Welcome to week 10!
We had two exciting events in Grade 1 this week. We began buddies on Thursday and enjoyed a dress-up day where many students came to school in costumes. Grade one members paraded around our courtyard and had fun looking at the creative ways we can express ourselves.
This week grade one students collected data on which zone they were in throughout the day. Students reflected on how their zone changed depending on the time of day or whether or not they were hungry or tired. Students will use this information to help them, and their teachers, know when they have to take a break and what type of break they might need. We also began designing a special ‘sensory path’ that could help us get into the right ‘zone’ for learning.
We continued our inquiry into healthy lifestyles by talking about personal hygiene. Students reviewed how they take care of themselves to keep themselves clean. Students practiced brushing their teeth after listing the steps involved. Grade one inquirers learned about germs and how they are transmitted. We touched bread and put it in a plastic bag to see what might happen compared with a clean piece of bread in a plastic bag. We also reviewed why we are all wearing masks when we go outside and how the Coronavirus is caused by a type of germ called a virus. Nurse Jo visited all grade one classrooms to help us remember how thoroughly and often we need to wash our hands. She gave students a special cream that showed where dirt was hiding on their hands after shining an ultraviolet light on them. Students washed again until their hands had little or no dirt left. Finally, students enjoyed cookies for snack in addition to their regular snacks to see how it might affect their mood. We hope students will understand how their choices affect their moods and health. Talk about what choices students can make at home and how these choices might affect their mood.
In Literacy, this week students connected Math and Literacy as we explored Mouse Shapes in Shared Reading. The students were able to see the shapes they were learning about in print. They also explored shapes through a new game on the iPad called Osmo.
In Shared Reading reading we have worked through several weeks of building up our strategies to decode new words by applying cues from the text and phonemic knowledge. This week allowed students to communicate with their peers the strategies they were using to make meaning from a text. When you read together ask your child how they know the words they are reading – what strategy did they use?
As writers, we continue to look at procedural texts. Command verbs help readers to know how to follow directions to accomplish a goal. Words such as mix, wash, take, put, make – feature heavily as we instruct others in how to complete a task. Try playing Simon Says with your child to highlight other command verbs such as touch, jump and put. Incorporating new vocabulary can be part of your play and are excellent command verbs as well! These words can be found in word walls and helping resources in our classrooms for students to use to support themselves in writing.
Grade one mathematicians continued exploring what makes a shape a shape this week. Students had to “prove” a square was a square by using technical terms. For example,“I know it is a square because it has 4 straight sides of equal length. It has 4 corners with right angles.” Students sorted shapes into categories by studying their different attributes such as number of sides, straight or curvy, closed or open and the type of angles they have. Drawing shapes using geoboards and geoboard paper was challenging as students tried to reproduce the forms they have been studying. Students practiced their thinking skills by estimating how many cookies/candy might be in a box/bag. We tried to determine a “floor” estimate (the lowest possible amount) and “ceiling” estimate (the highest possible amount). Before opening packaging at home, consider estimating the amount of items that might be inside. Next week, our mathematicians will try to make equal halves by drawing a line in the middle of different shapes. Next time you cut into a pie, sandwich or pizza, ask your child how they might cut it into equal parts.
- Monday November 16th: PD Day for teachers. No School
- Thank you for remembering to send in books and book bags on Fridays.