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.
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.”
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.
Sixteen new Literature Circle titles just arrived at Georges Vanier. Multiple copies available. Click the images for more information.
Students were inspired by ‘Rube Goldberg – Simple Normal Humdrum School Day’ by Jennifer George for create marble runs. We used split pool noodles to channel the marbles.
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
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
As part of our start up Kindness theme, students in the Learning Commons thought about how to be kind and created a display to share their ideas. some classes used Doodle Buddy app to show their thinking.
Origami paper from the Dollar Store made for easy display.
Grade 2 student gives a refresher tutorial on the features of the app.
Our Kindness ideas inspired by The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Our current resources to support discussion of Residential Schools in Canada. Synopsis provided by the publisher. Full list of Indigenous resources here.
The story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language – Cree – he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down, and how healing can also be shared.
As we head back to school, it seems timely to share some important resources for generating classroom discussion on Social Justice and Empathy.
Titles cover topics ranging from discrimination, racism, human rights, diversity, gender identity, poverty, religion, refugees, residential schools, the differently abled.
Not an exhaustive list, these print titles are currently available in the Vanier collection. There are also eBooks available via the library catalogue.
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged – Jody Warner
Giant Steps to Change the World – Spike Lee
I have the Right to be a Child – Alain Serres
Across the Alley- Richard Michelson
The Secret of the Dance- Andrea Spalding