Weekend Coffee Share: A Calm Week

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that the first week back at school was relatively calm. During the entire week I had four children absent (one child was ill while the others were away on holiday). The smaller group was quieter – and there were less little dramas sprouting up during the day. It was a pity, however, that these children were absent as they missed the initial building part of our Structures inquiry.

The week began with building bridges. After looking at pictures of bridges that can be found around the world, children had an opportunity to build a bridge of their own with help from an adult (who was wielding the hot glue gun). The bridges created were simple – with a couple of grade 2s creating more complicated structures.

Once every child had had the opportunity to build a bridge, we moved onto the next building activity. After learning about axles and wheels, the children had an opportunity to build their own moving structure using this simple machine. Most students created a simple car, with one of my grade 2 boys taking the project even further and creating a body on top of his chassis.

This is the first year I have added these activities into my programme – and I loved seeing how much the children enjoyed the building. One of the boys in my class has already told me that his bridge and car are going to go on the shelf in his bedroom as a decoration.

By the time the weekend came around, I was feeling tired. Yes, I know. We have just had a week’s break! I think I will feel a lot better when the temperatures improve. I am tired of the cold and wearing all the winter gear. I look forward to the time when I can walk out the front door without dressing in layers.

Next week will be a short week due to the Easter weekend. My children are already looking forward to it – and I am sure the children in my class will be looking forward to Easter egg hunts.

Enjoy the upcoming week. And may the weather get warmer in the northern hemisphere 🙂

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

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Imperfect Structures

The culminating (final) task in the inquiry on structures I explored with my class was for them to design and create a structure with recyclable materials.

Recyclable Materials © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
The children enjoyed the building of their designs.

Building Structures © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
And lovingly painted their creations.

Painting Creations © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
The structures may be imperfect but in my students’ imaginations these creations are beautiful.

Do you enjoy creating with recyclable materials?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday. The theme this week is imperfect)