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This document explores how Indigenous resources might support Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies in B.C.’s new curriculum. Focus is on Personal Awareness and Responsibility and Social Responsibility.
Titles were selected as authentic Indigenous sources or are resources selected and shared by the District Aboriginal Department. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather to provide a window into how Indigenous titles may be used to reach school-wide SEL goals.
Indigenous perspectives have also been outlined as well as a final section on further supportive digital resources. See also links to resources for discussing Residential Schools and a full list of our Indigenous resources.
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.
This week many classes learned about traditional Japanese houses. We explored customs around the use of Tatami Mats. Over the summer I purchased a dozen Dollar Store beach mats with black borders and these worked perfectly for reading time. I played some mellow Japanese flute music in the background.
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.
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.
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.
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 why people review books and the best way to recommend a good book. We used Snapchat to record our 10 second reviews. Students thought that other students would be more likely to watch their reviews if we recorded them in an interesting way.