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During the month of March we spent time talking about “FAILURE LEADS TO SUCCESS”. Failure Leads to Success means that you learn from mistakes, that it’s okay to fail. Similar to last month, our class created motivational posters with quotes relating to this key, but this time we used a new app on the iPads to make them! You can view your child’s poster on his/her blog post relating to this topic on our kidblog site. Congratulations go out to Jacob, our March Studentof-the-Month winner! During the month of April we will be focusing on the “COMMITMENT” key, which means to show perseverance or never give up!
Jr. Area Comp .
Cambridge Public Library Trip & Books :
We enjoyed our trip to the Preston branch of the CPL. Your child signed out 2 books that day that are due back at ANY branch of the CAMBRIDGE Public Library by April 11th. If, for some reason, you can’t return the books, send them to school by April 8th and I will return them with the books that I will be returning from our classroom.
Character Ed. Assembly Friday, April 1st
Gr.6 Dental Screening
April 4th, 11th & 12th Museum Trip – Tom Thomson Art Tuesday, April 5th P.D. Day – No School Friday, April 8th Gateway Gourmet Lunches Wednesdays, April 13th & 27th Gateway Gourmet Cooking Lesson Monday, April 18th Easter Holiday – No School Monday, April 22nd – Friday, April 25th School Spirit Day Friday, April 29th School Craft Sale Saturday, April 30th
Please send in your permission forms and $5.00 (no later than April 4th) for our trip to the Waterloo Children’s Museum for their Tom Thomson Art Exhibit and related program. This event will launch our Art unit on Famous Artists!
Canada Connections Project Update:
Our last Canada Connections meeting was the most successful to date! We enjoyed listening to a grade 4/5 class present songs they had written about Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Our grade 2/3 friends from Millen Woods presented about the First Nations Peoples on the Plains using a keynote presentation. Our hosting class, Mrs. FossSilveira, challenged us to a QDPA game relating to Canada’s trading partners. Our class created a dramatic play pretending to video conference with the class in Saskatoon that we had our Today’s Meet chat interview session with. We also created glogs, online books, and blog posts about our Prairie research. Our session presentation and other learning is shared on both our classroom wiki page and on the Canada Connections group wiki site:
Our next meeting takes place on April 15th. This time the topic will be Western Canadian provinces Alberta and British Columbia. To help us prepare for our presentation, we are connecting with classes in each of these provinces through internet resources such as twitter, wikis, and a new site we’re trying called edmodo! Stay tuned for more exciting updates about this project as it unfolds!
Writing Topic of Choice:
Many students chose to write about favourite singers such as Justin Beiber, Usher, and Lil Wayne. This month students were working on developing their blogging skills by learning to add media such as images, sound files, and links to other sites. Each student selected a topic of interest to write about. In some cases, students needed to do a little research to learn more about the topic. We have shared our kidblog link on twitter and just recently had a grade 5 student in the United States comment on our posts! You can read these posts by visiting our class blog site. http://kidblog.org/Gill-Ville2010
http://canadaconnections.wiki spaces.com/Prairie+Provinces +-+March
iPads/iPods: We have been using a new app called Motivational Posters to create our own “Failure Leads to Success” posters. We tried out a “How to Draw Animals” app and now have a few more drawing apps we would like to compare it with. We recently got the Garageband app and are very excited to try this out and see how it compares to the desktop version we have been using. In addition to media and art apps, we will be exploring apps related to castles and Medieval times. Livescribe Pencasts: Last month we used our new livescribe echo smartpen to record instructions on how to draw various items. Each student created a pencast that was later used to teach the rest of the class how to draw their selected item. Students were excited to be the experts as we drew their pictures. You can see each drawing lesson pencast on our wiki page as well as see the guest blog post I created for the Teachers Leading Learning Project blog site related to Livescribe pens in education.
Livestream Video Broadcasting: Our class is going to be the first to test out our school’s new livestream video broadcasting channel. We are going to practice 2 different newscasts that we will present later this month. A letter and permission form will be arriving home midmonth explaining this project in further detail. Our first newscast will be about our mascot project: Gill the Goldfish Goes Global. The second one will be about Medieval castles. Parents will be able to tune in to our newscast by opening up the following link in an internet browser during the scheduled times (to be shared in the notification letter and permission form).
It’s About Time:
This month we will be focusing on time in math. Students will be telling time using both analog and digital clocks. Providing practice at home reading clocks and referencing time will assist your child in developing these skills. We’ll be playing some games during homework activities that will also provide extra practice at home. You can help out by talking about the length of time activities take, the time of day certain events will occur, and calculating the duration or amount of time until an event is to occur.
http://gillville.pbworks.com/w /page/37192755/How-toDraw-Pencasts & http://livewithlivescribe.edubl ogs.org/2011/03/10/wereall-art-teachers-today/
Teddy Bears Around the World Project:
Gill the Goldfish, our class mascot, has posted the 4th blog on the Teddy Bears Around the World blog site! This post was all about our trip to the Preston Branch of the Cambridge Public Library. Each student contributed a short paragraph about the excursion, which can be found using the following link:
Gill meets Ella the Echidna in Australia!
http://www.langwitches.org/ blog/travel/teddybearsaround theworld/2011/03/gill-at-thepublic-library/
Gill the Goldfish Goes Global: Project Spin-Off! There has been such great interest in our class mascot project that we’ve had to purchase another set of Gill the Goldfish stuffed animals! We’re calling them G2 (Gill the II) and Lil G. This month we will be working on a collaborative story about how these two clones came to be! G2 just left to visit a class in British Columbia and Lil G is currently in Montreal with former Ryerson kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Wells! You can follow all of the adventures of our class mascot collection on their own special pages of the Gill the Goldfish wiki site: http://gillthegoldfishgoesglobal. wikispaces.com/
Australian Adventure Update: We have received a short email message stating that Gill the Goldfish has arrived safely in Australia. Our friends “down under” will also be sending us their class mascot, Ella the Echidna, to visit us here in Cambridge! We have set up a special page on our Gill the Goldfish Goes Global wiki site just for this learning exchange. You can follow along by visiting this link:
http://gillthegoldfishgoesglob al.wikispaces.com/Australian+ Adventure
Collaborative Story Writing Project:
This month, our class will work with a group of classes around the world to write and illustrate a collaborative story online. We’ll be using wikis, voicethreads, and other tools to collaborate on this project. Stay tuned for more details and our final product that will be shared next month!
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