Poetic Power

Each year Room 14 students portray the beauty of nature and their special interests through poetry. We enter our favourite poem in a contest called “Poetic Power” from Creative Communications and many of our poems are published. Congratulations to all of last year students whose poems have been selected. (Nate, Faith, Emma, Katie, Thomas, Deidra, Jessalyn, Joel, Madison, Sage, Joseph, Trinity, Gracue, Reilli, Kenzie, Pearl, Jaycee, Katelynn, Riley, Vaughn)

Final judging for the summer contest is still underway. I am a judge this year and would like some help in making my decisions. Read GR 4-6 finalists from other regions (so, not our poems) and vote for your favourite 3 by submitting a comment with your choices and reasons.

Summer Poetry Finalists (NOTE: don’t vote on this link as I will based on your overall top 10 choices)

Look for Room 14 poetry collection from June 2011 soon to be posted on the right toolbar!

 

Community Forest

Canada is home to some of the most amazing forests in the world, many of which we can experience right here in our own backyard.  Each year a week in September is designated as National Forestry Week, and this year, 2011, has also been declared International Year of Forests by the United Nations. Although we were a little late, as National Forestry Week ended on September 24th this year, on the 29th we headed off to the community forest.  The beautiful fall weather made for an incredibly enjoyable trip.  We were able to experience the recreational uses, the natural inhabitants and the peaceful serenity the forest has to offer.  (Mrs. Watchel) Take a walk with us -Check out the slideshow on the right toolbar

World Teacher Day

Today, October 5 is World Teacher Day. Our class spent the afternoon writing poems to show our appreciation for the dedication our  Alwin Holland Teachers show every day. We are truly lucky to have such a warm and inspiring community of educators. Thanks so much Nate, for my apple poem! I will always treasure it!

Welcome Back!

The school year is off to a great start. We have been busy in Room 14 establishing routines and expectations for learning in our class. There are some changes this year, grade 5/6 rather than 4/5, Mrs. Watchel has joined our TEAM on Mondays and Thursdays as I am off working in other areas of the Education world in Peace River North. There are lots of new faces in our school from students to staff members, and we all look forward to another school year.
Check out the slideshows on the right toolbar to meet the TEAM and read up on a few student summer memories below.

the Titanic

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Nathan's model of the Titanic

Nathan's model of the Titanic

This month marked the 99th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. To commemorate that infamous event, Nathan and Thomas and Nathan’s mom created a most creative re-enactment movie. The class followed up by reading more from a RAZ-kids selection then reporting in their journals.  Here’s what these classmates have to say.

The Titanic Once Sailed On April 12, 1912 the Titanic set sail with thousands of people on board. They started in Liverpool, England and were heading for New York City. When they were leaving it was called Titanic’s maiden voyage.(by Emma) The Captain’s name was Edward Smith. There were 2 228 people on board, only 705 survived. (by Thomas) The Grand Titanic The Titanic launched 99 years ago. On Sunday, April 14, 1912 it sank, even though people said that it was unsinkable.  It had four elevators inside the ship, but some people were not allowed upstairs. The rich were at the top and the poor were at the bottom. The levels were organized by class of people. (by Max)The Amazing Titanic The Titanic was built in Northern Ireland. It was 883 feet long and is as tall as a ten story building. Thomas Andrews helped design the Titanic and knew the ship could sink. When the iceberg hit it actually made seven little hits higher up, so that’s how it sank faster. Then it broke into two pieces. It sank 300 miles out of St. John’s Newfoundland. (by Kenzie)The Sinking of the Titanic It was midnight when disaster struck! It wasn’t windy so the waves went crashing against the deadly  iceberg. The passengers all felt a shift, the Titanic had hit an iceberg, but they thought they were on an unsinkable ship. The captain knew that they were sinking, but there wasn’t enough lifeboats for everyone! (by Katie)

Check out more information about the Titanic: http://www.titanic-facts.com/

March Memories

March was mostly a lion, but (finally) out like a lamb

March was mostly a lion, but (finally) out like a lamb

March definitely came in like a lion this year! High wind chills, inside day and tons of snow made it feel as though winter would never end, but as March comes to a close, warmer weather and perhaps even SPRING is in sight!

