|John and Kyle, this picture's for you...|
I have decided to push back the health test until the 18th at least, since we are not finishing the chapter before the end of next week. Also, the science test will be moved to Thursday, April 14th. We began our review today, in an activity that had students form an "anchor"group to brainstorm topics, then "jigsaw" with other groups throughout the class to fill out their list of terms and concepts. The last step was to return to their anchor group and finally share their ideas with the class. I have found that this helps the students take ownership of the information, and gives me a good idea of what might need elaboration.
A note also went home today about a dance on Friday night. It is another benefit for the PCSP youth soccer team, and several students expressed interest in attending. All relevant details can be found on the slip in your child's "sac plastique".
In addition to the photography element of our ArtsSmarts project, we will be asking students to interview a senior member of the community and pose several guided questions. This assignment is not due for a while, so I will probably send it home on Monday. However, students may wish to start thinking of who they would like to interview. An accompanying letter with full instructions will be sent home with the project.
Becoming an Expert projects seem to be moving along well. A few more students handed in drafts for me to correct today, as I requested earlier in the week. The correction process is very fruitful for development of good editing, spelling and grammar habits, and has resulted in some great final products so far. I will also reiterate that students are welcome to stay after school if they need help or technology to work on their project. I need advance notice, but this process has been going well so far.
I thought it might also be interesting to list some of the cool things students have made so far, for inspiration and for interest's sake!The list includes:
- A recipe for Viking apple juice
- A Mexican "Ball and Cup" toy
- A model of the CN Tower
- 2 stop-motion videos
- PowerPoint presentations about Australia, Building Techniques, Minor Hockey, Vikings and Animation
- A virtual tour of China
- A travel brochure
- Hockey cards
- Interviews with builders, animators, professional hockey players and their mothers
- An SPCA-themed Bingo Game
- A diorama of the D-Day invasion at Normandy
- WW2-themed poetry
- Texts about the history of Tokyo and China
Have a great sunny day, and please contact me if you have any questions.