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

Wednesday, 22 February 2012


Facts about SUN


The Sun is one out of billions of stars.  The Sun is the closest star to Earth.  The Sun rotates once every 27 days.  The Sun is one out of billions of stars.  The Sun is the closest star to Earth.  The Sun rotates once every 27 days.  The Sun is now a middle-aged star, meaning it is at about the middle of its life.  The Sun formed over four and a half billion years ago.  You may think the Sun will die soon, but it will keep shining for at least another five billion years.  


    The Sun's surface is called the photosphere.  The temperature of the photosphere is about 10,000° Fahrenheit.  Its core is under its atmosphere. The temperature at the core, or very middle, of the Sun, is about 27 million° Fahrenheit.  That's pretty hot!  


    The Sun's diameter is about 870,000 miles wide.  The Sun is 109 times wider than Earth, and is 333,000 times heavier.  That means if you put the Sun on a scale, you would need 333,000 objects that weigh as much as the Earth on the other side to make it balance. 


    The Sun is only one of over 100 billion stars.  In ancient times, the people believed the Sun was a burning ball of fire created by the gods.  Later, people thought it was a solid object, or a liquid ball.  Over one million Earths could fit inside the Sun.   Looking directly at the Sun can permanently damage your eyes because it is so bright.  A star mostly gives off light and heat.  The larger the star, the hotter its temperature.  A supergiant star can get to be 400 times larger than our Sun, which is almost a million miles in diameter.  The Sun is tilted.


     Without the Sun, Earth could not support life.  The Sun gives off heat and light that the Earth needs to support life (us).  If you lived on the Sun, and you built a spacecraft, it would have to go over 618.2 kilometers per second to escape the Sun's gravitational pull.  The Sun is 695,000 kilometers at its equator.  The Sun is the largest mass in our Solar System. 


   Sun loops are large loops caused by the Sun's magma (molten rock) shooting off of the Sun's surface.  These loops can fly millions of miles into space.  Our Sun is approximately 25,000 light-years from the galactic core of our galaxy (the Milky Way).  It is like a really big star.  It is a million times bigger than the biggest.


   Did you know that the Sun is made out of 92% hydrogen, 7% helium and the rest is other low number gasses? The Sun's core is the hottest part of its matter.  It is 27 billion° Fahrenheit.  The Sun does not rise or set.  It just looks like it does because the Earth is moving.  The Earth orbits the Sun every 365 space days.  Can you believe that the Sun can burn over seven million tons of natural gas every second?  A star can live for over three billion years.  If the Sun was hollow, you could fit 333,000 Earths inside!  The Sun rotates, too.  It rotates every 25-36 days.  It seems as if stars always stay in the same position night after night, year after year, but they actually do move over time.  They helped scientists to develop a reference system for charting a planet's movement.  


The moon does not give off light of its own.  It is the Sun that gives light to the Moon.  The Moon reflects the Sun's light. A star is the only body in space that emits its own light; everything else reflects light from the closest star.  Can you believe that it is over 4.24 light-years to the nearest star?  Did you know that about 65% of all "stars" are actually double stars?  They are stars that look like one, but when viewed through a telescope, they are actually two stars.  Stars vary in sizes.  They can be as small as 7,000 miles in diameters, or as large as 900 billion miles in diameter.  Some stars change in brightness over a period of time.  They do this when the star's temperature dramatically drops.  These stars are called Variable Stars. 


    A star has many different characteristics, such as their position, motion, size, mass, chemical ingredients and temperature.  No two stars are exactly alike.  The number of stars in the known Universe exceeds one billion.


Some books about Planets


1.     My book of planets board book

2.     The stars trip to earth written and illustrated by 8th grade students at Ecole Viscount Alexander, Winnipeg, Manitoba

3.     True or False Planets by Melvin and Gilda Berger

4.     Earth the life of our planet

5.     Journey to Mars: Quest for the red planet


Door prize

6.     Magic School Bus fact finder

7.     Astronaut living in space


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week by making a bracelet with covers of banned books. You'll be able to show off your love of reading with bookish jewellery after this workshop


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Name some words borrowed from other languages.

Name some words borrowed from other languages.

