On the Horizon

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal) WHAT?!?!

Literacy Sight Words for the Week: Canada, flag, pride, red, white, parade, country, fireworks, north, national and anthem. 


Sports Day / June 25

Sports Day is Tomorrow!! Here's hoping Mother Nature cooperates with us and stays dry.  The festivities take place in the morning and then it's back to business in the afternoon. (HA!)

Lots of fun things are happening! Please make sure your kiddos are dressed appropriately! Jerseys and other sports gear are definitely welcome! 




Plants, Plants and More Plants / June 18

This week we are throwing ourselves into the life cycle of a plant! We planted our very own bean seeds and have placed them in a nice sunny spot to watch them grow. We read a beautiful story called, The Curious Garden by Peter Brown to kick off our mini gardens. The story is about a little boy named Liam who tends to some wildflowers in an abandoned railway and the transformation he creates. 

Today we learned about the different parts of a plant and then began an experiment. The question is: Do plants need soil to grow?  We are doing a full Scientific write-up for this experiment and therefore, we needed to write our hypothesis'. We then set up our experiment.

Most of us hypothesized that the seed will not grow in the Ziplock bag because it doesn't have soil to provide nutrients.  Stay tuned.....

The "Girls" side
The "Boys" side

Have a great evening together! Only 6 and a half more school days!



Amazing / June 14

Parents, I am so beyond proud of each and every one of your children. They did such an amazing job this year researching their animals and becoming the teachers. The amount of time and energy that went into this project was astonishing and the kids really stepped up to the challenge.  On the wall, above the doors in our hallway, reads "Small Actions, Big Impact". While I wouldn't call the student's work small, their impact was definitely BIG. They have become champions for their animals. Speaking up for them and teaching others how to keep them safe. This triggered "small actions" such as using reusable products, reducing plastic and recycling. Which then leads to a BIG IMPACT. 

Thank you for attending our Celebration of Learning last night. It was so lovely to share our projects with you!

And, as always, thank you for raising such kind, caring, generous, and conscientious kids.


Discover Archeology / May 28

This week we had the opportunity to go to Discover Archeology. We had a blast learning about human and animal bones. We specifically looked at Bison bones. We used a picture to match and build the skeleton of a Bison. We had to classify items by color, weight, size, shape, etc.  We learned that bones inside our bodies are typically a brownish color. The white bones that we are used to have been bleached or are replicas. An animal bone that is left in the sun turns white and brittle.


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle / May 14

As we continue to delve deeper into the connection between humans and animals with a specific focus on our community, we have spent a considerable amount of time discussing what we can do to help our planet. This morning we brainstormed different items and sorted them into the correct "bins".

In Writer's Workshop we have been focusing on similes.  One of our friends mentioned a simile that was just TOO GOOD to let go of. He said, "Garbage bins are as black as death." What a fitting quote for today.  

As always, these kiddos continue to impress me with their knowledge, skills and kind hearts. Thank you for raising such generous, caring kids! 

Ozo-Bots / April 29

Today Mr. Wilcox introduced us to the school Ozo-bots!! They are little robots that are coded using the colors red, black, blue and green. We had so much fun experimenting with the different codes and watching how our bots moved around our paths.

We also had a school wide puppet show come to the school to discuss Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.  Cassie and Friends really got us thinking about how we all have different strengths and differences as well as how we can support each other. 

Have a great evening!



Carnivore Road / April 25

What a fun-filled two days of Zoo activities! On Wednesday, the River Otter, Bear and Wolves/Bison groups went to the zoo. Today, the Whooping Crane, Cougar, Prairie Dog, Owl and Moose had their visit. We got a tour of Carnivore Road which was amazing! We got taken through the “Service Access Only” Gate to see where the Canadian wild’s carnivores spent some quiet time. 

The theme to Jurassic Park ran through my head....

We began with the cougar enclosure. Did you know that at all times, a zoo keeper must have 2 gates between them and the cougars? We feel that is a pretty smart decision! Especially after seeing how HUGE Odin (the male cougar) is. We then continued on to see the bears. One even ventured up to see us! It was incredible. 

Well, hello there!

The bear's hangout

Do you know where the bears are?!


To end the carnivore road tour, we went to the wolf enclosure. They are very investigative and came to check us out. 

We made it out alive!

River Otter vs. Sea Otter skull


When your kiddo wasn’t at the zoo, they participated in various activities surrounding their animal of choice. There were light table drawings, literacy centers, book covers, word searches, macro drawings using water color pencil crayons and adaptation writing. Not to mention gym, recess, fun lunches and all else that is contained in a day! I think the teachers will sleep well tonight!

Ask your kiddo what the highlight of their visit was! It’s back to business-as-usual tomorrow to end the week. We are excited to see our friends again!

Zoo Trips / April 23

We are heading to the Zoo tomorrow and Thursday!! As was discussed, your child will be going to the zoo based on their animal groups instead of by class. Students in the River Otter, Wolves/Bison and Bear groups will be going tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th.  Whooping Cranes, Cougars, Moose, Owls and Prairie Dogs will be going on Thursday, April 25th.  Please make sure that your kiddo is dressed appropriately for the weather (rain is on the radar) and has enough food to get them through the day! It would be wise to send a water bottle as well! We have exciting days ahead and will have lots to report back. Thank you to all the parent volunteers that sacrificed your time to ensure this trip was a go.  Mucho Gracias! 


Community Grand Reveal / April 23

Without further adieu, here is our version of Evergreen! Complete with the amazing mountain background! As always - these kids are just amazing :)

Future city planners :)

Have a great evening!!



Community Building / April 16

Oh boy have we been busy in room 80! Here is a taste of what we have been up to!

In Math, we are really focusing on addition and subtraction to sums of 20.  Mrs. Roworth came in last week to help us build our very own game boards using number lines! We learned the importance of dividing the line equally, as well as the half-way points between 1 and 20, 1 and 10 and 10 and 20. We covered many skills building this number line such as:

  • how to use a ruler
  • spacing numbers properly
  • ensuring our numbers were formed properly
  • and most importantly - cooperation!

Once our boards were finished, we learned an addition/subtraction game called Tug-O-War. 

And honestly, how does she sit like that?!?

Tug-O-War was really fun (and a really fantastic way to practice our math skills).  Later in the week our Student Teachers had a great lesson focused around the book, "Mouse Count". It married the idea of addition with problem solving. Not to mention reinforced the concept of organizing data in a logical matter. 

We also had our first two Inline Skating lessons! It is so fun to watch them learn a new skill!

Our last skating lesson is this Thursday! Unfortunately, this is also the day of photos... I asked very nicely to have our pictures taken before skating.  If your kiddo would like to wear something fancy for the picture, please pack an extra set of clothes to change into for skating. Bonus - the nice clothes will stay nice and not experience recess!

We have been having so much fun building our community.  First off, we brainstormed buildings in the community (or at least buildings important to our community). Then we looked at pictures and used the recycling brought in to find the perfect shape. Next, it got messy. Oh boy did it ever. We painted. Oh, we painted. 

Can you guess which building this is going to be?
A little duck for Fish Creek!

Tomorrow we will be putting our community together and will post some pictures of the AMAZING creations.  You will be blown away. I sure was!

We participated in the election today! Well, in a way.  We discussed the election and the importance of voting. Then we pretended to cast our own votes. Except, our candidates were cookies. Students closed their eyes to symbolize the anonymity of casting your vote. Then they raised their hands for the cookie of their choice. The two choices were chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies. Surprisingly enough, chocolate chip cookies were the winners with 22 votes. This led into a conversation about majority and democracy. I love teaching grade 1.

I think that hits the important highlights of the last little bit.  Have a great night!



Artful Friday / April 5

This morning, instead of building activities to start the day we followed along with Art For Kids Hub to draw Chris Kratts from the Wild Kratts cartoon. These types of tasks work on following instructions and develop our artistic skills along with patience, perseverance and confidence.  They turned out amazing!

We also had an opportunity to attend a band concert from a High School group from Saskatoon. They were really enjoyable and we loved clapping along.  My one concern is that they played Disney classics and some of us DID NOT KNOW THEM?!?!?!? WHAT?!?!?! Can I suggest a Disney classics weekend?! ;)

Have a great weekend together!



House Building / April 3

We started building our community today! Our first task was to make houses out of brown paper bags! The teachers might have gone a little nuts with their example pieces... ahem...

We all had such a great time designing our houses with specific criteria (doors, windows, house number, etc.) We were even given little pictures of ourselves to place somewhere on our houses! It was so much fun and the kiddos put in such a great effort.  They look awesome!

Later this week we will be creating our "streets", using our house numbers. This will touch on even and odd numbers as well as number order.  A lot of us came to school knowing our address today! That's awesome. Our goal is to have the home address and one parent phone number memorized by the end of the week. 

Keep practicing those numbers! Have a great evening.



Happy April / April 2

It’s the most wonderful (and busy) time of the year! The weather is nicer, the sun is shining, the reading is coming along and the field trips are upcoming! We have so many exciting opportunities in the next few weeks including a trip to the zoo (more on that to come) and alien inline skating! Woohoo!

This morning we learned a really fun new game to practice subtraction! Ask your kiddo how to play “Zero the Hero”. Today we played using our fingers but we are aiming towards subtracting in our heads. Once we are doing well with subtraction from 10, we will increase the starting number to 20.  We had so much fun and did really well today!

This afternoon we began our conversation of Evergreen by looking at our houses and noticing different aspects of our homes. Some of us have garages, some of us don’t, etc. We determined that every house has to have a number! This led us into a conversation of the importance of knowing our addresses and phone numbers. We were even given homework! Our goal for the end of the week is to memorize our address and at least one family phone number.

Thank you so much for sending in boxes/materials for building! We are really hoping to collect more milk cartons and small (cracker like) boxes. They would make perfect houses! 


Student Teachers! / March 19

This week we welcomed our student teachers from the University of Calgary! Mrs. Howard and Ms. McPherson will be with us until mid-April! We are very excited to have three teachers in the room.  Wooooohooooo!

We learned a new math strategy game this morning that we are excited to challenge you to at student-led conferences this upcoming Thursday and Friday. Beware, we are getting pretty good! We also practiced the addition strategy of doubles +/- 1. 

Today we had a big discussion about whether animals should be kept captive. We had to create a piece of writing describing our position. Most of us agree that there are certain times when an animal should be in the care of the zoo such as when an animal is sick or endangered.  We all agree that in a perfect world, animals would be wild and free!

Have a great evening! Remember that Thursday is an early dismissal day! 



Last Day of Swimming Tomorrow / March 13th

We had so much fun at our swimming lessons this morning! Hopefully we sleep well tonight :)

Tomorrow is our last lesson.  Please ensure your kiddo is ready to go!


