Coming Up for Room 80!


October 17th - Fun Lunch Pretzel Day!

October 21st - Federal Election Day

October 24th - Halloween Howl

October 31st - Halloween

Sight Words for the Week are: yes, no, come, all, ball


Colours / October 15

Today we practiced our colour words!  We had a new poem called, "Jelly Beans"  during literacy time. After reading the poem together we tried reading the poem independently, looking for familiar words.  We then had to colour the "colour" words appropriately. Our last job was to draw a picture that matches the poem.  Drawing a picture is a very important step as it assesses for comprehension.  

Our second literacy job today was building sight words with play-doh.  This is great for tactile learners who physically need to touch and feel letters. During this time of the day our goal is to be very quiet to ensure that everyone is given the right to concentrate. While the class works on their literacy rich tasks, students often sit with me to read sight words and books.  We are doing amazing with sight words! Woohoo! Remember to send them back when your kiddo has nailed them and I will add more. 

This afternoon we had a conversation about showing respect to ourselves and others. We are learning to be respectful and make the right choices here at school. We had some sharing time where we discussed what makes us feel good! Some popular answers were:

- hugs from my parents

- kisses from my family

- skating

- playing with friends

- trying something new

- beginning to read

We then talked about what could make us feel bad:

- being ignored

- someone saying hurtful things

- not having anyone to play with

We want to make sure that EVERYONE is cared for and feels loved in our room. We are a team!  Ask your kiddo how they can make someone feel good!



Literacy / October 8

In case you have forgotten why we live in Calgary:

- the mountains

- the friendly people

- the freedom

Just as a reminder in the depths of Mother Nature's temper tantrum.

Thank you for preparing your kiddos for the day with outdoor gear! Even better, I can tell that many of your kids have been practicing putting their gear on by themselves! Woot woot! #thankyou

This morning we learned a new literacy sight word game! We have named it Guess My Word. The object of the game is to "guess the word" based on how many letters it has and the shape of the word. We use our list of sight words to help us out. 

Can you guess which sight word would fit into the boxes?

Sooooo…. teaching seasons in Calgary can be, shall we say, difficult. ;) If you happen to have family in a place that experiences fall (hello Ontario...) maybe get them to send you a picture so you can share it with your child. (I kid! Sort of...) 

Have a great night and give the new game a try!



Buddies / October 4

This morning we met up with our Grade 3 buddies in Ms. Keir's room! We had some introductions, read and ate our snacks together. Grade three buddies are the best! Ms. Keir is very artsy and I'm so excited for your kiddos to benefit from this expertise. The kids were so great together. 

This week we read a book called 10 Black Dots by Donald Crews. We are then going to use this as a template to create our own math books. The intention of this books is to represent numbers in various ways. We are using ten frames, pictures, numbers and words.

Book orders were sent home this week. I will be putting in the order October 11th! Please make sure everything is in (online or in person) before this day!

Have a great weekend!



Physical Education / October 2

I realize that I haven't posted about Phys Ed. It's one of the most popular subjects in school and I haven't posted! Shame, Mrs. Stanford, shame! We are very lucky to have Mrs. Roworth as our gym specialist. She has a wonderful way of adding Literacy into Physical Education. One of the most fantastic aspects is actually in the last two minutes of class. During this time, students enjoy a 'mindful minute'. The lights get dimmed and students lie on their backs to open their chests for more oxygen intake. It is a reset for the students to prepare themselves for the rest of the day. 

On Wednesday mornings we get to partner up with grade two friends from Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk's class.  It's great to have older peers to lead the way. Today we played a partner game called, Level Up. The object of the game is to get from one end of the gym to the other by passing an object to each other. If an object gets dropped, the team has to start over at the beginning. 

Another nice thing about buddying up with grade twos is that sometimes, you get to hang out with your sibling :)

Did I ever get along this well with my brother?!?!

Another really important task is the creation of our monthly calendars. The students get assigned a day of the month and record any special events for that day. If there is not a special event, they get to decorate the day with something that symbolizes the month. 

