This week, the students designed their homework tasks and worked on a short independent project. Here, they share their thoughts. Take a look and let us know what you think. Well done, guys.
We have been exploring our new book, Savvy, by Ingrid Law. Here, the students have created their own homework task. Take a look and see how their imagination and creation has developed.
The students worked on these theme maps at home.
Here is a theme map that we created as a group from our understanding of Skellig. Did we include all the necessary information or have we missed something important?
We have begun our new book, 'Skellig' by David Almond. It is dark, mysterious and a little bit scary at times but the students have really enjoyed discussing the different themes of the book and making connections to the characters and their own lives. Last week, the students shared a poem and illustration that they created about either Michael or 'the mysterious man in the garage'. Take a look below.
What words or phrases do you associate with the book 'Out of My Mind'? Cast your own mind back to the big themes of the book and create your own wordle that shows your understanding. If someone asks you why some words are bigger than others, how will you explain that?
Have a look at the group's independent wordles below. I wonder what they have in common and how they are different.
The group decided to share something that represented their overall understanding and feelings about this amazing book. Take a look and visit each student's personal website to find out more about their work. Here we have Annabelle (picture), Sofia (poem), Natasha (poem) and Jimmy (book review). Enjoy.
Thank you for your participation in Book Club today. It was great to see you so respectful and polite when watching each other's read aloud videos and making notes on the positives you observed, as well as providing some constructive criticism too.
For homework this week:
1. Complete your video comments - you should know the 3 people you are commenting on as we discussed this today. Feel free to offer your feedback to my read-aloud video too if you like. I know that it was amazing and probably can't be improved upon but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
2. Read from p.145 (Chapter 17) - p.206 (Chapter 24).
3. Copy 5 words, phrases or sentences from the book that you wish to share and be prepared to explain why they are share-worthy (ambitious vocabulary, unfamiliar vocabulary, amazing sentence structure, made you read it in a certain way, you made connections with the content, it evoked an emotional response from you, it reminded you of something from your life etc...)
4. Optional - keep your own Notes and Quotes (N+Qs help me to remember and paraphrase the sections of the book by glancing at my work). You don't have to do every page - just the ones that you connect with or feel are relevant.
I look forward to hearing your ideas and sharings next week.
Mr Thomas' Book Club have been reading and recording passages from their book 'Out of My Mind' - please have a look and a listen to each other's read aloud and leave an appropriate comment. Your comments should be positive and focus on the read aloud goals of accuracy, self-correction, expression, pace, heeding punctuation, volume, dramatic pauses etc and it would be great to offer some constructive criticism for your peers to consider for their next read aloud assignment.
Our books so far...
Mr Thomas is working with Sofia, Jimmy, Natasha, Annabelle, Bregje, Peter and Jiho - what a great group!