Irish Dance Performance / March 12th

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, it was a perfect opportunity to enjoy some traditional Irish Dancing! We had dancers from MJP Academy of Irish Dance visit us today.  We learned about the costumes that they wear during a performance, the types of shoes they wear as well as watched lots of crazy high leg kicks!! Mrs. Stanford's calves seized just watching them!

This afternoon we participated in our 11th day of our writing challenge! Following along with the Irish theme, our task was to write a list of foods that a Leprechaun might enjoy.  The object of our Writing Challenge is to build stamina and confidence in our writing. During the 15 minute writing block, students are encouraged to continually write without fear of spelling mistakes! Our written output has already dramatically increased just by participating in this challenge. Yeah us!

Tomorrow is our third swimming lesson! Please make sure that your kiddo has everything they need for the pool! 




Pink Shirt Day / February 27th

We looked great in pink today.  Taking a stand against bullying at school and in the workplace.  Way to go!

Have a great night!



Catching Up / February 25

Man, time sure does fly when you are having fun! We have done so much in the past few weeks.  Here is a little glimpse into what we have achieved!

Awhile ago we worked in partners to create our very own crayon colors. We had fun choosing the colors and melting them together with either a hair dryer or the oven. When they cooled, we gave our unique colors a name and recorded the results on giant paper to display to our peers. 

Every Thursday, we have the opportunity to work alongside our grade three buddies. In the past, we have done art together (Minecraft Selfies and Snow Globes), read together, played math games and more recently, they gave us an introduction on how to research a given topic! Last week, our morning activities were based on Space. We took a very strong interest in this topic and were thrilled when our buddies offered to help us research a planet! As we gear up towards our very own animal research projects, our grade three friends showed us how to find information on the internet using safe search sites. We recorded our findings together as pairs in various ways.  It was so much fun, and more importantly, it gave us some pointers for the future. 

Today we started a 20-day writing challenge!  Each day, for 20 days, we will have independent writing time directly after lunch. Our goal is to build stamina and confidence in our writing skills. During this ten minutes, we aren't allowed to draw a picture or use an eraser! The goal is to just write! We will work on the mechanics and structure of writing during our literacy block earlier in the day.  Mrs. Stanford is keeping our first writing sample so that we can compare our pieces at the end of the 20 days. 

We also began talking about Ivan, the famous Silverback Gorilla.  We had a brief introduction into this incredible animal's upbringing. It raised many questions about animals in captivity.  Is it ever okay for animals to be held in captivity? 

Hopefully this gives you some insight into our days here in room 80 and maybe even some dinner conversation!

Stay Warm!



Doubles plus 1 / February 12

Today we learned a new addition strategy using doubles! First, we listened to a song all about doubles. Check it out here:

Then we discussed how we could use doubles to help us solve math equations that have consecutive numbers. For example we can use 5+5 to assist us with 5+4 and 5+6.  

We also finished our Minecraft Selfies today!! Can you guess who is who?!?!

Tomorrow is our Valentine exchange (if you choose to participate) There are 24 kids in our class :)



Lesson on Perseverance / February 6

Today we had a very important lesson on perseverance. This afternoon we continued on with our "Square" number math problem. We determined there was a pattern and worked towards figuring out the biggest square number we could find. This ended up leading us to the question, how many tiles are in a 9x9 square? Students worked in teams to first build a 9x9 square and then count the tiles. This proved to be quite the ordeal! Working together and counting such a large amount of tiles is tough work! I'm proud of how the students worked together and showed determination!  

At the end of the day we sat together and discussed how we felt during the process. When asked who felt frustrated, many hands went up.  Some even said that felt angry.  This is completely understandable.  We discussed how not everything in life will come easy and sometimes you will be frustrated, and maybe even upset. The most important lesson is that you continue to persevere! 

Have a great night!



Blue Day #2 / February 5

This morning there was a fun surprise for the kiddos as they came in for Flex Entry! All the tasks were MineCraft themed! We had building characters with blocks, drawing, code breakers, word searches and pixel pictures. The purpose of flexible entry is to give students the opportunity to ready themselves for a full day of learning. Just as some people require copious amounts of coffee (*ahem*), students require time to regulate their bodies and minds. Each student is encouraged to find an activity that gives their mind/body something that they need (whether it be something calm to relax them after a rushed morning or a brain boost to wake themselves up, etc.) During this time, students are also given the opportunity to have some one on one time with me to go over sight words, read a book, or simply have a conversation. It might just be our favorite time of the day!

(PS. To really blow their minds, later this week we will be creating a Minecraft-inspired Selfie with our grade 3 buddies!)

Today we also had the privilege of having Mrs. Roworth in to teach us about square numbers. We used small square tiles to find the "square" numbers. For example one tile is a square, therefore, 1 is a square number. 

Is the number 2? 

 If you  were to put two squares together what shape would it create? A rectangle! So 2 is not a "square" number.

This is a great open-ended question as it has many entry points for our varying skill levels! 

Stay Warm!



Cold Cold Day / February 4

Brrrrrr...... 

What a cold start to the week! It was so great to see everyone dressed appropriately for the crazy cold weather!  When the weather is this cold, the school is open at 8:15 for students to come in! Tomorrow, the doors will yet again be open beginning at 8:15. Please do not wait outside.  At lunch, if the weather is still too cold to be outside, the kids are given choice activities to burn off some energy and have some fun. Today there were three choices. 

1. Just Dance in the Gym

2. A movie in the Music Room

3. Board games in the Learning Commons

This week in literacy we are focusing on 5 new words: find, five, found, first and fly. 

I am currently in the process of reviewing and providing students with new sight words. You should expect them sometime this week :). It is so important to continue practicing sight words and reading daily to build on your child's skills. Plus, in this weather, nothing beats curling up and reading a book together! 

We are continuing our discussion of Animal Adaptations based on the information we learned during our group Skype sessions. Here's a fun fact for you! Did you know that River Otters have a third set of eyelids that are transparent to protect the Otter's eyes while under the water? We learned that to "adapt" means to change. Some animals migrate, some hibernate and others have physical features that help them survive in their habitat. Even humans adapt to our environment. Ask your kiddo how we adapt to weather! 

This week we will wrap up our Color Unit in science. We had a fun experiment last week where we got to create our very own colors. We even followed the Scientific Method (grade one version).  One of our Literacy Centers this week is finishing off our experiment report. We are learning to write with purpose and audience in mind. Afterwards, we are going to create a piece of art with everyone's colors.

In Math, we continue to build on our knowledge of numbers. We are paying close attention to the patterns we can find on number lines and hundreds charts. We found that there are odd numbers and even numbers. We call them "Even Steven" and "Odd Todd". We found out that even numbers always end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 and odd numbers always end in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. 


Day one of Zoo Skype Session / January 29

Today was our first day of Skype Sessions with the Calgary Zoo! The Bears, Cougars/Cranes and Wolves/Bison groups spoke with Jen Duffy on site about their specific animals. Thursday's Skype sessions are for the River Otters and Owls/Prairie Dogs/Moose.  While a Skype session is in progress, the other animal groups are working with various teachers learning more about animals in our community, how they survive and adapt to our climate. Ask your kiddo something they learned today!

In gym this week we are learning how to play Quidditch! So far we learned to play the "Chaser" position. Those are the players that get to score! Unfortunately, there are no flying broomsticks in our "muggle" version. Oh well. One day.

Rhyming / January 23

Oh boy! It's been far too long! We have had lots going on in Room 80.  Here are some highlights of the last few days.

This morning we started the day with some challenging math games. We worked in pairs to get our math brains firing by playing a variation of Triominos. There were different levels of the game. Some focused on number representation while others practiced sums to twenty.  At first, we thought that this would be a very easy game but once we got started and learned more of the rules it quickly became apparent that there was some strategy and challenge involved. 

Afterwards we continued our exploration of the mysterious line that was taped to our floor. Last week a black line was taped to the floor with no explanation. We brainstormed as a class what it could be for. Here were some of the ideas that were recorded:


We have used the line this past week to learn about sorting using one or two attributes. Ask you kiddo what an attribute is!  We sorted our class based on:

eye color

hair color

gender

clothing

Last week, as a class, we created a Hundreds Chart using numbers written on strips of paper. Today, we learned that we could spread that hundreds chart out on the black tape to create a number line! We then used our number line to skip count by five and identify even and odd numbers. This is just the beginning of our number line exploration. Stay tuned for how we will use it next! 

Much of our literacy time today was spent on rhyming words. Each table had a word written in the middle of it. Students then worked in teams to come up with a list of words that rhymed with it.  They got to WRITE ON THE TABLES!! Such exciting times. 

Here's a note from Mrs. Roworth about our Dance Residency!

Evergreen School is having a blast with Mr. Josh as our Sound Kreations Residency continues.  This program has been a supplement to the regular Phys. Ed program to explore different forms of dance. The SHARING on Friday is for students to celebrate with each other and show small (90 second) samples of what they have been working on in class. This is not a polished performance. If they haven't already, please ask your child to share some of their moves and choreography with you at home.

Math Play / January 10

Today was a definite math day! This morning we worked with Mrs. Roworth to discuss estimating.  We learned what an estimate means in math.  I think my favorite quote during this time was, "Estimate means to kind of look in the future and think of what could happen." I have never heard it described in such a way and could really tell this kiddo was thinking. 

Thanks to our lovely parent council we recently were able to purchase a ton of math play games. Today, we worked with our grade three buddies to explore our new games. It was so much fun. There was giant Jenga, Yardzee, a HUGE Connect Four, magnetic blocks, and much more! We were having fun while building up our math skills!

Have a great evening!

Hello 2019 / January 8

Welcome back! I can't believe we are already in to 2019! And even more mind blowing - half way through the year! We created our class calendar today, marking important dates. There seems to be a lot of birthdays this month (Moms, Dads, siblings, dogs....) and they are all marked down :) 

Some things that we are excited for are:

Little Caesars Pizza Fun Lunch on the 17th (a legitimate cheer was made)

Sound Kreations Dance Residency from the 14th to the 24th.

Skype sessions with the Zoo on January 29th and 31st depending on which group your child is in. 


Have a relaxing evening. Cheers to the New Year!


On the 4th day of Christmas / December 18

What an exciting day we had in room 80! Our advent of the day was a directed holiday drawing through Art For Kids Hub! We followed the step-by-step instructions to draw a festive penguin! They are probably the best we've done so far!

The most exciting part of the day was our Police Officer video!! Here's a sneak peak at the background we created!

We had lots of fun doing little skits and answering questions about our local Police Officers! Stay tuned!

Last but certainly not least - We surpassed our class goal of getting 100 items for the Food Bank!! Thank you so much for all of your support! 

Have a great night together!

On the 5th day of Christmas / December 17

On the 5th day of Christmas.... we created a Winter Scene!  We used crayons and water color to create a picture using the story, "Jack Frost" as our inspiration. Only 4 more days left of school before Winter break!

