3 week block = blog slacking

Hi everyone! I am now currently in my 3 week full-time teaching block (and loving it). This means that I have shirked my blogging duties lately but I am here to make up for it. Enjoy some pictures and quick stories about what we’ve been up to lately.

plant haircut

Our grass seeds finally grew! We drew a face on the side of the cup and then gave our ‘plant people’ a haircut.

After our Medicine Wheel pattern lesson was such a success, I created a First Nations art centre where students could colour sample art work in First Nations styles. The students were so excited to make their own Medicine Wheels! It was so rewarding to see them really embrace this new learning.

After our Medicine Wheel pattern lesson was such a success, I created a First Nations art centre where students could colour sample art work in First Nations styles. The students were so excited to make their own Medicine Wheels! It was so rewarding to see them really embrace this new learning.

Here's what the centre looked like.

Here’s what the centre looked like.

And we have the Teeth centre! Voila!

And we have the Teeth centre! Voila!

Students are flossing play dough (plaque/food) out of Lego (teeth).

Students are flossing play dough (plaque/food) out of Lego (teeth).

I had a Fish/Underwater centre a few weeks ago

I had a Fish/Underwater centre a few weeks ago

The kids LOVED this one

The kids LOVED this one

Students LOVE doing our Word of the Day work on the SMART board so I created this page for them to make their own patterns.

Students LOVE doing our Word of the Day work on the SMART board so I created this page for them to make their own patterns.

Students learned to draw a pattern on the iPad app Seesaw and then record their voice saying their pattern. They caught on to this so quick and loved doing it!

Students learned to draw a pattern on the iPad app Seesaw and then record their voice saying their pattern. They caught on to this so quick and loved doing it!

pattern ipad 2

pattern ipad 3

Here is a post with the audio of the student explaining their pattern. Too cute not to share.

We learned this choral poem for Remembrance Day.

We learned this choral poem for Remembrance Day.

We also read the book "A Poppy is To Remember." I was astounded at how solemn and serious the students were. They truly connected with the concepts in the book.

We also read the book “A Poppy is To Remember.” I was astounded at how solemn and serious the students were. They truly connected with the concepts in the book.

During the reading of our Remembrance Day book, I looked out into a crowd of solemn faces. One student remarked, “Miss Fidelack, this book is so sad. I feel like I’m going to cry.” These students had so many comments and questions and we had a great conversation. It was such an empowering and eye-opening moment for me as an educator to realize how much these young students bring to the table, even at the tender age of 5. They are ready and capable of talking about these difficult and serious subjects.

Here are the students tracing their hands and cutting them out to create a class wreath.

Here are the students tracing their hands and cutting them out to create a class wreath.

The finished product

The finished product

New this week: a colour sorting centre.

New this week: a colour sorting centre.

We started our inquiry unit on birds and nests this week. I decided to set out a collection of real birds' nests as the 'spark' for the unit.

We started our inquiry unit on birds and nests this week. I decided to set out a collection of real birds’ nests as the ‘spark’ for the unit.

Love the squinting going on in this photo

Love the squinting going on in this photo

The kids sure love using magnifying glasses

The kids sure love using magnifying glasses

Students were pretty interested in the nests!

Students were pretty interested in the nests!

I am going to continue evolving this centre as our inquiry unit continues. Now, we have colouring pages to do.

I am going to continue evolving this centre as our inquiry unit continues. Now, we have colouring pages to do.

That’s all for now. I figure pictures are worth a thousand words, so I won’t bore you with a bunch of reflections… this time.

Until next time,

Miss Fidelack

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