Thank yous and Goodbyes!

WE DID IT!

As the school year has come to a close I want to take a moment to thank you all!

Thank you for supporting all of my efforts this school year. I have really enjoyed teaching your child and all the hugs, smiles and kind words your child has shared with me.

Thank you for making sure your child made it to school on time, for taking the time to read and sign all the notes and forms that have come home, and for reading with your child and helping them learn.

Thank you for making my first year at Saint Maur so memorable and wonderful!

Wishing you all an enjoyable and restful summer holiday!

Remember, my door is always open! And to those leaving our school, please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. All the best!

I hope you enjoy the following video which captures a second a day leading up to the day of our final ES assembly on April 24th. Due to technical phone problems the rest of the seconds sadly never saved.

Last Week of School!

During the last week of school the class spent time tidying up their belongings and things around the classroom. We have many things to take home from our amazing year in Grade 1!

 

In Real Scrip we practiced writing both x height and rising ligatures to s.

 

In Maths the class finished our final Unit! With our partner, we wrote a few sentences about our building and planned where our building will go on the class town.

We constructed our 3D buildings on the large street grid.

We gave directions from one place to another in the classroom and on a map of the class town we made. As a class we developed a code for giving directions and used this code to record trips through the class town. We also completed the end of unit assessment where we were given 2D representations of four different buildings and we had to look at four Geoblock buildings and decide which plan represents which building.

Finally, the class completed our post-assessment for Unit 9. We did it!

 

 

In IPC, we presented our insect research projects. We learned a lot of interesting facts about many different insects!

 

 

We did some fun reflection activities about what we loved this year and what we look forward to doing during the Summer vacation.

 

We look forward to our end of year picnic at Yamashita park tomorrow!

 

The end is almost here!

On Monday and Friday morning, the class got to work with Mr. Levy for Maker Space! It was so much fun!

 

We continued working on Real Script and practiced letter formation within structural families, in particular emblem u letters, emblem n letters, and vertical and diagonal downstroke letters.

 

On Friday we read with 3B for the LAST time!

 

In Maths, we completed the post assessment for Unit 8 and the pre-assessment for our last Unit in Maths for the year! The class was introduced to the new unit on geometry and matched 3D Geoblocks to 2D outlines (‘footprints’) of Geoblock faces. In our books, we had to determine the identity of a mystery object, given its 2D outline and worked to match 2D pictures of Geoblocks to actual blocks. We discussed strategies for matching 2D representations to 3D objects.

The class also played ‘Blocks in a Sock’ using tactile information to try to identify a 3D shape.

As a class, we looked at some Mystery Boxes and talked about what kind of box we think it could be and why. We discussed characteristics of boxes, like the number of faces. It was fun revealing the mystery boxes.

We had to draw a picture of a given Geoblock building as accurately as possible. We also constructed a Geoblock building and then tried to represent the geometric characteristics of it on paper. We had fun building with the Geoblocks!

The class discussed buildings they have seen in their community and buildings they want their class Geoblock town to have. In pairs, we chose a building to design, build, and draw for the class town.

 

In Art, we got to use the Art room in the Fine Arts building and created a mosaic with many small colored pieces of cutout shapes to fill an insect outline.

 

In IPC, we continued working on our insect research project finding information from a range of different resources.

We started preparing our posters which we will use to present our information to the class next week.

 

Mid-May

In Writers’ the class continued working on Real Script. We were introduced to exit strokes and ligatures and practiced writing using our fountain pens.

 

In Readers’ we learned that the best way to recommended books we love is by introducing the book title and main characters, retell the big things but be careful not to spoil the end and to pass along the life lesson. We practiced giving a book recommendation with a reading partner.

We chose a part of a book to perform to the class remembering to use our best storytelling voice, bringing the book to life.

The class also enjoyed some new Mr. Potter and Tabby books.

On Wednesday we read outside with 1P!

 

In Maths the class made predictions about the number of hands for successive numbers of people. We solved many problems about counting and combining things that come in groups of 2, 4, 5 and 10.

The class were introduced to How Many Squares; an activity that involves figuring out the total number of squares in a set that includes a combination of singles, pairs and groups of 5s.

The class revisited games about combinations of ten and were introduced to Rolls Tens; a game that involves collecting connecting cubes and grouping them in rows of 10. We were also introduced to a game called Ten Plus where we had to combine two single-digit numbers and then record that total in terms of how it relates to 10.

