David Suzuki’s Focus on Kids

In the article, “David Suzuki: 75 and Counting…” it states that Dr. David Suzuki often reaches out to kids to help spread the message of “global awareness” and “sustainability” to their parents.  These two commercials from the previous post are examples of how he uses kids as a powerful way to convince adults to “change their ways.”

Do you think he is right? Will parents perhaps change their ways if convinced by their children? Why is it important that kids be the “voice of change?”

Write a response to the commercials. How did they make you feel? What is the overall message of the two commercials? Does this message remind you of anything else we have read about recently?

David Suzuki’s Message

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=you%20tube%20david%20suzuki%20commercials&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDUQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DcDi6R2a-r0c&ei=CQwZUea9L8PXyAHawIGwDA&usg=AFQjCNEN-_XgOpb1mH5qki6Eo1WSdX-g4Q (Treehouse)

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=you%20tube%20david%20suzuki%20commercials&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&ved=0CDgQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqzCvfppwLVU&ei=CQwZUea9L8PXyAHawIGwDA&usg=AFQjCNGtdZ7yzj-MFzG8iymTCaxfaRwfmQ (One Lightbulb)

So Long Penny… Thoughts?

Read the following article from The Toronto Star and write a response. What should we be doing with our pennies? Do you have any suggestions or ideas for a charitable organization we could donate to, or perhaps a creative art idea incorporating either actual pennies or art to honour the penny?

Google honoured the penny today with a “google doodle”

Google Doodle for Feb. 4, 2013.

Google’s Doodle is marking the end of an era by paying tribute to the Canadian penny on Monday as the coin is removed from circulation.

The word Google is copper-coloured and the first O is a spinning 2013 penny – a coin that was never minted.

The Royal Canadian Mint ceased production of the penny last year. On Monday it was withdrawn from circulation, meaning it will no longer be distributed to banks and businesses.

The penny is being phased out because it doesn’t make sense to keep making the cents.

For starters, it costs more than a penny to make a penny. Plus, there are considerable handling costs for retailers, financial institutions and the economy in general. And there are environmental considerations to keep in mind since eliminating the coin means saving base metals, such as steel and nickel.

According to the Mint, phasing out the penny will result in a savings for taxpayers of about $11 million a year.

The end of the Canadian penny has renewed debate in the United States whether it too should cease making its one-cent-coin.

Although the penny is gone, the cent remains Canada’s smallest unit for goods and services. Its departure only affects cash payments — not those made by cheque or electronic transactions.

As of Monday, Canadian businesses were encouraged to start rounding cash transactions, either up or down, to the nearest five-cent increment.

But for all those Canadians who have jars filled with pennies don’t fret because they can still be used, indefinitely, in cash transactions – so long as the business accepts them.

For those who don’t want to cash-in their pennies, they can put their pennies to creative use and follow the lead of artists and craftspeople who’ve used the coins to make art.


The Ice-Cream Shop Dilemma

At the ice cream parlor:

·The author has explained that she was inspired to write Wonder after an experience at a local ice cream parlour, very similar to the scene described in the chapter ‘Carvel’, where Jack sees Auggie for the first time. In this scene, Jack’s babysitter Veronica chooses to get up and quickly walk Jack and his little brother Jamie away from Auggie, rather than risk Jamie saying something rude or hurtful. What do you think you would have done, if put in that position?

Today’s Math Problem (for those of you that need to finish it for homework:)

At the Burnsville School library, 34 students can sit at 7 tables with no empty seats.  There are small tables for 4 students and large tables for 6 students.  How many small tables are in the library? How many large tables are in the library? Explain how you found your answer.

If all the tables were small, how many students could sit in the library?

If all the tables were large, how many students could sit in the library?

Don’t forget to show your work and use pictures, numbers and words.

What Would You Do?

Choose one of the following prompts to respond to. Try to include emotion and descritive language in your response.

  • Throughout Wonder, Auggie describes the way that many people react to seeing his face for the first time: by immediately looking away. Have you ever been in a situation where you have responded like this to seeing someone different? Having now read Wonder, how do you feel about this now?


  • Auggie’s face is not fully described until quite far on in the story, in Via’s chapter ‘August: Through the Peephole’. How close was this description to your own mental picture of Auggie? Did you have a picture of his face in your mind while reading the book? Did this description alter that picture?

Can’t wait to hear what you have to say … Happy Writing:)

How Do You Think Our Blog Should be Used?

Hello Everyone!

I would like you to spend some time today thinking about what types of information you would like to see on our blog? How do you see us using this blog so that it supports what we are doing in the classroom?

Would you like to see reminders of upcoming events here? Would you be comfortable including a blog entry as a weekly task?

Please share your thoughts and I will consider your suggestions.


Ms. Slaunwhite

Welcome to Our New Blog Site!

Hello Everyone!

This blog will be a place where students and parents can visit in order to keep up to date on what’s happening in our classroom.

I look forward to staying connected with both students and parents and hope that everyone finds this to be a helpful tool when reviewing content covered in class, as well as a placed to receive reminders about upcoming events.


Ms. Slaunwhite