Ms. Tucker & Ms. Henry


Our Learning for October 4th - 7th 

Literacy:

  • I can express thoughts or feelings related to events, activities or discussions. 
  • I can use different sentence starters to organize my thoughts. 
  • I can express an opinion in a persuasive manner

This week in literacy we started investigating how to be opinion writers. First we talked about what the difference is between an opinion and a fact, and that just because someone has a different opinion than you, it doesn’t make them wrong. Then we talked about how when we express our opinions when writing, that we write using a paragraph. First you need to introduce your opinion using a topic sentence, and then you justify it with 3 reasons. As a class we brainstormed different ways we can start our sentences so that our writing doesn’t sound repetitive and boring. 

   

Mathematics:

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare numbers within 100 

In Math this week we continued to practice representing numbers using tallies and rekenreks. This time Ms. Henry’s class used the rekenreks and Ms. Tucker’s class practiced using tallies. We played a game called Tickle Me Tallies which is a race to 100!

                

Science:

  • I can measure temperature in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • I can compare temperatures using hotter than or colder than

This week in science, we reviewed what a thermometer is and what it does! Then we learned how to measure temperature in degrees celsius. We practiced by reading various thermometers! We also talked about the difference between 20°C and -20°C. Ask us which is hotter… 15°C or 50°C. Ask us which is colder… -1°C or -10°C. Did you know that water freezes at 0°C! 

STEM:

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving long weekend we listened to the story How to Catch a Turkey. Then we partnered up and created our very own Turkey Cages out of a variety of materials. Some of the things we used include plasticine, paper, popsicle sticks, straws, toothpicks, and pipe cleaners. 

               

Important Dates:

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity




Our Learning for September 27 - October 1st

This week we met a student teacher (Mr. Tyrrell) who will be with us on Tuesdays! 

Literacy:

  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects

This week in literacy we were given picture prompts to spark our descriptive writing. We closely examined the photos to brainstorm who, where, how and what was happening in the picture. Then we wrote about what we thought would happen next if the picture came alive! We also wrote our first end of the month writing sample! Each month we can look back and celebrate our growth as writers.

Math: 

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare numbers within 100

To help wrap up base ten blocks, we engaged in a game of scoot! Numbers were posted around the classroom and we had to count and record. We also worked on comparing numbers using <, >,and =. We then continued to explore various ways we can represent numbers up to 100. Ms. Tucker’s class learned how to use a rekenrek and Ms. Henry’s class reviewed how to use tally marks. This also allowed us to practice our skip counting by 5’s! 

    

Social Studies

This week we focused on Orange Shirt Day and Truth and Reconciliation Week. First we went to the gully to read and discuss the story called, The Giving Tree. Then we read the story, Shi-shi-etko. We reflected on Shi-shi-etko’s story and the memory bag she created to remember her home, land, and family. We also engaged in the Reconciliation Art Project. We painted rocks orange and reflected on what we think reconciliation means. 

   

Important Dates:

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day





Our Learning for September 20-24th

Literacy:

  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects

This week in literacy we continued to work on expanding our sentences using descriptive words. First we looked at this crazy forest picture and described it. Afterwards, we searched through some of our favourite books, such as Robert Munsch and Berenstain Bears. We picked a picture from each of our books and tried to describe it in as much detail as possible. We even got to imagine our dream bedrooms and describe them. 

Math: 

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare numbers within 100

This week in math we have been working on representing numbers to 100. We have been building numbers with base ten blocks and playing different games to help us better remember how to make and write these bigger numbers!

Science: 

In science we continued our study on hot and cold. We learned that even though two things can be cold or two things can be hotter, one can be hotter or colder than the other. For example: a fridge and an icicle are both cold, however an icicle is COLDER than the fridge. To reinforce this concept we played hot/cold war.

Social

This week in social studies we have continued to discuss orange shirt day and truth and reconciliation. We learned that there are lots of things we can due to work towards reconciliation. One great way is to expose ourselves to all types of indigenous culture, and history. This week we listened to a few different stories written by indigenous authors. 

We also learned that this week on Sept 22nd it was the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7. We learned a little bit about what Treaty 7 was where Treaty 7 land is located in Alberta. 

Important Dates:

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day




Our Learning for September 13 - 17th

Writing: 

  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects

This week in literacy, we have been learning how to expand simple sentences by adding descriptive words. We then looked at different characters like bowser, raikou, venusaur, etc. As a class, we brainstormed what we noticed through a web to organize our ideas. Then we wrote our descriptive sentences. 


           

Literacy:

  • I can associate sounds with some vowel combinations, consonant blends and digraphs, and letter clusters to read unfamiliar words in context

In literacy, we have been reviewing consonant blends and digraphs through various activities. So far, we have done ch, sh, th, wh, bl, tr, and st! 

Math: 

  • I can gather information about myself and others to answer questions
  • I can construct and interpret a pictograph or a bar graph. 

This week in math, we surveyed our peers and asked them what their favourite sport was. Then we created a graph to display the data. We learned that soccer is a very popular sport in our class! We also engaged in an activity where we looked at a picture to find and tally various characters to help us create a graph. 

Science:

  • I can describe temperature in relative terms, using expressions, such as hotter than, colder than

In Science, we began our new unit of Hot and Cold Temperatures! We brainstormed what we already know about hot and cold temperatures. We also learned about a thermometer and why we use them! 

      

Social Studies:

  • I can students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how geography, culture, language, heritage, economics and resources shape and change Canada’s communities 

In Social Studies, we talked about a few things that will be happening this month in September! First, we reviewed Orange Shirt Day and the reason why we wear orange. We also learned that there is a new day called Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. Next week we will continue to explore and learn about what truth and reconciliation means. Then we talked about the acknowledgement of the land. 


