Some students have been discussing how to listen in a group, how to effectively communicate their ideas and how to be respectful of the ideas of their peers. We shared My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook and students used loose parts to create their own examples of calling out and interrupting.
This week in the Learning Commons we have been celebrating Indigenous culture, sharing authentic Indigenous stories and some classes have discussed the impact of Residential Schools. Our goal was community building, with each student creating a link in a chain to represent how we are all connected and support each other.
This week in the Learning Commons we have been learning about how germs are spread. We shared electron mircoscope images of germs, sang a ‘Nose’ song, and read Sick Simon by Dan Krall. Students showed their learning by creating images of faces with loose parts.
We began our school year in the Learning Commons by sharing the wonderful Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Students discussed the importance of never missing an opportunity to be kind. We also had fun with Munsch’s Mortimer and built our beds with the lego.
Some classes problem solved to see if they could decipher the construction blueprints for the new school addition. Students were very interested to figure out the symbols and plans. We also designed our own school – complete with basketballl hoop in the library!
Students showed their learning about pirates by creating treasure maps using pages from a discarded atlas. We examined old maps, tore the edges, decorated the pages and then aged them with tea soaked paper towels. Next time I would use more teabags and let the tea soak overnight. Some students crumpled the pages as they dried. We focused on celebrating our accomplishments and using positive language to congratulate peers.
Students showed their learning about pirates using Doodle Buddy app. We took selfies and imported the photo as a background in Doodle Buddy and then drew on the image. Students learned about importing images and exporting their completed work. We also discussed on what makes a good photo, including distance from the subject and background.
Students challenged each other by designing Marble Runs for their classmates to solve. We used LEGO which worked really well. A standard marble is a perfect fit for a double space between bricks.
Students became very creative with their ideas and are working on time management and using the allotted time wisely.
Students worked in groups to show their learning about pirate ship design using KEVA wood planks.
Our goals were to cooperate in a group, to share our ideas and to listen to the ideas of others. Students realized that it was easier to create a single design when they were respectful of the ideas of their peers and thoughtfully communicated their own thinking.
Students in Grade 2 used bangles to create a pirate. It was an opportunity to show what they had learned and to work cooperatively. We learned how to say Bangai and shared what the word looks like written in Punjabi. Thanks to Mrs. Sanghara for helping me with this.