Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Winter Trip 2019

Last week, we went on our winter residential trip to Kannabe!

Here, we are getting reading for the two and a half hour bus ride...

...and here, we have just arrived at the hotel!

All geared up for snowboarding and skiing!

For many of us, it was our first or second time to ski/snowboard. 

We all took risks and kept challenging ourselves while maintaining a growth mindset!

When we fell down, we just got right up and tried again. 

We even had some extra time to play in the snow. 

We also enjoyed buffet-style meals while we socialised with our friends. 

What a wonderful time we had!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Book Club

Take a look at our fourth book club meeting!

Compared to our first meeting, we are becoming better at communicating effectively using the sentence stems as well as keeping the conversation going. 

This week's student-generated questions were the following: 
  • If Jake hadn’t have blown up the tomb, what would have happened?
  • Why was Jake’s mom the only one who had escaped from the evil cult?

To learn more about how the book clubs are run, please see the post from last week


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Book Club / Generating Quality Questions and Tasks

This term, we started our weekly book clubs!

We have been learning about the importance of generating quality questions and tasks to help us learn. 

See the video below to find out about the different levels of questioning and thinking. 

 Here are some examples of the types of questions and tasks that can be generated at each level. 

In Grade 4, we are challenging ourselves to work with level 2 and 3 questions/task in our inquiries. 

Please note that questions around similar topics have been color-coded. 

During our book club, we had a discussion about the following student-generated questions as we read Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake in connection to our inquiry into ancient civilisations: 

  • Why doesn’t Pan like Mr. Kit?

  • What would happen if the white-haired woman were part of the Cult of Osiris?

During the discussion, we try to be responsible and active communicators by using the sentence starters in the picture below as we reference the text. 

We keep track of the sentence starters we've used by moving them over to the left side.

Check out the video below to see our discussion in action!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Preparing for the Museum of the Ancients

Preparing for The Museum of the Ancients as we research about ancient civilisations and create artwork! 

Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks!