Week 16

I would like to thank everyone who came to the Future Forecast Product Convention this past week. It was great to see so many of you there.

This week is the first of 3 that will be short.  This week, in particular, will only have 3 days of in class learning.  Thursday is Activity Day and Friday is the start of our 4 day weekend.  In English, the students have been asked to choose one of their favourite Genre Wheel book to use for a presentation. Over the next few weeks, students will understand why they liked the book so much, what others think about it, and then they will give a persuasive presentation to convince other Grade 6 students to read their chosen book.

Speaking of reading, students will continue to be given some time to read independently during class but we still hope that students will read for approximately 30 minutes every evening.  This past week we looked at some reading statistics and many students formed new goals for the next month of the Genre Wheel project.

In Social Studies, we will continue our study of the materials economy.  This week we will focus on production.  On Wednesday, students will participate in an interactive learning activity called the Trading Game.  It is a great way for students to understand how supply and demand works and how production fits within the materials economy.

Have a great week and long weekend when we get there!

Week 15 – Future Forecast Convention

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a good weekend.

We have a packed week this week as we officially end our 3rd quarter performance task and begin working with our 4th quarter content.  To that end, all parents are invited (see my email) to our Future Forecast convention showcase this Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who has already confirmed attendance.

Our new interdisciplinary unit is called Relationships.  This is a unit that builds learning in each core subject area throughout the quarter until the final couple of weeks where students will take their learning from each subject area and apply it to solve a real world problem.  This builds from the product designs done in the Future Forecast, but this will be in the form of a TED Talk given at the end of the year.

Speaking of TED Talks, many thanks to Nanette Medved-Po for the fantastic TED Talk she gave last week. She spoke about how it is not enough for businesses simply to be profitable, and how it is important to contribute to the world too. This really struck a chord with a lot of the children, and they were very fired up afterwards. I think the future of the world is safe in their capable hands! Thank you Nanette!

In English this week, we will introduce the next (and final) part of our Genre Wheel project.  This task is a persuasive presentation where students will use a variety of texts (including their chosen novel) to convince other Grade 6 students that their favourite Genre Wheel book is the perfect choice for a new Grade 6 student.  The skills developed and nurtured here will apply to the final performance task of the year: The TED Talk.

In Social Studies, we are going to begin our study of the materials economy.  This will begin with a viewing of the excellent video called The Story of Stuff.  Please feel free to watch this at home in order to understand what students are learning in the classroom.  By the end of the week, we will have developed a brief understanding of the whole process in the materials economy and we will spend a more focused lesson specifically on the extraction phase.


Week 14

Hello everyone,

This week will be a busy one with students preparing their advertisements and finalising their presentations for their Future Forecast project. They will be presenting Wednesday April 20th.  I sent an email in regard to parents coming to see their presentations.  If you would like to come see all of the hard work that they’ve been doing, please let me know.

Starting this week in English, students will be conferencing with me during lessons, tutorials and library time.  They will be comparing and contrasting two books that they have read for Genre Wheel considering the elements of fiction.

On Wednesday, we are lucky enough to have Nanette Medved-Po, founder and president of HOPE (http://www.generationhope.ph/), coming to give a version of her recent TED talk to our students. I, for one, am very excited about this!

On Thursday/Friday, students will complete a short assessment where they will answer a series of questions related to their global issue and product. I have given them time to think about their answers for this, and they all have revision guides to help them.

Have a great week!

Week 13 – Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable spring break. I thoroughly enjoyed California and it was great to spend time with my family.

In Social Studies this week, students are brainstorming potential product designs to help solve the problems they have been researching in their “Future Forecast” task forces. Towards the end of the week, they will begin to design an advertisement (print or commercial) to “sell” their product at the upcoming product convention.

In English​,​ students will be applying what they have learned about persuasive writing in the design of their “Future Forecast” advertisement. They will also be writing introductions and conclusions for the presentation of their product.

Starting this week, students will also be meeting with me for a reading conference in which they compare and contrast two books from their genre wheel goals. Students will be signing up for a specific date and time that will take place at some point over the next 6 weeks. They need to come to this conference prepared to discuss their two books in detail.

Have a great week!