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.
This video was created in the Learning Commons. It was narrated by Grade K/1 in celebration of our First Peoples in Residence week at Martha Currie and in acknowledgement of Pink Shirt Day.
Check out our latest bulletin board display. The Cat in the Hat is enjoying some of the new books that reflect the latest direction in the development of the library.
These titles are helping us to create a collection that honours diversity and respects the individual. The focus is on building a collection, in both French and English, that helps students understand the importance of Social Emotional Learning and offers staff some great titles to share as discussion starters with students.
For our first week back in January we shared two stories that were great fun to read, super discussion starters and helped students think about the classroom dynamic. We read Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook. I shared our reading on Twitter and both of these authors responded to our work. It is always fun for students to see that their reading is acknowledged by the authors.
This month all of the classes, K – 4/5 spent one period in the Learning Commons focusing on Jacqueine Woodson’s wonderful book Each Kindness. Beautiful illustrations by E.B. Lewis. Students were engrossed in the story and keen to discuss so many threads the plot introduced including poverty, peer dynamics, cliques and the unintended consequences of inaction. What seemed to have so much impact with the students was that, unlike so many stories they read, there was no happy and satisfying resolution to Each Kindness. They hoped for a sequel or asked me to check that there wasn’t one more page in the book.
Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis
The message of the book is to never miss a chance to be kind. Why waste it? Although another opportunity might come, that chance for kindness will be ‘more and more forever gone.’ Students commented that the book, ‘made you think, even after you finished the story.’ Yes!
We shared our activity and Jacqueline Woodson liked our tweet!
Students in Division 9 experimented with creating a Mannequin Challenge to show school spirit for the Learning Commons. We discussed the best way to create the video and how we might improve it next time. Great cooperation, super teamwork and great use of available time.
Read – Mannequin Challenge from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students in Kindergarten to Grade Four created this collaborative art project based on the school mottos that are displayed in the gym. We talked about working hard to achieve our goals and Helping Hands.