November 21

Early Novels for Beginning Readers

Early novels vary widely in not only the reading level but also in the presentation. For newer readers, many books described as early chapter books can be an intimidating challenge. Here’s a selection of high interest, lower vocabulary ‘Chapter Book’ series for new readers.

Criteria for inclusion in this list includes profuse illustrations that match the text, lower vocabulary, clear font, larger print size wide wide spaced lines and words, multiple paragraphs, shorter chapters, engaging covers and a high interest story. There are, of course, lots of others, but these are some favourites in the Vanier LC.

Ella and Owen by Jaden Kent   2017

Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan 2013

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November 17

If I Built a House: Literature link to MakerEd

We like to keep the literature closely linked to our Maker Education activities. Here’s a link to a useful list of books that can easily be linked to a Maker activity. This week we explored Chris Van Dusen’s If I Built a House and designed our own structures with unique features. We have also done this activity with the companion book If I Built a Car.

Like the character in the book, we used a variety of materials to design our structures including Tinker Toys, Lego and K’nex. We will be linking this to our Japan theme next week and some classes will be exploring traditional Japanese home design.

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November 17

Building With YOXO

Students explored building with cardboard shapes made by YOXO. We started with seeing if we could follow instructions for one of the suggested designs. We are looking forward to experimenting with the pieces and seeing what other creations we can come up with.

The slotted shapes are also useful for tracing to make your own cardboard creations. They can be a little tricky to slot together at first but we think they will loosen up the more they are used and the softer the cardboard gets.

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November 15

Celebrating Fall Books

Students have been sharing several Fall themed books over the last few weeks. Grade 2s in Division 15 used paint swatches that were pre- cut in the shape of leaves to show our learning about fall words. For a list of some of our great new Fall books check here.

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November 9

Understanding Character with Face Swap

Students discussed the phrase ‘in someone else’s shoes’. We talked about characters in a story and developing an understanding of empathy. Students made ‘I’ statements as if they were the character in the book. We then had some fun with a Face Swap App so the students could become the characters they were describing.

“I like to play with my Grandchildren. It makes me happy.”

“I am scared to go out and afraid to leave my tree”

“I am hungry all the time. I just want to eat and sleep”Mad

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November 9

Origami Wreath for Remembrance Day

We learned about Sadako through pictures, videos and the great book Sadako’s Cranes by Judith Loske. Building on their previous knowledge, students created origami ‘Fortune Tellers’ that were transformed into poppies when added to our wreath. Students who knew how to create the origami, taught others in their table group and had a chance to shine as leaders.

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November 9

Lighting up our Fans with Paper Circuits

We decided to light up our terrific Japanese Fall Fans by tinkering with making a circuit using copper wire, LED lights and a small battery. Different classes have used these fans for a number of projects since we created them.

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November 3

Sumo Digital Makers

We have been learning about the Japanese national sport of Sumo. Students created mini wrestlers and these were used by other classes to show their learning through digital creation.

Sumo Wrestlers from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

A second class also focused on sumo and used Superimpose App to digitally show their learning.

Sumo SuperImpose from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

A third class imported the Superimpose creations to use as a background to show their learning in Tellagami App.

 

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