Butterfly Release

Last month I posted pictures of the caterpillars and chrysalis’s.  They soon emerged as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies.  We released them one day, and in the process were able to get pictures with them as we let them go.  We had such fun holding them and were a little sad to have to say good bye.

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Tabloid Day

Here are some pictures of what we got to do on Tabloid day. Students played games or did activities such as painting and eating a freezie (such hardships 🙂 ) for points, and then they could buy candy from the candy bar with their points. 


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Forte Whyte Alive

Today’s field trip was a lot of fun.  We spent a lot of time outside in nature, and were happy for a nice hot day.  Here are a few of the pictures I took.  We had divided into smaller groups with kids from all the grade 1 classes, so I was not able to take pictures of all those in our class.

We walked over the board walk and went critter dipping.


Can you find the turtle in the picture above?




Went to the observation deck,


saw an owl that was alive, and then several other animals that were fortunately not alive anymore.

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We watched some bees working in their hive, and even saw where they stored their honey, as the sides of their hive was a clear plexiglass.  We then had lunch inside.

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After lunch we went on a scavenger hunt and found many cool things in nature.


Before we left we went inside a real teepee and walked inside the sod house,

but it was too dark for pictures.

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We then said good bye and went home. 

Thank you to all the volunteers who came on the field trip. 

It was so nice that you could come and share the day with us. 

That is all for this year.  Thank you for taking a look at the blog and sharing in our grade 1 experience.  Please email me any ideas or suggestions you may have about the blog.  Please let me know if the blog was useful to you or not.  I am sad to see this year coming to an end, it has been a great year!  I just want to say THANK YOU to all the parents who have shared their time and energy with us this year as well.  It has been a pleasure getting to know you and you have made all our class parties, craft times, fun lunches and field trips possible. 

Thank you so much for investing in your child this year. 

Have a wonderful summer,

Mme Bergen


Lego city

Danika and Conner are making their cars for the lego city.  Peyton and Temesgen are cutting out signs for the lego city. 

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In our city we had a restaurant made by Frances and Chloe, a hockey rink made by Julien and Gavyn, a police station by Ava and Mikylo, a zoo by Wren and Eric, a movie theatre by Cole and Mackenzie, a dentist office by Genevieve and Brooke H., Walmart by Isaac and Brooke B., a hospital by Peyton and Torin, an ice cream store by Claire and Temesgen, and a school by Danika and Conner.  We added stop signs, roads, traffic lights, park signs, and a train along with other city signs.

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Field trip to Children’s Museum


Claire and Wren are reading a book in the train.


Gavyn and Temesgen are driving the train.  Brooke B is ringing the bell on the train.

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Chloe is sliding on the tunnel slide.  Cole is hiding behind the water wall.  Danika is doing a craft with Lamea.

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Ava and Chloe climbing the playstructure, and Genevieve is watching a ball in a water tornado.  

Brooke H  is sliding in the tunnel, and Mikylo are climbing a giant piece of cheese.

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Mackenzie is building a tower with his friends, while Gavyn digs  up dirt.

Peyton is making body imprint and Temesgen is playing in the water.

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Eric, Danika, and Mikylo were putting cotton balls in a machine and it gets sucked up in the pipes and it shoots the cotton balls out somewhere else and we try to catch it.  Torin is playing with the water and watching a ball in the water tornado.

We though the field trip was a lot of fun!!!!

Social Studies

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First, we made maps of our own yards and labeled them in French.  Some of the words we learned were: la maison, une piscine, une trampoline, les fleurs, l’arbre ….

We used the map of our houses to make a 3D map of our yards with paper bag houses.

We also put in trees and bushes according to what the map of our yard said.  Many put in flower beds and pools.  Great job everyone!

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Catterpillar fun!


We got caterpillars.  At first they were small, and then they grew bigger and fatter.  

They turned into J’s and finally into a chrysalis.  What’s going to happen next?

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We put them in a cage so that when they turn to butterflies, we can watch them fly around.  We have painted ladies.

Thank you all for stopping in and checking out the month of May. 

See you next time,

Room 5


 April showers usually bring may flowers, but in Room 5 it brought other things like …

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Mikylo looking spiffy, and Julien and Genevieve turned into hockey twins.

Winter stayed around a bit too long for our liking so we tried to blow it away by saying good bye and welcoming spring.

Earth Day Celebration

We travelled around the school and did things we have never done before.  -Torin


We played drums and did scavenger hunts.

We tried our hand at juggling and different circus activities.

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We decorated cupcakes and ate them.  YUM!!

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We made an earth and promised to take care of it and make it healthy.  – Eric


Field Trip to St Boniface University

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We went on a field trip to go see a play. It was about Paul et Suzanne, and they did three stories: 1.  Little red riding hood   2. Goldilocks and the 3  bears  3. The 3 little pigs.

