On Friday morning the students had an opportunity to tune into our new Unit, Communication Systems, by visiting all grade three classrooms. Here’s what they experienced:
In Ms. Wislang’s room we watched two silent movies (the characters didn’t talk but there was music and some grunts/sighs/groans, etc.). We wrote down what we noticed or wondered while we watched.
In our class, we read books and jotted down our thoughts about it. We shared our thinking in a Mix-Freeze. Then we talked about how all of the books are similar.
In Ms. Z’s room, we were visualizing a story while we listened to music. We wrote or drew the stories in our Learning Journals.
We learned about sign language in Mr. Miller’s room. We learned how to sign our names with our hands. We also learned the alphabet using sign language.
In Ms. Costa’s room we looked at hieroglyphics, which is an ancient form of writing from Egypt. Each letter in our alphabet is represented by a picture or figure (except the letter C – it was either S or K!). We wrote our names in hieroglyphics and it was complicated because it’s hard to memorize the alphabet.
In Mr. Winton’s room we looked at colours and what they mean. We used our favourite colour and checked out what it means in different areas of the world. Mr. Winton gave us the meaning of different colours.
In Ms. Yamanaka’s class we learned about what different signs mean. We went around and saw a lot of signs, writing down what we thought each sign meant. It was sort of like a Chalk Talk.