# Ms. Tucker & Ms. Henry

Our Learning for November 16th- 20th

Math:

• I can demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20 concretely, pictorially and symbolically.
• I can count to 100’s by 1’s and 10’s.

This week we have been using ten frames to help us learn adding. First we spilled a cup of counters onto our desk and then used a ten frame to organize the counters to figure out how many reds and how many yellows we had. Once the counters were organized we were able to write the corresponding number sentence.

We have also been practicing counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s using our big 100’s chart. Sometimes we count during calendar and sometimes we even count during snack time!

Literacy/ Science:

• I can describe ways to take care of our sensory organs, in particular, our eyes and ears.
• I can write simple statements, demonstrating awareness of capital letters, lower cases, and periods.

This week we learned about how to take care of our sense organs. We learned that it is important not to stick things in our mouths, ears, or noses. We also learned that this year it’s important to wear a mask. We are working on including Capitals and periods in our sentences. Writing these in different colours helps remind our brain to put them there!

Social Studies:

• I can demonstrate respect for their individual rights and the rights of others
• I can demonstrate an understanding of people who help one another at home, at school and in groups to ensure the vitality of their community.

This week in social studies we have been talking about what a right is. Ask your child what rights they have! We also talked about community helpers this week. We discussed different ways people can help the community and what those people might have.

Gym:

• I can perform locomotor skills through a variety of activities
• I can experience and improve continued frequency of involvement in cardio-respiratory activities

The last couple of weeks we have been using the scooters in gym. We have been learning how to use them safely, as well has how to move in different ways using them, such as on our bellies, on our backs, forwards and backwards. This week we have enjoyed playing games on the scooters including ‘keep your junk out of my yard’ and ‘four corners capture the flag’.

Important Dates:

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
• December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Our Learning for November 9-13th

This week our learning focused around Remembrance Day. On Tuesday, November 10th our school had a virtual assembly to honour our veterans.

Literacy & Science:

• I can write simple statements, demonstrating awareness of capital letters and periods
• I can associate sounds with letters and some letter clusters
• I can identify each of the senses and describe how we use our senses to interpret the world

In literacy, we have read many stories (Finding Winnie, A Poppy Is To Remember, The Peace Book, etc.) this week to learn about and reflect on Remembrance Day. Through our writing, we have expressed what a poppy means, what peace is to us and what peace could feel, taste, smell, look like.

Mathematics:

• I can demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20 concretely, pictorially and symbolically
• I can identify the number, up to 20, that is one more, two more, one less, two less than a given number

For the past two weeks, we have been working on developing strategies to help us with addition! Last week we explored number bonds (part, part, whole)! This week we learned how a number line can help us add two numbers together! We have also been practicing writing our number sentences. Ask us at home to show you!

Art:

• I can create a collage by overlapping materials
• I can create three-dimensional forms, using paper sculpture techniques of ripping, cutting, rolling, and twisting.

In art, we worked extremely hard to create a poppy to represent our learning about Remembrance Day.

Social Studies:

• I can recognize I can belong to more than one group or community at the same time
• I can share my responsibilities at home, at school and in communities/groups

In Social Studies, we have been reading lots of stories about responsibilities. Together we brainstormed how we have different responsibilities at home, at school and within communities. Then we shared our own personal responsibilities through pictures!

Reminders: Please return home reading every Thursday/Friday so it can be changed and sent home on Mondays! Thank you for your support! Also, please sign up for parent teacher interviews! We look forward to connecting with you to share back your child’s progress!

Important Dates:

November 2020

• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

Our Learning for October 26-29th

On Monday, November 2nd will be sending home our Home Reading Program! This week we continued to focus on our pumpkin investigation and Halloween!

Literacy:

• I can write simple statements, demonstrating awareness of capital letters and periods
• I can list related ideas and information on a topic, and make statements to accompany pictures in writing
• I can use the word wall to attempt spelling words needed for writing

Halloween is fast approaching and we have been very excited! This week we talked about the different costumes you see during halloween. We then gave our opinions on what Ms. Tucker and Ms. Henry should be for halloween! Check out some of our suggestions! The next day, we shared what we plan to be for Halloween and shared why we chose it! We also did our end of the month writing on pumpkins! We now know many facts about pumpkins after our investigation!

Literacy centers are now a part of our daily routine after writing! We get a chance to read with the teacher, learn our sight words through a game and practice how to sound out words and put them together. The sight words we have learned so far are…. I, a, is, in, it, the, can, see, and, up, go and look.

