Ms. Vanderwel

Week 30 & 31 (May 2-13)

Hello! Since I did not get to post last week I am posting some highlights from the last two weeks below. In Language Arts, we have been learning about the soft sound for the letter c and g and when to use the soft sound. There are new songs and activities in their blue duotang that review these concepts. Please have your child show you.

We have also begun some Literacy Centres reviewing many of the skills and concepts we have worked on this year to support our reading. The students engaged in shared reading activities, sorting blends and digraphs, building words and making sentences, identifying types of nouns (person, place or thing), segmenting and blending words and much more!

 

We are almost done our story writing. The students are putting the finishing touches on their illustrations and we are making them into books to share with the class.

 



 

 

In math, we have continued our exploration of word problems from last week. The students have learned how to identify the question they must solve, underline the important information and circle the clue word which tells them whether to add or subtract. Then they draw a picture, create a math equation to match the problem and write the answer in a sentence.

 

 

In social studies, we reviewed the three groups of people that came to settle in Early Calgary. They are the N.W.M.P. , farmers and ranchers. We discussed the similarities and differences between these groups and drew a picture of each in our Visual Journal. The students also completed a sorting activity matching objects to each of the three groups.

 

 

In gym, we have continued to learn a variety of dances as part of our dance unit. The students now know the Chicken Dance, the Macarena, The Bunny Hop and the YMCA dances.

 

Next steps for learning…

·      Begin learning about informational writing

·      Continue with dance in gym

·      Finish activity on 'Signs of Spring'

 

Notes & Reminders:

·      Library is on Monday. 

·      Continue to send Home Reading books back to be exchanged.

·      Please ensure that your child’s water bottle is a flip top. The ones that have to be screwed on and off are very difficult for the kids to manage. They often do not screw them tight enough and we have had many spills.

 

Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

· May 18 – Grade 6 ELA part A PAT, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

· May 18 - Improving Reading for Older Readers synchronous session 3

· May 19 – Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

· May 20 – School PD Day

· May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

· May 26 – Planned Fire Drill

· June 14 – Grade 6 ELA part B PAT 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 15 – Grade 6 Science PAT, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 16 – Grade 6 Social Studies PAT, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 17 – Grade 6 Math part A PAT, 9:00 am to 9:20 am

· June 20 – Grade 6 Math part B PAT, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

· June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

· June 22 - Improving Reading for Older Readers synchronous session 4

· June 28 – Last day of school

· June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

· June 30 – Organizational Day

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Week 29: Apr. 25-29

Hello. This week in Language Arts we have been learning about a special sound made using the letters /oi/ and /oy/. We sang some songs, did some word building activities and generated word lists using these letters. We also worked on finishing up the plan for our stories. The students were challenged to incorporate the different techniques we have been learning to make our stories come to life. Next week we will be ready to edit and publish our stories!


In math, we reviewed the different strategies we have been learning to help us to add and subtract numbers to 20. We began some math centres which we will finish up next week. We will continue to review these strategies as we apply them to solving word problems.

 

In science, the students finished creating their houses for their story characters. They look amazing! I will be taking pictures to put into their Visual Journals and we will share our creations next week. The students decorated the inside and outside and even created some furniture and other accessories to complete their projects. They will bring these home to share with you in the next week or so.

 

We also had a great time on our Community Walk looking for signs of spring. It was still a tad early so we will go again in the next few weeks, but we did see some ladybugs, ants and spiders, buds coming on the trees and heard many birds chirping.

 

In gym, students completed a full week of Mission Impossible. This is a tricky obstacle course challenge that required students to use their skills learned in gymnastics to navigate and various equipment to successfully make their way through the course. Along the way, spies were watching to catch them if they made any mistakes and send them back to start over. They are now pros at being spies and agents!

 

Next Steps for Learning…

·      Work on good copy of our stories.

·      Begin problem solving in math.

·      Begin final building project in science.

 

 Notes & Reminders:

·      Library Day is on Monday.

·      Hats on for Mental Health Day is Wednesday. Your child is welcome to wear a hat to school to show their support.

·      Dental Hygiene (Fluoride) Forms are due Monday.

 

Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

· May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

· May 5 – National Day Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

· May 10 – School Council Meeting

· May 13 – Planned Lockdown

· May 18 – Grade 6 ELA part A PAT, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

· May 18 - Improving Reading for Older Readers synchronous session 3

· May 19 – Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

· May 20 – School PD Day

· May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

· May 26 – Planned Fire Drill

· June 14 – Grade 6 ELA part B PAT 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 15 – Grade 6 Science PAT, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 16 – Grade 6 Social Studies PAT, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 17 – Grade 6 Math part A PAT, 9:00 am to 9:20 am

· June 20 – Grade 6 Math part B PAT, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

· June 20 – 24 – Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

· June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

· June 22 - Improving Reading for Older Readers synchronous session 4

· June 28 – Last day of school

· June 29 – Non-instruction day / Appeals day

· June 30 – Organizational Day

 

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Week 28: Apr. 19-22

 Hello! Happy Earth Day! We have been very busy in Grade One this week. Here is a peek at what we have been up to. In Language Arts we continued to review consonant blends. We sorted some pictures into groups based on the type of blend at the start of each word (s, l or r blends). We also continued to work on developing our story writing skills. Students began to plan out the parts of their story.

 


 In math, we explored various strategies to help us subtract numbers to 20. We learned how to use a number line, count backwards and use addition for subtraction. We played some games to help us practice our skills as well!

 

 In Science, we began a new building project. The students started building a house based on the character in their story. They discussed the parts of a house, different materials they could use and how to make sure that they house is stable. Next week, they will finish constructing and decorating their house.

In gym we continue to learn about using a variety of equipment in gymnastics. The students also got the opportunity to use the Canadian Climber as well in which they tested their skill at using the ropes and ladder, climbing ladders and using the bars to hand and move. 

 

Today we also talked about Earth Day and how we can help to take care of the Earth. We listened to a story about the Earth Day, sang some songs, read a poem and created a coffee filter Earth Day project. We will finish this up next week.

Next steps for learning….

  • Continue writing our stories
  • Continue practicing math strategies for addition and subtraction
  • Begin Mission Impossible in gym


Important Notes & Reminders:

  •  Next week we will begin Mission Impossible in gym. Please remember to have your child dress appropriately.
  • Monday we will be going on a Community Walk. Dress appropriately.
  • Fluoride Forms due May 2


Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

· May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

· May 5 – National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

· May 10 – School Council Meeting

 

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Week 27: Apr. 11-14

Hello! We’ve had a busy week in Grade One. In Language Arts, we have been learning about consonant blends. We listened to a song and identified different r, s and l blends in words.

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The students also learned about developing a story problem and solution. They brainstormed different problems characters could face in a story and ways that they might solve the problem.

 

We also began a new activity to help us to better blend and segment words called "Making Words". The students were each given some letter cards to build various words with. 



 

In math, we continued learning about addition and subtraction strategies. We finished looking at

making 5 and 10 to solve equations and learned how to use a number line to subtract.

 

In art, we listened to the story “Duck Rabbit”. They we created our own artwork based on the same concept as the book. We called ours ‘Egg or Rabbit’.

 



In Science, the students finished up our STEM Challenge in which they had to build a log cabin using popsicle sticks. They had to create a cabin with 4 walls, a roof and a door. Take a look at the many different designs they came up with:

 

 

In gym, we have been continuing to learn about gymnastics. This week the students learned to use a variety of equipment including benches and trestles. In our mat work, the students continued to practice log rolls, pencil rolls, animal movements, balances and making bridges. Ask your child how it’s going!

 

 

Next steps for learning:

·      Students will begin to plan their own story.

·      Continue learning about math strategies.

·      Begin a new building challenge in Science.

 

Important Notes & Reminders:

·      There will be no Library next week due to the holiday on Monday. Students may keep books until the following week.

·      Please continue to have your child wear comfortable, flexible clothing for gymnastics. Long hair must be tied back;             no jewelry etc.

·      Continue with Home Reading.

·      Check your child’s blue duotang for new songs, poems and activities each week.

·      Log in to Google Classroom to check out new posts with games and activities to support your child’s learning.

 

Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

· April 15 – No School – Good Friday

· April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day

· April 22 – Class photos

· May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

· May 5 – National Day Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

· May 10 – School Council Meeting

 

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Week 26: Apr. 4 – 8

Happy Friday! What a lovely way to the end week with 20+ degree temperatures : ) Here is a look at what the Grade Ones have been up to this week! In Language Arts, we reviewed what the setting of a story is—i.e. where and when the story takes place. For example, a story could take place in the day or night, winter or spring or in the past/present. A story could also take place at the beach, in a park, at a store etc. The students worked on developing a setting for the character that they created. They had to design a house for their character to live in and decide if their house was located in a city, town, the mountains, on a farm etc. After drawing the setting they coloured it and worked on adding some adjectives to describe it.

 

I can write stories with a beginning, middle and end.   I can explain the parts of a story.


