This month has Room 23 well underway on an Inquiry Projected focussed onlearning all we can about Tropical Rainforests. The “jumping-in” moment for this project came about through working with LTTA artist Cathy Woods. Our initialwork on the life cycles of frogs took us to learning about tree frogs, whichdeveloped into the broader study of Tropical Rainforests. Our classroom is now creating a bulletin board that depicts the many different aspects of the rainforest which include vegetation, animal life, native people and deforestation.
Throughout the month of December Room 23 will be focussing on learning how to tell time during math lessons. I would like to encourage families to take the time to discuss such questions as: How long until ??, How many minutes will it take to ??, When will we be able to ??. By allowing the children to develop skills in an everyday manner it will make it easier for them to make connections between the classroom and world in which we live in.
Room 23 has busy this past month working extensively at further developing skills in Math and Language Arts. With the month of October now upon us the students are enjoying making Halloween Math Books that we will be presenting at the end of the month. These books are based upon the story The Thirteen Days of Halloween.
With Room 23 learning about plants, our upcoming field trip to Deer Meadows Farm and Corn Maze is a great fit. The students have enjoyed planting both seeds and bulbs, and have been very excited to see growth occur. The onions can be kept on a sunny window sill, and used in the kitchen, while the sunflowers and beans should be planted outside.
This month Room 23 has the good fortune of working with another outstanding
LTTA artist. Teresa Thomson will be adding depth to our study of animal life cycles
and habits through creative movement. Teresa brings a wealth of expeience in a
variety of performing arts, as well as lots of work in the classroom. We look forward
to sharing photos of our work with Tersa in the very near future.
This month we continue to further our understanding of the various regions of Canada by working with our guest artist Lynn Mulvihill. The class has created two different relief maps of Canada that allow us depict the different types of physical landscapes that our found in our country. We have added to these maps, clay models,that highlight the economic activities that occur in these areas based on the different natural resources that are present there.
I hope that everyone had a restful winter break spent with friends and family. The month of January will see students working on a Social Studies unit that will have us learning about northern Canada. Our studies will be further enhanced by working with artist Lynn Mulvihill, who will be bringing her design skills into our classroom. In Math we will be focussing on learning how to tell time.
This past month Room 23 had the pleasure of presenting Bully Proofing at our school-wide Monday morning assemblies. The class brainstormed scenarios that represented the different types of bullying that students sometimes enconter at school.
We prepared a Powerpoint presentation that represented these forms of bullying, along with strategies that can be employed to deal with bullying in a proactive manner.
Room 23 is continuing with their Science unit “Structures”. We will be developing our construction skills through hands-on work. We look forward to sharing with you some examples of our completed work in the near future.
With the month of October know upon us we will have a spooky theme in our classroom. In English Language Arts the class will be studying the Roald Dahl novel “The Witches”. This classic piece of children’s literature has captivated readers for decades, and continues to delight readers. It provides the perfect vehicle for understanding the components of story writing.
We will be continuing with the spooky theme in mathematics with the students creating their own books based on the story “The Thirteen Days of Halloween”. The books will showcase the student’s artistic abilities while allowing them to further develop their math based vocabulary.
Stay tuned to see postings of our completed assignments.