Today has been a busy day in the Library!
Right off the bat we welcomed the Grade 1 classes to participate in a follow up “chalk talk” in their Guided Inquiry unit on communities. Last week, they looked at photos that boys had taken from their windows, and using the board markers (and supposedly without talking…) they jotted down ideas and questions about each scene. Today they looked at eight different window scenes, ranging all the way from South Africa to the Yukon! The boys then returned to class and discussed the similarities and differences among all the windows.
This is what a Chalk Talk looks like in action:
After the Grade 1s left, we ushered in the Grade 4 classes, also to begin a Guided Inquiry unit on environmental adaptation. Today was our “open” session, where (we hope!) we stimulated the students’ curiosity and gave a good hook into the topic.
We began the session by having the students view this panoramic picture of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta from Google Maps. The boys, in partners, jotted down anything they saw on mini whiteboards. We then asked them what the picture made them think about, and finally if there was anything they wondered about the picture.
We then ventured outside armed with iPads to take snapshots of our local environment, which we then discussed using the same “see-think-wonder” protocol.
By this time it was lunch! Despite it being a beautiful crisp and clear day, the library was very busy with lots of boys opting to work with groups or read independently.
The day ended with a couple of classes – Grade 3 and Grade 4 – who enjoyed this week’s activity centre: sewing cards!
It was so busy, poor Ms. Walker forgot to post the weekly haiku, so here you go:
Awakened at midnight
by the sound of the water jar
cracking from the ice