Have a great weekend, everyone!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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
This morning I noticed this large mysterious structure in the library:
So far, no one knows what it is, why it’s here, or who it belongs to. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: It’s part of a Rube Goldberg machine. Go fig.
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It has been an exhausting but satisfying fist week back at school. The Library is all set up for the new school year, with tons of new books and a few new systems in place.
The self-serve kiosks are set up and ready to go, meaning the boys can now check out their own books, and leaving Ms. Walker free to herd cats:
We’ve also implemented a “Clean Sweep” system to ensure the library gets tidied up after each class visit:
And, most exciting of all, we now have a microphone for making announcements! It has clearly gone to someone’s head:
The Grade 7 Socials classes have also begun working on a guided inquiry unit for Remembrance Day. We held an “open” session this week in the library, with the boys reading war-themed picture books:
Want to learn more about Guided Inquiry Design? Find out here!
Phew. That’s a lot going on, but we’re really looking forward to the year ahead. Time for curiosity, creativity and fun!
What makes you smile? What are you grateful for? The grade 5s recently participated in the Gratitude Graffiti Project. For more information go to http://thegratitudegraffitiproject.com/
Just a few photos of this afternoon’s shenanigans…
We now have a pup tent in the library! It’s a nice cozy spot for reading.
The Grade 1s also discovered the joke book collection. Consider yourselves warned.
And I let them at the stuffed animals. There was some carnage.