Mathematics:

• I can measure objects to solve problems. I can estimate quantities to 20
• I can count up to 100 by: 1s, 5’s and 10s
• I can demonstrate an understanding of counting by using equal groups to count sets

In math, we worked together to investigate our pumpkins by estimating and measuring! We learned about height (how tall) and width (how wide). Then we used cubes to estimate the height and width of various pumpkins before we measured them! The next day we review ways we can count to 100! Using the seeds from our pumpkins, we tried to count how many seeds are in a pumpkin by creating equal groups!

Science:

• I can identify each of the senses
• I can use my senses to describe characteristics of objects like colour, shape, size, texture, smell and sound

This week we continued to use our senses to describe the characteristics of pumpkins! We also created a booklet to represent our learning! Did you know that when you hit a pumpkin it sounds like….

• I can construct objects and models using a variety of different materials

On Thursday, we engaged in a STEM challenge. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) helps us build the skills to work collaboratively with our peers and build perseverance. We were challenged with the task of building a pumpkin stand! Look at some of our fabulous results!

Important Dates:

November 2020

• November 1 - Daylight Savings Time
• November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
• November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
• November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Our Learning For October 19th- 23rd

Literacy:

• I can Identify, print, and make the sounds of Ww, Vv, Yy, Xx, Qq
• I can write simple statements, demonstrating awareness of capital letters and periods
• I can list related ideas and information on a topic, and make statements to accompany pictures in writing.

To accompany our study of letter sounds, we have been researching and writing about different animals that start with those letters. This week had to get creative as some of our letters were tricky. First we listened to texts and watched videos to learn all about wolves, yaks, vultures, x-ray fish, yetis and more! After we listened to learn all about our animal of the day we wrote sentences and drew pictures to teach our readers about the animals.

In our writing we are working on A BUNCH of different skills including using proper spacing between words, writing within the lines on the page, using legible printing, writing using all lowercase letters, except at the beginning of sentences, using uppercases at the beginning of a sentence, using periods at the end of sentences, being brave spellers to sound out new words using our knowledge of letter sounds, and using tools like a word wall to help us spell common words properly. Can you see all of these skills in our writing?

We have also started new literacy centers in the last couple of weeks. These centres are helping us to learn how to sound out and put together new words. They are also helping us to learn our sight words. These are the most common words that we see in our reading. When we learn to recognize these words at a glance it helps to make reading quicker and easier.

We have been learning lots of fun games to help learn them like “roll-a-word” and “war”.

Social Studies:

• I can value the groups and communities to which I belong.

In social studies we have been talking about what defines a  group or community. Together we brainstormed different groups that we might belong to.

Science/Art:

• I can observe, describe and compare living things.
• I can  apply particular senses to identify and describe objects and to describe living things and environments.
• I can use a variety of drawing media in an exploratory way to see how each one has its own characteristics.

In science we are getting excited for Halloween by using our senses to investigate pumpkins. We have been learning all about how they look, feel, smell, sound (when you tap/move them), etc. We then used some of these observations to help us in creating this amazing pumpkin art!

Important Dates:

October 2020

• October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

• November 1 - Daylight Savings Time
• November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
• November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
• November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
• November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
• November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
• November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
• November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
• November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Our Learning For October 5-8th

Math: I can represent numbers to 20 concretely, pictorially and symbolically.

This week we learned how numbers can be represented through base ten blocks. Did you know that when you have 10 ones you can exchange them for 1 base ten block? Through dice games we practiced representing numbers 0-20! We also continued with our number of the day this week!

We read many stories on Thanksgiving and talked about all the different food we eat during this time! Then we surveyed our classmates to find out what our favourite food is! We also revisited patterns by creating our own thanksgiving patterns through different representations. Check out our Thanksgiving math!

Literacy: I can Identify, print, and make the sounds of g, d, u and l.

We read the story, The Perfect Pet by Margie Palantini. We then brainstormed what our perfect pet would be and backed it up with a reason! We also have been thinking about our favourite things about Thanksgiving like the food! Then we reflected on what we are thankful for.

Science: I can identify and describe examples of plant and animal changes that occur on a seasonal basis.

In science we explored how plants and animals begin to change in fall to prepare for winter! We focused on harvest time and what fruits and vegetables become ripe and ready to pick! Did you know that hares change their appearance? And other animals like foxes, wolves and deer begin to grow in their winter coats!