Some important events shaped our classroom and world this March. Here are some highlights:

Science Fair

Room 14 students joined Mr. Platzer’s, Mrs. Stregger and Wiebe’s as well as Mrs. Gladysz’s classes in presenting Science Projects. Everyone did an amazing job and should be proud of their efforts. Best of Luck to Madison and Jessalyn (Sip Smart) , Jaycee (Gaming with a Beat) and Reilli and Trinity (Amazing and Crazy Colours) as they represent our class at the District Science Fair in April!

Check out our Science Fair slide show on the right toolbar.→An example of translucent material.

Our project was See-Through Windows. My partner was Kenzie. I thought this project was neat because we found that some objects let light through and some objects absorb it. For example, glass is transparent, which means lots of light is let through, plastic is translucent which means some light is let through and wood is opaque which means that no light is let through. Shadows form behind opaque objects when light shines on it. I liked how we learned together in the Science Fair. (by Nate B.)IMG_1975

The Science Fair was so fun. Sage and I got to do reflecting. We learned how light reflects off of certain objects. We had fun doing the experiment and putting the board together. I think we did a good job. (by Josiah)

In the Science Fair I had a great time and my partner Riley and I did a perfect job. Our IMG_1972project is Super Shadows and we have to get a light source and a white board. If we place our hands far away the shadow is big. If we are closer to the light , the shadow is small. Making shadows is fun to do.


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Disaster in Japan

On March 11 a terrible earthquake struck Japan. After a giant tsunami hit and destroyed everything in it’s path. It’s just awful what happened! The aftershocks and the earthquake affected a nuclear powerplant and it might explode. My school and I are donating to the Red Cross. For each$1 you get a cherry blossom and clip it onto tree. We took giant branches and stuck them in a beautiful pot. We’ve had so many donations we had to put another branch in. I think we’ve done a good job. I hope Japan is going to be okay. (by Reilli)

In Japan the tsunami made the most damage. My class is helping by collecting money. giving each person a blossom to put on the tree for one dollar and the other Grade 4 class is selling cupcakes for 50 cents. So if you get the time, give some money for Japan. (by Claire)

Japan’s earthquake was devastating! It killed thousands and totaled up to 8.5 on the Richter Scale. Now the biggest worry is that the nuclear energy holders might not cool down and if they don’t they might blow up! (by Thomas)

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On March 17 it was St. Patrick’s Day.  We had a lot of fun.. We got to colour a shamrock and leprechaun pencil topper. We wear green to remember the green hills of Ireland. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (by Trinity) Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day was named after the Patron Saint of Ireland who was taken to Ireland as a slave? St. Patrick escaped back home to England but later returned to preach to the people of Ireland. The colour green comes to mind when thinking of St. Patrick’s Day. People wear green shirts, hats, shoes and even green socks. Green is the colour of spring and shamrocks and is connected with hope and nature. (by Gracie) Every year on St. Patrick’s Day Irish people hold parades. The most famous is in the city of Boston, Massachussetts in the United States where many Irish descendants live. In Canada the city of Montreal has held a St. Patrick’s Day parade every year since 1824. I think this years St. Patrick’s Day was one of the best. (by Joseph)

A big thankyou to Justin and Mrs. Higginbottom for the beautiful cake to send us off on Spring Break!

A big thankyou to Justin and Mrs. Higginbottom for the beautiful cake to send us off on Spring Break!

Spring Break

Finally March winds down with the long awaited and fully appreciated Spring Break. Hopefully we are all rested and ready for more learning fun in the third term!





Farewell February -The Month with Heart

Happy Valentine's Day
Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day

February has been a month filled with special events and activities. We’ve celebrated 100 days of school during the Spirit Assembly, saluted friendship during Valentines Day,learned the importance of heart health and became Heart Heroes during Jump Rope for Heart and took a stand with Pink Shirt Day’s Empathy in Action.  We even made the news with our viewpoint on bullying and doing the right thing to help others in trouble! Our Room 14 TEAM has again put our HEART into life and learning this month. Check out the Smilebox Presentation  of Jump Rope  fun on the right toolbar!

Empathy in Action Interview

Empathy in Action Interview

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Interview with CJDC for "Empathy in Action"

Interview with CJDC for "Empathy in Action"

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Orange TEAM -brainstorming 100 Heart Health Movements

Orange TEAM -brainstorming 100 Heart Health Movements

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Fruit Pizza-Valentine snack

Fruit Pizza-Valentine snack