Monthly Archives: May 2012

More Problem Solving: Contacting the RCMP

After my student brought up his concern that our reminder notes might be illegal, he and his peers decided that the best way to find out would be to ask a police officer.  So, this week I bought some Skype … Continue reading

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Developing Criteria

After our students decided that making reminder notes would improve reusable bag use, they developed criteria for what a good reminder note would include.  As students gave suggestions, Mrs. Caldwell shared her screen and recorded students’ ideas.  To help our … Continue reading

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Authentic Problem Solving: Making an Impact on Reusable Bag Use

After the OLCS Kindergartens investigated reusable and plastic bag use in their community, their class shared the results with our class.  We were surprised that so many people used plastic bags, since we all have lots of reusable ones!  The … Continue reading

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Investigation in Our Community: Do People Use More Reusable Bags or More Plastic Bags?

My Junior and Senior Kindergarten students have become very conscientious about reusable containers and bags (much to their parents’ dismay, at times). Last year, our school launched a reusable bag campain. Our middle years students designed a logo and we … Continue reading

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Collaborative Sorting Activity

After playing Once Upon a Monster, our classes completed this sorting activity collaboratively.  It was helpful to have Mrs. Caldwell’s Junior and Senior Kindergarten students to tell us about composting, since that is something that many of my students were … Continue reading

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An amazing few days!

It never rains, it pours, or so the old saying goes. Good news has been abounding lately, starting last week with some news that really made our day. My school, Oak Lake Community School, was named the national Green Schools, … Continue reading

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Monsters Teach Us About Sustainability!

Once Upon a Monster was the first Xbox game that my JK/SK classroom and Mrs. Obach’s classroom purchased. It seemed to be a good fit for our students’ ages, could be linked to curricular outcomes, and provided excellent opportunities for gross … Continue reading

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