Photo Credit: _Untitled-1 via CompfightToday, my class practiced adding and subtracting fractions with games. They needed some reinforcement of these two ways to manipulating fractions. I thought it would be fun to play games.
This is a collection of some of the masks that my students made with the Help of Anne Barber. Anne is an artist that has been coming to our school for four years now and works with students to make masks and puppets. She has her own theatre company called Shadowland Theatre Company in Toronto, Ontario. She is great with the kids and gets them to really think outside of the box and focus on playing a character. She is back again and she is working with my class on nature stories. There are five groups and they are going to make masks and produce skits with their masks where elements of nature come alive and resolve a conflict.
Stay tuned for more pictures and stories. In the mean time, check out the Photopeach slideshow of the masks from last year.
I am really looking forward to the next film in the Hunger Games Triology. Catching Fire was my favourite of the three books. I was intrigued as to how Katniss dealt with her defiance towards the Captiol. As I was reading, I imagined what life was like in the Capitol, and how different everyone looked. The new trailer for the movie looks awesome! I think I may have to get out my Mockingjay pin!!! Here is a sneak peak to the movie that will not be released until November!!!
For our final book buzz, students were asked to take on the form of a character in their book and try to convince the class to read the book. This was fairly effective, as most of my students took this to heart. It was interesting to see how they would convince us to read the book without giving away too much of the plot of the novel. Oh yeah, they only had one minute to do this as well! My next adventure is to do small group novel studies and then have students make book trailers for the book that they are reading. Could be interesting. Stay tuned to see how well they do!!
I have been blogging with my students since January. We started with our Digital Portfolio (citizenship, reputation, footprint) and then branched out into real blogging. I have been giving them oral feedback and commenting on their blogs as well. After a few weeks of blogging and knowing my expectations we generated our success criteria for blogging.
I posted this on our Edmodo page as well where they get their challenge each week. I have also given them a mid challenge report card.
With the ‘report card’, I went through their entire blog, broke it into the curriculum components and media skills. They were given feedback to improve their blog posts and their overall blog.
I think my class has a better understanding of what is expected and have seen an improvement in the past few weeks with their efforts.
Well March Break is over and another week of challenges are complete.
That means I have to pick a blogger of the week for you Photo Credit: garlandcannon via Compfightr fifth challenge. It is not an easy task to choose. I really hate choosing someone over another.
I looked at what was asked for this challenge. The bloggers had to complete a blog about the arts and make it creative. The second part that they had to do was add a Voki to their blog. Finally they had to listen and respond to a podcast on marketing called Box Tops and Cereal Boxes from the radio program – Under the Influence on the CBC.
Based on this activity, I chose Katya as this weeks blogger! Way to go!
Check back soon to see who is the blogger of the week for our sixth challenge!
I am now caught up with my bloggers of the week with this post. I like the enthusiasm that my class is showing with blogging, but they need to get caught up a bit with their challenge.
This past week they were asked to add widgets to their blogs. I love the widgets. There are so many out there that can make a blog unique and interesting. I think it is also a great way for students to add a bit of their own personality to their blog.
This year students really like the class pet. The variety of animals out there is awesome; and the names, where do they come up with some of them?
It is not an easy task to choose one person for success. Since I can only pick a student once during the challenge, I am going to choose someone that is all caught up.
I would like to say that you should check out Carly’s blog, Katya’s blog and Leanne’s blog – they are very good (and were for sure in the running this week) and you may see their names in future weeks.
That being said, I would like to Congratulate Riley – He is the blogger for Week 4.
As an added incentive to get blogs up to date, I think I may put all those that are done at our half way point and give them a prize. How does an iTunes gift card and lunch one day sound? Let me know what you think. Write a comment for this post.
I am a little behind in my choosing a blogger of the week. I haven’t had a reliable internet source for over a week and I look at my student blogs at home, not at school. I find I really don’t have time at school to really see what they are doing and how well they are doing (cause they are looking good), so I look at them at home as I have more time to digest and see what they are up to.
I need to pick a blogger of the week for last week and this week. I am going to start off with the blogger of the week for week #3. This blogger has been doing very well, I would even say – Exceedingly well at all the challenges so far.. The posts are very thorough and have a lot of detail. I really enjoy seeing what this student will come up with..
Congratulations to Samuel, you are the blogger of the week!