In math, we continued to work on composing and decomposing numbers as strategies to help with adding and subtracting. The students played a number of math games using dice and cards looking for pairs of numbers that add up to 5 or 10 or another number.  The students also learned about using an open number line to help us add numbers. This is a tricky concept that we will revisit over the next few weeks.

 

I can use a variety of strategies to add and subtract numbers.

 

 In Science, the students began working on a new building challenge. They watched a video about log cabins and examined the way in which the logs were laid to create the walls. They also examined different styles of log cabins to give them some ideas. Then they began to design and build their own log cabin using popsicle sticks.

 

 

In gym, we have begun our unit on gymnastics. Each class begins with our Top to Toe check to make sure that our hair and clothes are out of the way so that we can participate safely in the activities. Next, we do a quick warm-up and stretch to help prevent injuries when performing different movements. So far, we have worked on creating balances using 1, 2 or 3 body parts, performing some animal movements and began learning about log rolls.

 


On Thursday, the students were excited to participate in our first ever assembly at school! The students spent time practicing 'O Canada' and reviewing their audience manners. They did a fantastic job and had so much fun! We said good-bye to Ms. McKay and hello to Ms. Clark. The students sang Ms. McKay a song and presented her with the gifts that they had made. Our class make her a “bouquet” of flowers—i.e. pencils topped with a flower and placed in a flowerpot. Mr. Aylesworth wowed the school with a magic trick and we ended the assembly with a fun dance. It was bittersweet to be sure!

    

Next steps for learning….

  • Addition Strategies: Making 10
  • Finish log cabin building challenge
  • Begin using trestles and benches in gymnastics

 

Notes & Reminders:

  • Your child has brought home a new poem and activity sheet in their blue folder.
  • Continue with Home Reading
  • Library is on Monday. Send Library books.
  • Gymnastics – reminder to have your child wear loose/stretchy clothes, tie hair back and no jewelry. Thank you! 


 Upcoming Events & Dates to Remember:

· April 15 – No School – Good Friday

· April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day

· April 22 – Class photos

· May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

· May 5 – National Day Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

· May 10 – School Council Meeting

· May 20 – School PD Day

· May 23 – No School – Victoria Day

 

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Week 25: Mar. 28 – Apr 1

Hello Everyone! Happy Friday : )  Here’s a sneak peek at our week! In Language Arts, the students continued to explore the elements of a story. We looked more in-depth at story characters. What are characters and how can we describe them? Students learned that characters are the people or animals in a story. We can describe them on the inside and the outside. The outside is what they look like and the inside is their personality—or how they act. Finally, they have begun to create their own character based on the Mr. Men/Little Miss books we have been reading. They came up with a name for their character and drew a picture of it.

 I can write stories using with characters, a setting and plot.


We also looked at different types of ending punctuation and when to use each one. The students have brought home a new poem and an activity sheet in their blue folder for them to review. Please take a look at this with your child. Here is a fun video that explains the different types of punctuation.

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I can use periods, question marks and exclamation points in my sentences.





In math, we learned how to use a number line to add as another strategy to help us solve basic facts questions.

I can use a number line to add and subtract.


The students also worked on composing and decomposing numbers as a way to show or represent numbers. For example, 5 can be shown using different addition sentences such as:  4 + 1   or   2 + 3   or   3 + 1 + 1 etc.  We looked for all the different ways we could write an addition sentence for a given number.


I can represent numbers in many ways. 

 

We have also been practicing our estimation skills. The students know that when we estimate we make a ‘smart guess’.  This means that our answer needs to be reasonable (not too big or too small)—but just right. The students are shown a picture and then some clues one at a time. Each time they get a new clue then have to look back and see whether or not they should adjust their answer. We keep track of numbers that do not fit the clues given, by crossing out numbers on a hundred chart.


 I can estimate quantities.

 

In Science, the students were given the challenge of building a tipi as part of our Building Things unit. First, we examined pictures of actual tipis and talked about the parts, materials and shapes used. Then the students worked with a partner to select their own materials to build their tipi. This was no easy task, but the students were very engaged and worked very hard to make their structure.  They showed perseverance and teamwork!

 

 I can plan and build structures.


In Social, we are continuing to learn about Early Calgary starting with the First Nations peoples. The students learned about the bison and how the Plains Natives tribes used it for almost everything they needed. They created a page in their Visual Journal showing their learning.

 

I can represent my understanding through words and pictures.


We also created some mixed media art using created a landscape picture. The students  reviewed the concepts of foreground, mid-ground and background. We used paint, paper and even coffee grounds to make our pictures.



 Next steps for Learning

  • Continue learning about math strategies for addition
  • Create a character sketch for their new character
  • Begin gymnastics in P.E. class

 

IMPORTANT INFO FOR GYMNASTICS - Next week we begin gymnastics. This unit will go for 4 weeks. Below are some safety and apparel guidelines for students:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move/stretch in.
  • T-shirts and stretch pants or sweat pants are best.
  • Tie long hair back in a ponytail.
  • Do not wear skirts or dresses.
  • Do not wear many layers of clothing.
  • Do not wear jewelry.

 

Note: Students need to come to school already dressed with the clothes they will need in gym. We do not have time for students to go and change their clothes. Also, students will be expected to take off their shoes and socks when doing gymnastics to avoid slipping or having laces get caught on equipment. If this is a concern for your child, please let me know.

 

 Upcoming Events & Dates to Remember:

April 12 – School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

· April 15 – No School – Good Friday

· April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day; No School for students

· April 22 – Class photos

· May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

· May 5 – National Day Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

· May 10 – School Council Meeting

 

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Week 24: Mar 14-18

It has been another busy week in Room 5! Here’s a peak at our learning! In Language Arts we have been learning about the parts of a story. Students learned that all stories have a beginning, middle and end and that each part of a story introduces different information. In the beginning of a story we learn about the characters, setting and problem. In the middle are the events of the story and at the end is the solution and resolution. The students worked on identifying the parts and elements of familiar stories in small groups. Then we read each story to see how well we remembered what belonged where.

 

I can identify the parts of a story.

 

In math, the students have been learning about different strategies to help us add. They learned how to use the Doubles +1 strategy and Counting On to solve basic addition problems.


 

I can add using a variety of strategies.


In Science, we have been learning about Building Things. The students have learned about different kinds of people who build structures. What structures are (eg. towers, buildings, bridges, cars and much more). And the different types of materials that can be used to create a structure.


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I can sort materials into groups.

 

 Next students experimented with making a tower using paper cups. They had to build the tallest tower they could without it falling over. Students quickly discovered that stacking the cups one on top of the other was quite difficult, but if they created rows of cups their tower was much more stable.

 

I can explore and experiment using different materials.

I can build  and test structures.

 

On St. Patrick’s Day, we had a visit from a little wee leprechaun! He—or she!—created quite a stir in our room. We came in to find chairs and other belongings scattered all over the floor. We also found lots of toys, books, classroom games and other supplies strewn about. The little trickster also left us a riddle to solve. Ask your child what it said!

 


To celebrate this day, we wrote an acrostic poem about leprechauns using nouns, verbs and adjectives that we brainstormed to describe them. Then we followed along with a directed-drawing of a leprechaun to go with it.

 


I can identify nouns, verbs and adjectives.

 

Important Reminders & Updates

  • Library Day – We will have Library on our first day back after Spring Break.
  • Home Reading – Please continue to have your child practice their Home Reading books and Word Wall                                           Words.
  • Google Classroom – Continue to check our online classroom for new activties, links and Word Wall Words. I                               have been adding quite a lot lately. This will also be helpful for you over the break if you would like your                     child to do some extra practice.
  • Poem & Song folder – Continue to review the poems, songs etc. in your child’s blue folder. This helps to                                                reinforce the learning we have been doing in class.

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

· March 18 - Last Day of Classes

· March 28 – Classes Resume

· April 15 – No School – Good Friday

· April 18 – System-wide Professional Learning Day; No School

· April 22 – Fire Drill

· April 22 – Class photos

· May 4 – Hats On! For Mental Health

· May 10 – School Council Meeting

 

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Week 23: Mar 7-11

This week the students began learning about vowel teams in Language Arts. To help them remember when a word makes a long vowel sound and when it does not they sang songs, completed a smartboard activity and learned the rule: 'When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking'.  We will continue to focus on these vowel teams to help students in their reading and writing.

I can use letter sounds, blends and digraphs to decode words.


Our student teacher, Ms. H, has finished her practicum with us. We will miss her very much! The students each drew a picture and wrote her a short note thanking her for working in our class. We also wrote a poem about her using nouns, verbs and adjectives to describe her. This was a follow-up to the lessons she taught the class on those concepts.

 

   

I can use nouns, verbs and adjectives in my writing.


In math, the students began learning about their doubles facts. They learned a song, played some games, drew pictures to help them remember their doubles facts and built doubles facts using ten frames.

 

I can use double facts to solve math equations.


