There have been many exciting things going on in our classroom. We welcomed our wonderful student teacher, Miss Vanzant. This is in her final placement of a two-year education program at Lakehead University. We are lucky to have her with us until April 27.
In literacy, we introduced the "Wax Museum" today! All students have completed a biography earlier in the term and the next step is we will increase the font size and glue them onto very large poster paper (60 cm x 150 cm). The biography “poster” will be the first phase of our Living Wax Museum project. Next, students will actually pretend to become the subject of their biography and write a short monologue as that person. We talked about the difference between third and first person perspective when writing. Finally, once the biography poster AND the monologue are complete, the students will actually dress up and become the subject of their biography. On a date sometime at the beginning of May, students will become part of our Living Wax Museum, where they stand by their poster and talk to museum guests. More information to come!
We are also continuing with our daily 4 centres: read to self, read to the teacher, work on writing, word work. On the fifth day of the week, daily 4 centres are over and we typically work on our Kindness Diaries Media Unit.
“The Kindness Diaries” is a very interesting and eye-opening media unit. We have been watching short video clips about the adventures of a man named Leon Logothetis. Leon used to work as a broker in the financial industry. He made a lot of money in his career, but was overworked and tired of all the negativity he saw around him. He decided to leave that life and travel around the world. There was only one catch. He would not bring any money with him on his journey. He would only bring his vintage motorbike, which he named Kindness 1. His goal was to travel around the world, relying completely on the kindness of strangers.
At first, the students in the class thought that it would be impossible for Leon to make the journey without any money for food, shelter, or gas. After a few days, they quickly realized that the random acts of kindness from strangers that Leon received along the way, would ultimately take him around the world. The best part, is that every so often, Leon meets a kind stranger that he wants to present with a gift of his own. The gifts that Leon gives to these strangers have the potential to change their lives forever. We have had fun mapping Leon’s journey on a world map, making predictions about who would help Leon, making connections and drawing conclusions as we learn about how people live in different countries around the world. It is also a fun way to examine perspective and point of view.
Miss Vanzant has also been teaching a new unit on poetry.
We finished our unit on multiplication and division last week and have begun working on fractions. So far, we have started very slowly, talking about what a fraction is, the parts of a fraction and comparing fractions with like and unlike denominators. As we move through the unit, we will cover how to find equivalent fractions, the difference between proper fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers. We will also examine ratios, percent, and unit rate. Throughout the unit, we will apply our knowledge of fractions to real-life events and work on extending our thinking through problem solving.
On Wednesday, March 28, we welcomed Scientist Brian from Cosmic Connections. He spent the whole day with us at Minesing. In the morning he led a workshop with students to introduce Flight, which is our next unit. The students learned about the history of flight, and took a ground school course. Once they passed the ground school course, they were able to use the flight simulator to land a plane at the Billy Bishop airport on Toronto Island. Congratulations to Kieran and Luke, who successfully landed the plane! The rest of us need a few more weeks at ground school (myself included)!
In the afternoon, scientist Brian led an amazing workshop on astronomy. The students learned so much, and asked so many thoughtful and interesting questions. What a wonderful experience. We are now very excited for April 8, 2024 when we will experience the next solar eclipse that will cross southern Ontario. Mark your calendars!
Scientist Brian came back to our school in the evening and hosted a Star Party for students and their families. What a night! He began in the gym by telling us all about the different constellations, planets, and satellites. We looked at a large constellation map which explained exactly where to look in the night sky. After this, we all went outdoors and looked through telescopes. What a fantastic time!
Overall, it was a wonderful day and evening! Thank you Scientist Brian! I hope you will make the drive to Minesing again in the future!
In social studies we are continuing to examine how Canada interacts with other countries. We have covered different trade agreements, and how they impact the countries involved. Students have looked at different situations that have highlighted the relationship between Canada and another country and how that event has impacted Canada. For example, the Keystone XL Pipeline, Walmart coming to Canada, etc.
Thank you for your continued support! We are looking forward to a wonderful, warmer April!