Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Discount on EPIC!

Epic has just sent us a discount code to access their Children's Book Library for $5.99 a month. There are thousands of books available on Epic, it's kind of like Netflix for books! (and cheaper than library fines, if your family is anything like mine!)

Here is the flyer for your discount code. If you need any help, let me know.

Weekly Check-In (Oct 16-27)

First off, I want to say thank you to all of you who are reading and using the resources I'm sharing. If you have any particular resources you are looking for, units you're teaching, or subjects that your learners are passionate about, let me know and I'll see what I can find!

I know I missed last week's check-in. We had a Provincial Professional Development Day. I went on an amazing 5 mile hike with a Okanagan Indian Band knowledge keeper who shared his experiences growing up and took us all around some traditional and contemporary lands. He showed us ancient petroglyphs, and we saw all kinds of wildlife including mountain goats. It was a fantastic experience for me, that left me encouraged to do more to incorporate indigenous content into my teaching.

  • Story Starters: Some of you may be familiar with the upper intermediate (grade 6-9) story starters I'm using in our Google Classrooms. I have a great story starter link for K-5. Scholastic has this website which gives random story parts within a genre. 

  • Wonderopolis is a website which gives you a new "I wonder" (submitted by students!) every day. It's like a mini-mythbuster to start your morning. 

  • Being that it's nearly Halloween- here are some Pumpkin Math resources 2-5. (They're FREE!)
  • Here is some Pumpkin Literacy resources for K-3. Let me also give a huge shoutout to (Canadian) This Reading Mama- her resources are always top notch and 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Global Read Aloud is here!

Hello friends!
As promised, we are participating in the Global Read Aloud this year. I will be reading "The Wild Robot" which you can listen to on this page. I'm going to keep updating with all the links to the chapters as we go!

In order to access the Google Drive folder you need to sign in with your @youlearn.ca address. If you need help resetting it, you can email your teacher or Sarah Moore.

The Wild Robot review

The Wild Robot Audio Files
Chapters 1-4 (Uploaded)
Chapters 5-8 (Uploaded)
Chapters 8-12 (Uploaded)
Chapters 13-17 (Uploaded)
Chapters 18-21 (Uploaded)
Chapters 22-25 (Uploaded)
Chapter 26 (Uploaded)
Chapter 27-28 (Uploaded)
Chapters 29-30 (Uploaded)
Chapters 31-35 (Uploaded)
Chapters 35-40 (Uploaded)
Chapters 40-44
Chapters 45-49
Chapters 50-54
Chapters 55-59
Chapters 60-64
Chapters 65-69
Chapters 70-74
Chapters 75-80

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Famous Canadian Inventor: Reginald Aubrey Fessenden

Each month I'd like to highlight a famous Canadian, specifically looking at how they overcame challenges and used Core Competencies to complete their work and enhance the world they lived in.

For October I've chosen Reginald Aubrey Fassenden. He invented the technique that allowed radios to work. Specifically he was able to attach sound waves to electrical modulations in order to send sounds across a distance.

You can read more about him at a Canadian appreciation site hereHere is a Canadian Heritage Minute about Mr. Fassenden.

You can watch some videos about how radio works here and here. Here is a very in depth video about how radio works.

So which Core Competencies did he use?

Communication: He was able to share his ideas with others at his workplace. He was also able to ask questions about the technologies that existed so that he could add his ideas to them (specifically morse code!)

Creative Thinking: Fassenden had to use the creative thinking skills he had to dream that you could send sound, music, and voice across electronic waves.

Critical Thinking: Fassenden then had to think about technology that would allow him to transmit sounds, and had to combine several different existing technologies and create some of his own!

Social Responsibility Although his end goal was to profit from his invention, he did create a new form of mass communication that would ultimately help the world.

Have a suggestion for a famous Canadian? Or can you think of other ways Fassenden used the Core Competencies to do his work? Comment below!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Global Read Aloud

This time of year many of us look forward to the crisp fall days, the warm sweaters, and cuddling on the sofa with our kids and a great book.

In many classrooms around the world, this is also the time of year that Teachers start thinking about the Global Read Aloud. Global Read Aloud was designed by Pernille Ripp, and I'll let her tell you about the purpose.

"But I don't have a classroom! We are a homeschool family!" I hear you cry, but my hope is that we can start building our school community by participating in activities like this.

One way we can do that is by letting students participate in our (safe, secure, and private) school writing program- Write About. Write About is a great platform for sharing writing with other students, but it's also a great way to learn about Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship.

If you're interested in participating in the Writing Activities, go to Write About and click Register. The Teacher Code is SM8934. Then they sign in with their @Youlearn.ca email accounts.

You do not have to participate in the writing activities to listen to the books this year! I'll be sharing audio tracks of me reading the books through our blog here, starting October 16th!

Weekly Checkin Oct 9-13

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It's always nice to celebrate family, and to reflect on how fortunate we are to have all that we have. Being thankful is an important character lesson that we pass on to our children, and I am glad we have a national day of celebration for it.

  • When I think about Thanksgiving, I am always reminded of the Little House on the Prairie books, and of Anne of Green Gables. I'm not sure what it is about that time period, maybe just that things seemed simpler and it was easier to be thankful for things we take for granted. I came across this article about Anne and the money that would have been used when she went down to the shop. It might be of interest to you and your learners to know that the year that Anne of Green Gables was published was also the year that the Royal Canadian Mint began operations! 

