Catching Up With The Super Kids


We were honoured to have World War II veteran, Mr. James Magill, join us for our school’s Remembrance Day assembly again this year.  He is the great grandfather of a Super Kid and joined our class last year for Remembrance Day and Senior’s Day.  The grade two students I had last year were so thrilled to see him again!  Mr. Magill shared his thoughts about war with us and shared that he wasn’t worried for the future with our smiling faces leading the way. 🙂 Listen to a clip from his visit with us below.


Learning about Northern inventions such as the toboggan, snow goggles, life jacket, kayak, and parka lead the class to the realization that inventors solve problems from the world around them that makes life easier.  Naturally, this lead to a class discussion on northern communities with a focus on the city of Iqualuit Nunavut. Did you follow that connection?  I promise it made complete sense at the time. 🙂 We watched YouTube videos of Iqualuit which lead the class to ask a ton of questions!  Why does the school have hardly any windows? What are the pipes that are going out of all the buildings? What is the name of the water near by?  Why does it get dark so early in the winter?  Why does the sun stay out all day in the summer?  This went on an on!

Comparing and contrasting our city of Winnipeg with Iqualuit lead to lots of great discussions.  With all of these discussions about northern communities,  I introduced a Canadian artist named Ted Harrison.  He is a famous artist that is known for his depictions of northern life.  We examined some of his artwork and children’s books.  Then we talked about what we noticed.


What do you notice about his artwork?  The Super Kids pointed out that he uses warm and cool colours and every piece of his art seems to have bumpy or wavy lines to separate the colours.  We looked closely at his paints that depicted an inukshuk.  With his artwork as inspiration, the Super Kids created their own northern art pieces. The kids can’t wait to show their families their masterpieces at student lead conferences.


We welcomed the WISE program from The University Of Manitoba into our classroom to help use build balloon cars!  Our special guest read us a class favourite “Rosie Revere Engineer” to inspire us.  Next we learned about wheels and axels.  Every wheel needs an axel to rotate.  Together the Super Kids built, tested, and modified their balloon car designs.


balloon cars

balloon cars 2

This week we’re focusing on the Canadian invented game of hockey.  Did you know that the Mi’k Maq indigenous people of Nova Scotia took inspiration from settlers who shared the game of hurling?   Hurling is a game that you can play on grass with a small stick and a ball.  It’s a cross between field hockey, baseball, and football.  The Mi’k Maq people adapted the game to play on ice using animal jaw bones as blades.  Hockey sticks were craved out of trees from their communities.  The class was fascinated by this!

This afternoon we took a closer look at why things are slippery.  If we walk on ice without skates or good grip why do we find it so difficult? After taking off one shoe and trying to “skate” around the classroom, the class noticed that it was easier to slide in their socks then in their shoes.  Shoes have grip that provides friction and we don’t slip.  With this is mind, the class was given a challenge. What material do they think would make the best “skate” to slide down the hallway?  Tin foil, wax paper, newspaper, styrofoam, or cardboard.  After making a hypothesis, they went to work creating their “skates” and testing them!






During snack time the Super Kids watched a “Sid The Science Kid” video about friction to reinforce the concept.

Developing number sense is the main goal in math in grade 1 and 2.  The Super Kids have been practicing developing their number sense through math games, math centers, and measuring each other.  Using estimation jars the Super Kids can predict by making an estimation and then counting how many items are actually in the jar.  At first the estimates were a bit off, but with practice the estimations are getting closer.  A morning work activity the other day was to measure a friend by using non standard measurement.  The Super Kids used their shoes!  First they need to estimate how many of their shoes tall they thought their friend was and then they measured.  Hint: Be ready to be measured at conferences this week!


I really like November!  This is the time of the year when the kids have all their routines down, they see themselves as a team, and they find it safe to take a risk.  We look forward to welcoming our families into our classroom community this week to share our learning.  See you soon.



It Takes A Village…

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child” well I truly believe that the adults in our school are true examples of how it takes a whole school to educate a child.  Over the past few weeks the Super Kids have been busy learning and asking the adults in our school community to share their thoughts and experiences with us.

Last week the city of Winnipeg held a civic election for mayor, city councillors, and school trustees.  With a polling station at our school it made sense to explore this topic and set up our own polling station in our classroom.  When the students came back from music I greeted them at the door and told them they had to register or they couldn’t vote.  Of course you can image the looks I got!  What was I doing?  After every student signed their name to the registration form they had to learn about what they were actually voting for.  Do you like chocolate chip or Oreo cookies the best?  It was a difficult question.  Were the chocolate chip cookies store bought or homemade?  Were the Oreo cookies the regular kind or the vanilla flavoured?  After scanning QR codes and watching commercials that tried to sway our votes just like actual politicians do, we went to the polling station.  Each student took their voting paper behind a book and cast a secret ballot.  Who won?  Well, we had to keep the polling station open until the end of the school day just like a real polling station.  We invited Mr. Bell our vice principal, Mrs. Grenier our student services teacher, and Mme. Meg our teacher librarian to cast their ballots.  It was a nail biter..chocolate chip won 19 to 11!


Explaining and answering questions about the election process with adults from our school.


We continued to learn about inventions that have helped shape our world.  The birch bark canoe was invented by the Western Woodlands Indigenous people over 3000 years ago!

This invention changed the way people travelled, got food, and traded.  The canoe was made with material from their surroundings.  When the European fur traders came to Canada the canoe was adapted as a means to travel over the lakes and rivers of Canada.

We looked at books with examples of Indigenous inventions including the birch bark canoe, watched several videos on how to make a canoe, and marvelled at the effort it must have taken.

Using popsicle sticks, the students got to work trying to make a boat design that would work.


In the spirit of Halloween, Mme. Meg came to our classroom to get us in a spooky mood.  Did you know the story of Frankenstein was written 200 years ago?  We create our own monsters by getting into groups and tracing a body part of each kid for the monster.


Next, students used a Spero and iPad to put electricity into their monsters.


The University Of Manitoba Science Department is having a contest for Manitoba classes to enter.  Create an invention that solves a problem.  After reading the book “A World Of Your Own”, we brainstormed problems that we could solve with an invention.  The Super Kids are so creative!  Having an audience of scientists really helped motivate the class. 🙂


Halloween was this week and students were welcome to wear a costume if they wanted to.  The staff in the Woodlily neighbourhood was ready for the busy day.

The grade 1/2 and 2/3 classes rotated through a variety of stations set up in the classrooms.  We had to have a movement break to Ghostbusters!


Spooky spider webs decorated our classroom and put us in the mood.


With all the Halloween excitement it seemed right to put some skeleton X-rays on the light table.  What is an X-ray?  Why do our bones show up?  Who invented the X-ray? Why are bones important? The Super Kids are thinking like scientists and generating great questions.  We had to find the answers to these questions.  Using play dough and straws we conducted an experiment.  The play dough acted as the muscle and skin and the bendy straw as the bone.  What do we notice?  Without bones our internal organs wouldn’t be protected and we couldn’t even stand up!  Check out the links below explaining the invention of the X-ray.


Yesterday we went to the Human Ecology room in our school to visit Mrs. Dulder and the grade 7 students.  Together we sewed poppies for Remembrance Day to honour those that serviced in the armed services in the past and currently do to protect our freedom.  The Super Kids learned about the sewing machine, got to use the pedal, and even got to sew some decorative stitching.  Thank you Mrs. Dulder for inviting us to spend some time with you!



It’s been a busy time in the Super Kids classroom, but I’m so excited to see the growth in my kids. They see our classroom as a place where they can learn, ask questions, and create!