Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Life of Steve Jobs Assembly

Today, we had our annual Grade 5/6 assembly! 

As a literacy component of our unit on how "technology impacts the world of work and leisure", we worked together to write a script about the life of Steve Jobs. 

For this project, we applied our research skills (media literacy) to use online platforms to find the information we were looking for. 

We also used our communication skills (literacy) to write for the school community as the audience. We did this by taking notes based on our research about Steve Jobs and rewriting the text in our own words. Each student was responsible to write a section of the script. 

If you were unable to make it, take a look at the video above!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Pop Art Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein

In visual arts, we have been learning about pop art.

Here is a poster illustrating what we found out about pop art as we watched an informative video. 

In our project, we created self-portraits inspired by Roy Lichtenstein's artwork. 

The descriptions can be seen below.

First, we traced the outlines of our faces and upper bodies.

Once we had our outlines completed, 
we considered balance as we decided what colours and patterns to use.

Happy art time!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Operation of Decimals

In math, we are practicing adding, subtracting, and multiplying decimal numbers.

As we play math board games, we are working on increasing our accuracy as well as our speed. 

Look at us go!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Theatre Genres

This week, we have been exploring genres in theatre as a part of our year-long drama unit. 

First, we watched a video in which the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was edited in seven different genres. 

Afterwards, we discussed what watching the video made us notice and think. Instead of having an oral discussion, we used a visible thinking routine called Chalk Talk in which we had a silent discussion by writing and responding to each other on sticky notes. 

We responded to our classmates' opinions and ideas using symbols such as a star to agree, a question mark to ask for clarification, and an arrow for responding in other ways, such as connecting, paraphrasing, and disagreeing. 

Using this visible thinking routine enabled all learners to have an equal voice which especially empowered some of us who tend to be shy during oral discussions. 

 Later on, we found out about the three main genres of theater: tragedy, comedy, and tragicomedy. 

The elements of each genre can be seen below. 

In order to increase our understanding, we decided to recreate the story of the Three Little Pigs in the following genres: tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy-horror!

Below are the success criteria we built together as well as a detailed description of our project. 

We have been working in teams to film and edit our videos. 

Stay tuned to watch the completed projects!

We are also starting a new Unit of Inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme:  
How we Organise Ourselves

Above is a photo of our unit wall. 

What do you think this unit will be about? 

You might get a big hint on Monday!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Memoir Publishing Party

During Writers Workshop, we have been working on writing memoirs. A memoir is a collection of personal memories related to specific moments in the author's life. In other words, it is a window into a person's life.

As authors, we worked through the writing process to publish our own book! A focus point for this unit was to make our writing come to life using metaphors and similes. 

We celebrated our published pieces by hosting a party to share our books with other students in the school. 

We chose to make our party a "Fancy French" theme and set up a restaurant with menus for people to order food and drinks from while they listened to our memoirs.

The servers were VERY busy!

We are so proud of our accomplishments! 

If you were not able to make it to the party, feel free to take a look at the books in the Grade 5/6 classroom library!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Christmas Tree

Although it's a bit early, this week we enjoyed decorating our Christmas tree together. 

We were quite happy with how we looked in the end!

Thank you to Adam and his family in Slovakia for donating the tree!