I announced today – much to the delight of 4/5M – that we’ll be traveling to Adventure Bay water park on Monday April 20th. We’ll be leaving and returning within the hours of the school day so no early departure or late return. This ties into the Health & Physical Education curriculum for movement and living a healthy lifestyle. I am in need of at least six chaperones to attend with the class. If you wish to participate, please contact me via Class Dojo or email as soon as possible with a firm commitment. Due to safety regulations with both the Board and the water park, I need to ensure there is sufficient supervision. More details about the trip itself, along with the permission form, will come home late next week.
In social studies, students are about to embark on an inquiry-based project that asks them to compare two early societies. The project page can be viewed here: Lapbook Early Societies; they already have their own copy. I’ve asked the students to do some preliminary research on the societies that intrigue them most and decide on two for Tuesday. Please encourage your child to take some time and look into these interesting peoples from across history’s timeline. Research time will be provided in class but students are encouraged to do some searching on their own time as well. The project itself, however, will be done in class only.
Often, students want to jump right into the project but in order for this to be successful, information is needed first. So, we’ll spend the next couple of weeks just collecting information about our topics. Today, I showed the class some useful Internet resources (some are in the Learning Links tab of the blog here) and how to browse for information. We also looked at using a book’s table of contents, index and glossary to help us locate and understand the information we find. Next week, I’ll give a mini lesson on consolidating the information into our own words, and another on the compare/contrast element to the project.
I’m allowing students to bring home the novels from my library for their cereal box project, with the expectation that they will come back on Tuesday. By next week, I’d like all students to be finished their novels and working on draft copies of the written and graphic content for the project. Students are also encouraged to research the author of their novels, as they have to provide a mini biography of their author as part of the project.
I ran out of room in the newsletter to acknowledge those individuals who were above the Class Dojo goal of 85% for the month of March so I’ll do it here. Hats off to Jocelynn, Seth, Ava, Kylie, Teagan, Priya, Ryan, Erika, Veronica, Jake, Nathan and Madison.
Wishing you a restful and enjoyable Easter weekend.