In Social Studies, we began creating a page in our Visual Journal showing Calgary in the past and present. We watched a Powerpoint showing how Calgary has changed over time and discussed the differences that they saw. The students were surprised to learn that there were very few trees here a long time ago! We connected our work in our visual journals to art by talking about the parts of a landscape drawing. Students learned that the part of the picture closest to them is called the foreground and the part furthest away is called the background.


In gym, we have been learning how to play dodgeball and talking a lot about fair play and good sportsmanship. Students recognize the importance of being honest if they are out and playing according to the rules. We have also talked a lot about what it means to be a good sport both when you win and when you don’t. A good sport doesn’t rub it in when they win and they don’t sulk or get angry when they lose.


Next steps for learning

  • Begin learning about story parts
  • Begin learning about doubles and doubles +1 to help us add numbers together
  • Begin learning about buildings and structures in science

 

Important Information & Reminders:

  • Please make sure that your child brings their blue Poem & Song folder to school every Monday. (or first day of the week). I am adding songs, poems and activities to support the learning we are doing in class each week. It is important that students add these to their booklet so that they can share and review it with parents on the weekend.
  • Please log in to Google Classroom to see new activities and links that have been added. These can help to support your child with extra practice at home.
  • Library Day is Monday. Books come home on Tuesday.
  • St. Patrick’s Day – Your child is invited to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day (Thurs)

  

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


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Week 22: Feb. 28-Mar. 1

 Hello! Here’s a sneak peek at our learning this week! This week in Language Arts, Ms. H.—our student teacher—taught a series of lessons on the parts of speech. The students learned about nouns, verbs and adjectives through a variety of games and activities. At the end of the week, students put their new knowledge to use creating some fun Diamante poems.

 


 

I can identify nouns, verbs and adjectives. I can use nouns, verbs and adjectives in my writing.

 

We also introduced two new letter sounds for the /oo/ digraph. The first one is the scary ghost sound and the second is the not scary ghost sound.

I can identify letter sounds in my reading and writing.

 

The students have also been working on doing some self-assessment of their Small Moment writing identifying areas where they did very well and an area that they could improve. For example:

  •  I used capitals and meatball spaces throughout. I need to work on using triple scoop words in my writing.

 

  

In math, we finished our study of Numbers to 100 and Place Value. Next week we will begin to work on addition and subtraction strategies.

 

I can identify, build, order and compare numbers to 100.

 

 In Science, we continued to look at the 5 Senses focusing on the sense of smell, touch and taste. The students got to test their sense of smell by identifying some mystery scents. Later in the week, they worked in groups to describe some mystery objects by their texture (rough, smooth, hard, bumpy, soft etc), shape  (round, flat, square, cube) and size (large, small, long, short etc. To follow up the students created a diagram in their visual journals illustrating some of the different textures we learned about. At the end of the week, students learned about the sense of taste. They discovered that there are four main flavours (sweet, salty, sour, bitter) and that different parts of the tongue are responsible for recognizing those flavours. After tasting and trying to determine where they could taste some different foods, they drew a diagram of the tongue mapping out the where the taste buds for each of the flavours is found and organized pictures of different foods into the correct category in a chart.

 



In gym, we finished up our unit on basketball. The students participated in some stations reviewing each of the skills learned. They also learned how to play Keep Away as a fun way to apply the skills they have learned and wrap up our unit!


Next Steps for learning:

  • Begin story writing unit
  • Begin Building Things unit
  • Begin addition and subtraction strategies 

 Important Info & Reminders:

  • Library Day is on Monday.
  • Poem & Song Booklet went home today. 
  • Home Reading – please continue to have your child read and return books. Your child brough home some high frequency word cards today along with their Home Reading. Please have your child review these words a few times per week as part of their Home Reading practice. As they lean the words, let me know so that I can snd home new words for your child to practice. This shoudl take about 5 minutes to review with our child and will help with their reading progress.

 

  Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

· March 5 – Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am

· March 8 - School Council Meeting, online 6:30 pm

· March 10 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm to 7:30 pm)

· March 10 – Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

· March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences (8:00 am to 1:00 pm)

· March 18 - Last Day of Classes 

· March 28 – Classes Resume



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Week 21: Feb. 21 -25

 Wow! What a week! Here’s a peek at our learning! In Language Arts we continue learning about parts of speech focusing on nouns. The students read some stories, learned some songs and poems and played a game to help them identify nouns.

 

I can tell what a noun is. 

I can give examples of nouns.


In math, the students continued to work on place value with numbers to 100. Students built numbers using tens and ones blocks as we prepared for our 100th Day of School Celebration. They also continued to practice counting by 2s, 5s ad 10s and also backwards from 20-0. On Friday, they rotated through some stations using their knowledge of place value to complete each activity.

I can make number using tens and ones blocks. 

I can tell the number of tens and ones in a number. 

I can compare numbers using tens and ones.

 

On 100th Day students dressed up and had an awesome time doing 100 Exercises, sharing their collections of 100 objects, dressing up like they were 100 years old and making themselves look 100 days old using a fun online app!  Here is what Ms. V would like if she was 100 years old : )

 

I can count to 100.


In Health, we celebrated Pink Shirt Day and learned about the difference between bullying and being mean or rude. We also listed to a story called the Kindness Quilt and brainstormed different ways to show kindness. Each student was then given a square on which to draw a picture showing different ways to be kind. We will put these altogether to create our own Kindness Quilt next week.

 

I can be a good friend.

 

In gym, we have been learning how to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball.  We will continue with this next week.

 

I can dribble, pass and shoot a basketball.

 

Next Steps for learning:

  • Learn about the sense of smell.
  • Finish Small Moment writing and begin story writing.
  • Finish place value. Begin learning doubles facts

 

 Important Info & Reminders:

  • Library Day is on Monday
  • Poem & Song Booklet went home today
  • Home Reading – please continue to have your child read and return books
  •  Needed!!  We will be beginning our next unit in Science—Building Things--  in next week or so. Please send in any of the following items that you are able to for us to use: (*the ones that are starred we especially need)

-  Small boxes – kleenex, cereal, cracker boxes etc.

- *Containers – yogurt (not the individual ones) or other plastic containers

- *Toilet paper rolls

- *Paper towel rolls

 - Egg cartons

 

 Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

  • Parent Council Fundraiser - 'Fill Your Freezer' ends Feb. 28!!!
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 28 – Classes Resume


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Week 19: Feb. 7-11

Hello and welcome to another fabulous Friday! Here’s a sneak peek at what we were up to this week…..

 In L.A. the students have been working on learning some new letter sounds. They were introduced to the /ar/, /or/, /ir/ and /ur/ sounds. Below are the picture cues and stories to go with each.

 

               I can use letter sounds to decode and write words.

/or/ sound - The dog is growling at the i. It says will I growl OR won't I? 

/ar/ sound - The dog takes a big bite out of the a (apple) and says /AR/ like a pirate

/ir/ & /ur/ sound - The growling dog makes the same sound as /er/ when he is by the /i/ and /u/

 

The class has also been working on their ‘Small Moments’ writing. They have been learning about different techniques authors use to ‘Bring their Stories to Life’, such as:


                        Making their characters TALK and MOVE

                       

                        Taking SMALL STEPS in their writing

                        AND…

 

                        Bringing the INSIDE OUT (showing characters thoughts or feelings)

I can elaborate (add details) to my writing.

 

We have also begun to explore parts of speech to help us with our writing. So far we have looked at what VERBS (action words) are. We created a list of some verbs and sang along with a song about verbs. You can find the song at this link: 

 

In math the students have been continuing their study of Numbers to 100. The students worked in partners to complete a variety of activities and games reinforcing their knowledge and understanding of numbers to 100. They also worked on counting collections of objects by 2s, 5s and 10s and played games to build their knowledge of basic facts to 20.

I can count and identify numbers to 100.

I can skip count by 2s, 5s and 10s.

 

In Science we learned about how our ears hear and tried to determine some mystery sounds. We also completed an experiment in which we created a “telephone” using 2 cans and a string. The students had to make a hypothesis (prediction) for the following question: Will the phone work better if the string is tight or loose?

 

They learned that sounds are made by vibrations.

 

Next Steps for learning…

  • Learn to represent numbers to 100 using base ten blocks
  • Learn about line and pattern in art
  • Learn more about the 5 senses

 

Important Info & Reminders:

  • Library Day is on Monday
  • For our Valentine’s Day Party students are welcome to bring cards to give to their classmates. They must have a card for each student in the class. We have 22 students in our class (9 girls and 13 boys). Students can make their cards out to ‘Friend’ or simply sign their own name. They do not need to write the students names on the cards but they can if they choose. Please do not send food/snacks to share. Students can bring a special snack for themselves. Thank you!

