Learning Time with Room 9

June 21st, 2019 

Here is what we were up to this week. We are learning about the First Nation people. The aboriginal lodging the "Tipi" was a warm and spacious home. The campfire was a meeting place as well as a cooking space.The tipis were created with lodge pole pines which were thin and long. A tipi raising ceremony was an important part of a first nation tribe. We learned we are part of Treaty 7.





Looking Forward

June 24th – Sports day 9:00-11:00

Sports Day At EMJ

Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes dismissal at 12:15

Quote of the week: "Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects" Arnold Glasgow

Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry!

Ms. Greenwood



Learning time with Room 9

June 14th, 2019

Here is what room 9 was up to this week. We had a special guest in the gym to show us all about Lacrosse, did you know that Lacrosse is our national sport? The main idea in Lacrosse is to scoop and catch the ball, you cannot use your hands.

We are learning about Tangrams or the "Happy Square", each square has seven pieces consisting of a square, a rhombus, and five triangles of different sizes. We made other designs such as a cat, a fish and a boat all consisting of the seven shapes.

We are learning about the pioneers and the past. We made some paper horse and wagons, the rainbow wagons are fun!

Reading at home

I would like to collect the little reading at home books for inventory, I am still encouraging reading at home but with a home library. The Summer Reading Challenge at the public library has lots of exciting prizes to win and interesting programs for kids to join. The kids took the invite home today.

Looking Forward

June 21 – Sports day 9:00-11:00

Sports Day At EMJ

Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes

Quote of the week: "The best things in life aren't things" -Art Buchwald

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing Dads!! We made you something, but some may have forgotten them.

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

June 7th, 2019

This week we had a lot of fun with our "Me Museum". First we had to share our boxes with the class and then our big buddies, then we had to invite room 10. We had to answer a lot of questions about our life and the things in our box. The big buddies said they learned a lot of new things about their room 9 buddy.


The Elephant and Piggie books have taken room 9 by storm! The stories by Mo Willems are highly engaging and successful. We always try and find pigeon in the books.

On Tuesday we had Mr Wallis from the Lion's club in our classroom to share about the meaning of the Canadian Flag. Did you know that the two red bands represent the two Oceans the Atlantic and the Pacific? We also got to have a flag to keep!


Practicing our Tens and Ones: Race to 50. The first person to get 5 tens sticks (50) is the winner.

Looking Forward

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes

Quote of the week: "Alone we can do so little;together we can do so much"

Happy weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

May 31st, 2019

Here is what we have been up to this week. Our "Me Boxes" have been a lot of fun and so informative.


We read another version of "Cinderella", except this version is where Joe Cinders has two mean step-brothers called "Buck" and "Bart". Joe wins the heart of Roslinda the richest rancher west of the Rio Grande. 

We learned a game called "Build your pepperoni pizza". In groups of four, the kids roll a di and colour in the number of pepperoni on their pizza. The first player to have built ten pizzas (tens sets of ten) is the winner.


Our plants are growing! We planted scarlet runner beans and they only took a couple of days to germinate. We even found one with the seed coat still attached.

Looking forward

June 3 – PLP and Skill to Zoo

June 4 – BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

June 4 – Iron Mountain (shredding and paper recycling) last pick up for school year

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11

June 7-10 – IPP’s due to Admin.

June 7 – grade 2/3 science presentation in Rm 21 - 10:15-11:30

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes

Quote of the week: "No one learns to make the right decisions without being free to make the wrong ones"  Author Unknown

Have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

May 24th, 2019

Wow, time is zooming by! Here is what we were up to this week. We are learning to represent 2 digit numbers on a place value mat, we can identify how many tens and how many ones. We can also put in the right house.


Learning about the Past

Drawing a horse and wagon, the settlers and homesteaders would travel with everything they owned.

We are learning about the one room schoolhouse. Did you know that the teacher had to teach 8 grades in one room? They also had a wood burning stove in the school that took a while to warm up! Kids would walk to school or sometimes travel by horse and cart.

Horse and wagon with rider and bandit!

Acting out a story in small groups.


ME boxes

This week we had some super boxes, it was great to see everyone so prepared and organized. This assignment spans many curricular areas and I was so proud of the boxes so far!


Looking Forward

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 29 – Kindergarten to Zoo

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 4 – Iron Mountain (shredding and paper recycling) last pick up for school year

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11

June 7-10 – IPP’s due to Admin.

June 7 – grade 2/3 science presentation in Rm 21 - 10:15-11:30

June 10-17 – Report cards due to office

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes – early dismissal 12:15pm

Quote of the week: "Feed a person a fish and you've fed him for a day. Teach a person to fish and you've fed him for a lifetime"

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood

Learning Time with Room 9

May 10th, 2019

Here is what we were up to this week in room 9. We re learning about how plants grow, seeds are the very beginning of new life, it is kind of amazing how a seed grows. 


We will be planting our own scarlet runner beans, to watch the growing process.


Painting...so much fun!!

Working with our buddies on patterning, numbers, letters, shapes and identifying the core.

ME BOXES

In the coming days I would like to invite my students to bring special artefacts that have some sentimental value. I was thinking that we could make some “Me Boxes”. We decided a “Me box” might be a small box or shoebox containing interesting treasures. The box could be a ready-made box about the size of a shoebox or smaller, or a decorated box made from recyclables. It is my hope that the children would be able to talk about each item and then accept some questions after the presentation. Some examples of artefacts might be:

A CD of pictures to music, foreign coins, stamps, letters, magnets, rocks, buttons, pins, jewellery, trophies, handmade crafts or a poster with special event pictures.

The presentations must be rehearsed and students will have an opportunity to share their “Me Box” on a certain day. After we have shared with the entire grade ones, the children will display their boxes in the gymnasium on April 12th for the “Grade One Me Museum”. The school will be invited to peruse the boxes and ask questions.

The curricular outcomes involved in this experience are organizing materials, public speaking, fostering a sense of value, contribution, and accomplishment.

Presentations will start after the May long weekend. We will do three presentations a day from the time slot 12:30-1:00. Your child will be given a certain day to present their box.

If you have questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact me, esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca

Looking forward

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Quote of the week: "Life is like a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."

Wishing all the lovely mothers a wonderful day on Sunday!

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

May 3, 2019

Amazing Spring concert! If you were at the concert on Thursday, it was such a wonderful mix of music, dance and drama. Here is what is going on in our world in room 9.

In math we are looking at Symmetry, we learned that symmetry means the same on both sides. We experimented with lines of symmetry and symmetrical flips. We tried drawing lines down the middle of shapes and folding them over to see if their was a "mirror" image. We learned that butterflies have symmetrical wings.

Our author this week is Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark. The "Franklin" books are such a great example of formula stories where the main character encounters a problem.

This special book was a gift to us from our Parent Council, it is a heartwarming story that caters to the superhero in us all.

Jump Rope for Heart

Envelopes went home for the fundraiser, you participate online

Looking forward

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

Quote of the week: "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars"

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

April 26th, 2019

Such an eventful week, the Me to We club, the Spring Carnival, practicing for our Spring concert (May 2nd) and tons of other stuff. Here is a snapshot of our learning this week. We are learning about measurement. We have tools to measure temperature, weight, height, mass, width, and length. We started with using any unit of measure like a snap cube or a marker. This week we have been using tape measures to measure things like our wrist or arm length.



Our author this week was Marc Brown, the ' Arthur Books"


A math problem, how many q-tips to make 4 petals? or how many q-tips to make 10 petals?

Looking Forward

May 2- SPRING Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

Quote of the week "The man who risks nothing, has nothing" Unknown

Wishing you a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

April 18th, 2019

This has been an eventful week in room 9. Here is a snapshot of this week's journey. In Math we are looking at the concept of heavier and lighter.

We are using pan scales to measure how many snap cubes is equal to a roll of tape or a set of dice.

We have looked at ways to measure small things (ruler, foot print, snap cubes) and larger things with long string.

Domino math, pick a domino and make a number sentence.


Looking Forward

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

April 25   Spring Carnival

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

Quote of the week:"Just do it" Nike

Learning time with Room 9

April 12th, 2019

What a great week swimming, we are pretty tired, but we learned a lot. Thank you to all you wonderful volunteers, we could not do this without you! Here is a snapshot of our learning this week.

We know that the hero in a fiction story often saves the day or solves the problem. Heroes and villains make stories interesting.

    

The author of the week was Ian Falconer with the Olivia books, Olivia is a delightful little pig who gets herself into all sorts of interesting situations.

Measurement with non-standard units of measure, we are learning to measure things with different tools. We made our own unit of measure, our foot! We traced our foot and measured how many "feet" long something was. We measured something shorter and longer than our foot.



We used paper clips and string as something to measure with.

Just think we used snap cubes to measure the length of a ruler! We learned that really anything could be a unit of measure as long as the thing you were measuring with was always the same size.

Looking Forward

April 17 – CLASS PHOTOS

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

April 25   Spring Carnival

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

Quote of the week: "Enthusiasm and joy are Siamese Twins-it's hard to find one without the other" Author Unknown

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Greenwood

Learning Time with Room 9

April 5th, 2019

Spring has come! I hope I can say that! It is so fun to see the kids running and yelling "I am free", losing the heavy coat and snow pants is a total joy! This is a snapshot into this week's learning. The Rainbow Fish is a story about friendship, we know that friends take a lot of work and you have to be a friend to have a friend.

Here is our version of the rainbow fish, we used the medium of chalk pastel and a smudging technique.

Math, we are looking at 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes

                   

  

Building things with Teacher's Pet. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers! The job was for the kids to create a blueprint for a Zoo animal enclosure. The kids had only so much money to spend, so they had to make sensible choices as to how to spend the money. The blueprint included all the needs of the animal, like shelter, food, water and toys.

Just a reminder that when kids are done their reading sheet they get to pick a prize from the Sponge Bob box. Congratulations to the kids that have gone into the box!

SWIMMING: If you are volunteering and want to ride the bus with us, please meet us at school at 9:30

Looking Forward

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

April 25   Spring Carnival

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

Quote of the week: "Laughter is part of the human survival kit"

Wishing you a great weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with room 9

March 15th, 2019

I think Spring might be on it's way! Here are some of the highlights for this week's learning. We learned that urban and rural spaces are communities that share the same services like gas stations and markets. Rural (country or farm communities have less people) and city or Urban places have a lot of people together like apartments and city centers. 


We are practicing counting in a faster way, skip counting by 5s and 10s, we are even learning a little bit about money.

 Skip counting by 5s and 10s


Center time: Sushi, chopsticks and sauce

Swimming forms are due MARCH 21st. Please consider coming to help us in the change rooms for the whole time or just a morning. We are swimming April 8 at 9:40-10:20 for four days.

Quote of the week: "Success is journey not a destination"

Wishing you a great weekend with your family,

Ms. Greenwood



Learning Time with room  9

March 8th, 2019

What an exciting week with the Sound Kreations Residency, the kids did an amazing little dance called the "Sleepy Robot". They did a great job, the choreography was pretty tricky. We are learning the parts of a story and building characters. We know that the problem in the story is when the main character runs into something that causes trouble, such as when the hero gets lost in a spooky wood or the wolf blows the pigs house down.

We know that animals can be characters, like Hedgy in the Jan Brett books.

We know that good readers make connections: 

*We make connections to memories, experiences and feelings.

*We make connections using facts and information we already know.

We are continuing our journey with fractured fairy tales, or stories that have been retold with the same storyline but different details. We use connections to build onto information we already know and make observations about what is the same and what is different.

Swim adventure

On Monday the swim forms will go home, they need to be returned by March 21st, 2019. The ability form will determine the level your child will be working at during our lessons. The cost of this is $27.00. The lessons start on April 8th-12th at the Canyon Meadows Aquatic Centre. 

Teacher's Pet: March 14th 12:20-2:30 (Still looking for one more volunteer)

Looking Forward

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

Quote of the week: "The greatest good is what we do for another"

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

March 1st, 2019

Here is a snapshot of our learning this week. A huge part of grade one or, any grade, is the building and fostering of social literacy, essentially, the skills we require to manage our lives in a classroom. Just as we teach reading and math, we also need to intentionally teach social and interpersonal skills. Everyday we role play situations where we might need to use a strategy to remain clam or prepare ourselves for learning. The Zones of Regulation is a program that allows kids to name their feelings and employ a strategy to help them get back to the "green zone"

 

Beachball Blend game to practice our letter blends.

We are learning the parts of a story. We learned that every good story has interesting characters, a story can have main and supporting characters. We know that a story has a beginning and that is where the characters are introduced and talked about.


Part of our study of fiction, is the comparison of original Fairy Tales and fractured fairy tales. What are the components that remain the same? and what are the differences in retold Fairy Tales?

Practicing our spelling strategies "Rainbow words" and "Look, Cover, Say". Sight words or "no-excuse" words are words that often do not have rules. 

Teacher's Pet: March 14th at 12:20-2:30, we have two volunteers (thank you!) We are in need of two more.

Looking Forward

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

Quote of the week; "For every minute that you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness" Ralph Waldo Emerson

 It is always a little humbling when you receive a drawing from one of your students.



Learning Time with Room 9

February 22, 2019

Finally some nice weather in Calgary. This week we have continued with the study of our community, we know that a community is a place where we share the same services such as the Police Department, the Grocery Store, the Fire station, schools and hospitals.



Valentine Memories

Valentine's Day was such a special day, thank you to all who helped to prepare valentines or brought treats. Valentine's day should be everyday!

 

Practicing Part-Part Whole word problems in math. We can make a math mountain, we can draw pictures, we can use double sided tokens.


Teacher's Pet March 14th

Teacher's Pet will be coming to the grade one classes in March, we all looking for four volunteers (4 for the morning session, and 4 for the afternoon session). Please let me know at esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca if you are interested in spending some time with us.

Special Education Integration

One of our special classes (usually two people at a time) are visiting our grade one class to play some games with us. The intention is to expose the skill class to a mainstream grade one class. The kids in room 9 have been amazing role models.

Looking Forward

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

Quote of the week: "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently"

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 

February 8th, 2019

A very frosty week! The kids have been inside all week and I think they may need some outdoor time soon. The One World Drum residency was such a hit and we enjoyed going to our lessons everyday. Thank you for coming to the performance on Friday. We had some wonderful times this week learning about our community and the roles of the people in our community. 



We celebrated the Lunar New Year, we found out that most of us were born in the year of the Dragon. We saw a Dragon Dance from Beijing and learned a song "Chinese Dragon Breathing Fire". We learned that the Chinese New Year is in February and our New Year is always January 1st. Red and gold are the colours that mean good luck in China.

Valentine Celebration

Room 9 will be celebrating Valentines Day on Wednesday February 13th in the afternoon. If you would like to send a healthy or not so healthy treat it would be much appreciated. A Valentine list will be sent home on Monday. Please write Valentines for everyone if you are thinking about writing them.

Looking Forward

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo



Quote of the Week "When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target"

Wishing you a warm weekend with your family!

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

This week and last, we have had a special guest in our room. Ms. Nicole is helping us to learn strategies to help us when we are mad or sad.

The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. Students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.


 





Learning Time with Room 9

January 18th, 2019

This week we are focusing on the operation of subtraction in math, we can jump backwards on a number line t to reach the difference (we learned that the word difference means answer in take away problems). When we are doing plussing, addition or put together, we jump forward on a number line.

Gymnastics

For the month of January we are doing gymnastics in the gym. I have told room 9 to make sure they have proper clothing (kids can change if they need to), no jewelry, and no loose clothing. and hair should be tied back with an elastic. Our gymnastic unit will end with "Mission Impossible".

Social Studies: Who is in our Community?

We are looking at the roles and responsibilities of the people in our community. Grade one is an avenue to explore, "All about Me", "My School", "My Community". One of the expectations is for students to know their house address, what community they belong to, their city and province and, of course, their country.

         

Health and Nutrition

We are learning about nutrition and the foods that are best for our bodies.

Looking forward

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 14 & 15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

Quote of the week: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain" 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood





Learning Time with Room 9

January 12th, 2019

Welcome back! I was so happy to see room 9, it was great to catch up and share some holiday stories. I trust you had a great holiday with your family.

Christmas Memories

Some memories from the week before break. We generally like to make a mess, but we hope the ornament will be a reminder of grade one. 

A Christmas classic!

We did directed drawings of Santa and labelled our picture.

Our "Grinch" party, we brought green snacks and made a holiday diary, these snacks even looked like the Grinch!


Everyday we did some caroling in the gym, it was so fun to sing together, especially the songs with actions. Ms. Dafoe played her guitar and even wrote a song for the Chris-Moose. 

This weeK we are learning about our community and where we belong in our city. We are also learning about our community helpers.


One of our favourite times is sharing with our buddies.

The author this week is Jan Brett, and it is great because we are also looking at the "Tr" letter blend. In the story Treva tricks the troublesome trolls!

 In math, we have learned the operation of addition and we are learning how to build a number sentence from a word problem to help us solve it.

Looking forward

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 14 & 15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

Quote of the week "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives, and puts itself in our hands and hopes we've learned something from yesterday." John Wayne

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with room 9

December 14th, 2018

What an exciting week! The Winter Concert was on Thursday evening and the kids did an amazing job, the song "First Toymaker to the King" had a lot of difficult lyrics and actions and they rose to the challenge. The Book Fair was a great success, the wish lists that were sent home were just suggestions for possible purchase. Building a library at home is a wonderful way for children to have a collection of books they are familiar with. Reading a book multiple times contributes to fluency and kids feel successful when they "sound like they are talking".

 

This week's author was Nina Laden, she writes from different 

perspectives and point of view. The Night I followed the Dog, is a story about a boy who sees his dog from a completely new perspective. The Dog in the book has a luxury doghouse with a kitchen and a living room and every night he takes a black limo to a club called "The Doghouse". The books of Nina Laden are great starting points for writing fictional stories.


One of the most favourite times of our week is buddy time, we have time to share our journals and read stories together. We will also be doing some computer work with Mathletics in the new year. It is so great to see big buddies and little buddies connecting on the playground. It lends itself to a greater sense of community responsibility.