This works on days of the week, ordinal numbers and number recognition. Not to mention organizational skills!

Tomorrow is Library! Please make sure to return library books!

Have a great night!


 

Wordless Stories / October 1

I can't believe it's already October 1st ?!? What happened to September?! 

Yesterday we "read" The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. I put the "read" in quotation marks because it is a story without words. While it is, in my opinion, too early to be thinking of snowman, it fit the situation. We loved looking at all the pictures and inferring what was happening in the story. We even practiced identifying emotions based on the character's body language and facial expressions. Today, to follow up with the book we watched an animated version of the story during snack time. As a follow-up activity we are re-telling the story using our own pictures! To begin with we discussed how the book was filled with detailed pictures and how this was extremely important to the story considering there were no words to fill in the gaps. We also observed how the pictures were made -- pencil crayons! We have those! We have completed the first part of the story and will continue on tomorrow. Once we have finished re-telling this story, we will be making our own wordless stories! This was inspired by one of our peers who created their own wordless story about a little green pea. Inspiration is everywhere.

Thank goodness that the snow is starting to melt. It was a rude awakening to have all the snow this week. It might be a good time to make sure your kiddos know how to put on their snowsuits, mittens and boots. It took us quite a while to get out for recess today! 

Thank you for supporting your child with home reading. I am so impressed by how many people are remembering to bring back their books each day. Yesterday, a letter went home regarding sight word activities. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Have a great night - Melt snow MELT!



Orange Shirt Day Monday / September 30

Monday is Orange Shirt Day! Below is a link for more information. We had a short discussion (grade appropriate) as to the origins of Orange Shirt Day. If your kid wants to wear an orange shirt please feel free. Some kiddos were worried that they didn't have an orange shirt, we talked about colour mixing! Yellow and Red could work too :)

http://www.orangeshirtday.org


Here is a message about Healthy Hunger:

“Healthy Hunger is happening again this year. Sign up to order lunches for your child(ren) on the selected days. Orders can be done for the year, or month to month. Healthy Hunger is also where you will register for some school events like Movie Night (first one is Toy Story 4 on Oct 10!)

Please sign up at  https://healthyhunger.ca/

Thank you!
Evergreen School Council
Like us on FB for information, too!”


Sight Words and Home Reading / September 26

Today we are coming home with a sight word ring and a home reading book! We are excited to start reading! Each night the students will bring home a book that is at their reading level. We ask that you spend 15 minutes a night reading with your child. As mentioned at the Open House, if your child becomes frustrated, help them out. Enjoy this time together, don't let it become a stressful activity for child or parent! As some of the books are quite short, it is recommended that you read through a book 3 times. The first time through is to decode, the second time through helps with comprehension and the third time through works on fluency. After reading for 15 minutes, have the kids put the book back into their blue folder in the plastic bag to keep them safe. These books should be returned each day and will be exchanged for a new one. 

In the bags there is also a sight word ring. These are the words that we have been working on in class. I will send out a letter soon with ways that you can use these rings to support your child. Practicing these words at home will help your child become better readers. Once your child can quickly identify each word on the ring, send them back in the blue folder and I will give them knew ones.  Your child will be reading in no time!!


Have a great night - Winter is coming....



Terry Fox Run / September 25

It was a beautiful afternoon for the Terry Fox Run! So much nicer than last year, if you recall! Today, our main focus was obviously Terry Fox. We learned more about him as a person and discussed what being a "hero" truly means. Does every hero have superpowers? 

For the first time in my ten years teaching, the students were enthralled with the idea of prosthetics! We took some time to show how prosthetics work and how they came to be. We watched a short video of a little boy using a mechanical arm for the first time! We then talked about why we raise money for cancer research.  

Thank you for the donations today!

Have a great evening!



