Monday, 17 December 2018

It's the last week before Christmas break!

First - I apologize for there being less communication last week.  My grandmother has been quite ill and passed away last week so there were a couple of subs and a lot happening.  I hope that your children were able to step up and explain to you a little more about what they were working on during that time :)

This week - students should have completed their rough copy of their Christmas story patterned on the storybook "Olive, the other Reindeer".  If you haven't seen it yet, please catch up with your child about it.  As well, the final book talks will be happening this week.

Tuesday:  Christmas Concert at 7:00.  Students are asked to arrive by 6:30 to be prepared and with their grade.

Friday: Half day.  Dismissal is at noon. 
Students are invited to wear their PJs or favorite Christmas clothes.  We will also have brunch in the classroom first thing.  I will have oatmeal - students are asked to bring a bowl or mug and a spoon.  They are also invited to bring their own toppings or other breakfast options.

Finally - if your family is planning to start your holiday travelling early, please let me know since students need to clean out their desks and lockers before the 2 week break.

Thank you and happy holidays to each and everyone!
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We completed our Waste in the World unit a couple of weeks ago and had a chance today to share all of our final projects.  

These Public Service Announcements were created to address a specific waste issue which each group felt strongly about.  The scripts and storyboards went through rigorous self, peer and teacher feedback loops before developing into these great videos.   

The kids worked so hard, and learned a lot about a new video editing tool along the way.  Please take a look by following each link :)

Friday, 7 December 2018

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Just a reminder that there is a little homework for everyone over the next couple of weeks.  Students have book talks to finish writing and practice presenting.

While writing the script students need to focus on explaining how their ideas go together and giving details (Ex: "I've rated this book two thumbs up because it grabs your attention right at the beginning and it stays exciting right until the end", not just "I rate it two thumbs up"). 

The most important and biggest part of this assignment is to show understanding of the whole book by describing important characters and events in order (not just a general overview)

Scripts do not have to be memorized, but while practicing presenting, please help your child to focus on using a strong expressive voice and working to make eye contact (at the end pf sentences is a good place to try to do this while learning :)

Please check back on the blog (or in your child's agenda) for their presentation date.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Book talks are coming up starting next week.  Please take a look at the schedule for presenting, and the checklist and rubric. 
Students are expected to explain the main events and characters in the story well enough to show that they have read and understood the whole novel.    (Students will have some class time Thursday and Friday to work on their scripts but practice at home for an audience is very helpful to prepare!)