Finally, we completed an end of unit assessment solving two problems about combining equal-sized groups.

 

 

In IPC we learned about various insects and chose an insect we would like to do research on.

 

 

On Wednesday the class was invited to go to the Science building and view the Grade 6 Science Fair investigations. It was really interesting!

 

 

In Art, the class finished their seed mosaic!

 

 

We are all looking forward to our end of year field-trip at Heiwanomoi Koen & Athletics Course tomorrow!

 

getting ready for the Spring Concert

On Monday the class enjoyed a special Kazenoko performance!

In Writers’ the class celebrated their book series! Well-done everyone!

We were introduced to Real Script and practiced our pen hold and posture. We had fun using our fountain pens for the first time!

 

In Maths the class started Unit 8 by completing a pre-assessment. We learned a new game called Ten Turns which involves rolling a dice, collecting counters and keeping track of the total. We discussed strategies for efficient counting, particularly counting on.

The class revisited the 100 chart and played Missing Numbers; identifying and recording numbers that are missing.

We also revisited counting strips and created our own writing a number sequence as high as we could. We talked about common counting errors. The class had to figure out how many hands a group of students have. We recorded and shared our solution strategies.

 

 

In IPC the class learned the main body parts of an insect and distinguished what insects ‘can’, ‘have’ and ‘are’. We discussed the difference between insects and other bugs and sorted insects in groups: ‘insect or not’.

 

In Art we made cards for ….

 

We look forward to our Spring Concert tomorrow at 6pm!

Hello May

In Writers’ the class got ready to publish their book series. We completed our front cover, book title page and a ‘Meet the Author’ page. The class had time to revise, edit and make work ready to celebrate next week. We each completed a fiction writing checklist ticking off things we did in our book series.

 

In Maths the class continued working on number sequences. We had to determine what shape comes in a certain position in a repeating shape pattern. We also looked at what is the same about ‘The Penny Jar’, ‘Staircase Towers’ and ‘Shape Patterns’.

Finally, we completed an end-of-unit assessment as well as the post-assessment for Unit 7. Well-done!

 

 

In Readers’ we learned that readers give recommendations as a way to pass along favorite stories and important life lessons. We recommended books we love and read with a reading partner.

On Wednesday, we read with 3B.

 

In Art, we worked on making a flower mosaic using a range of seeds. It was hard but fun!

 

In IPC, we dissected a flower, identifying each part in close detail and recorded down some sketches. We got to go to the Science building and work in Ms. Suziki’s lab!

We also learned about the flowering plants life cycle and were introduced to the importance of bees.

Last week of April

In Writers’ the class continued working on their book series. We were reminded that writers use punctuation to give orders to their readers. For example, adding an exclamation mark to a part they want to sound exciting or using ellipses to create suspense. We learned that authors try to add details to their own illustrations to give additional information too. We worked on making punctuation choices by rereading parts of our books and went back to add detail to our pictures.

The class looked at what our favorite series authors do and thought about what we could add and edit in our own fiction books.

 

In Readers’ we learned that when we compare books, categories begin to form and you can group books together. We compared and categorized our own books, also thinking about the book’s life lesson. We shared our books and the new categories.

 

In Maths we completed an assessment activity of making a repeating pattern. We were introduced to ‘The Penny Jar’ in which we had to determine number sequences that represents a constant rate of increase of 2 or 3.

The class was also introduced to ‘Staircase Tower’ where we built cube towers and recorded the number sequences that describe the increasing heights of the towers.

We discussed the sequence 2, 4, 6, 8 and practiced counting in 2s. Finally, the class was introduced to ‘Shape Patterns’ where we made a pattern on a number strip with two kinds of shapes.

 

 

In IPC, we planted our seeds!

We also each made a greenhouse baggy where we will observe the growth of a bean over the next weeks.

Finally, we looked at a flowering plant in more detail and learned the key labels of flowers.

 

In Art, we completed our 4-technique project using oil pastels and paint. We learned about Fauvism which uses bight bold colors as well as Impressionism and an artist called Claude Monet. Look at our amazing portraits!

April smiles

In Writers’ this week the class continued working on their second series. We tried a new skill of sketching parts of the story first, summarizing the details and then writing the sentences.

