Recent Announcements 2019-2020

Minecraft Tree House Project

posted Jan 17, 2020, 11:41 AM by Patrick Johnson

Investigating Equality

posted Jan 7, 2020, 12:20 PM by Patrick Johnson

Students Building Strong Structures out of Paper

posted Jan 7, 2020, 12:05 PM by Patrick Johnson

Students were given up to 30 pieces of paper and tape. Their challenge was to build a structure that could support a pile of books.

Creating Designs with Pentominoes and Finding the Area

posted Dec 18, 2019, 10:51 AM by Patrick Johnson

Visualising a Story

posted Dec 18, 2019, 10:32 AM by Patrick Johnson

Recently, I read the story "Fuzzyland" to students. This story is about a warm fuzzies (which symbolize appreciations and kindness) and cold pricklies (which symbolize put downs and negative feelings). It takes place in a fantasy land. Students were asked to visualize Fuzzyland and then afterwards, work in teams to try and draw a map of it.  The results were amazing!

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

posted Nov 26, 2019, 11:57 AM by Patrick Johnson

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.

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

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