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

February 16 – Valentine’s Day Party

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

 

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


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Week 18: Feb. 1-4

Here’s a sneak peek at what we did this week! Over the last month, students have been learning about what good writers do. They know that good writers use capital letters, periods and leave spaces between their words. They also know that good writers sound out words they don’t know and use the Word Wall to spell more familiar words. They also know that good writers elaborate or add details to their writing. Now they are learning to apply these skills to writing a personal narrative (i.e. small moment). They are also learning other story writing techniques to make their stories come to life!  This week students selected their own small moment to write about. They began by doing a “5 Finger Touch & Tell” with a partner. Next they learned to ‘Touch & Draw Across the Pages’ to plan for their writing.

 

I can represent and write about personal experiences.

 

Students had some new spelling words this week and we also continued to explore how using King Ed (silent e) at the end of a word changes the vowel sound. We looked for examples of this letter in our reading and writing.

 

I can use letter sounds to decode and write words.

 

In math, students continued their exploration of numbers to 100. They are using the 100 Chart to counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s and to add and subtract by ½ more/less and 10 more/less. They also began counting collections of objects using skip counting (ie. making groups of 2, 5 or 10). They are learning to count their groups first and then any objects leftover to determine the full count.

I can count by 2s, 5s and 10s

 

Students have also been working on building their fluency (speed and accuracy) solving math facts questions. This will set the foundation for future work adding and subtracting larger numbers.

I can solve math facts with answers to 20.

 

In Science, the began to learn about the sense of sight. We looked at some optical illusions and created our own optical illusion called a thaumatrope.

 

In art, the students learned how to draw a person using correct proportions and body parts. They then added details to their drawing to match the community helper they researched in Social. Next they put their drawing together with their writing to create a poster about their helper.

 

I can draw people using line and proportion.

Next steps for learning:

·      Learn about how to protect our sight

·      Learn how to add details to our writing

·      Begin basketball in gym

 

 IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

·      Poetry & Song Folder went home today. Please take some time to have your child share what is new.

·      Continue with Home Reading.

·      Check out Google Classroom for new activities and links.

  • A note about our Valentine's Day Party went home today.

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Week 17: Jan. 24-28

Hello and Happy Last Friday of January! This month has gone by fast! Here’s a look at what we did this week.

 

In Language Arts, the students have been learning about “Small Moments” writing. A ‘small moment’ is an everyday event. It could be going for a walk, dinner with the family, going on a ride—any small event that takes place. We read a few stories that took a small moment and turned it into a book. For example, we read “The Night of the Veggie Monster” which sounds really scary, but it is actually about a little boy who has to eat peas for dinner and what happens when he does!  Then we talked about a ‘small moment’ we all shared at school this year when the fire alarm unexpectedly rang. The students brainstormed what had happened and they practiced doing their own retelling of the event using a technique called the “Five Finger Touch & Tell”. Next week, we will write about this small moment together.

 

 

I can retell and share about personal experiences.

 

This week we also learned about a new letter “sound”—King Ed. King Ed is a bit unusual, however, because he doesn’t actually make any sound at all. He sits at the end of a word (e.g. like) and makes the vowel (in this case /i/) say its name. It changes the vowel sound from a short vowel to a long vowel sound. We practiced adding King Ed to the end of a word to make a new word. For example:   pin à  pine.

 

I can use letter sounds to decode words.

 

In math, we have continued to explore Numbers to 100. The students have been counting all the numbers to 100 using a 100 Chart. They have also been looking for patterns in the hundred chart and organizing numbers on a large hundred chart in the correct order.  They are learning to say the names of the numbers and find a given number on the chart and point to it.

 

I can identify numbers to 100.

 

I can order numbers to 100.

The students are also continuing to learn their basic addition and subtraction facts playing various math games. This week they played Addition Snap with a partner. Reviewing these at home will really help students to become more efficient at solving these problems. They can use their fingers, counters or a ruler/number line to help them.

 

I can add and subtract numbers to 20.

 

In Science, we continued learning about the Senses. We talked about what they learned last week and what they say on their Senses Walk. Then we did an activity in which the students acted out how messages are sent from the eye, ear, nose etc. to the brain and the brain helps us to make sense of what we are seeing, hearing etc.

 

I can identify the 5 senses and give examples for each.

 

In gym, we continued with learning to skip. The students learned to skip rope using two feet, alternating feet and skip backwards. We also got out the long rope and students got to try skipping while volunteers turned the rope.

I can skip forwards and backwards using a skipping rope.

 

Next steps for learning:

·      Learn to count collections of objects by 2s, 5s, 10s

·      Learn about the sense of hearing

·      Practice Small Moments writing in L.A.

 

 IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

·      There is NO SCHOOL on Monday for students.

·      Report Cards will be available on Monday, January 31 for viewing by parents. Please log on to your MyCBE Account

to view your child’s progress.

·      If your child is on an IPP this was sent home with your child today.

·      Poetry & Song Folder went home today. Please take some time to have your child share what is new.

·      Continue with Home Reading.

·      Check out Google Classroom for new activities and links.

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


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Week 15: Jan 10-14

Hello! Happy Friday! Here is what we have been up to this week.

Students have continued to build their skills of elaboration in writing in their journals. The students shared about their holiday and something they did over the break and then selected one or two or more of those things to write about in their journals. They were also introduced to Mr./Miss Meatball (a stick with a small pompom on it) to use to help them remember to leave spaces between their words when writing.

 

We also began reading some books in the Mr. Men/Little Miss books series. These books introduce students to some delightful and funny characters and are also a great resource for teaching a variety of new vocabulary words. This week’s spelling words are posted in Google Classroom and should have come home on Monday. They are: come, for, here, make, play, run.

 

In math students began learning about Numbers to 100. They were introduced to a 100 Chart, looked for patterns in the 100 Chart and completed some activity sheets to familiarize themselves with both the numbers and the organization of the chart.

 

In Science, we are learning about Seasonal Changes in winter. Students have been charting the weather and graphing the temperatures, as well as, learning about the effects of winter on people and animals.

 

In gym, we have started our unit on skipping. Students have learned how to determine if their rope is the proper length and how to adjust their rope if needed. They have learned some different ways to use their ropes and also the proper technique for skipping.

 

Next Steps for Learning:

·      Begin Senses in Science

·      Continue with Numbers to 100

·      Research roles/jobs in a community


Important Information and Reminders:

  • Continue with Home Reading
  • Continue to review “Words of the Week” with your child.
  • New song in Poetry Duotang.


Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

 February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

 

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume

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Week 14: Dec. 6-10

Happy Friday! Take a look at what we have been up to this week! In Language Arts we have continued to work on developing our knowledge of letters sounds and using invented spelling in our writing. We have also been working on writing in on journals, using the Success Criteria we have developed. This includes:

            - Using capital letters at the beginning of sentences

            - Using periods at the end of sentences

            - Leaving spaces between words

            - Using ‘Triple Scoop Words’

            - Including lots of details (elaboration)

 

I can share my thoughts and ideas in my writing.

 

In Math, students further explored addition. They learned that addition is joining groups of things together. They also learned what the symbols used in an addition sentence mean (i.e. 3 + 4 = 7  is the same as saying 3 and 4 more is the same as 7).  Through a series of activities, students discovered that the order of the numbers in an addition sentence does not matter (commutative property of addition) and that the “answer” to an addition sentence can actually come BEFORE the “problem” (eg. 7 = 3 + 4) Finally, students explored adding more than two groups of things at a time (eg. 3 hats + 4 socks + 6 shirts = ___). They practiced their addition facts by playing ‘Addition Snap’ with a partner. Ask your child how to play this game.

 

I can add numbers to 20 accurately.

 

In Social Studies, we finished our letters to the other classrooms in the school and delivered them! We can’t wait to hear back! We also began learning about Urban, Suburban and Rural communities. Ask your child what that means.

I can explain and represent concepts using words and pictures.

 

In Art, we worked on creating some colourful snowmen. This tied in with our Science unit on Creating Colour. The students learned that colours are either warm or cool. Warm colours make us think of things like flames, a sunny day or hearts at Valentines. Cool colours make us think of trees, winter, water  etc. Warm colours create excitement and energy. Cool colours are calming and peaceful. The students had to select what colours to use depending on the feeling or effect they wanted their painting to create. First, they drew their snowman. Then they painted their pictures being careful not to let the colours mix, because we know what happens when colours mix! Lastly, they painted their snowman’s scarf using the opposite colour scheme to create contrast.

 

I can use colours to create different effects in my art.

 

Next steps for learning…

  • Begin exploring subtraction in math
  • Learn about persuasive writing
  • Christmas Stations in gym class

 

Important Information and Reminders:

  • Continue with Home Reading
  • Continue to review “Words of the Week” with your child.
  • New song in Poetry Duotang.
  • There will be NO LIBRARY next week. Any books students have can be returned, but they will not be able to check out books until the new year.
  • Traditions Assignment – See yellow note that came home on Thursday. (I will post my example in Google Classroom for you to look at. This is meant to be a short and sweet presentation (5-7 min/student).

