U.S. Migration

For those of you interested in U.S. Migration, check this link out!

Possibilities

Dear Ravenclaws,

Check out this link to hear about the stories of five different immigrants around your age. As you read and listen, consider how you might SHARE your latest migration narrative in the most creative or expressive way. These are possible ideas.

More Toothpick Puzzles!

Toothpics

Cool App

Dear Ravenclaws,

Check out this app from the International Organization for Migration. Click on either “inward” or “outward” and select a country of interest to discover how many people migrate into or out of a particular place! I wonder what sorts of observations you might make about the movement on the map…

Have fun!

How do writers learn from other writers?

“They help each other become more aware that there is a balance between feeling and telling statements when they are writing.” -Mira & Stella

“They help spot errors in capitalization, punctuation and spelling.” -Callum & Vidyut

“Writers can inspire other writers.” -Jacob & Dylan

“Writers give each other advice, like to add more interesting details.” -Robert & Ted

“Writers might feel inspired to write a better version of another’s story.” (this links to the Lifting a Line and Writing From Literature strategies; an example is also a fractured fairytale) -Mudit & Alisha

“Writers can learn by writing together and giving each other ideas.” (this caused some debate as Ravenclaw authors considered whether they would prefer to write independently or with others) -Roshni & Saki

“They learn because they can pick up strategies from each other.” -Sara & Ai

“Writers can get more vivid vocabulary from other writers, like in The BFG by Roald Dahl.” -Ty & Julie

“Writers learn from each other and can gain new genres or styles for writing in the future.” -Stan & Alex

“By paying attention to the way they write, their personal style and expressive voice.” -Bella & Hannah

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Literacy

Literacy this year will involve: Thinking like an author, book clubs, genre studies, creating or maintaining a passion for reading, reading responses, developing effective communication skills, planning presentations, using appropriate resources, developing interesting vocabulary, enriching voice, finding purpose within reading and writing, and integrating IT skills.

Numeracy

Numeracy this year will revolve around: Core concepts from Investigations and Erma Andersen, Marcy Cook critical thinking and exploratory games, inquiry-based projects and integrating IT skills.

Units of Inquiry

Our units this year will include: Learning to Learn Together: Creating a Classroom Community, Media Literacy, Migration, Child Rights and Thinking Like a Scientist.