Hard at work!

We’ve dived right in and we are working hard!  On top of the polar bear unit, we have started a Mo Willems author study.  Did you know he started drawing his first characters when he was only 3 years old?

The students are really working hard at their literacy and numeracy skills and at the end of the month, report cards will be coming out with an update on how your child is doing.  I just wanted to post an image to remind us all how hard learning to read is!enghard

The best bet is to practice, practice, reinforce, and then read some more!  Happy learning!

And the winner is…..

POLAR BEAR!!!

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The students were very excited to vote today and it was a very close call!  Polar bear won but only by one vote with Orca being the 2nd choice.  The students are excited to start their research but I will need a few days to gather some resources.  Happy learning!

Today, our classes have launched our Science Inquiry Animal Research Unit (which is very exciting!)  Today, students were presented with a list of 10 Canadian animals that they are to look at (briefly) over the weekend and choose their top 3 choices.  On Monday, we will be casting our votes where they will be given a ballot for these choices.  By the end of the day, we will determine the results of the vote and that will be the animal that each class will be studying in more detail for this unit.  Please take some time over the weekend to discuss these choices with your child and help them narrow their focus for Monday.  Thanks and have a lovely weekend!

  1. Polar Bear
  2. Orca
  3. Coyote
  4. Bison
  5. Beaver
  6. Snowshoe hare
  7. Bats
  8. Owls
  9. Arctic Fox
  10. Snakes

We will be trying our best to narrow our research to species indigenous to Canada however, we recognize that certain animals mght be difficult to find ample resources on.  We will then look at the broader species and narrow our focus as possible (i.e. snowshoe hare–rabbit).

Monday…I mean Thursday Announcements!

Hello families!  I hope you all had a wonderful break.  All of the students seemed excited to be back (although a bit sleepy!) and had wonderful stories to tell me about their holidays.  We are jumping right back into Grade 1 routines so here are the weekly sight words and word family (these will carry over until next Friday):

  • Sight words: four, yes, under, am, brown
  • Weekly Word family: “ot” http://files.hubbardscupboard.org/Word_Family_10.1-_ot_sheet.pdf

 

Winter Holiday Wrap Up

Tomorrow will be our last day of our winter holiday advent calendar.  The students have really enjoyed this unit and we have all learned so much about the different winter holidays and celebrations around the world.  Today, your child will be bringing home a little holiday craft that I hope you are able to add to your collection of holiday decorations.  Candles were a common theme among all of the winter holidays and so Ms. Holmes and I felt it fitting that we sent home a little memento that represents our learning. There is also a little poem that goes along with it. Whatever holiday your family celebrates, have the merriest of days with lots of food, fun, and family!  See you all tomorrow in our pyjamas!

More Concert Info

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I have attached the memo that explains about the concert performance schedule:

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For the afternoon performances, please try and be in your seats by 1:30 at the latest.  For the evening performances, the classrooms will be open for supervision at 6:10.  If you arrive before this time, you will be responsible for supervising your child.

Many of you have asked about taking your child home with you after the afternoon performance.  I am fine with this but just need to know in advance so I am aware.

Monday Announcements

  • No sight words or word family this week.
  • Remember that last names A-K students perform on Wednesday this week and L-Z perform on Thursday.  I will be here on Wednesday night and Ms. Holmes will be here on Thursday to supervise.  Students should return to their classroom after the performance and leave from there!  The evening performances get quite full so if you (or any grandparents who wish to attend) have the opportunity to attend the afternoon performance, I highly recommend it.  The afternoon also gets busy but it is not quite as full
  • We are continuing with our Holiday Advent calendar and are currently learning about Kwanzaa.  Students are learning all about different symbols, customs, food, and colours that are associated with the holiday!

Adopt A School

A notice went home today about our holidaay program where we collect gifts to provide to students who may not be as fortunate as we are.  My class is collecting gifts for girls ages in Grades 1 or 2.  In addition, we are collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, mitts, and holiday treats as well.  We are collecting donations until WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH.  I have attached the notice on this post just in case id didn’t make it home!

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If you are wondering what all those green, red, and black papers are all about, today students continued to explore holidays by learning about a special mat used by people who celebrate Kwanzaa.  The mat is called a mkeka.  Students practiced their cutting and weaving skills (it was not easy!) and they all did a fabulous job.  The only problem is that many of the mkeka fell apart when transported home so if you’re looking for an activity on a cold day have your child teach you about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the mkeka!