April 8

Author tweets, stop motion, spirograph

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!

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We have also been experimenting with stop motion video using items from the Maker Space.

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Team work, Problem solving, Cooperation, Creativity, Critical Thinking

Boom! Stop Motion in the Learning Commons from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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Breathing new life into art prints with stop motion video.

Our 3D printed Spirograph worked pretty well!

Check out our 3D printed Spirograph set!

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.

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October 31

Books Take You Places

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.

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Check out more of the wonderful places a good book has taken some Vanier students and staff…
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October 7

Zooming In: Focusing on the Awesome and the Important

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

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