Important Dates:

September 19 - Terry Fox

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School





Our Learning for September 7th- 10th

Literacy: 

  • I can connect my idea with those shared by others
  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can use margins and spacing appropriately. 

This week in literacy we worked on reviewing the basics of sentence structure to remember that every sentence requires finger spaces, a capital at the beginning and punctuation at the end.

We have also been discussing classroom expectations and respect this week. In writing we read a book called What if Everybody did that? The students were then asked to imagine and write about a world where no one respected their living or school environment. For example: What if everybody littered? What if Everybody left food on the classroom floor? 

   

Math: 

  • I can gather information about myself and others to answer questions
  • I can construct and interpret a pictograph or a bar graph. 

In math this week we can been working on physically creating bar graphs and pictographs. We started the week by creating a smiley face pictograph to show our birthdays. Then on Wednesday we started creating a giant bar graph on our learning carpet to show what pets we had, and what our favourite flavours of ice cream are. We also built bar graphs using blocks and practiced labeling the X and Y axis.  

   

Gym: 

  • I can work collaboratively with my peers 
  • I can practice and experience gross locomotor movements

This week in gym we continued playing gaga ball. We have been LOVING competing against each other and improving our skills and we learn the best ways to hit and dodge the ball. We even got to play with jumbo balls, 2 balls and you’re never out gaga ball, where when you get out in one pit you get to just join the game in the other pit!

Important Dates:

September 16 – School Photos

September 19 - Terry Fox

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School


Our Learning for June 21 - 25th

This week was Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary and National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, June 21st. On Monday, we attended a live read aloud by Iikiinayookaa and Chief Superintendent Usih. The story was called, Omahkitapiksi Okakinikiiwa : Teaching from our Elders. We reflected on the importance of storytelling and how this story represented the importance of elders. We also continued to explore various art forms and appreciated Australian Dot Art.

 

Later in the week, we got to experience ‘Trail Tales’. This is an interactive book, which was displayed in the gulley. The story sparked a conversation in our room about the animals within the story (eagle, beaver, etc). We learned about the 7 sacred teachings, which are represented by 7 animals: Sabe (bigfoot), eagle, bear, buffalo, wolf, turtle and beaver. 

Math:

  • I can say the number sequence 0 to 100
  • I can recognize numbers at a glance 
  • I can add and subtract numbers within 20

This week in math we played math bingo to review numbers to 100. We also played various card games to review subitizing, comparing numbers and addition or subtraction war! 

Literacy:

  • I can choose to read and write for and with others
  • I can experiment with different ways of exploring and developing stories, ideas and experiences

This week we wrote letters to our next year's teacher! We shared a little about ourselves and drew a self portrait. We also reflected on our end of the month writing, which has been turned into our own booklet! For the first time, we had free writing! We got to choose to write a story, a who would win battle, poster or create a comic book. 

Science:

  • I can Describe seasonal changes, and interpret the effects of seasonal changes on living things.

We celebrated the first day of summer! We reflected on the weather change, activities we do in summer. Through pointillism art, we created pictures that remind us of summer! We also created an acrostic poem! To end the week, we went on a scavenger hunt. 

 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment




Our Learning for June  7-11th

Math:

  • I can solve addition and subtraction word problems and find math action words that mean addition and subtraction
  • I can show my understanding through pictures, ten frames and a number line

This week we started our new unit of word problems! We first review action words that mean addition or subtraction. Then we learned the strategy of CUBS to help us with the steps of solving a word problem. Last we explored problems as a class, in partners and by ourselves. 

Literacy:

  • I can represent and explain key facts and ideas in my own words 
  • I can explore and share my own ideas on topics of discussion and study
  • I can add such details as labels, captions and pictures 

This week we worked on wrapping up our animal research! We continued to work with a peer to learn about our animals diet and life cycle. We recorded jot notes and then the next day turned our jot notes into full sentences! On the last day, we got to present our new learning about our animals to our peers! 

We also have been exploring more blends in our literacy block. Some blends we have learned recently are bl, fl, gl, cl, pl, br, pr, gr, st, and str. 

Social Studies:

  • I can  appreciate people who have contributed to their communities over time

We focused on social studies this week. We learned about aboriginal contributions. First we looked at various books that were written by aboriginal artists. Then we talked about the history of storytelling. Then we got to visit our own “class museum” of different aboriginal artists, we got to explore the various types of art like painting, drawing, bead work, hoop dancing, and throat singing. After viewing the art, we got to analyze what we liked and ask questions about what we wondered. 

  

Health:

  • I can describe and apply appropriate street safety behaviours in the community; e.g., as a pedestrian, passenger, cyclist

This week in health we focused on bike safety! First, we brainstormed things we know then we learned 10 safety tips when we are riding our bikes! Last, we made a poster on the four most important rules!

Gym: 

In gym, we started our last unit of badminton! We have been learning how to serve the birdie and how to hit it with control through a game called, birdies in the nest. 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment





Our Learning for May 31st - June 4th

Math: 

  • I can replicate composite 2-D shapes and 3-D objects
  • I can compare 2-D shapes to parts of 3-D objects in the environment.
  • I can elect appropriate materials, such as papers, plastics, woods to construct model buildings (Science)

This week in math we investigated the composition of 3D shapes. First, we looked at 3D shape models and tried to see what 2D shapes we could find in them. Next, we looked at and built shape nets so that we could more clearly see the 2D shapes that make up common 3D shapes. After, we built lots of different shapes, we learned about how to collaborate effectively with a group and used all of our shapes to build something. We decided to build King Boo’s Castle from Mario Party!!

