In class we used different coloured yarn and popsicle sticks for an art activity. At first, the students were only going to make one each, but they had so much fun, some decided to make four. We have them displayed on the bulletin board by the gym. If you get the chance, be sure to see their beautiful artwork.
We are fortunate to live in a province with so much natural beauty. Sometimes when I’m out hiking and exploring, I’ll take some video with my drone. A drone is an amazing piece of technology, but it must be used responsibly. Can you see the fishing black bear in the video? What’s your favourite part of the video? Do you like the music? In the lower right hand corner is a button you can click to see the video full screen.
In class the students have been learning about coding. We use the Sphero SPRK+ robot to foster creativity through discovery and play, all while laying the foundation for computer science. Students learned to program their Sphero SPRK+ to successfully navigate a maze we created using masking tape and the carpet in our classroom. How did you like using the Sphero SPRK+ in class? Did you find it challenging to create the code for your Sphero SPRK+? Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Congratulations to all the students in Division 13 who presented their speeches in class. It’s clear that students spent a lot of time researching, writing, memorizing and practicing their speeches at home. It takes courage to get up in front of a group of students and deliver a speech. Public speaking is a skill that will serve you well in life.
Four students were chosen to share their speeches during the Public Speaking Festival in the gym. This involved standing on the stage, using the microphone and speaking in front of a larger audience which included judges, teachers, parents and students. Well done.
Megan – The Five Second Rule
Hazel – Why There Is No Such Thing As Girl Things Or Boy Things
Grayson – Firefighters
Amalie – Mohamed Salah
Our class went indoor rock climbing this week. For some students it was their first experience and for others they had tried the activity before. Students wore a seat harness and were belayed as they climbed. This is an activity where students learned about their own limitations. We had a two hour session and many of the students climbed right to the top of a number of different routes. The indoor climbing gym also runs camps for students during the Spring and Summer breaks.
Andy Goldsworthy is an artist from Scotland who creates art outdoors using brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. After learning about the artist, the students worked in partners to create their own art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. I was impressed with the creativity the class demonstrated during this learning activity. Below are some photos of their work.
The students in Division 13 have been busy creating beautiful artwork. We used acrylic yarn, wood, beads and feathers to make unique Yarn Sticks. They are hanging on the bulletin board by the gym and in our classroom. We have also been learning the technique of Printmaking. A special thanks to the parent helpers who helped students to make prints using red, green, gold and silver. The prints are hanging on the two bulletin boards right outside of our classroom. If you have some time, please stop by our classroom to see your child’s fabulous artwork.
Amalie took the initiative this term to get involved in the Credit Union program at our school. This takes place during the lunch hour and was set up at the end of last year to give students the opportunity to open a bank account , make deposits and watch their balance grow while also giving our grade 4 and 5 students the opportunity to apply, interview and work at the bank. She recently received a certificate for being the October Employee of the Month. Keep up the good work, Amalie.
On Friday we had the Terry Fox Run at our school and the weather was perfect for running. In the morning the students watched a DVD about Terry’s Marathon of Hope. In the beginning when he dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, Newfoundland very few people were interested in his run. By the time he reached Toronto a large number of people came to see him run, cheering him on and listening to him address the crowd. Terry would get up very early and start running at 5:00 a.m. He really liked this time because it was dark, quiet and there were very few people around. Terry ran the equivalent distance of a marathon every day. Congratulations to students like Amalie, Grayson, Ediz etc. who ran three laps around our neighbourhood. Good for you!
The youth services librarian from the public library made another classroom visit and brought us a new book titled The Lifters by Dave Eggers. We just finished the novel and the class thoroughly enjoyed the story. In class, whenever I stopped reading the students would ask me to read another chapter.
When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.
When Gran’s friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town–and the known world–out of danger.