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  • Making Shapes with Pattern Blocks and Finding out the Value of the Shapes


    Posted Dec 3, 2019, 11:55 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • The Power to Visualise

    RecentlyI introduced the second reading power to help with comprehension: The Power to Visualize. Students practiced visualizing different objects in their head such as rainbows, dogs and ice cream cones. We called these picture words since they were a lot easier to picture then say a word like at.

    Afterwards I read them the following story:

    I want you to visualize a lollipop. This lollipop is on a white stick and it has a

    wrapper on it. Visualize yourself holding this lollipop. I want you to notice the

    color and shape and size of this lollipop. Some lollipops are big, and some are

    small, some are round and some are flat —what does yours look like? Now I want

    you to visualize yourself taking off the wrapper. Listen to the sound as you take

    the wrapper off. Put the wrapper in the garbage. Now I would like you to visualize

    yourself taking a lick of the lollipop. What flavor is your lollipop? Take another

    lick. Now put the lollipop, if it’s not too big, in your mouth. Suck on it for a while.

    Listen to the sound it makes when it hits your teeth. Now take a bite. Listen to the

    sound the bite makes. Now crunch your lollipop and really get the flavor in your

    mouth. Some of the candy sticks in your teeth. Now visualize yourself as you take

    the lollipop out of your mouth. Look at what is left on your stick. Open your eyes.

    Students then discussed the following questions about their lollipop with a partner:

    1. What color was your lollipop?

    2. What size?

    3. What shape?

    4. What flavor?

    5. After you took a bite, what did

       your lollipop look like?

    We concluded the lesson by discussing that people's lollipops are all different because they have different experiences.

    The follow-up to the lesson was reading a book called Swimmy by Leo Lionni. Students listened to the story without seeing the pictures. Together, we drew some of the pictures we visualized in our heads and labelled them with words. Afterwards, we compared the pictures we drew from the actual pictures from the story.
    Posted Nov 26, 2019, 11:57 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Shrinking Patterns and T-charts




    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:12 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Growing Patterns and T-Charts




    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:05 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Chalk Pastel Art
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:00 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Chocolate for Breakfast
    Posted Nov 5, 2019, 8:45 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Measuring the Perimeter of Pattern Blocks
    In this activity, students made various shapes out of only 6 pattern blocks. Then they measured the perimeter (one side of the green triangle represented 1 unit). We then sorted the perimeters by size.


    Posted Nov 4, 2019, 12:18 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Making Shapes on Geoboards and Measuring Perimeter
    Posted Nov 4, 2019, 12:00 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • The Invisible Boy
    Reading Power (Strategy): The power to make deep thinking connections.


    Posted Oct 28, 2019, 10:28 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Sculptures STEAM Project
    Students used LEGO and cubes to build sculptures inspired by nature as well as warm and cool colours.

    First we looked at sculptures for inspiration:

    Then students were introduced to the STEAM task:

    Below is a gallery of our creations!

    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 1:03 PM by Patrick Johnson
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