Let's have a great week as we head into December.
I apologize for the both the lateness and the brevity of this post, but it has been another busy weekend with marking and preparing report cards. Kids, we have a busy week with a lot to do. There will be a few tests to get final marks for the reports. However, you will have plenty of time to complete tasks and prepare.
Let's have a great week as we head into December.
Our Field Trip
Amazing, spectacular, and memorable are all words to describe our field trip to the VPL Central Branch, which is seven stories tall. That’s not all; we also took a six mile walk around down town. I know it may not seem like a luxurious thing to do, but we saw so many fantastic things like: Terry Fox statues, the architectural feed of the seven story library, and BC Place. Not to mention the other class we met.
In the library, we got a nice tour of the children’s area. The librarian told us how to locate books properly, based on its author’s last name or call number. They also showed us the different computers. One is for accessing the library catalogue and doing research, while the other one was for typing and using the internet. Books were not the only things that were on the shelves, there were also video games, movies, and audio books. The art work and decorations in the children’s area really made it look modern and comfortable. After we left the kid’s area, we went upstairs to the mature areas that included: movies, music, magazines, and teen books. A lot of our classmates were very interested in going to the teen area. After checking out some books, we were all taken on a climb to the seventh floor. When we made it to the top, we could see a great view of the library and there was a wooden model of the library. When we went to the entrance we saw another grade seven class. This class belonged to Mr. Smith’s former co-worker, Mr. Orange. These kids are from Franklin Elementary. The meeting of the two classes seemed very awkward. There was not that much interaction at the beginning, but Mr. Smith and Mr. Orange had something else planned. They gave each student a piece of paper with an animal’s name on it. We were then supposed to act out our animal and find our group. It was very embarrassing. We left the library after that, and we walked all the way to BC Place which was 572 metres away from the library. It turns out, Mr. Smith and Mr. Orange set up a scavenger hunt there. They paired us up with students from the other school. I think this was a very good way for us to make new friends. The two classes were finally socializing easily. The scavenger hunt on the other hand was not easy. Some questions were pretty easy to find out, while others were close to impossible. The groups that got the most correct answers received a prize. It was candy. All in all, I think all the groups had fun participating, even though they lost. After the hunt, we walked another 572 metres back to the library. Just so people could take bathroom breaks and rest. We rode the bus and sky train back to school and went home.
Obviously, this field trip would be one of the best for the rest of the year. We all learned so much, and met so many new people. This was very fun and I hope we could have other field trips like this later in the year.
I'm going to keep this one short as I sent home the NEWSLETTER the other day and posted on our blog.
It is a busy time of year for both me and the kids. They are working super hard on their projects for Social Studies, Science, Health and Math. They've done a great job. It is so good to see their learning. As I mark their Science and Social Studies projects today, it is obvious that all the lessons we have been working on in writing and Language Arts are paying off. Their overall writing skills are improving dramatically. I am so impressed with many of the introductions that I have read in the Science and Socials reports today. Can't wait to have the kids see them and bring them home to you and see how well they've improved.
Remember, we have our field trip this week. Also, I am at school early every day and stay until about 4:00 each day, so anyone who wants or needs time and/or help is welcome to come in a take advantage of this extra time.
Have a great weekend. Enjoy the sun!
This weekend we prepare to reflect on the sacrifices made by thousands of Canadian men and women to afford us the freedom we enjoy today. I am grateful for my rights as outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Canadian Constitution. I am grateful for the freedoms I enjoy: The freedom to pursue my dreams, the freedom to participate in a democratic system, the freedom to choose my friends and partner, and so many more.
I wish to say thank you to the men and women who did not know me, but knew they had to defend our rights and our country. Thank you to the men and women who serve today. You are fighting a fight if ideals, and that is a difficult enemy to face. But I thank you for taking on this challenge and allowing me to return to my home each night.
Our Remembrance Day ceremony was amazing! There were presentations of letters read by our students, a recital of On Flanders Fields, a haunting rendition of The Last Post and The Rouse, and a lovely poem read by members of Division 1 - Ilirian, Lorenz, Matt M., Kale and Olivia. They were incredible and represented our class very well.
We have been moving along with our projects. Students have handed in their first Science report, their first four novel study assignments from The Cay, and will be handing in their first Social Studies assignment nest week
Students are learning so many skills this term. They are learning not only the facts and figures of the various subjects we are studying, but they are also learning valuable organizational and planning skills, how to write a report, and how to work cooperatively with partners. I am so proud of how well they are doing so far. In Math, students are working cooperatively to learn new concepts. They are helping each other and taking responsibility for their learning.
Well, report cards are coming soon. I am working diligently to collect data to provide parents and students an accurate assessment of their skills thus far. I am very pleased with so much of the work the students are producing, and I can see the learning each week as students extend themselves. Super work kids!
On Nov. 20 we are headed downtown to the Vancouver Public Library and for a tour of the downtown area. We are meeting with a grade 7 class from Franklin Elementary to connect and meet new friends.
Remember to bring your lunch and snacks, prepare for the weather and be ready for a fun day. We will not be allowing students to purchase lunch or snacks while on the field trip. Please remember to bring extra socks, maybe some plastic bags, and warm, layered clothing. Also, bring your library card, if you have one.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and please remember to take a moment at 11:11 on Nov. 11 to reflect on how much we have as a result of the bravery of our amazing Canadians from all walks of life, all cultures and all generations.
Well, I hope you've all had a happy and safe Halloween weekend.
We had a great time in our pod on Friday with a fun party. Thank you so much to the organizers and decorators, Shawn, Kale, and their crew of classmates. Thank you to everyone who brought treats for the class. It was a lot of fun having munchies, playing some games and socializing with our pod-mates from the other two classes.
Thank you to our organizers!
We have started on a few projects: Social Studies, Science, Health and Career, and Novel Study. Great things are being handed in, and we are learning from what we are doing.
Assessment as and for learning is a big focus for us this year. Students are learning from the projects and work they do to help them improve their skills. We have been learning from the successes and errors on our work. All adults know that when we make mistakes, we can learn from them; and that is what we are doing in our class. When we do a project and hand it in, we are not done, we are continuing to learn from examples provided by our work. This is how we grow and learn.
The kids are given clear instructions and assignment sheets, along with assessment rubrics that they can follow to understand what is expected on assignments. The Homework page on the website has the assignment sheets available as well. If further clarification is needed, they are able to ask each other, or me, in person or via email.
Students are also able to hand in assignments via email to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, if you have printing issues at home, no problem, we can have you print at school. But, if you know you have no ability to print at home, make sure you send your work in to me, or bring it in a day early to get it printed. Always be prepared.