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day
  • December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break
  • January 4 - Classes Resume
  • January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents
  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  •  February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

 

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Week 13: Nov. 29-Dec. 3

This week the students finished up writing about their stuffies. When they were done, we used our Success Criteria checklist to edit our work. Students looked for capital letters at the start of their sentences, periods at the end of their sentences and meatball (finger) spaces between their words. They also checked for ‘Triple Scoop Words’. Triple Scoop Words’ are words that are very descriptive and interesting. For example, instead of blue you might use the word ‘aqua’ or ‘turquoise’ or ‘teal’ to describe the colour of your stuffy.

 

I can edit my work for capitals, periods and spaces.

We also added some more letter sounds to our repertoire. This time the students were introduced to “ng” and “wh”.  Pictures, stories and actions are below.

                

wh – is the big, whoosing air sound. Say: h-w as you move your hand back and forth

ng – is the big, nose sound. Say: n-g as you pinch your nose.

*(Think of words that end in -ing, -ang etc. to help make this sound)

 

If your child’s “Words of the Week” did not make it home to you please take a look in the Google Classroom for the list. These words are words students need to know for both their reading and spelling in Grade One. Please review them with your child each week.

In math, we have worked further on understanding tens and ones. This is a very important concept in our unit on Number. Students need to understand that our number system is based on 10. For example, 15 is 1 ten + 5 ones (eg. 10 + 5 = 15) or 20 is 2 tens + 0 ones (eg. 10 + 10 + 0 = 20). We spent a lot of time building numbers, identifying numbers by looking at groups of base ten blocks and circling groups of ten and counting what was left over to determine the number.

I can build numbers using tens and ones blocks.


Our student teacher--Ms. H also--  did a lesson on identify. She read a book called "Red" by Michael Hall. It's about a crayon that has a red wrapper but is actually blue underneath. The students talked about whether we can know who a person is just by looking on the outside. Then they talked about what makes them who they are on the inside. They tried to guess another student's favourite colour just by looking at them . They weren't very successful. 


Last, but not least, we have had a special visitor this week. He first appeared in our tree on Monday morning and has been moving around the classroom keeping an eye on us : ) 


Next Steps for Learning:

  • 1.     Begin computation in math.
  • 2.     Learn about urban and rural communities.
  • 3.     Start a persuasive writing project. 

Important Info. & Reminders:

  •  Home Reading – continue to help your child read and return books
  • Blue Duotang has new songs/poems to share.
  • Book Fair on Monday!!! (No Library next week) - See note below.

Upcoming Items & Dates to Remember:

  • December 6 to 10 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • December 10 - Red & Green Sweater Day
  • December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents
  • December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break (Wear your PJ's to school day!)

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  There is NO LIBRARY on Monday. Students will go to the Book Fair on Monday morning between 9:00-9:30. You are welcome to send money with your child to spend that day, or they can go and have a look and bring money later in the week to buy something. We will only go as a class on Monday. Students who do not bring money on Monday will have to wait until Thursday if they wish to purchase something.


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Week 12:  Nov. 29-Dec. 3

Hello! Take a look at what we have been doing this week. In Language Arts the students have been writing about their stuffies. First they brainstormed what they wanted to say about their stuffy before writing. Next they began to write down what they wanted to say. We spent a lot of time talking about our Success Criteria as well—i.e. how do we know if we have done our best work? We came up with a list of things to look for and include in our writing. We will finish these up next week.




We also learned a new letter sound-- the /qu/ sound. This is the mother duck sound. The u is the baby duck. It always stays with it's mother. Make a duck bill with your hand and say: qu, qu, qu.

In Math, we have continued to build our understanding of numbers to 20. The students have worked on recognizing, counting and representing numbers using base ten blocks. We played a number of games in which the class had to try to beat the teacher! Unfortunately Mrs. V won both time : (   Next week they will challenge me again!

 

I can represent numbers to 20.

I can add numbers to 20.

In Social Studies, we continued to learn about our school community. We decided that we would like to learn a little bit about the other classes in our school so we brainstormed some questions to ask them. Next we began writing a friendly letter to each class. We learned about the parts of a friendly letter and why people write friendly letters. Then we started writing! We will hopefully finish next week and send them off to the other classes.

 

We also went for our Community Walk and talked about all the different kinds of places and buildings in our neighbourhood. The students recognized many streets, homes and locations. They were very excited and mentioned “My house is near hear!” or “I’ve been to that store!”. We saw lots of houses, apartments, playgrounds, a baseball diamond, basketball court even an ice rink! We didn’t make it quite as far as the Southwood Library which was our goal, but we did see some of the stores nearby. At the end we sat in a circle in the field by the school and discussed some questions. For example, why are there so many houses in our neighbourhood? Why do we have shops and parks? The students came to the conclusion that a neighbourhood community is mostly a place where people live, but they also need to buy things and to play.

 

IMPORTANT! We are going to be moving our Library day to MONDAY afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their books with them this Monday. They will bring their books home Tuesday, however, as the librarian will not be able to sign the books out until the next day. (She does not work Monday afternoons).


Next Steps for Learning:

  • Begin to focus on segmenting and blending words in our reading.
  • Continue to learn about place value in math.
  • Continue to develop adding details (ie. elaboration) in our writing

Important Info. & Reminders:

  •  Home Reading – continue to help your child read and return books
  • No new poems/songs this week. Duotang is at school.
  • LIBRARY - Change in schedule. See note above. Books need to come back Monday from now on and will come home on Tuesdays. 
  • Book Fair is coming up. Our day to visit is Monday, Dec. 6. 


Upcoming Items & Dates to Remember:

  • December 6 to 10 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents
  • December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

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Week 11: Nov 15-19

Happy Friday! Here’s a look at what we have been doing this week : )

 

In reading we have learned some new letter blends—ch, sh and th. Below are the stories and actions to go with each. Please take some time to review these with your child and have them think of words that start with these letter combinations.

I can identify letters and their sounds.

ch - this is the train sound. Say: ch-ch-ch as you pretend to push the letter h down the train track. 

sh - this is the quiet, big air sound. Say: Shhhh! and put your finger to your lips.

th - this is the quiet tongue biting sound. Say: Th--- as you stick out your tongue.

      for the noisy tongue biting sound say: Th--- as you stick out your tongue and turn on your voice.

 

In writing, we have continued to talk about elaboration (i.e. adding more details to our writing). The students helped me to write about a favourite stuffy and we created success criteria to let us  know if we have done our best work. Next week, students will be writing about their own favourite stuffy using the same process and criteria.  Please see the note I sent home with your child today explaining this assignment.

 

I can write sentences with a capital and period. I can write about a topic of choice using sufficient detail.

 

 In math we have been learning to count, identify and represent numbers to 20. The students have played some fun games organizing numbers on a number line, using a number line to count objects and showing numbers in different ways during our “Today’s Number” activity.

 I can show numbers in different ways. I can count by ones to 20 accurately. I can count sets of objects to 20.

 

 In Social Studies, we have been learning about our School Community as part of our inquiry into what it means to belong. We watched a presentation on the different people and places in our school. We began learning the EMJ School Song (yes, there is one!) and then we discussed what makes EMJ such a great place to go to school. The students are creating a crest to represent what they feel is the most important and special about EMJ.

 

I can represent my ideas with words, pictures and in writing.


This week was also “Metis Week”.  As part of our focus on FNMI communities and history, the students have learned a bit more about who the Metis People are and some of the aspects of their culture. Our student teacher, Ms. Hourie—who is Metis—shared with us some artifacts from her culture. The students were very excited


NOTE: If you have not already joined our Google Classroom please do so. The email and password needed to join were sent home last week along with instructions. I have posted a number of links to websites with games and activities to support what we are learning in class. I have also posted this week’s “Words of the Week” under Spelling. Please take some time to review and practice these words with your child.

Next Steps for Learning:

  • Community Walk on Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather!
  • Learn about place value.
  • Write about a favourite stuffy.

 

Important Info. & Reminders:

  •  Home Reading – continue to help your child read and return books
  • New poem and song (see blue duotang)
  • Please see note about sending a stuffy to school next week.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are next Thursday and Friday. You may book a time to meet with me by logging into your My CBE Account beginning on Saturday. If your child is on an IPP please book a ½ hour appointment to meet with me. 


Upcoming Items & Dates to Remember:

  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 6 to 10 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents
  • December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

 

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Week 10: Nov. 8-12

Happy Friday, Everyone! Here’s a peek at what we have been up to this week.


In Language Arts, we continued to review letter sounds and work in our Guided Reading groups. We also added some new words to our Word Wall and played a fun game called WORDO. It’s like Bingo but we use words from the Word Wall. Below are the stories and actions to go with each letter sound.

                             

           

y = ski jumper sound. Say: y-y-y-y-yikes as you motion down with your hand like a skier going down a steep hill.

h = the tired sound. Say: h---- as you pretend to sink into a chair.

x = the kissing sound. Say: k-s as you bring two fingers together to make an /x/.

c = the car sound. Say: c-c-c-c as you pretend to drive a car; 

                              When you hit a bump (ie. the letter c is followed by: i, e, y) Say: s------ like your tire is losing air.

