By Carys and Victoria
Today is the tenth day of school, wow! We started off the day with a fun art assignment with Mr. Obermeyer the 4/5 teacher. We all decorated our art portfolios and we had very unique and cool results! I’m pretty sure we all enjoyed it!
After our fun art class, we came back to continue learning about Genres of books and classifying them.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s a starting point; all diagrams created on the SMARTboard today as a whole class activity]:
Genres are different categories of fiction and non-fiction books such as sci-fi, historic fiction, mystery, romance, and biography. There are also interest or topic categories like drama, art, sports, animals, space….anything you can THINK of!
[EDITOR’S NOTE: We attempted to classify our classroom books first by looking at non-fiction]:
And fiction (unfinished diagram!)
[EDITOR’S NOTE: In addition to being an important Literacy/Reading activity, this activity is connected to developing our understanding of classification systems — for our grade 6 Biodiversity unit, as well as our grade 6 Human Body unit. We discovered several challenges, including: What is the difference between a GENRE and a TOPIC or THEME? Something to explore — an online definition suggests that a genre is “based on distinctive stylistic criteria”. Books about “animals”, for example, could show up in several genres with unique “stylistic criteria” (e.g. realistic fiction book or a biography of a horse breeder or a trade book published by DK about horse breeds, etc) and so “animals” is not a genre. We might use a modified classification system to organize our classroom bookshelf by including a blend of genres and topics/themes to simplify things.]
After a great Recess, we had math. We did some work in the textbook. In the textbook we had to convert numbers into Standard form and Expanded form, and there were a LOT of numbers but we worked through it!
Then we had French with Miss Rankin and we played 4 corners in French. We also watched a French video about body features, such as eyes, noses and much more.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: In the computer lab, students either continued to front load some information related to our science units, interacted with online math games or worked with me or 5/6F student Jordan to recite their “I Am” poems — we have something interesting planned to show you on Meet the Teacher Night related to the poem and technology. We ended our day planning classroom jobs and then on the soccer field!]