We did a directed drawing of a Christmas elf, we didn't use crayons we used pencil crayons!

Looking Forward

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – Start Gymnastics

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

Quote of the week: "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get."

Have a great weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

December 7th, 2018

This week we concentrated on learning three letter blends( digraphs) "Th", 'Ch", "Sh", we play games with each letter blend. Learning letter blends in isolation, supports kids in breaking down words by knowing the letter blend and then adding the word family. 

We read the "Magic Hockey Stick", it is a wonderful story about Wayne Gretzky's hockey stick, we are also practicing some floor hockey skills in gym. 

Part of the grade one curriculum is learning "Social Literacy", some of the aspects of social literacy are demonstrating initiative, showing empathy, and learning to assert yourself and your ideas in a group setting. The kids in room 9 are amazing, they seem to work and play together so well. We have, as a group, role played some situations where we need to be "socially literate" such as finding a space where I can do my best work without distracting others, giving someone some space when they are frustrated, offering to work together to solve a problem. One morning the kids decided they wanted to sort the books, they made an assembly line and put the books in the right book boxes. It was important to note that this was solving a problem together, where everyone involved felt valued and important. We have also looked at strategies to support our feelings, what do we do when we are furious? By intentionally teaching strategies to regulate behaviour, kids feel like they have some control over how they respond to issues.

In science the units we have looked at to date are the elements of colour and our senses. 

Adopt-a-Family and Big Box cards

Please bring in your item in you have chosen to buy something for a family this Christmas, we will be wrapping them on Monday December 10th. Thank you for your generousity.

If you still have Big Box greeting cards at home you do not wish to purchase, please bring them in as we are still filling orders.

Christmas Concert December 13th (Thursday)

The grade ones have been working hard for the concert! Children are to be here at 6:00 for a 6:30 start. Children can wear dress up clothing (it is so wonderful to see them in their "nice" clothes). If you are not able to attend on Thursday night, we will be having a performance at 9:00 on Thursday morning.

Looking Forward

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concerts

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – Start Gymnastics

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

Quote of the week: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can"

Danny Kaye

Yours in Partnership,

Elizabeth Greenwood


Learning Time with Room  9

November 30, 2018

This week we have had Simple Simon Pies for fun lunch on Thursday and our Gingerbread decorating night. I hope you enjoyed some time with your family.

During our journal time we are learning to chunk words using word families. We are also practicing digraphs (two letters that make one sound). This week we looked at the "ch" digraph and the "sh" blend.

We just started the operation of subtraction, we used double sided tokens to work with the number 15, each time we took one token away and recorded our answers.


Work in the visual journal is meant to be a keepsake of work, we learned a poem about snowmen.




 Practicing our basic facts with dice games.

Looking forward

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

Quote of the week: "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Einstein 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

November 23, 2018

What an exciting week! We had Teacher's Pet come into our school and help us learn about our Senses. There were five stations that we visited. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for your support with our day.

We took a scuba trip with Ms. Charlotte!

There was a station that tested our hearing, we had to be blindfolded and follow the music.

We had to help the mommy sea lion find her baby using our hearing and our sense of smell. Sea lions have a special bark that is unique to each cub and the Mommy can recognize her babies bark and smell.

We had to put our hands in a bucket of water and talk about what the things felt like.


Part of the science curriculum for grade one is mixing colour, specifically, the primary colours, secondary colours and the colour wheel. We read a book called "Mouse Paint", where white mice jump into coloured pots and end up colourful mice!

        The primary colours, blue, red, yellow

                                                

Reading at home

I cannot stress the importance of the reading at home program. I will send a sheet home of "no excuse" words for grade one (they are the high frequency words we use in our writing). I will put it in the reading at home ziplock bag. Thank you for your support.

Parent Teacher interviews 

Thank you to all of you who attended Parent Teacher interviews! What a great time to connect and share good news. Report cards will be coming home on January 31st. This recent conference is a summary of work to date, you are welcome to a copy if you like. It is so important to keep the lines of communication open, if you we did not get a chance to connect, please email at esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca and we can set a time.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume


Quote of the week: "Success comes in cans; failure comes in can'ts"

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Partnership,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

November 16th, 2018

It has been a very interesting week and a lot of us have been very sick. We are looking forward to everyone being here. This week we concentrated on a review of word families at journal time:, ut, in, am, at, ack. We are also remembering to use finger spaces and uppercase letters to begin sentences. We are still reading Bill Peet books and making predictions regarding the problem and the solution in the story.

The social study unit in grade one "All about me" includes a large portion of family, what constitutes a family and where do I belong in my family group.

So interesting to see the size of the figures and the detail given to the hands.

As we learn about ourselves and our family, our world starts to expand, and we gain an understanding of the world around us, our school, our community and our country.

Today a big box went home, it is a fundraiser for our school. If you choose not to keep the box, please bring it back, if you like the box, please bring the payment in.

Teacher's Pet

We are set to go for Tuesday afternoon, thank you to those who have volunteered to spend the afternoon with us, I know you will have fun, please meet here at 12:15. We are still short volunteers.

Looking forward

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet (12:30)

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm (sign up on Ethel M. Johnson website)

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Quote of the week:

"Attitude is everything"

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

November 9th, 2018

Another busy week in room 9, our author this week was Bill Peet, he is both the author and illustrator of his books. Peet's art is completely done with pencil crayon and pen and ink. In Peet's stories the main character always has a problem, the kids make predictions as to what happens next in the story and how the problem is solved. Making connections is extremely important and brings a personal link to the book. When kids make "big world" connections they are applying prior knowledge to new material that aids in comprehension.

 

This is what the kids in room 9 said this week: We made a wreath from coffee filters and we put buttons inside.

We were really proud of the kids that took it up to the front where the soldiers were. We wore a sticky poppy and we had to salute the flag. We had to be quiet for a minute during gym time. We made finger paint poppies and we put swirls on with black sharpie. 

In math we are practicing ways to make 10, we can use number lines, dominos, dice, ten frames and a rainbow!

We learned that washing your hands is super important, the times that you wash your hands are when you hold money, when you go to the bathroom, before you eat food and after playing with your cat or dog.

Looking forward

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm (sign up on Ethel M. Johnson website)

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night

*Teacher's Pet We are still looking for volunteers, please email me at esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca if you are interested. The permission form will go home on Monday, you will not have to pay for this experience as it has been generously covered by our Parent Council.

Quote of the Week: "Do not follow where the path may lead...Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood





Learning Time with Room 9

November 2, 2018

This week has been a lot of Fun! We had a pumpkin carving contest and we came in third! We read a funny book about two monsters that fall in love with each other.

      

We won third prize for our spooky kitty pumpkin! We had a Halloween party in our room and guessed each other's costume. Ms. Greenwood was a scarecrow. We talked about how we could sort our candy, we came up with:

*All the chocolate bars

*All the chips and not sweet things

*All the chewy candy

*All the licorice

We are learning how to build the number ten, we are working with double sided tokens to create number sentences. We have done 6, 7, 8, and 9. Sometimes we work with ten frames and sometimes we work with tokens and dice.

For journal time this week we have done the "ig" word family, and the "ip" word family. It is easy to know words if you know a chunk of the word, like "ig".

Our author this week was Rosemary Wells, she is the creator of the "Max and Ruby" books.


Looking Forward

November 6th Picture Retake day and Library Day

November 9th Remembrance Day Assembly (9:00)

November 20th Teacher's Pet in-service (9:00) for room 9, (10:00) for room 10

November 22, 23 Parent Teacher Interviews

Quote of the week: "Tell me. and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand"

Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

October 26th, 2018

This has been a very full week, we are continuing our volleyball skills in gym time, and playing the game "Clean your room". The word families we did this week were the "ake" and the "in" family. If I know cake, I know take, if I know pin, I know chin. During our journal time, we work with sight words, word families and letter blends. We do a lot of poems and songs that use many of the high frequency words grade ones will need to read and spell.

This is what the kids in room 9 said this week: "We learned a new poem called "Witch, Witch" and drew a witch and showed all of the parts like hat, shoes, and crazy hair. We learned ways to make 6, 7, and 8, we used coloured rods to make the numbers. Each stick means a different number, like the red one is two"

 Each rod represents a number and we can make all the combinations that make 7, according to the operation of addition.

 I can make number sentences out of clay, zero means "you got nothing" but you still have 7. There are quite a few ways to make 7, 

Our author of the week was Leo Lionni, his books have animal characters that work to solve problems in very interesting ways.

Looking Forward

October 30th Pumpkin carving contest

October 31st Halloween party (1:25 in room 9) Please send costumes for the afternoon, I will have some big buddy helpers to put costumes on after lunch. If the costume requires make-up, please do in the morning before school. If you would like to send a healthy (or sweet treat) it would be very appreciated. If costumes have parts, like swords or devil forks, please leave them at home. 

