Hi Division 7!
It’s Friday, Feb. 16th in the evening as I begin to work on this post. I am currently waiting for my dinner to cook and thought I would see how far I get with the weekly update before the meal is made. Today YOU had a day off school, but Miss D and I were busy learning at our district wide Professional Day. It was a very productive day and I left feeling inspired and accomplished. I hope your day left you feeling satisfied as well.
Our week was short, but still ( as always) packed with learning. On Tuesday we were treated to the Grade 7 speech finals and listened to some pretty impressive thoughts about what heroism is and what makes a hero. I know that it took a considerable amount of courage for those 8 finalists to present to all of you, all of us teachers, and a panel of judges. Those of you in grade 5 will be doing speeches next year in Grade 6…. I wonder what the topic will be? Grade 4’s…. you have another year to be the audience– but your time will come soon enough!
That same afternoon, we had a guest from “Green Bricks” come and teach us about water conservation. She taught us about where our water comes from and some of you even got to take a test of what water from Yemen tastes like. We are very lucky to have the water we have…. not every country in the world can say that! She also invited us to participate in the “Save Water Eat Pizza” water conservation challenge. We could win a pizza party for the class! If you are interested in taking part, go to www.greenbricks.ca/water/index.php and complete the questionaire.
Wednesday was Valentine’s Day. Although we didn’t have a full blown party, we did enjoy a great time of exchanging cards and there were still lots of treats that were brought to eat as well. Congratulations to Damiano who was the lucky winner of our Valentine’s Day raffle!
Miss D has started a new Social Studies unit and kicked it off with: The Barefoot Book of Children. As she begins to take us on a personal journey of our heritage, this book gave us some great questions to consider about who we are as individuals and how everyone is unique. Questions about your name, your home, your special place, the foods you eat, your family, just to list a few. After you listened to and discussed some of the various questions, each of you chose one of them to respond to in writing. Which question did you write about?
The following day, Thursday, Miss D continued with a lesson about immigration and how Canada is cultural mosaic that represents almost all of the cultures around the world. She asked us where we were born… in Canada or somewhere else? Some of you were surprised to learn that I was born in Germany. Miss D was born in Iran, and several of you were born in another country as well. Miss D shared with us her own immigration story and I think all of us were surprised with what we heard. I know I was very touched by her story and what her family had to go through to come to Canada. This weekend you have been asked to interview your parents to discover some of your family’s history and cultural background. I wonder if you will discover something you did not know before?
This leads me to this weekend’s question: What 3 things did you learn about Miss D that you didn’t know before? Were you surprised by something she shared? How did you feel after hearing her story?
Have a wonderful weekend Division 7! See you on Monday. Don’t forget you have a French number quiz as your Monday morning brain booster! 🙂