Personal Learning Day on October 23, 2014
We are planning for our Fall Personal Learning Day on Thursday, October 23. In order to prepare for the day, a Personal Learning Day Plan needs to be completed, signed by a parent and handed in by Tuesday, October 21. A Personal Learning Day is an opportunity for students to explore and learn about something that captures their attention and curiosity. It could result in a project done on an interesting animal, city or person. It could be designing a building in Google Sketch-up or learning a new Dance move. It could mean writing a play, enacting a scene from a TV show, designing a display on anti-bullying or putting a poster together on Glogster.
Students will be spending from 8:30 – 12:30 working on their Learning Goal. They will need to clearly state what their goal for the day is (what they want to learn about.) They will also need to list their Success Criteria (what their finished product will look like.) This should consist of a checklist of observable criteria that they can look at and check off, and then know that they are finished.
As part of the planning process, students are also required to make a list of resources they feel that they need in order to complete their goal. This may include bringing resources from home, going to the school library, using the internet, or gathering materials such as paper, props, etc. Students must come that day prepared to work for the entire day on their subject of choice. Therefore, planning is a very important part of making this day a success.
The last period of the day will be spent celebrating our successes through a 2-4 minute presentation to the rest of the class. Students will then be required to hand in a self-evaluation the following day. This will allow students a chance to reflect on the day and evaluate what they accomplished.
We are very excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to learning lots during this day.
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One of the things we study in grade 5 science is Structures. Throughout the year we will have some structural challenges and we examine how we make various structures strong. Our first challenge was our Marshmallow Challenge. Students worked in their groups to create a structure that would suspend a marshmallow as high as possible above their desk top using 20 spaghetti noodles, 4 straws, string and tape. Here is a visual summary of some our creations.
It’s hard to believe that September is in the books already and now we’re looking forward to an exciting October. The calendar is looking full even before the month begins but there will be many more terrific activities to add once the month gets rolling. Enjoy team and make the most of every opportunity.
September finished with our monthly celebrations at our Bobcat Blast Assembly. It was an honour to present the first monthly awards to three hard working and talented students. Paige received the class Attentive Listening award, while Holden and Jamey were recognized for their strong work in spelling this month. Congratulations!