Thursday 18 December 2014

What We're Up to This Week - December 15th-19th

-we filled in our "How Do You Feel Today?" surveys 
-we finished writing our "12 Days of Giving" poems
-we wrote final letters to our university Book Buddies, wishing them a happy holiday and reflecting on what we learned from them
-we selected picture books for each of our individual Book Buddies, thinking about why they might enjoy a particular book and what they can use it for
-we wrote a book to thank Catherine for all her work with us
-we exchanged books at the Library and made sure that we have Good Fit books in our ECLIPSE bins
-we learned that reading on We Give Books right now earns double the books. For every book we read online, 2 books are donated to a school in need!
-we are totally addicted to "The Book With No Pictures" and make sure that every adult who enters our room reads it!

-we are enjoying our advent calendar treats and noticing that the snowman-elf pattern keeps repeating
-we are working on developing our understanding of length and distance
-we came up with ideas of things that are 1 mm, 10 mm, 1 cm, 10 cm, 1 m, 10m, 1 km and 10 km long

Social Studies
-Dion Metcalfe from the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre came and in and we learned about life in the Arctic for the Inuit and reflected on our learning. To learn more, visit their website.

Phys Ed
-Dion Metcalfe from The Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre came into our class to teach us about Inuit culture. He taught us Inuit games that have three purposes: fun, build strength and endurance and showing off

-we had a huge chunk of time to do some seasonal crafting with Tiiu's class - students made snowmen, ninjas, Borax snowflakes and other crafts!

-with Tiiu's grade 4/5 class, we read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and took on the roles of the characters, thinking about how they would feel and react to different situations
-we watched Ray's grade 6 class' play

-students work with Andrew on Tuesday afternoons in Music
-we enjoyed songs from our holiday playlist, students have become very familiar with the songs and like to "conduct" one another or link arms and sway together

Tree Families
-our theme this month is acceptance. Our big idea is to respect and celebrate others' preferences and ideas.
-on Wednesday, we joined our Tree Families to practice holiday songs and then headed to the Gym for a whole school sing-along

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