Friday, 18 April 2014

A Grade One Book Club - My Father's Dragon

Ms. Lirenman has been reading us one chapter a day from a book called  My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.  As she finished each chapter this week we were left wondering what would happen next. On Wednesday we made comprehension drawings to link our thinking  to what we might learn more about in the next chapter. You can check out these blogs on our individual student blogs under the "comprehension drawing" category.

Here is a sample of one of our comprehension drawings. Check out our student blogs for more samples.

The thing is  we are not the only class reading this book. We are part of a very large group of grade one students reading and commenting on the book. We are in a book club and it  even has it's own hashtag.  The book club was  created by Mrs. DeGroot a grade one teacher in Iowa.  We, and many other classes are tweeting our predictions, connections, and wonders to the the twitter hashtag #1bc14.  Tim Kaegl, a teacher whose class is also part of the book club made a map of all the classes participating.

Here are some of the tweets we've been reading and learning from. We can't wait to see what happens next.

Decorating Eggs

On Thursday we decorated eggs.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Yesterday dairy cows came to our school and we learned a lot about them.  Here are some photos from their visit.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Salmon Hatchery

Today the captions under each photo have been written by us.  Ms. Lirenman did the typing but we told her what to write.

This is Derek. He guided us through the field trip. He was really nice.  He taught us about salmon.  He was really careful with the stinging nettle.

We saw Fry in cups.  These are salmon when they are small.  We each got our own cup. 

We are walking our salmon to let it go in the river.  We are walking very carefully. We learned that we had to put our hand on the top of the cup so the salmon wouldn't jump out. We learned that we couldn't shake the water.

We are walking down the bridge to the water.

We are about to let the salmon go.

We are letting the salmon go.  Some of the salmon jumped out.

Derek told us the safety rules before we went on a trail walk along the river.

Derek told us that sometimes there are bears around and that they like to hid in trees.  So we took a peek.

These are the bears we found. They didn't scare us they made us laugh.

We walked past some tanks of salmon.  They were jumping a lot.

Then we watched a movie.  After the movie we looked into the fry troughs.

Then we went to see the Coho.  These Coho are free to swim out at any time.  We fed them these little small brown pellets.  When we threw the food in the salmon jumped to the surface to eat the food.  In this picture they are jumping.  Can you see them?

Before we went  home we took a group photo.  As you can see it was a beautiful day.

Thank you to all the parents that drove us and stayed and learned with us.  It was a great field trip.

Friday, 11 April 2014


Most Fridays after recess we do yoga with Ms. Walia while Ms. Lirenman teaches her grade 3/4 students. Here's a little peek into our yoga.

We're In a Movie!

Last week Ms. Lirenman was asked to submit a video of us (including her) dancing to the song Happy by  Pharrell Williams as part of a district celebration.  Of course, with props in hand, we happily obliged.  Below is the final product. If you look closely around the 2 minute mark you just might recognize some dancers.

#sd36learn makes me Happy 2 from Surreyschools on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Soccer Expert

Today we learned that one of our classmates is a soccer expert. We learned a lot about soccer too.  It was great learning from a class expert.