We're Going on a Leaf Hunt / September 24

Today was an exciting day in room 80! We decided to take full advantage of a beautiful fall day to investigate leaves (before the snow hits on the weekend). We listened to a story called, We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger. It is based on the book by Michael Rosen, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Afterwards we went outside for our very own leaf hunt! We walked the perimeter of the field to find the perfect leaves to investigate! Then we came back inside and went full on Science mode! And a little art mode... 

We observed that nature does not use one colour and neither should our leaf drawings. We observed our leaves very carefully looking for the range of colours! 

This morning, we also finished our four seasons trees! 

I asked the kids a big question at the end of the day which is going to inspire our Science experiment tomorrow. The question is:

Why do some leaves change colours?

Tomorrow is our Terry Fox Run! Inside each child's blue folder is a sticker and temporary tattoo for tomorrow. Please have a discussion with your child to determine who they are running for (Terry Fox is a perfectly suitable name as well) and write the name on the tag. Your child will wear the tag during our run. 

We are still accepting donations as well! 

Have a great evening!



Fall / September 23

Taking a look around our school building you can see fall has definitely made its arrival! Today we discussed the colours of fall and what happens to the leaves during this time of year. We began an Art Project focusing around the 4 seasons of a tree. Stay tuned for the final project tomorrow :)

In math, we worked on problem solving! Our question of the day was:


We had a group discussion as to how to solve a question like this (pictures, numbers, etc.) and then the kiddos got to work. This is a tricky question for the beginning of grade one considering there are three numbers to add up.  We decided the best option was to draw out all the leaves and count them together!

Hope you have a great Fall evening!



Catch up / September 20

Thank you so much to all the families that came out last night! It was lovely to catch up with you all! And thanks for putting up with the slideshow! Ha! 

Just to catch you up on the last few days of the week. We had our big SOGO run! I honestly cannot stress enough how amazing your children did in Fish Creek. Beyond amazing.

We found some grasshoppers and were intrigued!
I love the relationships that develop on these excursions!

We continued on with developing our community through Star Students! The kids have vocalized how much they enjoy this part of the day.  We also continued building, labeling and expanding patterns this week. This upcoming week, we will transfer our knowledge of patterns to explore numbers. 

Have a great weekend together!



Star Student and SOGO Day 2 / September 17

This morning we started "Star Student". Each day (whenever time permits) we will have a new Star Student! During each kiddo's turn they get a chance to sit in the big teacher chair that we have lovingly named "Cherry", like chair, but sweeter :) Their peers take turns asking them strong questions that require more than a yes or no response. They must also be interesting questions that they would want other people to ask them! Our Social Studies curriculum focuses on citizenship and belonging in various communities. This is a great way to build upon our own classroom community.  This morning our Star Student was Athens, a new friend who joined us here at Evergreen.

After the questions have been asked, I record the answers on chart paper. Afterwards, each student chooses one sentence to copy and illustrate. These with then be made into a book about the Star Student.  The books will remain in our class library until later in the year and then will be sent home with each kid.  Later on in the year, students will be able to write their own sentences about their peers, however, as this is the beginning of grade one many of us are still practicing letter formation, finger spaces and sentence structure. This activity is a great introduction to writing and is accessible to all. Plus, we all just love it!

Tomorrow we are heading to Fish Creek for the morning to have our final SOGO session. We will be leaving shortly after the morning bell and returning just before lunch. We will not be bringing our backpacks with us. We realize that 3 hours is a long time for our students to go without a snack so, as a compromise, we are asking that parents pack a small, portable snack that can be put in their pockets to tide them over. Water bottles will have to be carried.  It's going to be a ton of fun. Please make sure that your kid is dressed for the weather and has appropriate shoes on (runners!)

Have a great night!



SOGO / September 16

Holy Moly did we R-U-N today! This afternoon we had our first SOGO session. Each kid got a map to orientate themselves on our field and look for hidden flags. They were also fitted with a finger tracker. The finger tracker documented when they reached each flag. The kids were amazing! There was so much running and equal amounts of map reading! Win-win!  Tomorrow will be our second session. Same time, same place. Wednesday we are spending the morning in Fish Creek looking for more hidden flags. We will leave around 8:45 and return in time for lunch. It's going to be a ton of fun!

