- A quick reminder to bring a new pair of PJs to donate (any children’s size will do).
- Tomorrow the students will be getting pancakes for snack, please send your child with fruit to go with it.
This week the students have been assigned math homework on Prodigy. They have two weeks to answer all of the assigned questions because of Purim. The activity reinforces what we have done during our math lessons. They are asked to compose and decompose numbers up to 20 using concrete materials. Reading and math homework can be done on alternate days. The username and passwords are glued into their red folder. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, each week your child should read M-Th. Our our reading challenge Grade 1 goal is 300 books by end of May.
Hope you all had a wonderful February break. Our students were so excited to catch up with each other and share their stories. We are already involved in many new projects and eagerly following our North Stars to guide us along the way.
- A Reader’s Theatre script has been placed in your child’s red take-home folder. Please have your child read their part as reading homework for the next two weeks (as well as their assigned book). These part are NOT to be memorized. Each child has a few lines that they need to read using a loud enough voice for their audience to hear. Once we are ready, we will present these plays to our kindergarten class.
- Innovation Day (formerly known as STEAM fair) will take place on March 5th. The students are working on a top secret challenge. You are welcome to see where they are at in their learning journey first period on Thursday, March 5th.
- Please read this PDF filled with important information on RUACH WEEK
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.
To ensure the program runs smoothly and that money doesn’t get lost in time for the big day, you are welcome to send in money in a labelled baggie by Monday January 27th. We will hold onto their money until it is their turn to visit the shuk.
Thank you in advance from the Grade Six Hebrew class!
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.
2. Select “Play Prodigy” in the top-right corner.
3. Enter your child’s username and password and then select “LOGIN”.
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:
- Reviewing the book on the library catalogue https://theojcs.booksys.net/opac/ojcs/index.html#menuHome
- A flipgrid book review. The grid is flipgrid.com/ojcsreadingchallenge
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!