STEM task – The Arctic Seed


We had to create our own seed dispersal adaption for a tree in the Arctic. When we were making the seed dispersal it was so fun because we had to draw a diagram of the seed pod. Then we had to make it and try testing it out to see if it worked or not. Then we had to write a whole paragraph telling the adaptations of it. I liked building it because I could visually see it working and testing it out because that would let me improve on it and make it work.



We had to create our own seed dispersal adaptations for a tree in the Arctic. I liked mine because it was kind of hard to make but it was fun to make it also. When we had to describe it to Mr James, it was fun because I had a lot of adaptations on it and it was good. My first adaptation was that it had a protection around it that protected it from the cold. My second adaptation, the tree is not very big, it will drop from the tree and because there is a lot of wind, the wind will get under the wings and make it fly. My last adaptation is that when it lands it has skis on the bottom, so it goes even further. My last one is that when it stays too long in the water, and snow and everything goes on it, underneath it there is a piece of wood and with too much water it will break and disperse the seeds.



Quick Write and Writing Goals

The reason I like daily write is because I enjoy how you can choose to write about a picture and it’s amazing how many different stories you can come up with using just one picture. What I also like is that no one else would EVER have the same story as you. What I think could be added is at the end of every quick write, you choose someone to tell there story. I also like how there is a time limit, so it’s challenging you and you’re not taking all day to make a story. What makes it even more challenging for you is that you don’t just write but you also complete task that you’re not the best at. You get goals that you are supposed to do to improve your writing skills. That is why i like daily write



These past month we have been doing quick write. In quick write, we have 8 minutes to complete two goals, then we have two minutes to edit. We have pencils on our wall to show how many goals we have completed. The longer the pencil the more goals you have completed. You have to hit your goal ten times to pass the level. My pencil is the longest. I enjoy this activity because we need to think quick about what to write.



Journals – Living in the Frozen World

This trimester we have been learning about the frozen world.

So first we had to draft a diary, and pretend to be either an Inuit or a Nenet. After that we got feedback from friends using the tag method. When we fixed the things that were recommend we typed it up on a site. And now all that is left is to print it out. I really enjoyed how the feedback I got made a lot of sense, and how we got to hear other people’s diaries maybe to inspire us.


Word Study


In word study we get word sorts that relate to what we need to learn about spelling and how words work. We first sort our words to a given rule and write down the rule. We then copy our sort, write sentences with our words and draw pictures of our words. We then get to choose activities to do with our words. These include alphabetical order, string spelling, snap and clap, type it up and cut and glue.

Tagging our Work

After editing out diary entries we read them to each other. Then we wrote some feedback. What do you like about it? Ask a question. Give a suggestion. With that feedback we added their suggestions to our writing then after that we typed it up to publish. I enjoyed it because my diary was a little bit boring and my partner gave me some good ideas to make it better. I liked reading someone else’s diary entry to get some ideas to make mine better too.


Sheltering from the Cold

   In Social studies we were learning about the frozen world and how the Inuits and Nenets live in this frozen world. So we made little flap books. On the flap books we compared their shelters by draining an igloo and a chum. We showed the outside of the shelters on top and when you flipped it open we drew diagrams showing the inside. The Inuits live in Igloos. Igloos are houses made out of snow and ice. The Nenet shelters are called Chums. Chums are tents made out of reindeer skins. We explained how to make one and the materials needed. It was really fun learning how the Inuits and Nenets live.


Multiplication – Box Method

In Grade 2-5 we have been learning multiplication. I have been learning the box method to solve questions like 6 x 324. When using the box method I would draw a box and divide it into three parts. Above each part I would write the value of each digit in 324 above each section. So that would be 300, 20 and 4. Then I write the 6 on the left. Each in box I multiply the top number by the number of the left and write the answer in the box. So it would be 6×300 and 6×20 sand 6×4 which would equal 1800, 120, and 24. Last step is to add all the answer together to find your answer. So 6 x 324 is = 1944. I like using this method.


My favorite subject is Math and I enjoyed multiplication the best of all. Even thought I learnt my timetable facts, I felt like I need to learn a whole lot more. I loved learning the grid method for 2 digits by 2 digits questions, because I can do it fast and it is easy. But I still think the written method was a great challenge for me. I think it was a good idea to write both at the same time because I can check the grid method, go back to the written method and work out if I have made a mistake. That way, I will be confident for the multiplication test again. It was really fun and I loved multiplying using both methods during Math class.


Who sunk the Kayak?

Did you know that the Inuits were the first ones to use a Kayak? Grade 2-3 had an important task to build a kayak that would float on water. It also had to hold as many dominoes as possible. First we picked our materials. They were; straws, lolly sticks, plastic, cardboard, paper, masking tape, scissors, glue, lids and tissue boxes. We wrapped plastic around the tissue box so the cardboard would not get wet. Then we added straws and sticks to help it float. We decided to make a lid and create a little flag for our boat. When we tested our Kayak it was really exciting as more and more dominoes were placed on own boat. It finally sunk after 106 dominoes. It held the most out of any ship.


Animal Adaptations – Surviving in the Frozen World

Did you know that animals have adaptations? This is something they have or do that helps them to survive in their location. It was fun to work in groups to research online and create posters. We learnt how different animals that live in the frozen world at the North and South Pole have adapted to survive. We had to show physical and behavioral adaptations. My groups’ animal was the Arctic Tern.


Celebration of Learning

Last Friday was the Grade 2-5 Celebration of learning. As a whole class we presented our animal adaptations. As a group we chose two adaptations to demonstrate and had to make a sketch demonstrating that adaptations.  JJ’s polar bear snoring to show hibernating made everyone laugh. Next grade 2 and 3 presented Art and French. For art we made comics about ourselves and for French we talked about transportation. Grade 4 and 5 showed they had learnt in PE and Music. For PE they performed a dance called the Californian Strut. For music they sand ‘Everybody wants to be a cat’. They sounded awesome.