Grade 1

October 7, 2021

This was a week focused on Fall leaves. We explored the different shapes, sizes, colors and textures. In Math, we learned about sorting through books and lots of hands-on activities. Ask your child how they sorted leaves, buttons and children.

In Science, this week our color was orange. The children learned the difference between a primary and secondary color. We studied this color through books, poems, songs and even went on an orange hunt. Ask your child to sing you the orange song and to tell you about the plasticine experiment. 

We have continued to learn about letter names and songs. The children are making connections between our Jolly Phonics games and the words they see in books and around the classroom. When they are printing they are working hard to keep it on the line and to use finger spaces to make their work easier to read. 

In Art, students sketched a fall leaf and painted it in fall colors with watercolor paint. We also created a beautiful Coneflower which is our special plant in the heart garden. We learned that the indigenous people used this plant for medicine. 

October 1, 2021

The students are working hard to connect letter sounds to letter formation. As we play games with letters they are beginning to sound out words. This week they have sounded out and have begun to do kid writing (independently writing the sounds they hear in a word). Wowie their printing and drawing skills are getting more beautiful everyday! 

This week was Indigenous Week. Through videos, picture books and class discussions the children learned more about Indigenous culture. We learned the meaning behind Orange Shirt Day. After reading the book You Hold Me Up the children created a mixed medium piece describing how the people they love hold them up.

We created and played a traditional math game called Stick Dice. Students created pattern sticks then played the game with a partner while adding up their points. Ask your child about this game. We also played an Indigenous Game called Make A Stick Jump. Students learned that the purpose of this game in the Blackfoot Nation is to work on accuracy. Ask your child to teach you how to play the game!

In Science, we continued to learn about the three primary colors (red, yellow and blue). Students learned songs, poems and went on a hunt for items in nature (or outside) that were the color of the week. Students then sketched them and labeled each item with kid writing. 

In Art, we created a collaborative Sunflower garden. Ask your child about this project.

September 17, 2021

Students learned how to ‘Read to Self’ this week

  • Read the whole time
  • Stay in one spot
  • Get started right away
  • Read quietly
  • Build Stamina

In Math, students began creating their own “My Dots Book” modelled after the picture book “Ten Black Dots” by Donald Crews. Ask your child about this. During calendar time students are learning how to represent numbers in a variety of ways (ten frame, tally marks, number line, base ten blocks).  

We have begun our study of color and red is our first stop. The children have learned poems and songs about the color red. They are creating their own color wheels and will be adding both primary and secondary colors to them each week.

In Art, students created the alphabet using colored beans. Students used their knowledge of patterns to decorate each letter. We also created summer trees using watercolour, pastels and paint. 

September 10, 2021

This first couple of weeks have been fun and fabulous! September is a time for getting to know the children and establishing routines in our classrooms. The children have been working on connecting letter formation to letter sound through Jolly Phonics actions. We have been working on printing skills (letters sitting on the line) and guided drawings to match the letter of the day. Ask your child about this!

The children have also learned 3 Ways to Read. 

  • Read the pictures
  • Read the words
  • Retell the Story

Read to Self is one of our routines. After lunch recess they come in, choose a book and begin to read. 

In Math, the children have been learning different ways to represent numbers up to 10 such as using tallies, base 10 blocks, number lines and ten frames.  We have played dice games to learn the language of more than and less than. Students created ‘Stories of Five’ using only 5 geometric shapes and their great imaginations to create unique pictures. 

We have started the year off learning about the Season of Summer. Throughout the year we will be examining and comparing the similarities and differences of each season. Ask your child about their tree sketch. 

Welcome to the Grade 1Team!


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