Class Updates – October 22nd
I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend, we are all set for another awesome week of learning in grade 2.
Upcoming Important Dates:
- Library is Tuesday and Friday, if you missed library today then please return books for Friday
- Home reading return was Monday, if you miss this day please return them as soon as possible so we can exchange these books for you
- Tuesday October 29th–Just Dance lunch intramurals
- Wednesday October 30th– Just Dance lunch intramurals
- Friday November 1st – Non- Instructional Day – No School
- Friday November 8th– Remembrance Day Assembly
- Thursday November 21st– Fun Lunch
- Thursday November 21stand Friday November 22nd –Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Thursday November 28th– School Council Meeting
Chaparral Walk/ Social Studies
We had a wonderful walk on Friday! Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us for both of our community walk experiences.
On our walk, we visited our local pharmacy/doctor’s office and learned all about how these services are essential to a successful community. While there, the pharmacist treated us to some hot chocolate and a Timbit. We were very excited.
Then we went to our local TD bank and learned about how the bank supports the people in a community by keeping their money safe and helping community members do things like buy houses and open businesses. We wondered where all of the money was kept, and the bank graciously let us take a peek at their vault and even let us see if our entire class could fit in the vault at one time. If you are wondering, yes, we can! The students loved seeing how the bank is keeping our money safe.
On our way back to school, we explored two community parks to begin our study of green spaces in Chaparral. As a class, we explored our community on Google Earth and looked at some of the things that we could identify. We could see the lake and the attached park right away, this led us to look for other parks in our community. We found a lot!
In our work around defining the characteristics of a successful community, students determined that it must meet the basic needsof its residents in order to be a healthy growing community.
These needs include:
- Houses for shelter
- Grocery stores for healthy food
- Water treatment for clean water
- Emergency services (firemen, police men) to keep us safe
- Transportation and a way to get what we need
- Essential services (doctor, pharmacy, bank, clothing store) to help us remain healthy and prosper
Using this criteria as a guide, students wondered why we have so many parks in our community when they are a ‘want’ and not a ‘need’. They determined that when a community is developed and prospering, its residents can begin to add elements to their community that show what they value. In Chaparral, the students decided that people value relaxation, outdoor spaces, and play.
This led students to wonder about what we value in our school and begin to question if we can make changes to our school to reflect what the students value. Today we are interviewing Ms. Buhler to determine how decisions are made in our school and what the process is to bring forward some suggestions for our space. We are excited to see where this leads us.
If you have any questions please email me @LAWilson@cbe.ab.ca
Have a great week,