 

Literacy/Science:

  • I can find information on a topic, using a variety of sources, such as picture books, concept books, people and field trips
  • I can match information to research needs
  • I can represent and explain key facts and ideas in own words
  • I can check for obvious spelling errors and missing words
  • I can identify the requirements of animals to maintain life; i.e., air, food, water, shelter, space

This week in literacy we started our independent research projects! First we partnered up and picked what animals we wanted to learn about. We are learning about all sorts of cool animals like llamas, black widow spiders, sharks, and hippos. Next we did some research and jot notes on the body features and habitat of our animals. We had to listen to the information and figure out what the most important parts were. Then we used our jot notes to create our good copy writing for our research booklet. We have been practicing starting our sentences in varying ways to keep our writing interesting. We have also been practicing our editing skills during our morning meetings. We have been working on spotting and correcting errors in spelling, punctuation and capitalization.

   

Science:

  • I can identify the requirements of animals to maintain life; i.e., air, food, water, shelter, space

To reinforce our knowledge of animals needs we have been learning some new games. On Tuesday we played a game called Oh Deer. This game helped to remind us that animals need food, water and shelter to survive, and if they can’t meet those needs, they won’t survive


Art:

This week we started an art project to accompany our animal research. This art style is called echo art, because the rings on colors surrounding the animal look like an echo. First we colored in an outline of our animals black, and then we carefully traced rings around the animal in a pattern of colours. 

   

Health:

  • I can make responsible and informed choices to maintain health and to promote safety for self and others

This week we learned all about fire safety. We learned about what to do when you hear a fire alarm in various situations. We learned that we should have a family plan in case of a fire, so that we all know where to meet in case of an evacuation. Does your family have a plan and a meeting place? We also played STOP, DROP, and ROLL freeze dance. We have lots of fun!

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Our Learning for May 25 - 28th

Math:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of measurement as a process of comparing by ordering objects
  • I can use comparative language when describing the relationship between two objects based on measurement 

This week in math we continued to explore measurement! We reviewed some of our online learning of height, length, width, mass and capacity. We also used different non-standard units to measure objects around the room. Then we focused on measuring parts of our bodies like feet, hands, legs, arms, height, etc. We used the unit of cubes so we could compare them to our peers! We also talked about how we could measure around our wrist or waist! We discovered string can be a useful tool for measuring!

Literacy:

  • I can represent and explain key facts and ideas in my own words 
  • I can explore and share my own ideas on topics of discussion and study
  • I can add such details as labels, captions and pictures 

In writing, we continued to research beavers! We have been practicing listening for important information and then jotting it down. The next day we turn our jot notes into full sentences! The first two days, we learned about their diet and how strong their teeth are! Did you know they eat grassy plants, branches, cattails and any type of tree!? Then we looked at their life cycle and discovered how many kits they have! Did you know that they live for 10 to 12 years in the wild! Ask us some more facts! 

  

Science:

  • I can describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things
  • I can recognize that some plants and animals must adapt to extreme conditions to meet their basic needs; e.g., arctic and desert plants and animals.

In science, we learned about animals that have special adaptations to help them survive! First, we explored how camels survive in the dry desert. Then we learned about arctic animals like whales, seals, penguins and polar bears. We also did a science experiment to explore how blubber can act like a thick winter coat to keep animals warm. 


Social Studies:

  • I can appreciate how the languages, traditions, celebrations and stories of their families, groups and communities contribute to their sense of identity and belonging
  • I can acknowledge and respect symbols of heritage and traditions in their family and communities

This week we got to learn about Indonesia, Germany, Czech Republic and Vietnam! We loved discovering about their traditions, language, celebrations and more! 


Health:

  • I can make responsible and informed choices to maintain health and to promote safety for self and others

In health, we discussed water safety! We talked about how to be safe when around water and important rules to follow when you are going swimming. Ask us to name a few! 


Important Dates:

Wheel day at EMJ School: On Wednesday, June 2nd we will be hosting a ‘Wheel to school day’.  This day is to help promote active methods of transportation on the way to school.  Research shows that being active before school can stimulate student’s engagement in their learning.  Students can ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards to school.  We will be closing the gym for the day and students can safely store their ‘wheels’ there until the end of the day.  Please remember to wear your helmet!  We look forward to seeing you on your ‘wheels’ on June 2nd.

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


As announced by the provincial government on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 across the province will shift to online learning beginning Friday May 7.  This means that classes will be online starting this Friday, with a potential return to in school learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 

Ethel M Johnson School will be offering online programming for students in kindergarten to grade six, as well as the Learning and Literacy program. Teachers are currently putting together plans to shift learning to an online environment.  This will include a mix of whole class lessons, small group lessons, individual support, as well as independent work. 

We will be working hard to provide the best opportunity for your child to access learning opportunities as consistently as possible.  We have been asked to continue to update attendance records during online learning, so if your child needs to be away at any time please let your child’s teacher know. 

If you have any questions about your child’s individual learning, please contact the appropriate teacher directly.

Please note that blogs will be temporarily suspended during online learning.


Our Learning for April 27th-26th

Math: 

  • I can record equalities, using the equal symbol.
  • I can describe equality as a balance and inequality as an imbalance, concretely and pictorially (0 to 20).

This week in math we continued our work on really understanding the equals sign and what it means. We used balances to see visually how two different equations such as 2+4 and 3+3 can equal (or weigh) the same amount. First we counted out the cubes for the first equation; first 2 cubes, then 4. Then we counted the cubes for the second equation. We counted 3 cubes, then had to figure out how many more we needed to balance the scale. 

