a piano duet with Mrs. Brooks. The grade sixes did a play and awards and birthday ribbons were handed out. We also said goodbye to the graduates (32 this year) and staff (9 this year) who are leaving.

After a pizza lunch, there is always ice cream treats from Dairy Queen and a student-teacher baseball game. The game ends when every Grade 6 has had a turn to bat.

The teachers always win.

The rest of the day is spent in the classroom. Projects are finished, lots of treats are eaten,  bags are packed, and gifts and hugs are given.

I only made it through saying thank you for all of the gifts and hugs I was given today.  I just didn’t have time to write thank you card for all of the thoughtful chosen  flowers, gift cards, treats, mug, totebag, crafts, cards  and letters that students brought to surprise me today.

The class didn’t have any time to chew all the gum I surprised them with either.  I think that can be okay. When we enjoy our things later we can think of each other and remember what a great year we had together.

Have a safe and wonderful summer.  See you in September!

Beezus and Ramona vs Ramona and Beezus

Beezus and Ramona vs Ramona and Beezus: I’m not sure I’ve ever watched a movie with my class in the last week of school.  Today we did.  We had a book vs movie faceoff! It was delightful.  The class had lots of great reasons to support their decision that movie, Ramona and Beezus, is the winner.   I voted for the book.

A special ceremony: At the end of the school day, we attended the Grade 6 graduation celebration.  A special part of this ceremony is this special award called “The Heart of Eastdale Award”:

Team 2 has shown the Heart of Eastdale. I like them!

And finally: Our last three Captains presented their research today.  Ethan studied the tiger, Anya studied the Arctic Fox, and Lila studied the dolphin.


Books, Mambas, Ramona, and ABC’s

Henry’s Black Mamba Habitat

Our classroom library needed some attention.  The job was too big for one person. It was not too big for 20 people.  We worked together, organizing, counting and sorting.  When we finished, everything was where it belonged.

There were extra books are ones that we enjoy, but that didn’t really belong anywhere. They didnt’ match any of our labelled shelves or labelled buckets.  Those extra books, all 244 of them (we counted!), now belong somewhere too:

Captain Henry shared his research today. Henry put a lot of effort into this project. His presentation included three pages of research notes, two habitat models, one blog post and one video.  Way to go Henry! You earned a double thumbs up dance and a round of applause.

We also finished our class novel, Beezus and Ramona, today.  It ended with everyone being happy.  That’s a good way to end a book. That’s a good way to end anything!

I hope our shared doc has a happy ending.  I gave the whole class access to it at the same time.  We are collecting words for  a project called “The ABC’s of Team 2”.  Students Only: open the link to read and continue editing tonight!





Goodbye Blogs, Hello GSuite!

This year, our class used student blogs as digital portfolios of their Grade 2 work.  In Grade 3, students will use GSuite as their digital portfolio.  I introduced the class to their GSuite accounts earlier this month.  They used it to create and edit their first google account projects (Animal Research .doc and Goodbye Mr. MacSorley .doc).

Today I talked to the class about how to keep all of the work in their grade 2 digital portfolio forever.  There are two ways to do this.

Book One .pdf:  Book One is to add your blog to your GSuite.  This makes a .pdf file that can be read, printed or enjoyed at any time.  Here are some samples: Brayden, MadisonColin.

After I did this three times, it told me I had to pay. So, if other students want to do this, they need to do it on a computer that doesn’t belong to Eastdale! It is simple.  Just do what I did. Access this link: and follow the instructions.

Book Two: Hardcover Another way to make your blog into a book is to use a site like  This allows you to make your blog into a hard cover book.  You can read it online as a guest for free, or buy the real thing.  Here is a screenshot some pages from Anya’s blog as a book:

I’m not sure what I will do with the Team 2 blog yet.  The class and I will certainly continue to enjoy blogging for the rest of Grade 2. But, AMDSB has decided not to support blogs next year. This means I am going to learn something new. I’m going to learn to make a GSuite blog.  I started something, but it isn’t perfect YET!  I hope it will be as wonderful as this blog has been.