– Genevieve

We had lunch in their lunch room.


I am being the brick house in the story The 3 Little Pigs.  – Cole

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I was playing with a puppet pig.  I was doing the play of The Three Little Pigs.

It was a lot of fun.  – Wren



We started learning spring words in French and made a bird in the style of pointillism.


We are making birds out of paper dots and it was so much fun! – Brooke H.

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See if you can find your bird.


Social Studies

So far we have learned about “le monde” and “le Canada”.  Next month you will see pictures about our Winnipeg project.  


We learned about other countries and we liked learning about it.  The world is made up of “l’eau et la terre”.  “Le monde tourne.”  ” Il y a des océans et des continents.”

In Canada we have some different birds, people that play different sports, flowers, different money, different trees like the maple tree, farms, mountains, igloos, northern lights and the list goes on and on and on.  – Genevieve, Eric, Peyton, Torin, Brooke H


We made Canada flags out of pictures from Canada.

– Genevieve


We made sentences about what we liked about Canada.  Gavyn wrote about the aurora borealis and Claire wrote about deer.

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Thank you for checking out what we did
in the classroom this month.  
See you in May,
Room 5 



Dans mon panier

is a poem we learned in class.  Please ask your child to read the poem and use the basket of crafts to act out the poem.  Enjoy!  – Mme Bergen

We were making easter bunnies out of modeling clay and different colors.  – Eric

We made them for the poem we will share with Moms and Dads this spring break. – Torin

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Easter stories with Papa


Papa read us a story about the night before easter.


If I were the Easter Bunny…


We made sentences about what we be doing if we were the Easter bunny. We put googly eyes, and cotton to make them fluffy.



Reader’s Theater : The 3 little pigs

We are reading the story of the 3 Little Pigs.  I was the wolf.  – Mikylo

I was the first little pig and I made my house out of straw. – Claire

I was the second little pig and I made my house out of sticks.

The third little pig was Brooke H. and Brooke B was the narrator. The play was fun.

– Danika


St Patrick’s Day

We had some special visitors in the class to teach us about St Patrick’s Day.

My Ama and Grandad wanted to show us some things that they hang up in their house for St Patrick’s day.

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Ama is reading us a story about Fin Mcoole. A giant tried to beat up Fin Mcoole but he had a disguise as a baby and tricked the giant.  The giant ate the bread but bite on the frying pan that was cooked inside.  The giant lost all his teeth and decided to leave, so Fin did not get beat up.

– Isaac


 Grandad taught us the unicorn song.

He played his guitar, and we did the actions.

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Grandad brought a hurling stick and showed us how to play hurling.

He let us hold it.  It was made out of wood.


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We are making clover leaf art.  It is made out of paper and chalk. It was fun to make.

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I am using all types of green to make my clover.  We put them up for student led conferences.

-Brooke B






Thank you for coming and visiting!  

Have a wonderful Spring Break!!

Room 5

Special Visitors – Energy 106

We had two special visitors come today.  Jordan Knight and JD Francis from Energy 106.  They came and read Don’t Be Silly Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox.  We all had a wonderful time and even got to participate in the story telling.

Thank you to Conner’s dad for arranging it.


A day in Africa

Today we learned a bit about Africa. I grew up in Africa and loved it, and I wanted to share it with the class.  My brother and his wife came and showed us many different articles from Africa.  There were face and animal wood carvings, bronze bracelets and statues, African hats, purses made out of leather, leather flip flops, and some traditional swords which were handled with care. 🙂

This fits in with science.  We are learning that there are many different materials and that different objects can be made from different materials.  I hope you enjoy the pictures, and make sure to ask your child about what is happening in the pictures.  Below you will also find pictures of an African snack.  Have a great time discussing the day.

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We tried African doughnuts.  They are a deep fried sweet dough rolled in sugar.  The kids loved them!  We also had bissap juice.  A juice made from boiling roselle flowers, which are a type of hibiscus.  The vote was about 5 yes it is good to 15 no it is not good..

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Science has been quite fun!  

We have been exploring what different objects are made of and that many objects are made of many different materials.

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le tissu                       le plastique

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le bois                   le papier


Festival du Voyageur

We had a visit from Tibert le Voyageur who lead us in acting out a story about when the voyageurs first came to Canada and what it was like.  We had a wonderful pancake breakfast …

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… dressed like voyageurs, and with the help of a grade 2 class we learned about how they used canoes to get around on water…


… sat in the teepee and learned about traditional grasses …

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   ….tried on some items of clothing…  



and learned about different items that were used during that period in time.


Back in our class, we learned how maple syrup is made, made our own maple trees, and even got to try maple syrup on snow.  Yum, yum!!  


We had a great time during the Festival du Voyageur and we learned a lot.


