As noted before, the years just seem to go faster and faster. It's hard to believe in less than a month I will be walking along the El Camino in Spain but in the meantime I have 28 report cards to write, a day at Playland to endure, witness my class telling a story as part of the Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, a graduation ceremony to behold etc. Sorry about that none too grammatically correct sentence! I love to read stories and there are a zillion stories every day in my classroom.
Michael Smith Laboratories by public transportation. Many thanks to my great friends, Val and Sandy, intrepid retired teachers who came along! The class learned more about mimicry, got to extract their own DNA, and in groups wrote choose your own adventure stories with their own invented creatures, learning how real science comes into science fiction. This week the kids are busily typing them up and turn them into real books! This is a good exercise in working as groups! What a great trip with these wonderful scientists, and I look forward to being able to do another workshop there next year!
The grade sixes had a great deal of fun doing the unit on paper airplanes as part of their science curriculum. The grade sevens are learning about plate tectonics. The grade sevens are continuing on their Ancient India projects and have begun a unit in the library on future problem solving. The grade sixes are back with me and have just begun the Cities of the World project, each picking a city to research and present to the class.
Human Eye. The kids finished off their beautiful lanterns and life size models, as well as having an opportunity to reflect on what they had gained from the project as well as enjoy a couple of their favorite games. I have to say a couple of times in the first session I had a bit of a panic that the material might be a little too much for my class, but it really turned out to be a great experience for us all. Special thanks to Neelam! And as noted before, this class is always up for anything and give everything 100 per cent enthusiasm.
The hardest thing in June is knowing there is so much to do and never quite enough time plus it's hard to keep the kids focused on school when the end is in sight. And I really don't enjoy writing report cards but in three weeks I will be trekking through Spain with other challenges and lots of good memories of this school year.