This morning we had our regular music and gym schedule back! What a relief! Schedules are a beautiful thing! We also had some fun literacy centers.  We decided to create our own "sight" words for the week. Here they are:

chimney

candy cane

decorate

milk

cookies

snowman

Tomorrow we are creating our gratitude project for the Police Officers. If you have any Police Officer type costumes/props, it would be awesome if we could borrow them (minus any guns...) The props/costumes would only be used tomorrow and would be returned in the same condition! Thank you.

Tomorrow is our last day for food donations! Are goal is now to get to 100 items! We are currently at 94! Sooo close!

Have a great night!

On the 8th day of Christmas... / December 12

On the 8th day of Christmas - we got to watch the original Grinch movie!! Between Christmas performances, gym and music schedule changes it was a little bit of a strange day.  After reading the book yesterday we were excited to see it in cartoon version. After lunch, before the second performance we sat with our friends to enjoy the holiday movie. 

This morning we were joined by Mrs. Roworth for some math fun! You'll never guess what we did.... ancient Egyptian math! 

Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians used a spiral shape for the number 100, and an upside down u shape for the number ten?  We talked about how digits have place values and where these place values go. We played around with hundreds, tens and ones. We talked about the number 999 and how it really means that there are:

9 - groups of one hundred (900)

9 - groups of tens (90)

and

9 - ones

Afterwards we went back to our math problem "Exploding Hats". We had two groups that solved the problem! Yeah!!!!

Thank you to all of our families and friends that came to cheer us on for "On With The Snow". We loved having you!

On the 9th day of Christmas.... / December 11

We decided it makes more sense to count backwards on our Advent calendar so we know how many days are left until Winter break! Therefore, today is #9!  

We read the Grinch - at one point someone raised their hand and said..... "Hey, this reminds me of a movie..." Best. Quote. Of. The. Day.

Our next group of Community Helpers that we will honor are the Police Officers. We are lucky to have a police Dad in our room and were given a book to read.  It's truly amazing all of the different jobs police officers do throughout the day. We have a special project that we will be working on for them tomorrow :) We are slightly excited!

We also did some Food Bank math today! We discussed ways to group the items to make the counting process easier. Some numbers that were thrown out were:

2s

4s

5s 

10s

We decided, as a group, that tens were an easy number to count by so we got busy to make the groups. There are now 86 items!! Woohooo. We are still in need of 1 peanut butter and  3 things of pasta to complete our mission! 

We are soooo excited for our concert tonight! Please remember to be at the school by 5:10. Children are to go to their classrooms to wait and will return to the classroom for pick-up after the show. The show colors are blue, black and white.  Keep an eye out for our mid-flight Snowy Owls! See you soon!!


The 10 Days of Christmas / December 10

Today was our first day of our ten day advent calendar! The kids were very excited to learn that each bag has a holiday activity to be done that day. Today was "Make a festive greeting card".  So, we plastered our fingers with white paint and filled a piece of card stock with adorable fingerprint snowmen. When they dried we got to add fun details. While we waited for the snowman to dry we read, "Snowman at Night" for some inspiration! 

This morning we had our first concert practice in the gym. We made sure we were in the perfect spot so that our families can see our beautiful smiles. While we practiced, our teachers decorated the gym. Everything looks great! We are so excited to show you! 

Our words for the week are:

tree

gift

snow

sled

bake


We are having such a great time collecting our food donations and recording them on our sheet. Our mission is ALMOST complete!! We crossed off canned fruit from our list today! Woohooo! Last week, we even SURPASSED our diaper goal! That is beyond amazing! Thank you! We are currently in need of 2 more peanut butters and 3 things of pasta. Once we collect these - Mission completed! I am just so blown away by the generosity and excitement there has been around this food drive. Our bin is overflowing! 

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you

Have a great night! We will see you tomorrow night! 


So far this week / December 4

Hello families! The blog was well over due to be updated! 

December is all about random acts of kindness and showing gratitude to others! I love this time of year because our students are such kind people that they get just as excited over it as I do! Last week we brainstormed some "Community Helpers", in Evergreen. This is how far we got....

While there are sooo many other "helpers" in our community, we decided to focus on the Emergency workers that come in our greatest time of need. Today, we honored the Firefighters. We all created a card to give to the local Fire Department. Some time this week I will be taking the lovely package (along with something yummy) to the fire house to spread a little joy. 

Today the grade ones had intramurals at lunch!! This has been happening the last few weeks and the kids are really loving it! If they choose, they are welcome to join myself, Mrs. Roworth and Mrs. McLarty in the gym for a picnic lunch and games. Today was a free play time! It's fun to see what the kids come up with using some of the gym equipment!

Our mission for the Food Bank is going really well!! We are up to over 50 items (woooohooo) and have even crossed off some categories from the wish list. We are still in need of peanut butter, diapers, pasta, baby food and canned fruit although we will definitely accept all donations! We love looking through the donations each morning and tallying our total! Keep it up!!

Have a great night!!

Calgary Food Bank Mission / November 28

Today we watched a short video about the Calgary Food Bank and are getting revved up for a friendly competition! Each class has a MISSION, if we choose to accept (and I really hope we do!) Based on the wish list sent out by the CFB we are in search of the following items:

We have until December 18th to bring in our donations. The class who completes their mission and also brings in the most donations gets to celebrate in a fun way.  Throwing a pie in the face of our beloved Principal, Mr. Wilcox.  We are really excited about this prospect :) Nothing like a little healthy competition to help others in their time of need! 

Have a great evening together! Stay healthy (or feel better!)


Signs of Winter / November 26

Today while outside on the playground we noticed (and heard!) the Canadian Geese abandoning us! Some of the students were asking questions about why they were in a v-shape and where they were going. It was a fantastic teaching opportunity! So, later in the day we looked up where the Geese are headed.  We found out that they usually head to the southern states of the US and Northern region of Mexico. We learned that v-formation helps with energy conservation.  Our big science word of the day was Migration. To finish off the day we drew a picture of a Canada goose. It was tricky but they did fantastic. 

Thank you Mother Nature for guiding our day! 

Math Play / November 20

Math play is a big part of our math time in room 80! According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, "Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning." (www.nctm.org)

We have played many different games with playing cards, subitizing and practicing addition to twenty. These games are always popular but we have recently started playing strategy games as warm-ups to a math lesson. Here are a couple of our favorites so far:

Nim:

How to Play

Players take turns placing one, two, or three counters on the open squares of a 10-frame.
Whoever fills up the 10-frame wins. This game is for two players only.

Example Game
Player 1 plays three counters, leaving 7 spaces on the 10-frame.
Player 2 plays two counters, leaving 5 spaces.
Player 1 plays one counter, leaving 4 spaces.
Player 2 plays one counter, leaving 3 spaces.
Player 1 plays three counters, filling the 10-frame and winning the game.

There are many different versions of this game. One such version is called poison. In this version the object is to NOT fill in the last frame. We agreed, as a class, that this is the trickiest version using the ten frame.

Another really fun one is called Dots and Boxes:

Dots and Boxes is a game that has been around for a very long time. To play this game in its simplest form you draw 4 rows of 4 dots on a piece of paper. Players (2) take turns connecting two dots. The object of the game is to capture the most squares.  Take a look at this short video explaining how to play!

Learn to Play Dots and Boxes

Ask your kiddo what their favorite math game is!


Debriefing the Zoo / November 15

We had such a great time at the Zoo yesterday. Am I the only one who had a GREAT sleep last night?!?  There were lots of sleepy eyes this morning :)

At the zoo we were met by Jen, our lovely guide through the Canadian Wilds. It was such an amazing experience for the kids (and me too!) We learned about some pretty fantastic animals and their back stories. For example, we met Skoki! Skoki is a grizzly bear who was rescued by the Calgary Zoo around 20 years ago. Skoki's story is so intriguing because he had three strikes against him.  He kept wandering into human "territory" and causing some problems. This led to a great conversation about who was in the wrong, animals or humans. Our big question for the year is "What Matters?" and how humans and animals are connected. While the connection between Skoki and humans wasn't the most positive, there was a success story for the Whooping Cranes. At one point, there was only 15 Whooping Cranes left in the world. Thanks to scientists, that number has been increased to 600! Such an amazing story! Ask your kiddos about what stuck with them from the Zoo! 

Thanks again to all our wonderful volunteers! It was such an enjoyable day and we really could not have done it without you!

Have a great night! It's Friday tomorrow!

Going to the Zoo / November 13

Tomorrow is the big day! We are so very excited! Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather as we will be outside all day.  Something comfortable to walk in is definitely a must considering we are trekking throughout the Zoo.  Here is what the student's decided were important field trip essentials:

  • comfy shoes
  • water bottles
  • lunches (extra big ones :)
  • mittens
  • hats
  • jackets
  • layers

We will be leaving the school at 8:45 so please ensure everyone arrives at the usual time.

Hope everyone gets a great night sleep and dreams of animals!

Canadian Wilds / November 12

Two more sleeps until we have our first adventure to the Zoo! We are so excited! It's making calendar time that much more interesting!! Today, as one of our literacy centers, we put out pictures of some of the animals in the Canadian Wilds along with books about animals. We had a great time going through the books, looking at pictures and gathering some more information! We have really taken an interest in classifying the animals based on their diets.  We learned that animals that eat plants are called Herbivores, animals that eat animals are Carnivores and animals that eat both are Omnivores. 

We are even learning to use Venn diagrams to classify animals based on different characteristics! 

Our poem of the week was about a fly name Zap and focused around the "ap" word family.  Ask your kiddo to come up with words that rhyme with Zap! 

Here are the words of the week:

  • new
  • now
  • of
  • on
  • one
  • out
  • put
  • run
  • saw
  • say

Have a great night together! Stay healthy!


Remembrance Day Assembly / November 9

We are so grateful that we were able to experience a wonderful Remembrance Day Assembly.  The songs were just amazing and the whole assembly was beautifully done. I am SO PROUD of each of my students. They were so silent and reverent throughout the assembly. We talked about the importance of wearing a poppy and what it represents.

Next week we are headed to the ZOO! We are so excited and have been counting down the days. We have homework this weekend! Take a look at the Calgary Zoo website and find an animal in the Canadian Wilds that interests your kiddo! Bonus points for looking for some interesting facts about their chosen animals!

Here is a link to the Canadian Wilds animal list:

https://www.calgaryzoo.com/vis...


Happy Diwali / November 7

Happy Diwali! What an exciting day we had in room 80! We learned that Diwali is a celebration of good triumphing over evil. Light versus dark! One of our friends, who celebrates Diwali shared his traditions with the class and even shared a sweet treat with us! We watched a short video of someone creating Rangoli designs to celebrate Diwali. Rangoli designs are made from colored sand and are absolutely beautiful.  We used what we learned to create our own designs! If only we had access to colored sand! 

The words that we have studied this week in literacy are:

  • from
  • good
  • has
  • him
  • his
  • into
  • know
  • let
  • like
  • may

Have a great evening together!