Here's hoping the kiddos have a restful night!



We Are Hap-PEA / September 13

We made it through another week of grade one! I don't know about your kiddos but I am having no trouble sleeping at night! Grade one is a lot of work!

Today we finished off our "Pea" art. They turned out adorable and really showcased each kid's interests and identity. 

This art project worked on a variety of skills including fine motor skills, printing, painting and tracing. And they are just plain fun. 

In gym today we got to play with Mrs. Leonard's class with a variety of balls working on our throwing and catching skills. We also practiced our sight words again using sailboat words. Ask your kiddo what sailboat words are! 

Have a great weekend!



L M N O Peas / September 12

Today was such a great day in room 80! We are really getting good at following routines which is helping to make our day run so smoothly. I'm proud of how the kids have transitioned to grade one. We are consistently bringing in our blue folders and getting ourselves ready for the day quite quickly in the morning.  Amazing. We have also been given a few compliments as the "quietest" class walking through the hallway. 

We had an assembly this morning with Dare to Care.  The program spoke to the kids about how to be a good friend and how to identify bullying. We learned that if someone says something mean or physically hurts us once, while not ok and not acceptable, this is called, 'conflict'. If the same type of behaviour continues for more than a week, it becomes classified as 'bullying'. The kids also learned how to ask for help from trusted adults. It was a really meaningful assembly.

This afternoon we read the book, LMNOPeas by Keith Baker. 

We are now in the process of turning ourselves into peas! Stay tuned for the finished product!

Have a great night



Two Stones / September 11

Today we learned a new math game called Two Stones.  The object of the game is to block the other player from being able to move their "stones". 

It's a great game to play as it develops strategy and problem solving skills. Bonus: It's also a really easy game to play at home! In grade one we often start our math lessons with a quick game to get their math brains started. 

Blue folders are coming home today with a Family Viewpoint for parents to fill out. I know lives are crazy right now with paperwork everywhere so I really appreciate the time you put into the viewpoint. As soon as they are filled out, please return them in the blue folders.

Side Note: Blue folders get sent home daily and should be returned each day. While there may not be anything in them some days it is important for students to get into the habit. :)

Have a great evening!



My Mouth is a Volcano / September 10

Today we read a great book called, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook

The story is about a little boy who has a hard time waiting his turn to talk. When he gets an idea, he feels that he needs to share it RIGHT AWAY, instead of waiting to get called on.  Later on in the story someone interrupts him during a special sharing time and he gets to experience the frustration that comes with that. It was a great story to read as a class because it reinforces the idea of raising your hand and listening respectfully to others.  Perfect for this time of year! 

In math, we moved into more complicated patterns (ABC, AABB, etc.) We identified the core of the pattern and even tried to stump the teacher! This will continue to be a focus for the rest of the week. 

Our sight words of the week are:

I

am

like

to 

play


While reading at home, see if your child can find any of the sight words in the story! 




Welcome to Grade One / September 9

Hello families!

My name is Mrs. Stanford and I will be your kiddo's teacher for the year! I am so excited to be teaching grade one again. Although my daughter is a little confused why I didn't graduate to grade 2.... This will be my 10th year teaching and I am very much looking forward to all the learning and fun we will be having together. If you need to contact me for any reason, it is best to do so through email. My email address is jcstanford@cbe.ab.ca.  I will respond as quickly as I can, however, please keep in mind that I am teaching during school hours :)

I will do my best to post an entry everyday to keep you in the loop of what is happening in our classroom!  Without further ado....

Today we created art with the alphabet! 

Our first class attempt at painting was a success! Woohoo!

We also began our patterning unit in math. We read a story called Rosie's Walk and discussed the patterns we found in the book. We then created our own patterns in the class, identifying the core of the pattern. We did amazing at AB patterns and will be moving on to some variations tomorrow. Ask your kiddo what an AB pattern is!

Have a great night!




