As part of our Animal Life-Cycles unit in science, our class had the opportunity to raise Painted Lady Butterflies. The kids were amazed to watch them change from caterpillars to chrysalises to butterflies!
They arrived to us as tiny little caterpillars, but after only a few days they had more than doubled in size. We learned that a caterpillar will molt, or shed its skin, 4 or 5 times until they have reached full size.
After a week and a half, we had our first chrysalis, and the rest soon followed. We hung them up in shoebox homes covered with cling wrap:
A week later, we arrived back from our field trip to find 3 butterflies had emerged. The next day, every time we went to check on our shoeboxes, another butterfly had appeared. Soon we had a classroom full of fluttering butterflies!
This week, it was time to let our new friends go. There were a lot of excitement, and a few tears, as we released our butterflies in the schoolyard. Several were hesitant to leave their homes and owners:
This was an experience to remember and we all learned a ton!
Our in-class field trip was a blast! Each child made their own mini playground model after "purchasing" the materials from our parent volunteers. This was a fun way to wrap up our Science "Building Things unit." A huge thank you to the parents that helped out!
To celebrate this year's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Keenooshayo hosted its own Olympic Day. A huge thank you to Mrs. Herman, who did an amazing job hosting this event! We all enjoyed ourselves immensely!
We began the day with an Opening Ceremonies, our class representing Australia. We had a procession around the gym, watched an Olympic Torch ceremony, and recited the Olympic oath.
The day was filled with a ton of different events including,
Over the past couple of weeks, our class has been busy promoting Keenooshayo's annual food bank drive. 3T students appeared on the announcements each morning in order to raise awareness of the need for food bank donations. The kids were excited to give back to their community, worked hard at practicing their announcement scripts, and did an awesome job!
Our hard work culminated in an assembly, hosted by all the grade three's, with the theme of kindness, mindfulness, and food bank awareness, featuring a speaker from the St. Albert Food Bank.
Damon and Logan, along with Ms. Mindful, started us out with a mindfulness exercise.
Then, the grade three classes performed a song about making a difference. (Pic and video from the dress rehearsal.)
We ended up collecting a ton of food for the St. Albert Food Bank! The total collected was 965 pounds! Great Work Keeno!