Students in Grade 3/4 shared Jaqueline Woodson’s story ‘Each Kindness’ and discussed how we show kindness to others. Here is how we completed the activity during a one library period.
The students used card sentence strips which are pre-cut with a writing line. I photocopied ‘Kindness is_________’ in large bold font to help students gage the size of their printing. These were easily trimmed and lightly glued at each end to the cards. I used oversized tape to attach the strips to the steps. They could have been laminated but the heavy duty tape worked well too.
We focused on creating opportunities to show kindness and shared some #KindnessCounts stories. Students were encouraged to imagine a Kindness App that would help spread our kindness message. We reused the inserts that came with some replacement iPad covers. Students designed an icon for their app and described what the app could do. Check out our Social Emotional Learning Book List here.
I found a bag 10 of ‘nose and glasses’ from the Dollar store and used them to get some genuine, unposed smiles from students with their buddies for our Pink Shirt Day assembly. Students thought I was getting ready to take the picture but I actually filmed the students as they put the glasses on and saw each other for the first time, then snapped a quick photo and slowed the video down by 50% in iMovie.
Pink Shirt Day: Friendship from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
We decorated cookies in the Learning Commons and 75 students participated. We discussed Random Acts of Kindness and the idea of how sharing a cookie can be a way to make a connection, start a friendship or show appreciation. The cookies were pre-made from kits bought on sale after Valentine’s Day so were easy to use. Each kit included 12 nut free cookies, icing and decorative candies. We set up a big bucket of hot soapy water for a hand washing station.
This week in the Learning Commons we have been showing what we have learned about castle design and structure. Students included features such as a keep, arrow slits, crenellations, a gatehouse and a well in their creations. Next we will be looking at designing castles in more detail to include features of medieval life. Check out this great video showing their work.
Structures: Castle Design by Georges Vanier Students from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
The #KindnessCounts trophy in the LC has been a great success. Each class now has their own ‘designer’ trophy or rosette to help continue thinking about kindness in the classroom.
We participated in Global School Play Day on Feb 4th. Students created, shared, problem solved, imagined, laughed, deciphered, communicated, were kind and cleaned up together. Read more about it here
Our ‘What Do You Love?’ wall is beginning to take shape. Students are asked to contribute by thinking about, ‘What makes your heart sing?’, ‘What brings you joy?’ The answers are wonderful. Come on by the LC for a marker and help celebrate the things and people we love.
This week students have been showing their learning about castles and creating their own virtual structures, incorporating the defensive design features of medieval castles. We are using a free app called Castle Builder – Minecraft style – that allows the students to view their creations in 3D.
We have also begun our Pink Shirt Day promotions. Students in Ms. Dhaliwal’s and Mrs. Lutz’s class created graphics that they will be posting on their student blogs to help spread the word about Anti-Bullying. We created images in Chalkboard App and imported them into Comic Book App to add quotes and pizazz.
We also had our first #KindnessCounts nomination for a group of students. Check out our Storify of recent nominations.
This week we in the LC we found a great new use for an old trophy. We are celebrating kindness and recognizing students who do something kind for others. Kindness Counts recipients will be celebrated on the @VanierLC twitter account.
Here’s a fun holiday video featuring book characters from Amulet, Wimpy Kid, Pete the Cat and Geronimo Stilton (and Ms. Crosland too).
Happy Holidays from the gang in the Vanier Learning Commons from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students in the Learning Commons have been learning how to use Keynote App to share their learning about The Body and Extreme Weather. Division 7 and 8 have been blogging their presentations.
Some classes have been learning about postage stamps. We are learning how to identify country of origin and explore ways to categorize and organize our collections. Some classes have been given mini albums and starter sets of stamps. Sets will also be available for students who choose to attend a lunch time club. Meeting dates yet to be decided.
We are lucky to have so many students from around the world at Georges Vanier. We decided to celebrate that with a video based on the book “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox. Many thanks to all of the students who participated.
Many Languages, One Voice from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
The message from Division 7 is ‘Put Up, not Put Down’. In the Learning Commons we have been discussing the power of ‘Paying it Forward’ and how one small act of kindness can have a ripple effect. Students designed posters and kicked off their kindness campaign to help students understand the power of put ups. This was not a one time event and students will be encouraging others to join their project. Check out their blogs here