Mrs. Stanford

Coming Up for Room 80!


October 17th - Fun Lunch Pretzel Day!

October 21st - Federal Election Day

October 24th - Halloween Howl

October 31st - Halloween

Sight Words for the Week are: yes, no, come, all, ball


Colours / October 15

Today we practiced our colour words!  We had a new poem called, "Jelly Beans"  during literacy time. After reading the poem together we tried reading the poem independently, looking for familiar words.  We then had to colour the "colour" words appropriately. Our last job was to draw a picture that matches the poem.  Drawing a picture is a very important step as it assesses for comprehension.  

Our second literacy job today was building sight words with play-doh.  This is great for tactile learners who physically need to touch and feel letters. During this time of the day our goal is to be very quiet to ensure that everyone is given the right to concentrate. While the class works on their literacy rich tasks, students often sit with me to read sight words and books.  We are doing amazing with sight words! Woohoo! Remember to send them back when your kiddo has nailed them and I will add more. 

This afternoon we had a conversation about showing respect to ourselves and others. We are learning to be respectful and make the right choices here at school. We had some sharing time where we discussed what makes us feel good! Some popular answers were:

- hugs from my parents

- kisses from my family

- skating

- playing with friends

- trying something new

- beginning to read

We then talked about what could make us feel bad:

- being ignored

- someone saying hurtful things

- not having anyone to play with

We want to make sure that EVERYONE is cared for and feels loved in our room. We are a team!  Ask your kiddo how they can make someone feel good!



Literacy / October 8

In case you have forgotten why we live in Calgary:

- the mountains

- the friendly people

- the freedom

Just as a reminder in the depths of Mother Nature's temper tantrum.

Thank you for preparing your kiddos for the day with outdoor gear! Even better, I can tell that many of your kids have been practicing putting their gear on by themselves! Woot woot! #thankyou

This morning we learned a new literacy sight word game! We have named it Guess My Word. The object of the game is to "guess the word" based on how many letters it has and the shape of the word. We use our list of sight words to help us out. 

Can you guess which sight word would fit into the boxes?

Sooooo…. teaching seasons in Calgary can be, shall we say, difficult. ;) If you happen to have family in a place that experiences fall (hello Ontario...) maybe get them to send you a picture so you can share it with your child. (I kid! Sort of...) 

Have a great night and give the new game a try!



Buddies / October 4

This morning we met up with our Grade 3 buddies in Ms. Keir's room! We had some introductions, read and ate our snacks together. Grade three buddies are the best! Ms. Keir is very artsy and I'm so excited for your kiddos to benefit from this expertise. The kids were so great together. 

This week we read a book called 10 Black Dots by Donald Crews. We are then going to use this as a template to create our own math books. The intention of this books is to represent numbers in various ways. We are using ten frames, pictures, numbers and words.

Book orders were sent home this week. I will be putting in the order October 11th! Please make sure everything is in (online or in person) before this day!

Have a great weekend!



Physical Education / October 2

I realize that I haven't posted about Phys Ed. It's one of the most popular subjects in school and I haven't posted! Shame, Mrs. Stanford, shame! We are very lucky to have Mrs. Roworth as our gym specialist. She has a wonderful way of adding Literacy into Physical Education. One of the most fantastic aspects is actually in the last two minutes of class. During this time, students enjoy a 'mindful minute'. The lights get dimmed and students lie on their backs to open their chests for more oxygen intake. It is a reset for the students to prepare themselves for the rest of the day. 

On Wednesday mornings we get to partner up with grade two friends from Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk's class.  It's great to have older peers to lead the way. Today we played a partner game called, Level Up. The object of the game is to get from one end of the gym to the other by passing an object to each other. If an object gets dropped, the team has to start over at the beginning. 

Another nice thing about buddying up with grade twos is that sometimes, you get to hang out with your sibling :)

Did I ever get along this well with my brother?!?!

Another really important task is the creation of our monthly calendars. The students get assigned a day of the month and record any special events for that day. If there is not a special event, they get to decorate the day with something that symbolizes the month. 

