Sunday, 26 March 2017

Canada's Airport Room 122

Sorry I have been MIA lately! Will try and get back into blogging more regularly.

Our learners voted to turn our drama centre into an airport. It was amazing to see how much background knowledge they had. Many of our learners have had experience travelling in an airplane. They were excited to use their knowledge in their play. We built their understanding by investigating their wonders and watching videos that teach about the various aspects of airport life. We found wonderful videos from an airport in the UK. Check out Behind The Scenes at Birmingham Airport's YouTube channel for kids. We learned lots from these videos!

Painting the airplane

Name tags to encourage role play
We learned so many new words and ideas from the videos we watched and the books we read.

 A big part of air travel is security. The TSA has a kid friendly video about the whole security process.

Here is a look into the airport and airplane we created for our drama centre after our learning and brainstorming.

The check-in counter and vocabulary words on the wall.
The airplane (seat numbers on the front and TVs on the back)

The metal detector (right) and the X-ray machine (left)

Our learners loved to take on different roles and they went on many different trips.

Putting shoes through the X-ray machine

Making batons to direct the plane when it lands.

Airplanes also turned up in other areas of the classroom.

He made a propeller for his 'wing'

We had a lot of fun in 'Canada's Airport Room 122'! 

Stay tuned for our next drama centre.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Magical Winter Forest

During a class meeting, we had a vote about what we should change the drama centre into. The winner was 'magical winter forest'. 

The students brainstormed a list of all the things they wanted to include in the drama centre. As an educator team, we discussed the various ways we could integrate language (writing, reading and oral) into their play. Once you start talking it is amazing all the ways you can extend their play!

Our artists got to work on the backgrounds and decorations for the centre. They wanted lots of snow flakes, snowmen and lots of trees.

Creating backgrounds to go on the windows.

Painting crowns to wear as they take on different roles while playing.

The students named the snowman 'Frosty'

Here is a look at the final product.

We added a story template and a snow globe writing template

We even took the winter forest fun outside.

We began learning about various forest animals and will continue to do so moving into the new year.

We begun with bears. We were surprised at all the great knowledge our learners had about brown bears. We learned lots more based on wonders they shared with us. We were amazed to learn brown bears don't have to be brown! They can be black or mixed colours.

Writing done by L.R.
We then began learning about foxes. Our learners were fascinated with them!

We added animal costumes to the centre so our learners could integrate their new learning into their play.

We are excited for our learning about various forest animals to continue when we start back in January!