Collecting, Collecting, Collecting….

This week, the students were given the question, “How far can you run in 10 seconds?”.  First, we had to think about the most appropriate standard unit of measurement to use and so, we started  with a discussion about millimeters, centimeters, meters, and kilometers. After deciding that we would be most likely to run a number of meters (not kilometers) within 10 seconds, we went outside to run, measure, and collect the data.  Click on the album below for more pictures.

2M Measuring Distance

What we found was that ….

“You have to be honest about how far you ran. It was also difficult to measure (accurately)”. Johnny

“I liked the running part because you had to run really fast (since) you only had 10 seconds.” Lara

In our guided reading groups, we collected information from non fiction books to learn more about how the choices we make affect our health. Using books that are appropriate for each students’ reading level, we spent some time exploring how the titles, subtitles and pictures help us to understand the text.

Below is some of the new information we gathered through our research….

“You should brush your teeth after every meal. Even lunch.”  Vivian, Ryu

“Your body never stops working, even when you are sleeping.”  Mary, Hamish, Seonyul

“Meat is from the protein (food) group.” Yoshna, Thanina

“When you are sick, your body needs rest and sometimes it needs medicine to get better.  You need an adult to help you get the medicine, because the wrong medicine will make you more sick (and can be very dangerous). Also, your skeleton is made from 206 bones.” Jingyi, Lara, Alex

“If you don’t have teeth, you will have trouble eating and talking.”   Kane, Valmik, Johnny, Sam

“The most important thing to keep your heart healthy is to eat healthy food and have a balanced diet.” Henry

“Germs look like spilt juice and they have different colours.  Fatty foods and sugar still give you energy, but make you gain weight.  Veggies and fruit give you energy, but you don’t gain weight. Kids should run for (about) 15 minutes a day.”  Ali, Ophelia, Saneyuki.  Click on the album below for more pictures.

2M Reading Workshop

In writing, we looked at many different menus and together, decided on the criteria for writing a menu.  The students are keen to write a menu for the “Healthy Café” that they have made in our class, and are using the information they are learning from the non fiction books to do so.  Click on the album below for more pictures.

2M Analysing Menus

They were also busy making movies of a “Perfectly Healthy Day” using imovie and time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour and minute to frame the day.  We are beginning to see some of the ideas from our research in the movies as well. Click on the album below for more pictures.

2M Creating a Perfect Healthy Day

Collecting germs was a favourite for the students this week.  We learned that germs are everywhere and that good hygiene is important for our health.  To really understand this, we collected germs and have put them in a petri dish with agar to allow the germs to grow.  We hope that the germs will grow large enough over the next week or so, so that we may be able to look at them under a microscope. Click on the album below for more pictures.

2M Collecting Germs


What is healthy?

At the beginning of our new Unit of Inquiry, we asked the students to share what they knew about being healthy.  Given the question, “What is Healthy”, below were some of the ideas they shared.  Some chose to share their ideas using Doodlecast Pro and others chose to share their mind maps.

Now that we have learned more about what it means to have a healthy, balanced lifestyle, the students were able to share their ideas on how their thinking has changed in regards to what is healthy….

“I used to think, meat is not really good for you, but now I think it is good for you because it has B-12 inside which is a vitamin that helps your body.” Ali

I used to think that dairy was bad for you and now I think milk is good for you because it has calcium.” Johnny and Saneyuki.

I used to think I have a very balanced lifestyle, now I think that maybe I could rest more to be even more balanced.” Ophelia

I used to think sugar is not good for your body, but now I think it is good for your body because your body needs some good sugar.” Jingyi.

I used to not want to eat vegetables, but now I think I need to eat vegetables because it gives you vitamins and you need vitamins to be healthy.” Seonyul

The students have been reflecting on the choices they make in regards to what they do with their time after school, and whether or not those choices contribute to a healthy lifestyle.  The children shared what they do after school each day and then thought about whether or not that activity is active.  Students remarked that they often do “work” after school, meaning they are practicing reading, writing, math or an additional language.  They also noticed that they need to play and rest as well.