Magic Flower / November 6

Today we had our Math Specialist - Mrs. Roworth join us to explore addition! We worked on a puzzle called the "Magic Flower".  

The objective of the math flower is to use the numbers on the flower to find the numbers 1 to 25. At first we can use the petal as the actual answer.  For example to find the number 1, we could use the center circle. So:

1 = 1

2 = 2

3 = 1+2

4 = 4

5 = 5

5 = 4+1

The trick is you can only use numbers that are beside each other.  To make the number 7 you can not use 5+2 as the numbers aren't touching. You can make 7 using 4+2+1 however as they are touching.  I wish I could have videotaped the kids excitement trying to figure out the combinations. There were actual "Aha!" moments!

We also continued on with our discussion around what peace means to us. Today we sat in a circle and pondered what peace feels like. We came up with ideas such as; cold pillows when sleeping, warm blankets, stuffed animals, petting our animals, building with toys, playing with siblings, etc. We then went around the circle and shared how we can spread peace with our actions. 

  • hugs
  • saying "I love you" to family and friends
  • smiling
  • saying "Thank you!"
  • opening doors
  • playing fair
  • listening to our teacher (and Moms and Dads!)

We then used these ideas to create doves that will be used on our class wreath this upcoming Friday. 

Please see attached information on a book drive organized by a former Evergreen School student!

Have a fantastic evening! 

Halloween and other fun things / November 1

Good evening! It's been much too long since the blog has been updated.  So much has gone on in the past week. Halloween has come and gone and we are in full sugar mode! On Wednesday we had three class pumpkins to decorate. Instead of carving all three we tried something exciting. Who knew how exciting crayons and hair dryers could be! The cheers of excitement made it all worth it. Check out our three pumpkins!

Also - I can't not post these pictures. Emptying the pumpkin was the highlight of my day. Take a look at these faces! ha. 


This week we had a wonderful guest teacher in, Mrs. Danyluk. She is amazing and picked up right where we left off. They learned some new math games using playing cards (to practice sums to 20 and sums to 10). They worked on representing numbers using number sentences as well as problem solved.  We carried on with our "Star Students". The sense of community that comes from finding similarities and differences within their peer group is genuine. Today's Star Student was Kaleb! We learned that he wants to be an Astronaut when he grows up - we are all rooting for him. He's fearless and full of wonder.  The "Star Student" is also a great way to build writing stamina and confidence without pressure.

Thank you so much to all the parents who volunteered for our Zoo trip.  The next opportunity to volunteer for the Zoo is in late April. This upcoming week, as we prepare for our field trip we will continue our conversation and learning around animals and humans and how we impact each other and our environment. 

A genuine thank you to everyone for their support this week through messages, emails and cards.  The kids made a beautiful card that will go in the keepsake box. I've said it before but I'll say it again. Thank you for raising such wonderful children!!

Reminder - picture orders are due tomorrow, November 2nd. Retakes will be on Monday. 

Star Student / October 24

This morning we started something new! Each day we will celebrate one of our peers.  One student sits in the teacher chair while their peers act as "reporters" to learn more about them.  Today our Star Student was Shalyn! Here is what we learned so far:

It was fun being reporters! It was cool to see what we have in common with the people we see/play/work with each day! Afterwards, each student chose one sentence to write down and illustrate about Shalyn.  When everyone is finished we will have a beautiful book all about our friend! Eventually we will have 23 books in our class library about our peers!

Library exchange is tomorrow! So is the Halloween Howl!! 

Have a great night!

Jingle Dance / October 23

Today we got to explore more artifacts from the Museo Kit! 

This doll is wearing a fancy dress representative of the clothing worn for "Jingle Dances". We read a story about a little girl who performs a dance in a fancy dress that her mom made her. The dresses are usually covered with over a hundred metal cones that create the "jingle" sound with movement. We watched a Blackfoot Jingle Dance performance. We noticed the drums in the background and wondered what the people were singing. We learned that Blackfoot traditions and cultures were passed down through the generations by the elders of the community. 

Blackfoot Jingle Dance

This afternoon we continued our discussion of animals that belong in our community. Mrs. Frampton found a very cool website called Calgary Captured that allows people to learn about different animals and classify them based on given information. The website has picture of animals photographed in the Calgary area. So far, the most common animal photographed is the Mule Deer. We learned how to tell the difference between the Mule Deer and the White-tailed Deer. Ask your kiddo one difference! You can check out the website here:

Calgary Captured

Enjoy your evening as a family!


Blackfoot Museo Kit / October 22

This morning we started the day by reading a story called, "The Buffalo Jump" by Peter Roop.  The story is about a boy named Little Blaze who wants to lead the Buffalo Jump to prove how brave he is. We learned so much about the Blackfoot through this one story.  For instance:

  • the Blackfoot hunted buffalo to eat
  • their homes (lodges) were made of Buffalo hide
  • killing a raven was thought to bring good luck to the tribe
  • they hunted with bows and arrows

and so much more!

This story was an introduction to the Museo kit from the Glenbow Museum. Inside there are artifacts, pictures, stories etc. that show what life was like for the Blackfoot First Nations. Our favorite artifact that we saw was the arrow and buffalo horn! 

We think it's pretty cool that we have to wear snazzy white gloves to handle the artifacts! The kit will be with us for the next two weeks so we will have plenty of opportunity to learn using this wonderful tool.  Stay tuned!

Please remember to have your kiddo return their home reading books daily! 

Have a great night!

Nature Nature Everywhere / October 18

This morning we had our first "surprise" fire drill. We were a little nervous when the bell started ringing but we did an AMAZING job! We even had to turn around and leave through another door.  I am very proud of each and every one of them! 

The excitement continued with Fun Lunch and then our walk to Fish Creek! We listened closely for the Chickadees and looked to see if we could find evidence of living things.  On the way home from Fish Creek we paid special attention to the colors around us.  Thanks again to the volunteers who came with us today - especially with such short notice!


Fish Creek Walk Tomorrow! / October 17

Just a friendly reminder of our walk to Fish Creek tomorrow afternoon. We will be away from the school for approximately an hour.  Please ensure that your kids are wearing appropriate clothes for the weather and maybe a little extra snack for when we return.  We learned a little bit about the Black-capped Chickadee today and are excited to listen for their call tomorrow!

Take care and enjoy your evening together!

All About Me Bags / October 16

Good evening! I am so impressed by how quickly your kiddos brought back their "All About Me" bags! I was expecting them to trickle in over the next few days. It makes my heart happy! We shared as many as we could today and the kids did such a great job. I love hearing about different aspects of their life and their peers love finding things in common. There are so many talents in our class - dance, bmx bikers, skiers, soccer players, readers, etc.  We will continue sharing throughout the week.  I know some kids were disappointed that they didn't get to share today and I will make sure they get to share tomorrow.  

We changed our home reading books again today. We will do this every morning. Please make sure that your kiddo is returning their book each day. 

This Thursday we are hoping to take a walk to Fish Creek. A message easy was sent out this evening about volunteers. If you have not received an email please contact me to ensure that your information is up to date!  Thank you so much for your support. I realize the decision to head to Fish Creek is pretty short notice however the weather is so beautiful this week we may actually get to experience Fall!! Who would've thought?!?!

Have a fantastic evening!

Representing Numbers / October 15

Happy Monday! Our focus today was the various ways we can represent a number. When asked to "Show" a number, many of us go straight to pictures (6 cats, 6 flowers, 6 trains, etc.).  We are focusing on using different ways to demonstrate our understanding of numbers. Some ways may include:

  • tally marks
  • number lines
  • ten frames
  • five frames
  • dice
  • playing cards
  • dominoes
  • clocks
  • calendars


This afternoon students are coming home with an "All About Me" bag in their blue folders. This is some exciting stuff! Each student is to fill a bag with no more than 5 items that represent them. We will be sharing them with the class and learning about our peers.  After our items have been presented to our friends we will be bringing them home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Home Reading / October 12

Today we are bringing home our first Home Reading books! Included in their bag is a leveled book and a color tracking sheet. For each day that they read they can color in a pumpkin! The kids are encouraged to read through the book three times with an adult.  The first time through is to work on decoding unfamiliar words, the second time through is for understanding and the third is for fluency. Students should be returning their books each day and picking a new one. 

The reading that you do at home is very important to your child's brain development and their ability to understand the world around them. It allows them to develop a deeper understanding of language, fosters their listening skills and prepares them to understand written language. A daily routine that includes cozying up with an adult and a book (either from the home reading bag or your own personal library) is something that every child benefits from, especially when this is viewed as a positive, enjoyable experience.

Enjoy this time with you child :) 

Attached is a link to the Calgary Reads website with tips for reading with your kiddo.

http://calgaryreads.com/wp-con...

Picture Day Tomorrow / October 10

Welcome back! Long weekends are glorious! This week we are really focusing on seasonal changes.  Which, as we all know, in Calgary, can be a little tricky! When asked what season we are currently in, the class gave a resounding "Winter!"  ha - welllll. We discussed how seasons can look a little different throughout the world based on climates. We brainstormed everything we knew about Fall.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • it can be brown, red, orange, yellow and dark orange
  • leaves fall off the trees (which took us into a discussion about deciduous and coniferous trees)
  • it takes place during the months of September, October and November
  • it can be snowy, windy, rainy, sunny, hot and cold! 
  • Halloween and Thanksgiving are in fall
  • Another word for Fall is Autumn

Afterwards we came up with questions we had about Autumn:

We also learned a strategy game today called Nim.  It uses a ten frame and blocks. The object of the game is to fill the ten frame first. Each partner can place 1-3 blocks down at a time. The tricky part is deciding how many blocks to put down  and trying to figure out your partners next move. Games like this promote real life problem solving and strategic planning.

Today we learned our new sight words for the week.  They are:

no, not, play, ran, red, said, see, stop, that, the

See if your kiddo can find them anywhere around your house (books, recipes, magazines, etc...)!


Reminder that tomorrow, October 11th is Picture Day! Hopefully we can get them done before morning recess and hat head becomes an issue!


Happy Thanksgiving / October 5

I hope everyone enjoys their extra long weekend (no school on Monday or Tuesday!) and can spend some time with those you love.  I am grateful for such a great group of kids to work with each day!  Thank you for raising such good kiddos!

See you on Wednesday for more learning!


Color Inquiry / October 4

This week we started our color inquiry unit.  We began by brainstorming what we already knew about colors as well as questions we had! Yesterday we explored the three primary colors (blue, red and yellow). We had fun using q-tips to mix colors together.

Some of the questions we had about colors were:

  • How do you make colors?
  • How do you make pink? blue? red?
  • Is black a color?
  • Is black beautiful?
  • If some people don't think black is a color... is white a color?
  • Can you separate colors once you mix them?
  • Are colors only paint?

