Today we looked through a variety of local newspapers to find the elements in a newspaper which draws the most attention. The use of colour, size of photos and words, and word choice seemed to be the most popular observations. The students also explored which advertisements were most effective and why.
Our kick-off for the unit about Media and Advertising was a real hit! Students enjoyed looking at newspaper pictures, discussing what they saw vs what they inferred, and finally creating eye-catching titles and humorous captions. It was interesting to compare the different perceptions of the pictures, and how an image can elicit different ideas and thoughts for each person.
Students completed a See, Think, Wonder chart when looking at a variety of religious symbols, buildings, and artwork. It sparked a great discussion about what our next unit would be, and added some excitement for what's to come!
The students really enjoyed the Expo class this week. A new topic was introduced about how plastics are taking over the world, and the is impact on humans and animals. Perhaps an inquiry topic for the Expo...
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What do you SEE? What do you THINK? What do you WONDER? Students are working on proper note-taking techniques, and how to record ideas and thoughts in a meaningful and time-saving manner. While watching the Documentary The 11th Hour for this year's Expo, students recorded their observations, feelings/thoughts, and questions in an easy-to-read graphic organizer. I was very impressed to see that students had some great recorded information, as well as some thoughtful connections, and even some sketched sustainable housing prototypes!
For their unit about Forces and Structures, grade 5/6 students read an article about the history of domes and how they are constructed, during English class. They then used the knowledge they gained from the article to construct a dome of their own!
The students are having a hard time putting down this book! A very interesting novel about a dystopian community living in the future, and survival is in the hands of two 11 year olds. We have had many great discussions about the systems put in place to keep the Ember community in working order, and have had some great ideas of what could be done to improve it.