Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Creamy Orangesicles and much more.

Parents, feel free to ask your child about the title of this post. For the rest of you, just Google "Creamy Orangesicles" for more information. We had a fun-filled day today, taking time to go to the computer lab for a research session and technology study. We also played a board game on the SmartBoard (mind the generation gap!) and exchanged library books. Add in gym and music this morning, and I think the class was pretty happy with our day.

We are well into our new read-aloud book, and working on questions relating to concepts like point-of-view, character, plot and voice. Our next read-aloud will be in French, but I wanted to do one last English book to help polish their skills.

We are participating in an activity known as the Great Canadian Mail Race, which will see us respond to a letter and send out one apiece to random schools across Canada. Students have been tasked with choosing a city/town and a school tonight, as well as picking what language they would like to write in and what content they would like to include. I would encourage you to sit with them and look at a book/map/Google Maps to find a place that interests them.

Then, search the website of the local schoolboard (or once again, Google) to find the name of a school. If they have chosen to write in French, please make sure that the school has Early French Immersion, or is in a francophone province. If internet access or resources are an issue, please don't worry. I will help students fill out any missing information tomorrow morning.

I have also asked students to prepare for their book reports by choosing a book and bringing it to school tomorrow if they have any questions. I want to give as much time as possible to work on the project.

Here is a link to the "Membership" page of the Canadian School Boards Association. On the right-hand side, you can see links to most provincial school boards.

This link will take you to a useful interactive map of Canada. I would suggest bookmarking it for future reference.

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