Happy New Reading Year

Happy New Year everyone. Let us tell you about a reading project year 4 has had this autumn. It has been so successful that the teachers want to continue this project for the rest of the school year.

Every morning the students find their reading book and read for 20 minutes. They can also eat and drink while reading. The students enter the classroom, first thing in the morning, and they find their book. Sometimes they eat their food and have something to drink.

The students can choose which book they want to read. They may choose between factual books, science fiction, fiction, cartoons, etc. Some students like to read books that suit their level, which means that they can choose a level book that the teacher has available for them.

One of the bookshelves in the classroom

The students have a shelf in front of the classroom where they can swap books, or they can look for books in the school library. We have a sharing shelf in the classroom where the students put the books they recommend to other students.

In November and December, the students had a literary project on Roald Dahl. In this period, all the students had to read a Roald Dahl book of their preference. It could either be a Norwegian or an English book. I will share our experience with this project in another post.

The students register everything they read in a form. When they have filled it in, they hand it to the teacher who adds all the pages together. At the end of the year, the students get recognized for all the reading they have done.

The students write the date they start and finish reading the book, the title and the author of the book, and how many pages they have read. At the bottom of the form, they have to add all the pages together.

At the beginning of the new reading year, 2020, the teacher asked for feedback from the students.

The positives:

  • easier to read
  • faster readers
  • feel relaxed in the morning
  • get into a book and use their imagination
  • the minorities learn Norwegian more quickly
  • can choose what they can read
  • it is fun to read
  • it is fun to read different languages as we did in the Roald Dahl project
  • it is fun to learn something new
  • it is as if we are watching a movie in the morning, but we are reading
  • we get good at retelling stories
  • we want to read more books
  • we can eat and enjoy our food while reading

What is negative about the project?

  • We use the library quite often and want more books (teacher comment: I think it is good that they read a lot of books, and want more books in the library)
  • sometimes we feel more tired from reading in the morning, but we think it is good because we get to relax
  • the class is not always calm enough, because everyone loves sharing the fun stuff that they are reading

Both students and teachers are quite happy with the reading project.

READ ON, 2020!!!

What’s the time? – guessing game

Year 4 has been focusing on what the time is in English. To kickstart the lesson the class had a guessing game. The students, one by one, stood at the front of the classroom. The student asked the class “what’s the time?” While imitating the clock. The students had to reply “It is…o’clock”.

At first I let the students see the clock in the background

After some time they had to remember the clock and imitate it as best as they could remember.

By letting the students “being” the clock, they had to remember the time and speak in English. It was a good start to the lesson because the students became more confident before they started doing the written tasks.

HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH (seen by seven-year-olds)

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated our transnational meeting in Ulefoss, Norway.

During our stay in Norway, I shared on my blog a post talking about the luck of visiting this country and actively participate in the life of HOLLA 10-ÅRIGE SKOLE

In that post I shared the following photograph of Heddal Stave Church:

Heddal Stave Church

After seeing the photograph, I thought it would be a good idea for my students to draw such a geometric monument …
Here are the results. Personally, I love them!

Happy Syttende Mai!

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Europe Day

9 May is Europe Day. Many people know how important is being part of Europe. As European citizens, we are able to collaborate with each other in order to reach peace, cohabitation, and freedom all around the continent. In addition, we have to accept the differences between all the countries and cultures, and we have to take advantage of all of them for our own growth.

European people need to be a model for the rest of the world. We strongly believe in the power of education based on European values for our pupils.

For this reason, we would like to wish you all… HAPPY EUROPE DAY!

Verb conjugation race

This task is a fun way to practice how to spell and conjugate different Spanish (or other languages) verbs.

First, I make (or print) the letters needed to conjugate the word. In Spanish all verbs are conjugated differently according to which person is acting. Almost like in English: I am, you are, he/she/it is… (Because of this all Spanish verbs can be used without personal pronouns).

  • The verb SER = to be, is conjugated like this:
  • SOY – I am
  • ERES – You are
  • ES – He/she is
  • SOMOS – We are
  • SOIS – You are
  • SON – They are

The students are told to repeat how to conjugate the verb, or they are allowed to bring their books to have a look.

Then I divide the students into groups, usually three persons per group, and they are given all the letters.

They choose themselves how they want to put the letters out on their desks. Some put all the letters out one by one, and some put the same letters on top of each other.

I want the students to conjugate and spell the word I say correctly, so they have to put the letters in front of me om my desk. They also have to do it quickly to get a full score. Two points if it is correct and you are the first group. One point for each of the other groups doing it correctly, and zero points if it is misspelled or the wrong conjugation.

I loudly say the verb conjugated in Norwegian, for instance “Vi er” (We are) and the students race to be the first group to get the correct word in place.

Then, when the word is finished I write the points on the blackboard. All conjugations can be repeated, so you decide when it is enough.

The students think it is a fun way to learn how to conjugate, and it is a good way to break up lessons.

Written by Kristin R.S.

Myk mandag: Soft Monday

I hope you are all having a good Monday so far. Year 5 at Holla 10-årige Skole starts their day with «Soft Monday». Which means that they start their school day with being mindful. When the students arrive in the classroom, they know that they are going to spend 10-15 minutes, focusing on breathing, feelings, and acceptance.

When the students go into the classroom, they know what is happening right away.

The teacher lets the students breathe and focus on their own being, before focusing on schoolwork.

The student sits at his/her chair and focuses on their breathing. When the students are calm, they find a place in the classroom where they lay down.

The students are spread around in the classroom, laying on their backs.

Every week the teacher has a focus area, for instance, this Monday the focus was “self-love”, and last time it was “grateful for being”. As the students lay down on the floor, they focus on breathing, but after a while, the teacher tells them things to become more aware of feelings that are entering the body when they relax. The main point for the students is to make them accept how they feel and become more aware of their own being in that very moment. We have also focues on how breathing can loosen up ‘the knots’ they might have in their body.

The student’s response has been positive so far. In the beginning, some students didn’t understand the purpose of being mindful, but they have realized after some time that being mindful takes time to practice.

Bonfire without footprints

Year 5 at Holla 10-årige skole had a different P.E-class last week.

The plan for the lesson was for the students to make three different types of bonfire and to leave the area without a ‘footprint’.

We met up at school, and everyone were prepared for a day outside. The school has its own shelter in Ulefoss that everyone can use after schooltime. They must bring their own wood logs.

The shelter is used for storing wood logs.

Packing list:

  • food for the bonfire
  • cold and hot drinks
  • clothes for cold weather
  • something to sit on (seat pads)

Three types of bonfire:

  1. Pagoda: long lasting bonfire.
  2. Pyramide: a small bonfire, not lasting very long, but it heats well.
  3. star: a ‘quick’ bonfire where the purpose is to heat food/drinks.

At the end of the day, the students had to tidy the place. When the next class arrives, they won’t be able to see that anyone has been there before them.