Ms. Tucker & Ms. Henry

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 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!