November 9th Remembrance day Assembly (9:00)

November 20th In-school Inservice (Teacher's Pet) Volunteers needed (5

The students in room 9 are working very hard and I couldn't be more proud of the progress for many of them. Grade one is hard work and I trust you will praise your child for their excellent work at school. Thank you for your support with the process of Reading at Home.                                               

Quote of the week: "Don't sweat petty things..or pet sweaty things"

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

October 19th, 2018

Finally we are enjoying Fall weather! I can just see the joy in the kids eyes, when they can go to play with just a sweater. This week of learning took us to some very interesting places.

This is what the kids in room 9 said this week:

"We are learning about the seasons and all the signs of Fall, another name for Fall is autumn. I know that when it is fall the sun seems not so high in the sky. The leaves change into different colours and the wind blows them off the trees. The trees look spooky and halloweeny. It is cold in the morning when I go to school and at recess it is warm." 

"We are extending patterns, alphabet patterns, shape patterns, and number patterns"

"In Math we are exploring ways to make six, we used snap cubes to discover all the ways we can put together cubes to make the amount 6."

It is fun to use some Halloween colours too!

"We asking ourselves what kindness is, how can we show kindness everyday?"

* pick up someone's pencil kit if it falls on the floor

* keep your hands to yourself

* Walk down the hallway without talking

* Make sure your chair is pushed in

* Ask someone to play with you 

Looking forward

October 25th Fun Lunch

October 26th Professional Day (No children)

October 31 Halloween

November 9th Remembrance Day Assembly

Volunteers Needed November 20th (12:15-2:30) Teacher's Pet "Senses" information to follow

Quote of the Week: "Seven days without laughter makes one weak" 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood

Learning Time with Room 9

October 12th, 2018

Dear parents,

Even though we had a short week we have had a full schedule. Just a reminder that Tuesday is our Library day. 

Reading at home program

Today each child will take a book home to read in a zip lock bag, there is a recording sheet in the bag. After you have finished reading together please record the name of the book, the level, and if the book was too hard, too easy or “Just right”. We have been talking about books that are “just right”, I like to refer to it as the “Goldilocks rule”. When children choose “just right” books, they are successful and somewhat challenged as well. We will learn the five finger rule to choose a “just right” book.

The Five Finger rule

1. Choose a book, if there is a word you do not know, put one finger up, if you have five fingers up on the first page, it is not a “just right” book. Two fingers or less is a “just right” book.

Reading at home time should be a regular time everyday, after school, after supper or before bed. Please encourage your child to talk about the pictures, look for small words in big words, track the words with their finger, and use the first letter sound to help with breaking down words.    

Every Friday we read with our grade three buddies, it is such a great time for the bigger buddies to show the little buddies some reading tips and tricks. Later on, we will be venturing into Mathletics with our buddies to help us build our account.


Time to paint and create. We are making scarecrows, drop by and check them out.

We learned a poem called "The Old Scarecrow", we even put actions to it!


Working on repeating the core of a pattern in math, lots of play and discovery.

 We wrote somethings we were thankful for in our visual journal


Your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. It is not recommended you return the envelope in your child's backpack but rather hand it directly to me or the office, thank you! 
If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Looking forward

October 12th: Dance money due

October 18th: School Dance

October 25th ADmazing book money due (ticket packs in large brown envelope)

October 26th Professional Day (No Kids)

Quote of the week: "Why fit in, when you were born to stand out" Dr. Suess

Wishing you a great weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood



Learning Time with Room 9

October 5th 2018

Dear Parents,

It has been a very interesting week weather wise and I have appreciated your attention to warm clothing and healthy lunches. It is my hope that we will still have some mild weather before winter starts officially.

This is what the kids said in room 9 this week:

We are learning to make repeating patterns, there are patterns everywhere in our classroom, even on my shirt. We saw some patterns in nature and in our classroom. Some of us wore an orange coloured shirt on Monday. 

We worked on thinking about the things we are thankful for like my Mom and our Dad and our pets. We saw a pattern on our pie.


We are reading the Berenstain books and we are learning to make predictions about what is happening in the the story. Good readers make predictions and "you like make a guess"

Building repeating patterns and identifying the core (repeating part) 


Looking Forward:

October 8th Thanksgiving Day

October 9th Picture Day

October 18th School dance

October 25th Fun Lunch  (order at www.healthyhunger.ca)

November 6th Picture retakes

If you are allowing your child to have screen time here are some websites for use at home:

Quote of the week:

“ Change is the end result of all true learning”

Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood

Learning time with room 9

September 28th, 2018

Dear Parents,

This was a great week we are really looking like Super learners! Everyday we get stronger, and we are gaining stamina with our ABC read in the morning. 

Room 9 has been learning about risk taking and taking chances. We decided that a Super learner takes risks, even though we are scared. 

Here is what the kids in room 9 said this week:

We did the "at" word family, if I know mat, I know cat, if I know sat, I know bat. We learned that a "g" is a basement letter. We learned that Terry Fox was a hero and he helped to get money for the doctors to fix people with cancer. We had a great Terry Fox run, we even had a treat together afterwards. 

Learning Intentions

We touched on patterning this week and continued with sorting and one to one correspondence.

  

Can you repeat a pattern?


Looking forward

October 5th PD day (no kids)

October 9th (Picture Day)

Every month EMJ has a fun lunch. Please order fun 

lunches at  www.healthyhunger.ca

Please send back the purple pack of papers.

Quote of the week

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.





LEARNING TIME WITH ROOM 9

September 20th 2018

Dear parents,

Wow what a week! We are settling in to our new place and doing a great job of school. The kids have worked hard to be the best “Super learners”. Everyday we get stronger. Thank you for supporting your child to be ready for learning everyday.

This is what room 9 said a Super learner does:

  1. Sits on the carpet without talking.
  2. Listens to the person doing the talking.
  3. Is a polite friend.
  4. Puts their hand up to talk.
  5. Puts things away carefully for the next group.
  6. Tucks in their chair.
  7. Asks questions.

LIBRARY DAY is TUESDAY

Here is what the kids said in Room 9 this week:

We get our very own desk and pencil box, we get to play at centers. We have grade three buddies and we even get to take two books out from the Library! We are learning to sort by colour, size and shape. We are learning lots of songs and poems, like “We Whirl and Twirl”.

Technology is important in our room we have computer centers and Ipad time.


 In Math, we are looking at one-to-one correspondence (Number symbol, number word and how many things)

Printing, how to make an awesome A, A is not a basement letter, what are the basement letters?

In our Social Studies unit “All about me”, we are learning the things that make us special and the things that we need to be “us” everyday.

Looking Forward

Terry Fox Run: September 28th (Friday)

Professional Day (No Kids) October 5th

Quote of the week: “If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney

Yours in partnership,

Ms. E. Greenwood






Learning Time with room 9

September 14th, 2018

Good afternoon! Welcome to school days in room 9. I am Elizabeth Greenwood and I am so delighted to be your child's teacher. Every Friday I will send you some information on the school website. Please check for my name (Ms. Greenwood)

This week and last we were building our class routines like indoor and outdoor shoes, recess time, and having lunch in the lunch room. Every morning we start with calendar and a morning message. We are learning to form letter and numbers.

In gym time, we are learning to play cooperative games with our buddy class room 10.

We are learning to sort by colour, shape and size in math.

Looking Forward

Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday September 20 (4:00-8:00)

Friday September 21st (8:30-1:00)

Please note there is early dismissal on Thursday September 20 (12:15)

September 28th Terry Fox Run

Lunches, Snacks, and Shoes (hard copy to sent on Monday)

Dear Parents,

Our first weeks of school went very smoothly, and the students are becoming familiar with our classroom routines! 

If you send your child to school with a lunch, please be sure to make it a balanced, healthy meal.  Students should have one main, nutritious item to eat, such as a sandwich or something warm in a thermos.  Juice, water or milk are healthy drinks, and a piece of fruit or something else nutritious makes a terrific dessert.  Children who do not eat a healthy meal, or who do not have enough to eat, have more difficulty concentrating and learning in school.  Some lunch combinations, (eg. a container of pudding, some cookies, and a fruit roll-up) do not create a healthy lunch.

As for recess snacks, it is best not to send something in a container that the children are expected to bring back home.  After the students eat their snacks, they love to run around and play on the playground.  It's difficult for them to do this if they have to carry a container.  Many containers end up getting lost this way.  Good options are to send a piece of fruit that can be carried, or to send something in a wrapper, such as a granola bar or a fruit twist.  The wrapper can then be disposed of.

When choosing shoes for your child, please be sure that your child can put the shoes on independently.  Many students are coming to school with shoes that have shoelaces, but do not know how to tie them up.  Students’ shoes are taken off and put on again many times throughout the day, and the children need to be able to do this quickly.  If your child has shoes with shoelaces, please ensure that he/she knows how to tie them up.  Otherwise, shoes with velcro fastenings are still often the best choice at this age.

Our weather is changing, please send a hat and a pair of gloves to be kept in backpacks and a change of clothing for accidents or wet weather.

Our next few weeks of school promise to be busy and filled with fun!  I look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences: September 20 4:00-8:00 or September 21st 8:30-1:00. Please sign up on the Ethel M. Johnson website (My CBE Account)

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Elizabeth Greenwood



Ms. Greenwood

Learning Time with Room 9

June 21st, 2019 

Here is what we were up to this week. We are learning about the First Nation people. The aboriginal lodging the "Tipi" was a warm and spacious home. The campfire was a meeting place as well as a cooking space.The tipis were created with lodge pole pines which were thin and long. A tipi raising ceremony was an important part of a first nation tribe. We learned we are part of Treaty 7.





