G4 Google eBooks: Force & Simple Machines UOI

Introducing Google eBooks! Great for: grade 2 and up who have google accounts classes with shared laptops (or 1:1 laptops) no iPad classrooms (therefore limited book creation apps) low tech students; language learning; learning support needs (collaborative element takes pressure off individual performance) pre-cursor for more complex eBook creation apps (ex: iBooks Author; Keynote etc) Why…

UOI eBooks in Grade 1

What skills do students learn through eBook creation? In Grade 1, students are working on a How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry. They are investigating private and public spaces and looking at what brings people together. During the collaborative planning meeting, teachers discussed a way to document their progress during the unit and we…

Finding Out: Advertising through 6 Hat Thinking

UOI: How We Express Ourselves People can create or manipulate messages to target specific audiences. Finding Out: The Function of Advertisements This week students used a series of visible thinking tools to find out more about how messages are manipulated and created to target audiences. Student-chosen adverts As a homework tasks to get them thinking…

Student-led Sign Language

Emily & Erin pave the way for ASL in 4J! This week we were lucky to have a special presentation by Emily & Erin on ASL (American Sign Language). Since our current Unit of Inquiry How We Express Ourselves focuses on communication and targeting specific audiences, these 2 students took action to share their learning…

Collaborating with Grade 8s ~ PYP Math meets MYP DT

Planning for the Grade 8s In the first week of school, Mr. Brian invited our grade fours to be clients for his Grade 8 DT project: Kite Building. We were thrilled to have an opportunity to collaborate with Grade 8s! Last week students had a chance to design their ‘dream kite’! For homework, students explored…