Students keen to get started on ther library books before heading back to class.
Creating with Loose Parts
Kindergarten students using iPads to capture their Loose Part literature responses.
The alphabet tree from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
A lot of thought went into showing the plot of this story and how best to capture it in one image.
Some students have begun to tinker with showing their learning by creating with stop motion video. We read and discussed The Wall: A Timeless Tale by Giancarlo Macri. Students experimented with creating, saving, exporting from the app and uploading their work to Dropbox. Woot!
Some classes used the leaves we had created to make pictures in the style of Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man. Students had to figure out how to work together and communicate their ideas effectively.
This week we thought it was time to update our library bulletin board. We read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and created leaves for our fall tree. It is a cooperative project. Some classes coloured, some cut shapes and some added tissue. Other classes will add some more leaves next week.
This week some early primary students practiced using the camera on the iPad. We read I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs. Students in Kindergarten experimented with holding the camera vertically and horizontally, keeping the iPad cover away from the lens and holding the iPad still. It can be tricky : )
We thought the ball mark looked like a planet.
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 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!
This week primary classes enjoyed this wonderful book by Kate Jane Neal. Words and Your Heart is a great book to spark discussion about the power words can have, both positive and negative. We shared the story and then worked in groups to build structures whilst at the same time ‘building each other up’ with kind words. After clean-up, we reflected on our collaborative work and how the powerful words made us feel.
This week some students in Grade 2, 4 and 5 created turtles as a follow up to the wonderful story Always Remember by Cece Meng with illustrations by Jago. Students in Grade 4 and 5 painted the egg carton pieces. This allowed them to dry overnight for the Grade 2 students to add the details the next day. Inspiration for the project from EmmaOwl.
We combined our creations with a Shark Lady display from my colleague Michelle Donaldson