Before the March Break, I introduced creating twisted endings to my grade 8s for their literature circle unit. A lot of my students complained about how they didn't like the endings of their book and wanted to change it. I thought it would be a great idea to have them create their own version of the end. This week, my grade 8s had lab time and worked on their book trailers (which are due on Tuesday, after the long Easter weekend), and if they were already finished their book trailers, they had time to work on their creative endings.
In math with my ELD kids, we started a new multiplication and division unit. It's neat to note that students understand multiplication more than they do division. My students struggled with understanding division and I felt like I was rushing the unit. This week, I decided to work on basic multiplication strategies. I started off my lessons with "math talks". For example, I would put a multiplication question on the board such as 4 x 8, or I would put a word problem on the board, too. I asked students for their strategy for solving the question. Students came up with different strategies such as breaking apart, repeated addition, arrays, and skip counting as some ways they can use to help them solve a multiplication problem. I really wanted to shift away from having them learn the multiplication table and so I applied real life situations where they would need to use multiplication or division to help them.
I finally got around to marking the Heritage Fair poster presentations that my ELD students created for their language arts project. All of my grade 8s participated in this fair, and my colleagues and I had the opportunity to be judges for the entire school. My ELD students had to create their poster presentation about a famous Canadian and compose a small speech that they would say when other judges viewed their poster. My associate teacher and I had to teach our kids about the basic structure of a poster: title, subtitles, bold texts, and borders around paragraphs. It was a nerve wracking experience for them, but I am glad they did it!
More about the Heritage Fair can be found at http://www.ottawaheritagefair.org.
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