In mathematics, 2M is collecting data to learn more about the choices we make that affect our lifestyle. Here are some of the questions they are collecting information about:

How many times do you refill your water bottle in one day?  Lara

How many minutes do you run everyday?  Ali

How many fruit and vegetables do you eat in one day? Saneyuki

How many minutes do you spend reading everyday?  Sam

How many times do you go outside to get fresh air?  Yoshna

How many hours do you sleep every night? Jingyi

How many times do you eat (meals plus snacks) everyday?  Valmik

How many hours do you spend learning in a day?  Johnny

How many hours do you play sports outside in one week? Ryu

How much sugar do you eat? Kane

How far can you stretch? To your knees? To your feet? To the ground?  Mary

What time do you wake up in the morning? Vivian

What time do you go to sleep at night?  Hamish

How do you feel after you run for an hour:  Great, Good, OK, Tired, Exhausted, Horrible?  Henry

How many minutes do you run in a day? Ophelia

How many times do you eat meat every week?  Seonyul

What is your favourite fruit: apple, banana, or orange?  Alex

They soon discovered that depending on the question they used to survey their classmates, they needed to reorganize the data that they collected so that it could be represented in a graph.

“I have a problem….So many people have many different (answers) like zero, or 100 or all mixed up, so I can’t really tell how to make my graph” Ryu.

“You could do something (make groups or categories) like, below 10 or higher than 10.” Ophelia.


2M Collecting Data

We are planning a healthy picnic as part of our inquiry into healthy food choices and how they make us feel.  To prepare, the students are first researching topics of their choice to learn more.

“Why is rice in so many breakfast foods.  What is the benefit of eating rice?” – Henry

“How do sugar and fat affect your lifestyle?” – Ophelia

“What vegetables should we pack for our picnic?” “What vitamins are in those vegetables?” Ophelia

“Which activities are good for us?  What can we play during our picnic”? Saneyuki

“How does meat help your body? What is B-12?  What does Vitamin B-12 do for our body?” – Ali and Hamish

“How much food should we eat at every meal?” – Mary

“What does the body need? How much food does the body need?” – Kane

“Why are fruits sweet?” – Vivian

“Why does the body need water?” – Lara

“Why does your body need vegetables and fruit?” – Seonyul

“How does sugar make energy?” Valmik

Stay tuned to hear learn more about our healthy picnic!

Here are some more pictures from the week…

2M Art Exhibit Visit

2M Team Time

2M Guided Reading

2M Community Reading

And last but not least, photos from our Learning Buddies session that we forgot to add in the last post…

2M Learning Buddies



What is Healthy?

The students were enthusiastic about our first set of new Unit of Inquiry vocabulary words.  We had a lot of fun coming up with images and actions to represent the new words.

2M Vocabulary Building

When I asked the students to share their thinking about the question, “What is healthy?” they had many ideas to offer.  They are all very knowledgeable about what positive choices they can make.

2M What is Healthy?  

We visited a nutritionist today at the ICJC and these were some of the questions the students brainstormed before we went….

Ali – How many meals should we eat everyday?

Johnny- How does the (small) intestine take the nutrients (into the blood) and not the rest of the food?

Seonyul – How much meat should we eat?

Valmik – What does a nutritionist do?

Yoshna – What meat is healthy?

Jingyi – Why does our body need sugar?  How much sugar do we need?

Mary – What vegetables are the best for us?

Lara – What about if you are vegetarian?

Alex – What are nutrients?

2M Nutritionist

Our wonderings…

Ali- How much sugar is in candy?

Seonyul- How much sugar is in bread?

Ryu – How many germs in your body does it take to get sick?

Kane – Which (type of) sugar do I eat?

Hamish – Which part of the leaf protects it from the sun (UV rays)?

Saneyuki – How do leaves block (UV) light?

Other photos from the week…

2M Math

2M Community Reading