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!
Poetry cafe was a great success! We arranged the desks into a semi-circle, sipped cinnamon tea, dimmed the lights and lit our tealight candles. Students were eager to share their poetry, or favourite poems from home and equally eager to offer thoughtful responses. The class is working on voice projection, and expression, but these things will come with practice and time. (click images to enlarge)
Next week is Spirit Week at Dickens, here's a look at what student council has planned...
Monday- Hat and shades day
Tuesday- Jersey or favourite t-shirt day
Wednesday- Famous person day
Thursday- Crazy hair day
Friday- Sleepy day (pj's)
Today two men from the Vancouver Stealth Professional Lacrosse Team paid us a visit. Students learned that Lacrosse is our national sport, and that it was invented by Canadian First Nations people. During P.E. everyone had a chance to develop some Lacrosse skills- we had a great time, and many expressed an interest in playing lacrosse again!
We are starting a new science unit during Theme block- Simple Machines! Students started with a brief review and discovery project. From there we will move into simple machines explorations. Starting next week we need to compile some basic materials. I'm able to supply most of the items required, but if you have any of the following items, please send them along:
We had a great time skating this morning. A big thank-you to the parents who came along for the walk, and helped with skates!
Our field trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery was a great success! Students experienced a wide range of conceptual multi-media art pieces, took part in discussions, studied line/pattern through sketching, and finished off with a mixed media workshop. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
A big thank-you to all parent volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you!
Simple Machines Gallery Walk
Field Trip: Reel 2 Reel
Easter long weekend
Field Trip: V.A.G.
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.