Michelle and Lea’s class
Michelle and Lea’s cycle 3 class
We have a theme of ‘Kindness’ currently in our classroom. Whilst we have the expectation of treating others kindly and respectfully all the time, this extra focus or emphasis has stemmed from the class novel we read last term, ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio.
The novel follows a young boy, August, as he navigates the 5th grade: his first year attending school due to health issues, as he was born with a craniofacial abnormality. The novel is told in 8 parts and from 5 characters’ points of view, allowing the audience to see events from different viewpoints and connect emotionally with many different characters.
The English teacher in the book has a monthly precept (a principle or saying) with a key one being, “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” This has become a bit of a mantra in our room.
We have been focussing on how we want to be remembered and we filled the board with these thoughts (see picture below). We have also constructed an ‘Aspiration Tree’ to record our dreams, thoughts and vision for ourselves.
The book has also been a focus for our writing with students practising writing from different viewpoints, including writing another part or chapter for the book from a different characters’ perspective.
The theme of ‘kindness’ tied in well with the Crows Football Club “Growing with Gratitude” visit, where they spoke to the students about the Five Habits of Happiness.
We are also enthralled in learning about the way of life of the Ancient Egyptians (not a great link with kindness given the harsh penalties for lawbreaking and the practice of killing slaves to take to the afterlife with them!) We had a fabulous trip to the South Australian Museum and Adelaide Botanic Gardens, learning about how the Ancient Egyptians met their fundamental needs. A big thank you to our parent helpers who came with us.
We are beginning our final assessment piece for this topic. Students have chosen to research a role or job from Ancient Egyptian society and are taking the perspective of placing themselves in that role.
Some photos from our Ancient Egyptian feast.
When you add an outing to the theatre to see Tatachilla College’s musical production of ‘Mary Poppins’ and a trip to the beautiful Belair National Park to participate in a Nature Play workshop on Cubby Building, it has been a busy but most enjoyable term.