Snowy January

On Monday we had a special visitor called Kathryn Claire, a musician, come to Grade 1 for some sing-a-longs.


We had fun playing in the snow on Tuesday!


This week in Writers’ we wrote another two pieces of opinion writing.

We then prepared all of our writing for a ‘Best in Show’ celebration. We checked all of our opinion writing pieces so far and made sure they were easy to read and included the criteria from the checklist.

On Friday we entered our writing in a ‘competition’, choosing two pieces of writing. We acted as a judge and went around to help choose which of the two is the best. Some of us shared our best piece with the class.


In Readers’ we learned that when readers check the picture it is not always enough to solve a word. Readers also think about what is happening in the story to help them figure out what word would make sense. We learned that reading partners don’t just help each other fix up tricky words, they also help each other keep track of what’s happening in a book. We practiced retelling big events in a story.

Readers listen carefully as they read to consider what word might come next. We learned to solve an unknown word by stopping and thinking about the kind of word that would sound right.



In Maths we used our information collected from our survey question last week and made a representation of the data to show what we found out.

Miss Gerken showed us data from the question ‘Would you rather explore the deep sea or outer space? We then made a representation of the data.

We also made a representation of how old children in our class are as well as comparing the data of another Grade 1 class. We talked about both representations thinking about what is similar and what is different.

Finally, we made a chart to show the ages of our siblings and discussed the data.


In IPC we continued taking part in fun activities to train our brains and make them more powerful. Throughout the week we focused on improving practice for timing a puzzle, completing addition problems, building a tower and memorizing words from a set of flash cards.


In Art we completed a birch tree picture exploring shadows, lighting and colors. We used different sizes of masking tape for the birch trees and painted the sky with watercolors. Then we carefully peeled off the tape and added markings on the trees.

New Me, Fun Me

In Writers we learned that when you write something, it is important to understand the kind of writing you are doing and to figure out ways people do that writing really well. We looked at a piece of writing and compared it to the opinion writing checklist. We all set a goal referring to the checklist of what we need to work on next.

We put out our ‘Best in Show’ choice from our collection and walked around to have a look at each other’s. We discovered that we sometimes can disagree and have different opinions. We had the chance to write an opinion about another person’s collections.

Sometimes people who are experts on a topic, who collect a lot of information about a topic, write to convince others of what they believe is worst in their collections giving reasons why. We all wrote about a least favorite piece in our own collection. We learned that in order to be even more convincing we can get help from people who agreed with us and add quotes from experts.


On Monday we went to the PC lab and enjoyed going on Teach Your Monster to Read or ABCya!


In Readers we learned that readers to a ‘triple check’ asking themselves ‘Does it make sense?, Does it look right?, Does it sound right?’ Readers who are in charge of their reading think ‘what do I do a lot? and ‘what can I do even more?’ and they make a plan to be the best they can be. Referring to our word-solving chart we named some strategies that we use all the time and jotted down one strategy to make a plan for how we’ll push ourselves to use more strategies when we get stuck on a tricky word. We shared our reading goals with the class.

We learned that sometimes even bosses need to help solve problems and that people need to work together to solve hard problems. We observed good partnership in action and read with a reading partner helping each other when we needed it.


In Maths we completed a survey about whether we would rather be eagles or whales and made a representation of the data.

We also reviewed the correct way of using tally marks as a way to help and make it easier to count.

We got to do our own survey with the class, deciding on a question that has 2 possible responses. We made a plan for collecting data and then asked the questions and recorded our class mates’ responses.


On Wednesday the class celebrated their second class reward with a movie and popcorn!


This week the class started IPC. For the next 5 weeks students will learn about the brain and how it helps us to learn. We started to complete a KWHL (What I know, What I want to know, How we can find out and What I’ve learned) chart. We learned some new vocabulary, explored brain books and completed  fun brain exercises. Here we are trying to balance on our dominant foot for as long as possible and trying to say the color of the word and not the written word.


We enjoyed Number fun day on Friday!

Happy New Year!

The class started the week off writing New Year’s Resolutions. We all thought of some goals we want to set for ourselves for the year 2018.

We were introduced to opinion writing and completed a pre on-demand performance assessment. We thought of a topic and wrote an opinion text in which we stated our opinions and gave reasons why we felt that way.

We learned that people who keep collections often think about what their favorite is and tell their opinions and maybe even convince others about their opinions. We got to look at Miss Gerken’s magnet collection and decide which is our favorite. We shared our own collections with the class and each of us got to function as a judge, learning how to make fair decisions and choose a winner by giving reasons.

We learned that when you have an opinion, when you judge something, you need to give a couple of reasons, not just one, and say details about each reason.


In Readers’ we learned that when readers are the boss of their reading, one of their jobs is to stop at the first sign of trouble and to try something using all we know. We learned to take charge of our reading and do everything it takes to figure out the hard parts. We practiced using more than one strategy to solve the tricky parts.


In Maths the class completed a pre-assessment for Unit 4. The class was introduced to Quick Surveys; an activity that provides students with several opportunities throughout the unit to collect, record and discuss data and to see a variety of data representations. We discussed sorting shapes and buttons. We decided how to organize and sort the attributes of shapes and buttons and made representations of how the objects can be sorted.

The class played Guess My Rule, placing 2 buttons that fit and 2 that don’t fit a rule we picked. We also used seashells.

We also played Guess My Rule with People. It was fun! We made a representation to show the results of one of the rules.


In Art the class completed optical illusions. We followed a step by step process to create an optical illusion of falling down a tube.