What clothes did they wear? What music did they listen to? What games did they play?
These are just some of the questions the students asked when thinking about their grandparents, parents, and even MY childhood. To answer these many questions, we have decided to create a timeline to compare similarities and differences through the decades. The class started in the 1920s and are working up to the year 2010! I am enjoying listening to the conversations that are being sparked by their research and the interesting observations being made.
As a class, we have read many books about childhood experiences and about passing along stories through the generations. The students have been noticing many interesting changes that have occurred through history, but also many that have stayed the same!
Some of these stories have answered our questions about our grandparents childhood experiences, while other books have guided us to ask new questions.
The students have also recognized that certain events had significant impacts on the past generations, such as landing on the moon, or the first colour television set. Great observations by everyone!
For our current unit, we are exploring the similarities and difference in childhood memories between the student's grandparents and themselves. Lots of discussion has been had about the games that their grandparents played,and how interesting it is that many of those games are still played today! We have played some old cards games, marbles, and of course and old favourite, skipping!
The students showed pride in their finished project and enjoyed presenting their information to the class. They made many connections between projects and made some conclusions about how and why transportation has changed over time.
The students have begun their projects for their Transportation Unit. We have been exploring how we use different forms of transportation and how it impacts our lives. We have made the connection that as transportation changes, so do our lives and vice versa.
For the project, partners have chosen an important type of transportation, and are researching how it has changed over time. I look forward to seeing their poster boards and hearing their presentations.
After reading a few different stories in class, we brainstormed as many different forms as transportation as we could. After compiling our list, we sorted our Transportation vocabulary into three groups: Air, Water, Land. Hmmm, we wonder why there are so many more types of land transportation? We will find out soon!
The students were so excited to publish their Poetry Anthologies. I hope that the parents enjoy sitting down to read the poems with the budding authors.
Thursday is one of our favourite day. On Thursdays we take turns reading our library books out loud to our friends. I love seeing ( and hearing) how well everyone is becoming at reading!
This week the students used digraph cards to create bl- and cl- words. We explored how we could combine these words in our poetry to make a pleasing sounding poem. This device is called Alliteration. " The blue blip blew across the black sky. "