Dot-to-dot connections

How do we find our way to a particular place? There’s usually lots of different routes. How do we find our way through a task? There’s usually lots of different ways to tackle a problem. An inquiry exercise in Class 3/4MH demonstrates this.

To start the Inquiry Unit, Sharing the Planet, the Middle School students were asked to do a dot-to-dot connection. This great idea was taken from Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies by Sheena Cameron. Continue reading

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The Library Top Ten

Thank you to Ruth Woolven for this week’s blog post –

Recently some classes have completed a library survey sharing what they have enjoyed in library this year. Many students stated they liked reading and borrowing books with Eva in 34K explaining further:

“That you are not forced to read a particular book.” Continue reading

Look it up (the forgotten pleasure of encyclopedias)

When I was in primary school, we would work on a project each term. The project topics varied – natural disasters, animals, medieval history, flags of the world, weather patterns, the Olympics and so on. Regardless of the topic, the projects all followed the same format: weeks of furious research in the library, followed by the painstaking process of ruling lines on your poster, creating a spectacular heading using The Lettering Book, inexpert use of tracing paper to press maps and pictures onto your masterpiece and finally, the addition of your text.

My memories of these projects are a mix of satisfaction and frustration – the right layout or a misspelt heading or once, a spectacularly bad portrait of Captain Cook, seemed to separate the great projects from the ordinary. But what of the actual content? Continue reading

Families who read together…

Thank you to our librarian, Ruth Woolven* for her thoughts on sharing the reading experience –

A couple of weeks ago the Library opened after school for a Family Reading Afternoon. This was an opportunity for families to visit the Library and read together. It was wonderful to see parents and grandparents sharing stories and exploring the library collection with our students. Continue reading