Today, we had our first lockdown drill of the year. Since 5/6F students were in the Gym with Miss Rankin, steps needed to be taken to ensure safety – students can discuss with their parents what the routine is during lockdown while in the gym.
LITERACY – Reading/Re-Aloud/Inferring & Predicting
In Stargirl, the author suggests that students are now going to imitate Stargirl. Gathering evidence from the text, these are our inferences of how students will imitate Stargirl:
I think that the cheerleaders are going to be more active, like Stargirl – Dia
I think that everyone in Mica high school will start getting more involved like Stargirl – Iris
I think that people will start bringing in their own pets to school just like Stargirl and start setting their own little homes up on their desks – Elise
I think that people will start trying to have their own style of dress like Stargirl – Isabel
When I heard this, I thought it was more of a metaphor — meaning that the people would start being more of a nonconformist – Carson
Everyone will learn how to play the ukulele – Stephanie
(Our inferences/predictions were all confirmed!)
By treating Stargirl well and recognizing her for her accomplishments, Leo (the narrator) suggests that the students have also given something to themselves. We made inferences about what the students have given themselves by recognizing Stargirl:
(Nearly everyone had their hand up to share!)
When they were [acting like ] friends with Stargirl, then they have pride to go to clubs and go to football games – Ryan
They’re giving themselves the courage to go to games and going to see Stargirl compete and cheer her on – Ava
I think being nice to Stargirl made it easier for them to do what they wanted to do. It gives them more confidence by being around Stargirl and seeing how she’s able to do it [be herself] without feeling bad or being criticized – Matt
The students maybe try now to do the stuff that they don’t normally didn’t do. – Caleb
I think what they’re getting themselves is also a bit of danger now and taking a risk. We haven’t heard anything about how Hillari’s responding to this. She may be getting mad and she may not be any aiming her anger anymore at just Stargirl – Elise
They were always scared of what Hillari thought. They weren’t doing what they wanted to be doing. So now they’re forgetting about Hillari and doing what they want. – Dea
They’re showing more spirit. Spirit in themselves, spirit toward Stargirl, spirit in the school – Iris
After our lockdown drill, we had gym instead with 6R. Ms Fawcett & Miss Rankin took us out for a variety of games
We recalled our previous work writing summaries of non-fiction texts. We can use text features such as titles, subtitles and topic sentences to determine the main ideas of each section of a text. We can add supporting details by choosing the most important ideas in each paragraph/section. Here is an example of the previous Grade 5 practice summary:
We worked with a variety of paper or digital tools to create summaries today (Social Studies articles in Nelson Literacy according to our grade/topic):
Several students used paragraphs in their summaries to match the sub-sections in their particular article:
Students are beginning the process of communicating their reading skills through DRA. This diagnostic reading tool has been used in classrooms since the beginning of students’ time at Rousseau. Results will be communicated and students will set goals, which they will celebrate reaching as the year progresses 🙂
TRANSFORMING LEARNING EVERYWHERE (TLE) – HWDSB Initiative
Please check out the HWDSB “Transforming Learning Everywhere” initiative
TLE Taking Flight Open House will take place on October 29, 2014 at the Education Center between 10:00 a.m. and noon.
More information is posted at http://www.hwdsb.on.ca
Featuring keynote speaker Dean Shareski from Discovery Education Canada.
See the impact of TLE through Student demonstrations.