Lauryn: Arctic Fox

Other Monday Things: Today was a marvelous last Monday together. Especially the part where I announced that I am not assigning a spelling list this week!  Other highlights included more of our class novel, google maps, time in the computer lab, a new music unit, and new reader’s theater stories.    Most importantly, Monarch Butterfly Brayden and Arctic Fox Lauryn were Captains and they presented their research and habitats.

Brayden: Monarch Butterfly

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21  is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.  It is a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  Today we reviewd some of the other things we’ve learned about Indigenous Peoples Day this year:

-Guided reading graphic novels

-Okitotiunga and other Indiginous songs

-EPIC books

-Evie has Indiginous anscestors

A day to celebrate indiginous people is important, so we celebrated!

First, we read a math book about lacrosse, Lacrosse, Canada’s oldest sport.  We learned that long ago, First Nations lacrosse games had teams with hundreds of people playing at once and the game lasted for days.

Next, We learned how to play the kayak and travois math game. In this game, there are 21 spaces and you are invited to a National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration on June 21. The travois will help you get there faster but the kayak will bring you back down.

  1. To play, you’ll need a token for each player and two dice
  2. Throw the two dice and subtract to find out how far to move. Example: let’s say you throw a 6 and a 4 (6– 4=2); you would then move two spaces.
  3. If you get a double, a 5 and a 5 for example, you add the two dice (5+5=10). You then move 10.
  4. If you arrive on a space where a travois starts, you must read the sentence written in the space and move upwards until the travois ends.
  5. If you land on a space where a kayak starts, you must move downwards to the space where it ends and wait for your next turn.

Finally, we enjoyed our guided reading graphic novels one more time.

We did all of the usual Friday things too:

1) Katelyn and Madison led morning math and presented their animal research (Pandas and Penguins.

2) We did an amphibian scavenger hunt.

3) We had a spelling test

4) Homework Check: WHAT A DIFFERENCE!  Since our Tuesday chat, this class has amazed me every day. Proper sentences in reading logs, students using paper and books from home when they forget to pack everything,  blog posts, stories and more! Katelyn, Madison and Leena did all about me blog posts, several people wrote stories, and I even got this today!

5)We cleaned our class, cleaned our desks, and ended the week with our checkout.


Need something to do tomorrow?

Math, Art, Writing, and More Art!

Art Workshop:  We learned how to paint roosters today!  They turned out wonderful.  It was tricky. It was messy. We weren’t sure if we could do it. And everyone did!  Even me!

Morning Math Problem: On the announcements today we heard that Eastdale has 298 books signed out.  Only 71 are signed out to students. Who has the rest? And how many is that? How do you know?

Did you figure it out? It’s the teachers. We still have 227!

Writing/Spelling Writing was fun today.  We typed silly spelling sentences.  The purpose was to practice our spelling words, and to make sure we followed sentence rules for capitals, spaces and periods.  Here is what someone funny had to say:

There was a NICE two headed giraffe but I ate him TWICE. I was riding my guinea pig like it was a RACE car. I was DANCING with a dress on. I put a pen in the PENCIL sharpener. I ate 1000 ICE cubes. I put my FACE in some dirt. I was surprised the PRICE of a apple was 100 dollars. I SLICED my lunch in half. I found a CITY on the moon.

By Jack

Captain Bennett shared his Arctic Fox research today, and the day ended with our regularly scheduled Art class with Miss Anderson.


What a Wednesday

Captain Alyssa surprised the class with a funny book

What a Wednesday: Today was one of our best days yet.  The class was co-operative, kind, and responsible. Everyone was where they needed to be and doing what they needed to do all day long!  We did two big projects today.  The first was a math project that took almost all morning.  We used spreadsheet information to estimate, sort, count, and deliver all of the Eastdale Jump Rope For Heart prizes:

Thank you Eastdale for raising money; thank you Team 2 for your help!