Literacy:

  • I can retell interesting or important aspects of oral, print, and other media texts
  • I can find information on a topic, using a variety of sources, such as picture books, concept books, and field trips, 
  • I can communicate ideas in an informed and persuasive manner

This week in literacy we practiced a new type of writing; opinion writing. We decided to host a Who Would Win animal showdown. In the first round we placed a polar bear against a grizzly bear. We learned all about both animals, then based on everything we learned, we wrote our opinion about who would win. We needed to be convincing and give 3 reasons to back up our beliefs. The grizzly bear won.  Round two saw the lion battle the lowlands silverback gorilla, in which the lion emerged victorious. On Friday our two victors faced off. It was a very close battle, and we all thought different things about who would win. In the end the grizzly bear, but we know it was so close that if they were to battle again, the lion could easily win as well. 

 

Science: 

  • I can observe, describe, and compare living things.

This week in science we compared two animals based on their characteristics. Just like last week with the plants, we first looked at the things that the two animals have in common, and then identified the things that they have that are unique. We looked at a fox and a squirrel. We noticed that they both had whiskers, reddish fur, and bushy tails. Then we saw that while the squirrel eats nuts and climbs, the fox eats meat and digs holes to hide in. 

Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning
  • May 24- Victoria Day- No Classes

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment




Our Learning for April 19 - 23rd 

Math:

  • I can explain the meaning of the equal sign as a balanced relationship between two quantities 
  • I can explain and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction facts 

This week in math we continued to learn about missing addends! Last week we focused on using the addend we knew and we used the strategy of counting on to see how many was added to equal our sum/whole. Example: 7 + ? = 10 I can go 8, 9, 10 (The missing addend is 3). This week we used our knowledge of fact families to think like subtraction when solving for the missing addend. Example: 10 + ? = 15 (we did 15 - 10 = 5 so, 5 was our missing addend). 

 

Literacy:

  • I can explore and share own ideas on topics of discussion and study
  • I can generate and contribute ideas for individual and group oral, print and other media texts

In literacy, we continued to learn about Earth Day! We created posters on how to help the earth and put them up around the school! Here are some examples below! We also learned about acrostic poems. As as class, we brainstormed ideas that began with each lettter and then we created our own acrostic poem about earth day! 

Science:

  • I can observe, describe and compare living things

To celebrate Earth Day, we went outside for an Earth Day Bingo/Scavenger hunt! We worked with partners to read, find and take photo evidence of our hunt! 

  

We also have been caring for our flowers! Our sunflowers have now sprouted and are growing very fast! We had a discussion about space and how some of our flowers may outgrow their mini pots. A few of us have a root sticking out the bottom! 

 

Art:

  • I can horizontal line can be used to divide a picture plane into interesting and varied proportions of sky and ground
  • I can add finishing touches to my artwork (outlines) 
  • I can work primarily with water colour paint using large brushes to paint 

In Art, we have been working extremely hard on a project for Earth Day! It has taken us the last two weeks to complete it! First we talked about how Earth is in the solar system and represented this through water colour paint and oil pastels. Then we carefully drew out Earth and the different landorms. We started with the sea and worked our way up to the beautiful mountains! 


Important Dates:

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment




Our Learning for April 12th-16th

Math: 

  • I can describe equality as a balance and inequality as an imbalance, concretely and pictorially (0 to 20).
  • I can represent algebraic expressions in multiple ways.

This week in math we investigated the equals sign and learned a bit more about what it actually means. We discovered that an equals is really just a symbol that means “is the same as”. This means that the numbers on each side need to add up to be the same. For example, the math sentence 2+2=4. 2+2 adds up to 4 so really that number sentence says 2+2 is the same as 4. On Wednesday and Thursday, we learned about missing addends. That is when a number is missing in a math sentence and we have to me math detectives and figure out what it is. For example, 2+__=4. 

   

Literacy:

  • I can experiment with different ways of exploring and developing stories, ideas and experiences
  • I can participate in shared listening, reading and viewing experiences, using oral, print and other media texts
  • I can  tell what characters do or what happens to them in a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • I can represent and explain key facts and ideas in own words

This week in literacy we started discussing Earth Day and its importance. We learned that Earth Day is a day to be thankful for the earth that we live on, but more importantly Earth Day is a day to learn about how we can kind to the earth and help it to stay healthy. First we listened to a book called “How to Help the Earth” by the Lorax and made our own lists of things WE can do to be kind to the planet. Then picked one idea and we wrote comics showing how we can put our ideas into action!

       

Gym: 

  • I can demonstrate ways to receive, retain and send an object

, using a variety of body parts and implements, individually and with others

  • I can identify and demonstrate etiquette and fair play

We have been learning about and practicing basketball skills for the past couple of weeks during gym. We have been practicing our dribbling, bounce passes, chest passes and shooting. We are practicing keeping the ball and our bodies under control by playing games like keep away. 

       

Science:

  • I can observe, describe and compare living things.
  • I can identify the requirements of plants to maintain life; i.e., air, light, suitable temperature, water, growing medium, space; and recognize that we must provide these for plants in our care.

This week in science we learned more about plants and their characteristics. As a class we picked 2 common pants, the dandelion and the sunflower, and compared and contrasted them based on their size, colour, leaf shape, seeds, and classification (flower or weed). We have also been putting what we learned last week into action. Last week we learned about what plants need to survive (water, soil, air, sun) and have been carefully tending our own plants. Our grass is already growing SO MUCH. 

   

Important Dates

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment




Our Learning for April 6 - 9th 

Math:

  • I can relate addition to subtraction
  • I can explain and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction facts

This week in math we talked about how subtraction and addition are related. We revisited key words that mean addition or subtraction. We also looked at number sentences that were missing the operation and tried to determine whether it should have a + sign or a - sign. Then we explored fact families! A fact family shows the relationship between three numbers to create two addition facts and two subtraction facts! 

