March 18

BK +TC = I

What does BK + TC = I mean? It looks like a math equation but really it means

Background Knowledge + Text Clues = Inference

Today we talked about inferences and specifically looked at 4 different commercials where we could practice making inferences.

Did you know that we make inferences all the time without even knowing it? You can make inferences walking down the street, in the grocery store, when watching a movie, and so on. Sometimes adults refer to it as ‘reading between the lines’. Others refer to inference as an ‘educated guess’. In general, an inference means that someone can make a conclusion on something based on their own experiences and other information. We will be working on transferring that skill to reading text over the next several weeks…and beyond.

Have a look at these commercials and see what you can infer. Some of them are quite funny!

March 11

Buddy Time

The last day of school before March Break led us to spending some quality time with our kindergarten buddies from Mrs. Andrews’ class. We usually go to the kindergarten room but this time, our buddies came to us!

We enjoyed reading with them and sharing our learning space with them. It was a terrific way to end the day.

March 11

Our Latest Mystery Reader Was…

We had a very excited Mystery Reader read us a few special books recently. This was our very own Miss L.F! She did such a fantastic job reading Mortimer by Robert Munsch, but also treated us to her own creation, too!

L.F. shared her enthusiasm for reading with our class and was clearly a natural! She had the class laughing and engaged with her storytelling.

A big thank you goes out to L.F. for sharing her gifts and talents with us last week. Bravo!

March 5

Our Lenten Promise

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.

Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Historically in the old days, there were many foods that Christians would not eat during Lent such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that families wouldn’t be wasteful, they would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that would go bad over the next 40 days.

Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

In addition to indulging in some pancakes, students were asked to reflect on what this year’s Lenten Promise might be. How will we behave more like Jesus?

March 5

Mystery Reader Revealed…

 Last week, we had a very special guest visit our class in the role of Mystery Reader. It was…Mr. Cocurullo! He carefully selected his choice of book which was the Shel Silverstein classic The Giving Tree. There was such wonderful thinking involved during and after the reading. Students observed the simplicity of the illustrations and noticed that the tree was referred to as a “she”. They also discussed some of the messages that Shel may have been trying to impart including:

  • sometimes those that have the least to give, end of giving the most
  • the importance of giving and that when we give to others, we get back so much in return

Thank you, Mr. C, for taking the time to read to us!

February 24

Learning with Puppets

I don’t think anyone can argue that puppets are so much fun. They stimulate children’s imaginations and allow children to engage in creative play. They are a great way to motivate children and to explore ideas and topics in fun and exciting ways.

I’ve collected puppets for many years and have always had a fondness for them. When living in Thailand, I was treated a couple of times to the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre. Check out the video below to get an idea of how puppets are used on stage:

There are so many different types of puppetry including:

  • shadow puppets
  • finger puppets
  • stick puppets
  • paper bag puppets
  • sock puppets
  • marionette
  • whole body puppet

We are beginning to explore puppetry in our own classroom. We have started with these simple googly eye puppets that sit on our finger. We are experimenting with different hand positions, movements, and even voices.

We watched Oobi and Uma and gathered some ideas about how to hold our hands and move our arm and wrist. Check it out!

Finally, we raided Mrs. Sullivan’s puppet box and tried out various types of puppets with our classmates.

 

Do you like puppets? What kind of puppet do you like?

February 21

Coming to Canada

I came to Canada on February 5th, 2015.The person on the far right is my Aunt Nahrin who came to Canada 2 years before us and she helped us get to Canada from Syria. What surprised me the most was the harsh weather because where I came from it was not as cold. Also the nicest thing I realized was that Canadians were very polite and caring.Now I love Canada.

What do you like the most about Canada?

 

 

 

February 19

It’s Like Looking in a Mirror

60% of how we express ourselves is through the body, 30% is the tone of voice, and only the last 10% is what you say says Mark Hill, a physical theatre artist and a famous visiting educator at International Schools around the world.

In Drama, students have recently presented their mirror image skits which involved expressing themselves through movement. They have done a lot of preparing, practicing, and planning with their partners. Each partnership created the context for their performance, whether that be waking up in the morning, going to a pool, or going to a movie theatre. Ideas were very diverse! It was a lot of fun to watch the performances and witness the synchronicity and calculated movements the partnerships made. Awesome!