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Please check here every second Thursday for learning updates from the Grade 1 team.

June 19, 2019

The 'almost grade twos' have been working hard this month on many concepts and cross-curricular projects. The whole class deserves praise for being willing volunteers in collecting and organizing donations for our Teachers' Challenge fundraiser, and in helping to plant and care for our school gardens. They have all shown so much responsibility, care, and personal growth!

Ciencias

We have been learning all about plants this month! The class has been highly involved in weeding, planting, watering, and observing in our Garden of Wonder and other outdoor spaces. We have also spent a lot of time observing "our" trees in the stand of poplars on our school ground. We have noticed that different species of tree can have different leaf shapes, bark, branch arrangements, and colours. We counted several species of animals who depend on the stand, and have learned about the different "favours" that plants and animals can do for each other. Ask your child to name some of the ways seeds get around with the help of animals!

For our final week, while we wait for our seeds to grow, we have turned back to design thinking for our wrap-up project. Students have paired up to interview one another in order to plan, design, and build a toy that their partner would enjoy. The design process, as we have learned, comes with lots of "failures", which are actually just an opportunity to improve our design! Students are using their imagination and perseverance to create board games, stuffies, dolls, and vehicles for their partners. They will present them to each other next week and take home what was made for them.

ELA

We have been working on our persuasive speaking and writing this month, writing arguments in support of W.O.M.'s plan to plant trees, and recording our voices to create PSAs (Public Service Announcements) about how humans can act to protect animal habitat and environmental services. We are working to answer the "5Ws+How" in order to communicate an issue clearly and completely.

To this end, we have also begun using Google Slides to present research or a story (students' choice). The goal of this is to show what students understand about the components of fiction and nonfiction books. They are also becoming familiar with a technological tool that they will likely use for the rest of their school careers. Typing, using Spellcheck, refining a search, organizing content, and choosing slide elements are all literacy skills that will help them express themselves clearly through technology.

Español

Our work in oral and written Spanish continues con gusto! We have been building our vocabulary through social stories, using a picture of a typical social situation to create dialogues and perform them to an audience. Some of the scenarios include: inviting a new student to play, introducing yourself to a new friend, buying something at the market, and playing a sport together. 

Matemáticas

We had a great time at Math Sports Day yesterday! Many of us had a chance to show off our mental math strategies in front of the older students on our teams! In the last few weeks we have been working to build automaticity on addition and subtraction facts, while applying our strategies to real-life situations like counting money and making change, counting up the value of refundables brought in, and deciding which operation to use in a word problem.


May 22, 2019

Late May already!

It has been a wonderfully busy month. Thank you to all family members who were able to come to our last round of Student-led Conferences, to see first-hand what we have been learning.

Matemáticas/Social Studies

Our class has been working together to create a timeline of Calgary’s history, in order to better understand how our community has changed over time. We were inspired by the exhibits we saw at Glenbow Museum to further investigate important events and changes that have taken place over the last 200 years. Mapping out the years on our timeline has given us a sense of the difference between twenty years and two hundred. Did you know that the land that Calgary sits on is estimated to have been inhabited by indigenous peoples for around 12 000 years? We couldn’t fit their arrival on the timeline!

Ask your child: Which event did you research? When did it take place?

Matemáticas

After our great unit on landmarks and measurement, we are back on building fact fluency in addition and subtraction. We are also working through word problems by deciding on and performing an operation. We will be supporting the grade 5 and 6 Legacy Project by “finding the math” in their work to collect refundables and calculating the value of the bottles and cans our class collects. This will work on skip counting and multiplicative thinking. We are also going to continue to play with measuring area by covering; as we learn more about different types of tree and plant, we are going to create “plans” of our own forest!

Ask your child: If I collect 5 cans and they’re each worth 5 cents, how much would I have in total? What strategies can you use to find the answer? (skip count, make 10s, draw a picture)

Ciencias

We are finally observing the growth and changes in plants around us after many cold winter months! The students have each “made friends with a tree” and are beginning to document their observations as their trees develop blossoms, leaves, and even animal communities! Today we learned about the many valuable services that plants provide for humans and animals, including oxygen, water absorption (of great interest since we researched the 2013 flood for our timeline!), food, fibre for clothing, paper, building materials, and habitat for animals.

Ask your child if they can name one of these services en español.

English Language Arts

We have been working to improve our spelling and sight word recognition through word work centres every day this week. We have also been using our growing reading skills to help us with our research on Calgary’s history and on independent reading about trees and forests.

We have been working in small groups with Sra. Shurvell to strengthen our reading comprehension by reading, then retelling a story by storyboarding (using pictures and our own words).

Español

We continue to work on asking questions and sharing our opinions in Spanish through surveys, class conversations, and games. We have been working on where to add the no in order to negate a sentence, and subject pronouns (I = yo, you = tú, he = él, she = ella, we = nosotros, they = ellos/ellas).


April 10, 2019

Spring has sprung! We are delighted to be spending more time outdoors and have enjoyed welcoming back some birds, buds, and bugs this month!

Español

To celebrate the season, we have been learning a new set of Spring Spanish vocabulary words through memory games and by writing mini-books about spring. Ask your child what kinds of changes they notice at this time of year. What words are they able to use in Spanish to describe these changes?

We have also been listening to and retelling the story of Los Tres Cerditos, The Three Little Pigs. We have read a few different versions of this fairytale, and worked as a class to write a script for our puppet show using the vocabulary we learned. Now we are working on learning our lines in order to perform for other classes! Stay tuned!

Ciencias/Matemáticas

We can’t talk about the three little pigs without talking about evaluating and choosing building materials! Luckily, this topic ties right in with our new Science unit on Building and Design. We have been observing the structures around us to identify what 2D/ 3D shapes and materials they are composed of. This allows us to understand what makes structures strong, stable, and functional. We will be using this knowledge to help us complete a geometry project on a well-known Latin American landmark, the pyramids of Teotihuacán.

We have also been learning about the basics of measuring and comparing length, using nonstandard units of measurement. Ask your child what some of the rules of measurement are (in order to measure length accurately).

Design thinking also has us remembering what we learned about Growth Mindset this year. Ask your child what “design thinking rules” they learned from Rosie Revere, Engineer, or any of our design tasks so far. Some of the rules include: Don’t give up; learn from your mistakes; try new things; every idea is improvable!

Social Studies

We are going back in time to learn about our past! In order to do this, we will start small, and I’ll be calling on families for a bit of homework help this weekend. Students will begin working on a personal timeline of special moments and milestones in their own lifetime so far, to build a sense of how they have changed over the last 6-7 years. They will need your help! Homework sheets will come home this weekend.

