This week we focused a lot of our discussions on what it means to be a good classmate and how we as a class can prevent bullying. Students brainstormed how they can be respectful to others, show compassion and empathy, and what it means to be brave and stand up for others. On Wednesday, students were encouraged to wear pink in support of "Pink Shirt Day" which is an anti-bullying initiative. As a class we discussed the many forms of bullying and how we can take initiative to stop these acts in our school and classroom. Students also made their own pink shirt and wrote their ideas of how they stop bullying on a day to day basis.
This week we also started our "Boats and Buoyancy" unit by first brainstorming defining characteristics and abilities of various watercrafts. Students were split into groups to collaborate and share their ideas and knowledge then they shared their groups ideas with the rest of the class. A strong educational tool I like to see in any classroom is reciprocal teaching where students teach others about their ideas and opinions. Reciprocal teaching is also a great way for students to feel appreciated and heard in their classroom.
Next, students learned the idea of buoyancy and started to develop hypothesis' about which classroom items would float or sink. Students explored their classroom environment and chose a variety of objects they would like to test to observe if they were buoyant or not. In their field study journals, students made their predictions in the form of a drawing. As a class on Friday, we tested our group hypothesis' of various items. On Tuesday, students will independently get to test objects they chose and record their findings.
In the upcoming weeks, students will be constructing and testing their own watercrafts. If you would like to donate any of the following materials it would be greatly appreciated:
- styrafoam cups
- popsicle sticks
* I will be filling in for Mrs. Kemski while she is on maternity leave so feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.