Mrs. Stanford

On the Horizon

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal) WHAT?!?!

Literacy Sight Words for the Week: Canada, flag, pride, red, white, parade, country, fireworks, north, national and anthem. 


Sports Day / June 25

Sports Day is Tomorrow!! Here's hoping Mother Nature cooperates with us and stays dry.  The festivities take place in the morning and then it's back to business in the afternoon. (HA!)

Lots of fun things are happening! Please make sure your kiddos are dressed appropriately! Jerseys and other sports gear are definitely welcome! 




Plants, Plants and More Plants / June 18

This week we are throwing ourselves into the life cycle of a plant! We planted our very own bean seeds and have placed them in a nice sunny spot to watch them grow. We read a beautiful story called, The Curious Garden by Peter Brown to kick off our mini gardens. The story is about a little boy named Liam who tends to some wildflowers in an abandoned railway and the transformation he creates. 

Today we learned about the different parts of a plant and then began an experiment. The question is: Do plants need soil to grow?  We are doing a full Scientific write-up for this experiment and therefore, we needed to write our hypothesis'. We then set up our experiment.

Most of us hypothesized that the seed will not grow in the Ziplock bag because it doesn't have soil to provide nutrients.  Stay tuned.....

The "Girls" side
The "Boys" side

Have a great evening together! Only 6 and a half more school days!



Amazing / June 14

Parents, I am so beyond proud of each and every one of your children. They did such an amazing job this year researching their animals and becoming the teachers. The amount of time and energy that went into this project was astonishing and the kids really stepped up to the challenge.  On the wall, above the doors in our hallway, reads "Small Actions, Big Impact". While I wouldn't call the student's work small, their impact was definitely BIG. They have become champions for their animals. Speaking up for them and teaching others how to keep them safe. This triggered "small actions" such as using reusable products, reducing plastic and recycling. Which then leads to a BIG IMPACT. 

Thank you for attending our Celebration of Learning last night. It was so lovely to share our projects with you!

And, as always, thank you for raising such kind, caring, generous, and conscientious kids.


Discover Archeology / May 28

This week we had the opportunity to go to Discover Archeology. We had a blast learning about human and animal bones. We specifically looked at Bison bones. We used a picture to match and build the skeleton of a Bison. We had to classify items by color, weight, size, shape, etc.  We learned that bones inside our bodies are typically a brownish color. The white bones that we are used to have been bleached or are replicas. An animal bone that is left in the sun turns white and brittle.


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle / May 14

As we continue to delve deeper into the connection between humans and animals with a specific focus on our community, we have spent a considerable amount of time discussing what we can do to help our planet. This morning we brainstormed different items and sorted them into the correct "bins".

In Writer's Workshop we have been focusing on similes.  One of our friends mentioned a simile that was just TOO GOOD to let go of. He said, "Garbage bins are as black as death." What a fitting quote for today.  

As always, these kiddos continue to impress me with their knowledge, skills and kind hearts. Thank you for raising such generous, caring kids! 

Ozo-Bots / April 29

Today Mr. Wilcox introduced us to the school Ozo-bots!! They are little robots that are coded using the colors red, black, blue and green. We had so much fun experimenting with the different codes and watching how our bots moved around our paths.

We also had a school wide puppet show come to the school to discuss Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.  Cassie and Friends really got us thinking about how we all have different strengths and differences as well as how we can support each other. 

Have a great evening!



Carnivore Road / April 25

What a fun-filled two days of Zoo activities! On Wednesday, the River Otter, Bear and Wolves/Bison groups went to the zoo. Today, the Whooping Crane, Cougar, Prairie Dog, Owl and Moose had their visit. We got a tour of Carnivore Road which was amazing! We got taken through the “Service Access Only” Gate to see where the Canadian wild’s carnivores spent some quiet time. 

The theme to Jurassic Park ran through my head....

We began with the cougar enclosure. Did you know that at all times, a zoo keeper must have 2 gates between them and the cougars? We feel that is a pretty smart decision! Especially after seeing how HUGE Odin (the male cougar) is. We then continued on to see the bears. One even ventured up to see us! It was incredible. 

Well, hello there!

The bear's hangout

Do you know where the bears are?!


To end the carnivore road tour, we went to the wolf enclosure. They are very investigative and came to check us out. 

We made it out alive!

River Otter vs. Sea Otter skull


When your kiddo wasn’t at the zoo, they participated in various activities surrounding their animal of choice. There were light table drawings, literacy centers, book covers, word searches, macro drawings using water color pencil crayons and adaptation writing. Not to mention gym, recess, fun lunches and all else that is contained in a day! I think the teachers will sleep well tonight!

Ask your kiddo what the highlight of their visit was! It’s back to business-as-usual tomorrow to end the week. We are excited to see our friends again!

Zoo Trips / April 23

We are heading to the Zoo tomorrow and Thursday!! As was discussed, your child will be going to the zoo based on their animal groups instead of by class. Students in the River Otter, Wolves/Bison and Bear groups will be going tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th.  Whooping Cranes, Cougars, Moose, Owls and Prairie Dogs will be going on Thursday, April 25th.  Please make sure that your kiddo is dressed appropriately for the weather (rain is on the radar) and has enough food to get them through the day! It would be wise to send a water bottle as well! We have exciting days ahead and will have lots to report back. Thank you to all the parent volunteers that sacrificed your time to ensure this trip was a go.  Mucho Gracias! 


Community Grand Reveal / April 23

Without further adieu, here is our version of Evergreen! Complete with the amazing mountain background! As always - these kids are just amazing :)

Future city planners :)

Have a great evening!!



Community Building / April 16

Oh boy have we been busy in room 80! Here is a taste of what we have been up to!

In Math, we are really focusing on addition and subtraction to sums of 20.  Mrs. Roworth came in last week to help us build our very own game boards using number lines! We learned the importance of dividing the line equally, as well as the half-way points between 1 and 20, 1 and 10 and 10 and 20. We covered many skills building this number line such as:

  • how to use a ruler
  • spacing numbers properly
  • ensuring our numbers were formed properly
  • and most importantly - cooperation!

Once our boards were finished, we learned an addition/subtraction game called Tug-O-War. 

And honestly, how does she sit like that?!?

Tug-O-War was really fun (and a really fantastic way to practice our math skills).  Later in the week our Student Teachers had a great lesson focused around the book, "Mouse Count". It married the idea of addition with problem solving. Not to mention reinforced the concept of organizing data in a logical matter. 

We also had our first two Inline Skating lessons! It is so fun to watch them learn a new skill!

Our last skating lesson is this Thursday! Unfortunately, this is also the day of photos... I asked very nicely to have our pictures taken before skating.  If your kiddo would like to wear something fancy for the picture, please pack an extra set of clothes to change into for skating. Bonus - the nice clothes will stay nice and not experience recess!

We have been having so much fun building our community.  First off, we brainstormed buildings in the community (or at least buildings important to our community). Then we looked at pictures and used the recycling brought in to find the perfect shape. Next, it got messy. Oh boy did it ever. We painted. Oh, we painted. 

Can you guess which building this is going to be?
A little duck for Fish Creek!

Tomorrow we will be putting our community together and will post some pictures of the AMAZING creations.  You will be blown away. I sure was!

We participated in the election today! Well, in a way.  We discussed the election and the importance of voting. Then we pretended to cast our own votes. Except, our candidates were cookies. Students closed their eyes to symbolize the anonymity of casting your vote. Then they raised their hands for the cookie of their choice. The two choices were chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies. Surprisingly enough, chocolate chip cookies were the winners with 22 votes. This led into a conversation about majority and democracy. I love teaching grade 1.

I think that hits the important highlights of the last little bit.  Have a great night!



Artful Friday / April 5

This morning, instead of building activities to start the day we followed along with Art For Kids Hub to draw Chris Kratts from the Wild Kratts cartoon. These types of tasks work on following instructions and develop our artistic skills along with patience, perseverance and confidence.  They turned out amazing!

We also had an opportunity to attend a band concert from a High School group from Saskatoon. They were really enjoyable and we loved clapping along.  My one concern is that they played Disney classics and some of us DID NOT KNOW THEM?!?!?!? WHAT?!?!?! Can I suggest a Disney classics weekend?! ;)

Have a great weekend together!



House Building / April 3

We started building our community today! Our first task was to make houses out of brown paper bags! The teachers might have gone a little nuts with their example pieces... ahem...

We all had such a great time designing our houses with specific criteria (doors, windows, house number, etc.) We were even given little pictures of ourselves to place somewhere on our houses! It was so much fun and the kiddos put in such a great effort.  They look awesome!

Later this week we will be creating our "streets", using our house numbers. This will touch on even and odd numbers as well as number order.  A lot of us came to school knowing our address today! That's awesome. Our goal is to have the home address and one parent phone number memorized by the end of the week. 

Keep practicing those numbers! Have a great evening.



Happy April / April 2

It’s the most wonderful (and busy) time of the year! The weather is nicer, the sun is shining, the reading is coming along and the field trips are upcoming! We have so many exciting opportunities in the next few weeks including a trip to the zoo (more on that to come) and alien inline skating! Woohoo!

This morning we learned a really fun new game to practice subtraction! Ask your kiddo how to play “Zero the Hero”. Today we played using our fingers but we are aiming towards subtracting in our heads. Once we are doing well with subtraction from 10, we will increase the starting number to 20.  We had so much fun and did really well today!

This afternoon we began our conversation of Evergreen by looking at our houses and noticing different aspects of our homes. Some of us have garages, some of us don’t, etc. We determined that every house has to have a number! This led us into a conversation of the importance of knowing our addresses and phone numbers. We were even given homework! Our goal for the end of the week is to memorize our address and at least one family phone number.

Thank you so much for sending in boxes/materials for building! We are really hoping to collect more milk cartons and small (cracker like) boxes. They would make perfect houses! 


Student Teachers! / March 19

This week we welcomed our student teachers from the University of Calgary! Mrs. Howard and Ms. McPherson will be with us until mid-April! We are very excited to have three teachers in the room.  Wooooohooooo!

We learned a new math strategy game this morning that we are excited to challenge you to at student-led conferences this upcoming Thursday and Friday. Beware, we are getting pretty good! We also practiced the addition strategy of doubles +/- 1. 

Today we had a big discussion about whether animals should be kept captive. We had to create a piece of writing describing our position. Most of us agree that there are certain times when an animal should be in the care of the zoo such as when an animal is sick or endangered.  We all agree that in a perfect world, animals would be wild and free!

Have a great evening! Remember that Thursday is an early dismissal day! 



Last Day of Swimming Tomorrow / March 13th

We had so much fun at our swimming lessons this morning! Hopefully we sleep well tonight :)

Tomorrow is our last lesson.  Please ensure your kiddo is ready to go!


