On Wednesday during period 1, Class 3F sent Dash the robot to the office to deliver the attendance. We programmed Dash using block instructions. We told Dash to go Forward, Turn Right, Turn Left, and to make sounds like Horse and Fire Siren.
The first time we tried our experiment, Dash went too close to the left walls and ran into the couch outside the office. The second time, Dash went right straight down the middle of the hall and right into the office. We had also programmed Dash to come back, however, it ran into the Grade 2 shoes just before it got home. The third time, the clip let go of the folder at the office carpet, but Dash made it back to the class perfectly.
When Dash gets to the office, it says, “The attendance is here! Please unclip the folder and press the white button.” The white button starts the return part of the program. When Dash gets back to the classroom, it says, “Mr. Forgrave, I’m back!”
Next, we might experiment with having Dash:
Take a different path to the office;
Recognize if Ms. Wand is in the way
Say, “Excuse me!”
Learn to carry the attendance on its head and dump it on the floor.
We really like having Dash in our classroom. We all think Dash is really cute!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning for the first day of school for the 2017-18 year!
Our bell times have changed, and we are 15 minutes earlier than last year. Students can begin arriving at 8:15 am and the entry bell / first period are at 8:30 am. The end-of-day dismissal is now at 2:50 pm.
Students in Class 3F wave goodbye while wearing their individually designed Minecraft heads! Yes, the boys are dabbing! And yes, that is Principal Wand in the back row, standing beside Mr. Forgrave (@GumbyBlockhead).
This morning during first block, students from SJAM were invited to an Earth Rangers presentation in the gym, where Earth Rangers Emily and Karine shared live animals and videos to inform us about how we can save wildlife and the environment. Here are some of the things we learned.
Earth Rangers, by Adam, Lewis, and Jake M
Emily and Karine want to encourage us to help clean up pollution and be the “Leaders of Today.” We can sign up at earthrangers.com to raise money for Earth Rangers. Pollution is putting animals in danger. We can help by stopping pollution, by picking up trash. Be the Leaders of Today by joining Earth Rangers.
Millie, the Three-Banded Armadillo, by Peyton and Oliver
Millie is a three-banded Armadillo. Armadillos live in South America. Mille is an insectivore and we saw Millie eat meal worms. Millie is a mammal and has hairs underneath her armour. The hairs help her sense when something is nearby. When endangered, Millie curls up into a ball with her armour closed around her for protection.
Linus, the Harris Hawk by Maggie and Seamus
Linus the Harris Hawk lives in the desert in southwestern USA. Linus likes to eat rats, mice, and lizards. When he eats he flaps his wings to conserve energy. He uses his huge wings to pick up speed and he uses his sharp talons to catch his prey. Linus is a Harris Hawk. When Karine was holding Linus, she had a glove on her hand to protect her from his talons. Linus had brown, dark brown, and white feathers. His beak was yellow and curved downward. His wings were about as big as a kid’s arm. Linus can fly very high so that he can fly over mountains. Read more about Linus, the Harris Hawk
Parks Canada and the Red-Knot Rufa, by AJ and Liam
Parks Canada is the largest conservation organization in Canada. One project they are doing is to help the red-knot rufa. A red-knot rufa bird can fly 30,000 kilometres a year. One bird is 22 years old and has flown 660,000 kilometres in his life. They put bands on their legs. Canada puts white bands on them. They fly far south in the winter time. We want to go swimming at Parks Canada.
Floyd, the Ball Python by Kael and Zayda
Floyd is a Ball Python. Unlike most snakes, he is not venomous. Floyd can also unhinge his jaw joints so he can swallow prey bigger than his head and body. He also rolls up into a ball when scared or endangered. Ball Pythons eat mice and rats. They are not an endangered species of snake. When ball pythons get tired of their mate, they kill them. Ball Pythons live in the savanna of Africa under large rocks.
