This week in Humanities a big focus for students has been on representing their ideas through a variety of media. Mr. Brewer read to students from the novel Superfudge. Students were encouraged while listening to imagine what the story might look like if it were a movie. Students took these images and created a comic in their creative journals based on a particular scene in the book. We discussed the use of speech bubbles in cartoons. Many students truly enjoyed re-telling the events of the story in a different medium. They understood that they could present information visually as well as in written form. The cartoons incorporate both!
Drawing and using speech bubbles allowed for students to develop their ability to personally express their ideas about oral media texts in class this week. Mr. Brewer shared with classes his love of the artwork and storylines in the Tintin books that were authored by Herge. Many students are familiar with the stories and some have seen the Tintin movie too. Herge used a style called claire ligne to draw his panels. Seeing these beautiful illustrations inspired some students to use their artistic ability to explain connections between the characters in the novel.
Students continued to use and develop their knowledge of the meaning of prefixes, such un- (not), and sub - (under), to read and understand the meaning of new words like "unknown" and "indifferent". These two words were on this week's spelling list. Through applying this knowledge more readily grade 4 students can read and begin to understand many unfamiliar words in context.
We continued to work on our infographic project. Like the work with creating cartoons, students were using a different medium to convey a message. We will continue to work with Ms. Asis in our Humanities class to identify how specific techniques are used in infographics to affect viewers’ perceptions in media texts. Mr. Brewer said in class that students may access the easel.ly website on their own time outside class. www.easel.ly/ The username for the site is: firstname.lastname@example.org and the password is Kodiak1 Below are the rubrics for the project work. The two rubrics are essentially the same, though one is simplified and easier for grade 4 students to follow:
Social Studies Homework: Handed out Friday Oct. 20 in class. Due: Mon. Oct. 23