Looking Forward

June 24th – Sports day 9:00-11:00

Sports Day At EMJ

Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes dismissal at 12:15

Quote of the week: "Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects" Arnold Glasgow

Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry!

Ms. Greenwood



Learning time with Room 9

June 14th, 2019

Here is what room 9 was up to this week. We had a special guest in the gym to show us all about Lacrosse, did you know that Lacrosse is our national sport? The main idea in Lacrosse is to scoop and catch the ball, you cannot use your hands.

We are learning about Tangrams or the "Happy Square", each square has seven pieces consisting of a square, a rhombus, and five triangles of different sizes. We made other designs such as a cat, a fish and a boat all consisting of the seven shapes.

We are learning about the pioneers and the past. We made some paper horse and wagons, the rainbow wagons are fun!

Reading at home

I would like to collect the little reading at home books for inventory, I am still encouraging reading at home but with a home library. The Summer Reading Challenge at the public library has lots of exciting prizes to win and interesting programs for kids to join. The kids took the invite home today.

Looking Forward

June 21 – Sports day 9:00-11:00

Sports Day At EMJ

Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes

Quote of the week: "The best things in life aren't things" -Art Buchwald

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing Dads!! We made you something, but some may have forgotten them.

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

June 7th, 2019

This week we had a lot of fun with our "Me Museum". First we had to share our boxes with the class and then our big buddies, then we had to invite room 10. We had to answer a lot of questions about our life and the things in our box. The big buddies said they learned a lot of new things about their room 9 buddy.


The Elephant and Piggie books have taken room 9 by storm! The stories by Mo Willems are highly engaging and successful. We always try and find pigeon in the books.

On Tuesday we had Mr Wallis from the Lion's club in our classroom to share about the meaning of the Canadian Flag. Did you know that the two red bands represent the two Oceans the Atlantic and the Pacific? We also got to have a flag to keep!


Practicing our Tens and Ones: Race to 50. The first person to get 5 tens sticks (50) is the winner.

Looking Forward

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes

Quote of the week: "Alone we can do so little;together we can do so much"

Happy weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

May 31st, 2019

Here is what we have been up to this week. Our "Me Boxes" have been a lot of fun and so informative.


We read another version of "Cinderella", except this version is where Joe Cinders has two mean step-brothers called "Buck" and "Bart". Joe wins the heart of Roslinda the richest rancher west of the Rio Grande. 

We learned a game called "Build your pepperoni pizza". In groups of four, the kids roll a di and colour in the number of pepperoni on their pizza. The first player to have built ten pizzas (tens sets of ten) is the winner.


Our plants are growing! We planted scarlet runner beans and they only took a couple of days to germinate. We even found one with the seed coat still attached.

Looking forward

June 3 – PLP and Skill to Zoo

June 4 – BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

June 4 – Iron Mountain (shredding and paper recycling) last pick up for school year

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11

June 7-10 – IPP’s due to Admin.

June 7 – grade 2/3 science presentation in Rm 21 - 10:15-11:30

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes

Quote of the week: "No one learns to make the right decisions without being free to make the wrong ones"  Author Unknown

Have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

May 24th, 2019

Wow, time is zooming by! Here is what we were up to this week. We are learning to represent 2 digit numbers on a place value mat, we can identify how many tens and how many ones. We can also put in the right house.


Learning about the Past

Drawing a horse and wagon, the settlers and homesteaders would travel with everything they owned.

We are learning about the one room schoolhouse. Did you know that the teacher had to teach 8 grades in one room? They also had a wood burning stove in the school that took a while to warm up! Kids would walk to school or sometimes travel by horse and cart.

Horse and wagon with rider and bandit!

Acting out a story in small groups.


ME boxes

This week we had some super boxes, it was great to see everyone so prepared and organized. This assignment spans many curricular areas and I was so proud of the boxes so far!


Looking Forward

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 29 – Kindergarten to Zoo

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 4 – Iron Mountain (shredding and paper recycling) last pick up for school year

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11

June 7-10 – IPP’s due to Admin.

June 7 – grade 2/3 science presentation in Rm 21 - 10:15-11:30

June 10-17 – Report cards due to office

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

June 26 – Last day of classes – early dismissal 12:15pm

Quote of the week: "Feed a person a fish and you've fed him for a day. Teach a person to fish and you've fed him for a lifetime"

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood

Learning Time with Room 9

May 10th, 2019

Here is what we were up to this week in room 9. We re learning about how plants grow, seeds are the very beginning of new life, it is kind of amazing how a seed grows. 


We will be planting our own scarlet runner beans, to watch the growing process.


Painting...so much fun!!

Working with our buddies on patterning, numbers, letters, shapes and identifying the core.

ME BOXES

In the coming days I would like to invite my students to bring special artefacts that have some sentimental value. I was thinking that we could make some “Me Boxes”. We decided a “Me box” might be a small box or shoebox containing interesting treasures. The box could be a ready-made box about the size of a shoebox or smaller, or a decorated box made from recyclables. It is my hope that the children would be able to talk about each item and then accept some questions after the presentation. Some examples of artefacts might be:

A CD of pictures to music, foreign coins, stamps, letters, magnets, rocks, buttons, pins, jewellery, trophies, handmade crafts or a poster with special event pictures.

The presentations must be rehearsed and students will have an opportunity to share their “Me Box” on a certain day. After we have shared with the entire grade ones, the children will display their boxes in the gymnasium on April 12th for the “Grade One Me Museum”. The school will be invited to peruse the boxes and ask questions.

The curricular outcomes involved in this experience are organizing materials, public speaking, fostering a sense of value, contribution, and accomplishment.

Presentations will start after the May long weekend. We will do three presentations a day from the time slot 12:30-1:00. Your child will be given a certain day to present their box.

If you have questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact me, esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca

Looking forward

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Quote of the week: "Life is like a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."

Wishing all the lovely mothers a wonderful day on Sunday!

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

May 3, 2019

Amazing Spring concert! If you were at the concert on Thursday, it was such a wonderful mix of music, dance and drama. Here is what is going on in our world in room 9.

In math we are looking at Symmetry, we learned that symmetry means the same on both sides. We experimented with lines of symmetry and symmetrical flips. We tried drawing lines down the middle of shapes and folding them over to see if their was a "mirror" image. We learned that butterflies have symmetrical wings.

Our author this week is Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark. The "Franklin" books are such a great example of formula stories where the main character encounters a problem.

This special book was a gift to us from our Parent Council, it is a heartwarming story that caters to the superhero in us all.

Jump Rope for Heart

Envelopes went home for the fundraiser, you participate online

Looking forward

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

Quote of the week: "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars"

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

April 26th, 2019

Such an eventful week, the Me to We club, the Spring Carnival, practicing for our Spring concert (May 2nd) and tons of other stuff. Here is a snapshot of our learning this week. We are learning about measurement. We have tools to measure temperature, weight, height, mass, width, and length. We started with using any unit of measure like a snap cube or a marker. This week we have been using tape measures to measure things like our wrist or arm length.



Our author this week was Marc Brown, the ' Arthur Books"


A math problem, how many q-tips to make 4 petals? or how many q-tips to make 10 petals?

Looking Forward

May 2- SPRING Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

Quote of the week "The man who risks nothing, has nothing" Unknown

Wishing you a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

April 18th, 2019

This has been an eventful week in room 9. Here is a snapshot of this week's journey. In Math we are looking at the concept of heavier and lighter.

We are using pan scales to measure how many snap cubes is equal to a roll of tape or a set of dice.

We have looked at ways to measure small things (ruler, foot print, snap cubes) and larger things with long string.

Domino math, pick a domino and make a number sentence.


Looking Forward

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

April 25   Spring Carnival

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

Quote of the week:"Just do it" Nike

Learning time with Room 9

April 12th, 2019

What a great week swimming, we are pretty tired, but we learned a lot. Thank you to all you wonderful volunteers, we could not do this without you! Here is a snapshot of our learning this week.

We know that the hero in a fiction story often saves the day or solves the problem. Heroes and villains make stories interesting.

    

The author of the week was Ian Falconer with the Olivia books, Olivia is a delightful little pig who gets herself into all sorts of interesting situations.

Measurement with non-standard units of measure, we are learning to measure things with different tools. We made our own unit of measure, our foot! We traced our foot and measured how many "feet" long something was. We measured something shorter and longer than our foot.



We used paper clips and string as something to measure with.

Just think we used snap cubes to measure the length of a ruler! We learned that really anything could be a unit of measure as long as the thing you were measuring with was always the same size.

Looking Forward

April 17 – CLASS PHOTOS

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

April 25   Spring Carnival

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

Quote of the week: "Enthusiasm and joy are Siamese Twins-it's hard to find one without the other" Author Unknown

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Greenwood

Learning Time with Room 9

April 5th, 2019

Spring has come! I hope I can say that! It is so fun to see the kids running and yelling "I am free", losing the heavy coat and snow pants is a total joy! This is a snapshot into this week's learning. The Rainbow Fish is a story about friendship, we know that friends take a lot of work and you have to be a friend to have a friend.

