Monthly Archives: February 2012

Flash Mob

Dear Parents,

This weekend, the intermediate students from Anderson will be participating in a flash mob at Aberdeen Mall.  The flash mob will be at 1:00-130 at the water fountain.

Since I loved the last flash mob I posted here, I thought I would put up another one that I think is amazing.  It uses music from my favorite movie of all time, The Sound of Music.  The flash mob takes place in a train station in Belgium.  Take a look, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k&feature=fvsr

I hope you can make it to the flash mob this weekend.

See you,

Mme Rode

Pink Shirt Day Anti-bullying

Dear Parents,

For the month of February, we have been talking about how to be kind to others and how we can make everyone feel welcome in our class and at our school.  At the end of this month, Wednesday February 29th, Anderson School will be participating in Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying campaign.  We are encouraging all students to wear something pink to school that day.

Do you know the story behind Pink Shirt Day? This was copied from the CKNW website:

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.

‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’

So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag.

As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.

The bullies were never heard from again.”

Let’s all help conquer this problem.  Please wear pink on February 29th.

Here is a flash-mob that was done last year at Oakridge Mall in Vancouver.  It is such a wonderful video!  It gives me goosebumps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhYyAa0VnyY

See you,

Mme Rode

Measurement Obstacle course

Dear Parents,

This past Thursday, we made an obstacle course for a little lego person as a wrap up activity for our measurement unit.  It was so much fun!  Everyone had such a good time being creative and showing learning at the same time!  In the obstacle course, the children were able to represent all the different forms of measurement we covered during the unit.

In the course the students represented:

  • measurement of time by using a calendar (picking a date for the course)
  • measurement of height: they had to build an obstacle higher than 5 cm and then measure to verify
  • measurement of width: they had to build an obstacle that was wider than 8 cm and then measure to verify
  • measurement of non-standard units (paper-clips and counters) to measure length
  • identifying heavy and light obstacles
  • measurement around objects by creating a pool and then measuring around it

If the lego person could talk, I am sure he/she would say that the course was so much fun and super challenging to complete.  Take a look at the pictures below and have your child explain his/her course to you.

Baking is a great and super fun way to practice measurement of volume.  By having your child help measure the flour, sugar, baking powder/soda, you are giving him/her the opportunity to explore different measurement tools, such as cups, tablespoons and teaspoons.

Since the weather is so miserable these days why not make a batch of playdough with your child.  Here is a good recipe:

Uncooked Play Dough

2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons of ‘cream of tartar’
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of salt
2 cups of boiling water
food colouring

 I pulled this recipe from this website: http://www.k-3teacherresources.com/play-dough-recipe.html

I made this batch for Ava and it lasted well in ziplock bags.

Have a happy weekend and see you Monday.

Mme Rode

Valentine’s Day

Hello Division 19!

Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day.  If your child is interested in passing out valentines, a class list is under the “about me” page.  The class list is located there and it is password protected.  If you have forgotten the password, please ask your child, they will know. Please make sure that if your child is passing out cards or candies, please make sure that there is one everyone.  We have 22 students in the class this year.

I am working on looking for the song we were singing this week.  We were singing V’la bon vent but I haven’t found the right video yet that I want to post on the blog.  If you find one please comment below.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mme Rode