Once we have this perspective, we’ll learn more about how our families and communities have changed over time. With your child, talk about some of the differences and similarities between your childhood and theirs.

English Language Arts

We continue to enjoy stories and poetry in English, and are working on the different ways to make vowel sounds. We will be writing our own “circular story” next week, using a few existing texts as inspiration. 


March 13, 2019

Ciencias/Español

We are in the middle of a design project that shows what we know about animal features and adaptations. Students spent yesterday and today designing a model of the "ultimate animal" that would be able to live in more than one type of habitat. We are learning the names of a variety of different features in Spanish, and will present our final product to the class to show what we've learned. 

Ask your child: What are some special features that help animals survive in the ocean? The Arctic? The desert? The jungle?

Coming soon, we will shift into our Design and Building unit in Science. This animal project has helped us practice some of the design thinking skills we will need in the next unit.

Social Studies

We are going to spend next week building our geographic thinking skills! This class is SO excited about maps that I thought we would locate some special places and landmarks on a map of the world. We'll also work on the difference between our city, province, country, and continent.

English Language Arts

We have been focusing in on combined vowel sounds and some of the funny, not-always-right rules that make English words work! We worked hard on the long e sound, finding out that ea, ee, and -y are usually the best guesses to write it in a word. Next up is long i: -y, ie, i_e.

Matemáticas

Subtraction is here! We are learning about flipping fact families to help us understand subtraction. We know that this operation makes the numbers grow smaller, or go to the left on a number line. 

We have learned to use the number line, to draw a picture and cross off the number being taken away (the subtrahend), and to compare two sets to recognize the difference. 

Have a great week!

March 4, 2019

It was a pleasure to be able to connect with parents last week! Thank you all for making the time to come in and hear about your child's learning. Please remember that the door is always open if you have any questions for me!

 Matemáticas

We worked hard on addition strategies this month, and many of us are quite fluent in our addition facts up to 20 (using just mental math). Some of the strategies we learned are "Counting On", "Using Doubles", "Near Doubles", and "Making a 10". We are switching over to build our skills in restas, or subtraction this week! 

Ask your child:

- On a number line, what direction does an addition question go? (to the right, bigger) Subtraction? (to the left, smaller)

- What are some other words you would use for subtraction? (less, menos, getting smaller, take away, give away, difference).

- When would you have to use subtraction in real life? 

Ciencias

We just can't get enough of animals! This week we are learning that animals are one of the 5 kingdoms of living organisms, and that animals can be divided into "vertebrates" (vertebrados) and "invertebrates" (invertebrados). We have been paying lots of attention to the vertebrates, but less to the fascinating world of invertebrates! This week we will learn more about invertebrates and the amazing, important roles they play in our ecosystem.

Ask your child:

- Can you name all 5 of the "vertebrate" animal groups? (mammal, reptile, fish, amphibian, bird)

- What does vertebrate mean? (has a spinal column)

- Can you name 3 invertebrate animals? 

Spanish Language Arts

This month, we are retelling familiar, simple stories in Spanish using puppet shows. We will continue to build our vocabulary and fluency in the classroom through surveys, games, and sentence construction.


Swift Fox

Read: http://www.earthrangers.com/wildwire/swift-fox/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7TovynJIZs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2otyOmLwYX8

Northern Leopard Frog

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luXzpmcq3QM 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeDvv8u54vM

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3MUNQi9hnc

Grizzly Bear

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7h_DriTS_4

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSSPDwAQLXs

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aIN6R0XgrY

Burrowing Owl

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXb8S4weykM

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wepVbSeprE

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q01-rX20lqI

Whooping Crane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=renwuZnKeOg

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/wild-chronicles/00000144-0a30-d3cb-a96c-7b3de66a0000


February 4, 2019

 Science/ELA

Our investigation of animals got back on track last week with a wonderful 2-part visit from CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. We made a lot of great connections between local at-risk species and the human impact on their habitats. We also practiced explaining our thinking by sorting animals into different groups and identifying things that would make animals healthy in a game called "Happy Frog Sad Frog". Our next steps are to become "experts" on one of our at-risk animal species, and then to become "advocates". We will be spending this week researching our animals' special features (adaptations), habitat,  needs, and threats. Next week, we will put on our critical thinking caps to come up with a plan to help protect these animals and their habitats. Stay tuned!

Ask your child:

What are the four things we learned that wild animals need to stay alive? (food, water, shelter, and space. Air is also a good one!)

What does it mean for an animal to be at risk? Extinct? 

What's one thing that humans do that can damage animal habitat? (filling in wetlands for roads, homes, agriculture; deforestation; expanding cities)

Matemáticas

We continue to explore strategies for addition, with some of us working on mental math fluency and others practicing with counters and other manipulatives. Sra. Palacios, our math learning leader, has been challenging us to show our thinking in a variety of ways. We are working on explaining our reasoning in Spanish.

Up next, we are going to create our own tiendas, or storefronts, where we will use mental math to buy, sell, and make change.

ALSO up next, on February 12, is our 100th day of school! Please stay tuned for a message about this day and our celebration!  

Ask your child: What does this sign mean?   = 

Español

We are singing songs and playing games to practice our Spanish vocabulary. We are still working on naming and describing animals in Spanish, as well as the vocabulary connected to their classification and adaptations. 

Social Studies

This week we will wrap up our investigation on communities with an in-class field trip from Teacher's Pet! I'm looking forward to hearing the class reflect on how groups make decisions, needs and wants, landmarks, and other special features of communities. 

January 10, 2019

English/Spanish Language Arts/Social Studies

We are launching an inquiry into the wonderful world of myths, legends, fables, and tales. Our guiding questions are "Why do people tell stories?", "What are some features of myths, legends, and fables?" and "What can we learn from stories told in different times and cultures?" We will be comparing and contrasting the tales we read, identifying the authors' purpose, retelling them, and hopefully coming up with our own fables to share! We have also been appreciating the variety of artistic styles we can find in children's tales from around the world. Today we tried recreating Coyote and Rabbit in the style of Oaxacan illustrators. All of this will feed into our work with the Trickster artists in residence, who will be spending a week with us to create and perform one of our favourite tales. Very exciting!

Science/Spanish Language Arts

We are learning about animals! We are learning the names and characteristics of animals in Spanish, and will begin learning about classification, adaptations, habitat, and how to conduct research about a specific topic. CPAWS will be visiting us at the end of the month to support our learning about local animal species and actions people can take to protect their habitat. 

Matemáticas

We are working on developing hands-on and mental math strategies for addition up to 20. We have been practicing "doubles" and "doubles plus one" this week, and will start "part-part-whole" next week.