There are more words in the English language than in any other in the world.  The experts say the number is somewhere between 400,000 and 600,000 words!  This isn’t surprising when you think about how many words are borrowed from other languages.

Because of this, there are often many ways to say the same thing in English.  Take the word eat, for example.  English-speakers have several different ways to describe this activity.  Here are some of these, and the languages they were borrowed from:

Gulp                       Dutch
Nibble                    German
Devour                   French
Masticate              (a fancy way to say chew) – Greek

Not to mention feed, dine and gnaw, which all trace their origins to Old English.  What other examples can you think of?  Look them up in a dictionary that includes word origins to see where they came from.

English has also borrowed many words from Spanish, such as barbecue and lasso.  From Hindi, the most widely spoken language of India, come such words as Veranda and pajama.  Sofa is derived from an Arabic word; Sleuth from a Norse word; pistachio from Italian.  Robot, a word that was invented only in 1920, is a Czech contribution.  Black Americans have enriched the language with many words including okay, and expression some believe evolved from a West African word 0-ke.

Pick any word and see if you can guess its origin.  Now check the dictionary.  Were you right?

Action rhymes

Father Mother and Uncle John

Father and Mother and Uncle John
Went to market one by one
Father fell off
And Mother fell off
But Uncle John went on and on and on.

A Smooth Road

A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road
A Hole!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Oviparous word origin

Word Origin & History


"producing eggs that are hatched outside the body of the female,"

1646, from L. oviparus, from ovum "egg" (see egg) + stem of parere "to bring forth" (see pare).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Monday, 6 February 2012

Earth worm facts

Friday: Round 1, Feb 3

Eagles 3

• An earthworm can grow only so long. A well-fed adult will depend on
what kind of worm it is, how many segments it has, how old it is and
how well fed it is. An Lumbricus terrestris will be from 90-300
millimeters long.
• A worm has no arms, legs or eyes.
• There are approximately 2,700 different kinds of earthworms.
• Worms live where there is food, moisture, oxygen and a favorable
temperature. If they don't have these things, they go somewhere else.
• In one acre of land, there can be more than a million earthworms.
• The largest earthworm ever found was in South Africa and measured 22
feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.
• Worms tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the
surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion of earthworms,
contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The
sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in
formations called aggregates.
·       Earthworms poop is healthy for the soil
• Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms more than 100 years ago.
• Worms are cold-blooded animals.
• Earthworms have the ability to replace or replicate lost segments.
This ability varies greatly depending on the species of worm you have,
the amount of damage to the worm and where it is cut. It may be easy
for a worm to replace a lost tail, but may be very difficult or
impossible to replace a lost head if things are not just right.
• Baby worms are not born. They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.
• The Australian Gippsland Earthworm grows to 12 feet long and can
weigh 1-1/2 pounds.
• Even though worms don't have eyes, they can sense light, especially
at their anterior (front end). They move away from light and will
become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long (approximately one
• If a worm's skin dries out, it will die.
• Worms are hermaphrodites. Each worm has both male and female organs.
Worms mate by joining their clitella (swollen area near the head of a
mature worm) and exchanging sperm. Then each worm forms an egg capsule
in its clitellum.

• Worms can eat their weight each day. (Facts from University of
Illinois Extension)
Activity:  Students made beaded worms. 1 bead is equal to 1 feet
Take out: Students enjoyed earthworm poop and hermaphrodites

Read books about Penguins and Little Pip

Grade 2 Nursery Rhymes
Read: The world that loved books
Rhyme1: Hungry hungry… I am so hungry I can eat 16 bananas and a purple plump.

Rhyme 2: Father and Mother and Uncle John Went to market one by one,
Father fell off
Mother fell off
But Uncle John went on, and on,  And on,  And on,  And on,  And on,  And on ...  

Monday, February 6: Round 1, Day 4

Grade 2
Read books:
·       The world that loved books by Stephen Parlato   
·       The END by Robert and Marlene McCraken
Showed pictures of 2 friends Allie and Corky from the book,  'See you later Alligator' by Norma M Charles
Classroom activity: Craft supplies given for classroom activity based on animals and the book, 'Alligator beat.'

Read book: The world that loved books by Stephen Parlato   
Story: Shimmering clouds and the Rooster with golden horns