A-Z................................Class 2b

Welcome to the Class 2b Blog. You will find an assortment of photos, articles and work from our class. Feel free to leave your comments.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Journée de Francophonie

Here we are in Senegal!

 On Thursday, March 31, Pregny celebrated le Journée de Francophonie.   Rosalina organized 6 workshops representing France, Senegal, Morocco, Belgium and Switzerland.  Each workshop had many fun and interesting activities with CAS students from Saconnex, parents, and teachers serving as presenters.

In Senegal, we learned where Senegal is located in the world and played some fun games.

When we arrived in Morocco, we learned about camels, gazelle and foxes which are native to Morocco.

We also found out that there are many interesting musical instruments from Morocco and that the official language is Arabic, although French is also spoken.

 During our visit to France, Tom's mom read us an exciting story about Beaugency, a bridge, a devil and a cat.

We were excellent listeners!

Congratulations to table 3 who won Val's Francophonie Day quiz with a near perfect score!

Many thanks to Rosalina for the great organization and a truly special morning.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Changing Materials

From chocolate bar to chocolate spoon

 One of the most popular activities during our Materials unit is the changing of materials.   Solids to liquids, liquids to solids, it usually turns out delicious.

We began our journey into the world of solids, liquids and gases by changing a chocolate solid into liquid chocolate and back again.  We melted the chocolate, poured it into molds, added a wooden spoon, let it cool and, voila, it changed back into a solid.  These chocolate spoons were meant to be changed back into  liquid chocolate by adding them to hot milk once they arrived at the childrens' homes. 

Only one or two made it home....the rest were changed into liquids in the stomachs of class 2b just before dismissal time.


From Food to Fun

 Our next challenge was to change a mixture of solids and liquids into a "mystery material".  Would it be a solid, a liquid or a gas?

It was very important to follow the instructions carefully and, despite the ensuing chaos, it was a successful experiment.

There was a flurry of measuring, stirring, kneading and...............


Our "mystery material"  turned into bouncy balls!

Up next, more edible experiments.  We will continue to change materials into things both cold and creamy and warm and delicious......

Monday, February 28, 2011

Materials Museum

Welcome to the Class 2b Virtual Materials Museum.

Here you will be able to browse, at your leisure, our display of items from each of the main categories of materials involved in our current Unit of Inquiry.

Here are some things we already know about materials.....

"They use flames to make glass."     Tom

"Trees make paper."      Tavonga

"Trees give us paper."    Stefan

"Metal is hard and rock-ish and comes from the ground."            Kyle

"We find metal underground."      Olivier

"Fabric can be made from cotton."    Elias

"We get wool from lambs."      Beenish

"Some fabric comes from wool."    Heloise

"Wool comes from sheep."     Luis

"My juice maker is made from plastic."     

"They use oil to make plastic."    Zubair

"Rubber comes from rubber trees."    Arissa

"Wood comes from the forest."  Akshaya

"Wood comes from trees."    Sona

"Clay comes from the earth."     Irene

"Clay comes from the ground."   Matthew

"You get clay from dirt."      Kevin

"Gold comes from rocks."       Mollie

"Gold comes from deep, deep underground."      Libby

Celebration of Learning

 Just before the break, Class 2b invited parents and friends to a morning of presentations followed by a potluck lunch.  We were celebrating the end of our Unit of Inquiry on Pattern, Rhyme and Rhythm.

We demonstrated our skills through songs, poems, skits, and sound and movement patterns.

Akshaya helped Beatrix act out her original poem about beans, mushrooms and slugs, while Kyle assisted Matthew with his limerick about a travelling polar bear.  Arissa was on hand to help Shahzeb deliver his poem featuring the cow with the blue shoe.

Kyle and Zubair shared  ideas of what their "Backwards Town" would be like.

"A shrimp is eating a boy.  Ahhhhh, said the boy."  Kyle

"People are in the trees."    Zubair

There was so much quality entertainment, we should have asked to see tickets!

Parents were also involved in the presentations.  After hearing our versions of popular nursery rhymes, they were asked to guess the original.  Tom's mom was quite the expert!

Following our presentations, the children were able to share their written work with their parents.

Color patterns, number patterns, picture patterns.....skip counting, tallies, graphs, and hieroglyphs... parents were asked to choose a piece of work from their child's pattern folder to be included in the end of year personal portfolio.

 When the parents had completed their assignments, it was time for our potluck lunch.

There were so many interesting contrbutions that it turned out to be quite a feast!  Our cafeteria chef, Robert, delivered the children's hot lunch main course with his usual creative flair.  Who knew you could make a swan out of an apple?

A big thank you to everyone who made our Celebration of Learning such a success!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Smarties Math

One of the toughest assignments we had recently was a math worksheet involving tallies, sorting, and addition.

Of course, no one really wanted to do this, but after  a lot of begging and pleading by Miss Mills and Val, the children finally agreed to force themselves to eat their math equipment.

In the end, it was successful and delicious!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Olivier Has ESP!

Our clairvoyant with Bob, Jimmy and the bodyguard, Spike.

Congratulations to Olivier!  His prediction of when Bob would bloom was 100% correct (December 5).  No one was quite sure what color Bob was going to be, but he hasn't disappointed us.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snowy Day Photos

Here are some photos of break time today.

We were all having such great fun; some of us in the snow for the first time.

This puts everyone in the mood for our upcoming skiing and sledding outings. Let's hope there is plenty of snow in the Jura in January.

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