As we read Lauren Castillo’s book The Reader this week, it made us think of the places we read. Sometimes, we do “sneaky reading” when no one sees us. Here are some kids that I caught trying to be sneaky in their reading this week. Let me know if you see anyone doing some sneaky reading at home!
You can see all of our tweets about sneaky reading here.
When we were reading Lauren Castillo’s book The Troublemaker this week, we talked a lot about troublemakers and especially about people we knew who were troublemakers and whether we ourselves were. Siblings were often blamed, but most of the students admitted that sometimes they were indeed a troublemaker themselves.
Later, the students tweeted about who they thought were the biggest troublemakers so that other people could see the connections they made to the book. You can see each students’ tweet below.
Our class is participating in the Global Read Aloud. Together with thousands of other students around the world, we are reading five books by Lauren Castillo. When we talked to three classes of students in Illinois today, we not only discussed our favourite parts of the book The Troublemaker, we also found out that they are ahead of us in time! How cool is that?
This morning we met a class of students in Surrey via Skype. We had lots of questions for them as did they for us. We discovered a lot of ways their class is like ours and some ways that it is very different. The students loved this opportunity to see into another classroom. As soon as the call was over I had to field a chorus of “Can we do that again”? Of course we can!
In recognition of the wrongs of the residential schools, our school participated in Orange Shirt Day. The colour orange was chosen because of one child’s experiences. All of the students wore an orange ribbon and got to watch a tipi raising and some First Nations drummers and dancers.
Terry Fox is a Canadian hero. Even though he had lost one of his legs to cancer, he tried to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Sadly, he lost his battle with cancer before he could complete his run. Every year, Canadians run for Terry. Below are some of the students at the run. The photo was taken by Kristina Seiriene.
For the last couple of days we have been working on copying and extending patterns. It’s so much more fun to do math with a partner!
With all of the jars and bags of ladybugs that have been coming to school, we decided we needed to make a ladybug terrarium. This project was planned and created by the students. They gathered dirt, grass, leaves, sticks and of course lots of ladybugs. The terrarium is now in our classroom, providing lots of entertainment and hands on learning. Just ask your child what he/she has learned about ladybugs.
A special visitor was at our school this week. Andy combines his love of music with his love of science to create unusual musical instruments out of items such as a skateboard, a ruler or a hockey stick. The students were enthralled! Below you can see some of his performance. To see more of what he does, you can watch his YouTube video.
Our class has been trying to extend the time they can “read” books by themselves without interruption. We call this building stamina. Ask your child how many minutes they can now do. Just look at these diligent readers.