Happy Easter!

In Writers’ on Monday the class worked in small groups revising dialogue we wrote in our book series. We helped each other imagine what our characters might have said and what characters might say back to each other. We then added any revisions to our writing.

We also picked a favorite story so far and rehearsed it together, with a partner, taking on voices for dialogue and using our bodies to act out the different parts.

The class used this rest of the week’s Writers’ and Readers’ lessons to start preparing for 1G’s assembly which will take place on Friday 6th April.


In the library on Tuesday we got to look at some POP-UP books!


In Math we played a new variation of the game Five-in-a-Row in which we used three cards and could cover the sum of any two.

The class also revisited subtraction variations of Roll and Record and Five-in-a-Row.

Additionally, we solved several addition and subtraction story problems.



In IPC the class shared their mini-presentation of what they would like to be when they grow up together with 1P.


In Art on Thursday the students made an Easter basket craft and Easter cards. The class got to go on a scavenger hunt around the classroom for treats to put inside their baskets!


Friday was Japanese Culture Day. In the morning, the class learned about haiku poems and wrote their own Haiku’s on a topic of their choice. The ES sang some Japanese songs and enjoyed watching a Kyogen performance.

Thank you, all parents who contributed to the potluck lunch and who helped with activities in the afternoon. We had a blast!

Happy Holidays!


Spring is here!

In Writers’ we learned that fiction writers write series. We started Book One of our series, introducing a character, a setting, the trouble the character gets into and how they get out of trouble. We learned that series writers often tell a lot of important details about their character in Book One of their series. With a partner, we practiced introducing our character, thinking about what details we wanted to add to our writing.

The class were reminded of ways to bring stories to life and continued working on their series making sure to fill up pages with lots of action and dialogue.



In Readers’ we learned that we want to get to know the characters as well as we can, paying attention to details to learn all about them. With a partner, we introduced our character to each other. We also learned that readers get to know the other characters as well as the main character.

On Wednesday, we read with 3B.

When we reread we don’t just see new things in the story, we also notice new things about the characters. We were reminded to reread to learn more about our characters.

We also practiced changing our voice to show what the character is feeling and bringing the character to life. We considered how a character is feeling in a particular scene, using illustrations as well as details from the text.



In Maths the class was introduced to Crayon Puzzles, a variation of How Many of Each? problems and discussed various strategies and solutions. During the week, we solved many puzzle problems.

We played new variations of Dot Addition and recorded each combination down with addition notation on different game board worksheets.

Finally we solved a How Many of Each? problem trying to find all the combinations of 10 red and blue crayons.



In IPC Ms. Kitani came in to share with us the important role and responsibilities she has within her job title.

Grade 1 walked around the neighborhood and stopped by local places to find out the number of people working there and the types of jobs carried out.

We talked about what we would like to be when we are older and started to prepare a mini presentation answering questions about our responsibilities and how our job affects people in the community.


Never stop learning, Never give up

This week in Writers’ we worked on writing a satisfying ending for our readers by including how our character gets out of trouble. We continued working on adding action, dialogue and feelings for our characters in our fiction writing. The class worked on adding fancy words to bring ‘sparkle’ to our stories and use all we know about spelling strategies to help write these words.

Lastly, we evaluated our writing to help set goals. We looked at the narrative writing checklist and found evidence of our strengths in all of our fiction books so far and also identified goals that we are will be working on.


In Readers’ we learned the best way to remember a book is to tell someone else about it. We used post-its to mark important parts of a story and then used these to help retell the book with a partner.

We also used a new tool, a tiny booklet, to help scaffold sequential retellings by touching and telling what happened part by part.

We learned that readers read and reread books, each time noticing more and understanding the story a bit better. We reread parts of our books, pausing to notice more details and understand the same story in new ways. The class thought about the things they want to keep in their reading ‘suitcase’ to use whenever we start a new book and go on a new reading adventure. We celebrated our goals and shared our ‘travel’ plans with the class.


In Maths the class played Quick Images to show dots arranged in ten-frames. We also played Counters in a Cup and How Many am I Hiding?, two games that involve finding a missing part. We shared strategies for playing the new variations of these games.

We learned to play a new game called Tens Go Fish which involves making combinations of 10 with two addends.

Finally, we revisited How Many of Each? problems, trying to find all the possible combinations of 12 red and blue crayons.



In IPC we investigated ‘what if..’ questions in groups reflecting on what to do in a specific situation and who in our community we could call for help. We thought more about the jobs people have at our school, what that job entails and how that job is helpful to us. We planned questions to ask our school community regarding their job and their responsibilities.

Then in groups we went to interview these members of staff. It was a lot of fun!


In Art we completed ‘imagination’ portraits. Using a range of different media, we completed a self-portrait of what we would like to be when we are older.


On Tuesday Grade 1 visited the Ikebana exhibition in the Ehrismann Residence which included the work of parents from the school’s Adult Enrichment Program. The arrangements of flowers was beautiful!

Hello March

In Writers’ this week the class started a new unit on realistic fiction. In our writing, we made up a character and sent them on a real-life adventure. We were reminded to focus on a small moment adventure for our character.

We learned about the importance of the setting in a story and learned to use the details of a familiar place. We also are learning how to stretch out our stories by adding action – telling what the character did, dialogue – telling what the character said, and feelings – telling how the character felt.


In Readers’ we learned that when you open a book, most often, you will meet a character who is going places and doing things and you will get to go on the adventure too! We were reminded to take a sneak peek to find out where they’ll go and what they’ll do.

With a reading partner, we also were reminded to keep track of when and where the story is happening and to expect that these will change.

We learned that when we read stories we should also look ahead and imagine what is next. We think about what is already happening and predict what might happen next. We had a chance to read to make predictions in our own books.

On Thursday 1G and 1P decided to spend Readers’ outside in the sunshine on the rooftop of the elementary building. It was so lovely!


On Wednesday we wore pink in support of anti-bullying.

We also read with 3B!



The class started a new unit in Maths by completing the pre-assessment for Unit 6. We recorded down different ways to make ten and shared the different combinations.  We played Three Towers of Ten with a partner as well as a new game called Math 10 where we had to find two cards that combine to make 10 and then record the combinations of 10 using addition notation.

During the week, we also worked on solving story problems and shared strategies that helped us to solve it.


In IPC we started a new unit on ‘The Things People Do’ and completed a mind map what jobs people have. We came up with so many ideas!

We discussed how different people help us within their jobs. In groups, we completed a role and responsibly match-up.