It has been a pleasure getting to know the students since the beginning of September. It's a very nice group of kids and we are having a lot of fun together! In this newsletter, I want to give you a quick update on what we have been working on so far, what we are currently doing, as well as what is coming in the next 2-3 weeks.
First Month Highlights
Social Studies: With the federal elections, a lot of the learning was focused on Social Studies. We learned about government, democracy, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and about elections. We also spent a few days at the end of September to learn about residential schools and discuss Truth and Reconciliation. A local indigenous elder, Raymond Charlie, visited our school and told us stories of his time a the Penelakut Residential School.
English Literacy: For our English Novel Study, we read Ban this book, by Alan Watts. The book looked at the issue of book banning in schools in an engaging way for students. The last week of September is Banned Books Week, so students learned and reflected about the pros and cons of Book banning with a fun Escape Room activity and a short research project on a challenged book of their choice.
French: We are using a game called Verbathon to learn how to conjugate French verbs. For French vocabulary, we played word games with our Social Studies vocabulary words. A group of brave students also presented a fun Readers Theatre play of Le petit chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood). For French culture, we discovered the French singer-songwriter Soprano and practiced our own fitness choreography on his song Le Coach.
We are also learning about gardening and nutrition. Last Friday, a group of students made a huge batch of kale chips while others harvested beans (for drying), onions and pumpkins from the school garden. This week, we processed a couple of pumpkins and learned about some essential nutrients that can be found in pumpkin seeds and flesh. We made roasted pumpkin seeds and we used our own homemade roasted pumpkin to try the following recipes of Pumpkin Chia pudding:
Also, the Grade 7 students will do the Foundational Skills Assessment (BC government standardized testing), which includes literacy and numeracy components. During this time, the Grade 6 students will do an English reading comprehension assessment (DART) and work on solving math word problems.
We are also looking forward to our Try-a-Trade workshop next week (Wednesday and Thursday) ! Please make note that next Friday October 22nd is a Pro-D and school won't be in session.