Posted in Math, Science

Grade One Update


                                                                                          Innovation Day

Our Innovation Day projects, were inspired by the book Make Way for Animals! A World of Wildlife Crossings by Meeg Pincus. Special thanks go to Brigitte, our librarian, for suggesting this book as a starting point for our projects.

We read Make Way for Animals and learned about wildlife crossings in different parts of the world. As a class, we wondered if we could create wildlife crossings to help animals cross busy roads safely. The students were excited; they chose specific animals to help and began designing a wildlife crossing.

The challenge was to design and build a structure to help animals cross busy roads. All projects needed to be strong enough to hold 100 g and be at least 30 cm long.

The students were allowed to work independently or with a partner for the project. The class got busy planning, designing, cutting cardboard, and gluing. Many designs changed during the building process, but ultimately, the students met with success. The children worked on their structures and helped classmates as building problems arose. One of our north stars, “We Learn Better Together,” was put into practice. Students demonstrated patience and perseverance and were proud of their accomplishments.


Innovation Day was exciting; thank you to everyone who came to our class. Showing the projects to the parents and grandparents was lots of fun. Now, students want to keep building and planning with more STEM challenges. As a teacher, I admit these challenges are so much fun.

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Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Math

Math and Reading Homework For This Week

                   Hope everyone had a lovely Passover holiday!

The following is the homework for this week :

1.Choose a book on our Daily 5 Choice Board.

2. Click on the Classkick link in the Read to Self section

3. Go to the Reading Log and have your child record themselves reading their book. They just click on the microphone icon to start recording and click again to stop recording.

4. If your child has done this already for the month of March they can work on IXL subtraction builders located on the Daily 3 Choice Board. Otherwise, complete one from the list G.1-G.10 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.



Posted in General Studies, Math, Science

Math Homework and Innovation Day

Your child’s math homework is on our Daily 3 Choice Board. They need to complete one of the IXL assigned tasks located in the Math by Myself section or take photos of 3-D shapes in their home and add them to Classkick. Link and code are on the choice board. Please remember to have them read Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and sign their reading log on Classkick  TTBJUD on Thursday for the week.

Innovation Day is happening on March 24th. We are beginning to brainstorm what materials the students will need to start collecting in order to build their strong, stable structure. Please help us by saving recyclables (boxes, toilet paper rolls and egg cartons etc…) Thank-you to those of you who have started sending in materials to build with! Interested in finding out more about this science project? Please read the task description below.

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Posted in General Studies, Jewish Studies, Math, Science

Let There Be Light

What do you get when you mix Science, Math, Procedural Writing, Diagrams and Jewish Studies? A fully functioning electric Hanukkiah of course! Several weeks ago, after introducing our unit on Energy, I had an idea. Why not make some cross-curricular connections? When I suggested making an electric Hanukkiah to the students, their excitement could not be contained. With access to a fully stocked Maker Space, it seemed the logical next step.

First, the students made predictions of what their circuit would look like, through diagrams. After some discussion and peer feedback, we collaborated to come up with the final design. Each student then turned their fast-drying dough into a candle that would serve as a base for the lightbulb. Once it was dry, they painted each candle, and waiting with anticipation to move on with building the circuits and assembling the Hanukkiah.

Did it work perfectly the first time?  No it did not! We had lots of opportunity to practice our problem solving skills. Which part of the circuit wasn’t working? Was it the light bulb wires? Were the batteries dead? The students kept suggesting ways to fix it and with a whole lot of patience and perseverance, we lit the candles for Hanukkah.


Curious how you too can build your own electric hanukiah at home? Just follow the procedural writing piece below. Please share your experience and what you have learned in the comments below.




Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Math

Math and Reading Homework for Thursday Night

  1. This week I have asked the students to record themselves reading their homework book. It has to be read(M-W) before recording. Please go to Classkick and then click on the microphone at the top. Once it is completed, slide it into the log and date the entry, using the text box to do so. They will only be recording themselves once a month.
  2. Teach Your Monster to Read has a new game called Sighties (we are beta testers). Let me know what you think. It is just one fun way to learn to read sight words.
  3. On IXL please complete the assigned work. If you have done so, go ahead and try some of the recommendations given.  
Posted in Math

New This Week on IXL

Dear Parents,

This week the students will be using the Learning area of IXL. Please note, diagnostics can be done at any time, and for any length of time, so students will have diagnostic time at least once a month. I have highlighted specific skills and questions for your children to practice. We are currently working on Data Management.  Please click on Learning at the top of the screen instead of Diagnostic. The Learning page, on the right, there is a star, followed by a number of recommended skills (this week’s math homework). 

There is not 8 skills for homework, this is just a sample of what you should see on your child’s page.


Posted in Math

Tomorrow’s Math Homework

Please listen to this video with your child before starting the math homework. The students will be working only in the diagnostic area for now. It is extremely important that no help is given when completing this homework, we are working on finding their Just Right level. Once enough data is collected I will begin to assign work. If you would like to learn more about IXL please click on the link and read this blog post created by Mrs. Cleveland, our math coach.

Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Math

Reading and Math Homework

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.


Posted in General Studies, Math

Discovering the World Around Us

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 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!