 

Literacy:

  • I know that stories have a beginning, middle and end
  • I can tell what characters do or what happens to them in a story

This week in literacy we were given a picture prompt to spark our own stories! After seeing the picture prompt, we brainstormed as a class possible characters, setting and problems. Then we chose our idea and began writing our beginning! The next day we revisited what happens in the middle of a story and wrote two tries to solve our problem. The last day, we talked about how the ending needs to solve the problem. Then we shared our stories with our peers! 

 

We have also been working in small groups to engage in a reader’s theatre (3 Little Pigs or The Gingerbread Man). We have been practicing reading aloud with a loud and clear voice. Today Ms. Henry’s class performed to Ms. Tucker’s class! Next week we are excited to listen to Ms. Tucker’s class. 

Science:

  • I can describe some common living things and identify needs of those things
  • I can identify the requirements of plants to maintain life: air, light, water, space, etc and recognize that we must provide these for plants in our care

This week in science we started our new unit of ‘Plant and Animal Needs’. We planted wheat grass and then recorded the steps we took to plant our seeds through procedural writing. The next day we planted a sunflower seed and reflected on how we will need to take care of our plants to help them grow! We made a list of things our plants will need like water, sunlight, etc. 

Social Studies: 

  • I can come up with examples of traditions, celebrations and stories that started in the past and continue today in their families and communities. 

In Social Studies, we continued to explore holidays like halloween! We learned more about the history and traditions about the holiday. Did you know that halloween was celebrated to celebrate the change in seasons!? 

 

Important Dates:

April 2021

  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment




Our Learning for March 15th-19th

Math: 

  • I can model addition and subtraction, using a variety of concrete and visual representations, and recording the process symbolically.
  • I can describe and use mental mathematics strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18

This week in Math we continued learning about subtraction. The last two weeks we have been learning about different tactile strategies to subtract numbers within 10. Now that we are getting pretty good at taking away smaller numbers, this week we started to use these strategies to subtract larger numbers within 20. We really like using our number line as a subtraction strategy. At the end of the week we even got to practice our subtraction skills on Mathletics.

Literacy:

  • I can identify the beginning, middle and end of a story.
  • I can create my own story

This week our two classes both started story writing, but we each did it in slightly different ways. Miss. Henry’s class wrote their own twisted fairy tales. Each student picked either The Little Red Hen, The Three Little PIgs, or Little Red Riding Hood and then rewrote it with a twist of their own. Miss. Tucker’s class started story writing by writing their own stories. They imagined ideas of their own and turned them into stories. 

Social Studies:

  • I can come up with examples of traditions, celebrations and stories that started in the past and continue today in their families and communities. 

This week in social studies we started learning about different holidays. Because it was Saint Patrick’s Day we obviously learned about that holiday and its history. We also learned about Christmas and the history and traditions of the holiday. Did you know that for over a thousand years the colour of Saint Patrick’s Day was actually blue? We also learned that in Chicago they dye the river green every year to celebrate Ireland!

             

Gym:

  • I can perform locomotor skills through a variety of activities such as hurdles, Javelin, and Shotput

For the last couple weeks we have been doing track and relay activities. We started with racing against each other relay style. We raced on our feet, moving like animals, and crawling. This week we experimented with some new track and field activities such as hurdles, shotput and javelin (pool noodle javelins). We practiced using the correct form and aiming our throws. We REALLY loved doing hurdles as well. We are excellent jumpers!

March 2021

  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment




Our Learning for March 8 - 11th 

Math:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of subtraction concretely, pictorially and symbolically 

This week in math we have been using a number line to show how to subtract within 10. We are becoming confident in using a number line and counting the jumps! We also have been using a math app called Mathletics to practice online. 

Literacy:

  • I can identify or categorize information according to sequence, or similarities and differences
  • I can can experiment with different ways of exploring and developing stories, ideas and experiences 

This week we started to look at fractured fairy tales! We first read the traditional fairytale and then a fractured version of the same fairy tale. Then as a class we compared them to see the similarities and differences. We also learned about a Venn diagram and how to use it to show our knowledge. Then we worked as a class to plan out our own fractured fairy tale. We choose different characters and then co-wrote! We also got to draw the illustrations to go along! 

Science:

  • I can identify the purpose of different components in a personally constructed object or model, and identify corresponding components in a related object or model
  • I can construct objects and models of objects, using a variety of different materials

This week, we have been talking about St. Patrick’s Day, which is coming quickly! We read the story called, How to Trap a Leprechaun. We then worked on designing our own traps and labeling all the materials we would need to build it. The next day we worked with a partner to make our traps come to life! 

Social Studies:

  • Analyze how their families and communities in the present are influenced by events or people of the past by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry: In what ways has my community changed over time (e.g., original inhabitants, ancestors, generations, ways of life)?

This week we reviewed our learning from our outdoor adventure last week. We talked about how the past was very different than the present today. 

Health:

  • I can name emotions and explore strategies to help regulate and manage emotions

This week we talked more about the zones of regulation and what the blue zone represents. You can be sad, hurt, sick, etc. Then we read the book, “Feeling Sad” and talked about how we can use strategies to help us when we are feeling in the blue zone. Some of the strategies we talked about are….

Important Dates:

March 2021

  • March 12 - No School - Conferences 
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning




Our Learning for March 1st - 5th 

Math:

  • I can subtract quantities using a variety of strategies, including a number line and ten frame

     

This week in math we moved on to demonstrating subtraction through pictorial representations! We used our knowledge of last week to show how you can subtract using a ten frame! We have also been working on recording the number sentence when subtracting. Next, we revisited number lines and talked about how we are moving closer to the number zero when subtracting (getting smaller). 

