What’s Your Superpower?

Good afternoon everyone!

The Super Kids have been busy exploring the scientific process, making observations, and conducting some hands on experiments.  There is a mandated to wear masks in public places in Manitoba, but what is a medical grade mask made of?  What can we learn about them by using our senses?  We took a closer look at medical grade masks.  By using scientific tools like magnifying glasses and even a microscope the kids made observations and came to some theories about the materials used in these masks.  They tested to see if the material was waterproof and took a closer look at the way they are made.

Winnipeg in November can provide some interesting weather!  This November we have been having some cold days followed by a few mild days and then back to cold.  These changing temperatures makes for a slippery playground.  The students noticed that the snow was melting and then turning to ice only to melt during the day and make a slushy mess.  It was a perfect opportunity to talk about states of matter.  We dove into accessing what our prior knowledge was, making questions, and researching why our playground kept changing.

What is temperature?  Each morning in November we look up what the temperature outside was and recorded it.  The Super Kids explored with thermometers and conducted experiments with both hot and cold water.   We discussed how matter is made up of particles and how when they are heated they speed up and when they are cooled they slow down.

Sid the Science Kid is a class favourite so we had to watch the episode that talks about states of matter.

The Super Kids came in from recess to a surprise the other day…hot chocolate with marshmallows! Not only is it a tasty treat, but it also has all three states of matter.  As we mixed our hot chocolate we talked about what we noticed.  Why does the water turned brown?  Why do the marshmallows melt?  Why is there stem coming off our cups?  Why does blowing on our cups help?  There were so many connections being made!

The next set was to create an art project that shows all three states of matter.  We drew and painted hot chocolate mugs.

While conducting these experiments and talking about states of matter, we were also reading the book “Peter Powers And His Not So Super Power” by Kent Clark. Which I just realized as I type this is an interesting author’s name for a superhero book.  Clark Kent is Superman isn’t it?

It is a beginning chapter books that the class just loved!  It’s about a boy who is in a superhero family and he is just developing his superpowers.  At the moment he can only make ice cubes with his fingers.  Of course the class made the connection to our science lessons!  I wish I could said that I planned that connection, but honestly it was a happy coincidence that we ran with. 🙂 Have you ever noticed that superheroes usually have powers that control matter, a state of matter, or maybe even more than one?  If you could have a superpower that controlled a state of matter what would it be? That was the question posed to the Super Kids.  We are currently in the middle of our writing project describing their superpower!  Some of their superheroes name’s are Lava Girl, Homeless Helper, Freezer Burn, Earth Girl, Captain Tornado, Gravity Boy and so many more.  I just love the creativity!

Next it was creating our own superhero!  With a direct drawing lesson, each student created their own superhero art project. They turned out so great.  The kids love them!

National Kindness Day was this month.  We read “Kindness Is My Superpower” to set the stage for the day.

Our class had to take the opportunity to thank the adults in our school that help teach us and keep us safe every day.  We made kindness confetti cards and delivered them to these adults.  We put a lot of smiles on peoples faces.  I always tell my students that “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

We watched the following video showing how one act of kindness can lead to another.

I then challenged the class to create their own chain reactions to show that one action leads to another.  They created them with supplies brought from home or in the classroom.

A fun new math game the kids have been excited to play is called Even Steven and Odd Todd.  Students roll 1,2, or even 3 dice, add the numbers together and then determine if the number is even or odd.  They race themselves to the end of line.  Then they race up to the board and tally if Odd Todd or Even Steven won.  The class is given a certain amount of time to complete as many rounds as they can and we then see who is the winner.  To say we get really crazy during this time would be an understatement.  It’s been a blast.


The class has been exploring making words during word work time.

Our school’s mascot even popped by on Friday to put some smiles on our faces!

