Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Fish and oceans


Fish Wish by John Shefelbine Book 35
Story Box

Whale of a joke by Wiley Blevins Book 48Fish
Story Box

Octopus Island by Erica Farber, a graphic novel adventure #5 Mercer Mayers Critter kids adventures

Fish with internet links Usborne Pocket nature by Alwyne Wheeler
597 WHE

I'm the biggest thing in the ocean by Kevin Sherry

A fish out of water by Helen Palmer

Corals by Lola Schaefer
593.6 SCH

Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni

Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan

Ocean it's my home
591.77 ROY

Under the ocean by Michael Garland

Face to face sharks by Stephen Savage (a close encounter with sharks in their natural surroundings.)
597 SAV

My friends the octopus by Julian Defries

The shark in the dark by Peter Bently

Sharks by Carol Lindeen
Usborne discovery internet linked Sharks by Jonathan Sheikh Miller
597 SHE

Follow that fish by Joanne Oppenheim

A salmon story by Rita Ramstad E TWI

Let's have a swim by Joy Cowley

Welcome to the world of sharks by Diane Swanson
597.3 SWA

Oceans by Neil Morris 551.46 MOR

Awesome facts about sharks with true or false quizzes and fun to do projects by Claire Llewellyn 597 LLE

Pet fish by Robin Nelson
639.34 NEL

World book encyclopedia presents Me and My pet fish
639.3 MOR

Pet care guides for kids Fish by Mark Evans
639.3 EVA

My pet Turtle
639.3 HAM

Sea turtles by Carol Lindeen
597.92 LIN

ABC Under the sea: an ocean life alphabet book by Barbara Knox
411 KNO

The rainbow fish by Marcus Pfister

Rainbow fish and the sea monster's cave by Marcus Pfister

Commotion in the ocean by Giles Andreae

Ocean explorer by Angela Royston
578.7 ROY

In the sea by Karen Patkau

47 beavers on the big, blue sea by Phil Vischer

Finicky Fish by Kale Walker

Sea stars by Jody Sullivan
593.9 SUL

Crabs by Jody Sullivan
595.3 SUL

Sea Horses by Carol Lindeen
597 LIN

Sea anemones by Jody Sullivan
593.6 SUL

Do you know about fish? By Buffy Silverman
597 SIL

Usbourne The great undersea search by Kate Needham
793.3 NEE

Swim! Swim! By Lerch


Five little speckled frogs by Robert and Marlene McCraken

A childs's first book of nursery tales selected and adapted by Cyndy Szekeres (The Two frogs on page 17)

Frogs and Toads and Tadpoles, Too by Allan Fowler (Rookie Read about science)

Froggy plays in the band by Jonathan London

Froggy plays T-Ball by Jonathan London

Froggy learns to swim by Jonathan London

Leon's song by stephanie Simpson Mclellan

Five speckled frogs a noisy counting book

Let's go, Froggy! by Jonathan London

The pond by Jolly readers

Frogs lunch by Dee Lillegard

Tale of a tadpole by Kareen Wallace

Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Meet the family Fabulous Frogs by Sue Unstead

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Thursday, 8 March 2012


Primary and secondary colors in our life.
Grade 1S

Books read: Red is the best by Kathy Stinson.

Handouts: Canada's Food Guide and its colors.

Activity: Blow color friends and Leaf friends



1.     Paper

2.     Paint (4 colors)

3.     Straws (cut in half)

4.     Glue sticks or liquid glue

5.     Scissors

6.     Paint mixing container (yogurt lids or butter tubs)

7.     Googly eyes

8.     Leaves to trace

9.     Spoons





1.     Cut straws in half

2.     Put glue in a container and keep popsicle sticks and googly eyes

3.     Dilute paint with water






Give each student a paper, pencil and leaf, and a leaf to trace (help improve fine motor skills)


Let the students trace the leaf


Students to put googly eyes on the leaf. (Leaf friends)


Dilute paint with a little water to give it a consistency that's easy for blowing. (Depends on what type of paper is use. Construction or card stock or just plain paper)


Put a spoonful of one color  at one time in  one location on each students paper paper.


Pass the straw and request the students to blow. Blow each little pool of paint in many directions with straws. Try to see how far you can make it spread. Watch little friendly monster limbs and tentacles magically appear!


Repeat with the other primary colors.


In a different location on the same paper mix 2 primary colors. We mixed blue and yellow to make a green friend.


After color friends have dried add eyes on top of the tentacle-like points. We used googly eyes, but drawing them in would have worked well too.


Students can cut out shapes and make different types of friends


Note: If there is too much color then fold the paper in half and the students can give a name to their shape changing friends such as butterflies, bats, or trees.



Output was 2 craft activities:

1.     Googly eyes leaf friends

2.     Color friends



1.     Students learned about primary and secondary colors with this art activity

2.     Students compared the colors with the food guide.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

i·den·ti·ty  (-dnt-t)
n. pl. i·den·ti·ties
1. The collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known: "If the broadcast group is the financial guts of the company, the news division is its public identity" (Bill Powell).
2. The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group.
3. The quality or condition of being the same as something else.
4. The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity; individuality.
5. Information, such as an identification number, used to establish or prove a person's individuality, as in providing access to a credit account.
6. Mathematics
a. An equation that is satisfied by any number that replaces the letter for which the equation is defined.
b. Identity element.

March 7: Read Aloud Day

Monday, 5 March 2012

Why are there four lions in Ashoka Chakra?

The National Emblem of India has an origin steeped in the culture and myriad colors of India. A symbol of the modern Indian republic, the emblem is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion, capital of Emperor Ashoka the Great as preserved in the Sarnath Museum situated near Varanasi in the north Indian province of Uttar Pradesh.

Lion is a symbol of victory and four lions means victory over four directions east, west, south and north of Ashoka the great. Also, Ashoka the great was called a chakravarthi or a great emperor over all directions.


Lion is also the symbol of mightiness and bravery.
Our National Emblem, modeled on the Lion Capital, features 3 lions.  The fourth lion is hidden from sight since it is positioned at the rear end; so is the bell-shaped lotus flower situated beneath. The frieze beneath the lions is shown with a wheel in the center, a bull on the right, a galloping horse on the left, and outlines of Dharma Chakras on the extreme right and left. The wheel at the centre
of the abacus symbolizes the "Dharma Chakra".
The three lions (the one hidden from the front view excluded) represent power, courage and confidence, and rest on a circular abacus girded by four smaller animals that are
separated by intervening wheels.


These four animals are the guardians of the four directions:


·      the lion of the north,

·      the elephant of the east,

·      the horse of the south and

·      the bull of the west.

My Very Educated Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas Library Class

My Very Educated Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas Library Class

Mercury: Smallest Planet, Whirls-Roman god (swift messenger)

Venus: Sparkling.  Named for Roman goddess of love and beauty.

Earth: Old German word meaning 'dirt'  Blue color as it has water.

Mars: Red. Greek god of war.

Jupiter: Jove, god of Romans

Saturn: Roman god of harvest

Uranus: Ancient Greek god of the heavens

Neptune: Blue. Roman god of the sea. Dwarf planet.

March 7: Read Aloud Day