Literacy:

  • I can tell or represent the beginning, middle and end of stories
  • I can tell what characters do or what happens to them in a story

This week we focused on the problem in a story and how the middle of a story includes the attempts to fix it and the ending is the solution. We got to listen to a few different stories to identify the problem and then we tried to predict how the problem was going to be solved. Lastly, we brainstormed typical problems and tried to create two attempts to solve the problem before sharing our solution! 

Science:

  • I can identify colours in a variety of natural and manufactured objects
  • I can compare and contrast colours, using terms such as lighter than, darker than, more blue, brighter than

  

This week we explored natural and manufactured objects and talked about their colours. We also took a class survey to see what colour eyes and hair we all have! We then compred colours using light than or darker than to help us describe. 

Social Studies:

  • Analyze how their families and communities in the present are influenced by events or people of the past by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry: In what ways has my community changed over time (e.g., original inhabitants, ancestors, generations, ways of life)?

    

This week we focused on the past and how the land was used by the Indigenous people. We learned about how they traveled/followed the bison to hunt. We also discussed how their ways of life have changed over time. 

Important Dates:

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning




Our Learning for February 22nd-February 26th

Math: 

  •  I can identify the number, up to 20, that is: one more, one less, two more, two less, than a given number
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20 and their corresponding subtraction facts, concretely, pictorially and symbolically.
  • I can use familiar mathematical language to describe additive and subtractive actions.

This week we have continued to practice our subtraction skills using concrete strategies. We utilized manipulatives such as cubes again, but also practiced using a ten frame to help us visualize our subtraction facts. When we physically cross out, flip over, or take away the number that we are minusing it helps solidify the concept of subtraction in our brains. At the end of the week, we have some fun and played some subtraction bowling. We started with 10 cups/pins, and then had to subtract the number that we bowled over to figure out how many were left standing. It was so much fun!

         

Literacy: 

  • I can experiment with different ways of exploring and developing stories
  • I can tell or represent the beginning, middle and end of stories

This week we continued to learn about what makes up the beginning of a story. Last week we learned all about characters, and this week we focused on learning about settings. We learned that settings tell us when and where a story is happening, and that they can help the reader to picture the story in their mind. First we listened to settings descriptions and tried to draw what we thought they may look like. Next, we looked at pictures and tried to develop our own detailed descriptions. Finally we were able to describe any setting we wished. 

           

Science: 

  • I can predict and describe changes in colour that result from the mixing of primary colours and from mixing a primary colour with white or with black.
  •  Compare and contrast colours, using terms such as lighter than, darker than, more blue, brighter than.

In Science this week we have been experimenting with creating different shades. We learned that we can produce different shades by adding various amounts of black to a colour. First we started with red and added more and more black to create different shades. Then we got to repeat the experiment with a colour of our choice. 

Social Studies:

  • I can recognize how their families and communities might have been different in the past than they are today

This week we learned all about how our communities were different in the past, compared to how they are now. We learned all about how our homes, and clothes may have looked different in the past. Did you know that 100 years ago it was normal for girls AND boys to wear dresses until about age 7? We also learned about how technology and transportation have changed over time. Can you guess what some of these past technologies are? 

   

Health:

The last couple of weeks in health we have been working on identifying and naming our emotions and feelings. We talked about what emotions we like feeling (such as happy and excited) and what emotions don’t feel as good (sad, frustrated, worried). We have started using a program called Smiling Mind to help us to be able to recognize these emotions and how they feel. We have also started talking about what we can do when we are feeling these emotions that we don’t like. We learned that we can walk away, ask a friend of grown up for help, or simply just tell them how we feel. Sometimes we can even take a break and do something we enjoy to help us reset. Try having a conversation at home as well about how to deal with big emotions and how students can learn to co-regulate themselves with your help. 

Important Dates:

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning



Our Learning for February 16 - 19th 

Our last week and a half has been busy! We celebrated 100 days of school and continued to explore narrative stories! 

Math:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of subtraction facts concretely by modelling using a variety of concrete materials. 
  • I can use familiar mathematical language to describe additive and subtractive actions

This week, we started our new unit of subtraction! First, we started off with comparing additive language we know to subtractive language. We then learned that subtraction is the opposite of addition and we use the language of ‘take away’, ‘minus’, ‘difference’, etc. We also explored how to represent subtraction through concrete methods like cubes! On the 100th day of school we explored the 100 carpet by working together to place all the numbers correctly and practiced our skip counting. 

Writing: 

  • I can tell what characters do and what happens to them in a story.
  • I can identify the main characters and represent their actions in a story. 

We have practiced sequencing stories into the correct order of beginning, middle and end. Then we learned more about the ‘beginning’ of stories and how they introduce characters, setting and the problem. We have been focusing on characters and their traits (inside and outside)! 

Science/Literacy: 

  • I can tell or represent the beginning, middle and end of stories
  • I can construct objects and models of objects using a variety of different materials

In Science, we worked together to recreate the characters and setting of our favourite fairy tale, “The Three Little Pigs”. Then we retold the beginning, middle and end of the story using our props.

Science:

  • I can create a colour that matches a given sample 

 

In our creating colour unit, we have been exploring how to create different colours. We also talked about how the primary colours and secondary colours can be found in the rainbow! This inspired us to create an art piece with the same order as the rainbow!

Social Studies: 

  • I can talk about how our community might have been different in the past than they are today

 

This week we learned about how school had many different rules in the past! It also looked very different in the classrooms. Afterwards we reflected on the present! 


