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Schedule
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival

  • 9:30 – 9:35 Announcements

  • 9:40 - 10:30 Focus/Science

  • 10:30 – 11:10 Recess/Snack

  • 11:15 – 12:05 Focus/Science

  • 12:05 - 12:40  Lunch/Outside play

  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry

  • 1:35 – 2:30  Minecraft Club

special SHOWCASE

March 26

 

Showcase/Teambuilding is usually the last Tuesday of the month from 12:45 - 1:30!

Showcase is an opportunity for students to showcase something they have done, made, learned, shared with their peers.

Tuesday (3rd - 5th grade)

URCHIN FOCUS GROUPS

Focus Groups are small groups that focus on a specific content theme. We cycle through two themes each year: Math and Literacy

SHOW, don't TELL, and have an OPINION already!

This group meets from 9:40-10:30 in the office with Deb and will focus on developing scenes through dialogue, action, and sensory detail as well as learning the argumentation format of simple opinion essays. 

We started by creating some crazy battle scenes to argue one side or the other of who would win in a showdown between a microscopic goat that can fly and a giant vampire that can control plants. 

Writing Journeys, Group 1

Meets 9:40 - 10:30, Classroom A, with Joy                   3/5: Students created their own products and wrote text for a "commercial".  We will film commercials on 3/19.

2/26: We talked about Persuasive Advertising and "catch phrases", students brainstormed some they knew from commercials and then looked through magazines for good catch phrases and put them onto an "advertising board".  Next week students will use one of these or come up with their own to use in their own ad.  

Past weeks' summaries on Joy's Page.   

Writing Journeys, Group 2

3/5: Students created their own products and wrote text for a "commercial".  We will film commercials on 3/19.

2/26: We talked about Persuasive Advertising and "catch phrases", students brainstormed some they knew from commercials and then looked through magazines for good catch phrases and put them onto an "advertising board".  Next week students will use one of these or come up with their own to use in their own ad.  

Past weeks' summaries on Joy's Page.

Welcome Sea Urchins!
Welcome Sea Urchins!

URCHIN SCIENCE 

3/12/19  We had a great time at the symphony and park afterwards. Thank you to Naio and Lily for coming to the science fair to present our class project!

For the month of February/March, we are going to be experimenting with motion, potential & kinetic energy, friction and speed.  We will turn our discoveries into a science fair question and project.

For previous weeks', go to Mary's Science Page

URCHIN INQUIRY GROUPS

Inquiry Groups for Second Semester are:

School Newspaper and Debate, Cooking and Baking, Makers Space (building, inventions, sewing), Computer/Tech/Magic the Gathering (card game.)

 Inquiry meets weekly from 12:45 - 1:30 except on the last Tuesday of the month which is Showcase. 

URCHIN CLUBS

Clubs extend the fun and learning. Parents interested in sharing a skill or interest with our students, please talk to Mary.

MINECRAFT CLUB!

What? In Minecraft Club we will be using Minecraft EDU, a game based learning tool that looks and feels like Minecraft, with teacher controls and guidance.  

Sign up beginning Tues, Sept. 18

When? Tuesdays, starting Oct. 2, from 1:30 – 2:30pm.  

Who? Class space is limited to 15 students and priority is given to Tuesday Sea Urchins (grades 3-5). Students in 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can join on a space available basis.  

Where? Meet in the Science room at Ocean Alternative.  

***Note: Students must sign-up, no drop-ins please.***

PARENT PERMISSION REQUIRED! Sign-up forms will be in the office starting September 18.

Contact Justin for more info: jburrows@losd.ca