Our new unit on the brain has officially begun. Not only will we be talking about the brain as a part of our anatomy and its functions, but we will also be discussing our individual learning styles and how they differ from one person to another. Students have already done a questionnaire that told them how they learn best. Make sure to ask your child which learning style(s) he or she got on the questionnaire. Some students fell into more than one category. We did the Stroop colour test (ask your child to tell you about it)! Tons of laughter was heard as students tried to decipher between colours and words--the brain processes words faster than colours. We also learned about the 4 lobes of the brain and what their functions are, and we did a "3-minute test" to see how well we can follow instructions. This unit is going to be a lot of fun!
I feel like I say this every week, but...........it was another busy week. It was Cain's birthday last weekend so we enjoyed some delicious cake on Monday to celebrate (thanks to Cain's mom)! We learned about onomatopoeias in French class and did some comic strips demonstrating our understanding of their use. Students read books highlighting some of the learner profile characteristics and searched for words they did not know in a dictionary. Students were each given a different photo and they had to use their imagination to create a short story about the heroes in the photos. They presented their stories to the class. Final assignments have been handed in and students did a short reflection on their work. The other Mme Sarah will be going over MyBlueprint with students next week so that they can begin their portfolios. Then, on to our next unit!
As we get toward the end of our unit of inquiry, some of our activities from this past week included presenting the "le héros c'est moi" drawings, working on the final copy of "une lettre à mon héros", watching clips of real child heroes helping their communities, followed by a discussion about the who, what, where, when, why and how of being a child hero, and much more! Students even started an action plan about small things they can do to be child heroes. Looking forward to seeing the great letters that the students wrote to their heroes. We will finish off the unit with some reflection, and the students' first blog post of the year.
(Oh, and I almost forgot...water polo started today!)
We had a great visit to Parliament this week. Students got to do a tour all about symbols. They asked lots of great questions to our guide. We followed up with a discussion in class about how this field trip could relate to our unit of inquiry.
Students are currently working on a drawing and explanation entitled, "Le héros, c'est moi." They are drawing a picture illustrating a time in their lives where they felt they acted as a hero, and then presenting it to the class.
Next week, students will be working on their final drafts of their summative assignment, "Une lettre à mon héros". This weekend, they were asked to bring home their rough drafts to show their parents/guardians. Maybe you could help them come up with some things they may want to add to their letters.
Have a nice long weekend!
This week we got to demonstrate what being a hero is for the grade 1 and 2 class. Students spent several periods creating and perfecting 2 skits, which were presented on the stage for the grade 1 and 2 students. Miriam asked questions to the younger students to gauge their comprehension. Grade 3 and 4 students did a great job! The grade 1 and 2 students really seemed to enjoy the skits.
We had a good discussion about the tornado and who the real heroes were during this horrible event. Students identified the people in our community who acted as heroes to help those in need.
We also completed the Terry Fox run yesterday. After reading about Terry Fox in class, students had a better appreciation for why they were running. They ran with purpose!
The summative task for the unit has been introduced: a letter to their hero. Students have completed step 1 (brainstorming) and are currently working on step 2: rough draft.
Another busy week here in grades 3 and 4. Some of the activities we did were:
-Games outside with the grade 1 and 2 class where grade 3 and 4 students got to demonstrate the traits exemplified by a hero by leading the games and helping the younger kids;
-Students practiced proper use of dictionaries to help them with their French workbook activities;
-As a class, we paid tribute to Mme Mary by writing memories and messages of support to her family;
-Students acted as the teacher and read books to their peers about being an everyday hero;
-We did a guided meditation for relaxation and replenishment before beginning our module period;
-Grade 3 students worked on perfecting their cursive writing;
-Students got ample time to work in their groups on their skits, which will be presented on Monday to the grade 1 and 2 class. They will teach, through acting out a scene, the role of a hero;
-Students were each given a famous hero to research for homework and they each presented their hero this morning, explaining who the person is/was and why the person is considered a hero;
-Students were told that their summative task for our unit will be a letter to their actual hero. More details forthcoming.
This week, we began our first unit of inquiry - how choices of heroes reflect the characteristics that societies and individuals value (see "units of inquiry" tab). As you can see from our photos, we got off to a busy start. Students were not told what the unit of inquiry was, but based on photos and videoclips shown to them with different types of people who would be considered heroes, they were able to brainstorm their ideas and guess the unit. Some of the many things we did this week:
-students wrote down questions they have about heroes and placed their questions under the appropriate IB key concepts;
-students had a discussion about how heroes are not only superheroes, but regular everyday people as well, and that everyone has different heroes, and different criteria for choosing a hero;
-students worked in pairs to complete a Venn diagram comparing everyday heroes and famous heroes;
-students read an article about Terry Fox, answering important questions about why he is considered a hero today, and why we keep his legacy going to this day (very fitting that our Terry Fox run is coming up soon);
-students coloured a cartoon hero, gave him or her a name, and wrote sentences describing the hero;
-students were given a homework task to ask their parent(s) (en français, of course), who their hero is, and find out two reasons why.
We did so many things this week--students created and presented skits that included useful classroom expressions in French, did a show-and-tell paper bag activity, a scavenger hunt to learn about Mme Sarah, reviewed the IB learner profile attributes, came up with a list of classroom essential agreements to stick to for the year, and even played a fun game of téléphone cassé (broken telephone)! Next week, we begin our first unit of inquiry. Check back next Friday after school for another update.