This week every student at the junior school is participating in Hour of Code.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! See http://hourofcode.com/ca for details.
Yesterday during 1EW’s library block Ms. Walker cut open the giant hornet’s nest. As we cut the middle of the nest none of us knew what to expect. The inside was AMAZING. The look on the student’s faces was priceless. Here are some photos to give you an idea of what the grade 1 class got to explore yesterday.
Today Mr. Weber’s Grade 1 reading group was introduced to National Geographic Magazine. We spent some time perusing a bunch of back issues, and then each boy chose one article to read carefully. After reading, we tried to answer some questions about the articles we read:
- Remember – describe what your article was about. (2-3 sentences)
- Understand – what is the most important thing for the reader to take away from this story? (what is the message?)
- Apply – what questions (2-3) would you ask the author if you could talk with them?
- Analyze – how does this story connect to your own life? (at least 1 good sentence)
- Evaluate – is the story trying to convince us of something? (is it trying to make us think something?)
- Create – can you create something new that, if added, would make this story better? (a picture or some added writing) – do this on the back
Here are the links to the articles that each boy read:
Mr. Weber – Daisetsuzan: Big Snow Mountain, published August 2008
Noaah – Sailfish in the Whirl, published September 2008
Gabriel – Frozen Assets: Send Me to Siberia, published June 2008
Derek – Japan’s Nuclear Refugees, published December 2011
Isaac – Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas?, published July 2008
In reference to Mr. Weber’s dice-themed Western shirt: “You look like a professional Yahtzee player!”
Every year the Grade 1 boys celebrate 100 days of school. The 100th day was actually this past Friday, which coincided with the Primary field trip to the symphony. So, instead, they had a party today – 101!
One benefit of being in the library is our proximity to the Primary wing and its abundance of cupcakes for every occasion. Today’s was pretty unique!