On this beautifully warm and sunny day-before-Earth-Day, divisions 10 and 11 came together to celebrate by getting out into nature.
For French the students learned some nature vocabulary, partnered up and put it to work while on a nature scavenger hunt.
During Art Class we introduced the concept of ephemeral nature art, and together the students headed to Sunnyside Park to design and create art for others to discover and enjoy.
If you're interested in learning more about nature art, you may like to start by looking at Andy Goldsworthy' s work:
Happy Earth Day Weekend!
As part of Student Vote the class is exploring different types of government and their differing leadership strategies. Each tribe (table group) discussed what it might be like to utilize the leadership strategies of a dictatorship, democracy, or consensus model when making decisions. In one case they imagined themselves as a babysitter working on getting children to bed, in another scenario they imagined themselves deciding on school party plans with a large group of peers. And there were many more scenarios beyond these. In each case tribes discussed which type of government would be the most effective. It was very interesting to hear everyone's ideas and differing perspectives!
HOMEWORK (Gr. 3/4/5):
In addition to this exercise, students have been asked to discuss with their families which countries currently utilize: democracy, monarchy, constitutional monarchy, dictatorship, and a republic model of governing. Students have been asked to make these notes on their worksheets, and bring back for discussion.
Due: Tues, April 18th.
HOMEWORK (Gr. 5):
Each grade 5 student has picked one type of government to research. Their research is to be organized on a poster that they will present to the grade 3's and 4's. All criteria for this project has been provided to the students in a handout.
Due: Thurs, April 20th.
Our field trip was a big hit, the class really enjoyed the stop motion film making and the films were inspirational- offering a little something for everyone. Throughout the screening students were literally on the edges of their seats with interest.
A big thank-you to all family drivers and supervision volunteers! Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.
Reel Focus – The Art and Science of Image Making
Over five weekdays, elementary school students from across Metro Vancouver attend a 75-minute hands-on film making workshop accompanied by a 75-minute program of short films at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (RHCC).
It was great to see you all. Thank-you for your thoughtful comments- the class will enjoy reading these for sure. For me, witnessing the joy and pride each child exuded during their conferences was remarkable.
I hope you enjoyed the evening!
Please meet at the Red Courtyard in front of the school at 9:10. We will need to arrive at the Yaletown Roundhouse by 9:40 and will be returning back to school by 2:00. Pickup from the Roundhouse will be at 1:10, if you are staying, parking is available underneath for $3.25 per hour.
During the first week of March Charles Dickens Elementary learned how to Square Dance! Our class and Peggy's class got together for three blocks of Square Dance instruction. Students learned about the history of the dance, and even got to try out some of the musical instruments.
On Friday all intermediate classes, teachers, and some families took part in one gigantic square dance- it sure was a lot of fun! Thank-you to Paul Silvera and his fiddle and banjo band "Professor Banjo". professorbanjo.com
On February 16th all Dickens intermediate students viewed a dramatization of a criminal trial performed by The People's Law School. Justice Theatre is a troupe of professional actors who aim to raise awareness and stimulate discussion of legal matters impacting youth. As part of the experience 12 students from various grades were chosen to be jury members. One jury member was chosen from Div.10- well done, you made a great member of the jury!
Division 10 and 11 are studying Simple Machines as part of our Science Theme work this term. They have been learning about the 6 simple machines and how they make work easier. We are now starting a project where students are asked to invent their own simple or compound machines.
Below are their instructions:
Parents, we need your help by collecting materials at home or at the store if needed. These should not be expensive materials as their inventions will be
simple versions of their designs. Examples of materials would be:
Elastics, wooden spools, duct tape, dowels, corrugated paper, strings etc.
Please bring materials in on Tuesday Feb.14.
They will be given 2-3 weeks to design, experiment and build their machines during our Science theme time. It would be beneficial if students continue their exploration at home and share their successes and problem solving as they enjoy their process.
Researching some designs online is also helpful. Here is one link we have found useful for some good ideas for designing simple machines.
Happy engineering everybody.
Peggy MacKinnon/Sara Peerless
Valentines Day is fast approaching! If your child would like to hand out Valentine cards, please ensure they have one for every student. We have a total of 24 students in Division 10. I will be sending home a list of names this Friday. Thank-you!
Here is a sample of the creative Valentine bags students have made in preparation for the big day!
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Field Trip: V.A.G.
Field Trip: Gladstone Dancers
My name is Sara, and I'm excited to be the Division 10 teacher of a grade 3/4/5 learning community at Dickens this year! Here's a little bit about me- I'm Mom to an 8 year old boy, an educator, artist, vegetable gardener, yoga enthusiast, foodie, cook, pet chicken keeper, nature lover, hiker, and in my "past life" an interior architectural designer.