As part of their Animal Characteristics PYP unit, the Kindergarten students have been reading, Actual Size and What do you do when something tries to eat you?, both by Steve Jenkins.
We have a great selection of books by Steve Jenkins in the library and he has become a favourite author amongst the Elementary students in recent weeks! His super illustrations and unusual facts have the students hooked.
Grade 1 students have also been enjoying a book by Steve Jenkins, called Bones.
This book takes a look at skeletons and how they work with an emphasis on the human skeleton compared to animals.
We have also been reading one of the new additions to the library, called The Holes in Your Nose by Genichiro Yagyu.
This books is a really fun book for younger students, taking readers on a journey showing what our noses look like inside and out and their function as part of our body system.
Grade 2 have started a new PYP unit: Endangered Animals. This week, students started exploring an app called, WWF together
Some of the features of this great app include:
* In-depth, interactive stories of endangered animals, including giant pandas, tigers, monarch butterflies, marine turtles and polar bears.
* Origami of each animal that folds up, creating an animated video you can share with your friends and family through Facebook, email and Twitter – plus, download instructions for making your own origami.
* 3D interactive globe – discover exactly how far away you are from 70 different animals around the world.
* Up-to-date conservation and wildlife news
* Cool and unusual animal facts. (Do you know what a panda and a stick of butter have in common?)
* Multiple ways to get involved and help protect these amazing animals.
And, best of all, the app is FREE!
As part of their literacy unit on poetry, Grade 3 students have been looking at different types of poems in their library lesson. This week, we shared poems from Paul Fleischmann’s poems for two voices, Joyful Noise.
Students then practiced a poem of their choice with a partner and, some courageous students, performed their poems to the rest of the class.
Grade 4 students have been looking at the features of non-fiction texts in their reader’s workshop lessons in the library. First, students used their chosen non-fiction text from their book box to brainstorm features with a partner. In the follow-up lesson, students co-constructed a chart showing their thinking about the purpose of the different features of non-fiction texts and how they help us as readers.
During their independent reading time, students used the FQR chart strategy (Facts, Questions and Reflections) to record their thinking and questions as they read their non-fiction book.
Grade 5 students are well under way with their PYP Exhibition unit. Students have opened iCloud accounts using the Pearltrees app as a place to store their work as they start digging deeper into their chosen topics. During their library lesson, students co-constructed an anchor chart showing their thoughts on ‘What do good researchers do?’
The students had some fabulous ideas and we have since used this chart to create a what do good researchers do – checklist that students and teachers can use to assess the students’ research skills, as part of an ongoing process.
Students have also been using the Popplet app to map their thinking and have begun experimenting with the Explain Everything app that will be one of the options students will have for sharing their learning as part of the technology component of the exhibition.