Ask your child to explain how they would use what they know about doubles to solve a simple question like 8+7 or 5+6. 


December 11, 2018

Our calendar countdown says we only have 10 days until the last day of school and the winter solstice/shortest day of the year! This might be the last update of 2018, but please do watch your email for a reminder from me/Ms Gray about our upcoming winter concert. The music sounds fabulous and the class is so proud of their hard work on learning so many songs! I hope everyone can make it to one of the shows.

Matemáticas

We have been building our number sense with number lines and rekenreks this month. 

Number lines serve to provide students with a sense of cardinality (count), order, and magnitude (size), using our familiar left-to-right movement to "read" up from smaller to larger numbers. 

You probably know about number lines, but you might wonder... "what the heck is a rekenrek?!" 

Voila!

It looks a bit like an abacus with missing parts, but rekenreks are conceptually different. Each bead has a value of one, so there is no place value on a rekenrek. The great thing about rekenreks is that they allow us to build and visualize numbers up to 20 in a variety of ways. Using groups of 5 as a starting point, students can rapidly recognize numbers and use multiple strategies to create them.

Why multiple strategies? 

"The thinker who fluently produces a number of possible solutions to a problem is usually more successful than the thinker who settles for one solution”. - Robert McKim, Stanford University

We are jumping into addition and subtraction (sumas y restas) this week and next using number lines as a tool for visualizing increasing and decreasing operations, and rekenreks for exploring multiple strategies for composing sums.

Spanish Language Arts

Our hard work on prepositions has resulted in the writing of some very cute books inspired by El Paseo de Rosie, also known as the old classic, Rosie's Walk. Students showed what they were capable of by either copying, composing, or both to write sentences about where their main character went on their walk. 

Next up, we are retelling the Ukrainian folk tale, The Mitten as a mini puppet show in Spanish. This will involve ordinal numbers up to 8, the names of some animals who hibernate in the winter, and fluent sentence production skills. Stay tuned!

Social Studies

We went on a big adventure this month! We visited a desert island to learn about needs and wants, and had to work together as a team to make a final decision about our most important 3 wishes. Ask your child what a human's basic needs are. If you want a deeper conversation, ask them about some of the things we couldn't completely agree on: Do we need money to live? Books? Toys? Pets? Friends?  We have had some very interesting discussions about these topics as a class!

We also worked in small teams to build a community, starting with a flag that symbolizes the things we like and care about, and finishing up with a 3D model of a community in which all of the needs of the inhabitants are met. 

We will take up more work connecting needs to human rights and responsibilities in the New Year. 

Science

We are learning about the 5 senses, and how they give us information about the world around us. 

Today, we took a guided walk with our eyes covered up, to find out what it might be like to lose our sight. We found out that we can use the other four senses to get information about where we are. 

Ask your child who Helen Keller was and what senses she had to use in order to survive. 

Hasta pronto, 

Sra. Shurvell


November 14, 2018

It's our 50th day of school! 

Science

We learned a lot about seasonal changes with Scientists in Schools last week. Students learned how to "wake up" a seed from dormancy, made bird feeders to help non-migratory birds make it through the winter, and found out about what animals do in winter: adapt, migrate, or hibernate. We also used thermometers and ice cubes to find out which material was a better insulator.

Ask your child: Can you name an animal that migrates in the winter? Can you tell me one adaptation that rabbits or foxes use to survive the winter? Which of these three is the best insulator: feathers, skin, or blubber? (it's blubber!)

Matemáticas

We continue to build our math vocabulary, and are doing number talks using words like mayor que, menor que, igual a, más que, menos que, par, impar. (those are: greater than, less than, equal to, more than less than, even, and odd). We are solidifying our understanding of place value through games and by using base ten blocks to build numbers.

Ask your child: What is the largest 2-digit even number you can make using the number 7? You can choose the other digit. Would you put the 7 in the tens place or the ones/units place? Why? What other digit would you put with it? Why? (The answer would be 78. They should know that 7 can't go in the ones place because it is odd, and that the highest even digit they can put with it is 8.)

Social Studies

We have been talking about peace! The question of "Why do wars start?" always comes up to stump me right around Remembrance Day, so we have been talking about resolving conflicts peacefully, and the different reasons that small, interpersonal conflicts begin. 

I made the most of post-swimming snack time this week by showing these "getting along movies", as the class calls them, from the National Film Board. I'd invite you to watch one or a few of them again with your child and having a conversation about how the conflicts started in them, and how they could have been solved or even prevented peacefully. 

Bully Dance

Dinner for Two

Elbow Room

When the Dust Settles

We'll continue our work by actually designing and building a community in the coming month!

Spanish Language Arts

We are still working on positional words, and have been creating our own story maps to practice stating the location of a "lost" object or character (for example: La escoba está debajo del puente. The broom is under the bridge). Our characters will start moving around on the maps to get to their missing items, using phrases like "past the house, over the fence, through the garden" to describe the journey.

English Language Arts

Lots of work on vowels, and trying out a different vowel sound in a tricky word if the sound we're using doesn't sound right. 

In our journals, we are working on "zooming in" on a small, interesting story from our daily lives to write about. We're trying to push past writing just one sentence by thinking of ways to add details and anticipating questions from our audience. 

Hasta pronto,

Señora Shurvell

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! We had a fun, spooky time this afternoon, and I really enjoyed seeing everyone's wonderful costumes. Our Grade 3 buddy class invited us to make spider crafts this afternoon after our school-wide "Halloween Howl". Lots of fun!

Learning Update

Social Studies 

It is "campaign" season, with food drives and clothing drives coming up right away. Our class has been having conversations about basic needs, and how the winter can be a tougher time to meet all of our basic needs (as we "need" more clothing and better shelter). The Grade 1 and 2 teams have decided to take a lead on the Jacket Racket campaign, and I am hoping to use this as an opportunity to enrich our class' thinking about community, basic needs, and preserving the dignity of charity recipients. As this gets off the ground later this week, please continue to ask your child what they think about our campaign, and why it's important for everyone to be involved. 

Of course, with Remembrance Day coming up, we are going to talk, write, and think about *peace* and what it means for us personally, and in a community.

Spanish Language Arts

We were very motivated to use our Halloween words this month! Coming up, we are going to continue deepening our math vocabulary, as well as learning prepositions of place/direction. We will be answering the question dónde está el/la _____? (where is the ___?) with full sentences. 

Matemáticas

We are continuing our work on counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s, and number sense by playing with number lines in all directions! 