This works on days of the week, ordinal numbers and number recognition. Not to mention organizational skills!

Tomorrow is Library! Please make sure to return library books!

Have a great night!


 

Wordless Stories / October 1

I can't believe it's already October 1st ?!? What happened to September?! 

Yesterday we "read" The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. I put the "read" in quotation marks because it is a story without words. While it is, in my opinion, too early to be thinking of snowman, it fit the situation. We loved looking at all the pictures and inferring what was happening in the story. We even practiced identifying emotions based on the character's body language and facial expressions. Today, to follow up with the book we watched an animated version of the story during snack time. As a follow-up activity we are re-telling the story using our own pictures! To begin with we discussed how the book was filled with detailed pictures and how this was extremely important to the story considering there were no words to fill in the gaps. We also observed how the pictures were made -- pencil crayons! We have those! We have completed the first part of the story and will continue on tomorrow. Once we have finished re-telling this story, we will be making our own wordless stories! This was inspired by one of our peers who created their own wordless story about a little green pea. Inspiration is everywhere.

Thank goodness that the snow is starting to melt. It was a rude awakening to have all the snow this week. It might be a good time to make sure your kiddos know how to put on their snowsuits, mittens and boots. It took us quite a while to get out for recess today! 

Thank you for supporting your child with home reading. I am so impressed by how many people are remembering to bring back their books each day. Yesterday, a letter went home regarding sight word activities. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Have a great night - Melt snow MELT!



Orange Shirt Day Monday / September 30

Monday is Orange Shirt Day! Below is a link for more information. We had a short discussion (grade appropriate) as to the origins of Orange Shirt Day. If your kid wants to wear an orange shirt please feel free. Some kiddos were worried that they didn't have an orange shirt, we talked about colour mixing! Yellow and Red could work too :)

http://www.orangeshirtday.org


Here is a message about Healthy Hunger:

“Healthy Hunger is happening again this year. Sign up to order lunches for your child(ren) on the selected days. Orders can be done for the year, or month to month. Healthy Hunger is also where you will register for some school events like Movie Night (first one is Toy Story 4 on Oct 10!)

Please sign up at  https://healthyhunger.ca/

Thank you!
Evergreen School Council
Like us on FB for information, too!”


Sight Words and Home Reading / September 26

Today we are coming home with a sight word ring and a home reading book! We are excited to start reading! Each night the students will bring home a book that is at their reading level. We ask that you spend 15 minutes a night reading with your child. As mentioned at the Open House, if your child becomes frustrated, help them out. Enjoy this time together, don't let it become a stressful activity for child or parent! As some of the books are quite short, it is recommended that you read through a book 3 times. The first time through is to decode, the second time through helps with comprehension and the third time through works on fluency. After reading for 15 minutes, have the kids put the book back into their blue folder in the plastic bag to keep them safe. These books should be returned each day and will be exchanged for a new one. 

In the bags there is also a sight word ring. These are the words that we have been working on in class. I will send out a letter soon with ways that you can use these rings to support your child. Practicing these words at home will help your child become better readers. Once your child can quickly identify each word on the ring, send them back in the blue folder and I will give them knew ones.  Your child will be reading in no time!!


Have a great night - Winter is coming....



Terry Fox Run / September 25

It was a beautiful afternoon for the Terry Fox Run! So much nicer than last year, if you recall! Today, our main focus was obviously Terry Fox. We learned more about him as a person and discussed what being a "hero" truly means. Does every hero have superpowers? 

For the first time in my ten years teaching, the students were enthralled with the idea of prosthetics! We took some time to show how prosthetics work and how they came to be. We watched a short video of a little boy using a mechanical arm for the first time! We then talked about why we raise money for cancer research.  

Thank you for the donations today!

Have a great evening!



