On Tuesday, we visited the Big Eyes, Big Minds Children's Film Festival to see the programme 'My Perfect Adventure'. We got to view 11 short films that we loved...and one of them was even made by children like us!
After the films, Mabel (the organizer) asked us some questions about the film. We did a great job of remembering details and answering confidently. Back at school, we discussed our favourite films, making a chart, and drawing and writing in our journals.
The short films we saw inspired us to make our own films. We have been working in small groups to plan, collect materials for, and record films using the iStopMotion app. We have had to work very cooperatively for this experience - sharing and adapting our ideas, and taking turns photographing on the iPad. We have also had to show a lot of commitment and perseverance as it takes a long time to take enough photos for only one short video! Next week we will add sound to our films.
Once, a long time ago, there lived a Gnome King. He loved the jewels found deep in the earth and asked for special helpers to fill his treasure chest. A very special Gnome came forward offering his services. The noble Gnome was Gnome Plus. Oh how the idea of gathering jewels for the King’s treasure chest excited him!
“Ooo! I can gather 2 plus 2 plus 4 plus more!” he exclaimed.
The Gnome King asked to see his work. “Take this jar and fill it with jewels!”
Off ran Gnome Plus. Every time he found jewels, he added more. “Here’s three. Oooo! Plus two! Yes! Plus four.” It was not long before his jar was brimming with jewels. He counted his jewels over and over again. He loved counting his sparkling pile.
Gnome Plus proudly went back to the Gnome King. “Look my King, I have a jar of jewels for your treasure chest!”
The Gnome King was thrilled. Gnome Plus was given a cape and cap of green and a special sign so that everyone would know his special gift of adding. Gnome Plus stood proud next to his pile of jewels. He guarded it and counted it for the King everyday.
(Adapted from: http://fairydustteaching.com/2014/09/math-gnomes-plus/)
Then, it was our turn to be Gnome Plus! We collected jewels and added them together using our felt mats, tree cookies, and recording pages. We loved counting these special materials and showed that we are becoming increasingly confident with representing number combinations in different ways.
As an extension of our learning about the story, we used our PYP key concept Perspective to think from the points of view of the pigs and wolf after reading The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! We thought of ideas and questions from these two perspectives.
We also discussed whether the wolf and pigs are principled - one of our PYP Learner Profile traits.
Our favourite ongoing Three Little Pigs projects were our set-designs and drama retells. Here we are constructing the little pigs' houses and acting out the story on our outdoor stage. We have been developing dramatic techniques like voice projection and using our bodies and faces to show feelings and emotions.
As our number knowledge has continued to expand, we have challenged ourselves to explore what happens when numbers are combined. For the last few weeks we have been playing a version of 'Go Fish' in which we search for pairs that combine together to make 5 or 10. We have used different manipulatives to help with our counting and number lines to help with our 'counting on'.
This week we took a new step and attempted to record the pairs that make 5 in our own unique ways. We worked with a buddy to play Go Fish, make combinations, and then show our thinking in writing. We then shared our work with the whole class which led to some discussion about the "best" ways to record and different symbols and strategies that can be used to do so.
After sharing the book and giving a drawing demonstration, we shared some of our own original books with Fleur. How exciting to get some feedback from a real author and illustrator! Thank you Fleur!
For the last few weeks we have been exploring the story Little Red Riding Hood in different ways. This week, we finished some storytelling projects related to this inquiry.
Gracie, Eddie, Kotoha and Jumi shared a dramatic performance of an original story called 'Little Red Riding Hood and the Monstrous Nightmare':
Carlotta shared her artistic fold-out story, sequencing her favourite version of the story:
Jay and Kotaru shared their book of an original story called 'Little Red Riding Hood and the Tornado':
Rui shared his book of an original story called 'Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Scary Monsters That Can Turn to Anything':
Continuing our inquiry into stories, we have been exploring music as a storytelling medium. Last week in music, we worked with Ms. Marnie to tell our own version of Little Red Riding Hood using music. Ms. Marnie and Ms. Alison noticed that this was a challenging idea for the children. They seemed to prefer other methods like using props and acting. When instruments were used it seemed more random than intentional.
This week in our main classroom we tried telling a story with music again - this time in a different way. After reading a big book version of The Three Little Pigs , we each selected an instrument. We wondered: which instrument sound might connect with which characters and events in the story? We then turned through the pages of the story again. This time instead of reading, we played our instruments to represent the storyline!
In addition to English versions of the story, we have listened to and viewed Little Red Riding Hood in five different languages: Japanese, Italian, Korean, sign language, and Mandarin!!
Next week, we will complete our Little Red Riding Hood storytelling projects and present our finished work to our classmates.