Here is our version of the rainbow fish, we used the medium of chalk pastel and a smudging technique.

Math, we are looking at 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes

                   

  

Building things with Teacher's Pet. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers! The job was for the kids to create a blueprint for a Zoo animal enclosure. The kids had only so much money to spend, so they had to make sensible choices as to how to spend the money. The blueprint included all the needs of the animal, like shelter, food, water and toys.

Just a reminder that when kids are done their reading sheet they get to pick a prize from the Sponge Bob box. Congratulations to the kids that have gone into the box!

SWIMMING: If you are volunteering and want to ride the bus with us, please meet us at school at 9:30

Looking Forward

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

April 25   Spring Carnival

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

Quote of the week: "Laughter is part of the human survival kit"

Wishing you a great weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with room 9

March 15th, 2019

I think Spring might be on it's way! Here are some of the highlights for this week's learning. We learned that urban and rural spaces are communities that share the same services like gas stations and markets. Rural (country or farm communities have less people) and city or Urban places have a lot of people together like apartments and city centers. 


We are practicing counting in a faster way, skip counting by 5s and 10s, we are even learning a little bit about money.

 Skip counting by 5s and 10s


Center time: Sushi, chopsticks and sauce

Swimming forms are due MARCH 21st. Please consider coming to help us in the change rooms for the whole time or just a morning. We are swimming April 8 at 9:40-10:20 for four days.

Quote of the week: "Success is journey not a destination"

Wishing you a great weekend with your family,

Ms. Greenwood



Learning Time with room  9

March 8th, 2019

What an exciting week with the Sound Kreations Residency, the kids did an amazing little dance called the "Sleepy Robot". They did a great job, the choreography was pretty tricky. We are learning the parts of a story and building characters. We know that the problem in the story is when the main character runs into something that causes trouble, such as when the hero gets lost in a spooky wood or the wolf blows the pigs house down.

We know that animals can be characters, like Hedgy in the Jan Brett books.

We know that good readers make connections: 

*We make connections to memories, experiences and feelings.

*We make connections using facts and information we already know.

We are continuing our journey with fractured fairy tales, or stories that have been retold with the same storyline but different details. We use connections to build onto information we already know and make observations about what is the same and what is different.

Swim adventure

On Monday the swim forms will go home, they need to be returned by March 21st, 2019. The ability form will determine the level your child will be working at during our lessons. The cost of this is $27.00. The lessons start on April 8th-12th at the Canyon Meadows Aquatic Centre. 

Teacher's Pet: March 14th 12:20-2:30 (Still looking for one more volunteer)

Looking Forward

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

Quote of the week: "The greatest good is what we do for another"

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

March 1st, 2019

Here is a snapshot of our learning this week. A huge part of grade one or, any grade, is the building and fostering of social literacy, essentially, the skills we require to manage our lives in a classroom. Just as we teach reading and math, we also need to intentionally teach social and interpersonal skills. Everyday we role play situations where we might need to use a strategy to remain clam or prepare ourselves for learning. The Zones of Regulation is a program that allows kids to name their feelings and employ a strategy to help them get back to the "green zone"

 

Beachball Blend game to practice our letter blends.

We are learning the parts of a story. We learned that every good story has interesting characters, a story can have main and supporting characters. We know that a story has a beginning and that is where the characters are introduced and talked about.


Part of our study of fiction, is the comparison of original Fairy Tales and fractured fairy tales. What are the components that remain the same? and what are the differences in retold Fairy Tales?

Practicing our spelling strategies "Rainbow words" and "Look, Cover, Say". Sight words or "no-excuse" words are words that often do not have rules. 

Teacher's Pet: March 14th at 12:20-2:30, we have two volunteers (thank you!) We are in need of two more.

Looking Forward

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

Quote of the week; "For every minute that you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness" Ralph Waldo Emerson

 It is always a little humbling when you receive a drawing from one of your students.



Learning Time with Room 9

February 22, 2019

Finally some nice weather in Calgary. This week we have continued with the study of our community, we know that a community is a place where we share the same services such as the Police Department, the Grocery Store, the Fire station, schools and hospitals.



Valentine Memories

Valentine's Day was such a special day, thank you to all who helped to prepare valentines or brought treats. Valentine's day should be everyday!

 

Practicing Part-Part Whole word problems in math. We can make a math mountain, we can draw pictures, we can use double sided tokens.


Teacher's Pet March 14th

Teacher's Pet will be coming to the grade one classes in March, we all looking for four volunteers (4 for the morning session, and 4 for the afternoon session). Please let me know at esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca if you are interested in spending some time with us.

Special Education Integration

One of our special classes (usually two people at a time) are visiting our grade one class to play some games with us. The intention is to expose the skill class to a mainstream grade one class. The kids in room 9 have been amazing role models.

Looking Forward

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 9 – Spring concert

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

Quote of the week: "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently"

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 

February 8th, 2019

A very frosty week! The kids have been inside all week and I think they may need some outdoor time soon. The One World Drum residency was such a hit and we enjoyed going to our lessons everyday. Thank you for coming to the performance on Friday. We had some wonderful times this week learning about our community and the roles of the people in our community. 



We celebrated the Lunar New Year, we found out that most of us were born in the year of the Dragon. We saw a Dragon Dance from Beijing and learned a song "Chinese Dragon Breathing Fire". We learned that the Chinese New Year is in February and our New Year is always January 1st. Red and gold are the colours that mean good luck in China.

Valentine Celebration

Room 9 will be celebrating Valentines Day on Wednesday February 13th in the afternoon. If you would like to send a healthy or not so healthy treat it would be much appreciated. A Valentine list will be sent home on Monday. Please write Valentines for everyone if you are thinking about writing them.

Looking Forward

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch - Edo



Quote of the Week "When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target"

Wishing you a warm weekend with your family!

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

This week and last, we have had a special guest in our room. Ms. Nicole is helping us to learn strategies to help us when we are mad or sad.

The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. Students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.


 





Learning Time with Room 9

January 18th, 2019

This week we are focusing on the operation of subtraction in math, we can jump backwards on a number line t to reach the difference (we learned that the word difference means answer in take away problems). When we are doing plussing, addition or put together, we jump forward on a number line.

Gymnastics

For the month of January we are doing gymnastics in the gym. I have told room 9 to make sure they have proper clothing (kids can change if they need to), no jewelry, and no loose clothing. and hair should be tied back with an elastic. Our gymnastic unit will end with "Mission Impossible".

Social Studies: Who is in our Community?

We are looking at the roles and responsibilities of the people in our community. Grade one is an avenue to explore, "All about Me", "My School", "My Community". One of the expectations is for students to know their house address, what community they belong to, their city and province and, of course, their country.

         

Health and Nutrition

We are learning about nutrition and the foods that are best for our bodies.

Looking forward

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 14 & 15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

Quote of the week: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain" 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood





Learning Time with Room 9

January 12th, 2019

Welcome back! I was so happy to see room 9, it was great to catch up and share some holiday stories. I trust you had a great holiday with your family.

Christmas Memories

Some memories from the week before break. We generally like to make a mess, but we hope the ornament will be a reminder of grade one. 

A Christmas classic!

We did directed drawings of Santa and labelled our picture.

Our "Grinch" party, we brought green snacks and made a holiday diary, these snacks even looked like the Grinch!


Everyday we did some caroling in the gym, it was so fun to sing together, especially the songs with actions. Ms. Dafoe played her guitar and even wrote a song for the Chris-Moose. 

This weeK we are learning about our community and where we belong in our city. We are also learning about our community helpers.


One of our favourite times is sharing with our buddies.

The author this week is Jan Brett, and it is great because we are also looking at the "Tr" letter blend. In the story Treva tricks the troublesome trolls!

 In math, we have learned the operation of addition and we are learning how to build a number sentence from a word problem to help us solve it.

Looking forward

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 14 & 15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

Quote of the week "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives, and puts itself in our hands and hopes we've learned something from yesterday." John Wayne

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with room 9

December 14th, 2018

What an exciting week! The Winter Concert was on Thursday evening and the kids did an amazing job, the song "First Toymaker to the King" had a lot of difficult lyrics and actions and they rose to the challenge. The Book Fair was a great success, the wish lists that were sent home were just suggestions for possible purchase. Building a library at home is a wonderful way for children to have a collection of books they are familiar with. Reading a book multiple times contributes to fluency and kids feel successful when they "sound like they are talking".

 

This week's author was Nina Laden, she writes from different 

perspectives and point of view. The Night I followed the Dog, is a story about a boy who sees his dog from a completely new perspective. The Dog in the book has a luxury doghouse with a kitchen and a living room and every night he takes a black limo to a club called "The Doghouse". The books of Nina Laden are great starting points for writing fictional stories.


One of the most favourite times of our week is buddy time, we have time to share our journals and read stories together. We will also be doing some computer work with Mathletics in the new year. It is so great to see big buddies and little buddies connecting on the playground. It lends itself to a greater sense of community responsibility.