Vernal Pools, by Layla and Paige
Karine and Emily showed us a video presentation about Vernal Pools. Vernal pools are seasonal ponds that are located in cool dark forests. They are very hard to find, but have their own little ecosystems, free from fish, because they are not connected to flowing water from streams or rivers.They are great breeding grounds for amphibians. Saving vernal pools is one of the projects that the Earth Rangers are promoting. So please save Vernal Pools now. Sign up today.
Pollinators, by Liam D and Jacob T
Bees are one of the most important parts of our ecosystem. Bees are dying out, and so Karine and Emily are getting more people to join the Earth Rangers team. The bees and other pollinators collect nectar for honey, and while they do this, they also transfer the pollen from plant to plant. This helps fruit to grow. Bees pollinate 80% of our fruits and vegetables. During the spring, a queen bee will lay 1500 eggs per day and they are grown up in 25 days. Bees make honey for themselves to eat and also for animals and us. Honey can be used for many different things. Other important pollinators are bats, beetles, butterflies, and birds like the hummingbird. The Pollinator Partnership is encouraging people to create Pollinator Gardens. This is one thing we can do by joining the Earth Rangers.
Daisy the Skunk, by Ellen and Aiyanna
Daisy is a skunk. She only sprays as a last response. Her first warning is a hissing sound. Her second warning is to stamp her feet on the ground. If she curves into a U shape and lifts her tail, then you had better get away. If you don`t she can spray her stinky, oily smell over 6 metres. That would have got most of us in the gym. Daisy helps the environment by keeping it clean, and by spreading seeds around. Daisy knocked over a plastic garbage can to get at food. We should always keep our garbage covered, and leave our garbage inside at night time to keep it away from creatures like Daisy.
The Quiz Show, by Camryn and Maya
Near the end of the presentation, Emily and Karine held a quiz show called, “So You Think You Are Smarter Than Your Students?” Mr Forgrave (our teacher) and Mrs. Sprague were the two teachers who were competing against Dylan and Ayden, the two kids. One of the questions was `What kind of device do they use to get information about bats? The teachers said an echolocation box but it was a Song Recorder. Mr. Forgrave said that “the third question was hard!” The teachers did a good job, but the kids won! Yay, for the students! Everyone did a great job and they gave the two teachers and the two students pins that said, “I Love Earth Rangers!” We all had lots of fun and everyone enjoyed it.
Joining Earth Rangers, by Adam, Lewis, and Jake M
Students can go to earthrangers.com to sign up to become an Earth Ranger for free. You will receive an Earth Rangers membership card. By becoming an Earth Ranger, you can learn how to do local projects to help the environment, and you can do fundraising to help save the lives of animals. Go to earthrangers.com and click the `sign up`button and create your account. Do it today!
Students in Class 3F have each selected a word to represent a goal or focus for the coming year of 2017. Each student has been working to explain their word in paragraph form, supporting their choice and suggesting how they might explore their word in the coming year.
We look forward to 2017 and all of the learning yet to come!
On the morning of Monday, October 24th, students from Class 3F visited the Belleville Children’s Safety Village to learn and practice how to be safe around sidewalks, intersections, and moving vehicles.
During our visit, we reviewed our understanding of sidewalk safety, road crossings, and being safe around school buses and traffic. We reminded ourselves to walk in the middle of the sidewalk, to take a giant step back from the curb, and to “Stop, Look, and Listen” when getting ready to cross the road.
All of the students had an opportunity to practice at being both a pedestrian and a driver in the safety of the scale village. We had a great time driving the Jeeps on the right side of the road, practicing our turns, and stopping for the various signs and signal lights.
During our visit, students created two mock emergencies. In one instance, a student “fell off a roof,” and in the other, “a train accident injured six students.” We practiced calling 9-1-1, and provided the necessary information to the 9-1-1 operator.
We all had fun at the safety village and learned about being safe around traffic and moving vehicles. Thanks to Officer Dan for letting us visit!