We spent some time this week estimating how many pumpkin seeds there were in one pumpkin. High numbers are *pretty* tricky to guess at, but we got a lot better at it the second time around! To count the seeds, we put them in groups of 10 and counted up by 10s. The first set of seeds we counted was 368!!!

We will work more with estimating (smaller!) sets of numbers. Estimation is a useful skill for mental math, and helps us build a sense of magnitude.

Gracias y hasta luego,

Sra. Shurvell


October 18, 2018

Learning Update

Math 

We have been working hard to represent the numbers 11 to 20 this week, and are showing our understanding with base ten blocks, ten frames, and different ways of counting. We continue to practice 'los amigos de 10', or fact families that add up to 10. These will help us with mental math strategies later on.

The class is really enjoying working and playing with the hundreds chart. It helps us identify and continue patterns, and builds our understanding of place value (as in: 38 is not 83!).

Ask your child: When would you use skip counting in real life? Can you skip count by 5s up to 17? 

Spanish Language Arts

It seems like Ms Gray's halloween song is a hit with our class! It has been a great way for the class to build their collection of action words. We learned that a sentence always needs an action word (even though the "action" might be something inactive, like sitting). We've been learning and practicing action words through games like charades.

We have also been practicing sentences beginning with tengo (I have), and soy (I am). We designed our own monsters and recorded ourselves (in our monster voices, of course) talking about how many arms, legs, eyes, etc we have, what colour/size we are, and our name. 

English Language Arts 

We continue to learn about the importance of vowels in our spelling! We worked on sorting long A and short A sounds last week, and continue to work in guided writing activities on inserting the correct vowel sound as we write. 

We are starting to learn about storytelling and the main components of a story (main characters, a beginning with a "problem", a middle, and an end where the "problem" is solved). 

Some conversations to have at home: What are some new words you've learned while reading? After reading a story: "Who were the main characters? What was the main problem they were trying to solve in the story? Did they resolve it in the end?"

Science

We continue to investigate natural colours as part of our unit on colours and autumn. We learned the difference between natural and artificial colour, and noticed that natural colours can sometimes change with the seasons.

Social Studies

We will continue talking about groups that we belong to, and connect this to the larger idea of communities. With Remembrance Day on the horizon, we will also begin investigating the idea of peace and what it means for us as individual members of a school community. 

Thanks for reading, and happy Thursday!

Sra Shurvell

September 19, 2018

Announcements

We have had a busy, fun-filled couple of weeks in Grade 1! Here is a brief learning update of what our class has been learning, and what we’ll be working on over the next few weeks.

Grades 1,2, and 3 will be taking swimming lessons at Winston Churchill Pool on November 12, 13, 14, 15, and 19. Your child will bring a pink "Swimming Ability Form" to be filled out and sent back by September 30. This will give our instructors time to create groups. I will be looking for parent volunteers with police clearance to help out at the pool each day that week! More information to follow.

Your children have been working hard on their "All About Me" poster. I mentioned today that it might be nice for them to have photos of their family to add to the poster. Photos are not mandatory, but if you have a picture or two to send in with them, they would love to add it!

Scholastic orders are due tomorrow. No school on Friday this week. Thanks for reading!

Math

We have been playing games and creating art to represent our understanding of the numbers 1 to 10. 
We are working on the concepts of “equal to”, “greater than”, and “less than” by using math manipulatives and games. We are also practicing subitizing, or recognizing a set of objects at a glance, between one and ten.

We will continue to practice counting in English and Spanish, by ones, twos, fives and tens. We are already starting to recognize repeating patterns on the number chart when we skip count. A nice digital resource for visualizing skip counting patterns can be found here: http://www.abcya.com/interactive_100_number_chart.htm

Some questions to ask your child about their learning in math:

-Can you count by 2s up to 20? (Help them remember to ‘whisper’ the in-between number if they get stuck!)
- Write or draw me five different ways to make the number ___ (up to 10, or 20 if they’re ready).

English Language Arts

We have been working on letter formation in our letter books and on tracing sheets during literacy centres. We are learning about which letters “sit on the ground”, which “reach for the sky” and which “dig in the dirt”, and where on a page we should begin writing.

We are learning how to work independently at our word work centres, which help us practice recognizing and spelling sight words. Some of the games we play as a class let us practice counting syllables, listening for rhymes, and breaking words down into sounds (phonemes).

In our journals, we are learning about telling a story from our own lives using pictures and words.

Some questions you can ask your child about their learning in ELA:

(After reading a book) Is this book fiction or non-fiction? Why do you think that?

Spanish Language Arts:

We have been working on classroom vocabulary words and simple sentences to help us follow instructions each day. Some of the words we’ve been practicing are:

tijera; borrador; lápiz; pegamento; cuaderno; marcador; libro; mesa; silla; mochila; crayón. 

We have also been working on the days of the week, colours, and numbers. Watch your cancionero (song book) for songs about these topics each week!

This week's song is also on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

We will be learning the parts of the body and family member words in the coming weeks. The class will be using some of these words on their poster project, “All About Me/Todo sobre mí”.

Some questions you can ask your child about their learning in SLA:

- Can you sing me a song from your song book?
- How do I say ‘autumn’ in Spanish? (otoño)

Science:

We are learning about the primary colours and how to mix them to create secondary colours. We will also be looking at shading, and how to create darker and lighter shades of each colour in our artwork.

We’ve been exploring the world around us for different colours, and have been practicing naming them in Spanish as we go.

We are also celebrating the beginning of autumn this week by looking for “signs of fall” (more like signs of winter this week, haha) outdoors. We are curious about how animals adapt to the coming cold weather, and have noticed that some change colour, some hibernate, and some migrate. We’ll keep watching for other seasonal changes as they happen.

Some questions you can ask your child about their learning in Science:

- What does the word “dormant” mean? (bonus points if they remember!)
- What two colours do you need to mix to make orange?

Social Studies:

We are teaching each other all about ourselves and what makes us unique.

We will be sharing stories and information about our families and other special groups that we belong to in the coming weeks.

A conversation you could have with your child about their “All About Me” poster project:

- Talk about your family’s background, languages spoken, or interesting facts that make your child/family unique.
- Think about other groups your child belongs to – it could be our class or school community, any extra curricular groups or teams, classes, service groups…


Sra. Alison Shurvell

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Please check here every second Thursday for learning updates from the Grade 1 team.

June 19, 2019

The 'almost grade twos' have been working hard this month on many concepts and cross-curricular projects. The whole class deserves praise for being willing volunteers in collecting and organizing donations for our Teachers' Challenge fundraiser, and in helping to plant and care for our school gardens. They have all shown so much responsibility, care, and personal growth!

