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Media Literacy Foldable

11 Dec

The craziness of the winter season is upon us at school! We’re doing all we can to keep our kids and academics on track while they are already focussed on the break. Add in preparing for a Christmas concert (yes, ours is still a Christmas concert) and all the holiday related interruptions and the day can seem excessively long and tiring.  As well, the other day there seemed to be a lot of supply teachers in so either everyone was taking a fun day and we didn’t get the memo or there is a nasty bug going around. Again. Good times. Good, good times.

When we think about it, there is rarely a time when there isn’t some stressor or a three-ring circus kind of day. There is always something. We can’t remember the last time we heard a colleague say they felt caught up and well rested. Maybe because they see the rest of us and know they would be universally despised or because we, as a general group, tend to feel we should always be doing more and focus on what needs to be done.

As always, our goal is to help you lessen your stress and help out where we can. We’ve noticed media literacy is a popular category in our stats so we decided to post our recently created media literacy foldable. We looked at the 5 key concepts of media literacy so we used the media triangle to create our foldable.

We also hope you take some time over the holidays to reflect not on what you need to do but what you have done well. It’s not as easy but would be good for the teaching soul. Happy Holidays!

You can download the file here:

Media Literacy INB brownlee and belanger

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(T)Each Day is a New Adventure

25 Nov

Grade 6 Science: Biodiversity

11 Nov

Okay, so we’re beyond exhausted. One of us is still coming down from the report card marathon and the other from job related travelling (why do conferences have to be so far away and, end right at the start of rush hour traffic?). Our tired brains were trying to think of something we had that might help lighten the tired overload of other teachers. When we were looking around, we realized we hadn’t posted anything science related. After the “huh” moment we went with it and decided to share our Biodiversity Tab Book and our At-Risk Species foldable book. One of us must have been digging the idea of creating books during the planning phase!

Hopefully our tired brains stumbled across a resource that will help you out. Happy biodiversity-ing … wait, that’s not right, happy bio … whatever. Enjoy!

 

The tab book was used with the book “Tree of Life”. During a read aloud, students created jot notes on each kingdom and then used those notes to write a summary for each kingdom. We found sites they could use to find examples from each kingdom and set them up with a QR to find a picture and the classification.

The at-risk species foldable book is based on an OERB lesson on “The Importance of At-Risk” Species. We used their categories for each section of the book. We added in the title, scientific classification, how to help and other important information. If you don’t know how to create a foldable book we have found https://hammermill.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/make-a-foldable-book.pdf offers a pdf with step by step directions.

booklet

 

We were so tired we forgot to post the pdfs!

Biodiversity 5 Kingdoms Tab Book brownlee and belanger

at risk foldable book brownlee and belanger

 

Interactive Notebooks in Math (Patterning and Number Sense)

20 Oct

Open Response and Math

23 Sep

Over the summer, one of us read way too many math focussed books and not enough fiction.  Then, not content with just reading the books, she often decided that she had to make some organizers to go with the math text.  As Dr. Marian Small is a math guru, she decided to start with her work. Turns out Dr. Small has way more books than anticipated! Anyway, long and boring story cut short, Dr. Marian Small’s Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction was a (relatively) more interesting read and offered some great ideas for math instruction. These included:

  • Turning around a question
  • Asking for similarities and differences
  • Asking for a number sentence
  • Replacing a number with a blank
  • Changing the question

Turning around a question, has the teacher give the answer while the students create the problem or number sentence. Asking for similarities and differences, allows students to discuss how items or concepts are alike or different (pretty self-explanatory concept really!). In asking for a number sentence, students are asked to create sentences that include certain words and numbers.

Now that we are back to school, the studious one of us is regretting her poor judgement in frittering away her time on thoughtful tasks. Her sister very nicely sorted out a stack of mysteries for her to read but did she complete that pile? Noooo. Well, her loss is your gain. If you are interested, below are organizers that will help you use these concepts in your classroom.

Now, go! Find a good mystery to read before it’s too late.

 

Download the file here: Open Math Questions Student Response BLM Brownlee and Belanger

Back to School/Getting to Know You Pages

30 Aug

Okay, so it’s back to school time and we are thinking about those first days back and the oh-so-important getting to know you activities. It seems that everyone has some cutesy idea and crafty bulletin board ideas posted. You know those ones, the kind that make the rest of us feel like we couldn’t come up with that kind of display even if we were graded on it! Despite our ineptitude in this area, we still always try.

So we have a superhero theme going on but we kind of wanted a social media take on the getting to know you activity. This is where our mildly, somewhat, okay scary compulsive side comes into play. We have an idea in our heads and then we look around. There are some amazing resources available but they are not quite exactly what we want. For some reason we don’t want a full page but we don’t want a half page either.  It’s weird. The normal thing to do would be to use the premade pages and say “This will work for me very well, thank you”.  It is not to obsess about how it’s still not what you want.  Instead, you set about making your own. You even sign up for Instagram because you want to see the images and the layout. You create an Instagram theme getting to know you page. For a while you’re happy…

Then, you start thinking about selfies. That could be cool and there’s even some clipart with superheroes taking selfies. Again, you follow similar steps as before. At least this time there isn’t anything you have to register for and a cellphone template is surprisingly quick and easy to make.  Again, you’re happy.

At least for a while…

Anyway, for anyone who is still looking for variations, here are a couple more ideas. You can say “This will work for me very well, thank you” or set about  on your own compulsive ways.  Good luck!

… maybe we should be checking out superhero themes …

You can download the files here:

All About My Selfie Brownlee and Belanger

Getting to Know You Instagram Page Brownlee and Belanger

Genius Project Inquiry

23 Aug

The topic of inquiry is still very much on our minds. Maybe it’s because it’s so pervasive in our curriculum. Maybe it’s because we are looking at our back to school long range planning. Maybe it’s because we are in line to read the follow up to IQ called THINQ for grades 4 to 6. Most likely it’s the last one as we hate waiting!!

We often utilize Genius Projects in our classroom to help students explore areas of personal interest. We are also thinking of adding a Makerspace this year for some STEAM activities as a further source of personal inquiry. Wait – back to the original inquiry topic!  We also need that THINQ book because one of us, in particular, has a short attention span. Anyway, as Genius Projects are personal inquiry projects we decided it would be beneficial to add in a more formal inquiry organizer. This is also for us, as when we reflected on the process, we realized we didn’t really have our students adequately make connections and reflect on their own learning. To this end, we utilized the format in OPHEA’s inquiry process to help shape our organizer. (Check out their full resource here: http://teachingtools.ophea.net/supplements/inquiry-based-learning) We have seen these same questions/format in other documents but wanted it in our genius project docs. Since no one else would make that for us we ended up making our own.

As per usual, we decided that we might as well share.

To download the file:

Genius Project Organizer Brownlee and Belanger