Health - Today we learned a Friendship Game where we practiced taking turns, talking kindly to each other, checking in, and cooperating.
We have also started to talk about healthy practices that we can use to help keep ourselves healthy and avoid germs. The following is what our class knew:
1. Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough
2. Try not to touch your face
3. Wash your hands with soap and water often throughout the day
4. Use hand sanitizer when you can't wash your hands
5. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you eat
6. Drink plenty of water
7. Eat healthy food - focus on healthy snacks verses treats
8. Get lots of sleep
9. Stay home when you are not feeling well
Social - Today we worked on writing a explanatory paragraph explaining what we know about the newcomers who came to Western Canada to homestead.
Math - Today we focused on math word problems. We have decided that we will call them Math Mysteries. We practiced the steps of reading and re-reading the problem. Identify clues in the words as well as think of common sense things we know that will help us solve the problem. Select a strategy to support us to solve the problem (draw a picture, use a number line, use manipulatives, skip counting, use a hundred's chart), write equations to show our thinking and finally explain how our solution provides an answer to the question asked in the mystery.
We are coming to the end of our work learning about the properties of liquids and will continue our work with hot and cold temperatures.
In "Little House on the Prairie" Pet the horse has a baby, colt. Pa, is making a shed to protect the horses from wolves.
In social, we are creating skits, showing how the newcomers who came to Canada for farms because they wanted a better life and were risk takers. We are also working on showing how the farms Canada gave away to newcomers that they had to be able to put a lot of work into the farm in order to qualify to keeping it at the end of three years. We have also started to learn about the Saskatoon region of Canada and how it attracted many newcomers from the Ukraine. This group of people influenced the culture and traditions in this area of Canada. You can ask us how the Ukrainian Flag influenced the design of the Saskatchewan flag.
Today was Think Pink Day - We have been focusing on Thinking Pink throughout February. Today we set an intention to make a choice to put kindness into action by taking turns, sharing and using positive words. Throughout the day the kids brainstormed how to show kindness at school and at home. I was very proud of the students in our class because they chose not to get involved with play fighting during recess, which was part of our conversation earlier in the morning.
P.E. - We played Wild Piggy Tag and went on a kindness walk with a partner where we shared our ideas on how to practice kindness.
Social - We have just about finished the dioramas for our Home Steading Project. The students have been very supportive of sharing their supplies and helping each other out during the building process, so that everyone could feel successful. We were practicing what it means to be a dynamic community.
Storyboarding - We have been listening to some First Nation Tales from the Haida Gwaii and the Anishinaabe people. We are now participating in storytelling and drama activities to help us retell one of the stories. Part of the process is to storyboard our writing plan. We will be revising our stories, publishing them into books and then work on developing our skills as a storyteller so we can present our story to an audience.
Circle of Courage - Independence Days - Our first Independence Day will be tomorrow. We have tried our best to include your child in one of their top six picks. If your child did not hand in their form earlier in the week, they will still be included in the activities. We might not have had their form to help make the decision of where to place them when the roster was being created. Friday will be the first of three Independence Day Sessions. All session rosters have been organized. We will have an kick-off assembly tomorrow morning.
Social Studies - We have started to build our dioramas. Students have been asked to continue to bring in items they feel they need. We hope to have our homesteads completed by the end of next week.
Math - We have started to work with math fact families. This work helps us to recognize that we can use addition to solve a subtraction problem or subtraction to solve an addition problem because math facts in the family are connected. There will be more information coming home tomorrow, along with some other class work in our home school folders.
Remember to complete and return your Circle of Courage - Independence Days Forms ASAP.
Ask me what my heart strings are attached to. We read a book that shared how invisible strings from our heart attach to the people, place, things and animals that we love, so that we are always connected.
We continue to work with regrouping numbers to show different ways we can build them using groups of tens and ones.
Ask me about P.E. we played a pirate game.
Home School Folder - Today, your child brought home a selection sheet to pick their top six choices to take part in, during our Circle of Courage Independence Days. We will be doing there activities on 3 selected Fridays. Your child should get to participate in three of their six choices. The forms need to be returned to class on Tuesday, February 18. Please read the selection information and descriptors carefully as there are grade ranges for the different activities. More information will be coming.
Have a wonderful Family Day Weekend. I look forward to seeing the kids next Tuesday.
Ask me about our Mindful Walk during P.E.
Ask me about my Hummingbird art. We based it on artwork from the Haida Gwaii nation from the Queen Charlotte Islands.
During the month of February we are thinking about kindness and aiming to show that we are trying to "Think Pink." We will be having a number of health lessons that focus on kindness. What does it looks like? What does it sound like? We will also be working with mental health and social problem solving mixed in with friendship skills.
Remember to bring in your supplies of Beautiful Junk so that we can begin our Homesteading Diorama Project.
The kids have brought home their yellow, home school folder. In it you will find:
Decoding Hard Vowels Snakes and Ladders Game
We play this game the same way as the original snakes and ladders. Instead of counting and number symbols, we focus on reading the invented words. We have been learning about how to identify phonics rules that predict when to have vowels say their hard or soft sounds.
