Super great day today in 4/5L. We were inspired today by Earth Day to really explore our playground – in the forest, in the ELP play area, our new garden beds…a few students wanted to clean up the litter on the playground and on their own made a difference for our outdoor space. Great job!
We talked about the message for Earth Day 2017 being: Earth Play! We learned that the average student in Canada spends approximately 1hour in outdoor exploration each day. We talked about approximate measurements of time we think we each spend outside at school and before/after school and what factors contribute to this. The students brainstormed ideas such as : Technology, weather conditions, safety issues that concern parents, sports played indoors or after school activities. I then asked the question: How many of you would like this to change? How many of you would like to spend more time outdoors? Every hand went up! We had a really great discussion about making a plan to explore our community more as a class, specifically the trail areas close to our schools.
We continued writing about our forest of reading books in language and in math, we learned about “fractals” and their presence in nature! On Monday, during our Art Period, we will be creating some fractal art. My assignment for students this weekend is to learn a little more about fractals and come prepared with a fact which they can talk about orally or in a written format. They can do a little or a lot of research….. here are some of the videos we talked about demonstrating fractals in nature:
Please ensure your child has indoor shoes so they may get good and muddy during outdoor play! An extra pair of pants would also be a great idea!