We also continued writing in our journals. We are remembering to start with a capital letter, leave spaces between our words and use a period at the end of our sentences. This week I introduced the word elaboration to the students. We are learning to elaborate in our writing or give more details about our topic.

 

In Math, we finished our unit on Patterns and had a small quiz today. We also played some fun math games in which students had to match patterns. Students learned that two patterns can be the same, but different. For example, ABAABAB is the same as 12121212 because both have two terms that repeat. They are also different because one pattern uses letters and the other uses numbers.

 

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In Science, we began our study of colours. We read the book, “The Day the Crayons Quit” and watched a video explaining how we see colours. Ask your child to explain what we need in order to see colours. Then we added the colour words to our Word Wall and completed a poem about colours in our Poetry Booklet. Please read with your child.

                                                                        

                                                                   

     

 In gym, we began using Scoops and Balls. We are building our hand-eye coordination and learning how to toss and scoop balls with control. We played a game on Friday called “Get the Garbage Out”. Students were placed into two teams and had to try to get as many balls onto the other team’s side as they could before the time ran out.

 

In Art, we made some beautiful 3D poppies for Remembrance Day. We also listened to the story ,“A Poppy is to Remember”, and discussed why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day.

 

Next Steps for Learning:

  • Complete a writing activity for Remembrance Day.
  • Create a rainbow in Science.
  •  Begin our unit on Number in Math.


Important Info & Reminders:

  • New poems/songs for your child to share with you have been sent home. Please send folder back on Monday.
  • Students are welcome to bring a donation for the Poppy Fund next week. This is optional.
  • Please check if your child has any overdue work to complete. It does not need to be done all at once, just as you are able.
  • Scholastic Order forms went home today. If you would like to order items for Christmas you may want to do it sooner than later as it can take some time for books to arrive. Remember to use our CLASS CODE: RC227124
  • No Library Exchange this week.
  • No School Thursday (Remembrance Day) & Friday (PD Day) for students


Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

  • November 9 - School Council Meeting
  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Week 9: Oct. 25-29

 Happy Halloween! This week we completed many Halloween themed activities. Take a look at what we have been up to!

 In Language Arts, we reviewed and practiced some more letter sounds. See below for the actions and stories to go with them.

z = say z-z-z-z as you pretend to do your zipper

j = say: j-j-j-j as you pretend to jump over a candlestick

w - say: w-w-w-w as you move your hand back and forth quickly


We also continued with our Pattern Sentence activities and began writing about various topics in our Writing Journals. The students are continuing to review that a sentence needs: a capital letter, spaces and a period. We wrote about what we are going to be for Halloween. Then we wrote about why we chose to be that for a Halloween. Students are learning about elaboration in their writing, but I haven’t introduced that word yet. We have just talked about adding details.

 


In math, the students continued to learn about patterns. They learned how to make patterns that start the same way they end (Eg. ABA, ABBA etc.).  They also started learning about pattern rules and built many different patterns after being given a pattern rule.


 At the end of the week, the students played some fun Halloween Math Centres involving Numeracy.

 



In addition to working on patterns in Math, the students created some fun Halloween Art using patterns. We read some books—Pattern Bugs and Pattern Fish—in which the characters created patterns using sounds and movements. The students chose a Halloween creature and created a word pattern using the sounds or movements that that creature would make. For example, a bat might say ‘screech, swoop’ etc.  Then they drew and coloured a picture of their creature. They used the pattern in their writing to create a colour pattern (eg. orange, black) for their border and a similar pattern somewhere else in their picture (eg. big, small etc.).



To do this activity students also had to learn what onomatopoeia was. They created some fun speech bubbles with onomatopoeic words  in them. (eg. buzz, whoosh, hoot etc.).

 

In gym we completed some fun Halloween Centres and ended of with a fabulous PAR-TAY!

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!

 

Next Steps for Learning: 

- Finish up learning about Patterns in Math

- Continue to learn about elaboration in our writing.

- Continue to explore belonging in Social Studies.

 

Important Info & Reminders:

- ADmazing Book Orders – send in a.s.a.p

- Read/sing ‘Poem & Song Booklet’ with your child. Send back to school on Monday.

- Check your child’s backpack for work to finish or correct. Return when done.

- Library Day is Wednesday. Students can bring back books anytime, but we can only exchange books on Wednesday.


Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


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Week 8: Oct. 18-22

This week in Language Arts we worked on continuing to sound out words in our writing using our Pattern Sentence activities. Students were also introduced to our Word Wall which is like a dictionary. We added some of the sight words from our pattern sentence activities— I, a, like, see, can, to. Each week we will be adding new words to our Word Wall to help us with our writing. We also continued to explore the parts of a sentence. We examined sentences for capital letters, periods and other ending punctuation, spaces and counted the number of words. This will help us as we begin Journal Writing in the coming weeks. We also reviewed a few more letters and their sounds. Please help your child to review these at home. Do they remember the sounds and actions? (see last week’s blog for full list of letters and sounds)

 

l = the singer sound. She gets up on stage and says: l-l-l-l as she waves her arms like a conductor.

s = the quiet, small air sound. Put your teeth together and say: s-s-s-s like a snake. Pretend to pull a skinny snake out of your teeth.

r  = the growling dog sound; try to lift your tongue up in the back of your mouth and say: r

 

I can match letters and their sounds.

 

In math, we learned about finding the core of a pattern, counting the number of terms in a pattern, labelling patterns using letters (A, B, C, D) and predicting what comes next in a pattern. Students built patterns using pattern blocks to show their understanding. I also challenged the students to create patterns using less objects than terms. For example, build an ABC pattern using only squares and triangles. They had to think of how they could show one of the shapes in two different ways. 

I can build different types of patterns (i.e. AB, ABC, ABB etc.)

The students also played a fun game called 'Subitizing Snap'  with a partner in which they tried to quickly recognize and call out the number of dots on the card before their partner. They have been working on recognizing groups of dots at a glance by looking for smaller groups of dots in the larger set and then mentally adding them up in their head. 

 

I can subitize.

In Science we continued to learn about the changes we see in the Fall. We focused on what animals do in the fall.  We examined a wasp and beehive and speculated about what had happened to the insects that used to live there. Where did they go? What happened to them? Why did they leave?

 

Next we watched some videos explaining what animals do in the fall. Students learned that some animals change colour or grow thicker fur, others eat as much as they can or store food for the winter and some migrate. Ask your child what the word MIGRATION means. Can they give an example of an animal for each of the above?  The students added their examples to their Seasons Booklet.

 

Next Steps for Learning:

  • Begin a Halloween and Patterns inspired art/writing project.
  • Learn about pattern rules, showing patterns in different ways and fixing mistakes in patterns.
  • Continue with scooters in gym.


Important Reminders:

  • Your child has brought home a note with important information about Halloween to share with you.
  • Please have your child leave toys and other personal items at home. These items often become lost or broken or are a distraction during class time. Thank you!
  • Your child has brought home their Poem & Song booklet. Please continue to review the songs and poems to increase their familiarity and build on what they are learning in class.
  • Check your child’s backpack for work to finish or correct. Return when done.
  • Library Day is Wednesday. Students can bring back books anytime, but we can only exchange books on Wednesday.

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

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Week 7: Oct. 12-15

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a lovely week! We have been very busy here in Grade 1. Take a look at what we have been up to! In Language Arts we have continued to review letter sounds.  Below are the pictures and stories to go with each.

I can identify the correct sounds for letters of the alphabet.

 

v- put teeth on your lips and point to your lips while saying: v-v-v-v-vampire

k – this is the quiet choking sound because the boy’s tie is too tight; Action: put hand under chin and say: k-k-k-k

g- this is the noisy choking sound. Say: g-g-g-g-g as you pretend to be drinking grape juice.

 m – we can smell yummy cookies with our nose, press your lips together and say: m-m-m-m as you rub your tummy.  

n – this is another nose sound, but our mouth is open and we say: n-n-n-n-no when our mom asks if we did something wrong! Action: Shake head from side to side.

Previous week's letter sounds were:

t – is the quiet tongue dancing sound. The tongue taps the back of our teeth as we say: t-t-t-t. Action: tap finger on desk.

p – is the quiet mother trying not to wake her baby. She says: p-p-p-p. Action: hold hand in front of mouth as you sound

d – is the noisy tongue dancing sound. The tongue taps the back of our teetch as we say: d-d-d. Action: tap hand on desk

b – is the noisy baby. He says: b-b-b-b. Action: Place hand on throat and feel the vibration as you say sound.

f – is the quiet lip biting sound. It’s the friendly dragon biting his lip and making the fire go out. Action: stick head out, bite lip and blow.

a – pretend to eat an apple as you open your mouth wide and say /a/.

i – this is our basketball player trying to get the ball (dot) i-i-i-i into the hoop.

e – this is Ed being called by his mom “e-e-e-Ed it’s time to eat! Action: put finger between tiny space in teeth

o – this is the baby, we say “Awwwww, isn’t she cute!”. Action: tilt head to one side and point at your cheek.

u – this is the toddler putting up his arms, he says ‘u-u-u-u’ because he wants up. Action: reach up with both arms

 

We have also been learning about what the parts of a sentence are.  We learned that words are made of letters and sentences are made of words. We also talked about the fact that words in sentences have spaces between them, start with a capital letter and end with a period. In our Poem & Song folder we learned a couple new songs.  We drew pictures to go with the lines of one of our poems and looked for the number of words in each line.

