Our next Reader’s Workshop Unit is “Tackling the Complexity of Nonfiction.” Our next Writer’s Workshop Unit is “The Lens of History.” We will combine them both for an inquiry unit of the history of Yokohama. We will be using many different resources to gather information and here are a few to start.
Fun Day was Art Day! We started the day by making grayscale watercolor designs that will be put together into a larger painting. Then we made our own person emblem that will be shown around the school.
Jonathan’s father, who is a graphic artist at Sony, came in to share with us how to sketch characters. We started with Tim Burton’s Jack Skellington and then progressed to making our own characters. He was such a great teacher and helped us with many new techniques. The final characters have been properly photographed and will be put on a website for everyone to see and then framed for our bulletin board.
The final art of the day was to draw eyeballs and hide them in various places around the school. Have you seen any??
Mrs. Kitani came into our classroom and shared her wonderful teaching skills to get us started with word inquiry. The students had a great time discussing ‘strange’ words and making hypotheses about base words, prefixes and suffixes. She taught us how to make word sums to help prove our hypotheses. We are excited to use these skills in our reading and writing.
The past two weeks we have talked about ‘random art. Can art be random and happen by chance? Or, must it follow rules and be well-planned? Following some ideas from Jean Arp, the students created these beautiful string art pieces.
During the week I took note of the kind of negative comments students made about themselves and their abilities. We talked about how to change those thoughts. Each student chose the negative thought they tell themselves the most and made a ‘positive thought’ card to keep on their desks.
In August 5H discussed their reading habits and goals for the year. I challenged each student to choose the goal of reading 20, 30 or 40 books this year. Each student has a Book Tower reading log in their reader’s notebook to record the books they are reading. We also made the goal of reading 186 books collectively (the number of days in school) this year. So far we have read 40! Here is the book tower started in the classroom.