Important Dates:

February 2021

  • Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Wear pink to show your support for anti-bullying

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes




Our Learning For February 1st- February 5th

Math:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of counting but using strategies such as counting on, and using equal groups to count sets
  • I can use mental mathematics strategies, such as using doubles, and doubles plus one, for basic addition facts.

This week we reviewed our doubles facts, and use those to begin exploring doubles plus one to expand our known strategies for mental math. We even got to review and practice these skills on Mathletics on the iPads. 

               

Literacy: 

  • I can express preferences for a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • I can retell interesting or important aspects of oral, print and other media texts

In Literacy this week we have embarked on a mission to learn all about stories, with the end goal of eventually writing our own. Before we can do that we must first learn about all the different parts, and things that make up a story. This week, we focused on what we think makes a story good or bad. We decided that stories that have lots of action, or humor are good, and we don’t like it when stories are boring. We also learned that stories can teach up lessons. 

       

Science: 

  • Predict and describe changes in colour that result from the mixing of primary colours and from mixing a primary colour with white or with black.

This week we started a new science unit. We are learning all about colouring. We learned that the 3 primary colours are red, yellow, and blue, and that you can mix these colours together to make new colours like orange, purple, and green! 

First we predicted what would happen when we mixed the colours together, and then we put it to the test and started mixing our paints together!

Gym: 

  • I can demonstrate ways to receive, retain and send an object, using a variety of body parts and implements, individually and with others

This week we have been having fun in gym in our velcro paddle unit. We have been pracaticing tossing, catching, and passing with a partner. We have also played some fun game with  our velcro paddles such as “keep your just out of my yard”, and “capture the flag”. These are some of our favourite games!

     

Important Dates:

February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying




Our Learning For January 18th- January 22nd

Math: 

  • I can identify and sort 2D and 3D shapes
  • I can add numbers to 20 by counting on

As this term comes to an end we decided to spend the week reviewing some of the math concepts we have learned over the past 4 months. We started the week by identifying 3D shapes based on their attributes described in riddles. After that we had some fun and practiced identifying and counting 2D and 3D shapes while constructing images with pattern blocks. Lastly, we practiced our mental math/counting on by playing one of our favourite math games; Addition war!

       

Literacy: 

  • I can explore and share own ideas on topics of discussion and study
  • I can categorize ideas and information into predetermined categories and structures such as according to sequence
  • I can write in lowercase letters within my sentence. 

This week in literacy we continued to work on procedural writing. This time we got to pick our own topic to write on and we wrote a multi-page instruction book to teach other people how to do the things we know how to do. Here are some of the things we wrote how-to instructions on:

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Here is an example of one of our instruction booklets!

       

Social Studies:

  • I can understand that globes and maps are visual representations of the world
  • I can create simple maps to locate specific areas
  • I can identify where my community is on a map or a globe 

In Social Studies, we read the story called, Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. It introduced us to maps and geography as a girl explores where she is on a map of her room, house, street, city and county! This led us to think about how to create our own maps! This week, we drew a map of our rooms and our houses! Then we talked about where we live (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). 

  • I can recognize the importance of basic, healthy, nutritional choices to well-being of self (eating a nutritious breakfast or drinking water)

Health:

In Health, we started to explore what choices we make to keep us healthy! We had a discussion on food and how some food is better for us than others! We learned about how sometimes food such as chips, ice cream can be okay as a treat!

 

Important Dates:

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying


Our Learning for January 11 - 15th

We would like to say a big thank you to our amazing parents for supporting students last week with online learning! 

Writing:

  • I can explore and share own ideas on topics of discussion and study
  • I can categorize ideas and information into predetermined categories and structures such as according to sequence
  • I can write in lowercase letters within my sentence. 

This week, we learned a new type of writing called, Procedural Writing! It is meant to inform people about how to do something! First, we brainstormed topics we could write about and decided on “How to Get Ready for School”. We also wrote about “How to Build a Snowman” this week after reading, “The Biggest Snowman Ever”. 

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Mathematics:

  • I can sort 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, using one attribute, and explain the sorting rule
  • I can name and identify 3-D objects in the environment 

In math, we have been reviewing our 2-D shapes and 3-D objects! We discussed how many sides and vertices that each 2-D shape has. We also touched 3-D objects to count their faces and vertices. We even went on a shape hunt to find 3-D objects in our environment. Last we worked on sorting our shapes sharing our sorting rule. 


     

Art:

  • Main Forms and Proportions: I can make shapes through different ways such as drawing, cutting or tearing. 

In art, we used various 2-D shapes to create our own shape robots! We also graphed the different shapes we used in our pictures!

      

Social Studies:

  • I can name differences between rural and urban communities
  • I can name familiar landmarks and places in my community and tell why they are important

This week, we wrapped up our work on urban and rural communities! We also added descriptive words to our art work! Ask us about the differences between urban and rural communities! We are now exploring familiar landmarks and places that are located in our community. Ask us to name a landmark! 

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Important Dates: 

January 2021

January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning




Our Learning for December 7-11th 

This week we received a ton of amazing books for our classroom library! We would like to extend our thanks to our Parent Council! We cannot wait to read our new books!

Writing:

  • I can write, represent and tell brief narratives about own ideas and experiences
  • I can categorize ideas and information into predetermined categories and structures such as according to sequence
  • I can use appropriate spacing between letters in words and between words in sentences

This week we continued to explore “Small Moment” writing! We listened to the story, Salt Hands by Jane Aargon and talked about how a small moment can be turned into a story. We chose our small moment and then broke it down into the details we remember (who, what, where, when, why). Here are a few of our small moments!