Ciencias

We have been learning all about plants this month! The class has been highly involved in weeding, planting, watering, and observing in our Garden of Wonder and other outdoor spaces. We have also spent a lot of time observing "our" trees in the stand of poplars on our school ground. We have noticed that different species of tree can have different leaf shapes, bark, branch arrangements, and colours. We counted several species of animals who depend on the stand, and have learned about the different "favours" that plants and animals can do for each other. Ask your child to name some of the ways seeds get around with the help of animals!

For our final week, while we wait for our seeds to grow, we have turned back to design thinking for our wrap-up project. Students have paired up to interview one another in order to plan, design, and build a toy that their partner would enjoy. The design process, as we have learned, comes with lots of "failures", which are actually just an opportunity to improve our design! Students are using their imagination and perseverance to create board games, stuffies, dolls, and vehicles for their partners. They will present them to each other next week and take home what was made for them.

ELA

We have been working on our persuasive speaking and writing this month, writing arguments in support of W.O.M.'s plan to plant trees, and recording our voices to create PSAs (Public Service Announcements) about how humans can act to protect animal habitat and environmental services. We are working to answer the "5Ws+How" in order to communicate an issue clearly and completely.

To this end, we have also begun using Google Slides to present research or a story (students' choice). The goal of this is to show what students understand about the components of fiction and nonfiction books. They are also becoming familiar with a technological tool that they will likely use for the rest of their school careers. Typing, using Spellcheck, refining a search, organizing content, and choosing slide elements are all literacy skills that will help them express themselves clearly through technology.

Español

Our work in oral and written Spanish continues con gusto! We have been building our vocabulary through social stories, using a picture of a typical social situation to create dialogues and perform them to an audience. Some of the scenarios include: inviting a new student to play, introducing yourself to a new friend, buying something at the market, and playing a sport together. 

Matemáticas

We had a great time at Math Sports Day yesterday! Many of us had a chance to show off our mental math strategies in front of the older students on our teams! In the last few weeks we have been working to build automaticity on addition and subtraction facts, while applying our strategies to real-life situations like counting money and making change, counting up the value of refundables brought in, and deciding which operation to use in a word problem.


May 22, 2019

Late May already!

It has been a wonderfully busy month. Thank you to all family members who were able to come to our last round of Student-led Conferences, to see first-hand what we have been learning.

Matemáticas/Social Studies

Our class has been working together to create a timeline of Calgary’s history, in order to better understand how our community has changed over time. We were inspired by the exhibits we saw at Glenbow Museum to further investigate important events and changes that have taken place over the last 200 years. Mapping out the years on our timeline has given us a sense of the difference between twenty years and two hundred. Did you know that the land that Calgary sits on is estimated to have been inhabited by indigenous peoples for around 12 000 years? We couldn’t fit their arrival on the timeline!

Ask your child: Which event did you research? When did it take place?

Matemáticas

After our great unit on landmarks and measurement, we are back on building fact fluency in addition and subtraction. We are also working through word problems by deciding on and performing an operation. We will be supporting the grade 5 and 6 Legacy Project by “finding the math” in their work to collect refundables and calculating the value of the bottles and cans our class collects. This will work on skip counting and multiplicative thinking. We are also going to continue to play with measuring area by covering; as we learn more about different types of tree and plant, we are going to create “plans” of our own forest!

Ask your child: If I collect 5 cans and they’re each worth 5 cents, how much would I have in total? What strategies can you use to find the answer? (skip count, make 10s, draw a picture)

Ciencias

We are finally observing the growth and changes in plants around us after many cold winter months! The students have each “made friends with a tree” and are beginning to document their observations as their trees develop blossoms, leaves, and even animal communities! Today we learned about the many valuable services that plants provide for humans and animals, including oxygen, water absorption (of great interest since we researched the 2013 flood for our timeline!), food, fibre for clothing, paper, building materials, and habitat for animals.

Ask your child if they can name one of these services en español.

English Language Arts

We have been working to improve our spelling and sight word recognition through word work centres every day this week. We have also been using our growing reading skills to help us with our research on Calgary’s history and on independent reading about trees and forests.

We have been working in small groups with Sra. Shurvell to strengthen our reading comprehension by reading, then retelling a story by storyboarding (using pictures and our own words).

Español

We continue to work on asking questions and sharing our opinions in Spanish through surveys, class conversations, and games. We have been working on where to add the no in order to negate a sentence, and subject pronouns (I = yo, you = tú, he = él, she = ella, we = nosotros, they = ellos/ellas).


April 10, 2019

Spring has sprung! We are delighted to be spending more time outdoors and have enjoyed welcoming back some birds, buds, and bugs this month!

Español

To celebrate the season, we have been learning a new set of Spring Spanish vocabulary words through memory games and by writing mini-books about spring. Ask your child what kinds of changes they notice at this time of year. What words are they able to use in Spanish to describe these changes?

We have also been listening to and retelling the story of Los Tres Cerditos, The Three Little Pigs. We have read a few different versions of this fairytale, and worked as a class to write a script for our puppet show using the vocabulary we learned. Now we are working on learning our lines in order to perform for other classes! Stay tuned!

Ciencias/Matemáticas

We can’t talk about the three little pigs without talking about evaluating and choosing building materials! Luckily, this topic ties right in with our new Science unit on Building and Design. We have been observing the structures around us to identify what 2D/ 3D shapes and materials they are composed of. This allows us to understand what makes structures strong, stable, and functional. We will be using this knowledge to help us complete a geometry project on a well-known Latin American landmark, the pyramids of Teotihuacán.

We have also been learning about the basics of measuring and comparing length, using nonstandard units of measurement. Ask your child what some of the rules of measurement are (in order to measure length accurately).

Design thinking also has us remembering what we learned about Growth Mindset this year. Ask your child what “design thinking rules” they learned from Rosie Revere, Engineer, or any of our design tasks so far. Some of the rules include: Don’t give up; learn from your mistakes; try new things; every idea is improvable!

Social Studies

We are going back in time to learn about our past! In order to do this, we will start small, and I’ll be calling on families for a bit of homework help this weekend. Students will begin working on a personal timeline of special moments and milestones in their own lifetime so far, to build a sense of how they have changed over the last 6-7 years. They will need your help! Homework sheets will come home this weekend.

Once we have this perspective, we’ll learn more about how our families and communities have changed over time. With your child, talk about some of the differences and similarities between your childhood and theirs.

English Language Arts

We continue to enjoy stories and poetry in English, and are working on the different ways to make vowel sounds. We will be writing our own “circular story” next week, using a few existing texts as inspiration. 


