This week the students continued to study great change makers who stood up for what they believed in when they were treated in an unfair way. Our first story was about Viola Desmond. The students learned that until the Civil Rights act in 1964 people were given different rights based on the colour of their skin in the United States and Canada. The students learned how strong Viola Desmond was for refusing to sit separately from white people in a movie theater in Nova Scotia. For her action she was put in jail. One student exclaimed how this hurt his heart because our differences make us special and it would be boring if we all looked the same. The students had the change to retell this story using artifacts and pictures. We turned our dramatic play area into a movie theater and talked about how important it was to include others in our play.
After listening to many stories over the week on change-makers such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, the students started making a class book on their favourite change maker.
We cannot wait to read and present our Change Maker's Book at our Reader's Cafe when we return. The new date will be announced as soon as we know when we will be returning to school!
The students used special water colour pencil crayons to add colour to their Kindness Quilt Squares. We cannot wait to also present this quilt to you at our Reader's Cafe.
To prepare for our Reader's Cafe, we also opened up a General Store in our dramatic play centre. The students have been working all year on counting to $1 in different ways. We are hoping to bake goods and pretend to sell these treats at the cafe. This week they wored on counting by 5, 10 and 25 independently with our play money.
The students who attended the last day of school before the break were given a vacation journal. Over this extended break use this time to follow your child's lead and make activities they love educational. Bake with them and learn about fractions, capacity and measurement. Write out recipes and scrapbook with them. If they loved to build take a picture of their creation and have them write a sentence about it or label a diagram. Write letters to friends they can't see for a while. Play freeze dance to phonics or counting songs. I will miss my students over the break. I hope everyone stays healthy.
ABC mouse, Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ are online resources that can also be used during this time. Due to school closures they have waived the fee for these programs. Our school code is:
Redeem Code: SCHOOL8866 (This code will work for all 3 products.)
For Children in 3rd Through 8th Grade