Room 16’s Blog: Have You Ever Sat Down to Begin Writing and Not Have a Single Idea?
Have you ever sat down to begin writing and not have a single idea about what to write? We are learning to generate ideas in different ways so that when we sit down to write we can pull an idea from our lists. You can jot down ideas any time to help remember what you want to write. To get ideas for writing we made Me Hearts and we did an Idea Bingo and a Topic Tree.
We have been creating patterns like AB, ABC and number patterns like 1,2,1,2. We have been working hard on repeating patterns with shapes, sounds and actions. When we build our patterns we count to see how many shapes are in the core. We are learning to predict which shapes might come next. We are also learning about increasing and decreasing patterns and figuring out what the pattern rule is. For example, a decreasing number pattern would be 850, 845, 840, 835, 830, 825 and on and on! On our Number of the Day chart we also look for patterns. We find the number of groups of 2 or 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Then we use a symbol like a triangle, circle, line, star or a box to show if that number has that many equal groups. For example, on our 10th day of school we found 5 groups of 2, 2 groups of 5 and 1 group of 10. We discovered that the days of the week and months of the year are repeating patterns too.
What we know about wolves is surprisingly whopping. Did you know that wolves can swim? A wondering we had was do wolves like it when it is snowing? We are hoping to answer all of our questions through research.
The school bus came at 9:30 on a cold, windy, soggy day and picked us up to take us to Fort Whyte. We arrived at about 10:00. Our adventure just began! We had to walk and haul our crates down the trail where we were going to build our tarp shelter. We walked through beautiful leaves and wonderful flowers.
After the group went to the Fort Whyte Tipi to do our land acknowledgement we broke into 3 groups to do different activities.
One activity was to build a shelter using the logs and sticks on the ground. We worked together to drag big logs and put them up like a tipi. One structure was named Tall Tower, the next one was named Log Castle and the third one was called the Door Knockers.
Another group listened to a story called Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. After the story students collected leaves and made a creation out of the colourful leaves.
Our last activity was playing different games. One was a tree game. Another game was a circle game.
Our adventure was amazing and we had lots of fun. On the way back it was magical when we saw two deer camouflaged in the forest.
At M.T.Y.P we saw the play Peter Pan. We saw sword fighting. Peter was funny. Captain Hook was evil because he took Peter Pan’s medicine and put poison in it. The fairy, Tinkerbell drank the poisoned medicine so Peter wouldn’t die. At the end of the play Wendy and the Lost Boys returned home but Peter stayed in Neverland. While being a child is fun sometimes you have to grow up.
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