March 13, 2019

Ciencias/Español

We are in the middle of a design project that shows what we know about animal features and adaptations. Students spent yesterday and today designing a model of the "ultimate animal" that would be able to live in more than one type of habitat. We are learning the names of a variety of different features in Spanish, and will present our final product to the class to show what we've learned. 

Ask your child: What are some special features that help animals survive in the ocean? The Arctic? The desert? The jungle?

Coming soon, we will shift into our Design and Building unit in Science. This animal project has helped us practice some of the design thinking skills we will need in the next unit.

Social Studies

We are going to spend next week building our geographic thinking skills! This class is SO excited about maps that I thought we would locate some special places and landmarks on a map of the world. We'll also work on the difference between our city, province, country, and continent.

English Language Arts

We have been focusing in on combined vowel sounds and some of the funny, not-always-right rules that make English words work! We worked hard on the long e sound, finding out that ea, ee, and -y are usually the best guesses to write it in a word. Next up is long i: -y, ie, i_e.

Matemáticas

Subtraction is here! We are learning about flipping fact families to help us understand subtraction. We know that this operation makes the numbers grow smaller, or go to the left on a number line. 

We have learned to use the number line, to draw a picture and cross off the number being taken away (the subtrahend), and to compare two sets to recognize the difference. 

Have a great week!

March 4, 2019

It was a pleasure to be able to connect with parents last week! Thank you all for making the time to come in and hear about your child's learning. Please remember that the door is always open if you have any questions for me!

 Matemáticas

We worked hard on addition strategies this month, and many of us are quite fluent in our addition facts up to 20 (using just mental math). Some of the strategies we learned are "Counting On", "Using Doubles", "Near Doubles", and "Making a 10". We are switching over to build our skills in restas, or subtraction this week! 

Ask your child:

- On a number line, what direction does an addition question go? (to the right, bigger) Subtraction? (to the left, smaller)

- What are some other words you would use for subtraction? (less, menos, getting smaller, take away, give away, difference).

- When would you have to use subtraction in real life? 

Ciencias

We just can't get enough of animals! This week we are learning that animals are one of the 5 kingdoms of living organisms, and that animals can be divided into "vertebrates" (vertebrados) and "invertebrates" (invertebrados). We have been paying lots of attention to the vertebrates, but less to the fascinating world of invertebrates! This week we will learn more about invertebrates and the amazing, important roles they play in our ecosystem.

Ask your child:

- Can you name all 5 of the "vertebrate" animal groups? (mammal, reptile, fish, amphibian, bird)

- What does vertebrate mean? (has a spinal column)

- Can you name 3 invertebrate animals? 

Spanish Language Arts

This month, we are retelling familiar, simple stories in Spanish using puppet shows. We will continue to build our vocabulary and fluency in the classroom through surveys, games, and sentence construction.


Swift Fox

Read: http://www.earthrangers.com/wildwire/swift-fox/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7TovynJIZs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2otyOmLwYX8

Northern Leopard Frog

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luXzpmcq3QM 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeDvv8u54vM

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3MUNQi9hnc

Grizzly Bear

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7h_DriTS_4

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSSPDwAQLXs

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aIN6R0XgrY

Burrowing Owl

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXb8S4weykM

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wepVbSeprE

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q01-rX20lqI

Whooping Crane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=renwuZnKeOg

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/wild-chronicles/00000144-0a30-d3cb-a96c-7b3de66a0000


February 4, 2019

 Science/ELA

Our investigation of animals got back on track last week with a wonderful 2-part visit from CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. We made a lot of great connections between local at-risk species and the human impact on their habitats. We also practiced explaining our thinking by sorting animals into different groups and identifying things that would make animals healthy in a game called "Happy Frog Sad Frog". Our next steps are to become "experts" on one of our at-risk animal species, and then to become "advocates". We will be spending this week researching our animals' special features (adaptations), habitat,  needs, and threats. Next week, we will put on our critical thinking caps to come up with a plan to help protect these animals and their habitats. Stay tuned!

Ask your child:

What are the four things we learned that wild animals need to stay alive? (food, water, shelter, and space. Air is also a good one!)

What does it mean for an animal to be at risk? Extinct? 

What's one thing that humans do that can damage animal habitat? (filling in wetlands for roads, homes, agriculture; deforestation; expanding cities)

Matemáticas

We continue to explore strategies for addition, with some of us working on mental math fluency and others practicing with counters and other manipulatives. Sra. Palacios, our math learning leader, has been challenging us to show our thinking in a variety of ways. We are working on explaining our reasoning in Spanish.

Up next, we are going to create our own tiendas, or storefronts, where we will use mental math to buy, sell, and make change.

ALSO up next, on February 12, is our 100th day of school! Please stay tuned for a message about this day and our celebration!  

Ask your child: What does this sign mean?   = 

Español

We are singing songs and playing games to practice our Spanish vocabulary. We are still working on naming and describing animals in Spanish, as well as the vocabulary connected to their classification and adaptations. 

Social Studies

This week we will wrap up our investigation on communities with an in-class field trip from Teacher's Pet! I'm looking forward to hearing the class reflect on how groups make decisions, needs and wants, landmarks, and other special features of communities. 

January 10, 2019

English/Spanish Language Arts/Social Studies

We are launching an inquiry into the wonderful world of myths, legends, fables, and tales. Our guiding questions are "Why do people tell stories?", "What are some features of myths, legends, and fables?" and "What can we learn from stories told in different times and cultures?" We will be comparing and contrasting the tales we read, identifying the authors' purpose, retelling them, and hopefully coming up with our own fables to share! We have also been appreciating the variety of artistic styles we can find in children's tales from around the world. Today we tried recreating Coyote and Rabbit in the style of Oaxacan illustrators. All of this will feed into our work with the Trickster artists in residence, who will be spending a week with us to create and perform one of our favourite tales. Very exciting!

Science/Spanish Language Arts

We are learning about animals! We are learning the names and characteristics of animals in Spanish, and will begin learning about classification, adaptations, habitat, and how to conduct research about a specific topic. CPAWS will be visiting us at the end of the month to support our learning about local animal species and actions people can take to protect their habitat. 

Matemáticas

We are working on developing hands-on and mental math strategies for addition up to 20. We have been practicing "doubles" and "doubles plus one" this week, and will start "part-part-whole" next week.

Ask your child to explain how they would use what they know about doubles to solve a simple question like 8+7 or 5+6. 


December 11, 2018

Our calendar countdown says we only have 10 days until the last day of school and the winter solstice/shortest day of the year! This might be the last update of 2018, but please do watch your email for a reminder from me/Ms Gray about our upcoming winter concert. The music sounds fabulous and the class is so proud of their hard work on learning so many songs! I hope everyone can make it to one of the shows.

