The following Big Ideas have been our focus in science.
The students are discovering that every movement requires using some form of energy. They have chosen which form of energy they want to learn more about and are working in small groups to complete their research which they will then share with their classmates.
The photos below are our Grade 1 students working on creating posters to encourage others to be responsible for the way in which we use energy.
We will be using several social media platforms in order to share this important message with the world. They will learn to use appropriate forms and conventions.
Please take a moment and comment on this blog and share with us how your family reduces its carbon footprint.
For the next little while, your children will be exploring, sorting, labelling and describing 2-D and 3-D shapes in our Math Daily 3 program. The students will all have many opportunities to locate shapes in their environment and describe them using the following vocabulary:
face: a surface of a solid
edge: a line segment at which 2 faces meet
vertex (pural:vertices): a corner; the point where edges of a 3-D shape meet
How can you best support your child at home?
- Play I Spy where they look for and point out, 2-D and 3-D shapes. Encourage your children to use math words to describe them.
- Have them compare shapes in order to identify how they are alike or different
- When they draw, have them explain what shapes they used to help them create objects.
The following photos allow you to see just some of the math stations we have already completed.
Working in pairs, they visited 6 stations, where students discover how many edges, faces and vertices the shape at their station possessed. They then collaborate to create drawings of their shape and describe where they appear in the environment.
The photos below contains examples of open ended math questions, which encourage students to use higher order thinking skills to solve problems and understand that some problems can be solved in many ways.
Last week the students were very excited to begin using Prodigy, an online math game to reinforce skills introduced during class time. This app will be part of our math technology station. To play at home just do the following:
1. Go to www.prodigygame.com on almost any Internet enabled device.
2. Select “Play Prodigy” in the top-right corner.
3. Enter your child’s username and password and then select “LOGIN”.
These usernames and passwords will be glued into their red reading take home folders tomorrow.
Have a great week and remember keep an eye out for interesting 2-D and 3-D shapes in your neighbourhood and send photos our way!
OJCS Reading Challenge 2019-2020
The OJCS Reading Challenge is back, but this year bigger and better!
Our Grade 1 classroom goal is to read 300 books by the end of May. In order for your child to get class book tallies towards our goal, each student must complete a book review. When we achieve our goal, we will be eligible for one of the following prizes listed below.
The prizes this year will be;
- an end-of-year book-based film screening or book-themed dress-up party in each classroom that meets their goals. The library will provide each class with popcorn and candy treats.
- Middle school will once again compete for an escape room to create an added incentive.
- Small prizes will be given out to each student who gets a Bingo on the genre bingo sheet that goes with the challenge.
For grades K-4 choose the methods that work best for your child:
The book review must contain the following:
- Tell us the title and author of your book.
- Include a short description of your favourite part.
- How many stars would you give it?
- Would you recommend it to a friend?
We have been participating in this challenge since November. These book reviews can be done at home or at school. I wanted to make this information available to you in case your child would like to add a book review from the comfort of their home.
Hope everyone had a great winter break! This week’s homework will be to continue practicing our reading skills. Some students did not receive a new book today as they did not have the opportunity to read the books provided over the break, others have a new book for this week.
Introduction to Spelling
Have you ever heard parents say, ” English is too hard, filled with exceptions and makes no sense. How can I teach my child how to spell with all these exceptions. The answer is simple, come along on our learning journey. As both myself and the students explore Structured Word Inquiry. As we all have to start somewhere, we begin with 6 Spelling Rules that are based on the Barton system which follow the Orton Gillingham methods. These rules are designed to help students understand why words are spelled the way they are. This week I introduced the Hockey Rink Rule. <ck> comes at the end of a one syllable word after a short vowel. <k> is used after two vowels or if there is already a consonant between the vowel and the <k>. The students were given a list of words that they sorted independently, followed by time as a whole group to discuss and discover similarities and differences. And guess what… we were able to explain the Hockey Rink Rule.
As we make more discoveries I will continue to share.
Over the holidays the Grade 1 students are encouraged to keep reading. Two books have been sent home for them to read, however, if they have books at home that they prefer to read please add these to their reading log and sign it.
I would like to take this time to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a fabulous new year!
We feel a need for a friendly reminder that untill spring arrives winter gear is not optional.
Your children need to have snowpants, coat, waterproof gloves and a hat every day.
We recommend that if you have extra of any of the above, you leave it at school.
Please make sure everything is labled, as many of the students have the same winter clothing.
Thank you for helping us keep your children warm and dry.
How does your role and responsibilities change when you bring home an abandoned kitten?
Thank-you Dr. Maddie for answering this question for us. After having watched a powerpoint presentation and participating in several hands-on stations, our grade 1 students are very aware of the round-the-clock care necessary to foster a sweet newborn kitten. They enjoyed making formula, comparing weights to understand how much he has grown since he was found and cleaning a litter box (no real waste inside). Dr. Maddie explained the different stages of development and had documented all the changes for us to see. The one thing that was made clear was that raising a newborn is a big responsibility and a lot of work! It was also obvious that with Dr. Maddie’s expertise Eddy is thriving. Lucky kitty!
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Each week we visit the library on Friday mornings. Due to our participation in the Global Read Aloud, we have not had the opportunity to return or borrow new books during October. Our next visit will be on November 8th when we will return to our routine of taking out books once every two weeks. Sorry for the confusion. As well, our students have access to the library once a week during a recess (see below). Both classes were reminded they can use this time to exchange their material or enjoy the library space.
Weekly Library Times:
1A: Wednesdays at first recess
1B: Fridays at second recess