We celebrated our 100 days of school with hats with 100 items drawn on them!


We are now 100 days smarter, so we thought we would look into the future and show you what we will look like when we are 100 years old.  
Aren’t we cute!





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We also made Valentine owl bags to hold our Valentine cards.

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February wasn’t all arts and crafts.  🙂  

We also helped each other learn and practice math. Brooke H is helping us learn our numbers on the number chart, Eric is leading a math song about doubles, and Peyton is helping us learn our French poem.


We have put in a lot of hard work this month and it sure is paying off.  We are sooooooooo much smarter now.


That is February in a nut shell, see you next month.

Mme Bergen and room 5




We have been practicing our french winter sentences and words.  Here are a few sentences you can ask your child to read to you.

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En hiver, je fais un fort de neige.  — Gavyn





En hiver, je fais un bonhomme de neige.

–Chloe and Julien






En hiver, je fais un ange de neige.  — Peyton

En hiver, je glisse sur la neige.  — Isaac





En hiver, je lance une boule de neige.  — Julien




We are learning French words by playing a drawing game.  — Genevieve

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IMG_5057We are making Kwanzaa mats with paper and Granny.  














We had to put paper through holes.   –Claire

(They were weaving the paper to make it look like a mat.)


I am making a lantern for Chinese New Year because in Chinese New Year they put out ones like that.  It is made out of paper.   — Brooke B

We are making a monkey because we are going to put them on the board.  It is the year of the monkey.  It’s tail was curly.    –Mackenzie

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First we did like a shape, then we did a light line close to the middle, then a little bump kinda in the middle of the fish, then some little things next to his mouth, and then the tail that goes like this, and the eye is like this, and we colored it a little.  Then you do a bump at the bottom and a little line above the eye right here, and the fins like this and this and around.    (While talking and describing, she is drawing with her finger in the air.  We followed an artist on youtube who showed us step by step how to draw a goldfish :).                — Wren

Goldfish bring people good luck during Chinese New Year.  — Cole


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to read


People love to read. Mr. Daniel read us a story called The Rainbow Fish.  I liked it because he shared his rainbow scales.



Papa read a book on Chinese New Year, and Constable Tara read us the Golden Rule. — Gavyn


Compost club

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 We do compost club on Monday and Friday. We grab the old food from the compost bin and we feed them to the fish. It smells gross!  We wear gloves because we don’t want to get dirty.      – Danika


The Mitten by Jan Brett


We have learned some new words by reading 
 The Mitten.  
 We have learned about: 

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Characters in the story are Niki, Baba, the bear, the mouse, the fox, the rabbit, the hedgehog, the badger, the owl, and the mole.

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Setting: Takes place in the forest.
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Problem: Niki lost his mitten.  All the animals went into the mitten.
The bear sneezed.  Then Niki got his mitten back, and that was the solution.


Then we made our favourite character out of modeling plasticine.  They are so cute!  Everyone did such a fantastic job!

Thank you for stopping by and checking us out.  See you in February.


Mme Bergen and Class 5

December Fun

IMG_4776December has been full of some more fun learning. We are learning our core subjects using the different winter celebrations.  Our focus before Christmas has been Christmas as each student celebrates it, as well as Hanukkah, and Las Posadas.
We have been creating unique gingerbread men by playing an addition game.






IMG_4783We have written to Santa and are waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting for his response.  We asked him some really hard questions like:

Why does Rudolf’s nose glow?

Why does he only wear red and white?

What does Mrs Clause do?


Then we addressed and decorated our envelops before mailing them.










We have been learning our

winter snowman words in French

through art. Here are a few of

3D snowmen we made.



We filled in an application to be an elf, got accepted, and became elves.  We discovered we have cool elf names such as:

Perky McJingles

Festive Twinkle Toes

Glitzy Whipping Cream




For Hanukkah we learned about menorahs and dreidels.  We absolutely love to sing and play the driedel song.  We made our own dreidels using old CDs with cork centers.  The fun of the game is to collect as much gelt or money as possible.

The next celebration is Las Posadas.  Pictures to come at the end of the week as we are just starting with Las Posadas.

I hope you have enjoyed this window into our classroom.

Mme Bergen and class


Toothless Wonders

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Each time they lose a tooth they get to put a sticker of a tooth on the chart beside their name and they get to pick a book about a tooth fairy or teeth, which I read to them during story time.  I have read at least 13 books about teeth or the tooth fairy since the beginning of the year.  Soon we are going to have to reread books. 🙂 

IMG_4768Today I found a new tooth book at the Good Will store, and another teacher kindly lent me some of her books about teeth or the tooth fairy, which we have started reading already.

Even if a tooth is pulled by the dentist or comes out because of an accident, it still counts. Those teeth are disappearing quickly! Here are a few of our toothless wonders.  Aren’t they cute!