The students have just started a personal inquiry related the human body. They are encouraged to be curious, research, read, experiment (this should start next week) and share. I am really enjoying this so far as everyone is working on something of their choice. You could have heard a pin drop this afternoon in class. It was an amazing experience.
If you would like to access some of the notes I will be taking during our sharing sessions, please ask your child to show you the group discussion I just created on Showbie.
One of my favourite resources, despite being in English, is Wonderopolis. As I was exploring the site a bit more this evening, I came across their Wonder Jar. This could be a great way to generate discussions at home as well. Let me know if you try it with your child. I would love to have your input!
Yesterday, the students planted their grass seeds. Despite the excitement, I was able to snap a few pictures.
Before planting our seeds, we reviewed their questions and divided them into two categories: les petites questions et les grandes questions.
We also read a book, discussed similes, brainstormed and planned our first piece of English writing.
Starting today (Friday), the students will be introducing new vocabulary to each other. Each day, three students will be able to teach their peers a new word. I will be supporting them in class at the beginning but as time goes, everyone will be able to hunt for new words on their own, at school or at home. For this round, we are focusing on adjectives that begin with the letter A. We will share our list with you once all students have a chance to present a new French word.
We said goodbye to some of the Grade 5 students, who left us to join the other Grade 4/5 class, and welcomed a group of Grade 4 students. Everyone was really friendly and kind with each other; I was highly impressed.
Although it was only our first day together, we accomplished a lot.
-drew/coloured/decorated their name tags
-attended their 1st school assembly
-played outside (they voted for a game of their choice)
-reviewed a math concept (place value up to 10 000, or 100 000 for some) and played a math game using funky dice to reinforce these skills
-observed the school yard grass (it’s out of bounds at the moment as it’s still quite new)
-took some notes and wrote questions to prepare for their 1st Science experiment (growing grass)
-read in French for 15 minutes, quietly and without interruption
We ended the day with a short discussion about Twitter. I have created a class Twitter account (@laclassest) and we hope that you start following us!
I leave you with a few pictures I took of their questions.
We have been doing Genius Hour in the classroom these past few weeks. There is an extensive amount of information on the internet about this and I encourage you to look it up, or even better, to talk to your child about it. If you have a lot of time and want to explore the idea of Genius Hour at home or with your own students (some teachers sometimes look at this site), THIS is where I get everything I need when I want to access extra resources. It may be overwhelming to look at but it has everything you will ever need to plan your own Genius Hour sessions.
Now that our 6 weeks have passed, the students have written their learning statement and are getting ready to share their learning with other students at the school. I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished and wanted to share their learning statements with you as well.