I am so excited to have weekly scheduled collaboration time with Division 2 and 4 this year. We kicked off the year with inquiring about plant needs in the Amazon Jungle. (The Intermediate pod is named the "Amazon Pod" this year due to the school-wide jungle theme.)
So far, we have explored carnivorous plants and lianas. Students have demonstrated their learning through art and with writing.
Library Collaboration with Division 7 is AMAZING!
Instead of a teacher prep block, Library Time is now a collaboration block with the wonderful Miss D and her class!
We've been weaving fairytales (books and oral retellings) into ADST activities as we focus our efforts on design thinking and creating with empathy in mind.
The Three Little Pigs Cousins
Now that the three little pigs live together in the brick house, life has become little crowded. It's about to get even cozier with the pigs' cousin, rubber ducky, coming for a sleepover!
The students designed bunk beds that met the special sleeping needs of the pigs and the duck:
Pig #1: Rolls around a lot
Pig #2: Sleep Apnea (resulting in loud snoring)
Pig #3: Talks in his sleep
Ducky: Only used to sleeping alone
Miss D used the magic of the red clown classes and transformed into Inspector Clouseau, the little pigs' furniture agent. Each student had one minute to explain the bunk bed design to the inspector, highlighting the special features of their design.
The pigs were very impressed by the bunk bed creations and spread the word to their friends in Fairytale Land. Inspector Clouseau suggested that the students start a furniture company to help the citizens of Fairytale Land. The students eagerly agreed and have begun to create their company's logo.
My jungle bulletin board was missing something.
So, I asked the Grade 4/5 teacher, Queen Troll, if she would be willing to make monkeys with her art class for my library. I showed her a picture of Kerri & Lindsay's "Teacher Bits and Bobs" paper bag monkeys and she said they would be done by the end of the first week of school.
On Friday, I entered the library to find this waiting for me.
It was like a scene out of WWII movie.
The carnage of monkeys was unnerving.
There wasn't just one class-worth of monkeys. Oh, no. Queen Troll had all four art classes make monkeys.
I had to find homes for 80+ monkeys.
It turned out to be a humorous adventure as I spent the next three hours spreading monkeys around the school!
They spilled over into the office and upstairs in the Amazon Pod open area.
So many monkeys!