Irish Dance Performance / March 12th

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, it was a perfect opportunity to enjoy some traditional Irish Dancing! We had dancers from MJP Academy of Irish Dance visit us today.  We learned about the costumes that they wear during a performance, the types of shoes they wear as well as watched lots of crazy high leg kicks!! Mrs. Stanford's calves seized just watching them!

This afternoon we participated in our 11th day of our writing challenge! Following along with the Irish theme, our task was to write a list of foods that a Leprechaun might enjoy.  The object of our Writing Challenge is to build stamina and confidence in our writing. During the 15 minute writing block, students are encouraged to continually write without fear of spelling mistakes! Our written output has already dramatically increased just by participating in this challenge. Yeah us!

Tomorrow is our third swimming lesson! Please make sure that your kiddo has everything they need for the pool! 




Pink Shirt Day / February 27th

We looked great in pink today.  Taking a stand against bullying at school and in the workplace.  Way to go!

Have a great night!



Catching Up / February 25

Man, time sure does fly when you are having fun! We have done so much in the past few weeks.  Here is a little glimpse into what we have achieved!

Awhile ago we worked in partners to create our very own crayon colors. We had fun choosing the colors and melting them together with either a hair dryer or the oven. When they cooled, we gave our unique colors a name and recorded the results on giant paper to display to our peers. 

Every Thursday, we have the opportunity to work alongside our grade three buddies. In the past, we have done art together (Minecraft Selfies and Snow Globes), read together, played math games and more recently, they gave us an introduction on how to research a given topic! Last week, our morning activities were based on Space. We took a very strong interest in this topic and were thrilled when our buddies offered to help us research a planet! As we gear up towards our very own animal research projects, our grade three friends showed us how to find information on the internet using safe search sites. We recorded our findings together as pairs in various ways.  It was so much fun, and more importantly, it gave us some pointers for the future. 

Today we started a 20-day writing challenge!  Each day, for 20 days, we will have independent writing time directly after lunch. Our goal is to build stamina and confidence in our writing skills. During this ten minutes, we aren't allowed to draw a picture or use an eraser! The goal is to just write! We will work on the mechanics and structure of writing during our literacy block earlier in the day.  Mrs. Stanford is keeping our first writing sample so that we can compare our pieces at the end of the 20 days. 

We also began talking about Ivan, the famous Silverback Gorilla.  We had a brief introduction into this incredible animal's upbringing. It raised many questions about animals in captivity.  Is it ever okay for animals to be held in captivity? 

Hopefully this gives you some insight into our days here in room 80 and maybe even some dinner conversation!

Stay Warm!



Doubles plus 1 / February 12

Today we learned a new addition strategy using doubles! First, we listened to a song all about doubles. Check it out here:

Then we discussed how we could use doubles to help us solve math equations that have consecutive numbers. For example we can use 5+5 to assist us with 5+4 and 5+6.  

We also finished our Minecraft Selfies today!! Can you guess who is who?!?!

Tomorrow is our Valentine exchange (if you choose to participate) There are 24 kids in our class :)



Lesson on Perseverance / February 6

Today we had a very important lesson on perseverance. This afternoon we continued on with our "Square" number math problem. We determined there was a pattern and worked towards figuring out the biggest square number we could find. This ended up leading us to the question, how many tiles are in a 9x9 square? Students worked in teams to first build a 9x9 square and then count the tiles. This proved to be quite the ordeal! Working together and counting such a large amount of tiles is tough work! I'm proud of how the students worked together and showed determination!  

At the end of the day we sat together and discussed how we felt during the process. When asked who felt frustrated, many hands went up.  Some even said that felt angry.  This is completely understandable.  We discussed how not everything in life will come easy and sometimes you will be frustrated, and maybe even upset. The most important lesson is that you continue to persevere! 

Have a great night!



Blue Day #2 / February 5

This morning there was a fun surprise for the kiddos as they came in for Flex Entry! All the tasks were MineCraft themed! We had building characters with blocks, drawing, code breakers, word searches and pixel pictures. The purpose of flexible entry is to give students the opportunity to ready themselves for a full day of learning. Just as some people require copious amounts of coffee (*ahem*), students require time to regulate their bodies and minds. Each student is encouraged to find an activity that gives their mind/body something that they need (whether it be something calm to relax them after a rushed morning or a brain boost to wake themselves up, etc.) During this time, students are also given the opportunity to have some one on one time with me to go over sight words, read a book, or simply have a conversation. It might just be our favorite time of the day!

(PS. To really blow their minds, later this week we will be creating a Minecraft-inspired Selfie with our grade 3 buddies!)

Today we also had the privilege of having Mrs. Roworth in to teach us about square numbers. We used small square tiles to find the "square" numbers. For example one tile is a square, therefore, 1 is a square number. 

Is the number 2? 

 If you  were to put two squares together what shape would it create? A rectangle! So 2 is not a "square" number.

This is a great open-ended question as it has many entry points for our varying skill levels! 

Stay Warm!



Cold Cold Day / February 4

Brrrrrr...... 

What a cold start to the week! It was so great to see everyone dressed appropriately for the crazy cold weather!  When the weather is this cold, the school is open at 8:15 for students to come in! Tomorrow, the doors will yet again be open beginning at 8:15. Please do not wait outside.  At lunch, if the weather is still too cold to be outside, the kids are given choice activities to burn off some energy and have some fun. Today there were three choices. 

1. Just Dance in the Gym

2. A movie in the Music Room

3. Board games in the Learning Commons

This week in literacy we are focusing on 5 new words: find, five, found, first and fly. 

I am currently in the process of reviewing and providing students with new sight words. You should expect them sometime this week :). It is so important to continue practicing sight words and reading daily to build on your child's skills. Plus, in this weather, nothing beats curling up and reading a book together! 

We are continuing our discussion of Animal Adaptations based on the information we learned during our group Skype sessions. Here's a fun fact for you! Did you know that River Otters have a third set of eyelids that are transparent to protect the Otter's eyes while under the water? We learned that to "adapt" means to change. Some animals migrate, some hibernate and others have physical features that help them survive in their habitat. Even humans adapt to our environment. Ask your kiddo how we adapt to weather! 

This week we will wrap up our Color Unit in science. We had a fun experiment last week where we got to create our very own colors. We even followed the Scientific Method (grade one version).  One of our Literacy Centers this week is finishing off our experiment report. We are learning to write with purpose and audience in mind. Afterwards, we are going to create a piece of art with everyone's colors.

In Math, we continue to build on our knowledge of numbers. We are paying close attention to the patterns we can find on number lines and hundreds charts. We found that there are odd numbers and even numbers. We call them "Even Steven" and "Odd Todd". We found out that even numbers always end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 and odd numbers always end in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. 


Day one of Zoo Skype Session / January 29

Today was our first day of Skype Sessions with the Calgary Zoo! The Bears, Cougars/Cranes and Wolves/Bison groups spoke with Jen Duffy on site about their specific animals. Thursday's Skype sessions are for the River Otters and Owls/Prairie Dogs/Moose.  While a Skype session is in progress, the other animal groups are working with various teachers learning more about animals in our community, how they survive and adapt to our climate. Ask your kiddo something they learned today!

In gym this week we are learning how to play Quidditch! So far we learned to play the "Chaser" position. Those are the players that get to score! Unfortunately, there are no flying broomsticks in our "muggle" version. Oh well. One day.

Rhyming / January 23

Oh boy! It's been far too long! We have had lots going on in Room 80.  Here are some highlights of the last few days.

This morning we started the day with some challenging math games. We worked in pairs to get our math brains firing by playing a variation of Triominos. There were different levels of the game. Some focused on number representation while others practiced sums to twenty.  At first, we thought that this would be a very easy game but once we got started and learned more of the rules it quickly became apparent that there was some strategy and challenge involved. 

Afterwards we continued our exploration of the mysterious line that was taped to our floor. Last week a black line was taped to the floor with no explanation. We brainstormed as a class what it could be for. Here were some of the ideas that were recorded:


We have used the line this past week to learn about sorting using one or two attributes. Ask you kiddo what an attribute is!  We sorted our class based on:

eye color

hair color

gender

clothing

Last week, as a class, we created a Hundreds Chart using numbers written on strips of paper. Today, we learned that we could spread that hundreds chart out on the black tape to create a number line! We then used our number line to skip count by five and identify even and odd numbers. This is just the beginning of our number line exploration. Stay tuned for how we will use it next! 

Much of our literacy time today was spent on rhyming words. Each table had a word written in the middle of it. Students then worked in teams to come up with a list of words that rhymed with it.  They got to WRITE ON THE TABLES!! Such exciting times. 

Here's a note from Mrs. Roworth about our Dance Residency!

Evergreen School is having a blast with Mr. Josh as our Sound Kreations Residency continues.  This program has been a supplement to the regular Phys. Ed program to explore different forms of dance. The SHARING on Friday is for students to celebrate with each other and show small (90 second) samples of what they have been working on in class. This is not a polished performance. If they haven't already, please ask your child to share some of their moves and choreography with you at home.

Math Play / January 10

Today was a definite math day! This morning we worked with Mrs. Roworth to discuss estimating.  We learned what an estimate means in math.  I think my favorite quote during this time was, "Estimate means to kind of look in the future and think of what could happen." I have never heard it described in such a way and could really tell this kiddo was thinking. 

Thanks to our lovely parent council we recently were able to purchase a ton of math play games. Today, we worked with our grade three buddies to explore our new games. It was so much fun. There was giant Jenga, Yardzee, a HUGE Connect Four, magnetic blocks, and much more! We were having fun while building up our math skills!

Have a great evening!

Hello 2019 / January 8

Welcome back! I can't believe we are already in to 2019! And even more mind blowing - half way through the year! We created our class calendar today, marking important dates. There seems to be a lot of birthdays this month (Moms, Dads, siblings, dogs....) and they are all marked down :) 

Some things that we are excited for are:

Little Caesars Pizza Fun Lunch on the 17th (a legitimate cheer was made)

Sound Kreations Dance Residency from the 14th to the 24th.

Skype sessions with the Zoo on January 29th and 31st depending on which group your child is in. 


Have a relaxing evening. Cheers to the New Year!


On the 4th day of Christmas / December 18

What an exciting day we had in room 80! Our advent of the day was a directed holiday drawing through Art For Kids Hub! We followed the step-by-step instructions to draw a festive penguin! They are probably the best we've done so far!

The most exciting part of the day was our Police Officer video!! Here's a sneak peak at the background we created!

We had lots of fun doing little skits and answering questions about our local Police Officers! Stay tuned!

Last but certainly not least - We surpassed our class goal of getting 100 items for the Food Bank!! Thank you so much for all of your support! 

Have a great night together!

On the 5th day of Christmas / December 17

On the 5th day of Christmas.... we created a Winter Scene!  We used crayons and water color to create a picture using the story, "Jack Frost" as our inspiration. Only 4 more days left of school before Winter break!