We learned that fiction writers often divide their story into chapters by breaking it into three parts; the beginning, the middle (or trouble) and the end (or getting the character out of trouble).

We learned that some authors play with patterns to stretch out parts of their stories. We tried this in our own writing and included three details or three examples when describing something.

The class checked for items from the Grade 2 Fiction Writing Checklist to see what they are already doing across the books they have written in their second series and what they can plan to do next as writers.

Finally, we made a list of some super writing powers that we have and can have as super series writers.

 

In Readers’ we learned to not just think about life lessons at the end of a story, but also to think about them when we start reading a new book. We predicted the lessons particular books will teach.

On Wednesday we read with 3B!

We also learned that readers compare and contrast books thinking what is the same and what is different. With a partner, we found similarities and differences between books considering the plots, characters’ feelings and endings.

 

 

In Maths the class continued working with various cube train patterns. As a class, we played ‘What Comes Next?’  making two cube trains, each with 12 cubes, but one had a repeating pattern and one did not. We were introduced to ‘Break a Train’ in which we had to break a cube pattern into units.

We also were introduced to ‘Make a Train’ where we had to make a repeating cube pattern by putting units together.

 

In Art, we learned about a style called Pop Art which uses mostly the primary colors. We used markers to complete the second quarter of our artwork with this technique.

 

In IPC, we started a new unit about Flowers and Insects. We completed a pre-assessment where we had to label parts of a flower and parts of an insect as much as we could. We discussed the differences between living and non-living things.

We looked at a potato plant and learned that plants have different parts and each part has a different job. The class discussed what plants need to survive and started to create a poster including the essential elements. Finally, we carried out an investigation to show how water is transported through the stem using a celery plant. We will record the results next week!

 

The sun is shining

At the start of this week in Writers’ the class finished their first series! We edited our work by fixing any spelling and revised our stories by adding more and making any final changes. We shared our favorite book from our series with the class. We looked at what realistic fiction writers do that makes their stories feel real. We learned that they often call on their own experiences to write stories that seem real. We recalled the steps fiction writers follow and started writing a new series with a new character.

 

In Readers’ we practiced rereading to smooth out any bumpy parts and to show the big feelings in each part. We learned that rereading helps us to perform our books.

We also learned that stories are like fortune cookies – when you open up a story you may find there’s a little life lesson inside it. With a partner, we talked about the lessons that characters learned and what the character or characters realize when the problem is fixed.

 

 

In Maths we completed Unit 6 and started Unit 7 which focuses on number patterns and number sequences. We played ‘What Comes Next?’ determining what comes next in a repeating pattern. We made our own patterns with connecting cubes and described what it is that makes our cube train a pattern. The class was introduced to body movement patterns. We worked to represent cube train patterns with movement sequences and vice versa.

 

 

On Thursday we had a fun field trip to the JAL Factory!

 

In Art, we started a 4-week project in which every week we transfer a new technique/artist style onto a large self-portrait. This week we were introduced to pointillism and an artist called George Seurat. We used markers to fill out the first quarter of our sketch using tiny dots (pointillism).

Hello April

This week the class continued working hard practicing for their assembly. Well-done 1G! You did an AMAZING job on Friday! As Ms. Kitani said…you rocked it!

 

In Writers’ the class continued writing their series and were reminded to stretch out their sentences adding lots of details. We learned that one way writers add ‘sparkle’ to their fictions books is to see what kinds of things their favorite authors do. We revisited a mentor text and found something we like that we can add to our own stories.

 

In Readers’ we learned to expect a character’s feelings to change across a story and when feelings change, readers take action by changing their reading voice to show the new feelings.

With a partner, we practiced changing our reading voice, and also tried to use our whole body to show feelings.

On Wednesday we read outside in the beautiful Spring weather!

 

The class created a chart called ‘Clues that Help Readers Know HOW to Read’ investigating what clues authors leave, that readers can use, to bring characters to life.

We chose a book we want to bring to life and started reading and rereading it to make our voices really shine. We then took turns rehearsing a part using our best reading voices. We acted as directors watching, listening closely and giving each other tips using ‘Cut!’ and ‘Action!’ cards.

 

In Maths the class continued solving several addition and subtraction story problems.

As a class, we recorded down strategies for subtracting and listed strategies for solving addition problems.

 

In IPC we enjoyed Ryo’s dad coming in to tell us all about his job. Thank you!