Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The Corpse Flower

It's been a busy two months here in Room 122. So much learning has been happening!

We wanted to share a little mini inquiry we had in September. There was a lot of excitement at the Toronto Zoo about the corpse flower, or 'Pablo Flower', that was going to bloom. Last year, we learned a little about this stinky flower, so it was exciting for our learners to find out there was one here in Toronto. The learning that happened about this flower and plant was quite fascinating!

H.M- I wonder why it’s stinky?
P.X- I wonder why corpse flower is opening?
A.S- the tree can grow if it has a seed inside?
P.W- I wonder if it has pollen? I wonder if the tree will be stinky just like the flower? I wonder if it will die in winter?
D.S- I wonder if it has the pistil and stamen? I wonder if the tree will have any branches and I wonder if birds are going to make nests inside?
A.W- I wonder why the bugs like the corpse flower?
P.S- I wonder if the corpse flower maybe is going to turn to the tree at the Toronto zoo?
D.K- I wonder why the corpse flower smells?
B.R- I wonder why if the corpse flower eat the seeds inside and then turn it to a tree?
C.J- I wonder why it turns into a tree and not just a flower?
I.S- I wonder why the corpse flower smells bad?
A.G- I wonder why the corpse flower is so colourful? I wonder what it has the long spike?
M.R- I wonder, I think the corpse flower is going to be big
Z.D- I wonder why the life cycle goes around and then goes back to the flower again?
J.R- I wonder how stinky it is?

A Lego creation of both the flower and the leaf of the Titan Arum (corpse flower)

Our artists worked together to create a corpse flower & label the parts

They also created this 'leaf' of the Titan Arum

We learned a lot about this plant:

J.C- we learned the parts- the parts are the spadix the spathe and the corm
D.S- I learned that the trudy flower not just a flower it’s a tree also
N.K- Trudy flower has green parts and it can change leaves
M.R- I learned about the trudy flower is bigger than a human
J.R- it has hundreds of flowers around it
A.W- I think the tree will crack sometimes and fall fall down and it will die
H.M- I learned about the trudy flower just not have a flower I learned about he have trees have berries too
I.S- I learned that the trudy flower smells bad
P.S- I learned that the trudy flower dies
A.S- I learned about the trudy flower can turn into a tree
P.X- I learned trudy flower that bees go inside in the pollination and the flies inside, it’s super big

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Welcome to the 2018/2019 School Year in Room 122

We are so excited to welcome our new and returning learners to our classroom. We have worked to create an environment that is welcome, engaging and promotes self-regulation and independence in our learners. Here is a sneak peak into our room.

Our literacy shelf with various resources for our writers
(writing templates, vocabulary books, sight word rings, sight word lists, letter rings, alphabet)
Providing a variety of vocabulary books allows learners to build independence when writing

Writing table
Materials are organized by colour and type to promote independence when cleaning up

Everyday our writers complete 'daily writing'. They hang their work up on the wall everyday
The their 'personal best' work ends up on this wall as a celebration before being added into their portfolios 

Our math area
We have writing templates and various open ended materials available for our mathematicians
This little table is our 'math table' where we usually have a math game set up
This year we have combined our drama centre and building centre. We are excited to see what type of play our builders and actors come up with!
Snack table- available all day for learners to eat when hungry
Our yoga and exercise area provides learners the opportunities to move their bodies in various ways
Our 'reading nook'

Calming corner materials to support down-regulation
Another calming activity
Our Zones of Regulation check in

Our 'flow of the day' and check in board
Our educator area
We provide various 'provocations' or 'invitations for learning' to engage our learners in various types of play and exploration. Here are some of the ones we had out in the first couple weeks.

We're looking forward to another great year in Room 122!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Flower Inquiry

Our botanists have loved learning about flowers and sharing their knowledge in many different ways during 'Thinking and Learning Time'. We have been so impressed with their ability to communicate their understanding of flowers in such different ways. Inquiries are such a beautiful way to allow all learners access to content and when you expose them, they retain it!

Our botanists shared many wonders through writing and conversations.

B.J- I wonder why the flower turn to fruit?
Year 2 scientist- I wonder how the pistil makes the seeds?
I.O- I wonder why when you plant flowers they turn into a fruit?
E.W- I wonder why they have to be so beautiful?
Year 1 scientist- I wonder why flowers need leaves?
A.B- I wonder why some flowers have petals and some don’t?

We watched a few information videos to learn about flowers.

After these and other non-fiction books, our learners began to share their learning. They shared their learning through conversations, work samples and all the wonderful art and writing you'll see below!

A.G- rain makes flowers grow
P.W- seeds help flowers grow to make plants
Year 2 scientist- some flowers have stamens and pistils
A.B- the bee drinks the nectar and the pollen gets on his body and sticks and the pollen gets stuck to the pistil
Year 1 scientist- the bee gets the pollen flies to another flower and sticks to the pistil
T.P- all flowers don’t have the same colour all of them are different colours
E.W- we learned that the sepal holds the bud for the flower with the petals
Z.D- bees buzz and get honey from flowers
D.S- pollen and nectar
A.D- flowers have to grow for rain to come down
S.A- the bees takes the pollen to another flower and it makes new flowers
B.K- all of the pollen sticks on all over the bee
I.O- I know about bees that bees go and drink nectar and get pollen to make honey
I.S- seed, stamen
E.L- the petals
D.K- nectar, flowers have stem
M.V- flowers have seeds and flowers have everything attached
M.R- petals are on the circle so flowers in the middle and then the petals fall off it turns to a fruit

Using shapes and labels to represent various flowers and their parts.

Construction paper flowers.

These girls wanted to make a lotus flower, so they worked together to cut out all the parts.

Various writing about pollination and flowers.

Examining real flowers.

Using clay.

We used 'how to' videos from 'Kids Art Hub' on YouTube (check them out, they're fabulous!) to help us learn how to draw various flowers. We made them into collaborative art pieces for our classroom on pieces of wood.


A combination of all our flowers! 

Stay tuned for more of our flower learning!