I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring break! I love this time of the year because it is a time to relax and rejuvenate for a lot of awesome learning to come. If you have not yet seen our Term 2 learning video, please take the time to watch it with your child. We are so proud of the work we are doing. Here’s where LC 5A is headed after the break.
Reading – Now that we have learned a little bit about our books and met our reading groups we will start our Book Club activities and reading schedule. Each group has been assigned a book at their level to read together and completed a variety of activities that fall under the habits of a good reader that we worked on over Term 1 and Term 2. We will be meeting 2-3 times a week. We are also still working on Sideways Stories from Wayside School as our Read Aloud.
Writing – We are continuing to work on our Sideways Stories from Greystone. The stories are coming along well. Most students are starting to work on or edit the middle of their story so we will look at criteria for rising action, the climax and falling action. As a class we will continue to use Click Clack Moo and re-write it as an exemplar.
Students have finished working on Volume and will be moving on to Capacity with Mr. L as the work to complete the measurement unit. Once we finish this unit, students will begin Geometry, which we have included in our workbooks. We will be continuing to work on our POW journals as well.
Students are wrapping up their study of Temperature and Clouds for our weather unit this week. They will have the chance to watch the grade 7 French weather reports on Thursday. I am also hoping to join our grade 7 buddies for a measuring temperature lab. Students are to continue recording the weather in the agendas to put into their science books.
We are working on our socratic circle prep. Students are learning the language and habits of the participants of a socratic circle through short examples. We pause and work on the language as we go. The students are enjoying learning through doing. I will keep working with them on these skills this week and if we have time during our Trickster Week.
This week we will be working on ensuring we have selected our region and have enough supporting details and reasons for our socratic circle on “Where you should move”. Students are taking on the role of “Tourism and relocation” specialists for their chosen regions. Most students have finished ranking the regions now and have selected the region they feel is the best region to live in. Many are also working on a mini persuasive piece to help them with their Socratic Circle.
I would like to live broadcast our socratic circles using Periscope. If this is not possible, I will be recording them and sharing via video on our blog and twitter for Parents to see.
On Friday, April 10, Greystone will be hosting a learning day to share with other teachers, principals and learning coaches from our district and others as to the learning that happens at Greystone. This means that we will be sharing some of our thinking strategies as well as our feedback loops with our guests. Students will have a chance to talk to our guests and share their learning during 2 classroom visits. For me, this is our regularly scheduled learning. We are doing the same activities we would with or without guests, only at a slightly different time. For more information, here is the link to the ERLC site.
We will wrap up our Falling Backwards art and do the EyeSee art this week. Prior to spring break, we had the opportunity to do a music appreciation art piece with Mr. Petchel. We were to draw what we heard. They are now posted in the music room.
We have started looking at the food we eat. Students came up with a Q Focus using the statement “What we are eating”. They are really engaged in the project and I think they will like the documentation of their food as well. We will start documenting during Trickster Week.
Trickester Theatre Global Inquiry:
Students are very excited about their performance. As stated in the letters home and our most recent blog post, there is an evening performance component on April 17 at 7:30pm and we would love if you could come watch your child’s performance. If not, please ensure that your child has a ride to and from the performance. We are very excited to perform to the school and our parents. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. If there are any questions, please let me know. Most of the week leading up will be about our global inquiry into the rights of everyone. I will be updating twitter and the blog regularly with pictures of the process. We are doing black light theatre which is very exciting.