As part of our ongoing work at Alliston Union on the global ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning’ project, Mrs. MacRae’s Grade 4 class set out to capture the 6 C’s of deep learning through ongoing activities where they partnered with different community groups. What better way to develop character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking than through experiential learning with others in their community! Some of the students in Grade 4 have prepared a description that they wanted to share about the exciting events that they have experienced as part of their learning this year.
Making A Difference
This year our grade 4 class wanted to participate in some community building activities for our social studies inquiry. We wondered, “What can we do to make a difference to the lives of the people in our community?” We set into action! Through the year, we have connected with respectful residents from Riverwood Senior Living, courageous individuals from CLASS (Community Living of South Simcoe), fierce firefighters, fabulous farmers (who raise lambs and mini horses), caring kindergartens and personable police officers to help us with our community building activities. One of our most amazing community projects was our “Smile Campaign” where we encouraged everyone to smile by handing out (recycled) paper smile flyers and greeting people in downtown Alliston on May 7th. It was funny because some people thought that we were there for money but it wasn’t for the money, it was for the smiles! Our goal for this project was to encourage positivity and inclusiveness plus motivate people to get involved. And it worked! So, how can you get involved? GREAT QUESTION! Help to make our community a better place! Join in or create your own community building events! Help your parents, your friends, your neighbours or just people walking by! You can help people (and the environment) everyday! It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. You can help. So do it! And have fun! And REMEMBER…SMILE!
~ by Lydia, Jaskirit, Maggie, Madalyn, Natalie, Rylee, Hailey, Trinity, Candace, Michael and Braydon (on behalf of Mrs. MacRae’s Grade 4 Class)
You can read more about some of our Grade 4 community building activities here.