We're Going on a Leaf Hunt / September 24

Today was an exciting day in room 80! We decided to take full advantage of a beautiful fall day to investigate leaves (before the snow hits on the weekend). We listened to a story called, We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger. It is based on the book by Michael Rosen, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Afterwards we went outside for our very own leaf hunt! We walked the perimeter of the field to find the perfect leaves to investigate! Then we came back inside and went full on Science mode! And a little art mode... 

We observed that nature does not use one colour and neither should our leaf drawings. We observed our leaves very carefully looking for the range of colours! 

This morning, we also finished our four seasons trees! 

I asked the kids a big question at the end of the day which is going to inspire our Science experiment tomorrow. The question is:

Why do some leaves change colours?

Tomorrow is our Terry Fox Run! Inside each child's blue folder is a sticker and temporary tattoo for tomorrow. Please have a discussion with your child to determine who they are running for (Terry Fox is a perfectly suitable name as well) and write the name on the tag. Your child will wear the tag during our run. 

We are still accepting donations as well! 

Have a great evening!



Fall / September 23

Taking a look around our school building you can see fall has definitely made its arrival! Today we discussed the colours of fall and what happens to the leaves during this time of year. We began an Art Project focusing around the 4 seasons of a tree. Stay tuned for the final project tomorrow :)

In math, we worked on problem solving! Our question of the day was:


We had a group discussion as to how to solve a question like this (pictures, numbers, etc.) and then the kiddos got to work. This is a tricky question for the beginning of grade one considering there are three numbers to add up.  We decided the best option was to draw out all the leaves and count them together!

Hope you have a great Fall evening!



Catch up / September 20

Thank you so much to all the families that came out last night! It was lovely to catch up with you all! And thanks for putting up with the slideshow! Ha! 

Just to catch you up on the last few days of the week. We had our big SOGO run! I honestly cannot stress enough how amazing your children did in Fish Creek. Beyond amazing.

We found some grasshoppers and were intrigued!
I love the relationships that develop on these excursions!

We continued on with developing our community through Star Students! The kids have vocalized how much they enjoy this part of the day.  We also continued building, labeling and expanding patterns this week. This upcoming week, we will transfer our knowledge of patterns to explore numbers. 

Have a great weekend together!



Star Student and SOGO Day 2 / September 17

This morning we started "Star Student". Each day (whenever time permits) we will have a new Star Student! During each kiddo's turn they get a chance to sit in the big teacher chair that we have lovingly named "Cherry", like chair, but sweeter :) Their peers take turns asking them strong questions that require more than a yes or no response. They must also be interesting questions that they would want other people to ask them! Our Social Studies curriculum focuses on citizenship and belonging in various communities. This is a great way to build upon our own classroom community.  This morning our Star Student was Athens, a new friend who joined us here at Evergreen.

After the questions have been asked, I record the answers on chart paper. Afterwards, each student chooses one sentence to copy and illustrate. These with then be made into a book about the Star Student.  The books will remain in our class library until later in the year and then will be sent home with each kid.  Later on in the year, students will be able to write their own sentences about their peers, however, as this is the beginning of grade one many of us are still practicing letter formation, finger spaces and sentence structure. This activity is a great introduction to writing and is accessible to all. Plus, we all just love it!

Tomorrow we are heading to Fish Creek for the morning to have our final SOGO session. We will be leaving shortly after the morning bell and returning just before lunch. We will not be bringing our backpacks with us. We realize that 3 hours is a long time for our students to go without a snack so, as a compromise, we are asking that parents pack a small, portable snack that can be put in their pockets to tide them over. Water bottles will have to be carried.  It's going to be a ton of fun. Please make sure that your kid is dressed for the weather and has appropriate shoes on (runners!)

Have a great night!



SOGO / September 16

Holy Moly did we R-U-N today! This afternoon we had our first SOGO session. Each kid got a map to orientate themselves on our field and look for hidden flags. They were also fitted with a finger tracker. The finger tracker documented when they reached each flag. The kids were amazing! There was so much running and equal amounts of map reading! Win-win!  Tomorrow will be our second session. Same time, same place. Wednesday we are spending the morning in Fish Creek looking for more hidden flags. We will leave around 8:45 and return in time for lunch. It's going to be a ton of fun!

