Now that we are back from our holiday, we are remembering some amazing learning activities we had before the break! During that last week of March, we found out many ways that storytellers tell their stories. And even more excitingly… WE are the storytellers….. Yes.. us .. Grade Ones are authors and storytellers and actors and puppeteers and we keep learning about –
What a great story is like;
How great stories are told;
How a great story engages their audience,
and we even dabbled in discussion about,
Whose views are shown in stories…. characters can have different perspectives.. we – as readers, might have different views?? Ask each other about what you think about the stories. Which character can you relate to? Who is your favorite character? Who is the evil character? Who is the main or popular character? Why do you think this?
Kunqu – Traditional Chinese Opera
This high respected way of story telling took our breath away when we watched two stories: The Peony Pavillon and Crossroads on our very own SSIS Theatre stage when the Kunqu visited us on Wednesday.
How We Tell Stories
Our teachers were also experts in different ways of story telling: We learnt how to use different modes as below:
Ms Connie and Mrs Lomax were our Puppeteer experts. WE found out that puppets can entertain us with many types of Puppets: shadow, hand puppets, stick puppets and marionettes. The joy of puppetry allows us to use voice,sound, hand made puppets and our storytelling skills to make a story come alive without seeing our face. This is a favorite of many students.
Frau Seagritz showed us how to ACT using our Make-a-Story Space. WE have a stage and a curtain and many props and costumes to make a story come alive.
Miss Melanie can make any story amazing just by using the most essential of elements…. OURSELVES! A story can make you feel and see and hear the story told by a passionate story teller through voice, facial expression, body language, sound effects, book and expression. WE were all amazed by the sounds and lively stories coming from the 1MH classroom.. Now we know that a story teller needs passion and love of stories to make it engaging.. thanks, Ms Melanie!
Storytelling using ICT with the Green Screen App and Puppet Pals- Mrs. Bell and Ms. Ruth showed us how we can use technology to tell stories! Very cool!
We have been enjoying our Math Talks! Lately, we have been sharing our thinking through Number Pathways. How many ways can we solve for a certain sum or difference. We will bring home our number pathways to share with you!
We have been exploring data by conducting our own surveys. It’s fun to ask your classmates what they prefer when given a choice survey. We are learning that data can be expressed through graphs. It can be challenging to set up a bar graph from scratch! We will inquire into other ways to share data; are there other kinds of graphs?
We had a blast celebrating Jinny’s birthday! Thank you for the yummy cake and cool gift bags!
Student Led Conferences are coming: 6th May. We will invite you to come and let your child teach you about how we learn in Grade One.
Our Grade 5s are busily inquiring into their chosen pursuits for Grade 5 Exhibition… Here is a request from one of our groups. Can you help?
More ES News…… please read below.