We attended a wonderful Remembrance Day Assembly today and we completed our Flanders' Field Poppy art work. We have brought home our home school folder with all of the items shared about yesterday. Please note the Bingo for the reading challenge is the new one that is coming home today in the home school folder. Thanks for emailing me as you child completes a row or column of the Bingo.
Next week we will be starting to check on how the kids are doing with memorizing the spelling of the Pre-primer sight words.
Thanks for all your support with the home practice work that is happening at home.
Reading Challenge - November 8 - December 19
I am sending home a new Reading Bingo Game Board to use for our reading challenge.
Please help your child track the reading activities they do on the game board. When they get a bingo by filling out a line, side to side, up and down or diagonally, email me and let me know. Your child will get to pick from a number of end of day choices for a learning activity the class will do on the day following the email. The class will develop the list of choice activities.
Remembrance Day Assembly - 10:45 - Families are welcome to attend.
Library Book Exchange - Friday, November 8th.
Home School Folder - comes home Friday and it contains:
Purdy's Fundraiser booklet
Request for Staff Appreciation donation
New Bingo Game Board for our Reading Challenge
Ask me about music... we have been adding music (rhythms to words and sound effects for atmosphere) to stories.
Ask me about computers. We are starting to use Raz Kids - I will be bringing home my login information in my home school folder on Friday.
Help me to return my home school folder.
Home reading book exchange is on Thursday.
Library book exchange on Friday.
Ask me about my scientific drawing of a butterfly. We are learning to use observations, working through a number of drafts (iterations) and using peer feedback to improve upon our work.
Ask me about P.E. - we are learning about striking skills for ball games such as volleyball. We used a balloon to practice the skills and play games.
Ask me math - we are learning to identify different kinds of attributes we can use to sort items and use the attributes to create repeating patterns using two or more attributes to create the pattern. We have also begun to talk about growing pattern.
Ask me to tell you about how I used a Vehnn Diagram to help me sort items.
Ask me to tell you about the story, "Piggy Pie."
Ask me to tell you about Buddy Reading today.
We had a great Pajama Day... We participated in a number of community building activities from buddy reading with a friend in the class to starting a fall art project with our Grade 6 Buddies.
Home School Folders - We have brought home our home school folder. This folder will be traveling home and back to school each week.
Please read the parent letter about our first set of "No Excuse Words" for spelling. We are aiming to be spelling these words correctly all the time in our writing by January. Thank you for helping us practice at home to memorize the spelling of these words. A number of game ideas are shared in the letter to help make the spelling practice more fun and engaging. We will also be working on them at school. A more formalized spelling program will begin in our class next month.
The kids in Room 14 have been working hard on developing their stamina to read quietly to themselves for a period of time. We have just about reached the 20 minute mark. To celebrate this accomplishment, we are going to have a Pajama Day on Friday, October 25. You child has the choice of wearing their P.J.'s to school. Check to make sure they will be comfortable and able to move feely in their P.J.'s and that they are safe to wear while participating in P.E. Nightgowns will work if your child wears a pair of shorts or tights underneath. Your child may wear slippers as their indoor shoes. The slippers must have a slip proof sole that will be safe to go outside in during a fire drill. Your child will be expected to wear their indoor runners during P.E. Each child will need to bring a small stuffy and a book from home to use as part of our Pajama Day activities.
Home Reading Book Exchange is tomorrow, Thursday, October 24.
Library Book Exchange is Friday, October 25.
Ask me about repeating patterns and pattern cores. We are using a five block pattern as a measuring tool. Ask me what the difference between having five blocks in a pattern verses having five elements in a pattern.
P.E. - We are learning skills to improve our ability to toss, roll, throw overhanded and underhanded and catch.
Music - Today we did a quiz.
Ask me to tell you about the things we have been working to help me with my reading such as: taking book walks, rhyming words, compound words and the letter pattern "ou" and "ow".
In math we did some flexible thinking about numbers by developing and recording a variety of adding and subtraction equations that would equal the number 19 or 8.
Today, Mr. Greg came to talk with us and we interviewed him to find our more about his job and about him. Mr. Greg is an important part of our learning community and we are thinking about how people work together to support a community so it can be more effective and successful. We are also thinking about services and spaces that support our community of Chaparral and how many communities join together to make our city of Calgary.
We are going on our next community walk soon. Thank you to Pam K., Christina B, and Margo K. will be joining us. We need one more volunteer to make this community walk happen for us. If you are able to join us and have your security clearance please email Ms. Gilson.
Ask me how reading stamina is going. Tomorrow we are aiming to get 15 minutes. Once we get to be able to read for 20 minutes of independent reading, we are going to have a celebration.
Ask me about my writing. We are working on learning how to spell our sight words. On Friday, I will be bringing home a sight word spelling page and some game ideas to help me practice memorizing how to spell the sight words correctly so that they can become my "No Excuse Words" because I can read them and spell them. These words are also posted on our word wall in our classroom.
Ask me about music - today we played the bear game.
