What a relief to be back and able to communicate with you all again!
What did we do in October?
The students read various texts, including news articles, websites and other non-fiction texts, practising questioning, identifying the Main Idea and summarizing (we are just finishing up this strategy). I am focussed on ensuring we read everyday. Every student should be reading at least 20 minutes every night. It is very important they all get into the habit of reading, as they will be required to read several novels per semester in high school. The more you read, the better you get and the greater your understanding. Also, it will make you a better writer!
Writing: Students wrote for whom they voted in our Student Vote election. You can check out the results for our area at http://studentvote.ca/the-results/. The students were very excited to vote and use real ballots. I found their observations and opinions very insightful and interesting.
Oral and Media saw the students create personal mottoes and logos, along with phobia Public Service Announcement videos.
We studied various articles leading up to Remembrance Day and setting the tone for studying The Diary of Anne Frank. We have been reading the book aloud and students have started their own journals/blogs/vlogs in order to connect with themselves and the reading. We also started Genius Hour; we are now entering our 3rd week.
Looking forward to December:
As we enter the holiday season, I find it is important to reflect upon character and do something for others who may not have as much as us. Therefore, today (November 30th, 2015), I assigned a "Good Deeds Advent Caldendar" for the students to complete. I am asking all parents to please sign off on the calendar so that you may see what they are trying to accomplish each day leading up to the 25th of December.
Genius Hour presentations will be due the week before Christmas. It is imperative no one leaves their presentations to the last minute, in case there are any snow days.
We may not be able to squeeze in all our activities before Christmas. Therefore, we may have to do our final Anne Frank activities upon our return in January.
In January, we will be creating a video for a contest with Parks Canada. http://contest.myparkspass.ca/ The winning class wins a trip to a National Park. This year, the park is Jasper National Park. :-) We will be studying media techniques and how to plan a video and use various camera angles to create a mood and atmosphere.
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