  • Speaking of amazing young women of literature some of you may know that I grew up in southern California. Every year we went to an outdoor play. "Romona" was based on a book by the same name. The author of that book was Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), who was a renowned poet (and friends with Emily Dickinson). She was so moved by hearing a speech by Chief Standing Bear about the treatment of American First Peoples that she wrote a research book, and a fictionalized tale of a girl (Romona) who is half Scottish, half Native American, and has a life of hardship and racial discrimination; you can read the book here free!  It's Helen Hunt Jackson's birthday this month!

  • iBooks Author (Free!)- Your learners can share their learning in beautiful and creative ways including pictures, text, videos, links, and more. You can create a family cookbook, your learners can create their own textbooks on a subject they are obsessively interested in, and you can also use it as a digital scrapbook. Next time you're looking for an end project, and don't want another essay, posterboard, or lapbook, try this out! (Video Tutorial) It works on Mac and iOS devices.
  • Finally our Global Read Aloud begins Monday. You'll be able to access a week's worth of recordings at a time here on the blog.  We're reading The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Weekly Check In Oct 2-5 + Thanksgiving Craft!

Thanksgiving is here, and that means we've all survived the first few weeks of school.

It also means we get time to sit with our families, enjoy good food, and maybe catch a game.

  1. School Wide Write has started. You can find out more here
  2. A mom shared this resource with me and I wanted to share it out to you all. Lego Challenge Cards give your learners something to do when you just can't open another workbook. For extended learning ask your student to sketch their idea first, then build it, then compare the two. Ask them to reflect on the following:
    1. Were they successful in building their sketch?
    2. What changes did they have to make and why?
  3. EverFi has an awesome course on Digital Literacy for grades 6-8.  It's called Ignition and it takes students on a journey that teaches about digital footprints, internet safety, bullying, conducting online research, and digital time management. If you're interested in your student participating email Sarah and she can get you set up. 
  4. EverFi also makes a module for learning about Money Management. It's called Vault and it mainly geared for grades 4-6. If you're interested in your student participating email Sarah and she can get you set up. 

Our Thanksgiving Craft:

In our classroom this week we've made Nutting Baskets. We took jute string and pipe cleaners and wove baskets to forage nuts and berries.

You can make your own by following the instructions in the Pioneer Thanksgiving Book.

Encourage your learners to do as much on their own as they can. Sometimes we can jump in too quick (with both help and criticism!). Learning to unravel and redo the weave a little tighter, or to critically evaluate our own work and decide if we are happy with it, or want to try again is an important skill for every person to develop, and these types of activities and crafts are a great way to do it.


Extra shoutout to Aidan who brought hazelnuts in to share with us.

The Dot & Augmented Reality

Have you heard of Augmented Reality? It's the real world, plus a little bit more.

In this picture you can see how Ikea has utilized Augmented Reality to show you how their furniture would look in your current space.

The big hit app of last summer was also an Augmented Reality. Pokemon Go allowed you to interact with the physical world by catching Pokemon, visiting gyms, and Pokestops. The catch was that you had to actually be moving through your location and exercising.

So how can you use Augmented Reality in your home?

We used it as a companion activity to our Read-Aloud- The Dot by Peter H Reynolds

Vashti is a little girl who is very sure she isn't good at Art. Her art teacher disagrees, and asks her to just try her best and sign her work. Vashti does it, hesitantly. The next day, after her artwork is displayed for the whole class to see, she decides she can do better than her first try. She tries over and over, getting better as she goes.

I encourage you to read it to your students (of all ages!)

After we read the book we created our own dots, and then using the Quiver app, we made our Dots come to life!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Elementary Write!

Every year we host an (Almost!) Elementary Wide Write. As a staff we have decided to focus our students on building their reading skills for K-3 and writing skills for 4-7. In order to best help writers grow their skills and talents, we have to know where we are starting from!

Please return to your teacher by: OCTOBER 23

What is it? The (Almost!) Elementary Wide Write has writing prompts for grades 2-7. Our young writers will take time to brainstorm before writing. After they've done their writing, let your learner know they have some time to go back and edit their work, checking for common punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

What are we looking for? In creating this year's (Almost!) Elementary Wide Write, we've also added information for our parents on the writing process. We are specifically looking for the pre-writing, drafting, and revising skills that our young writers have developed.

What do we do with the information? Your teacher will use the (Almost!) Elementary Wide Write to help their learner develop specific writing skills. If a student is struggling with grammar, but not spelling, then the teacher can give extra support to their family.

If you have any questions, please contact your teacher!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

In countless cultures around the world, the moon can remind us of history, stories, ancestors, conflict, peace, provision, and togetherness.  China has a long history of moon mythology, stories, and interpretations.

For the Ojibway and many other First Peoples, the moon held practical and symbolic references.

I'd like to invite our students to participate as we create our own moons of remembrance to celebrate our lives: learning, triumphs, happy times, struggles, successes, and relationships.

Over the course of our school year, I'll read the story of the month's moon. Invite your learners to listen, and then help them brainstorm what they want to remember from the past month. They can add their 'story' to your home by drawing a representation of their month. Hang them on your learning wall as a visual timeline of your school year. You can also print the turtle below as a large poster and have student cut and paste little representations over each number.

If you want to follow along, or enjoy the beautiful illustrations, you can buy the book from Strong Nations or Amazon.

Our first month is Moon When Acorns Appear.