Sept 30

This week we look our PBL unit to the next level, with science experiments! We watched clips of “Ice Age Deathtrap” (Nova) and stopped to perform a few experiments:

  1. What exactly is one cubic meter of soil?
  2. How do geological timelines work when looking at soil levels
  3. What is a mastodon?
  4. How did the mastodon die in such great numbers?!

 

The answers:

In the afternoon Reading and Math we worked on poetry and place value/multiplication

Tuesday: In Theatre we finished up our story dram: “What to do with e problem” by looking at perspective. I loved the kids alternative telling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel. Poor parents, they just had kids who went to live with the rich neighbour!

In Project’s Club  we finished our poncho sewing projects and almost finished our sweatshirts!

 

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Sept 25

Autumn is here!

Monday: While exploring the taming of Man’s Best Friend in PBL, students realized that making masks of their most revered animal really was a form of prestige. We made incredible masks and looked at cultures around the world and the times of prestige masks they created!

In Reading, we worked on our intro to poetry. It was rather… dark.. but very sophisticated imagery!

In Math we started our workbook and station activities, using place value to explore regrouping and multiples. We played some new games: Addition War, Guess Who (numbers), and Foam Fractions challenge

Tuesday: In Theatre, we started a new story drama: What to do with a Problem (Kobi Yamada) by looking at story cards (faces) of people who were worried. We tried to imagine what they might be worried about, and even thought of rating them most worried to least worried. It was a really interesting exercise in perspective, as well. After that we thought about our own worries and how that looks from the outside, and how it feels on the inside. We read the story What to Do with a Problem and realized that sometimes problems really do turn into huge worries. Then we looked at Mindfulness images (faces) and thought about how they might work for the people in the pictures. More to come next week!!

In the afternoon Project’s Club we worked on our Naturescape, with a new river and beach layout, as well as some jumping logs. We also worked on sewing ponchos and sweatshirts.

Wednesday:

In french we jumped in to a costume box and had lots of laughs thinking about Robert in his ostrich pantalons. The students looked up clothing terms and drew some pretty funny cartoons for the script.

In art we worked on Mandalas, using found objects.

Thursday:

Math Gnomes took us on a new adventure. Group A started by meeting the gnomes, Plus, Minus, Multiply and Divide. We also stuck some foam numbers into our books to Stamp Out* number reversals. Group B met Mr. Lucky and explored probability at his Inn. We also made fraction circles using geometry!

Friday:

In Nature Adventures, we hiked the side of Cobble Hill Mountain in search of trees and mysterious leaf shapes. It was a beautiful day for a hike, even when it was a bit sprinkling. After out adventure, the students chose from station activities: My Tree story, Busy Beaver story telling, wood crafts, leaf matching and memory games.