We were so lucky to hear from Joel Werier, an orthopedic cancer surgeon and sarcoma researcher prior to the run. He reminded us how important it is to raise money for charities like The Terry Fox foundation. With the funds raised, the way people are treated for osteosarcoma has radically improved. Joel gave us even more motivation to run for Terry!
Next week we’ll be diving into our first novel study. We will be starting the year with a beautiful story of kindness and how it isn’t easy to step outside of our comfort zones. Wonder by R.J. Palacio is rich with themes such as anti-bullying and having compassion, acceptance, and empathy for others.
Students will use this book for both in class and homework activities over the next month. Our novel study will include discussions on chapter summaries and open ended questions, short quizzes, vocabulary, video journals and a variety of other activities. We will end the unit with a final creative project in which the students create their own interpretation of the novel. This will be a student directed project, giving the students ownership over their culminating task for this novel.
Current Working Units:
Math: Number Sense
Science: Life Systems
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans prior to 1713, in what would eventually become Canada
Wednesday, September 21st 7:00 pm- Back to School Night (in person)
Friday, September 23rd- Terry Fox Run (more information to follow)
Friday, September 30th- Orange Shirt Day