Map of Manitoba with ideas and inspiration from Forum participants
Comparing community resources
Today we had the opportunity to attend the St. James School Division Youth Forum. We heard from amazing speakers and participated in activities designed to help students extend their thinking about issues of social justice and our role in extending compassion and kindness to others.
Today we had a very special visitor in Room 13. Storyteller extraordinaire, Jamie Oliver was here to create and perform an original story with our students. Our co-created story is one part of many… each classroom at Buchanan will develop part of a larger tale, to be shared at a school-wide assembly later in the month. Jamie uses his stories to communicate issues of social justice and compassion.
Today we learned how to play Kahoot! This is an on-line response game, much like Who Wants to be a Millionaire. We used it today to practice our responses to the question, “Comment ça ca?”
“Je suis content” – Tristan
“Je suis malade” – Trinity
“Je suis drôle” – Kayden
You can check out this fun game at home by clicking here. The game pin number will depend on which Kahoot your child wishes to play… these are available on the whiteboard at school.
Today we learned a new math game… Larger Than or Less than.
Games are an important component of our math learning. Here are some reasons why playing math games is important (and fun!):
• Playing games encourages strategic mathematical thinking as students find different strategies for solving problems and deepen their understanding of numbers.
• When played repeatedly, games support students’ development of computational fluency.
• Games present opportunities for practice, often without the need for teachers to provide the problems. Teachers can then observe or assess students and work with individuals or small groups of students.
• Games have the potential to allow students to develop familiarity with the number system and with “benchmark numbers” (such as 10s, 100s, and 1000s) and engage in computation practice, building a deeper understanding of operations.
• Games support a school-to-home connection. Parents can learn about their children’s mathematical thinking by playing games with them at home.
Today was our annual Terry Fox Run! It is actually the 35th anniversary of Terry’s amazing run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Buchanan students did an awesome job running in Terry’s memory and raising money to continue this important research. Congratulations Buchanan on a job well done!
Click here to learn more about this remarkable young Canadian.