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Easter Activities

RABBIT ZENTANGLE ART

Zentangle Rabbit Art

All students of Division 8 are experts in zentangle art! In the above link, see an outline of a rabbit head (and glasses) to draw and zentangle. It’s not easy to print the rabbit outline (especially if you don’t have a printer), so draw it from scratch! Copy it as closely as you can, then add the lines for your zentangles. Remember to take your time! Zentangles are a meditative form of art. Share a picture with the class!

SPREAD THE JOY WITH ROCKS!

Paint rocks and hide them in your neighbourhood! That’s what Kaitlyn did to spread joy and connect with others from a distance. Leave your rocks behind and include kind messages for the next kid who finds them. Thank you for the wonderful idea, Kaitlyn!

Share a picture with the class!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mechanics)

There are so many experiments you can do with eggs, or should I say “egg”speriments.

Share a picture with the class!

EASTER EGG CHALLENGE COURSE

Can you create your own Easter egg challenge course? Use your backyard, or even your living room! (with permission, of course). Make it an obstacle course! Don’t forget to add a bunny hop, leap frog, egg race, face paint, sidewalk chalk, and more! Get creative!

Share a picture with the class!

  • Tip: if you want to be in the picture and protect your privacy, take a picture of your profile (the side of your face).

CONNECT WITH AN ELDER FOR A VIRTUAL GAME!

Play a game with your grandparent online, like Bingo, Battleship, Chess, whatever you can find!

See how Matthew McConaughey connected with elders in a seniors home:

Matthew McConaughey hosts virtual bingo night for self-isolating senior citizens

Art

Gratitude Poster

Make a sign or poster to share your message of gratitude (thankfulness) for healthcare workers and/or essential service workers. 

A healthcare worker is anyone who provides medical care, such as doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, paramedics, veterinarians, and more! Do you know a healthcare worker? Where do they work? A hospital, clinic, nursing home, private home, or elsewhere? 

An essential service worker is someone who helps our world keep running, people like: police officers, firefighters, garbage collectors, the armed forces, foodbank organisers, hospital custodians, bus drivers, truckers, farmers, grocery store clerks, government, and so much more! Do you know any essential service workers? Perhaps your mom or dad is one.

Healthcare and essential service workers go to work everyday to help others and to make sure that we are all safe, and that we can stay home! Here’s a small way to show your gratitude:

Steps: 

  1. Think about who you want to dedicate your poster to. 
  2. Gather all the art materials in your home. Get creative!
  3. Write your message BIG! Ideas: We support and love nurses! (or) Thank you essential service workers!
  4. Hang up your poster in the window or somewhere where people can see it.
  5. Take a picture of your art and share it with your teacher!

Have fun and know that people will be so grateful to see your message!

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 31: Denise Olenak finishes a mural in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, honoring health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

 

Moon Journal -Science

Just because you’re not at school doesn’t mean you stopped being a scientist, engineer, mathematician, and more! Keep up your science-ing by keeping a Moon Journal. For one month, look up at the sky every night and draw the moon. What does it look like? Is it full? Can you only see part of it? Record what it looks like in your journal. After one month, what patterns do you see?

Print or recreate this Moon Journal for yourself.

Journaling- Covid-19 Pandemic

Hello students of Division 8,

As you know, we are unable to return to schools currently because the world is facing a crisis: the Covid-19 pandemic. Right now, all over the world, children are staying at home, just like you, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. This is a crazy moment in history! If you haven’t already started, please begin recording your experience in a journal during this time. Just like when Anne Frank wrote in her journal while she hid in the annex during World War II, your journal will be a part of history one day! Here are some options:

  1. Grab a pencil/ pen and a notebook! Write the old-fashioned way!
  2. Take pictures to create a photo library. Don’t forget to make notes of what each picture is showing and what day you took it!
  3. Draw pictures to create a photo library. Tell your story through art!
  4. Go digital! Write on the computer using Word, Google Docs, Pages, Notes, and type away.
  5. Go digital with talking! Use dictation software on Word or Google Docs to speak your journal into words. (Look for the audio icon).

Don’t forget to record the date for every entry. This is very important for a journal.

I recommend journaling once a day, but it’s okay to skip a day here and there. Keep up the routine, though. You will one day look back on this journal and you won’t want to miss anything! This is your chance to tell this story through your eyes.

Mathematical Learning

Mathematical Concepts

Imagine entering a very large corn maze with instructions on how to get to the end: “Go straight for two turns, then turn right at the second right turn, then an immediate left, followed by a right at the second turn, then right again…” Pretty confusing, huh? You might get to the end but you’ll probably forget the instructions very soon after. Or you’ll just get frustrated and give up.

Now imagine you enter the corn maze with the only instructions being: “Try to get to the exit. If you get lost or scared, just call my name and I will help you.” I bet you’d have more fun, and you might even have a story about how you solved the maze puzzle! 

This is how we learn new mathematical concepts. Rather than memorise instructions, students must attempt the question their own way in order to work through the problem. What matters is that we exercise our Math brains, not that we get the right answer. And this need not be a solo activity, either. We learn best when bouncing ideas off of each other. 

Mathematical Fluency

Of course, part of exercising our Math Brain is practicing our Math Facts, such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, number placement, fractions, etc. Fluency is good practice after we learn the concept, though never before.

Fluency requires regular practice. Don’t be surprised if your child beats you at some of our Math games. Although you may have learned Calculus at some point in your life, if you don’t practice your addition, you’re probably rusty!

Here’s a fun card game to play at home with your child:

 

  • Divide the deck in two
  • Leave the cards face down in front of you and your child
  • At the same time, you both flip over the top card from your own pile
  • The first person to add both cards together gets the cards
  • The person with the most cards wins!
    • A tie means you each get one card
    • Works with multiplication
    • Use face cards to increase difficulty (eg. King=13 or 30)
    • Flip over two cards each to do double-digit addition!
    • Or flip over two cards (a double-digit number) and one card (a single-digit number) to make your mental math a bit easier
      • There are endless ways to practice Math with a deck of cards! Share your game with us!

Connections and Active Reading

One time I read ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read the book front to back, every word. And as soon as I closed the book, I realised that I had no idea what I had just read. This is because there is a difference between reading the words on the page and activating our thinking brains (in other words: understanding and thinking about the story).

This year our class is working on becoming active readers. To do this, we focus on “making connections.” A connection is when a story reminds us of something. It is a way to activate our thinking brains while our reading brains are decoding the words on the page. And it is not easy, especially when you only have 9 years of stories to draw on.

We explore three types of connections:

  1. Text to Self
  2. Text to Text (including movies, songs and other media)
  3. Text to World

Last week we read Chrysanthemum together (one of my favourites) and made connections to that story. Next week we will read another picture book and work on making even deeper connections: the difference between “I like ketchup on my mac n’ cheese too!” and “I also get upset sometimes and want comforting things so I can feel better.” 

We are becoming active readers who make connections, visualise, infer, and ask juicy questions about the stories we read. 

Here are some of the juicy questions asked in this week’s lit circle groups (Lions, Tigers, Bears, and Oh Mys) about Chrysanthemum: 

  1. Victoria was the main person to make fun of Chrysanthemum’s name. Why did Rita and Jo follow her?
  2. What do you think about Mrs. Chud’s reaction to Victoria? (Mrs. Chud said “Thank you for sharing, Victoria” everytime Victoria said something rude about Chrysanthemum’s name).

Students had very interesting answers. See what your child thinks!

Talking Stick

The talking stick is a powerful tool of Indigenous nations in North America. It is  used for many things, such as ceremonies, council meetings, to settle disputes, to make a group decision, to brainstorm solutions to a problem, etc. According to one story, perhaps apocryphal, it was made in the wake of a peace deal among nations in the area of New York. One Indigenous leader, named Deganawidah, said that peace can be achieved when we listen from the heart, and speak from the heart. The talking stick is a symbol and a tool for peaceful communication.

Our class talking stick

We made a talking stick in our class to help us both listen and share. Only the person holding the talking stick may speak. All others are expected to listen to the speaker. The stick is passed in a circle to give everyone the opportunity to share. It is a tool we use to teach us to respect one another.

We found a stick on our school grounds and we drew pictures on shrinky-dinks of things that are important to us. We then attached these medallions to our stick, to represent our different identities tied together into one group. We recognise that we meet for school on the shared, un-ceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations. And we are grateful to be able to adopt this communal practice from Indigenous peoples.

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