Students were highly engaged during their field study at the Calgary Humane Society. We learned about the importance of providing care for pets through empathy building activities. By showing students engaging flashcards and reading a touching story of a CHS dog, we were able to elicit the similarities between human and animal emotions, and needs. During the program, the program facilitators also discussed what pets need to be healthy and happy and concluded with a dog safety exercise, including dog bite prevention. Following the field study, we drew pictures and labeled what dogs need in our creative journals.
A special elf arrived with a letter. We named the elf Vault. In the letter, Vault is wondering if students can help solve a problem. When all the elves go back to live with Santa, it gets pretty crowded. Vault is wondering if we can build him his very own house to take back to the North Pole. We identified with how Vault must be feeling and decided he is probably squished and needs his own personal space. We are very excited to help Vault. As a large group, we brainstormed a list of things we think we need to build a house. We also discussed the essential components to a house (door, windows, walls, roof, etc). Students used various building materials to practice building houses.
To encourage discussion ask your child: What shapes are used when building a house? How many sides are there? What are the essential components to a house?
Next week, we will finish our plans for building Vault's house and start measuring!
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.