Author - Ms. Megan

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Learning All About What Makes Up A Community
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Earth Week 2015
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The Recycle Center of Pobsook
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How Can We Make A Positive Impact On Our Environment?
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Reading To The Joy & Confidence Class
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Building The New Magic Years Using Shapes
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Art Workshop With Ms. Zoe
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100 Days Of School!
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Artist Study: Piet Mondrian
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Differentiation is and is not… How we want to support your child here at Magic Years!

Learning All About What Makes Up A Community

For our final unit of the year, students in the Excellence class are learning all about the different communities they belong to. From our classroom community to the larger community of Nonthaburi, students are looking into what is needed for a community to thrive and what is wanted within a community in order for the people living within it to be happy.

During the past three weeks, the excellence class has sorted out the basic aspects of a community. Things like the people, hospitals, schools and banks. They have taken this new understanding and have made a small version of a community within our own classroom. They have made their own Hospital, Tops Market, Bank, Recycle Center, Airport and Construction Zone.

Each day, students make the decision of what they wish their profession for the day to be. They take their personal wallets with them, spend the morning workings within their rights and rolesand at the end of the lesson, make their way to the bank where they receive their pay.

Our class has loved taking on new roles while considering the laws in place within their small community. They have shown an understanding that the laws they have put in place are there for a reason. We have laws to keep us safe and allow for everyone to be heard.

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Earth Week 2015

During our schools Earth Week, the Excellence class had the exciting opportunity to create their own recycled postcards using old newspaper.

During the weeks prior to this event, students were using their inquiry skills to uncover different ways they could reuse old items instead of creating more waste. Students created toy dolls made from plastic bottles, planters made  from used milk cartons and beads made from the classes recycle paper bin.

Our craft activity was a great way for the students to make connections from their own learning and see first hand how individuals reuse paper within their own community.

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The Recycle Center of Pobsook

In order to support our unit on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, we took the Excellence class on a field trip to the Recycle Center of Pobsook. Not only was it an eye opening experience, but it was one that highly supported our key concepts of form, connection, and responsibility. Students were able to learn all about the different processes involved in composting, making strong connections with our unit, and demonstrating a strong sense of responsibility by participating in many of the earth friendly activities.

As a form of reflection, students documented their own experiences during the trip. Using our classroom iPad, students used the application PicCollage to design a creative form of documentation supporting their new understandings.

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How Can We Make A Positive Impact On Our Environment?

During our current unit on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, students in the Excellence class have been taking action in making positive changes within our own school community. Their first challenge was to find a way to make our recycle shed a more exciting and informative place to be during outside play. They absolutely loved this challenge and I encourage you to talk to your child about what they have done in our recycling area!

Their next course of action was to revamp the school garden. It was beginning to look a little sad (not being watered regularly or cared for enough). As a class team, they worked together to create their own garden wall- both in woodworking and during integrated program.  They took old recycled milk containers and reused them to create their own flower boxes, which are now filled with herbs and flowers.

From this day forward, it is up to them to continue to care for their schools garden, which will include watering plants everyday! By taking these small actions, they are helping to create a more beautiful world around them:)

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Reading To The Joy & Confidence Class

Last week the Excellence class took a big step in their independent reading. Students decided it was about time they starting reading to others and not just their own teacher (Ms. Megan).

After expressing their desire to read to others, we asked them, “Which class would you feel most comfortable reading to?”. Their response was their neighbors in the Joy and Confidence classroom as they have already begun to form relationships with their younger friends in previous lessons. They decided that they would read to their friends the following morning and it would be “amazing, awesome, and great!”.

The next morning, the students from the Excellence class bravely made their way to the Joy and Confidence classroom with chosen books in their hands. They calmly entered the room, asking their new friends if they would like to listen to a story. One Excellence student took an even greater risk by choosing to read to the entire J&C classroom!

It was a fantastic morning that really generated a deeper passion for reading!

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Building The New Magic Years Using Shapes

This week in the Excellence class, students are discovering that they can find many different shapes in the world around them! After going on a walk around the school, students discovered many shapes within the very buildings in our schools campus. That gave us an idea! Let’s all help design the new Magic Years campus using different shapes!

The next day, students arrived to class only to find a new station filled with baby marshmallows and tooth picks. This would be their new workshop. A space to design using 3D images!

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Art Workshop With Ms. Zoe

Not only was today the 100th day of school, but it was also a fantastic day for an art workshop with Ms. Zoe from the Joy and Confidence Class. As some of you may know, Magic Years is planning on having an art exhibit at the end of the year organized by Ms. Zoe. To begin our preparation for the big day, students made an inquiry into sketchbooks. They had the opportunity to look through Ms. Zoe’s beautiful sketchbook and create one of their own using recycled paper and cereal boxes. The sketchbooks will now have a special place within the classroom, where students may bring out their books at anytime during the day and create works of art.

Stop by anytime to take a look:)

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100 Days Of School!

The Excellence class has been counting the days till we would reach the 100th day of school and today was that day (Friday February 6th). Leading up to Friday, each student worked hard on their 100th day shirts. It was up to them to decide how many fingers prints they would use for each of the four colours given in order to total 100 fingerprints on their shirts.

To start off our day, we put on our special shirts and began counting. Everyone brought in 100 items for us to group and count. Students discovered that by creating ten groups of ten, they could make 100. Once making that conclusion, students made their way outside to the basketball court to work on their 100th day fitness which included completing ten reps of ten different actions. It was an energetic way to begin our special day!

Stations were set up today with a 100th day theme. Math activities included, counting in tens, considering the probability when flipping a coin, and lastly graphing different shapes. Their literacy goal was to create their own class list of 100 different words.

It was a busy day, but we all came away feeling that we were truly 100 days smarter!

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