We loved reading an extract out of Treehorn in class. He has a big problem at school: he is shrinking and he can’t reach the water fountain! But no one wants to listen to him. The teacher sends him to the office, the secretary is too busy to pay attention and the principal only hears what he wants to hear. This made for a lively class discussion about how adults listen to children, or how they sometimes don’t listen to children, but actually should. The children presented their own version of the story as a role play.
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As an extension of our Language exercise on verbs, the children wrote poems describing actions, using powerful verbs. Take a look at some of their examples.
We concluded our Integrated Learning Task by giving all of the children the opportunity to report their findings and research to their peers. They continued working in their pairs and they were given 90 minutes to prepare and rehearse a presentation. Once again they were encouraged to have a creative approach, so some of them were news reporters, others were presenters on Discovery channel, we had a group of teachers and also a safari with a tour guide out in the African bush. Everyone remained engaged throughout the presentations and it was a worthwhile learning experience.
I am happy to show off a few of our presenters.
Leading up to our Integrated Learning Task, the Grade 5’s researched a soil creature of their choice that lives in Africa. During the ILT their research was written into their own words and used to create an informative poster. We asked the children to provide the scientific name for their creature and to discuss their appearance, habitat, diet and some interesting facts. The children worked in pairs for this task. They were encouraged to be creative and to make use of relevant pictures. The following were put to the test: Their ability to follow instructions, work independently, make decisions, plan, manage their time, deal with conflict, compromise and … of course … clean up! They enjoyed being allowed to express themselves by creating final products that they were all very proud of.
Below you can see how busy they were making their posters.
And of course, they had to prank the teacher! A few “creatures” that just happened to be “crawling” around on the floor, made me jump with fright. Take a look at what I had to deal with …
And here are the guilty parties involved …
They finally all completed their posters. Take a look at their handiwork.
This week we have enjoyed learning while playing games and practical investigation.
We played the memory game in our Afrikaans period to help learn the meaning and translation of our vraagwoorde.
During Maths our adding and subtracting skills were tested with The Checkerboard Race game. It was a race to the end with the highest scores. A white board came in handy for the working out our calculations.
NS had us investigating different types of soil. It was interesting seeing the different types of soil we have in our gardens at home. Then we got to start some research and discover what soil creatures live in the soil in Africa apart from the common critters. Our iPads came in handy for this task.
When the heat got too much for us what better than to take a cool off swim in the pool with friends.
What better way to end off the week with Friendship day dressed in our red, white and pink.
Take a look at the variety of activities we participated in over the week…
Today was such a special day at school. The children eagerly started school with their new teachers and in their new classes. For the Grade 5’s it means that they are no longer the “babies” of our campus. When looking at them, one can see that they are a group of adventurous children who love to explore and are excited about life and about coming to school.
In the Pelican class we started our day with a devotion that focussed on removing old labels that we may carry with us. A book that was covered in paper was used to demonstrate how these labels are “written” onto our lives (the children came up with suggestions of various negative labels that they have carried with them). We then tore off the “old” wrapping and re-covered our book and wrote positive labels on the cover. We came to the realisation that labels can only “stick” to us if we want them to and that we all have a responsibility to make sure that we don’t label others in a negative way. We watched the Max Lucado video called “You are Special”. Everyone decided to no longer remember the negative labels which others had placed on them, but to start afresh this year and only allow the good labels to stick. We ended our devotion by looking at Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
In order for us to fulfill the wonderful plans that God has for our lives, we need to move forward with positive labels. After all, what God thinks of us is far more important than man’s opinion.
The Pelicans were fortunate to visit Froozels Food Products in Montague Gardens last week. We had a tour of the warehouse and factory and we witnessed firsthand how cereals and snacks are produced, from the raw ingredients to the packaging stage, ready for the shelves in the supermarket. Seeing the staff and the equipment in action was an interesting experience. The children had a tasting competition of the raw ingredients and had to label them correctly, just by tasting them. One group managed to achieve 100%. We were all blessed with some snacks and cereals to take home, although there was a lot of tasting and swapping happening when we returned to school. It was a great learning opportunity, to see what goes into producing a product that is so easily just added to our trolleys and poured into our bowls every morning before leaving home.
It’s that time of the year agin when the Grade 5’s try out their green fingers… They have loved growing their beans at school and an atmosphere of excitement is evident when they are checking the progress of their beans. It almost becomes a competition to see who’s bean will grow the fastest. Patience is not one our strengths when it comes to watching them grow.