Here's hoping the kiddos have a restful night!



We Are Hap-PEA / September 13

We made it through another week of grade one! I don't know about your kiddos but I am having no trouble sleeping at night! Grade one is a lot of work!

Today we finished off our "Pea" art. They turned out adorable and really showcased each kid's interests and identity. 

This art project worked on a variety of skills including fine motor skills, printing, painting and tracing. And they are just plain fun. 

In gym today we got to play with Mrs. Leonard's class with a variety of balls working on our throwing and catching skills. We also practiced our sight words again using sailboat words. Ask your kiddo what sailboat words are! 

Have a great weekend!



L M N O Peas / September 12

Today was such a great day in room 80! We are really getting good at following routines which is helping to make our day run so smoothly. I'm proud of how the kids have transitioned to grade one. We are consistently bringing in our blue folders and getting ourselves ready for the day quite quickly in the morning.  Amazing. We have also been given a few compliments as the "quietest" class walking through the hallway. 

We had an assembly this morning with Dare to Care.  The program spoke to the kids about how to be a good friend and how to identify bullying. We learned that if someone says something mean or physically hurts us once, while not ok and not acceptable, this is called, 'conflict'. If the same type of behaviour continues for more than a week, it becomes classified as 'bullying'. The kids also learned how to ask for help from trusted adults. It was a really meaningful assembly.

This afternoon we read the book, LMNOPeas by Keith Baker. 

We are now in the process of turning ourselves into peas! Stay tuned for the finished product!

Have a great night



Two Stones / September 11

Today we learned a new math game called Two Stones.  The object of the game is to block the other player from being able to move their "stones". 

It's a great game to play as it develops strategy and problem solving skills. Bonus: It's also a really easy game to play at home! In grade one we often start our math lessons with a quick game to get their math brains started. 

Blue folders are coming home today with a Family Viewpoint for parents to fill out. I know lives are crazy right now with paperwork everywhere so I really appreciate the time you put into the viewpoint. As soon as they are filled out, please return them in the blue folders.

Side Note: Blue folders get sent home daily and should be returned each day. While there may not be anything in them some days it is important for students to get into the habit. :)

Have a great evening!



My Mouth is a Volcano / September 10

Today we read a great book called, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook

The story is about a little boy who has a hard time waiting his turn to talk. When he gets an idea, he feels that he needs to share it RIGHT AWAY, instead of waiting to get called on.  Later on in the story someone interrupts him during a special sharing time and he gets to experience the frustration that comes with that. It was a great story to read as a class because it reinforces the idea of raising your hand and listening respectfully to others.  Perfect for this time of year! 

In math, we moved into more complicated patterns (ABC, AABB, etc.) We identified the core of the pattern and even tried to stump the teacher! This will continue to be a focus for the rest of the week. 

Our sight words of the week are:

I

am

like

to 

play


While reading at home, see if your child can find any of the sight words in the story! 




Welcome to Grade One / September 9

Hello families!

My name is Mrs. Stanford and I will be your kiddo's teacher for the year! I am so excited to be teaching grade one again. Although my daughter is a little confused why I didn't graduate to grade 2.... This will be my 10th year teaching and I am very much looking forward to all the learning and fun we will be having together. If you need to contact me for any reason, it is best to do so through email. My email address is jcstanford@cbe.ab.ca.  I will respond as quickly as I can, however, please keep in mind that I am teaching during school hours :)

I will do my best to post an entry everyday to keep you in the loop of what is happening in our classroom!  Without further ado....

Today we created art with the alphabet! 

Our first class attempt at painting was a success! Woohoo!

We also began our patterning unit in math. We read a story called Rosie's Walk and discussed the patterns we found in the book. We then created our own patterns in the class, identifying the core of the pattern. We did amazing at AB patterns and will be moving on to some variations tomorrow. Ask your kiddo what an AB pattern is!

Have a great night!




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