Last Friday, we finished reading "One for the Murphys" for the Global Read Aloud. This six week experience was pretty cool, as many of us communicated with other students through our blogs, we Skyped another class for the first time, and we tweeted with the author Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Below are some of our six word stories inspired by "One for the Murphys." This kind of story is a great way to practice critical and creative thinking because we have to carefully select only six words and one powerful image to convey a message. These were our first attempt and we were still learning how to cite Creative Commons photos at the time these were created, but they really show how well we connected with the book and its characters.
As with all good books, many of us have strong opinions about the ending. We will be writing letters to the author to share some of our thoughts and suggestions.
Last week, we went to the Surrey Museum for a workshop called "Ancient Buried Treasures." We got to participate in 3 different stations: making inferences about Egyptian and Greek artifacts, documenting artifact data, and a simulated archeological dig. It was fun to get out of the classroom again and get to learn what being an archeologist would be like.
Today, we practiced making inferences again by looking at images of Ancient Egypt. We've already discussed how the Nile River might have impacted Egyptians' lives in lots of ways - transportation, access during conflicts, fertile lands - so today we looked specifically at their food practices. Below are 2 of the images we looked at as well as Maya's inferences. We had to provide evidence for our inferences from the photos.
We are getting really good at making inferences since we've been practicing in Social Studies, Reading, and Science this year. This should help us improve our critical thinking once we get into collaborative projects. Stay tuned!
This week, we have been working on an art project for Remembrance Day. We started by using watercolour and plastic wrap to create a textured background. Then, we used tissue paper, paint, and cups to create different textured paper in tints and shades of red.
Today, we took all of these elements and put them together to make beautiful mixed media poppies. Tomorrow we will share them at the Remembrance Day Assembly to honour all those who have fought for our freedom.
We are a class of Grade 6/7 students in Surrey, BC, Canada. This blog is one way we will share our learning with the world!