Posted in Homework, 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, Homework, 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 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! 

 

Posted in General Studies, Math

Following our North Stars

This past month, our students took the time to really get to know each other. They completed surveys and then interpreted their results.  Curiosity about their classmates inspired them to create their own survey questions.  Each student then went to work, using graph paper to accurately put together a bar graph complete with title and 4 labels. Our Classroom Data book continues to grow. It was a perfect example of how we own our learning, learn better together and have a floor but no ceiling!