‘Stuff the Learning Commons’ is in full swing! There is still time to join in with a labelled plush toy. This is an activity that brings lots of joy and that everyone can participate in.
This week many classes read ‘Please Open this Book’ by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. We loved the characters and the great story sparked lots of discussion. Kindergarten students used the theme of the animals being stuck in the book to help them think about their digital work being stuck in an App. It was a great jumping off point for our lessons on saving our creations to the iPad photo album.
We tweeted our idea and the author wrote back!
We have also been experimenting with stop motion video using items from the Maker Space.
And don’t forget our Monster Book Fair is next week – April 11th – 15th. Classes will have an opportunity to visit the fair during their scheduled Learning Commons period. Student shoppers are welcome to bring their piggy banks at recess and lunch and everyone is welcome to come and check it out after 2:30. Parents and Caregivers are also invited to visit between 8:00 and 8:30 for a quieter browse.
What a great self portrait. Students used Doodle Buddy app to take a selfie, traced the photo and then removed the background image. Nicely done! Continue reading
Students created digital book reviews that incorporated 3D printed figures. This was a quick activity that was completed during a Learning Commons forty minute prep including book circulation with a grade 4/5 class. Continue reading
This week at Georges Vanier we joined schools from across B.C. and Canada to Drop Everything And Read: D.E.A.R. These photos show the worlds that books can take you. The pictures were snapped in classrooms as students sat down with a good book. I used Superimpose App to change the background. Attributions below.
Check out more of the wonderful places a good book has taken some Vanier students and staff…
Neil Pasricha’s new book ‘Awesome is Everywhere’ is a fantastic resource for any classroom focusing on creating a culture of mindfulness and self regulation. It’s powerful message celebrates the individual whilst guiding students into appreciating details, visualizing and finding the awesome in everything. It’s lyrical and descriptive words accompany stunning pictures that can’t help but catch the attention of the readers. The book works on many levels: Continue reading
Check out these amazing makers and their creations. Using old equipment to spark new ideas. Continue reading