Ask me about my art project - we made fall collages.
Ask me about music
Ask me about the story Ms. Buhler read to us. We also interviewed her to learn about her job and find out more about her as a person.
Ask me what I am thankful for... we shared our gratitudes with our classmates.
Ask me if I can tell you some examples of compound words. We are just starting to figure out what a compound word is.... some of us are thinking syllables verses thinking about if both parts of the word make other words. A great activity would be to look for compound words in either our library books or in our home reading books.
Ask my what I wish children feel about going to school.
Return home reading for tomorrow, Thursday, October 10.
Return Library books for Tuesday, October 15.
Ask me what I like about the fall that I recorded during my Fall Senses recording. We were making a planning web for our writing.
Ask me about the books I read for our reading stamina. Today, we learned about how to do a Book Walk to help us predict and understand the stories we have selected to read independently better.
We went outside for an activity break this afternoon. It is important for us to wear outdoor clothing for the weather because we will be going outside for P.E or body breaks most days.
Tomorrow is our Picture Day.
Library Books - We have brought one library book home. As Friday is a PD Day - Tuesday, October 15 will be our next Library Day.
Picture Day is Wednesday, October 9.
We brought home our Papa John's Student VIP Card.
We had a great Community Walk to the Lake and Saint Sebastian School. We saw lots of things that contribute to making our community great and evidence of invertebrate animals. I was very proud of the great job all of the kids did to support their group and our wonderful volunteers who helped to make this a wonderful outdoor learning experience.
We had a Terry Fox Assembly and found out our school community worked together to donate $1,220.00 to the Terry Fox Foundation toward supporting putting and end to cancer.
Today we watched a short part of Phyllis' Webstad's story of how Orange T-Shirt Day came to be and listened to the first short part of the story, "When I was Eight" by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. We talked about what the kids hoped school could be like for all kids and identified words that described what they hoped for kids as they learn at school.
We also worked on organizing our classes favourite numbers on a number line.
Ask me about art - first step in a Orange T-Shirt Week project... the kids know they were making coloured paper for a background.
Ask me about my three favourite numbers. What are some of the different ways I can represent these numbers? (Tallies, pictures, skip counting, number line, adding and subtracting equations)
Today, the kids brought home information for the October 23 Family Portrait evening that you can sign up for by calling the school office.
Ask me to show you my new handshake... I am learning how to make eye contact and say the person's name when I greet someone. We are working on including each other and making sure everybody in class knows the names and a little something about the other kids in our class.
Ask me about P.E. - we are playing soccer games and hopefully running games.
Please ensure your child dresses for the weather and wears layers in both P.E. and for classroom learning activities we spend time outside just about every day.
Today was our first day of Orange T-Shirt week. If your child has orange clothing they are invited to wear orange coloured items throughout the week. Orange T-Shirt Day is a time to learn a little bit about the history of Canada and the residential school program and its impact on our First Nation's peoples. In Room 14 the largest part of our focus this week as we honor Orange T-Shirt Day will be thinking about what belonging looks like and how we can include each other, what it looks like to cooperate and work as a team. We will also be thinking about appreciating what makes each of us unique and respecting our differences.
Today we read the book, "You Hold Me" by Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel. Using this book we thought about how we are supported or held by the others and how we support and hold others. In this way we can make positive differences in the world. Today we also started Morning Sharing where we think about how to greet and include each other, use manners to take turns and hear what ourselves and others have to say as we participate in fun activities and practice reading skills.
Home Reading Books are to be returned by Thursday.
Library Books returned by Friday.
We continue to need at least 2 more parent volunteers so that we can go on our community walk on Friday, October 4th. We will be leaving the school at 9:30 and be back to the school sometime between 11:30 - 12:00. The forecast is for good weather.
We had a great Terry Fox Run... thanks for all of your support. I was really impressed with how all of the kids in Room 14 persevered to the very end of our run time. They had fun, looked out for each others and challenged themselves to do their best even with the rainy weather.
Next week is Orange Shirt Day. At Chaparral we are not so concerned about the need to wear an orange shirt to school as we are about the meaning of the day. Throughout the week our class will be working with ideas from the Circle of Courage. We will be focusing on Belonging and the importance of including everyone in our learning community and appreciating our own uniqueness. We will also learn a little bit about the history of inclusion of others in Alberta.
Next Friday, October 4th is our community walk. We continue to need a few more volunteer parents in order to be able to go on the walking field trip. So far we have Pam K. and Christina B. joining us and we would love to have more.
Today we brought home our library book. We were able to sign out two books. One for our desk and one to take home. We have started to learn about the five finger test to check and see if a book is just right for us. We are using this guideline to help us select chapter books we might want to try to read. If we could not read all of the words but five on a page, we found another book. We are not using this guideline to select picture books and non-fiction books. Our library days are Friday and we would be grateful to your support to help us remember to return our book each week.
It would be great if you could take the time to use some of the comprehension questions to support your child to think and talk about library books and home reading books.