We did a directed drawing of a Christmas elf, we didn't use crayons we used pencil crayons!

Looking Forward

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – Start Gymnastics

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

Quote of the week: "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get."

Have a great weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood




Learning Time with Room 9

December 7th, 2018

This week we concentrated on learning three letter blends( digraphs) "Th", 'Ch", "Sh", we play games with each letter blend. Learning letter blends in isolation, supports kids in breaking down words by knowing the letter blend and then adding the word family. 

We read the "Magic Hockey Stick", it is a wonderful story about Wayne Gretzky's hockey stick, we are also practicing some floor hockey skills in gym. 

Part of the grade one curriculum is learning "Social Literacy", some of the aspects of social literacy are demonstrating initiative, showing empathy, and learning to assert yourself and your ideas in a group setting. The kids in room 9 are amazing, they seem to work and play together so well. We have, as a group, role played some situations where we need to be "socially literate" such as finding a space where I can do my best work without distracting others, giving someone some space when they are frustrated, offering to work together to solve a problem. One morning the kids decided they wanted to sort the books, they made an assembly line and put the books in the right book boxes. It was important to note that this was solving a problem together, where everyone involved felt valued and important. We have also looked at strategies to support our feelings, what do we do when we are furious? By intentionally teaching strategies to regulate behaviour, kids feel like they have some control over how they respond to issues.

In science the units we have looked at to date are the elements of colour and our senses. 

Adopt-a-Family and Big Box cards

Please bring in your item in you have chosen to buy something for a family this Christmas, we will be wrapping them on Monday December 10th. Thank you for your generousity.

If you still have Big Box greeting cards at home you do not wish to purchase, please bring them in as we are still filling orders.

Christmas Concert December 13th (Thursday)

The grade ones have been working hard for the concert! Children are to be here at 6:00 for a 6:30 start. Children can wear dress up clothing (it is so wonderful to see them in their "nice" clothes). If you are not able to attend on Thursday night, we will be having a performance at 9:00 on Thursday morning.

Looking Forward

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concerts

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – Start Gymnastics

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

Quote of the week: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can"

Danny Kaye

Yours in Partnership,

Elizabeth Greenwood


Learning Time with Room  9

November 30, 2018

This week we have had Simple Simon Pies for fun lunch on Thursday and our Gingerbread decorating night. I hope you enjoyed some time with your family.

During our journal time we are learning to chunk words using word families. We are also practicing digraphs (two letters that make one sound). This week we looked at the "ch" digraph and the "sh" blend.

We just started the operation of subtraction, we used double sided tokens to work with the number 15, each time we took one token away and recorded our answers.


Work in the visual journal is meant to be a keepsake of work, we learned a poem about snowmen.




 Practicing our basic facts with dice games.

Looking forward

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

Quote of the week: "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Einstein 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

November 23, 2018

What an exciting week! We had Teacher's Pet come into our school and help us learn about our Senses. There were five stations that we visited. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for your support with our day.

We took a scuba trip with Ms. Charlotte!

There was a station that tested our hearing, we had to be blindfolded and follow the music.

We had to help the mommy sea lion find her baby using our hearing and our sense of smell. Sea lions have a special bark that is unique to each cub and the Mommy can recognize her babies bark and smell.

We had to put our hands in a bucket of water and talk about what the things felt like.


Part of the science curriculum for grade one is mixing colour, specifically, the primary colours, secondary colours and the colour wheel. We read a book called "Mouse Paint", where white mice jump into coloured pots and end up colourful mice!

        The primary colours, blue, red, yellow

                                                

Reading at home

I cannot stress the importance of the reading at home program. I will send a sheet home of "no excuse" words for grade one (they are the high frequency words we use in our writing). I will put it in the reading at home ziplock bag. Thank you for your support.

Parent Teacher interviews 

Thank you to all of you who attended Parent Teacher interviews! What a great time to connect and share good news. Report cards will be coming home on January 31st. This recent conference is a summary of work to date, you are welcome to a copy if you like. It is so important to keep the lines of communication open, if you we did not get a chance to connect, please email at esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca and we can set a time.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume


Quote of the week: "Success comes in cans; failure comes in can'ts"

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Partnership,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

November 16th, 2018

It has been a very interesting week and a lot of us have been very sick. We are looking forward to everyone being here. This week we concentrated on a review of word families at journal time:, ut, in, am, at, ack. We are also remembering to use finger spaces and uppercase letters to begin sentences. We are still reading Bill Peet books and making predictions regarding the problem and the solution in the story.

The social study unit in grade one "All about me" includes a large portion of family, what constitutes a family and where do I belong in my family group.

So interesting to see the size of the figures and the detail given to the hands.

As we learn about ourselves and our family, our world starts to expand, and we gain an understanding of the world around us, our school, our community and our country.

Today a big box went home, it is a fundraiser for our school. If you choose not to keep the box, please bring it back, if you like the box, please bring the payment in.

Teacher's Pet

We are set to go for Tuesday afternoon, thank you to those who have volunteered to spend the afternoon with us, I know you will have fun, please meet here at 12:15. We are still short volunteers.

Looking forward

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet (12:30)

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm (sign up on Ethel M. Johnson website)

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Quote of the week:

"Attitude is everything"

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

November 9th, 2018

Another busy week in room 9, our author this week was Bill Peet, he is both the author and illustrator of his books. Peet's art is completely done with pencil crayon and pen and ink. In Peet's stories the main character always has a problem, the kids make predictions as to what happens next in the story and how the problem is solved. Making connections is extremely important and brings a personal link to the book. When kids make "big world" connections they are applying prior knowledge to new material that aids in comprehension.

 

This is what the kids in room 9 said this week: We made a wreath from coffee filters and we put buttons inside.

We were really proud of the kids that took it up to the front where the soldiers were. We wore a sticky poppy and we had to salute the flag. We had to be quiet for a minute during gym time. We made finger paint poppies and we put swirls on with black sharpie. 

In math we are practicing ways to make 10, we can use number lines, dominos, dice, ten frames and a rainbow!

We learned that washing your hands is super important, the times that you wash your hands are when you hold money, when you go to the bathroom, before you eat food and after playing with your cat or dog.

Looking forward

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm (sign up on Ethel M. Johnson website)

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night

*Teacher's Pet We are still looking for volunteers, please email me at esgreenwood@cbe.ab.ca if you are interested. The permission form will go home on Monday, you will not have to pay for this experience as it has been generously covered by our Parent Council.

Quote of the Week: "Do not follow where the path may lead...Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood





Learning Time with Room 9

November 2, 2018

This week has been a lot of Fun! We had a pumpkin carving contest and we came in third! We read a funny book about two monsters that fall in love with each other.

      

We won third prize for our spooky kitty pumpkin! We had a Halloween party in our room and guessed each other's costume. Ms. Greenwood was a scarecrow. We talked about how we could sort our candy, we came up with:

*All the chocolate bars

*All the chips and not sweet things

*All the chewy candy

*All the licorice

We are learning how to build the number ten, we are working with double sided tokens to create number sentences. We have done 6, 7, 8, and 9. Sometimes we work with ten frames and sometimes we work with tokens and dice.

For journal time this week we have done the "ig" word family, and the "ip" word family. It is easy to know words if you know a chunk of the word, like "ig".

Our author this week was Rosemary Wells, she is the creator of the "Max and Ruby" books.


Looking Forward

November 6th Picture Retake day and Library Day

November 9th Remembrance Day Assembly (9:00)

November 20th Teacher's Pet in-service (9:00) for room 9, (10:00) for room 10

November 22, 23 Parent Teacher Interviews

Quote of the week: "Tell me. and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand"

Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

October 26th, 2018

This has been a very full week, we are continuing our volleyball skills in gym time, and playing the game "Clean your room". The word families we did this week were the "ake" and the "in" family. If I know cake, I know take, if I know pin, I know chin. During our journal time, we work with sight words, word families and letter blends. We do a lot of poems and songs that use many of the high frequency words grade ones will need to read and spell.

This is what the kids in room 9 said this week: "We learned a new poem called "Witch, Witch" and drew a witch and showed all of the parts like hat, shoes, and crazy hair. We learned ways to make 6, 7, and 8, we used coloured rods to make the numbers. Each stick means a different number, like the red one is two"

 Each rod represents a number and we can make all the combinations that make 7, according to the operation of addition.

 I can make number sentences out of clay, zero means "you got nothing" but you still have 7. There are quite a few ways to make 7, 

Our author of the week was Leo Lionni, his books have animal characters that work to solve problems in very interesting ways.

Looking Forward

October 30th Pumpkin carving contest

October 31st Halloween party (1:25 in room 9) Please send costumes for the afternoon, I will have some big buddy helpers to put costumes on after lunch. If the costume requires make-up, please do in the morning before school. If you would like to send a healthy (or sweet treat) it would be very appreciated. If costumes have parts, like swords or devil forks, please leave them at home. 

