November 3

Kimono MakerEd with Newspapers

This week Grade 3/4 showed their previous learning about Kimono design. Students focused on core competency skills such as working in a group, problem solving, peer encouragement and celebrating our learning. We searched for inspiration from images of clothing designed from newspaper and other recycled materials.

Students were able to complete the lesson and the activity, including clean up and book circulation during a 40 minute prep.

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October 28

MakerEd and Fall Fans

Students have been learning about the artistry of Japanese fans. We explored seasonal fan designs and enjoyed a Maple Fan Dance video from Kyoto.

Using fall colours, with inspiration from Ehlert, some classes designed fans with wooden handles using crayons, cut out leaves or by painting maple leaves collected from outside.

To celebrate the work of their peers, Grade 4 and 5 students created stop motion videos using keys from discarded laptops or used Lego to design display stands for the fans.

Students had to work co-operatively, share the materials as well as show respect for the work of their peers.

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September 27

Japanese Tanabata Festival and Core Competency Goals

In the Learning Commons we began our Japanese theme with an exploration of the Tanabata Festival  . We shared a short video which shows the joy in the celebrations. Students thought about some of their personal goals and created their own Star Festival streamers. We hung them on our ‘bamboo’ tree.

‘My Goal this year is to be on time for school’.

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