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