The second project was a secret important writing project that took almost all afternoon.

Captain Alyssa shared her Cheetah research and habitat.  Captain Ivy presented her sloth research and habitat

Yestderday’s Clue:  What could these lines from a mystery email that I received earlier today possibly mean?

Please remind your students to wear old shirts or clothes on Thursday. Paper towels and small brushes and larger brushes are required. I’ll be bringing the rest of the materials I need. …

Answer: Wear old clothes to school tomorrow because our class is going to do a special art workshop.

Today’s Clue: It involves paint, it sounds messy, and Miss Atkinson will be at Eastdale tomorrow!


Tuesday Goals, Tuesday Captains, Tuesday Things

Tuesday Goals

Tuesday Goals: There are only seven days of school left.   Today Lila had the idea that we could set goals to work on for the rest of the year.  It’s not too late to get better at something!  Homework was a popular goal, and we talked about different options for the last few days, including printing the fair poem, making a blog post, writing animal fact cards, doing your reading log, bringing your music duotang home to sing, or just getting your parents to initial planner if it’s a busy night.

Animal Captains: Hunter presented his wolverine research and showed us a video from Evie presented her Snowy Owl research and  brought us a real one. We took turns petting it to feel how soft it is.

Other Tuesday Things: We played an amphibian version of rock paper scissors:

We learned that there are 5 amphibian types: frogs, newts, toads, salamandars and caecillians.  The caecilian is sometimes confused with worms and snakes because of its appearance. We took a closer look here:

Library Countdown: It is time to bring your library books back to school now.  Ms. McNeil is counting down how many books Eastdale still needs to return.  I have a list posted in the classroom of what our class still has signed out.  Our class needs to return these by Friday.

A Clue:  What could these lines from a mystery email that I received earlier today possibly mean?

Please remind your students to wear old shirts or clothes on Thursday. Paper towels and small brushes and larger brushes are required. I’ll be bringing the rest of the materials I need. …


Amphibians, Reader’s Theatre, Campfire Songs!

This week in science we are studying amphibians.  Amphibians are often confused with reptiles.  There are some important differences though, and we made Venn Diagrams to compare

Reader’s Theatre is a fun way to practice reading fluently.  It is like being in a play because it involves several people who take turns speaking.  The difference is that you do not have to memorize your lines or do any acting.  You just use your voice.  We tried a reader’s theatre script that included our whole class today: The Farm Field Trip

Speaking of farms, the poem we printed perfectly today for the Listowel Fair contest is about planting seeds:

We copied one last last spelling list into planners.  These C words say ssss

Music this week has a special theme! Today we learned”Take me out to the Ball Game” and “Swimming, Swimming”

Take me out to the Ballgame
Take me out to the ballgame,
Take me out to the fair.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,
I don’t care if I never get back,
For it’s root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
At the old ballgame.
Take me out to the ballgame,
Take me out to the fair.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,
I don’t care if I never get back,
For it’s root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
At the old ballgame.
Swimming, Swimming
Swimming, swimming in my swimming pool.
When days are hot, when days are cold in my swimming pool.
Breaststroke, sidestroke, fancy diving too!
Don’t you wish you never had anything else to do?

Jump For Heart Day 2019


I think this was our craziest morning yet!  Zehrs provided breakfast for Eastdale today, but our class didn’t get ours until just before Phys. Ed. class at 10:15.  We managed to fill the time creatively.

Alyssa brought birthday cupcakes today and we ate those for snack while we did our spelling test.  After that, we went to the library for our last book exchange.  Then Addison did her Tiger  Captain presentation.  Breakfast arrived part way through her tiger video, and so did Mr. Uhler!  No one wanted to miss Phys. Ed. so everyone saved their breakfast for lunch and went to gym.

The rest of the day was just as mixed up, but we did get everything done, including check out and a reptile scavenger hunt. We finished just in time to get ready for Jump Rope at 2:00.

Check Out:

Jump Math Facts: