Sometimes a craft from a toilet paper roll makes a nice change. So for fun, we made a crew of pirates complete with bandana and earring.
The earrings were made from wedding shower party favour rings. We managed to get the scarves on, but next time I’d cut the triangles larger. Add a googily eye and instant character.
We recently had 2 events to promote reading and student ownership of the Learning Commons. Students were encouraged to bring in a plush toy to ‘Stuff the LC’. We also had ‘Pirate Day’ to celebrate our Learning Commons theme. Students dressed up and joined their big buddies in the gym for stories, reading and a pirate song or two.
This week in the Learning Commons we have been getting ready for Pirate Day which will be held on Thursday May 15th. Students are invited to wear a shirt with stripes, a belt, a scarf and a ‘scurvy dog’ scowl. We will be meeting our buddy classes in the gym and reading together, watching a short video and singing a pirate song or two. All primary students have made a Pirate hat to wear at the assembly.
‘Let’s Stuff the Learning Commons’ has been a great success. Next week we will take a few photos, blog our pictures and send the toys home at the end of the week on Friday.
Many students in Grade 2 have created animal research eBooks using My Story App in the Learning Commons. Check out this sample of their great work “A Moose”
Division 8 began work on making art using the work of Monet as inspiration. Students are using the ProCreate App to blend colours and creating their own ‘impressionist’ art. Next week students will be adding poems to go with their artwork and blogging their creations.
In the Learning Commons this week we used the Popplet App to demonstrate our learning about the beginning, middle and end of a story. The app is a graphic organizer that allows students to show their thinking through text, drawings and imported photographs.
The “Natural Disasters” finished painting their T-shirts. Next we will be photographing our designs, gathering examples of our work from our blogs and creating iMovies.
Divisions 13 and 15 are using My Story App to show their learning about animals. We are drawing, importing images, gathering facts from books and on-line and creating audio files for each page. Students are completing their work in class and in the Learning Commons.
Some students have created Pirate Treasure. Students used Face On Coins App to design their own currency and show the Treasure in the Learning Commons. Check out their pirate grins.
In the Vanier Learning Commons we read ‘Happy’ by Mies van Hout. We talked about emotions and what those feelings can look like in our facial expressions. Students used Doodle Buddy App to create art in the style of Mies van Hout. There are some pretty happy pirates here…
Some Kindergarten to Grade 2 students created Avatars using the app IMadeFace. We also imported them into Doodle Buddy and turned our faces into Pirates.
The Learning Commons has been celebrating how much Georges Vanier students LOVE learning. We learned about QR Codes and used the iPads to scan Valentine’s hearts. The QR Codes linked to examples of student creations. Some divisions took a screenshot and blogged “Celebrating Learning”.
Strong Start Pre-School also joined in and the Love Bugs learned about caterpillars and made a Valentine’s butterfly. We had a full house and even had time to explore on the iPads.
Our Natural Disasters club for Divisions 7, 8 and 9 is almost finished our novel, ‘I Survived the Japanese Tsunami’ and we will be next be creating with clay to make our own tsunami iMovies. Division 4 has been trying out the ProCreate App. Students are importing their art into PicCollage App and adding their poems.
Did you know…?
Many students that bring their own devices to school are using the CardStar App to check out books from the Learning Commons. This is a free app that generates a bar code that can be read by the scanner on the Learning Commons computer. It works much like scanning a Starbucks card! The App uses the number on the front of the student’s planner. See Ms. Crosland if you would like help generating your own barcode.
Tip: Some students have taken a screen shot of the code so they do not have to open the App each time.
We are off to a Strong Start in the Learning Commons with pre-schoolers and their care-givers sharing stories, videos and using the iPads to learn about sea life with the ABC Aquarium App. Division 5 showed their learning about the novel ‘The Breadwinner’ using Doodle Buddy, Pic Collage and KidBlog Apps. We also started the Natural Disasters Club. Students began to learn about Japanese culture by trying out some delicious Pocky biscuits and blogging their ideas.
“X Marks the Spot” for Reading Treasure in the Learning Commons
The Stamp Club for Divisions 10, 11, and 12 also meet this past week. Next week Divisions 7, 8 and 9 will meet at lunch on Tuesday and Divisions 1 – 6 on Wednesday. Bring your stamp albums, especially if you were in the Natural Disasters club last year. New members are welcome and free stamp albums will be provided.
Georges Vanier students used the Autorap App to share their research about pirates and Funny Face Maker App to put themselves in the face of pirate pictures. Check out the video: