We have been working on adding more “juicy” (descriptive) words to our sentences. Students are working to make their sentences so descriptive that it puts a picture into their reader’s minds. One activity we did was that first students wrote a descriptive sentence. Then they gave their writing book to a classmate who illustrated their sentence. When they received their writing books back they asked themselves the following questions: Is this the picture I had in my mind when I created my sentence? Could I have added any words to my sentence to make it more descriptive? What did I learn from working on this activity? Of course, we continue to read, read, and read!!! We also continue to work through different spelling patterns and word families, creating/making words with alphabet tiles, listening and reading poetry and enjoying and responding to books that are read to us.
Students have been learning many different kinds of addition strategies and practicing these strategies. Some of these strategies include: counting on, doubles, making ten and turn the fact around. Next week, we will be practicing these addition strategies with numbers from 11-20. We have also been working on some open- ended Math word problems, and Math Detective Questions that we try to solve using a 100’s chart.
We have been learning about the 5 Senses through videos, stories, and activities. Ask your child to tell you about the items we smelled last week. One of them was particularly strong!
Social Studies Inquiry:
Thank you so much to the Parent Volunteers that went with us on our Downtown Walk last week! Your help was much appreciated! Our Downtown Walk could not have come at a better time. Students have taken some of what they saw last week and incorporated it into their own buildings. Students are hard at work blueprinting and building. Our city will be starting to take shape soon.
Earth Day is usually celebrated on April 22 each year. This year, the students at Citadel Park School will be celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, April 23. The Environment Club has thought of some activities for the students at Citadel Park School. They include:
- Bringing a litter less lunch to school that day
- Wearing green and blue to school to celebrate the earth
- We will be having an “earth hour” where we turn out the lights
in our classrooms and open our blinds.
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We have had a busy month. We started our month by learning about question words (who, what, when, where, why and how) and how to ask good questions. A “good” question needs more than a one word answer. Students practiced writing questions that they would like to ask their Moms or Dads and hopefully they asked you the question they were wondering about. Then, students decided to interview one of their classmates that they did not know very much about. They spent time writing down questions they wanted to ask and then interviewed their partners. After that, students wrote about their partner and what they found out about them. The rest of the month was spent reading and writing about friendship and kindness. The main book we worked with was, Have You Filled A Bucket Today?
We have started working on learning addition strategies during Math. You should have seen a booklet come home that shows some of the counting on strategies that students have been learning. These include: a number line, an empty number line, using dominoes and using a number chart. When students completed these activities, they had opportunities to try to use these strategies with larger numbers. Maybe you can ask them to show you how to use one of these strategies. We have also started working on word problems and showing our work in a variety of different ways (picture, equation (math sentence) and a word sentence).
Students have been learning about their world: home, school and community. We have specifically been learning about what a group is, how you can tell it’s a group (clothes, symbols, and language). Also students have been learning about the groups that they belong to. These include: their family, their school, their community, city, province, and country. Students have also been working on symbols that represent themselves and the groups they belong to.
We have just started learning about the 5 senses. We have created ourselves with labels to where our 5 senses are located. We will be working through a variety of activities to become more familiar with each of the senses.
I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! The students have been happily settling back into the routines and expectations of school.
New spelling words, making new words with alphabet tiles, and continuing to learn about short and long vowel sounds have been how we have started our days here in Room 16. Students have also been writing a book about How to Build a Snowman. They were introduced to the words: First, Next, Then and Finally and have used these words in their book. Students have worked on their books for 4 – 6 writing times. I’m hoping to have a second look at their books in the next week and then your children are excited to bring them home to share with you!
Last week we reviewed and finished showing numbers in multiple ways (numeral, picture, 10 frames, tally marks, and base 10 blocks) to 20. Some students are practicing showing numbers to 100. This week we worked on the beginning stages of addition by “breaking apart” a set of connected blocks. We will be continuing to work on addition and eventually subtraction for the next long while.
Social Studies Inquiry:
Just before winter break, students began working on a “Celebrations” book. They could choose a celebration that is important to their family. Most of the children chose Christmas or Eid. In their work, they wrote and drew pictures about the following: activities they participate in, why their family celebrates this particular holiday, special food they may eat, clothes they may wear, their favourite memory from this holiday and what they love most about this holiday.
We have been learning about what animals do in winter as part of our Seasonal Changes. We have reviewed and created journal pages about hibernation and migration. We looked at some of the animals that hibernate and why this helps them survive winter. We also looked at two animals (grey whales and Monarch Butterflies) that migrate. We are also learning about the animals that do not hibernate or migrate. How do they survive in the winter? We read a book together called, Over and Under the Snow. It talks about how there is a “secret kingdom under the snow” that scientists call the subnivean zone. It’s a network of small open spaces and tunnels between the snowpack and the ground. We are going to be exploring this further next week and creating a beautiful art project inspired by this book and the subnivean zone. As well, this week we had a fun time (it was short!) going outside, catching snowflakes and looking closely at them with magnifying glasses. Students learned that snowflakes have 6 branches and every snowflake is unique. We learned about a man (Snowflake Bentley) that spent his life photographing snowflakes and we tried to capture the snowflakes we saw by sketching in our journals. It was a super fun morning!
Hopefully everyone has had a chance to have their child try out Raz-kids. It really is a fun, different and motivating way for children to practice their reading. If you have any questions about Raz-kids, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please watch for the letter and words early next week (hopefully Tuesday).
We continued to work on a wide variety of activities. During writing this week I encouraged the students to try and write 3 sentences. We are working on adding detail sentences. For example: My favourite part of the Winter concert was The Big Chill song. I really liked singing and doing the actions for this song. I also continue to encourage students to create sentences that make sense, sound out words as accurately as possible, use the spelling words that are on the word wall, use neat printing, etc. Learning to write is a big job and one that we spend time on every day.
We continued to work on the numbers 1-20 and the different ways that we can represent them. I want them to have a very solid understanding of the numbers 1-20 before we move on.
We have started working and talking about My World: home, school, and community. Essentially students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how identity and self-esteem are enhanced by their sense of belonging in their world and how active members in a community contribute to the well-being, growth and vitality of their groups and communities.
Hopefully by the end of the week end, all students will have had a chance to log into their new Raz-kids account. Raz-kids is not meant to take the place of home reading, but rather something different that students can participate in perhaps 2-3 times a week or on the week-end. However, next week I will be asking for all the home reading books to be returned by Thursday, December 20 and I am hoping that all students read in Raz-kids over the winter break. We spend about 20 minutes each day in “Read To Self” time and that may be one activity that you might consider having your child do most days during their break.
Pajama Day is Friday, December 21st. Students can wear their pajamas to school that day and bring a stuffed animal as well. This is always a great, fun day!
Language Arts: Students were encouraged this week to add more details to their writing. We did this by writing about our weekend and writing about one of our favourite characters: Pigeon. Yes, we read another Pigeon book this week! This one was called, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. In the story, Pigeon wanted a puppy, but had not thought through this decision. At the end of the story, Pigeon wanted a pet walrus. Students had to decide if, in their opinion, Pigeon should get a pet walrus or not and then write about it and tell why/why not. There were new Literacy Centers this week. Ask your child which center they enjoy the most and why. This week in our Making Words activities we focused on “short a” and “short u” words. Many students are becoming quite fast (and confident) at making 3 letter words. Four letter words are more difficult, but I predict that they will not be for long. We continued this week to also work on spelling, word families, and independent and shared reading.
Math: We continue to work on the following big question: How can I show numbers in many different ways? So far, we have worked on learning how to show the numbers 1-20 in five different ways: the numeral, objects, ten frames, using base 10 blocks and using tally marks. We will be continuing to work on all of these concepts for the next few weeks.
Science Inquiry: Students worked on 2 experiments this week. First working with their table groups, students had 3 tries to figure out what the formula was for a “mystery colour” that I created. One table group got very close to figuring out what I had used to create this colour. The second experiment we did was to answer this question: Will paint adhere (stick) to the surface of different materials. We tried the following surfaces: tinfoil, paper towel, fabric, wax paper and tissue paper. Ask your child if they can remember which surface the paint did not adhere to.
Mobile Escape Residency: We had a great week experiencing the process of creating a Mobile Escape Room. Our room was based on the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Students worked hard at creating different parts of our particular escape room each day for the hour and 10 minutes that they were there. We were not the only class to help build this room. There are 2 escape rooms and 4 classes worked on each room each day. Thank you to all the volunteers that were able to come to school and help us this week.
The 12 Days of Christmas: The community action group (a group of Grade 4 students) have initiated the 12 days of Christmas starting on Monday, December 3rd. Each day, 2 different classes will be invited to share the warmth of the holidays by bringing in non-perishable food donations for the Food Bank and caring for our community by showing kindness to others. Our day is Friday, December 14th (the ninth day of Christmas).
Winter Concert: Our winter concert this year is Thursday, December 13th. The concert will start at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. If you are not able to come at that time, you are welcome to come to our final dress rehearsal at 1:30 pm on Thursday, December 13th. Please let me know if your child will not be performing in the Winter Concert.
Another busy and fun week in Room 16!
Language Arts: We started a Mo Willems author study this week. His books are very engaging and funny. Children love them. This week we read, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Students had fun deciding if they would let the Pigeon drive the bus or not and writing about why or why not. We also made a class graph showing who would let him drive the bus or not. We noticed in the Pigeon books that sometimes Pigeon doesn’t talk but we really can figure out what he is thinking by looking at his facial expressions. We had a fun time looking at Pigeon and writing about what we thought he was thinking. Next week we will read a new Pigeon book and see what adventure he is up to next. We continued to spend time reading (by ourselves, with a partner, and as a large group). As a large group, we have been reading some easy poems that include sight words and also working on reading sight words. Spelling went well this week. We learned about 2 more word families: the ‘in’ and ‘ike’ families. Students seem to be retaining these spelling words. I asked them to spell them on Friday (while not looking at the word wall) and most students knew how to spell them.
Math: This week we began to look at: How can I show a number many different ways? This week students learned how to show a number using a ten frame and just at the end of the week we started learning how to show a number using the base ten blocks. We will work on this big idea for a while. Students need to have a really solid understanding of these concepts before we move on.
Science Inquiry: We continued to work at our Creating Colours inquiry. We started the week by creating a graph that showed what eye colours children in our classroom have. There was great discussion over some of our eye colours (especially Hazel). Mirrors were available for students to take a really good look at their eyes and some noticed that their eyes were more than one colour. We found out that in our classroom, brown eyes are the dominant eye colour. Students used paint chips to arrange colours in order from lightest to darkest.
Grade 1 Art Project: This week all of the Grade 1 students participated together in a Seasons art project. This project was a multi-step project and they are beautiful. You will see them when you come to visit at Parent/Teacher interviews next week. On that note, please sign up for an interview time. I am looking forward to talking with you about your child’s progress.
Language Arts: This week we focused on Remembrance Day. We talked about why we have Remembrance Day but also focused on Peace. We read books about what Peace feels like and what Peace is to us. Students together made a beautiful wreath for the Remembrance Day Assembly. As well, they created a peace sign in their visual journals and wrote what peace means to them. Spelling went well this week. We learned about 2 word families: the “at” family and the “it” family. Students discovered how many words they could write just by knowing these 2 family words. Perhaps they can show you on the week end. We ended our week by reading a Remembrance Day Poem and learning how to draw poppies.
Math: We finished our counting books this week. We also did some pattern review this week. Students were given a problem and had to make up a pattern, show the core, show how they could translate the pattern into another form and extend their pattern. Next week we will begin to work on showing the numbers 1-20 in different ways.
Science: This week we learned what happens when white is added to the colours blue and red. We also read several colour books. The one thing that I noticed especially this week, is students are getting really good at looking at different colours (I have a Pantone Book with many different variations of each colour in it) and thinking about how that colour might have been created. Students are guessing that white, black, sometimes brown and other colours have been added to a particular primary colour to create a variation of that primary colour.
Your child received a gift of a book today. This book is theirs to keep. This is the TD Grade One Book Giveaway and I am inserting what was sent to me for you to read:
“Each book is a gift to your Grade One student and is meant to be taken home by them to read with a parent or guardian. The goal is to help all Canadian children to develop a love of reading and a passion for books and what better way than with the gift of a wonderful Canadian picture book!”
What a fun week we’ve had!
Language Arts: We have been working hard this week on our writing. Students were encouraged this week to try and write 2 sentences. This week they wrote about their weekends, a monster they created and their Halloween adventures. To continue our talk about feelings, we read a book this week called, Sad Monster, Glad Monster. Each page had a monster doing a variety of activities and students had to guess how the monster was feeling. Then they got to share what makes them feel glad, worried, sad, etc. Students will be bringing home completed literacy center work, along with their Alphabet Printing book on Friday. We have now reviewed each letter of the alphabet, how to print each letter correctly, and the sound, a song, and an action for each letter. We will continue to review the letters, but not on an everyday basis. Of course, with sounding out words (blending and segmenting), this will be a skill we practice every day over a variety of subject areas.
Math: Students continued to work on counting and printing numbers 1-20. We started by counting objects in our classroom and tried to find items that were a specific number (for example: we have 1 Smartboard, 2 rolly bins for our lunches, etc.). We then started to look for items around our school. Especially with the doors decorated for the contest, it has been fun for students to count spiders, eyeballs, letters, etc. Students were very responsible as they hunted through the school for different items they could count. They were quiet, stayed with their partners and worked together well.
Next Week: Next week we will begin spelling. We will start with the Lesson #1 words even though some of them will be quite easy for some students. Each week we will be talking about word families, red words (these are words that you cannot sound out) and spelling patterns. There is a Home Study sheet that I will send home each week on Monday. It is your choice whether you want to do some or all of the activities on the home study sheet. We will be doing different activities at school. In Grade 1, we will NOT be having weekly spelling tests (I do start this in Grade 2). The expectation is that by the end of the week, when the spelling words go up on the Word Wall, students will be spelling them correctly because they have practiced them for a week and they can just look at the Word Wall and they are there. If you are short on time, please do the Home Reading, instead of the spelling.
Remembrance Day: We will be talking about Remembrance Day next week with our assembly on Friday. I know that this is a very serious subject and so I wanted to let you know so that you can talk about it at home as well if your child has questions about it. I will for the most part be talking about Peace and Kindness.
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If you are here, you have found us!! I'm glad you have! This is what we have been up to in Grade 1 this week.
We have continued to review the alphabet letters and this week completed T-W. Please ask your child to say the sounds for these letters, perhaps they will be able to sing the song and show you the action that also goes with each letter. Students are getting really great at thinking of words that begin with each of these letters. When they are finished their printing, they use their personal journals to draw pictures of words that begin with the letter that day and try to write the object's word by sounding it out. This week was the beginning of our home reading program as well. It has taken all week, but I believe students now understand what to do when taking out and returning a home reading book. Thank you so much for your help in listening to them read, and filling out the log sheet so that I have a little bit of feedback of how it is going. Our poem for this week is "My Little Pumpkin." Students have spent time reading it, colouring in words that they recognize, cutting it apart and putting it back together, etc. I have decided to combine Creating Colour (Science) and Understanding and Expressing Feelings (Health and Life Skills). One of the ways that I am doing that is through great books. This week one of our reading response books was "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss. The students really enjoyed this book and we had good discussions about how everybody thinks of a colour in different ways. For example: some students say that Blue is the colour that makes them feel the most happy, and others when they think of blue, think of feeling peaceful and calm. The students finished the following sentence: When I'm feeling __________________ I'm ___________________. (ie: When I'm feeling blue, I'm feeling calm). They really enjoyed working on this writing and some students did more than one sentence!
This week we have started to work on counting. We have been working on counting by 1's to 100. We use our placemats that have a hundred's chart glued onto them and some really great counting songs from youtube. As well, we did a lot of counting of objects this week. I put out 20 tins of objects and student spent three math times counting and recording how many objects there were in each tin. They were very engaged. We will be working on printing numbers and doing a lot more counting in the coming weeks.
We have started our Creating Colour inquiry. This week we learned about primary and secondary colours. As well, we learned about what happens to a colour when you add black to it.
On Oct. 31st we will be having some Halloween fun in the afternoon. Students will come in after lunch recess and put their costumes on (hopefully over their clothes) and our parade will begin at 1:30. Please leave accessories (masks, swords, etc.) for the costumes at home. We are also planning to spend some of our afternoon with our big buddies. Again, as I said last week, we will not be having any food items in our classroom for the afternoon. We will be starting to work on decorating our Room 16 door on Monday. Today we did some initial brainstorming, planning, and sketching. Some of your children may want to bring some recyclables to school for what they are creating for the door. They are welcome to bring them on Monday.
October 12, 2018
It's looking a little more like Fall today!! This is really helpful since we are studying Seasonal Changes in Science Inquiry. Today the students started a beautiful Autumn Tree art project. It's a big project that we will finish next week. In the last two weeks we have learned about what animals are doing in the fall, specifically Canadian Geese. They were introduced to the term migration. We also learned about what adaptations people make in the fall (different clothes, foods and activities).
We continue to work hard at our reading. This week we learned about the "screaming ee's". All week the students have been adding enthusiastically to our "screaming ee" word chart. Ask your child about "Ormie the Pig." This is a funny wordless video that we watched this week and responded to in our journals. We learned that Ormie has Grit (or never give up/perseverance).
We have continued to work on Patterns this week in Math. We continued to work on making all different kinds of patterns (eg: abcd, abbcc, abbc, etc) and naming the core. Students are doing really well with this and we are just about ready to move on!! They love making patterns!