Matemáticas

We have been building our number sense with number lines and rekenreks this month. 

Number lines serve to provide students with a sense of cardinality (count), order, and magnitude (size), using our familiar left-to-right movement to "read" up from smaller to larger numbers. 

You probably know about number lines, but you might wonder... "what the heck is a rekenrek?!" 

Voila!

It looks a bit like an abacus with missing parts, but rekenreks are conceptually different. Each bead has a value of one, so there is no place value on a rekenrek. The great thing about rekenreks is that they allow us to build and visualize numbers up to 20 in a variety of ways. Using groups of 5 as a starting point, students can rapidly recognize numbers and use multiple strategies to create them.

Why multiple strategies? 

"The thinker who fluently produces a number of possible solutions to a problem is usually more successful than the thinker who settles for one solution”. - Robert McKim, Stanford University

We are jumping into addition and subtraction (sumas y restas) this week and next using number lines as a tool for visualizing increasing and decreasing operations, and rekenreks for exploring multiple strategies for composing sums.

Spanish Language Arts

Our hard work on prepositions has resulted in the writing of some very cute books inspired by El Paseo de Rosie, also known as the old classic, Rosie's Walk. Students showed what they were capable of by either copying, composing, or both to write sentences about where their main character went on their walk. 

Next up, we are retelling the Ukrainian folk tale, The Mitten as a mini puppet show in Spanish. This will involve ordinal numbers up to 8, the names of some animals who hibernate in the winter, and fluent sentence production skills. Stay tuned!

Social Studies

We went on a big adventure this month! We visited a desert island to learn about needs and wants, and had to work together as a team to make a final decision about our most important 3 wishes. Ask your child what a human's basic needs are. If you want a deeper conversation, ask them about some of the things we couldn't completely agree on: Do we need money to live? Books? Toys? Pets? Friends?  We have had some very interesting discussions about these topics as a class!

We also worked in small teams to build a community, starting with a flag that symbolizes the things we like and care about, and finishing up with a 3D model of a community in which all of the needs of the inhabitants are met. 

We will take up more work connecting needs to human rights and responsibilities in the New Year. 

Science

We are learning about the 5 senses, and how they give us information about the world around us. 

Today, we took a guided walk with our eyes covered up, to find out what it might be like to lose our sight. We found out that we can use the other four senses to get information about where we are. 

Ask your child who Helen Keller was and what senses she had to use in order to survive. 

Hasta pronto, 

Sra. Shurvell


November 14, 2018

It's our 50th day of school! 

Science

We learned a lot about seasonal changes with Scientists in Schools last week. Students learned how to "wake up" a seed from dormancy, made bird feeders to help non-migratory birds make it through the winter, and found out about what animals do in winter: adapt, migrate, or hibernate. We also used thermometers and ice cubes to find out which material was a better insulator.

Ask your child: Can you name an animal that migrates in the winter? Can you tell me one adaptation that rabbits or foxes use to survive the winter? Which of these three is the best insulator: feathers, skin, or blubber? (it's blubber!)

Matemáticas

We continue to build our math vocabulary, and are doing number talks using words like mayor que, menor que, igual a, más que, menos que, par, impar. (those are: greater than, less than, equal to, more than less than, even, and odd). We are solidifying our understanding of place value through games and by using base ten blocks to build numbers.

Ask your child: What is the largest 2-digit even number you can make using the number 7? You can choose the other digit. Would you put the 7 in the tens place or the ones/units place? Why? What other digit would you put with it? Why? (The answer would be 78. They should know that 7 can't go in the ones place because it is odd, and that the highest even digit they can put with it is 8.)

Social Studies

We have been talking about peace! The question of "Why do wars start?" always comes up to stump me right around Remembrance Day, so we have been talking about resolving conflicts peacefully, and the different reasons that small, interpersonal conflicts begin. 

I made the most of post-swimming snack time this week by showing these "getting along movies", as the class calls them, from the National Film Board. I'd invite you to watch one or a few of them again with your child and having a conversation about how the conflicts started in them, and how they could have been solved or even prevented peacefully. 

Bully Dance

Dinner for Two

Elbow Room

When the Dust Settles

We'll continue our work by actually designing and building a community in the coming month!

Spanish Language Arts

We are still working on positional words, and have been creating our own story maps to practice stating the location of a "lost" object or character (for example: La escoba está debajo del puente. The broom is under the bridge). Our characters will start moving around on the maps to get to their missing items, using phrases like "past the house, over the fence, through the garden" to describe the journey.

English Language Arts

Lots of work on vowels, and trying out a different vowel sound in a tricky word if the sound we're using doesn't sound right. 

In our journals, we are working on "zooming in" on a small, interesting story from our daily lives to write about. We're trying to push past writing just one sentence by thinking of ways to add details and anticipating questions from our audience. 

Hasta pronto,

Señora Shurvell

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! We had a fun, spooky time this afternoon, and I really enjoyed seeing everyone's wonderful costumes. Our Grade 3 buddy class invited us to make spider crafts this afternoon after our school-wide "Halloween Howl". Lots of fun!

Learning Update

Social Studies 

It is "campaign" season, with food drives and clothing drives coming up right away. Our class has been having conversations about basic needs, and how the winter can be a tougher time to meet all of our basic needs (as we "need" more clothing and better shelter). The Grade 1 and 2 teams have decided to take a lead on the Jacket Racket campaign, and I am hoping to use this as an opportunity to enrich our class' thinking about community, basic needs, and preserving the dignity of charity recipients. As this gets off the ground later this week, please continue to ask your child what they think about our campaign, and why it's important for everyone to be involved. 

Of course, with Remembrance Day coming up, we are going to talk, write, and think about *peace* and what it means for us personally, and in a community.

Spanish Language Arts

We were very motivated to use our Halloween words this month! Coming up, we are going to continue deepening our math vocabulary, as well as learning prepositions of place/direction. We will be answering the question dónde está el/la _____? (where is the ___?) with full sentences. 

Matemáticas

We are continuing our work on counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s, and number sense by playing with number lines in all directions! 

We spent some time this week estimating how many pumpkin seeds there were in one pumpkin. High numbers are *pretty* tricky to guess at, but we got a lot better at it the second time around! To count the seeds, we put them in groups of 10 and counted up by 10s. The first set of seeds we counted was 368!!!

We will work more with estimating (smaller!) sets of numbers. Estimation is a useful skill for mental math, and helps us build a sense of magnitude.

