Parent Tech Connection
When: Wednesday, March 1 from 8:45 to 9:45
Where: Teaching and Learning Center (near the main entrance)
In the Elementary School at ASW, one way students use technology is to create multimedia projects to demonstrate their understanding of new concepts and ideas. In this session, we will explore iPad apps that our students use across the grade levels.
Join Simon May and Kris Sheehan (with help from our elementary students) for some “app smashing”, as we create media with three or four of our apps and then put them together into one movie. This will be an active, hands-on hour where you will get to see how quick and easy it is to create your own media with the iPad.
Travelling Tales - Round 2!
This week we dug further into our ‘How the World Works’ unit with exploration into the forms and structures of our Earth. We recalled a lot of learning from Grade 2 about landforms so that we could list out and describe the wide variety of Earth’s surface. We used and experiment with Ferrero Rocher to learn about the many layers of the Earth’s core.
All week long we focused on our ‘Caring’ Learner Profile by giving each other Valentines’ on Tuesday, sending out nice notes to strangers on Wednesday, sharing traits about us to find things we have in common, and learning from Ms. Hamlin about empathy.
In Math we practiced our questioning skills by breaking down questions to find out what is being asked, what clues there are about actions to take, and the best ways to show our thinking. We also explored the Distributive Property over addition. Khan Academy was a great help! The video can be found here: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-arith-prop/pre-algebra-ditributive-property/v/the-distributive-property
We took part in Travelling Tales again and contributed not only our ideas, but also our artwork!
Reading Buddies was great fun this week; Ms. Sheehan joined us and we explored digital books and the many ways to interact with our stories.
Friday was great fun as we celebrated mother tongues with our assembly and language practice.
This week in 3D we had many guests!
We are thankful for Wendy and Qingtian’s family who joined us on Friday to tell us more about one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture, Lantern Festival. Check out Qingtian and Wendy’s presentations below to learn more. We were treated to a traditional tasty sweet and made our own lanterns. All of us were courageous and wrote in Chinese as well!
On Wednesday, Ms. Hamlin joined us to discuss empathy, acceptance, and how we all need modifications from others. We had some fun learning more about each other by discussing the many ways we are connected and how we need different things.
We began our new unit this week and began discussing How the World Works with the following questions:
How does Earth change?
What is the structure of Earth?
What is geology?
What is survival?
We found out that, collectively, we already know a lot about these questions and we made connections to previous learning! We’re looking forward to investigating these topics more next week.
Below is an overview of our new unit. We are seeking guest speakers from this field area; if know of anyone who might be willing to visit, please contact Ms. D.
Additional resources can be found through our library database here: http://aswarsaw.libguides.com/eslibrary
How the World Works
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
Human survival is connected to understanding the continual changing nature of the Earth.
Lines of Inquiry
Form- What is it like?
Change - How is it changing?
Causation- Why is it like it is?
This week we continued with our measurement and explored the difference between weight and mass as well as the different units of measurement. Using hands-on practice we used our estimation skills to evaluate small items and then checked our estimation with our scales.
As we continued our exploration of different types of energy, we took a field trip to the high school Chemistry lab to visit Ms. Nickie. She showed us different equipment to use to explore the different ways which light is reflected and refracted.
In writing we continuing our informational writing as we finalize and publish our pieces. Our reading groups are honing their inference skills as well as predicting what will happen in the story.
Ms. Sheehan joined us on Thursday to guide us through the many ways to organize our information in our Google Drives as well as Google Docs. We used the files and documents we created to document our paraphrasing skills as we explored the PowerKnowledge Physical Science website. http://www.pkphysicalscience.com/
Also on Thursday we visited our Reading Buddies and continued our work with our own Travelling Tales story and practiced using the 5-part Story Mountain. We’re looking forward to our next time creating a story with other students around the world.
Please find attached a permission form for our upcoming field trip on Thursday, February 9th to the School for Blind Children in Laski. The form should be retuned by Friday, February 3rd.
Unit Overview with link to Home Learning Tasks
ES Tech Blog - a guide to apps and resources
Ms. Brewster's Blog
Ms. MacKenty's Blog
Growth Mindset in Maths
ASW Library Database
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