This week in the Learning Commons, students got creative by blending Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Some classes learned about Binary Code. Binary Code represents computer data using any two-symbol system, often 0 and 1. It is the language of computers. Students used guides to create strings of beads that show their initials in binary code. I used Perler Beads for this science and technology activity as these beads are easy to thread, create a ‘tube’ of code and are inexpensive to purchase.
Students from Division 5 and 6 show how much they like to read by creating #MannequinChallenge videos.
Vanier Students Love to Read #MannequinChallenge from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
What Does it Mean to be Kind? 2015 Rana DiOrio
With simple, straightforward text and adorable illustrations, this book is a great go-to resource for parents and caregivers to help young children easily understand what acts of kindness are all about. Continue reading
Here are a few of our favourites…
Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.
Cross-curricular explorations and building connections during Diwali. Useful links to information, activities and videos to help your class celebrate the Festival of Lights. Diwali in 2017 is on Thursday, October 19, 2017 and will continue to Monday, October 23, 2017.
STEM ideas and activities which can be linked to Diwali including: investigating shadows, creating shadow puppets, using spectroscopes and colour wheels to study light and colour, exploring electrical circuits and making lava lamps.
A rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, people draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.
Group Chalk and Sand Project. Social Emotional Learning – cooperation, planning, inclusion, critical thinking. Continue reading
Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the things that are most important to us. At Vanier we have some great resources to help classes talk about giving thanks.
Check them out here.
At Georges Vanier we are very proud of our growing collection of resources that feature First Nations stories, themes and topics.
Check out a few of our popular titles here.
Choosing apps for school iPads can be a transformational task that might encourage discussion on learning goals and school missions. There are many great apps available but there are a few things to consider.
Begin by clarifying your vision for the use of the devices. What are your objectives and goals, the ‘why’. Look at apps that help you meet those goals.
Look for apps that are used to create rather than consume. Continue reading
Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.
I painted the tree after school to give it time to dry.
Coloured pencils were sorted into 6 shades. I drew around a couple of mugs and a small glass for circles.
Get your toes tapping and take a look at some of these music resources available in the Vanier LC. Learn about the lives of musicians, styles of music, inspiring biographies, musical jobs and enjoy some great lyrics and picture books.
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. The most fun you’ll have reading a story aloud. Great rhythm and fun rhymes encourage children to join in this classroom favourite. Continue reading