Gracias y hasta luego,

Sra. Shurvell


October 18, 2018

Learning Update

Math 

We have been working hard to represent the numbers 11 to 20 this week, and are showing our understanding with base ten blocks, ten frames, and different ways of counting. We continue to practice 'los amigos de 10', or fact families that add up to 10. These will help us with mental math strategies later on.

The class is really enjoying working and playing with the hundreds chart. It helps us identify and continue patterns, and builds our understanding of place value (as in: 38 is not 83!).

Ask your child: When would you use skip counting in real life? Can you skip count by 5s up to 17? 

Spanish Language Arts

It seems like Ms Gray's halloween song is a hit with our class! It has been a great way for the class to build their collection of action words. We learned that a sentence always needs an action word (even though the "action" might be something inactive, like sitting). We've been learning and practicing action words through games like charades.

We have also been practicing sentences beginning with tengo (I have), and soy (I am). We designed our own monsters and recorded ourselves (in our monster voices, of course) talking about how many arms, legs, eyes, etc we have, what colour/size we are, and our name. 

English Language Arts 

We continue to learn about the importance of vowels in our spelling! We worked on sorting long A and short A sounds last week, and continue to work in guided writing activities on inserting the correct vowel sound as we write. 

We are starting to learn about storytelling and the main components of a story (main characters, a beginning with a "problem", a middle, and an end where the "problem" is solved). 

Some conversations to have at home: What are some new words you've learned while reading? After reading a story: "Who were the main characters? What was the main problem they were trying to solve in the story? Did they resolve it in the end?"

Science

We continue to investigate natural colours as part of our unit on colours and autumn. We learned the difference between natural and artificial colour, and noticed that natural colours can sometimes change with the seasons.

Social Studies

We will continue talking about groups that we belong to, and connect this to the larger idea of communities. With Remembrance Day on the horizon, we will also begin investigating the idea of peace and what it means for us as individual members of a school community. 

Thanks for reading, and happy Thursday!

Sra Shurvell

September 19, 2018

Announcements

We have had a busy, fun-filled couple of weeks in Grade 1! Here is a brief learning update of what our class has been learning, and what we’ll be working on over the next few weeks.

Grades 1,2, and 3 will be taking swimming lessons at Winston Churchill Pool on November 12, 13, 14, 15, and 19. Your child will bring a pink "Swimming Ability Form" to be filled out and sent back by September 30. This will give our instructors time to create groups. I will be looking for parent volunteers with police clearance to help out at the pool each day that week! More information to follow.

Your children have been working hard on their "All About Me" poster. I mentioned today that it might be nice for them to have photos of their family to add to the poster. Photos are not mandatory, but if you have a picture or two to send in with them, they would love to add it!

Scholastic orders are due tomorrow. No school on Friday this week. Thanks for reading!

Math

We have been playing games and creating art to represent our understanding of the numbers 1 to 10. 
We are working on the concepts of “equal to”, “greater than”, and “less than” by using math manipulatives and games. We are also practicing subitizing, or recognizing a set of objects at a glance, between one and ten.

We will continue to practice counting in English and Spanish, by ones, twos, fives and tens. We are already starting to recognize repeating patterns on the number chart when we skip count. A nice digital resource for visualizing skip counting patterns can be found here: http://www.abcya.com/interactive_100_number_chart.htm

Some questions to ask your child about their learning in math:

-Can you count by 2s up to 20? (Help them remember to ‘whisper’ the in-between number if they get stuck!)
- Write or draw me five different ways to make the number ___ (up to 10, or 20 if they’re ready).

English Language Arts

We have been working on letter formation in our letter books and on tracing sheets during literacy centres. We are learning about which letters “sit on the ground”, which “reach for the sky” and which “dig in the dirt”, and where on a page we should begin writing.

We are learning how to work independently at our word work centres, which help us practice recognizing and spelling sight words. Some of the games we play as a class let us practice counting syllables, listening for rhymes, and breaking words down into sounds (phonemes).

In our journals, we are learning about telling a story from our own lives using pictures and words.

Some questions you can ask your child about their learning in ELA:

(After reading a book) Is this book fiction or non-fiction? Why do you think that?

Spanish Language Arts:

We have been working on classroom vocabulary words and simple sentences to help us follow instructions each day. Some of the words we’ve been practicing are:

tijera; borrador; lápiz; pegamento; cuaderno; marcador; libro; mesa; silla; mochila; crayón. 

We have also been working on the days of the week, colours, and numbers. Watch your cancionero (song book) for songs about these topics each week!

This week's song is also on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

We will be learning the parts of the body and family member words in the coming weeks. The class will be using some of these words on their poster project, “All About Me/Todo sobre mí”.

Some questions you can ask your child about their learning in SLA:

- Can you sing me a song from your song book?
- How do I say ‘autumn’ in Spanish? (otoño)

Science:

We are learning about the primary colours and how to mix them to create secondary colours. We will also be looking at shading, and how to create darker and lighter shades of each colour in our artwork.

We’ve been exploring the world around us for different colours, and have been practicing naming them in Spanish as we go.

We are also celebrating the beginning of autumn this week by looking for “signs of fall” (more like signs of winter this week, haha) outdoors. We are curious about how animals adapt to the coming cold weather, and have noticed that some change colour, some hibernate, and some migrate. We’ll keep watching for other seasonal changes as they happen.

Some questions you can ask your child about their learning in Science:

- What does the word “dormant” mean? (bonus points if they remember!)
- What two colours do you need to mix to make orange?

Social Studies:

We are teaching each other all about ourselves and what makes us unique.

We will be sharing stories and information about our families and other special groups that we belong to in the coming weeks.

A conversation you could have with your child about their “All About Me” poster project:

- Talk about your family’s background, languages spoken, or interesting facts that make your child/family unique.
- Think about other groups your child belongs to – it could be our class or school community, any extra curricular groups or teams, classes, service groups…


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Today is the last day of the school year for teachers and school staff. Thank your for another amazing year. Enjoy your well-deserved summer break! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/IlEIqQUkXj

Today was the last official day of classes for the 2018-19 school year! Congratulations to all of our students on your many accomplishments and successes this year. Have an awesome summer! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NJWHSGxs9c

RT @cityofcalgary: School/playground zone safety is everyone's responsibility. A friendly reminder that the maximum speed in playground zones is 30 km/h and is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week, year round. https://t.co/z67wIsesnP https://t.co/k1jLA9Sxv0

RT @YourAlberta: As the school year winds down, hats off to all our students for a successful year and congratulations to Alberta's class of 2019! 🎓 🎉 #abed https://t.co/KJw6wNa3Lo