This week in Literacy, we have started to use Story Maps as a tool for organizing the narrative stories we plan to create in the coming weeks. We have identified the key elements (Characters, Settings, Feelings, Problems and Solutions) that are necessary to construct a successful narrative and are working towards combining these elements to create a story.
Next week, we, as authors, will choose from a variety of multi-modal options about how best we wish to share our stories with others. We will use online tools such as Puppet Pals, Book Creator and ToonTastic as other physical materials such as booklet making, puppet creations and the use of drawings.
We continue to work through our 100 Magic High Frequency words and this week we focussed on our penultimate list: Indigo Magic Words. We analysed each of the words by looking at both the meaning and structure of each word in order to help us better read and write these important words. Don’t forget to practice reading and writing these words at home as well as looking out for them during Home Reading each day.
Word Inquiry and Shared Reading
We continue to review the different ways that long vowels are represented in words and have been doing so with the support of some fantastic shared read alouds. We understand that long vowels can be represented in many different ways and we are having a lot of fun exploring and analyzing the different combinations in terms of both meaning and structure.
As a result of our word inquiry we are getting much better at noticing parts in words. We are beginning to better understand that when we notice what we think might be a long vowel combination it may not always be! We are learning to be critical word analyzers!
In Math this week, we have continued to explore place value and consolidate our understanding that a pack or group of ten has the same or equal value as ten loose parts or units. We have continued to build on this concept through number talks, word problems and 3-Act Math Tasks. Next week, we will continue to use number lines to model our thinking and revise concepts covered earlier in the term such as measurement and time to the hour and half hour.
Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time
This week in UOI, we have been watching some of our friend’s significant people videos and giving them feedback, using the TAG approach. You are welcome to go on this link and watch the videos from home too. We are so proud of all of our Grade 1 friends for doing such important research of a significant person, writing their scripts and presenting their information in a video. Well done, Grade 1!!!
This Week’s Reminders:
Swimming resumes next week (Week B: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
Swimming Costumes – Girls must wear a one piece costume during swim lessons and boys can either wear trunks or shorts. Note that baggy shorts can inhibit the swimmer’s progress. UNIS costumes are available from ‘The Shop’, which is situated outside the gymnasium. Please label your child’s swimming costume.
Swimming Caps – These are essential for pupils with long hair for both hygiene and clearance purposes. Silicone caps provide a good fit with latex caps often being extremely tight. Cloth caps can also be a good alternative for the younger swimmers.
Goggles – Goggles can be an extremely important part of a swimmer’s experience. Good fitting goggles can promote confidence and exploration whereas ill-fitting goggles, which let water in, can have a negative effect on certain swimmers. Moulded nose bridges rather than adjustable nose pieces are recommended. To test, push the goggles on the face without the strap and if they stay put then they fit well. Masks are not allowed during lessons as they affect the natural breathing process. Finally, goggles should be changed regularly as the rubber seal wears out causing leakage.