October 3, 2015

Busy Week Ahead

We have a short week ahead of us but check out everything that will be happening this week!

But first a quick recap from last week. We launched our inquiry in math on patterning by brainstorming what we already know about patterns from our prior knowledge as well as what some wondering are that we have with patterns. A common topic that seemed to come up in our wonderings was patterns in nature. So we will explore some of those inquiries. We had a great discussion about real-life applications of patterns in the world. Mr. Chaplinsky shared some insights with us on how patterns are used in science. We are excited to learn more about patterns. To see the big ideas and curriculum links to patterning and our math word wall check it out here.

In language we wrapped up our discussion on being a "Digital Citizen" and the importance of netiquette. The students are now working on creating a story using all the information they have learned about being digital citizens. The students will be presenting their stories using Powtoons. Stay tuned for their creations.

This week we begin the Global Read Aloud. This year, our class will be participating in a project called the Global Read Aloud.  This project will start October 5th and will run for approximately 6 weeks.  The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience with these other classrooms.  It is a free project and it fits perfectly into the standards we have to cover.

During the project, our class will be reading Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and connecting with students around the world who are reading the same book.  We will use technology tools such as Skype and Padlet to facilitate these connections and conversations.

We are very excited to connect with others, especially since more than 200,000 students are already signed up to participate.  This project will allow for our students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, as well as learn about other cultures, all while listening to a fantastic read aloud.  

Another global challenge happening this week is the Cardboard Challenge. Our class, along with Mrs. Roche and Mrs. Eaton's grade 2 students will be using their imagination to create something made out of cardboard. There are 42 countries to date participating in this challenge, from making trains, to whole cities, wherever their imagination takes them! To learn more about the challenge and see how it all started with a little boys imagination watch Caine's arcade (below) and be inspired like our students are. Follow along on twitter on Wednesday to see our live tweets of our creations.
As you can see we have a very busy week this week! It may only be a four day week but we have many fun and exciting lessons planned. Enjoy your week! And be sure to tune into our twitter feed this week as we will be tweeting about our challenges!

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