Happy Mid-Winter break!

In Writers’ this week the class revised their sentences checking for punctuation as well as adding in linking words to connect ideas to make their writing just right. We also were reminded to not just fix up sentences but also fix up words using a range of spelling strategies. The class reviewed all their book reviews, giving them checkups referring to the opinion writing checklist, to make sure their writing is as strong as it can be before choosing a final published piece. The class celebrated the end of the unit by reading aloud their chosen piece of writing. Well-done!

 

In Readers’ we listened to an audiobook and noted down what makes reading sound great. We gathered the strategies used and added them to a new chart called ‘Ways to Sound like a Reading STAR!’. We then picked a page to share and show off our star reading with the class.

We learned that to make our reading sound its very best, it sometimes helps to have an audience. To celebrate the end of our ‘Be a Reading Boss!’ unit we made an audiobook recording to the book Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend. Montessori came in to listen to our audio recording of the book!

On Wednesday we read with 1P, not only taking it in turns to read aloud, listen carefully and give feedback, but also to provide tips to help one another smooth out any ‘bumpy’ parts or add more expression.

 

In Maths the class continued to measure lengths with different units. We measured how far different animals, including a first grader, can jump.

We also solved combining and comparing word problems. We completed an activity that assesses our understanding that, when measuring a given object, different sized units yield different counts. Finally, we completed the post-assessment for Unit 5. Great work!

 

We completed our first IPC unit on the brain! This week we watched several fun videos and completed the ‘What I learned’ section of our KWHL grid.

We survived 100 days of school!

On Tuesday the class celebrated their 100th day of school!

This is what we might look like in 100 years!

 

We had a fun ‘love bug’ dress up day on Valentines Day!

 

In Writers’ this week we were reminded of all we know about how to write convincing reviews and planned a book review using a book we like and are familiar with. We thought of what reasons we will give, which details we will share and which comparison we can use to help persuade readers to read the book being reviewed.

We learned that writers of book reviews give a sneak peek summary without giving everything away. We wrote our sneak peek introductions and were careful to share only the most important things readers will need to know about the book and also a few things that will make them curious but not the ending!

 

In Readers’ we learned that to really understand a book, it’s important not just to pay close attention to the actions, but also pay attention to the dialogue. With a reading partner, we practiced keeping track of whose talking as we read. We also thought about not only who is talking, but how they are saying it (e.g. whispered, shouted, mumbled, etc.)

We had a small Reader’s Theatre to perform a few scenes from a familiar book; keeping track of who is speaking as well as considering how the characters sound.

We learned that when you figure out how to read a word, but you don’t know what it means, you should stop and think about it. it is important to stop and solve new words in both fiction and nonfiction books. Partners can also teach one another what new words mean as a way to build vocabulary.

Finally, we learned that to be really in charge of our reading we need to use everything we know quickly – to use all the tools to get the job done fast and keep going!

 

 

In Maths we were shown eight different tapes placed on the floor that were of different distances. We predicted the lengths and used ‘kid steps’, using our feet, to measure and record the length of two tapes confirming which one is longer.

The class also investigated if the size of a person’s foot might lead to different measurements. We used different units (steps of a baby, basketball player and craft sticks) to measure three different tapes and compared the measurements.

 

In IPC the class looked at how the baby brain is compared to the adult brain and drew a timeline of brain development. We also compared particular animal brains and had to guess which animals match with which brain. Finally, we talked about ways to protect and look after our brain.

We are what we do

This week the class has been busy preparing and practicing for the Student-Led Conferences. We look forward to showing you all of our amazing work on Monday 12th February!

 

In Writers’ this week we used all we learned last week to write a new review. We then used the editing checklist to give our persuasive reviews a ‘checkup’ ensuring our writing is easy to read.

We had the chance to put together anthologies of pieces that go together. In groups, we came up with a catchy title for our anthology and designed a front cover.

Each group shared their anthology giving a little commercial to convince everyone to read it.

To celebrate, we placed our writing in a new basket in the classroom library labelled ‘Reviews’.

 

In Readers’ we learned that readers only slow down to read a word when the have to. Instead they read most of the words in their books in a snap and keep going, making their reading as smooth as it can be. With a reading buddy, we watched out for words we knew and could read quickly checking if it’s a snap word.

We started a new chart called ‘Tools for Understanding Our Books’. We learned that we work hard to understand the books we are reading by rereading to figure out how everything fits together and then checking if we are getting it. Another tool readers use to understand their books is their imagination. We pay full attention to what’s happening and imagine more than just what’s in the pictures. With a partner, we had a chance to act out scenes from a book to understand what is happening.

 

In Maths we started a new unit on measurement. First, we measured various objects by using connecting cubes. We compared measurements and made decisions about how to record a measurement that is in between whole numbers of cubes. We also practiced measuring objects using tiles and paper clips and discussed our measuring techniques.

We listened to a story about a girl who makes a number of measurement errors and had to identify and correct the errors. We had to measure the lengths of fish in inches to determine which one met the specific length requirements.

The class worked together on a story problem about fish. We worked on developing measurement techniques and solving comparison problems. Finally, we all invented a new fish, making a keeper of our own.

 

In Art this week the class made their own Valentine’s day cards for someone in the class. On February 14th we will have a little scavenger hunt around the classroom to find a card that we will get to keep.

Hello February

In Writers’ this week we learned that there are people whose job it is to play video games or eat at restaurants and then write a review. The class started a new type of opinion writing called review writing. We each chose a topic for review e.g. a game, movie, toy, restaurant, vacation. We learned that writers write introductions to grab the reader’s attention. One way to do this is to ask questions, name your topic and then tell your opinion.

We learned that review writers include important information (what your topic is, where to find it and when to go/how to play) to convince readers. Sometimes including a small moment story in persuasive reviews can make writing even more convincing. We added small moments to our writing. 

We also made sure to tell the reader to do something at the end of our review writing. Finally, we practiced reading our writing with a partner, making sure our tone is persuasive.

 

In Maths we completed our last survey; choosing a question we wanted to investigate with two possible answers, collected the data from our classmates and made a representation. We shared our representation with the class.

This week marked the end of Unit 4. We completed our end of unit assessment. Well-done!

 

In Readers’ we learned that as the books we choose get harder, some words also get hard, but we can slow down and look at all the parts of a word and read it part by part. Readers also can use words they know to read words they don’t know. When you are stuck on a word you can think, “do I know how to read or write a word that looks like this one?” We looked at using known words to help make connections to new or unknown words.

On Thursday we read with our reading buddies in 3B!

Finally we were reminded that vowels can make two sounds and that some sounds are sneaky because they don’t look the way they sound. We practiced the strategy; ‘try it many ways.’ The class went on a word hunt for sneaky sounds in our books and added them to a class chart.

 

In IPC this week we completed some brain teaser activities, watched a video about the brain, made a list and drawings of what the brain helps us to do, learned more about the different senses, and started to explore dreams.