 

I can identify words and sentences. I can tell the parts of a sentence. 

 

In Math, we completed a short assessment on Sorting and began our next unit on Patterns.  So far we have talked about how we know if something is a pattern or not, looked for patterns in the classroom, created patterns using movement and built some patterns using pattern blocks. Students know that a pattern is something that repeats. They are learning to distinguish between patterns and non-patterns. This weekend, have your child look around their house to see what patterns they can find.

 

I can make repeating patterns.


In Science we learned about what makes the seasons. We watched a video and did a demonstration using a globe. One student got to be the sun while Mrs. V moved the Earth around her to show the different seasons. Then the students drew and labelled a diagram of this experiment.  



Next it was time for our Seasonal Walk to look for Signs of Fall. We found many interesting signs of fall on our walk, such as pumpkins, various colours of leaves, a squirrel looking for nuts, some birds searching for seeds, pinecones and even a wasp sitting on a tree trunk. We noticed that it is getting cooler with each passing day. Next week we will begin a Seasonal Changes booklet to document our observations.

I can make and record observations.


In Social Studies, we began talking about what it means to belong. We learned that if you belong you are a part of something like a group. We discussed the various groups that we belong to such as our families, friends, school, neighbourhood, teams, our city, province and country. The students created a page in their Visual Journals showing the different groups they are a part of.  We also had some fun exploring where exactly we live. We went onto Google Earth and found EMJ using the 3D satellite imaging. The kids were amazed and excited to see Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Southwood and EMJ in such amazing detail.


Next Steps for Learning:

  • Continue learning about patterns in math
  • Continue to explore Seasonal Changes
  • Use scooters in gym to play games and develop our core strength

 

 Important Info & Reminders:

  • Monday is a PD Day. There is No School for students.
  • ADmazing Book Orders – send in a.s.a.p
  • Read/Sing ‘Poem & Song Booklet’ with your child. Send back to school on Monday.
  • Check your child’s backpack for work to finish or correct. Return when done.
  • Library Day is Wednesday. Students can bring back books anytime, but we can only exchange books on Wednesday.


Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


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Week 6: Oct 4 - 8

Hello! Happy Week 6! This week we worked on learning a number of new letter sounds and actions in Language Arts. Below are the pictures and a short description of the actions for each. Have your child practice doing the sound and actions with you. The students also brought home a Poem & Song booklet yesterday. Please review the songs and poems with your child. Do they remember the words and actions? Can they point out letters and/or words that they know?


 I can identify and say the correct sounds for letters of the alphabet.


In math, we continued with sorting shapes using their attributes. This week, however, instead of having to sort objects based on a given attribute, they had to look at groups of objects and tell what was the same about about the shapes in the group. We played a fun online game called ‘Sort-O-Matic’ to practice our skills.

 



I can sort objects based on their attributes.


This weekend show your child some objects. Ask them to tell you what your Sorting Rule is. It could be things that are:

  • all red
  • all small
  • used for eating
  • etc.

 Then have your child grab some objects and you try to guess their sorting rule. Can they stump you?

 

We also made a graph about what we are most thankful for. We reviewed the parts of a graph (title, data etc.) and why we make graphs. We discovered that most students were thankful for candy, but don’t worry family and friends were a close second!  : )

 

I can create and use graphs to answer questions.

 

In Art we finished our lovely “Giving Trees” inspired by two books we read about… Giving Trees!  We compared the two books and created a Venn diagram telling what was the same and what was different about the books. We determined that both books taught an important lesson about giving, sharing and only taking what we need. Then we learned about a famous artist—Wassily Kandinsky. He is known for his use of colour and circles in his work. He loved abstract art and was one of the pioneers of that type of art. We made fall, giving trees using his style of art. Lastly, we wrote about what we are thankful for.



I can make art using shape and colour.

 

Next Steps for Learning:

  • Begin Patterning in math
  • Begin looking at Seasonal Changes in Science
  • Begin talking about belonging in Social Studies

 

Important Info & Reminders:

- Please send RUNNING shoes to school with your child. They cannot participate in P.E. without proper footwear.

- If your child is late for school, please have them go around to the office to be let in. Thank you!

- ADmazing Book Orders – send in a.s.a.p

- Read/Sing ‘Poem & Song Booklet’ with your child. Send back to school on Monday.

- Check your child’s backpack for work to finish or correct. Return when done.

- Library Day is Wednesday. Students can bring back books anytime, but we can only exchange books on Wednesday.


Upcoming 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

                          Have a lovely weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!  Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!


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Week 5: Sept 27- Oct 1

Here’s a snapshot of our week!

This week the students engaged in a variety of learning activities centered around Orange Shirt Day (a.k.a. Truth & Reconciliation). The students learned about what the word Indigenous means and who are the Indigenous people of Canada. They also listened to the story of Phyllis Webstad and learned about the experiences of thousands of children in Residential Schools. They created some ‘Respect Rocks’ in honor of the many children who attended Residential School but did not make it home to see their families. They then placed these rocks in the garden outside of our school to help us remember that ‘Every Child Matters’.  Today students also learned about a "Talking Stick" and got to use it to share what they had learned this week about First Nations people. Ask them what it is and how we use it.


Sharing with the class using the Talking Stick.


Walking in the dip, listening to the story of "The Giving Tree". (A Metis story)


Painting our 'Respect Rocks'.



Placing rocks in our garden in honour of students who attended Residential School.


The students also learned about the Grandfather Teaching of Respect and the bison. In First Nations tradition, the bison represents respect because it provided everything they needed to live. Without the bison, they could not have survived. They have great respect for the bison because of this. From the bison we learn to respect: ourselves, others and nature.

I can show respect for and learn from the experiences of others.

 

In reading, we introduced some more letter sounds using our Lively Letters program—t, d, p, b and f. Ask your child to tell you the stories and the actions that go with each letter sound. (I have also listed them below if your child forgets)

 I can identify the sounds of the letters.

t – is the quiet tongue dancing sound. The tongue taps the back of our teeth as we say: t-t-t-t. Action: tap finger on desk.

p – is the quiet mother trying not to wake her baby. She says: p-p-p-p. Action: hold hand in front of mouth as you sound

d – is the noisy tongue dancing sound. The tongue taps the back of our teetch as we say: d-d-d. Action: tap hand on desk

b – is the noisy baby. He says: b-b-b-b. Action: Place hand on throat and feel the vibration as you say sound.

f – is the quiet lip biting sound. It’s the friendly dragon biting his lip and making the fire go out. Action: stick head out, bite lip and blow.


Last week’s letter sounds were:

a – pretend to eat an apple as you open your mouth wide and say /a/.

i – this is our basketball player trying to get the ball (dot) i-i-i-i into the hoop.

e – this is Ed being called by his mom “e-e-e-Ed it’s time to eat! Action: put finger between tiny space in teeth

o – this is the baby, we say “Awwwww, isn’t she cute!”. Action: tilt head to one side and point at your cheek.

u – this is the toddler putting up his arms, he says ‘u-u-u-u’ because he wants up. Action: reach up with both arms

 

This week students also began some pattern sentence writing activities. They will be bringing these home to share with you. Please have your child read their sentences to you. If your child is not finished their page, have them complete it and return to school when done. These sentence frames contain many sight words that students will be learning to recognize in their reading and writing over the coming weeks. This activity also gives students a chance to practice sounding out and spelling unfamiliar words in their writing. At this time, we want students to begin to recognize and identify the correct beginning and ending sounds in words.

 

I can write sentences using a sentence frame. I can use ‘invented spelling’ to spell words in my writing.

 

In math, we began working on sorting objects into groups based on their attributes. Attributes are qualities or characteristics of objects. For example: size, shape, colour, thickness etc. The number and type of attributes will vary depending on the objects being sorted. Ask your child to explain to you what an attribute is and how we use them to sort objects. 

 

I can sort objects into groups based on a given attribute.


The students practiced making their own groups sorting shapes. They were also given some animals to sort using the Smartboard. They really liked this activity!

 

On a final note, your child may have mentioned that we had a special visitor this week. He name is Ms. Hourie. She is a student teacher and will be working in our class one day a week over the course of the year. We are very glad to welcome her into our classroom community! Here she is helping the students paint their rocks.


Next Steps for Learning:

1.     We will continue learning about sorting. Have your child practice sorting objects at home. They can sort laundry into

          piles by colour, type, size or any objects you have at home. (eg. toys, cutlery, pantry items etc.)

