This week is flying by! Tomorrow I will be at the cross country meet with the grade 3-6 students who are representing Lincoln. This means I only have one more full day with the amazing kids in room 6 before the long weekend. Tomorrow the grade 2’s, along with the grade 3’s not attending cross country, will spend most of the day with Mrs. Andreychuk.
On Monday students were introduced to the HWDSB Commons. This is a platform where students can learn and share online through blogging in a secure environment. I think by the end of day today everyone was successful in creating their avatar and requesting membership to our class group: Global Projects. This group is visible to the public but only members can post on it. Students are also able login from home. To start we will use the blog to share our thinking about the book we are reading for The Global Read Aloud titled Marty McGuire. This afternoon I read chapter 3 aloud and students continued to practice making connections and categorizing them. We may be lucky enough to Skype with a class on Thursday, who is also reading Marty McGuire.
In math we are following up last week’s O.R.E.O. Project by learning how we can display data. Yesterday and today the class focused on creating a pictograph. Our anchor chart is posted on the learning goals page. Today students used the anchor chart to assess their work and create next steps.
A reminder that there is only one more week for students to complete their For the Love of Reading projects for cycle #1. We have had 5 creative presentations so far. I look forward to the rest.
This week we did an O.R.E.O. Project that we stacked Oreos and we counted how many we did. It was hard to balance the cookies on to another. It was fun to do it. We Skyped with Mr. Hopkins. He was somewhere in our school. We had to ask questions to figure out where he was. He was outside of room 2. It was really tricky. My job was an Asker so I had to ask questions for my group. Mystery Skype is tricky and cool.
Enjoy this animoto video!
Our day started out with a science reading activity using our Nelson texts. The grade 2’s read about inclined planes in our world and the the grade 3’s read a story about a family who crosses a stream by making a bridge. I asked students to think about questions they had while they read as a way to guide them toward creating an experiment to further their learning. We will continue our discussion tomorrow.
Next room 6 had a short period in the computer lab to practise skills using Prodigy and to finish up math activities from Tuesday.
Following that I introduced students to the O.R.E.O. Project which is a global math project linked to data management. Students were excited from the start because, as the name suggests, it involves Oreo cookies. For a second time today I decided to give up some ownership. After we read the rules of the project, I could have organized the students, given them photocopied sheets, and explained how the task would proceed. Instead we invited the grade 3’s from room 9 to join us and made 2 large groups of students. Each group was responsible for working together to figure out their own plan of how they would fulfill the requirements of the O.R.E.O. Project. This was a difficult but enlightening task. I interrupted the class a few times to discuss the challenges the groups were having. We also reflected on the process at the end of the period. What was discovered included that it’s really hard to not talk when we have an idea and it’s not our turn, it’s really hard to listen to everyone’s ideas, it’s really hard to compromise and it doesn’t feel good to be left out or not heard. Students also found out that they can persevere and overcome challenges to be successful. I am so very proud of them! The groups still have more work to do tomorrow but they did come up with a strategy to figure out who gets to go 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. One group decided to use reverse alphabetical order by first name and the other group organized their turns by height: tallest to smallest.
After break, students were introduced to a novel we will be reading as part of Global Read Aloud 2013 titled Marty McGuire. Some predictions were made before students ended the day with D.P.A. and Music.
What a fabulous week and it is only Tuesday! The 2’s and 3’s have already accomplished so much. Yesterday students worked on creating skits to demonstrate how friends can solve problems. I look forward to their presentations tomorrow. We had two courageous students launch our For the Love of Reading program with their presentations. The creativity and uniqueness of each project engaged the whole class. I can’t wait for the rest. The 2’s and 3’s also learned a lot about Terry Fox from our read aloud Terry Fox: A Story of Hope and from a short video. The boys and girls had a lot of questions about this famous Canadian and were inspired by his thoughtful words. Here is one of our favourite quotes:
“Anything’s possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.” Terry Fox
Today we dug a little deeper and considered Terry’s friendship with his lifelong pal Doug. Students practiced going back to the text to find evidence to support their thinking.
In math students consolidated their learning about patterns through practice activities and games. Tomorrow we will move on to data management by starting with the exciting global O.R.E.O. project. More information to come.
In writing, today’s focus was on understanding the difference between “seed” and “watermelon” ideas. Ask your child for details.
Today’s highlight was running in the beautiful October sunshine to keep Terry’s dream alive. The enthusiasm and participation of all Lincoln students was fantastic. I think we all walked back into school feeling like very proud Canadians.
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