It’s been a busy last couple of weeks in the library what with our storyteller visit and the Beijing Book Fair. It’s been busy too in our library lessons!
For this session, the Grade 3 students have been integrating the iPads into their Cities unit of inquiry. After some initial tuning in activities that explored the needs and wants of inhabitants and key vocabulary such as infrastructure, students began planning their individual cities using an app called Hoopa City.
Download the app here.
This app is rated in the Top 5 Kids’ apps at the App Store in more than 30 countries and was also awarded an Editor’s Choice Award by Children’s Technology Review. The app has allowed students to build their own city and consider how the concepts of nature, economy, society and well-being are a necessary part in their planning. 3K students were so excited about building their cities that they even downloaded the app at home, to build there, too!
Yesterday, students shared with their peers how they had used the compass model prompts (Nature, Society, Economy & Well-being) to review their cities. The next stage will see the Grade 3′s share their city plans and, in small groups, decide on a final plan for their city and actually build it in the classroom.
Go Grade Three’s!
Grade 4 have continued working on inferring and questioning strategies during our Reader’s Workshop sessions in the library, using Shaun Tan picture books. We’ve also been practicing making connections while they read: Text to Text; Text to Self and Text to World. The students have also been just loving digging into the many graphic novels we have in our collection, during their independent reading time.
Having just finished their advertising unit and taking a deep breath before the onset of the PYP Exhibition unit after the December break, the Grade 5′s spent last week exploring some new coding apps on the iPads. Here’s a screenshot of the apps currently on the iPads:
The apps are all free and can be downloaded at the Appstore.
The Grade 2′s have continued to work on storytelling as part of their Culture through Stories unit. This week, during our library lesson we shared How the world woke up by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters and made connections with other aboriginal stories we’ve read and listened to.
The Grade 1′s were introduced to a new app we purchased called My Incredible Body.
Download the app here.
With this app, students can zoom inside a skeleton, muscles, organs, nerves, and blood vessels to learn where everything is and how everything works. They can jump on board a rocket for a ride through the human body to learn how blood flows and understand how messages travel to and from the brain … and lots more.
Kindergarten have been creating their own story based on the wordless adaptation of Aesop’s fable, The Lion & the Mouse, adapted by Jerry Pinkney.
The students had so many questions in connection with the illustrations and ideas and predictions about the story. This week, in connection with their Animal Characteristics unit, we also began looking at Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. The students were quickly hooked by the ‘actual size’ of the animal illustrations in the book and the easy-to-understand fascinating facts. Watch this clip for a closer look inside this fabulous book.