2.     We will begin looking at the Seasons in Science.

 3.    We will continue to review printing and letter sounds.

 

Important Info. & Reminders:

  • ADmazing Orders due a.s.a.p.
  • Picture Day Orders due Oct. 7
  • Library Day is every Wednesday
  • Reminder that students need proper shoes (running shoes) for indoor and outdoor. 
  • Please send in a pair of headphones in a baggie labeled with your child's name. We will need these when working on the computers this year. 
  • Students have brought home a writing activity to share with you. Please have your child read their sentences to you. If your child is not quite done their page, please have them finish and return on Monday. They should have written in all their sentences and drawn a picture to go with each sentence.


Upcoming 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


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Week 4: Sept 20-24

 Hello! It was lovely to meet and talk with so many of you about your children. If you were not able to connect with me this week, please email me to set up another time to talk.  Here’s another sneak peek at our learning this week!

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This week in Language Arts we continued to develop our reading stamina. We continued to review our letter sounds and added some new letter sounds to our repertoire. Ask your child about the sounds we have covered and the stories and actions we have learned to help us remember them.

I can match letters to the sounds that they make.


We also worked on a creative writing activity in which the students were asked to design a playground. If they could put anything they wanted into their playground what would they put? We had everything from slides made of candy canes, to tree houses with slides, pools and roller coasters! They drew very detailed pictures and attempted to label and write a sentence to go with their picture.

I can share my ideas using pictures and words.

 

In math we began our work with sorting. We listened to a story about a frog and toad that went for a walk. On the walk one of the characters lost his button. They searched and searched for it but only found other buttons. Each time he found a button he would exclaim, “That’s not my button. That button is _________ my button is __________.” Students learned that the characteristics of an object are called it’s attributes. We can describe and organize (or sort) objects based on their attributes (i.e. size, shape, thickness, colour, texture etc.) The students were then given some buttons to describe and sort based on their various characteristics.


Sort by: Colour

Sort by: Number of holes

I can sort objects based on their attributes.

 

In gym we ran our Terry Fox Run on Monday. The students ran 64 laps around the school field altogether. They did a fantastic job and showed perseverance and determination.

I can perform locomotor activities correctly.

 

Next steps for Learning...

1.     Next week we will be focusing on TRC throughout the week as part of our Orange Shirt Day activities.

2.     We will continue to work on sorting in Math.

3.     We will continue to work on reviewing letter sounds and proper printing skills.

 

Some Notes and Reminders:

  • We have Library every Wednesday. Please ensure that your child brings back their books by Wednesday each week if they would like to sign out new books.
  • Please ensure that your child has proper running shoes for both inside and outside. We do many running activities in gym class. Proper footwear is needed to ensure safety.
  • Students are invited to wear orange next week as part of our Orange Shirt Day activities.


Upcoming Items & Dates to Remember: 

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



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Week 3: Sept. 13-17

 Happy Week 3! Here’s a sneak peek at what we have been up to this week : )

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In Language Arts, we have continued to work on learning to “read” the pictures and to build our reading stamina. Reading Stamina is being able to read for longer and longer without getting distracted or needing to take brakes. The students acted out what reading stamina looks like and sounds like and then we practiced. So far we are able to read (as a class) for a little over a minute before ‘breaking stamina’. Each week we will keep track of how long we can read and then try to beat that time each day! We also talked about the difference between books that tell stories (narratives) and books that teach us facts (informational). 

I can read using the pictures and words.

In math, students continued to learn about and create graphs. Students are learning to use the correct terminology to describe the parts of a graph—i.e. title, data etc.—and to answer questions using the data in our graphs. We have learned our favourite colours, favourite school subjects, how we get to school and the number of people in our families.

I can answer questions using data from a graph.


We have also continued to build our number sense by representing numbers to 10 (and higher) using a ten frame. Students discovered that no matter where we put the counters on the Ten Frame the total number of counters does not change. For example, I can show 4 using many different arrangements of counters in a ten frame but the total amount is still 4.

I can represent numbers in a variety of ways.

Lastly, we have combined a little bit of number/number word recognition with printing practice. We have talked about the correct way to hold our pencil and where to place letters on the lines and spaces. We used the analogy of a house to help us remember where to place different letters. For example, some letters are tall so they take up two spaces (or two levels of our house). Some letters are short and take up only one level of our house and some letters go down into the basement.

 

I can print letters using the correct size and shape.


Of course, we were excited for Picture Day and our first Fire Drill of the year which went swimmingly! And we have been practicing all week for our Terry Fox Run on Monday!  





I can perform different movements (running, skipping, galloping etc.) correctly. 

We also watched a movie and created a page in our Visual Journal to show our learning. The students brainstormed words that can be used to describe Terry Fox and then we used those words to create a Wordle. Take a look at some of their creations!

 

I can represent my ideas using words and pictures.


Last but not least, a few more students shared their 'All About Me' bags with the class. We learned about our love for pizza, dinosaurs and skateboarding!

 

I can speak confidently and comfortably on a topic of choice.

Next Steps for Learning:

  • We will begin learning about sorting and patterning in Math but will also continue our review of number through our daily Calendar activities.
  • We will complete a writing assignment about creating a new playground.
  • We will begin to learn to use and explore the computer.

 Important Info & Reminders:

  • Please ensure students have a pair of running shoes both for inside and outside. We often have P.E. outside and students require comfortable and safe footwear to participate in our activities.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held next week Thursday (4:00-8:00) and Friday (9:00-1:00). Please log into your MyCBE Account to book a time to meet with me. Conferences will be held virtually. 
  • Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 19th. Due to Covid protocols, each class will be participating in the run on our school field during their gym time. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear your running shoes. We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th. You can either donate on-line http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ... or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!  Students are also asked to think about who they would like to run for next week. They can let me know Monday morning. If they don’t know who to run for they can always run for Terry!


Upcoming Items & Dates to Remember:

  • Sept 19 - Terry Fox Run
  • Sept 23 – Parent Teacher Conferences On-line 4-7:30 pm
  • Sept 24 – No school Parent Teacher Conferences On-line
  • Sept 30 – National day for Truth & Reconciliation No school



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Week 2: Sept. 7-10

Welcome to Room 5! I hope you have all had a great start to your year! This is the first of many blog messages for the year. The blog is an opportunity for me to communicate with you what is happening in our classroom and to relay important reminders and information about upcoming events. 

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This week the students have had the opportunity to engage in a number of community building activities as we get to know each other and develop relationships with one another. They have had a great time presenting their objects to the class and sharing fun facts about themselves. We have learned that one student in our class has a YouTube channel, another likes to play golf and one is learning karate. We also learned about our favourite foods, pets, hobbies, favourite toys and much more. Their presentations have generated many excited conversations and comments, such as, “I like that…” and “I have one of those… ” too. It has been great to find out how much we all have in common!

 

 

In language arts, we have been learning about reading books using the pictures and looking for words we know to help tell the story. Students were given their very own Book Box and selected 5 books from our Classroom Library to place in there. Each week we will select new books to place in our boxes as we develop our reading skills.

 

In math, we have been reviewing numbers to 10 and working on some graphing activities. We began by creating a Birthday Graph which we displayed on the wall in our classroom. After creating our graph, students used the data to answer simple questions about the graph such as:

·       How many students have a birthday in _________?

·       Which month has the most/least birthdays? Etc.

 

 

For numbers to 10 we played several games of BINGO and built numbers using counters and ten frames.

 

 

In art, the students worked on a ‘Name Art’ project using natural objects. First, we went on a Nature Walk to collect items to use in our work. Then the students selected the objects they liked best to create their name. They worked very diligently and carefully on their projects. They are looking amazing!

 

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 Reminders:

·       Please return Student Demographic forms if you have not already done so.

·       Please remind your children to take home their water bottles and any masks each Friday for cleaning.

·       Students require running shoes in the classroom in order to participate safely in P.E. activities.

 

 Looking ahead

1.   We will continue to work on reading using our Book Boxes.

2.    We will continue to review numbers to 10 and create/interpret graphs.

3.   We will complete our Name Art projects.

 

Upcoming Items and Dates to Remember:

 Sept 2021

  • Sept 16- Picture Day
  • Sept 19 - Terry Fox Run
  • Sept 23 – Parent Teacher Conferences On-line 4-7:30 pm
  • Sept 24 – No school Parent Teacher Conferences On-line
  • Sept 30 – National day for Truth & Reconciliation No school

 

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There’s still time to donate to the Loonies for Literacy campaign. For every dollar a school raises, a dollar will go to a school in need through the generosity of community sponsors & contributions. https://t.co/mzfcqpty5W #WeAreCBE

RT @EdMattersYYC: Hey #yyc! We are just $295 away from raising $10,000 for literacy resources for @yyCBEdu schools. Are you up to the challenge of getting us over $10,000 by the #Flames puck drop? Help us pack school libraries with books for kids! Donate online or by text: https://t.co/2CORjVfHyx https://t.co/WwfVXtk6va