Hello, I hope you enjoyed your Wednesday. We had a busy day of looking at some big stuff. Kinda grown-up stuff, some of it. And then we looked at how we could understand big stuff by imagining it as smaller stuff. And then we looked at very small stuff.
I am hoping that in the wake of our exploration of local government, the children are beginning to see how they might have a say in how things are in their world. This morning we returned to a pretty challenging set of news articles we’d been exploring about Craig Kielburger. I think your child should be able to talk to you about who he is and what he began doing when he was just a little older than our Grade Fives. As Jayce said, “Free the Children pretty much tells it all in the name.”
Here is a link to the video we watched. Over the next few weeks we’ll look at some other examples of young activists as we head into a project that invites our students to “speak out” about an issue they choose. Alas, this means exploring one or six things that are not quite right in our world.
Then, we continued digging into a book that Ms. Tchigak and I had thought would be just starter activity each day this week but has grown into a larger exploration of the concept of “proportionality”. “What if the world was a village of just 100 people…?” This has proven a rather challenging concept, but we are working through the facts as well as the notion of seeing a larger number in proportion to a smaller. (This will support our understanding of equivalent fractions, percentages and all forms of graphing).
And this afternoon, we returned to our exploration of “Matter” with a vigorous re-enactment of the lives of particles (in solid, liquid and gas form) and a series of experiments we’ll complete tomorrow. Here is one of my on-the-fly video projects to give you a taste and hopefully start a conversation: