Monday, 16 October 2017

Global Read Aloud is here!

Hello friends!
As promised, we are participating in the Global Read Aloud this year. I will be reading "The Wild Robot" which you can listen to on this page. I'm going to keep updating with all the links to the chapters as we go!

In order to access the Google Drive folder you need to sign in with your address. If you need help resetting it, you can email your teacher or Sarah Moore.

The Wild Robot review

The Wild Robot Audio Files
Chapters 1-4 (Uploaded)
Chapters 5-8 (Uploaded)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Famous Canadian Inventor: Reginald Aubrey Fessenden

Each month I'd like to highlight a famous Canadian, specifically looking at how they overcame challenges and used Core Competencies to complete their work and enhance the world they lived in.

For October I've chosen Reginald Aubrey Fassenden. He invented the technique that allowed radios to work. Specifically he was able to attach sound waves to electrical modulations in order to send sounds across a distance.

You can read more about him at a Canadian appreciation site hereHere is a Canadian Heritage Minute about Mr. Fassenden.

You can watch some videos about how radio works here and here. Here is a very in depth video about how radio works.

So which Core Competencies did he use?

Communication: He was able to share his ideas with others at his workplace. He was also able to ask questions about the technologies that existed so that he could add his ideas to them (specifically morse code!)

Creative Thinking: Fassenden had to use the creative thinking skills he had to dream that you could send sound, music, and voice across electronic waves.

Critical Thinking: Fassenden then had to think about technology that would allow him to transmit sounds, and had to combine several different existing technologies and create some of his own!

Social Responsibility Although his end goal was to profit from his invention, he did create a new form of mass communication that would ultimately help the world.

Have a suggestion for a famous Canadian? Or can you think of other ways Fassenden used the Core Competencies to do his work? Comment below!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Global Read Aloud

This time of year many of us look forward to the crisp fall days, the warm sweaters, and cuddling on the sofa with our kids and a great book.

In many classrooms around the world, this is also the time of year that Teachers start thinking about the Global Read Aloud. Global Read Aloud was designed by Pernille Ripp, and I'll let her tell you about the purpose.

"But I don't have a classroom! We are a homeschool family!" I hear you cry, but my hope is that we can start building our school community by participating in activities like this.

One way we can do that is by letting students participate in our (safe, secure, and private) school writing program- Write About. Write About is a great platform for sharing writing with other students, but it's also a great way to learn about Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship.

If you're interested in participating in the Writing Activities, go to Write About and click Register. The Teacher Code is SM8934. Then they sign in with their email accounts.

You do not have to participate in the writing activities to listen to the books this year! I'll be sharing audio tracks of me reading the books through our blog here, starting October 16th!

Weekly Checkin Oct 9-13

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It's always nice to celebrate family, and to reflect on how fortunate we are to have all that we have. Being thankful is an important character lesson that we pass on to our children, and I am glad we have a national day of celebration for it.

  • When I think about Thanksgiving, I am always reminded of the Little House on the Prairie books, and of Anne of Green Gables. I'm not sure what it is about that time period, maybe just that things seemed simpler and it was easier to be thankful for things we take for granted. I came across this article about Anne and the money that would have been used when she went down to the shop. It might be of interest to you and your learners to know that the year that Anne of Green Gables was published was also the year that the Royal Canadian Mint began operations! 

  • Speaking of amazing young women of literature some of you may know that I grew up in southern California. Every year we went to an outdoor play. "Romona" was based on a book by the same name. The author of that book was Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), who was a renowned poet (and friends with Emily Dickinson). She was so moved by hearing a speech by Chief Standing Bear about the treatment of American First Peoples that she wrote a research book, and a fictionalized tale of a girl (Romona) who is half Scottish, half Native American, and has a life of hardship and racial discrimination; you can read the book here free!  It's Helen Hunt Jackson's birthday this month!

  • iBooks Author (Free!)- Your learners can share their learning in beautiful and creative ways including pictures, text, videos, links, and more. You can create a family cookbook, your learners can create their own textbooks on a subject they are obsessively interested in, and you can also use it as a digital scrapbook. Next time you're looking for an end project, and don't want another essay, posterboard, or lapbook, try this out! (Video Tutorial) It works on Mac and iOS devices.
  • Finally our Global Read Aloud begins Monday. You'll be able to access a week's worth of recordings at a time here on the blog.  We're reading The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Weekly Check In Oct 2-5 + Thanksgiving Craft!

Thanksgiving is here, and that means we've all survived the first few weeks of school.

It also means we get time to sit with our families, enjoy good food, and maybe catch a game.

  1. School Wide Write has started. You can find out more here
  2. A mom shared this resource with me and I wanted to share it out to you all. Lego Challenge Cards give your learners something to do when you just can't open another workbook. For extended learning ask your student to sketch their idea first, then build it, then compare the two. Ask them to reflect on the following:
    1. Were they successful in building their sketch?
    2. What changes did they have to make and why?
  3. EverFi has an awesome course on Digital Literacy for grades 6-8.  It's called Ignition and it takes students on a journey that teaches about digital footprints, internet safety, bullying, conducting online research, and digital time management. If you're interested in your student participating email Sarah and she can get you set up. 
  4. EverFi also makes a module for learning about Money Management. It's called Vault and it mainly geared for grades 4-6. If you're interested in your student participating email Sarah and she can get you set up. 

Our Thanksgiving Craft:

In our classroom this week we've made Nutting Baskets. We took jute string and pipe cleaners and wove baskets to forage nuts and berries.

You can make your own by following the instructions in the Pioneer Thanksgiving Book.

Encourage your learners to do as much on their own as they can. Sometimes we can jump in too quick (with both help and criticism!). Learning to unravel and redo the weave a little tighter, or to critically evaluate our own work and decide if we are happy with it, or want to try again is an important skill for every person to develop, and these types of activities and crafts are a great way to do it.


Extra shoutout to Aidan who brought hazelnuts in to share with us.