Take care and stay tuned for more Super Kids adventures. 🙂

Catching Up With The Super Kids

October in the Super Kids’ classroom ended with a pumpkin inquiry. Student’s practiced their estimating skills by making estimations and then measuring how much a pumpkin weighs, how many creases it has, how tall is the pumpkin, and if it will sink or float.

Next we learned how to draw a pumpkin using oil and chalk pastels.

Around Halloween it’s always fun to learn more about spiders!  The Super Kids learned about the difference between spiders and insects through information books and videos.  Did you know that some spiders have up to 8 eyes! After researching we created our own spooky spider webs with pastels and watercolour.  Learning how to draw spider webs was a bit tricky, but the Super Kids practiced on whiteboards first before they felt confident in trying it with pastel.

Halloween was a busy day!  Planning for this year’s Halloween classroom activities took a bit more planning due to our distancing and current situation in Winnipeg.  The traditional “party” was a bit different but the kids had a blast!  The class “coded” a friend with Halloween themed movements, played themed tic tac toe, had a dance party to Halloween themed music, and worked on a pumpkin candy STEM challenge.

Halloween Costumes video

Each student was challenged to create their own 3D pumpkin structure with pumpkin candies and toothpicks.  We had learned earlier using QR code videos on structures that the triangle is the strongest shape and kids were encouraged to use 2D and 3D shapes for their creations.  Each student was given their own baggie of supplies and had 10 minutes to complete their first structure before measuring it with unifix cubes.   Then they were given another 10 minutes to modify their designs and create new structures.  WOW! This was a hit!  Once time was up, we took a gallery walk around the room to look at each other’s structures.  We they recorded what 2D and 3D shapes they used in their structures and how tall it was this time to compare.  Below are a few pictures of the process.


PJ day was on Friday and Super Kids came to school ready for bed.  Ok…not really, but they had a stuffed animal and a flashlight.  🙂   The Super Kids graphed their bedtimes, used flashlights for reading, and measured their stuffed animals.  We even read bedtime stories for story time!

The beginning of November starts conversations about peace, kindness, and working out our problems using our words.  Remembrance Day is coming up this Wednesday and I always take the time in my classroom each year to help explain why this day is so important.  It’s hard to explain to 5-7 year olds why there is war in our world.  I always find that relating our world to a playground helps.  The world is like a playground.  Sometimes countries don’t get alone.  They have a disagreement or maybe one country is bullying the other.  Even after trying to talk it out sometime it can result in fighting.  Canada is like the recess supervisors.  Canada is peacemakers.  Canada tries to help these countries talk about their problems peacefully. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work.   Sometimes Canada has to help countries that need help defending themselves.  Just like sometimes we have to stand up for our friends and tell another student to stop.  I try to use simple language and terms that they can understand.   We learned about why we remember on November 11th, why we wear poppies, and how we can be thankful.  We watched the commercial below and then rewatched it.  The second time we paused it and I asked the class to explain the story in their own words.


Our class created plasticine poppy art which is displayed on our window ledges in our classroom.  We listened to calming instrumental music while learning how to manipulate plasticine to create our scenes.

This year we are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to write to a World War II veteran.  One of my student’s great grandfather is a 98 year old veteran who I have had the privilege to met when I taught his other great grandchild a few years ago.  Mr. Jim Mcgill is a Legion Of Honour Medal recipient.  He was honoured a few years ago by being knighted for his service to the liberation of France.  Mr. Mcgill has been a visitor to my classroom in the past for Remembrance Day  and grandparents day. He is just the sweetest man!  Due to Covid restrictions this isn’t possible this year, but our class is writing him letters!  The class brainstormed ideas and got to work.  Mr. Mcgill decided to write us a letter too!  The Super Kids were so excited to get it.  He has a lovely way of explaining Remembrance Day to the kids and they felt so proud to receive it.

Our letters will be sent to him on Monday.  A few samples will be posted in our next blog post.  Some students have a few details to add to their letters. 🙂

Check out our video about what peace means to us and thanking Mr. Mcgill below