We hope everyone had a restful break and got to spend some much needed time with their loved ones. Students hit the ground running here at school and are excited to start a number of new units of study in all subject areas.
Students have been hard at work developing their oral storytelling skills for our storytelling night on February 1st. More information will be sent home in the newsletter and weekly update, but please mark that evening on your calendar.
Tools For The Storyteller - (Click on rubric to see larger version)
ASK ME ABOUT: What do you do when you get the 'whoosh'?
Introduction to multiplication and division. Students have begun to work with multiplication facts up to 5x5. Some students have started to apply this understanding of equal groupings to numbers past 25. Teachers have primarily taken a problem solving approach to introducing this topic and have focused on using multiplication as a more efficient strategy to skip counting and organizing numbers. Students understand the X symbol to mean 'groups of'/'grupos de'.
The Array Model
¿De cuántas formas diferentes se pueden agrupar 24?/How many different ways can you group 24?
Students used windows in buildings to further explore multiplication as an array model.
Social Studies - Peru
Through an age-appropriate lens, students will explore the complex issue of rainforest deforestation and the many perspectives and opinions involved. Most importantly, students will understand how this is connected to the quality of life of Peruvians and other groups of people who live in and around the rainforests of the world, as well as how geography in general affects quality of life through Peru's three regions in comparison and contrast to our lives in Southern Alberta.
ASK ME ABOUT: Why do you think the rainforests are disappearing? What are some differences between living in la costa (the coast), la sierra (the Andes mountains), and la selva (the rainforest)?
Mental Health/Self-Regulation Strategies
An important part of our daily lives in school, at work, and while playing with friends is self-regulation of our emotions. We are a big fan of the Zones of Regulation here at Eugene Coste School, and students are familiar with vocabulary we use when talking about our actions and emotions. Students work to develop their own personal bank of self-regulation strategies. Some common strategies include: taking a deep breath, going for a walk, drawing a picture, or squeezing a stress ball.
ASK ME ABOUT: If you notice you are moving out of the green zone, what can you do to bring yourself back?
Mindfulness as a self-regulation strategy
Zentangle is a purposeful, structured form of drawing that is similar to doodling. A Zentangle consists of a series of repetitive strokes—straight lines, curves and dots. Compared to other forms of doodling, Zentangle is much more focused and deliberate, but still allows the “Zentangler” to be creative and free-form in using patterns, lines, shapes and shading. As a “meditative” art form, many note that zentangling induces relaxation and has an impact on self-control, mood, and stress reduction. Grade 3 students were introduced to this mindfulness activity and had the opportunity to discuss their feelings and emotions afterwards. Most students noted that their bodies felt more relaxed and they became more focused.
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