Posts made in August, 2012

Under the Magnifying Glass

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 in How We Learn

Under the Magnifying Glass

Today we strengthened our naturalist intelligence. We went hunting! We took clipboards and magnifying glasses into the playground to find living things we don’t normally notice. We focused on scientific observation and recording skills. We looked closely at features, sketched details and added informative labels. Some people became fixed on a particular insect or leaf. They spent all their time sketching and marvelling at one object. Other people took many samples of insects and plants....

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The Teamwork Challenge

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in How We Learn

The Teamwork Challenge

Today we strengthened our interpersonal intelligence, by working in teams. We brainstormed ways to make a team successful. We thought about skills such as communicating, accepting others’ ideas and resolving conflicts. Then each team was given a 20-minute challenge: to build the tallest tower possible, using only newspaper and tape. We had a few successes, a few disasters and lots of fun! Here’s one of our efforts.                  ...

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Learning by singing!

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in How We Learn

Learning by singing!

Today we strengthened our musical intelligence. We began by singing a silly song about loose, wobbly teeth. Watch us sing it as a round above. We used our voices and body percussion to explore pitch and rhythm. We talked about how music makes people feel and its importance in different communities. Then we thought about how music can help us learn. We practiced singing multiplication facts to catchy tunes. Some people found it easier to skip count this way. We even put our UOI words into song....

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Do you Sudoku?

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 in How We Learn, Maths

Do you Sudoku?

We’ve been solving sudoku puzzles to strengthen our logical-mathematical intelligence. We discovered that our class is filled with logical thinkers! We quickly moved from simple puzzles to 9×9 grids. The room was very quiet while our brains ticked away. As rows, columns and boxes were filled, people whispered, “Yes!” We had a great Friday afternoon of puzzling. Do you sudoku?  If not, try these 9×9 grids! Are you a puzzle expert?    Tell us about your favourite...

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Poetry & Parts of Speech

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 in English

Poetry & Parts of Speech

This month, we are focusing on poetry. It is helping us learn rich vocabulary and understand parts of speech. Today we wrote diamante poems which require nouns, adjectives and verbs. Here are our class constructions:                             We are now working on individual poems about ourselves and poems which contrast two different personalities. Stay tuned to read more student writing!   UPDATE! Here are two...

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