Images from last week’s Sports Day, originally published on Ms Buehler’s PE blog.
What a great day!
Elementary Sports Day: K-2 on PhotoPeach
It’s time to move your body 2R! Here is the video, so you can practice at home and during your free time! Practice hard so that you can help teach the kindergarteners and first graders!
A big thanks to Kirra, Ryuta, and Kayleigh for leading us!
In collaboration with our study of health and lifestyle choices, Ms Buehler has worked with 2R both during PE and in-class. She joined us to give a presentation about fitness and has worked with the class in building their strength, flexibility and planning skills by learning a wide range of gymnastics moves and planning, practicing and performing student-choreographed routines.
Not long ago Nurse Irina came to speak with 2R about hygiene and germs. We learned that there were germs that were helpful and germs that could cause problems. We learned that it was important to get dirty sometimes and that being exposed to some germs helped strengthen our immune system. But, we really needed to remember to wash our hands before touching our mouths, eyes and nose. We also learned how easy it is to pass germs to each other, particularly through things we touch.
But we had questions! Where could we find germs? If we had a microscope, could we see them?
We thought that Mr. Lorimer, a high school science teacher (who had helped us learn about air pressure earlier in the year), may have microscopes to lend us. So we wrote him an email. He answered that if we wanted to see germs, a microscope wouldn’t help much. He suggested we collect samples from places where we expected to find a lot of germs and seal them into plates with a special germ food to create “germ cultures”.
Then, we did some brainstorming… Based on what we knew about germs, where were some places we might find them? Each student chose a place and sampled it by brushing it with a cotton bud, then brushing the same cotton bud on the “germ food” gel, then sealing the plate. We learned about the importance of sterility and having a control in the scientific process. We labeled our tests and Mr. Lorimer took them up to the science lab.
Six days later, we were invited up to check. Students made predictions. They predicted the shapes, sizes, distribution and colours we might see. In the lab we were excited to look carefully at our plates with hand lenses, and see each others tests too! Mr Lorimer suggested we might like to check back a few days later and see what changes we might notice.
We’re well on our way to answering our question… Where are some places we might find germs?
Please take a look at the images below for more!
The following post has been reposted from Ms Buehler’s PE Blog…
Grade 2 students have been working on their gymnastics skills in PE. We have also been learning about how lifestyle choices that people make can affect their health. Check out the video and flickr links below to see what we have been up to in PE.
This week was Digital Citizenship Week at YIS. Across the school, students were exploring what it means to be a citizen in an online world. In 2R we spoke to a degree about online safety, and different students online habits, but it was in exploring ideas of finding balance that we really got into it.
At present we’re knee-deep in a Unit of Inquiry looking at how lifestyle choices that people make can affect their health. As part of this, we were learning about leisure, and considering the different ways we choose to spend our free time.
On Monday, Ms Elif came into our class and shared a video. Take a look at it!
After watching it a few times we decided that the video was about how we sometimes ignore the people we’re with, when we’re using digital devices. Most students had had experiences of this that they wanted to share.
We used a See, Think, Wonder thinking routine to explore what we saw in the video, what we thought it might be about and what questions we had.
We spoke about how maybe the ideas around balanced nutrition that we’d been exploring could be connected with ideas around balanced leisure time. When the counselor, Ms Kumamoto, came to join us we did some thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of screen-based and non-screen based leisure choices.
We decided that we would track our leisure time for a few days to get an accurate understanding of how balanced our own behaviours were. So, over Tuesday and Wednesday students tracked the details of their leisure activities. We considered whether they were indoor or outdoor, screen or non-screen based, exciting or relaxing, done alone or together with others, and how we felt when we’d completed them. We also kept track of how many minutes we spent doing each, which was a great way to learn a bit about elapsed time.
After two days of recording, on Thursday students analysed their leisure habits, looking for patterns. Many students observed big imbalances in terms of how much of their leisure time was spent indoors vs out, or doing screen-based vs non. Armed with this better understanding of our leisure habits, some students reflected on what goals they could set to better balance their leisure time. Other students just realised that with all of their after school commitments they felt they had far too little free time to begin with.
On Friday, we’ll be sharing some of what we learned about balancing our leisure time at an assembly. Seven 2R students decided that they wanted to participate and sat down to plan what they wanted to say and how they would share the responsibilities. Stay tuned for more. Now go and enjoy some non-screen leisure too!
As 2R are exploring health and living balanced lifestyles in many ways, we were lucky enough to receive an offer from Rachel, Isaiah’s mom from 2Q, to come and lead us through three in-class yoga sessions. As soon as students saw it listed on the the schedule there were squeals of excitement. The class was quite focused and committed throughout the session and we’re excited that Rachel will be returning for two more classes after ski break!
This week, just before lunch, 2R students unpacked their lunches and we spent some time exploring the various food groups they contained. Most students had very balanced, healthy meals! For those with canteen lunch (including myself!) we took photos of everyone’s plates…
Can you guess whose is whose?
Which lunches do you feel are the healthiest?
Which would you most like to eat?