This week we shared ‘The Rabbit Listened’ by Cori Doerrfeld. Students were encouraged to think about the strategies they used, not only to solve their own problems, but also the different ways to help their peers when things don’t go as planned.
Each of the animal characters makes different suggestions, including avoidance, talking it out, getting angry etc. Student’s ideas around these strategies lead to lots of animated discussion. This might be my new favourite Social Emotional Learning book this year.
This week some classes experimented with combining Keva and Lego to show their learning. We tackled the problems faced by the little knight in ‘There’s a Wall in the Middle of this Book’ by John Agee. Here are some of the student’s solutions.
This week some students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 read ‘Earth to Clunk’ by Pam Smallcomb. We discussed possible designs of U.F.O.s and students used Loose Parts and Lego to show their ideas.
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 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.
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
I have recently updated our Martha Currie in-house collections of titles that support Adrienne Gear’s Reading and Writing Power Books. I have also added a resource list for Powerful Understanding.
These are listed in the Library catalogue under the side navigation Resource Lists >Public Lists or use the direct links below.
Here are some great resources to help raise awareness and undertsanding of Autism. Currently available in the Martha Currie collection. Click the image for additional information.