Classroom Message: March 5th
Things to note:
-There is no school on Friday, March 12th
-Library books are due back every Wednesday
-We are starting to explore the science of colour! Over the next month we are asking students to bring in items that they can add to our colour wall (buttons, pipe cleaners, feathers etc). These items must be small enough to fit on the paper. I have added a picture so you know what colours to look for!
These colours can come in all kinds of shades, the more the merrier! 😊 Happy colour hunting!
Weekly Sight Words: (March 1-5):
Scholastic: Class code RC134516. Since it is all online this year, you can put in a Scholastic order any time you like. Be sure to use the class code in the coupon field during check out! Ms. Martin will send out monthly flyers once they arrive.
Prodigy (Math) - see your email
RAZ Kids - see your email
MyBlueprint - CBE username and password (email Ms. Martin if you are not sure)
Learning Plan March 8-11
Here is a brief overview of what we will be doing at school this week. Click the schedule below to access the document. Please note that our learning plan is subject to change.
T.W.A.S. (This Week At School) March 1-5
On Monday, we began with O’Canada and a land acknowledgement. Then we did calendar and read a story called “Ruby Finds a Worry”. Next, we wrote in our journals about our worries, or who we talk to when we feel worried. After that, we had snack and recess. In Math, we made bead counters to help us with math questions! After lunch, we did our new spelling words. Ask me what they are! Then, in Social Studies, we made “Maps of our Heart”, with things that we love. After that, we did Prodigy on the iPads. Lastly, we did TWAS, cleaned up, read Magic Tree House, and got ready to go.
On Tuesday, we began with calendar and a story called “My Mouth is a Volcano”. After that, we practiced our printing of the letter “C’. Then, we had snack. In Math, we did a Even and Odd coloring page. Next, we went outside and also had Music with Mr. Siemens. After lunch, we practiced our long and short vowel sounds. Then, we did a movement break. After that, we made color wheels by mixing primary colours. Ask me how to make secondary colours by mixing primary colours! Then, we cleaned up, did TWAS, read Magic Tree House, and got ready to go.
On Wednesday, we began with calendar and a story called “The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun”. Then, we wrote in our journals about what we would do if we caught a leprechaun. After that, we had snack and recess. In math, we learned about “Even Steven and Odd Todd”. Ask me who they are! After lunch, we practiced our sight words with a dinosaur game. Then, we did a little movement break. After that, we did RAZ Kids and Prodigy on the iPads. Lastly, we did TWAS, cleaned up, read Magic Tree House, and got ready to go.
On Thursday, we began with calendar and a story called “Smelly Socks”. Then, we practiced printing the letter “D”. Next, we had snack, and went to music with Mr. Siemens. In Math, we did a Even and Odd cut and sort activity. After lunch, we did library. Then, we did an art and science activity where we mixed colours to make a warm and cool ocean sunset or sunrise. After that, we clean our buckets. Lastly, we did TWAS, read Magic Tree House, and got ready to go.
On Friday, we began with recess and went to music with Mr. Siemens' guest teacher. Her name was Ms. E! Then, we did our spelling words, and had our snack. After that, we did tech time (RAZ Kids and Prodigy) and a movement break. Lastly, we did TWAS, cleaned up, Read Magic Tree House, and got ready to go.
March 12th: No Classes
March 26th: Last Day of Classes Before Spring Break
April 6th: Classes resume
April 26th: Classes AM only, Conferences in PM
April 27th: Junior High Conferences (No classes for elementary and Junior High)
May 21st: No Classes
May 24th: No Classes
June 29th: Last day of School
Useful Websites and Information
Reading Strategies Bookmarks.pdf
English for Kids
Great Sites to improve Language Arts skills
Education.com phonics games (free account -registration required)
Printing Letters with proper formation video
Starfall - Learn to read with phonics
Story Place - Listen to stories online
Magic Keys - More online stories
PBS Kids- Best games for Language Arts: Reading games, letter games, vocabulary games, alphabet games and word games.
FunBrain-reading and story writing. For more advanced readers.
Learning Games for Kids - great for studying our color words.
Practice the Graphemes (Grade 1/2)
Phonogram Page-Practice the graphemes and sounds of words.
Additional Useful Websites:
http://theconversation.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-covid-19-133576 - this article is a great resource for how talk to your kids about COVID-19. The article also talks about the importance of activities like playing board games & baking, physical activity and regular routines during this time.
Scholastic - they have put together some wonderful "learn at home" resources for different ages. There is approximately 3 hours of learning per day!
Art For Kids Hub - step by step drawing videos. We do these often at school and the kids love them! Click on the "drawing" tab to pick a video.
Stem Laboratory - at home, hands on learning you can do as a family, many of which require supplies you may already have at home.
Calgary Public Library - Digital Library
Cincinnati Zoo - Home Safari on Facebook Live!