October 19

Making buttons and cards with our Flower Press

Students experimented with a flower press to see if we would be able to add petals to a design and then create a pin with our button press. We wondered if the petals would dry out and break in the button. So far so good. We also created designs to use as Thank you cards in the future. We are looking forward to the spring when more flower petals will be available.

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October 19

Predicting and Problem Solving with Chopsticks

Students in the Learning Commons have been trying their hand at using chopsticks as part of our Japan unit. We learned about what a Japanese person might have for breakfast and talked about healthy eating habits. Students examined various items and predicted which might be the easiest and the trickiest to pick up.

Some classes built a chart and others discussed their findings. Each station had a pom-poms bowl for students who needed a little more practice.

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October 13

Wabi-Sabi: Celebrating Transience and Imperfection

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, the concept of Wabi-sabi centers on the acceptance and celebration of transience, mindfulness and imperfection.

We have begun to use the concept of Wabi Sabi in the Learning Commons to help influence our thinking around Maker Ed. Whilst some maker projects appear more permanent than others, students are encouraged to remember that their temporary maker creations are all the more valuable because they are to be enjoyed and appreciated for a short time. We celebrated our Indian Banga / Japanese Kimono creations as we made them but remembered wabi-sabi as we broke them apart. What remains is the learning.

Wabi-sabi also encourages students to be mindful, to notice details, to focus on the materials and to think carefully and critically as they work. To find beauty in unexpected places. The celebration of imperfection may encourage students to take risks, challenge themselves and try new ideas. Mark Reibstein’s book Wabi Sabi is a great read aloud for this concept.

We look forward to seeing how this idea pans out as the year progresses.

 

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October 11

Simple Fill-In Framework for Intermediate Bibliography

Bibliography                                                Name:                                              

Author Last Name, Author First Name Initial. The Book Title. City, State/Province or Country: Publisher, Copyright Year.
         

 

   
 

 

           

Bell, S. Frogs. London, England: Plume Books, 2006.

Name of the website, Year it was updated, Place where the website is from, Date when you looked at it, URL (the web address)
         

Children Opposed to Smoking Tobacco 2005, USA, viewed 12/1/09, www.costkids.org

 

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September 27

Japanese Tanabata Festival and Core Competency Goals

In the Learning Commons we began our Japanese theme with an exploration of the Tanabata Festival  . We shared a short video which shows the joy in the celebrations. Students thought about some of their personal goals and created their own Star Festival streamers. We hung them on our ‘bamboo’ tree.

‘My Goal this year is to be on time for school’.

‘This year my goal is to be helpful and kind’.

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September 20

Indigenous Resources and #SSPBOY Book Pairings

A selection of book pairings, combining Indigenous resources with the Surrey School’s Picture Books of the Year as well as an extension title.

Gifts from the Trees:See also Solomon’s Tree – Spalding, Trees – Lemniscates, If You Hold a Seed – MacKay, Our Tree Named Steve – Zwiebel, Giving Tree – Silverstein

Identity:

See also The Name Jar – Choi, Granny and I Get Traditional Names – Aleck, My Name is Yoon – Recordist, Sarabelya’s Thinking Cap – Schachner

Power of Real Friendship / Social Media

See also Goodnight Selfie – Menchin, Tood’s TV – Proimos, Doug Unplugged – Yaccarino, Nerdy Birdie Tweets – Reynolds, My Two Blankets – Kobold Continue reading

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