November 9th Remembrance day Assembly (9:00)

November 20th In-school Inservice (Teacher's Pet) Volunteers needed (5

The students in room 9 are working very hard and I couldn't be more proud of the progress for many of them. Grade one is hard work and I trust you will praise your child for their excellent work at school. Thank you for your support with the process of Reading at Home.                                               

Quote of the week: "Don't sweat petty things..or pet sweaty things"

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

Ms. Greenwood


Learning Time with Room 9

October 19th, 2018

Finally we are enjoying Fall weather! I can just see the joy in the kids eyes, when they can go to play with just a sweater. This week of learning took us to some very interesting places.

This is what the kids in room 9 said this week:

"We are learning about the seasons and all the signs of Fall, another name for Fall is autumn. I know that when it is fall the sun seems not so high in the sky. The leaves change into different colours and the wind blows them off the trees. The trees look spooky and halloweeny. It is cold in the morning when I go to school and at recess it is warm." 

"We are extending patterns, alphabet patterns, shape patterns, and number patterns"

"In Math we are exploring ways to make six, we used snap cubes to discover all the ways we can put together cubes to make the amount 6."

It is fun to use some Halloween colours too!

"We asking ourselves what kindness is, how can we show kindness everyday?"

* pick up someone's pencil kit if it falls on the floor

* keep your hands to yourself

* Walk down the hallway without talking

* Make sure your chair is pushed in

* Ask someone to play with you 

Looking forward

October 25th Fun Lunch

October 26th Professional Day (No children)

October 31 Halloween

November 9th Remembrance Day Assembly

Volunteers Needed November 20th (12:15-2:30) Teacher's Pet "Senses" information to follow

Quote of the Week: "Seven days without laughter makes one weak" 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Greenwood

Learning Time with Room 9

October 12th, 2018

Dear parents,

Even though we had a short week we have had a full schedule. Just a reminder that Tuesday is our Library day. 

Reading at home program

Today each child will take a book home to read in a zip lock bag, there is a recording sheet in the bag. After you have finished reading together please record the name of the book, the level, and if the book was too hard, too easy or “Just right”. We have been talking about books that are “just right”, I like to refer to it as the “Goldilocks rule”. When children choose “just right” books, they are successful and somewhat challenged as well. We will learn the five finger rule to choose a “just right” book.

The Five Finger rule

1. Choose a book, if there is a word you do not know, put one finger up, if you have five fingers up on the first page, it is not a “just right” book. Two fingers or less is a “just right” book.

Reading at home time should be a regular time everyday, after school, after supper or before bed. Please encourage your child to talk about the pictures, look for small words in big words, track the words with their finger, and use the first letter sound to help with breaking down words.    

Every Friday we read with our grade three buddies, it is such a great time for the bigger buddies to show the little buddies some reading tips and tricks. Later on, we will be venturing into Mathletics with our buddies to help us build our account.


Time to paint and create. We are making scarecrows, drop by and check them out.

We learned a poem called "The Old Scarecrow", we even put actions to it!


Working on repeating the core of a pattern in math, lots of play and discovery.

 We wrote somethings we were thankful for in our visual journal


Your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. It is not recommended you return the envelope in your child's backpack but rather hand it directly to me or the office, thank you! 
If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Looking forward

October 12th: Dance money due

October 18th: School Dance

October 25th ADmazing book money due (ticket packs in large brown envelope)

October 26th Professional Day (No Kids)

Quote of the week: "Why fit in, when you were born to stand out" Dr. Suess

Wishing you a great weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood



Learning Time with Room 9

October 5th 2018

Dear Parents,

It has been a very interesting week weather wise and I have appreciated your attention to warm clothing and healthy lunches. It is my hope that we will still have some mild weather before winter starts officially.

This is what the kids said in room 9 this week:

We are learning to make repeating patterns, there are patterns everywhere in our classroom, even on my shirt. We saw some patterns in nature and in our classroom. Some of us wore an orange coloured shirt on Monday. 

We worked on thinking about the things we are thankful for like my Mom and our Dad and our pets. We saw a pattern on our pie.


We are reading the Berenstain books and we are learning to make predictions about what is happening in the the story. Good readers make predictions and "you like make a guess"

Building repeating patterns and identifying the core (repeating part) 


Looking Forward:

October 8th Thanksgiving Day

October 9th Picture Day

October 18th School dance

October 25th Fun Lunch  (order at www.healthyhunger.ca)

November 6th Picture retakes

If you are allowing your child to have screen time here are some websites for use at home:

Quote of the week:

“ Change is the end result of all true learning”

Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Greenwood

Learning time with room 9

September 28th, 2018

Dear Parents,

This was a great week we are really looking like Super learners! Everyday we get stronger, and we are gaining stamina with our ABC read in the morning. 

Room 9 has been learning about risk taking and taking chances. We decided that a Super learner takes risks, even though we are scared. 

Here is what the kids in room 9 said this week:

We did the "at" word family, if I know mat, I know cat, if I know sat, I know bat. We learned that a "g" is a basement letter. We learned that Terry Fox was a hero and he helped to get money for the doctors to fix people with cancer. We had a great Terry Fox run, we even had a treat together afterwards. 

Learning Intentions

We touched on patterning this week and continued with sorting and one to one correspondence.

  

Can you repeat a pattern?


Looking forward

October 5th PD day (no kids)

October 9th (Picture Day)

Every month EMJ has a fun lunch. Please order fun 

lunches at  www.healthyhunger.ca

Please send back the purple pack of papers.

Quote of the week

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.





LEARNING TIME WITH ROOM 9

September 20th 2018

Dear parents,

Wow what a week! We are settling in to our new place and doing a great job of school. The kids have worked hard to be the best “Super learners”. Everyday we get stronger. Thank you for supporting your child to be ready for learning everyday.

This is what room 9 said a Super learner does:

  1. Sits on the carpet without talking.
  2. Listens to the person doing the talking.
  3. Is a polite friend.
  4. Puts their hand up to talk.
  5. Puts things away carefully for the next group.
  6. Tucks in their chair.
  7. Asks questions.

LIBRARY DAY is TUESDAY

Here is what the kids said in Room 9 this week:

We get our very own desk and pencil box, we get to play at centers. We have grade three buddies and we even get to take two books out from the Library! We are learning to sort by colour, size and shape. We are learning lots of songs and poems, like “We Whirl and Twirl”.

Technology is important in our room we have computer centers and Ipad time.


 In Math, we are looking at one-to-one correspondence (Number symbol, number word and how many things)

Printing, how to make an awesome A, A is not a basement letter, what are the basement letters?

In our Social Studies unit “All about me”, we are learning the things that make us special and the things that we need to be “us” everyday.

Looking Forward

Terry Fox Run: September 28th (Friday)

Professional Day (No Kids) October 5th

Quote of the week: “If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney

Yours in partnership,

Ms. E. Greenwood






Learning Time with room 9

September 14th, 2018

Good afternoon! Welcome to school days in room 9. I am Elizabeth Greenwood and I am so delighted to be your child's teacher. Every Friday I will send you some information on the school website. Please check for my name (Ms. Greenwood)

This week and last we were building our class routines like indoor and outdoor shoes, recess time, and having lunch in the lunch room. Every morning we start with calendar and a morning message. We are learning to form letter and numbers.

In gym time, we are learning to play cooperative games with our buddy class room 10.

We are learning to sort by colour, shape and size in math.

Looking Forward

Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday September 20 (4:00-8:00)

Friday September 21st (8:30-1:00)

Please note there is early dismissal on Thursday September 20 (12:15)

September 28th Terry Fox Run

Lunches, Snacks, and Shoes (hard copy to sent on Monday)

Dear Parents,

Our first weeks of school went very smoothly, and the students are becoming familiar with our classroom routines! 

If you send your child to school with a lunch, please be sure to make it a balanced, healthy meal.  Students should have one main, nutritious item to eat, such as a sandwich or something warm in a thermos.  Juice, water or milk are healthy drinks, and a piece of fruit or something else nutritious makes a terrific dessert.  Children who do not eat a healthy meal, or who do not have enough to eat, have more difficulty concentrating and learning in school.  Some lunch combinations, (eg. a container of pudding, some cookies, and a fruit roll-up) do not create a healthy lunch.

As for recess snacks, it is best not to send something in a container that the children are expected to bring back home.  After the students eat their snacks, they love to run around and play on the playground.  It's difficult for them to do this if they have to carry a container.  Many containers end up getting lost this way.  Good options are to send a piece of fruit that can be carried, or to send something in a wrapper, such as a granola bar or a fruit twist.  The wrapper can then be disposed of.

When choosing shoes for your child, please be sure that your child can put the shoes on independently.  Many students are coming to school with shoes that have shoelaces, but do not know how to tie them up.  Students’ shoes are taken off and put on again many times throughout the day, and the children need to be able to do this quickly.  If your child has shoes with shoelaces, please ensure that he/she knows how to tie them up.  Otherwise, shoes with velcro fastenings are still often the best choice at this age.

Our weather is changing, please send a hat and a pair of gloves to be kept in backpacks and a change of clothing for accidents or wet weather.

Our next few weeks of school promise to be busy and filled with fun!  I look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences: September 20 4:00-8:00 or September 21st 8:30-1:00. Please sign up on the Ethel M. Johnson website (My CBE Account)

Yours in partnership,

Ms. Elizabeth Greenwood



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