This morning we had our regular music and gym schedule back! What a relief! Schedules are a beautiful thing! We also had some fun literacy centers.  We decided to create our own "sight" words for the week. Here they are:

chimney

candy cane

decorate

milk

cookies

snowman

Tomorrow we are creating our gratitude project for the Police Officers. If you have any Police Officer type costumes/props, it would be awesome if we could borrow them (minus any guns...) The props/costumes would only be used tomorrow and would be returned in the same condition! Thank you.

Tomorrow is our last day for food donations! Are goal is now to get to 100 items! We are currently at 94! Sooo close!

Have a great night!

On the 8th day of Christmas... / December 12

On the 8th day of Christmas - we got to watch the original Grinch movie!! Between Christmas performances, gym and music schedule changes it was a little bit of a strange day.  After reading the book yesterday we were excited to see it in cartoon version. After lunch, before the second performance we sat with our friends to enjoy the holiday movie. 

This morning we were joined by Mrs. Roworth for some math fun! You'll never guess what we did.... ancient Egyptian math! 

Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians used a spiral shape for the number 100, and an upside down u shape for the number ten?  We talked about how digits have place values and where these place values go. We played around with hundreds, tens and ones. We talked about the number 999 and how it really means that there are:

9 - groups of one hundred (900)

9 - groups of tens (90)

and

9 - ones

Afterwards we went back to our math problem "Exploding Hats". We had two groups that solved the problem! Yeah!!!!

Thank you to all of our families and friends that came to cheer us on for "On With The Snow". We loved having you!

On the 9th day of Christmas.... / December 11

We decided it makes more sense to count backwards on our Advent calendar so we know how many days are left until Winter break! Therefore, today is #9!  

We read the Grinch - at one point someone raised their hand and said..... "Hey, this reminds me of a movie..." Best. Quote. Of. The. Day.

Our next group of Community Helpers that we will honor are the Police Officers. We are lucky to have a police Dad in our room and were given a book to read.  It's truly amazing all of the different jobs police officers do throughout the day. We have a special project that we will be working on for them tomorrow :) We are slightly excited!

We also did some Food Bank math today! We discussed ways to group the items to make the counting process easier. Some numbers that were thrown out were:

2s

4s

5s 

10s

We decided, as a group, that tens were an easy number to count by so we got busy to make the groups. There are now 86 items!! Woohooo. We are still in need of 1 peanut butter and  3 things of pasta to complete our mission! 

We are soooo excited for our concert tonight! Please remember to be at the school by 5:10. Children are to go to their classrooms to wait and will return to the classroom for pick-up after the show. The show colors are blue, black and white.  Keep an eye out for our mid-flight Snowy Owls! See you soon!!


The 10 Days of Christmas / December 10

Today was our first day of our ten day advent calendar! The kids were very excited to learn that each bag has a holiday activity to be done that day. Today was "Make a festive greeting card".  So, we plastered our fingers with white paint and filled a piece of card stock with adorable fingerprint snowmen. When they dried we got to add fun details. While we waited for the snowman to dry we read, "Snowman at Night" for some inspiration! 

This morning we had our first concert practice in the gym. We made sure we were in the perfect spot so that our families can see our beautiful smiles. While we practiced, our teachers decorated the gym. Everything looks great! We are so excited to show you! 

Our words for the week are:

tree

gift

snow

sled

bake


We are having such a great time collecting our food donations and recording them on our sheet. Our mission is ALMOST complete!! We crossed off canned fruit from our list today! Woohooo! Last week, we even SURPASSED our diaper goal! That is beyond amazing! Thank you! We are currently in need of 2 more peanut butters and 3 things of pasta. Once we collect these - Mission completed! I am just so blown away by the generosity and excitement there has been around this food drive. Our bin is overflowing! 

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you

Have a great night! We will see you tomorrow night! 


So far this week / December 4

Hello families! The blog was well over due to be updated! 

December is all about random acts of kindness and showing gratitude to others! I love this time of year because our students are such kind people that they get just as excited over it as I do! Last week we brainstormed some "Community Helpers", in Evergreen. This is how far we got....

While there are sooo many other "helpers" in our community, we decided to focus on the Emergency workers that come in our greatest time of need. Today, we honored the Firefighters. We all created a card to give to the local Fire Department. Some time this week I will be taking the lovely package (along with something yummy) to the fire house to spread a little joy. 

Today the grade ones had intramurals at lunch!! This has been happening the last few weeks and the kids are really loving it! If they choose, they are welcome to join myself, Mrs. Roworth and Mrs. McLarty in the gym for a picnic lunch and games. Today was a free play time! It's fun to see what the kids come up with using some of the gym equipment!

Our mission for the Food Bank is going really well!! We are up to over 50 items (woooohooo) and have even crossed off some categories from the wish list. We are still in need of peanut butter, diapers, pasta, baby food and canned fruit although we will definitely accept all donations! We love looking through the donations each morning and tallying our total! Keep it up!!

Have a great night!!

Calgary Food Bank Mission / November 28

Today we watched a short video about the Calgary Food Bank and are getting revved up for a friendly competition! Each class has a MISSION, if we choose to accept (and I really hope we do!) Based on the wish list sent out by the CFB we are in search of the following items:

We have until December 18th to bring in our donations. The class who completes their mission and also brings in the most donations gets to celebrate in a fun way.  Throwing a pie in the face of our beloved Principal, Mr. Wilcox.  We are really excited about this prospect :) Nothing like a little healthy competition to help others in their time of need! 

Have a great evening together! Stay healthy (or feel better!)


Signs of Winter / November 26

Today while outside on the playground we noticed (and heard!) the Canadian Geese abandoning us! Some of the students were asking questions about why they were in a v-shape and where they were going. It was a fantastic teaching opportunity! So, later in the day we looked up where the Geese are headed.  We found out that they usually head to the southern states of the US and Northern region of Mexico. We learned that v-formation helps with energy conservation.  Our big science word of the day was Migration. To finish off the day we drew a picture of a Canada goose. It was tricky but they did fantastic. 

Thank you Mother Nature for guiding our day! 

Math Play / November 20

Math play is a big part of our math time in room 80! According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, "Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning." (www.nctm.org)

We have played many different games with playing cards, subitizing and practicing addition to twenty. These games are always popular but we have recently started playing strategy games as warm-ups to a math lesson. Here are a couple of our favorites so far:

Nim:

How to Play

Players take turns placing one, two, or three counters on the open squares of a 10-frame.
Whoever fills up the 10-frame wins. This game is for two players only.

Example Game
Player 1 plays three counters, leaving 7 spaces on the 10-frame.
Player 2 plays two counters, leaving 5 spaces.
Player 1 plays one counter, leaving 4 spaces.
Player 2 plays one counter, leaving 3 spaces.
Player 1 plays three counters, filling the 10-frame and winning the game.

There are many different versions of this game. One such version is called poison. In this version the object is to NOT fill in the last frame. We agreed, as a class, that this is the trickiest version using the ten frame.

Another really fun one is called Dots and Boxes:

Dots and Boxes is a game that has been around for a very long time. To play this game in its simplest form you draw 4 rows of 4 dots on a piece of paper. Players (2) take turns connecting two dots. The object of the game is to capture the most squares.  Take a look at this short video explaining how to play!

Learn to Play Dots and Boxes

Ask your kiddo what their favorite math game is!


Debriefing the Zoo / November 15

We had such a great time at the Zoo yesterday. Am I the only one who had a GREAT sleep last night?!?  There were lots of sleepy eyes this morning :)

At the zoo we were met by Jen, our lovely guide through the Canadian Wilds. It was such an amazing experience for the kids (and me too!) We learned about some pretty fantastic animals and their back stories. For example, we met Skoki! Skoki is a grizzly bear who was rescued by the Calgary Zoo around 20 years ago. Skoki's story is so intriguing because he had three strikes against him.  He kept wandering into human "territory" and causing some problems. This led to a great conversation about who was in the wrong, animals or humans. Our big question for the year is "What Matters?" and how humans and animals are connected. While the connection between Skoki and humans wasn't the most positive, there was a success story for the Whooping Cranes. At one point, there was only 15 Whooping Cranes left in the world. Thanks to scientists, that number has been increased to 600! Such an amazing story! Ask your kiddos about what stuck with them from the Zoo! 

Thanks again to all our wonderful volunteers! It was such an enjoyable day and we really could not have done it without you!

Have a great night! It's Friday tomorrow!

Going to the Zoo / November 13

Tomorrow is the big day! We are so very excited! Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather as we will be outside all day.  Something comfortable to walk in is definitely a must considering we are trekking throughout the Zoo.  Here is what the student's decided were important field trip essentials:

  • comfy shoes
  • water bottles
  • lunches (extra big ones :)
  • mittens
  • hats
  • jackets
  • layers

We will be leaving the school at 8:45 so please ensure everyone arrives at the usual time.

Hope everyone gets a great night sleep and dreams of animals!

Canadian Wilds / November 12

Two more sleeps until we have our first adventure to the Zoo! We are so excited! It's making calendar time that much more interesting!! Today, as one of our literacy centers, we put out pictures of some of the animals in the Canadian Wilds along with books about animals. We had a great time going through the books, looking at pictures and gathering some more information! We have really taken an interest in classifying the animals based on their diets.  We learned that animals that eat plants are called Herbivores, animals that eat animals are Carnivores and animals that eat both are Omnivores. 

We are even learning to use Venn diagrams to classify animals based on different characteristics! 

Our poem of the week was about a fly name Zap and focused around the "ap" word family.  Ask your kiddo to come up with words that rhyme with Zap! 

Here are the words of the week:

  • new
  • now
  • of
  • on
  • one
  • out
  • put
  • run
  • saw
  • say

Have a great night together! Stay healthy!


Remembrance Day Assembly / November 9

We are so grateful that we were able to experience a wonderful Remembrance Day Assembly.  The songs were just amazing and the whole assembly was beautifully done. I am SO PROUD of each of my students. They were so silent and reverent throughout the assembly. We talked about the importance of wearing a poppy and what it represents.

Next week we are headed to the ZOO! We are so excited and have been counting down the days. We have homework this weekend! Take a look at the Calgary Zoo website and find an animal in the Canadian Wilds that interests your kiddo! Bonus points for looking for some interesting facts about their chosen animals!

Here is a link to the Canadian Wilds animal list:

https://www.calgaryzoo.com/vis...


Happy Diwali / November 7

Happy Diwali! What an exciting day we had in room 80! We learned that Diwali is a celebration of good triumphing over evil. Light versus dark! One of our friends, who celebrates Diwali shared his traditions with the class and even shared a sweet treat with us! We watched a short video of someone creating Rangoli designs to celebrate Diwali. Rangoli designs are made from colored sand and are absolutely beautiful.  We used what we learned to create our own designs! If only we had access to colored sand! 

