We are finishing up persuasive writing and looking a persuasion in the media. This video give some examples of persuasive techniques used in advertising.
This is what we did today – alas, no photos of the students so this video will have to suffice.
Yup -that’s what we did yesterday. I gave the students a recipe for play dough and they had to make 1/2 of the recipe. Seems easy right? Maybe not so easy but certainly fun! They also had to write and equation for changing the amount of each ingredient. In the end, we discovered how to multiply fractions.
We are joining the Student Blogging Challenge. We’ve been off to a bit of a rocky start with our blogs as our first platform company suddenly decided to charge money so we decided to switch over to Blogger. Blogger is a better platform anyway though and is part of the whole Google system that we are using in class so it really worked out for the best. It has just delayed us a bit.
The Challenge is a way for teachers and students from around the world to connect and learn about blogging whilst learning about one another and different cultures. Blogging gives students a genuine audience for their writing, an audience that can give feedback. An important part of the challenge is commenting on other blogs thus improving our communication skills.
Every week there are a variety of blogging challenges to choose from. In the beginning, we write about ourselves, how to leave quality comments and about Copywrite law and proper attribution. Then we get into deeper issues and ideas. I am excited about the challenge and we have already connected with a class in New Zealand, Mrs. Hogg’s class which is an International Baccalaureate PYP class.
Yesterday we continued with looking at base words, prefixes and suffixes. We try to infer their meaning based on a list of words that share the same base and then we look it up to test our theory. Then, we look for the etymology of the word, from which language did it originate? Often it’s Greek or Latin but we will see more languages emerging as we progress.
Here is the list of words we started with:
Here is some of the work the class did:
We discovered that we could put some of our root words together.
phil means love of and soph means wisdom so
phil + soph + y is philosophy and means love of wisdom.
We’re making a chart of the base words we know.