We are so excited! On Monday of this week we launched the Global Read Aloud book, Out of My Mind, OOMM. All around the world, students and teachers began reading this book with a plan to communicate about the novel not only within our classroom but also within a pre-selected online community. We have used the tool, Edmodo to share our predictions and thoughts. This tool allows the students to respond to their teacher and other students as well as post their own thoughts. This platform widens the audience for students and helps them to communicate on a deeper and more meaningful level.
In class we shared our predictions non-verbally and then grew our ideas as we read what others had shared. As we moved around the room, reading, sharing and thinking our predictions changed and developed, all without muttering a word!
After we shared our predictions on Edmodo about OOMM. We watched the trailer for our book and added more thoughts and ideas with one another. Our enthusiasm for this project is phenomenal!
This week April 8-12, 2013 is our Brain Awareness Week. We will be having assemblies and events throughout the week to learn more about the brain. In addition to our school wide events, the Grade 4 students will be completing a brain inquiry project about a question of interest to them. We look forward to an exciting week of learning. Be sure to ask your children about how the brain stretches and grows. The video below is from our Mad Science assembly which focussed on magic and how the brain makes connections.
How does your brain grow and stretch?
We loved every minute of our participation in the 2012 Global Read Aloud. We collaborated and learned with others from all over the Globe and knew that we were part of something big. We connected with other students online and via skype and realized that we are more similar than different, and that we all cared deeply about Ivan the gorilla. Today we found out that Katherine Applegate received the Newbery Medal for her novel 'The One and Only Ivan'.
Do you have any book suggestions for the 2013 Global Read Aloud?
Have you read any other Newbery Medal winners?
Grade 4J and 5N students recently completed a personal narrative writing unit. To celebrate all that they learned and created, the classes joined together to 'launch' their stories into the world, share with fellow students and celebrate the process.
Both classes were involved in an ongoing writing workshop; first they identified small moments in their own lives that were important to share. Students were encouraged to zoom in on their 'seed stories' and 'show' the step by step events of the story. The children worked hard to incorporate skills and techniques learned in their mini lessons into their own writing. Students revised and edited their work many times to complete a polished personal narrative to share. 4J and 5N thank Ms. Lamarche, Ms. Ritchie, Mrs. Cook and Ms. Boult for lending their writing expertise on the celebration day and the parents for providing snacks.
The students in 4J are each allocated a week in the school year where they are celebrated individually. Students of the week will share special memories and sometimes important items or artwork with the rest of their classmates. As individuals we recognize different virtues that we think represent our students of the week.