This game focuses on the phonemic letter patterns for hard vowel sounds. “When two vowels go walking (appear in the word, side by side). The first one does the talking (Says the name of the first vowel in the vowel pair in the word).
Hope you have fun playing the game and practicing using the letter patterns to help decode the invented words. (We have also worked with King Ed… That is the silent ‘e’ at the end of words that makes the vowel that comes earlier say its name.)
Homesteading Project Information
We are also beginning a homesteading diorama project. We are looking for beautiful junk to use while building our dioramas. It would be very much appreciated If you could send in any beaurtiful junk that you might have on our list. Please do not go and buy things for us. We are wanting recyclable items that you already have. Beautiful junk could include items such as:
Cereal boxes and other thin easy to cut cardboard
Mini-boxes for cereal
Small milk cartons
Modeling clay / Plasticine
Small toy animal models of cows, chickens, horses, pigs, goats, donkeys, people
Green tissue paper
Wood pieces – sanded
Little toy logs
Small empty boxes like Kleenex boxes, Spaghetti Boxes
You child has completed a letter making specific requests for items they feel they need specifically.
We will be holding a Valentine Card Exchange in our class on Wednesday, February 12. If you would like your child to participate in handing out Valentine Cards, please support them to prepare a Valentine to hand out to each child in the class. As we have a number of allergies, please do not send in any treats or attach edible items such as candy to the Valentines. Class List was emailed home today.
We will also be focusing on “Healthy Habits” throughout the month of February and working with the idea of being kind. Our coded phrase words for thinking and doing kind things are to “Think Pink.”
Did you know that tomorrow is Laura Ingles Wilder's 153 birthday? We are reading her novel, "Little House on the Prairies."
Today we started our new math centers. We are working with numbers to 100, regrouping numbers, practicing mental math strategies and working with measuring volume / capacity. A great way to work with measuring volume / capacity at home is to do some baking together. You can also compare and contrast size of containers and order them, largest to smallest or smallest to largest.
We have just begun to use Pillow Ball Sticks in P.E.
We have started to play a card games to help us make connections for mental math strategies when working with the addition math facts to 20.
We are learning to say hello in Blackfoot, Oki, and Cree, Tansi.
Ask me about the story "Little House on the Prairie." Today we wrote our own retelling of the novel so far. We also worked with a partner to edit for punctuation and capitals.
Ask me about our liquid experiment where we observed the characteristics of different liquids and used our observations to make predictions about what liquid they might be. We observed characteristics such as; colour, consistency, flow, and smell.
Our report cards are coming out today. You will find them on Power School. Please refer to the email from the office to help families to access them.
Have a great long weekend. Friday, January 31 is a PD day. There is no school for students.
This week in:
Literacy - We have begun to work with first person narrative writing. We are making connections to what we know about organization for short stories and thinking of ways that we can organize stories about our own personal experiences using the same kind of formate.
Science / Math - We went outside and used thermometers to measure the temperature. Most of us were able to get very similar readings from the different locations we took our readings from and tracked them in our journal.
Math - We have begun the work on a combinations problem to solve a multi-step problem and are thinking of strategies to help us track and clarify our thinking as well as math equations we can use to communicate the patterns and ideas we find in our solutions.
Social - We are starting a homesteading project. We have been thinking of the different items and tools newcomers needed to begin a new life on the prairies. We have been exploring different 1890's posters advertising free land and a new life in the North West Territories of Canada. During this time period, Alberta and Saskatchewan were both part of this territory. We will be designing dioramas of our farms. Please keep your eyes open for lists we develop of miscellaneous items we feel we need in order to build our dioramas.
We have now started Mission Impossible during P.E.
In Science we are working with both hot and cold temperature and properties of liquid.
-We have been tracking the temperature each morning and graphing it.
-We have been learning to read temperature measurements on a thermometer.
-We have been taking temperatures under different conditions and comparing them.
-We have been making predictions about which condition will have the coldest or the hottest temperature.
Today we had the author, Richard Van Camp, come to talk to us about his writing process and tell us stories. He shared with us that he uses his real life experiences to help him create the stories and books he has published. He shared that when he thinks of an experience, he often think, "what if..." to generate new ideas and possibilities around the story to create a work of fiction. Richard shared memories he had about being a First Nations child from the Northwest Territories when he was in grade two. At the time, his parents were going to University of Calgary and his younger brother and he were attending Sunnyside School. His memories contained excerpts of being afraid to go to Nose Hill because there was a Sasquatch that would take you to "who knows where?" his first kiss and how it felt to be different from the other kids and how he dealt with the problems that arose from feeling different.
