Weaver Creek Field Trip

Have you ever  been to Weaver Creek Spawning Channels?  We went to Weaver Creek on a field trip. We saw A LOT of fish, even some dead fish. We learned that sockeye and chum come to Weaver Creek every year. It is interesting to see how the fish can jump up the fish ladders. Some fish went up a slide! They allow only a certain number of fish to go through each day. Today, they let 531 salmon through. There were some seagulls eating dead fish.


Click here to see a video: Weaver Creek

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We recommend that you go to see the spawning channels at Weaver Creek too!

Exploring the Colour Wheel

In class this week, we used three colours of food colouring in glasses of water. We mixed two primary colours together to make a secondary colour. We tried this a few times and tried different amounts of red, blue and yellow. We created some fabulous colours!

photo water colour wheelStudents are creating a colour wheel to keep in their notebooks.color wheel image

We watched fun videos about colour too:

Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes 

There Are Three Primary Colors

Colour Wheel.


Water in the Air

We are studying weather in class this term. Today, we looked at two glasses of water – one with room temperature water and the other with ice water. After a few minutes, we compared the two glasses.

September 2014 009The glass with ice water felt cold and wet. Did the glass leak water through its sides?  No! We learned that there is water vapour in the air. When the water vapour touches the glass, it condenses into droplets. We call that condensation.

Can you think of other times when you see condensation?


Homework Routines and Policies


Math is often the work that was assigned and worked on in class, but that was not finished. Students are asked to write down in their planner that there was math homework, but if they finished it in class, they can put a check mark beside it in their planner.

Sometimes, there is science, social studies or writing homework. If it is a large project, I will give lots of notice and time to work on it.

Every night, students are expected to read for 20 minutes or more. Students can read books from home or may bring home two library books.

Students have a spelling pretest on Monday mornings. They are expected to practice the week’s list each night, including some days where they print the words as part of their practice. Our lists are available on-line, at SpellingCity.   Spelling tests are on the last day of the week (usually Fridays). The tests will be marked over the weekend and sent home on Mondays.

Homework Policy:

If a child does not have their homework here or it is not done, the following steps will be followed. The teacher will also place a note in the planner for the parent.

First day in the week:  Stay in a recess until it is done. If it is not done at the end of recess, the child may be asked to stay in a lunch to work on it as well. If the student left the page at home, they may be asked to redo the page or part of it.

Second time that same week:  Stay in both recess and lunch to work on the homework. When that work is done, read.

Third time in the week:The student will stay in at recess and lunch, to complete the homework, then read. The teacher will contact the parent or guardian to discuss a detention time. A child will not be kept after school without notifying a parent or guardian.

During the music unit: When a child has taken their recorder home, and left it at home when it is needed at school, the child will have the same consequences as if they had forgotten their homework (stay in at recess and read).

Allergies in our class

In our classroom, the teacher is allergic to citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. This allergy is activated by airborne citrus – this means she reacts when the smell of citrus is in the air. Please do not bring oranges or other citrus fruits to class.  Pineapple is not in the same family, so pineapple is okay to have in class. Juice boxes are permitted, as the juice is sealed inside.  Students are asked to cut open the top of the juice box and rinse it with water before putting it in the recycling bucket.

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