This week we have begun to get ready to the Martha Currie Book Fair. The event is approached as a learning opportunity and as a festival of books. Here are some of our pre-planning activities.
Using Tangrams and Birds-eye view mapping to figure out how we could best fit all of the Fair Displays into the library space.
Uploading to Google Drive to review our ideas
Using the sneak peek box of books to practice money and math addition skills.
Designing our own book display stands with some of the new Fair titles.
Problem solving, negotiating, cooperation and team work as students figure out a support schedule for the Fair.
As I am new to Martha Currie I thought this might be a fun way to welcome students to the Learning Commons. In their school mailbox, teachers will find a short introduction note with a parcel to be opened with their class. The parcel contains a book or two for their classroom library. Here’s how I did it…
Most books were gathered from thrift stores. Value Village has small paperbacks for about a dollar. I used some left over school library funds for additional French titles.
As you wrap each parcel, make sure they are labelled as to the contents – this time of year divisions and grade level assignments can change.
I used up old wrapping paper and added a short note to each parcel.
One note for K and K/1, one for classes that have library prep and one for upper intermediates.
Woot! Lots of fun. Next time I will be able to make the project more cost efficient and with more selection by gathering the French books throughout the year.
This week we invited parents and guardians to an appreciation tea held in the Learning Commons. We celebrated our work with The Salmon Run by Clayton Gauthier with a video showing how we completed our project. We decorated the tables with vases of salmon perched in pebbles and colourful salmon art and, coordinated our tables and table cloths to match the red and blue of Mr. Gauthier’s art.
Students who were sharing a bhangra dance at the school variety show were also invited to perform for our guests.
— Anna Crosland (@crosland_a) May 24, 2018
Ms. Perry’s class created some wonderful clay salmon inspired by Mr. Gauthier’s art. Check them out in the hallway display case.
Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.
This week Kindergarten students have been designing structures. We have been exploring with cups to figure out how creative we can be with our building. The focus is to cooperate as a group, to share the materials and to be respectful of each other’s ideas and work.
‘Stuff the Learning Commons’ is in full swing! There is still time to join in with a labelled plush toy. This is an activity that brings lots of joy and that everyone can participate in.
At Georges Vanier, the Learning Commons is a shared space that is used by staff and students for lots of great activities. We are helping further a sense of ownership by inviting students to bring a plush toy to hang out on the shelves in the LC for a couple of weeks. Please label stuffies with your child’s name and division. No sentimental favourites, just in case…