Monday, 26 January 2015

Map Inquiry

You might remember that last week Mr. Wesselius read our class a book called "Henry's Map." This really got the kids inspired to make their own maps.

Today we used Discovery Education to watch a video about what maps are for, how to use them and the many different kinds of maps.

Then Mrs. Lowe brought out a big map of the whole world! The students were very excited to find Winnipeg, Canada, Cuba and the Phillipines.

Then we read another book about maps that showed how to make a map of your bedroom or house. The students got really excited about this.

During "Thinking and Learning Time" some students began creating and labelling their own maps at our map makers table.

Here are some of the students talking about their awesome maps!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Kindness Challenge

All month our school has been focusing on kindness. Next week will be our official kindness challenge and there are themes set up for each day. We will be starting our week with an assembly in the gym to kick things off.

In our class we have been talking a lot about how we treat our friends. At recess and lunch time this has been a bit of a challenge. I am saddened when students come in saying they were hurt by other students in our class.  We are continuing to work on treating others the way we would like to be treated.

Each ribbon represents one act of kindness by a room 8 student.
This afternoon we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather. We played outside for 2 whole periods with the grade one students and their teachers. We went sledding, built snow people, and made forts together.  The snow was perfect for building! Which also meant that we got VERY wet but not a single student complained. We were all having way too much fun. 

Look at that teamwork!

Giving Mrs. Lowe a workout!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Stars of the Big Screen

The students of room 8 continue to be interested in police officers. Over the last few days we have been making list of all of the important things that police officers do.  Yesterday we borrowed a costume (thanks Justin) and many accessories (thanks Mrs. Macdonell) and filmed our very own movie trailer!

Mr. McKinnon let us use his Flip Cam to shoot some action scenes. We also posed for many photos. Then Mrs. Lowe used iMovie to create the trailer. iMovie has some amazing functions and one of them is a built in trailer template. All you have to do is drop your clips in and voila!

Today we made some popcorn and watched our movie in the movie theatre, also known as the life skills room.
Carrying comfy pillows to the movie theatre. 

Watching ourselves on the big screen while eating popcorn.
Here's what some of the kids had to say about the experience:
I was going to jail in the movie - Malashia
We watched it and I was happy -Matthew
I was calling if someone was in trouble - Yuan
I was giving a speeding ticket - Alfonso
I was holding a number - Brayden
Making the movie was my favourite - Renee
I was so happy I almost cried - Charlotte

If you haven't seen our other posts about our Police Officer inquiry, you can find them here: 

A Spark Has Ignited

Police Inquiry 

A Visit from Constable Sue