The words that we have studied this week in literacy are:

  • from
  • good
  • has
  • him
  • his
  • into
  • know
  • let
  • like
  • may

Have a great evening together!

Magic Flower / November 6

Today we had our Math Specialist - Mrs. Roworth join us to explore addition! We worked on a puzzle called the "Magic Flower".  

The objective of the math flower is to use the numbers on the flower to find the numbers 1 to 25. At first we can use the petal as the actual answer.  For example to find the number 1, we could use the center circle. So:

1 = 1

2 = 2

3 = 1+2

4 = 4

5 = 5

5 = 4+1

The trick is you can only use numbers that are beside each other.  To make the number 7 you can not use 5+2 as the numbers aren't touching. You can make 7 using 4+2+1 however as they are touching.  I wish I could have videotaped the kids excitement trying to figure out the combinations. There were actual "Aha!" moments!

We also continued on with our discussion around what peace means to us. Today we sat in a circle and pondered what peace feels like. We came up with ideas such as; cold pillows when sleeping, warm blankets, stuffed animals, petting our animals, building with toys, playing with siblings, etc. We then went around the circle and shared how we can spread peace with our actions. 

  • hugs
  • saying "I love you" to family and friends
  • smiling
  • saying "Thank you!"
  • opening doors
  • playing fair
  • listening to our teacher (and Moms and Dads!)

We then used these ideas to create doves that will be used on our class wreath this upcoming Friday. 

Please see attached information on a book drive organized by a former Evergreen School student!

Have a fantastic evening! 

Halloween and other fun things / November 1

Good evening! It's been much too long since the blog has been updated.  So much has gone on in the past week. Halloween has come and gone and we are in full sugar mode! On Wednesday we had three class pumpkins to decorate. Instead of carving all three we tried something exciting. Who knew how exciting crayons and hair dryers could be! The cheers of excitement made it all worth it. Check out our three pumpkins!

Also - I can't not post these pictures. Emptying the pumpkin was the highlight of my day. Take a look at these faces! ha. 


This week we had a wonderful guest teacher in, Mrs. Danyluk. She is amazing and picked up right where we left off. They learned some new math games using playing cards (to practice sums to 20 and sums to 10). They worked on representing numbers using number sentences as well as problem solved.  We carried on with our "Star Students". The sense of community that comes from finding similarities and differences within their peer group is genuine. Today's Star Student was Kaleb! We learned that he wants to be an Astronaut when he grows up - we are all rooting for him. He's fearless and full of wonder.  The "Star Student" is also a great way to build writing stamina and confidence without pressure.

Thank you so much to all the parents who volunteered for our Zoo trip.  The next opportunity to volunteer for the Zoo is in late April. This upcoming week, as we prepare for our field trip we will continue our conversation and learning around animals and humans and how we impact each other and our environment. 

A genuine thank you to everyone for their support this week through messages, emails and cards.  The kids made a beautiful card that will go in the keepsake box. I've said it before but I'll say it again. Thank you for raising such wonderful children!!

Reminder - picture orders are due tomorrow, November 2nd. Retakes will be on Monday. 

Star Student / October 24

This morning we started something new! Each day we will celebrate one of our peers.  One student sits in the teacher chair while their peers act as "reporters" to learn more about them.  Today our Star Student was Shalyn! Here is what we learned so far:

It was fun being reporters! It was cool to see what we have in common with the people we see/play/work with each day! Afterwards, each student chose one sentence to write down and illustrate about Shalyn.  When everyone is finished we will have a beautiful book all about our friend! Eventually we will have 23 books in our class library about our peers!

Library exchange is tomorrow! So is the Halloween Howl!! 

Have a great night!

Jingle Dance / October 23

Today we got to explore more artifacts from the Museo Kit! 

This doll is wearing a fancy dress representative of the clothing worn for "Jingle Dances". We read a story about a little girl who performs a dance in a fancy dress that her mom made her. The dresses are usually covered with over a hundred metal cones that create the "jingle" sound with movement. We watched a Blackfoot Jingle Dance performance. We noticed the drums in the background and wondered what the people were singing. We learned that Blackfoot traditions and cultures were passed down through the generations by the elders of the community. 

Blackfoot Jingle Dance

This afternoon we continued our discussion of animals that belong in our community. Mrs. Frampton found a very cool website called Calgary Captured that allows people to learn about different animals and classify them based on given information. The website has picture of animals photographed in the Calgary area. So far, the most common animal photographed is the Mule Deer. We learned how to tell the difference between the Mule Deer and the White-tailed Deer. Ask your kiddo one difference! You can check out the website here:

Calgary Captured

Enjoy your evening as a family!


Blackfoot Museo Kit / October 22

This morning we started the day by reading a story called, "The Buffalo Jump" by Peter Roop.  The story is about a boy named Little Blaze who wants to lead the Buffalo Jump to prove how brave he is. We learned so much about the Blackfoot through this one story.  For instance:

  • the Blackfoot hunted buffalo to eat
  • their homes (lodges) were made of Buffalo hide
  • killing a raven was thought to bring good luck to the tribe
  • they hunted with bows and arrows

and so much more!

This story was an introduction to the Museo kit from the Glenbow Museum. Inside there are artifacts, pictures, stories etc. that show what life was like for the Blackfoot First Nations. Our favorite artifact that we saw was the arrow and buffalo horn! 

We think it's pretty cool that we have to wear snazzy white gloves to handle the artifacts! The kit will be with us for the next two weeks so we will have plenty of opportunity to learn using this wonderful tool.  Stay tuned!

Please remember to have your kiddo return their home reading books daily! 

Have a great night!

Nature Nature Everywhere / October 18

This morning we had our first "surprise" fire drill. We were a little nervous when the bell started ringing but we did an AMAZING job! We even had to turn around and leave through another door.  I am very proud of each and every one of them! 

The excitement continued with Fun Lunch and then our walk to Fish Creek! We listened closely for the Chickadees and looked to see if we could find evidence of living things.  On the way home from Fish Creek we paid special attention to the colors around us.  Thanks again to the volunteers who came with us today - especially with such short notice!


Fish Creek Walk Tomorrow! / October 17

Just a friendly reminder of our walk to Fish Creek tomorrow afternoon. We will be away from the school for approximately an hour.  Please ensure that your kids are wearing appropriate clothes for the weather and maybe a little extra snack for when we return.  We learned a little bit about the Black-capped Chickadee today and are excited to listen for their call tomorrow!

Take care and enjoy your evening together!

All About Me Bags / October 16

Good evening! I am so impressed by how quickly your kiddos brought back their "All About Me" bags! I was expecting them to trickle in over the next few days. It makes my heart happy! We shared as many as we could today and the kids did such a great job. I love hearing about different aspects of their life and their peers love finding things in common. There are so many talents in our class - dance, bmx bikers, skiers, soccer players, readers, etc.  We will continue sharing throughout the week.  I know some kids were disappointed that they didn't get to share today and I will make sure they get to share tomorrow.  

We changed our home reading books again today. We will do this every morning. Please make sure that your kiddo is returning their book each day. 

This Thursday we are hoping to take a walk to Fish Creek. A message easy was sent out this evening about volunteers. If you have not received an email please contact me to ensure that your information is up to date!  Thank you so much for your support. I realize the decision to head to Fish Creek is pretty short notice however the weather is so beautiful this week we may actually get to experience Fall!! Who would've thought?!?!

Have a fantastic evening!

Representing Numbers / October 15

Happy Monday! Our focus today was the various ways we can represent a number. When asked to "Show" a number, many of us go straight to pictures (6 cats, 6 flowers, 6 trains, etc.).  We are focusing on using different ways to demonstrate our understanding of numbers. Some ways may include:

  • tally marks
  • number lines
  • ten frames
  • five frames
  • dice
  • playing cards
  • dominoes
  • clocks
  • calendars


This afternoon students are coming home with an "All About Me" bag in their blue folders. This is some exciting stuff! Each student is to fill a bag with no more than 5 items that represent them. We will be sharing them with the class and learning about our peers.  After our items have been presented to our friends we will be bringing them home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Home Reading / October 12

Today we are bringing home our first Home Reading books! Included in their bag is a leveled book and a color tracking sheet. For each day that they read they can color in a pumpkin! The kids are encouraged to read through the book three times with an adult.  The first time through is to work on decoding unfamiliar words, the second time through is for understanding and the third is for fluency. Students should be returning their books each day and picking a new one. 

The reading that you do at home is very important to your child's brain development and their ability to understand the world around them. It allows them to develop a deeper understanding of language, fosters their listening skills and prepares them to understand written language. A daily routine that includes cozying up with an adult and a book (either from the home reading bag or your own personal library) is something that every child benefits from, especially when this is viewed as a positive, enjoyable experience.

Enjoy this time with you child :) 

Attached is a link to the Calgary Reads website with tips for reading with your kiddo.

http://calgaryreads.com/wp-con...

Picture Day Tomorrow / October 10

Welcome back! Long weekends are glorious! This week we are really focusing on seasonal changes.  Which, as we all know, in Calgary, can be a little tricky! When asked what season we are currently in, the class gave a resounding "Winter!"  ha - welllll. We discussed how seasons can look a little different throughout the world based on climates. We brainstormed everything we knew about Fall.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • it can be brown, red, orange, yellow and dark orange
  • leaves fall off the trees (which took us into a discussion about deciduous and coniferous trees)
  • it takes place during the months of September, October and November
  • it can be snowy, windy, rainy, sunny, hot and cold! 
  • Halloween and Thanksgiving are in fall
  • Another word for Fall is Autumn

Afterwards we came up with questions we had about Autumn:

We also learned a strategy game today called Nim.  It uses a ten frame and blocks. The object of the game is to fill the ten frame first. Each partner can place 1-3 blocks down at a time. The tricky part is deciding how many blocks to put down  and trying to figure out your partners next move. Games like this promote real life problem solving and strategic planning.

Today we learned our new sight words for the week.  They are:

no, not, play, ran, red, said, see, stop, that, the

See if your kiddo can find them anywhere around your house (books, recipes, magazines, etc...)!


Reminder that tomorrow, October 11th is Picture Day! Hopefully we can get them done before morning recess and hat head becomes an issue!


Happy Thanksgiving / October 5

I hope everyone enjoys their extra long weekend (no school on Monday or Tuesday!) and can spend some time with those you love.  I am grateful for such a great group of kids to work with each day!  Thank you for raising such good kiddos!

See you on Wednesday for more learning!


Color Inquiry / October 4

This week we started our color inquiry unit.  We began by brainstorming what we already knew about colors as well as questions we had! Yesterday we explored the three primary colors (blue, red and yellow). We had fun using q-tips to mix colors together.

Some of the questions we had about colors were:

  • How do you make colors?
  • How do you make pink? blue? red?
  • Is black a color?
  • Is black beautiful?
  • If some people don't think black is a color... is white a color?
  • Can you separate colors once you mix them?
  • Are colors only paint?

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