Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday's News

Well, spring break is upon us. Finally!! Not sure if your students have been as off the wall as some of ours but it has been a week similar to the week before Christmas holidays. Anyhow here is how our week unfolded.

Students in Jeff's health class started doing research on their anti-smoking campaigns. 
It's amazing some of the facts they are finding and recording. 

His class also had a special quest visit with the Humane Society. 

As you can tell the students loved it. The dog well he was pretty tired from all the attention the students gave him. 

Jeff conducted his first Readers Bistro to a roaring success. The student had the most engaging book talks they have conducted all year. 

He also started Pulleys and Gears and had his class build some pulley systems that could lift 200 grams. Here are some videos of there attempts. 

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Finally, Jeff had one of his students build a robotic arm just for the sake of building something fun. Have to love students like that. 
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Tell us how did your week go? 

Friday, 4 March 2016

Friday's News

It's another week in the books and one more week closer to the warm, sunny spring days that make outdoor classes possible.

It's been a pretty eventful week in both of our classrooms but in particular Jeff's class as he started a lot of new things with his class. His class and their passion projects have really started to his their full stride. One of his groups hosted a cupcake sale within the school for the Humane Society and it was a great success in that they raised a little over $1,000.

He also started his new Pulleys and Gears unit in Science. This is what his students seem to know already about Pulleys and Gears with their Mind Map.

He also started his new anti-smoking unit in health. It's a personal favourite of his as he gets to see how creative his students are as they create an anti-smoking campaign to encourage people to either quit smoking or to never take up the habit. He lets them do it an any form of media they would like.
Finally, he created a new project for his class to connect with their class read aloud of "Hatchet". The students are going to create a movie trailer for the book to practice their summarizing and media literacy skills.

How did you survive the week?