Newsela – Newsela is a wonderful site for organizing and reading articles in the news, that are directed at different reading levels. For our current STP unit, we are looking into children’s rights and responsibilities. There are no shortage of current news stories about the very subject. With Newsela, we have been able to find such articles and put them together into one place.
The Sharing the Planet articles can be found HERE.
The Week Ahead:
As we approach the holidays, it is important to think about how fortunate we are, and what our position means in terms of our responsibility to take action. The central question behind our new unit is about this responsibility and about building the capacity to take action. This does not mean that every student needs to go out and find a charitable organization to become a part of, but it does mean that we need to think about what actions we can take. Action need not be grandiose.
Over the next week, we will continue to look into the circumstances that affect equality throughout the world, and also the rights that children have. We will also look at who has access to the rights and what circumstances can cause a lack of access.
The Week Behind:
The students have had a productive start to our new unit. We have been learning about infographics, and how we can present data in a way that catches attention. We have been learning about information reports – analyzing the structure and features. And we have also been trialling scenarios related to power. You may have heard the students talk about the coloured wrist band activity from last week – wherein certain students were either allowed or denied access to certain rights and privileges depending on what wrist band they were wearing.
Students had an opportunity during open house to present their summative Museums to parents and friends. There were many proud students who reflected that the experience of talking with their parents about their learning was a great moment. Many thanks to the supportive group who came out to ask questions and give feedback.
During our open house, students were also able to show some of the process they have gone toward in creating their iTime work. Many were just starting to write proposals, but it was great to show how much work and planning goes into each one of our creations.
For the Calendar:
This Week – Auditions for Wizard of Oz
December 8 – Maker Day
December 16 – Holidays Begin