We began our Drama in Education program today in earnest. It centers around casting the class as unemployed farmers from France in 1595. I play the role of a ship captain (M. Leonard Leblanc) who has asked them to accompany me to Newfoundland. They will have a vast array of jobs to do in order to prepare for, make decisions about, and execute the voyage successfully. The outcomes we are addressing range from a variety of Social Studies "Exploration" outcomes to many others from Science (habitats), Math (calculation, mapping, graphing), Art (graphic rendering, maps) and of course French.
We will be doing our last habitat observation tomorrow in Science, complete with things that crawl, squirm and swim. I expect this will be quite exciting, and will do my best to make sure that "Picture Day" clothing does not get soiled. I will also veto any requests to pose with insects, fish or any non-arthropod invertebrates they may come across.
I consulted with students briefly about book reports, and it seems like they are coming along well. Students will have plenty of time tomorrow to think of ideas, expand on their written summaries and make final decisions on how they will execute their presentations. I know the presentations are well underway in many cases, which is great to hear. Final presentations will be on the 1st and 2nd of November. Below, please find a link to a fun site where they can practice putting together the "ingredients" for a tasty book report.
Other general notes:
- The artwork outside the classroom door has been refreshed; you can now view a variety of intriguing, artistic and often ferocious Food Chains outside our door.
- Picture Day is tomorrow, unless there is a further backlog in the Grade 2 population. On that note, please ask your child to explain to you where the word "backlog" comes from.
- Tonight is Parent Night at the Book Fair. Also, there was a delay on our first book order because my account was still being set up. It should be here before too long.
- Our Monopoly Money Auction was a success again; thanks to parents who sent in Dollar Store items to auction.
- Students will be presenting the Final Copies of their stories on Thursday, in our first readers' theatre.