We also read the story, How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace! We created a very detailed trap and then wrote how it would trap him! In science, we made our designs come to life! Check out our traps!

Mathematics:

  • I can estimate quantities to 20 by using referenets 
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20 

In math we have been working on our estimating skills through an activity called, Esti-Mystery! We look closely at a picture and share our best estimate. We also have to share our reasoning on why we chose the number we did. Then slowly we receive clues that help us get our estimations closer to the actual number! We also learned and practiced our double facts to 20! 


 

Social Studies & Health:

  • I can share ways that people cooperate in order to live together peacefully
  • I can tell how groups make decisions
  • I can name ways people help one another at home, at school, in groups to ensure the vitality of their community. And how we care for the environment for our well being. 

We continued to explore problem solving and how we can work together to live peacefully by helping others and the environment. We also talked about how groups make decisions (think, share and listen and then decide by voting). Last, we talked about our emotions and identified each one to the zones of regulation. To help us we used the characters from the movie called, Inside Out. 

December 2020

  • December 14 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater
  • December 18 PJ day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume (online)
  • January 11 In person classes resume



Our Learning for November 30th- December 3rd

We have made it to December and the holidays are just around the corner! We can do it!

Math:

  • I can Identify the number, up to 20, that is: one more, two more, one less, two less than a given number.
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20. 

In math this week, we continued to work on our addition skills. We chose to focus specifically on adding 1 more to any given number between 1 and 20. We also talked about the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. We learned that you can add more to numbers, but also take away. This translated into our work on subtracting to find 1 less than any given number as well.

Language Arts- Reading:

  • I can identify high frequency words by sight 
  • I can read aloud with some fluency and accuracy, after rehearsal.
  • I can self-correct when reading does not make sense, by using cues such as pictures and context.

We have been working on trying to sound out new and tricky words in our reading. It’s a hard skill but we are getting better and better every day.Here are some of the books we have been reading this week in class! 

   

Language Arts- Writing:

  • I can use a displayed alphabet as an aid when writing
  • I can use personal word books, print texts and environmental print to assist with writing
  • I can write, represent and tell brief narratives about own ideas and experiences

This week we did our end of the month write. We do this every month, so that we can see our progress as writers throughout the year. We also started to talk about small moments writing. Small moments writing is a time when we get to share things that have happened to use. What’s special about this writing though, is that small moments writing teaches us to take tiny, normal experiences and share them as a story.

On Thursday we had a SNOWMAN DAY. All day our writing, math, and even art all had to do with snowmen! We read a story call Snowmen at Night then did our own writing and brainstormed ideas of what WE think snowmen do at night when no one is looking!

       

Social Studies and Health: 

  • I can discuss and identify the challenges that groups face in creating a peaceful atmosphere
  • I can identify and understand the benefits of working cooperatively with others
  • I can demonstrate simple ways to resolve conflict, with limited adult assistance
  • I can examine how personal behaviour and attitudes can influence the feelings and actions of others. 

In social studies we examined what a peaceful classroom environment would look like, and how our behaviour can contribute to that. First we talked about different conflicts or non-peaceful situations that might happen in our classroom. Next we discussed different strategies we can use to resolve these issues both on our own and with the help of a teacher. We talked a lot about the size of the problem. Is this a BIG problem that needs an adult, like someone is hurt? Or is this a small problem that doesn’t need an adult, like someone accidentally bumping you in line. 

Important Dates: 

December 2020

  • Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • December 14th- Wear your favourite holiday sweater and/or hat
  • December 18th PJ day
  • December 18th Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume- at home learni




Our Learning for November 23-27th

Writing:

  • I can write simple statements, demonstrating awareness of capital letters and periods
  • I can associate sounds with letters and some letter clusters
  • I can use appropriate spacing between letters in words and between words in sentences
  • I know that stories have beginning, middles and endings

   

This week in literacy we talked about how stories have beginnings, middles and endings! Each day we listened to the beginning and middle of the story then we brainstormed as a class how the story could end! After writing our prediction on how the story ends we listened to the end of the story and compared it to our prediction! The stories we listened to were… If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, The Hungry Hen by Richard Waring, Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch, The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland. 

Literacy: 

  • I can experiment with letters, sounds, words and word patterns to learn new words
  • I can demonstrate interest in repetition, rhyme and rhythm in shared language experiences, such as action songs and word play

   

In our literacy stations, we have been working on various activities to practice our sight words of away, big, blue, you, and run! These words are also included in our home reading bag! In our making words activity, we focused on the word families of ‘an’ and ‘am’. Ask us what words we can create! 

(example: an - can, tan or am - yam, sam)

 

Mathematics:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20 concretely, pictorially and symbolically
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of counting by using counting-on
  • I can say the number sequence 0 to 100 by 5’s 

   

This week we focused on teen numbers! We reviewed how numbers can be represented and created with base ten blocks and how we write our teen numbers. We also practiced our number facts using the power of ten strategy… Ask us a few facts (10+3=? 10+5=?). The last day we compared our teen numbers to see which is bigger through an interactive snowball activity! 


Health, Art, Social Studies, Science

  • I can recognize my strengths and skills and try my best to learn new things 
  • I can share my rights at home, at school and in communities/groups
  • I can describe and represent seasonal changes

    

We have had a busy week! In health, we have been exploring the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. We have learned that the growth mindset helps us learn and grow and how mistakes help us. We read the story, Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg and were inspired to create our own art from a mistake! In social studies, we learned that we have rights in groups and in our communities. In science, we talked about how winter is coming!



Reminder: Please return home reading every Thursday/Friday so it can be changed and sent home on Mondays! Thank you for your support!

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!

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

December 2020

  • Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • 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 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