In class we have been preparing for our work with Mr. Van Camp by talking about First Nations and their storytelling traditions. We have also started to read some of their traditional tales that have a oral history. As a class we have started to talk about our connections to the stories, as the First Nations' storytelling tradition is about the message or learning that you take from the story that you can apply to your life. Today, we read the story collected from the Ojibwa Nation by David Brouchard titled, "Humming Bird and the Fire." This story is about courage and how even if you are small you can make a difference.
Science - We have begun our Properties of Liquids science unit. We have been exploring water and asking questions. We have also been making connections to the temperature and things we know about what happens to water when it gets hot or cold. Last Friday, we brought a container of snow inside our class and we put a container of water outside of our class. Ask me what happened.
Social / Literacy - We have begun a novel study of, "Little House on the Prairie," by Laura Ingles Wilder. We have been making connections with the family in our homesteading video we watched before the break with Laura's family. We will be using this information as we start to learn about Saskatoon and begin to compare it with Calgary. We will also be learning about the Ukrainian community in Saskatoon.
Spelling - We worked with hard and soft i in words and sorted them by the King Ed (e controlled hard vowel pattern) soft vowel or oddball. We also started to work with the second vowel pattern which is when two vowels are together (side by side) in a word the first vowel is hard (says its name). We played a game trying to read made up words using this rule.
P.E. - We started our gymnastics unit.
Keyboarding Skills - Today we started to use the typing club on google to start learning some keyboarding skills.
Ask me about the little hungry chick story that I wrote today.
Ask me about the doubling pot math problem I have started to try and figure out today. We are remembering to think about how to show our thinking and strategies we use to help ourselves. One of the new tools that we can use to solve the problem are the place value blocks. We have been learning how to represent different numbers from 1 to 100 using these blocks and how to regroup the number so that we can build the same number using a variety of combinations of blocks. Other ways some of us are choosing to work to solve the problem and show our thinking are writing equations, drawing pictures, creating tables and writing explanations about the steps we are taking to think our way through the problem. We will be working on this problem over the next few days to continue thinking about the strategies and clarify our thinking and the ways we use to communicate our ideas so others can understand the procedures we used to solve the problem.
Home Reading - we started our home reading again today. We will be doing our weekly home reading book exchanges each Thursday.
Change for Australia - There are a group of students at our school who are organizing a fund-raiser to help the animals affected by the fires in Australia. They would like students at Chaparral to donate a small about of change each and they will collect the money we donate to give to the Wildlife Federation for their Australian Animals affected by Australian Fires Fund. I have asked the students in Room 14 to talk to their parents before they donate and decide what would make sense. The guideline the students in the class came up with was, to donate a Toonie, just like we did for the Terry Fox Run. If you are interested in having your child participate in this fund-raiser, we will be collecting through out next week, January 14 -16. This project connects with the definition of what a dynamic community is and does that the students in our class have developed with our work in social studies about what makes a dynamic community.
Spelling - Today we did our first checkin on how we are doing with our new target spelling word. We are focusing on the number words one through twenty. We have spelling activities in our literacy centres supporting us to work on memorizing the spellings of these words.
We are also continuing our work listening to words and identifying if the vowel is hard of soft. Hard vowels say their name in the words. Today we were listening for soft or hard e and we were trying to notice the difference between soft a as in apple and soft e as in egg or elephant. The letter combination pattern we looked at for making the hard e sound was double ee such as in words like feet, week, sheep, beep. We also thought about oddball words that break the letter patterns such as me and be. They break the pattern because there is no reason that we could see that makes the e say its name in these words.
Literacy - In writing we have been exploring how to map a story to help us with planning our personal writing. Today we started to think about how this map could be used to take a story written by someone else to help us understand it better. We are using this idea of deconstructing a story to see how they are put together and get a better understanding of the process authors may go through to plan their stories. As we deconstruct the story we are placing the ideas on a story wheel. The first story we have started to deconstruct is "Stanley's Party" by Linda Bailey. Ask me to tell you the story from how I remember it.
P.E. - This week in P.E. we are working on Volleyball skills. Today we worked with bumping the ball. Remember that we will start working on gymnastics next week and continue to work on this unit of movement until the end of January.
Please support your child to remember to return their yellow home school folder, home reading and library books.
The kids and I had a great day. We are becoming more independent in tracking the temperature on our graphs and we have begun to work with horizontal bar graphs in addition to vertical bar graphs. Today we explored how we could count by twos in each section of the graph and show an odd amount when needed.
Next week we will be starting gymnastics in P.E. We will need to make sure we wear clothing that supports movement on the ground. It is best to tie back long hair and avoid wearing jewelry such as necklaces that can get snagged on equipment. We will be participating in gymnastics until the end of the month.
Indoor shoes need to be returned to the school ASAP. Thank you for supporting your child to ensure they have indoor footwear.
Home Reading - We will do our home reading book exchange on Friday, December 13th. Please make sure to return all home reading books back before the winter break.
Library Books - Please return all library books before the winter break.
Flashlight Friday - This Friday, December 13th, the kids in Room 14 will have Flashlight Friday. Please help your child bring a flashlight and a book from home that they would like to read.