April 6

April showers bring May flowers!

In spite of the rain, the kids were so excited to see each other after the break and play outside. They have developed quite the “survival” game at break and lunch!

On Tuesday we read though scenes 1-5 of our Spring play: The Tempest. It was pretty funny! We are learning about lot structure, character development and irony, which is an added bonus. The students worked on their character sketches and costume ideas as well.

In the afternoon we worked on beading projects and a DIY House kit that I picked up in Coombs. It is incredibly complex but the students were really interested in solving the mystery of how to piece together everything.

On Wednesday, the students created several pieces of art to work on Complementary Colours, including flowers, sunsets and clowns… which reflected very directly their feelings about that particular subject!

We worked on question words in French with a comic about catching the bus: C’est quelle heure. I was really impressed that most of the kids wanted to try the big srcipt this work and their own question sentences. We also listened to a funny song: C’est quelle heure chansons (1983).

In cooking we backed Lemon Meringue pies with great results. It was quite the inadvertent science lesson as well!

On Thursday we jumped into our Maker Faire unit. We explored the concept of Maker: art, crafts, DIY, science, engineering, as well as creating a “graffiti mind map” to generate ideas and talent lists. Each student picked their “talent” area and we will begin the design process on Monday.

Please look at the chart below and see if you can come in on a Monday or Thursday as a “mentor” for a student. For example, you are good at carpentry and would (ha, I spelled it wood), like to give a mini lesson on safety or carving or cutting angles… Email me the day you can come in…

In the afternoon we used Math Gnomes to explore multiplication and grouping. We are starting a World War themed math unit, looking at distance, Cartesian planes (mapping), graphing and fractions.

In literacy class we are working on Flat Stanley penpal letters to our new friends in Taiwan.

On Friday we went for a Nature Trek and planted seeds. We also groomed the bunnies and created some egg-tastic art.

Published by zomacreative

While I have always looked towards teaching for my profession, it was the two years as I spent in Japan an ESL teacher that convinced me I had found my calling. I enjoy the challenges we face in the classroom—the variety of learning styles, the creative versus the scientific mind—and see the day-to-day impact that teachers have on students’ lives. In my own classroom I try to create a sense of excitement and adventure. I strongly advocate for Multiple Intelligence as a central pedagogy.

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