Christmas is coming!

Thank you to all parents who came to see our assembly on Tuesday. We hope you enjoyed it!

 

This week we had a fun Spirit Week in 1G!

Funky Frames

Crazy Hats

PJ Fun

Crazy Hair Day

Christmas Accessories

 

 

We did a lot of fun Christmas activities this week. We created a word web for ‘Christmas’ and brainstormed words that have to do with the holiday. We talked about which words are compound words, which words can have a suffix and we practiced tapping out words too.

We wrote a letter to Santa, put it in an envelope and addressed it to Santa Claus. We hope we get what we have asked for!

The class was also introduced to poetry. We wrote Christmas acrostic and shape poems.

The class also enjoyed making a Christmas card.

 

 

This week we also completed our MAP testing for Reading and Maths in the PC Lab.

 

On Thursday we had a surprise leaving party for Jennifer!

Good luck at your new school! We will miss you!

 

On Friday we opened our Secret Santa presents, enjoyed a yummy potluck lunch (Thank you parents!) and watched a Christmas movie.

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

December is here!

At the end of the day this week a name was been pulled out of a cup for our class Advent calendar!

 

 

In Readers’ we learned that it helps to study all parts that we may find interesting and important, thinking not just like a reader, but also like a writer. That way we may notice words that make a picture in our mind, or a part that makes us react in a big way or feel something. Everyone practiced reading parts of a text and noticing craft moves.

Another way to make a read-aloud sound like an expert is to point out keywords in books as we read, use them to talk about the topic and teach others what they mean and why they are important. We enjoyed talking and thinking about keywords with a partner.

 

 

In Writers’ this week the class started a new chapter book! We were reminded how to begin drafting a new chapter book referring to our ‘how to write a teaching book’ chart and our information writing checklist. We each first planned our new table of contents.

We learned that sometimes writers research and look for pictures that are connected to their topics so they can add more specific details. The class used the photographs/pictures brought to help add more information to their writing. We also found books with pictures of our topic to help us.

The class was reminded that nonfiction writers choose ending punctuation that reflects how they are trying to speak (use periods when telling facts, use question marks when asking questions and exclamation marks when telling something exciting and commas when making lists).  We thought about end punctuation while continuing to work on writing our chapter books.

 

 

 

In Math Investigations, the class was introduced to a 100 chart. We played ‘Missing Numbers’ with a partner where one partner had to cover 5 numbers on the hundreds chart and the other had to figure out which numbers are missing and explain why/how they know.

We also completed a challenge using a hundred chart to help find numbers that are 1 more, 1 less, 10 more or 10 less. The end of the week marked the end of Unit 3! We all completed three assessment sheets and the end of unit post-assessment. Well-done!

 

 

 

In Art we completed a catching snowflake picture. We drew our face with a little button nose with an open mouth showing our teeth and tongue. We used oil pastels to color and added snowflakes falling.

 

The class have also been busy preparing and getting ready for our assembly which is next week Tuesday 11th December!

Last week of November

This week in Writers’ the class started off investigating ways that authors have started their books. Some begin with questions to pull readers in and get them to think, others give an overview giving readers the topic they will learn about right away. We talked about several ways to begin a chapter book and added questions for readers to guess and tell what our teaching book will be about.

We also focused on editing our writing for readers: ‘How can I make my writing clear for my reader?’ We got ready to publish our work checking for any mistakes or confusing parts, revising adding punctuation and checking spelling referring to our ‘ways to spell words’ chart. We shared our final chapter books with each other and some of us shared them in front of the class. Well-done!

 

 

In Readers’ the class had a chance to ‘read aloud like an expert’. We took a book we already read and have enjoyed and marked interesting parts with post-it notes.

We then shared what we marked with a reading partner.

On Tuesday we read with 3RB.

We also talked about when we read a book like an expert it helps to think about and practice how to read each part, showing the feeling in each part. We practiced making our voice show the feeling behind the words, for example using a strong voice to convey suspense.

 

 

 

In Maths we started investigating the size of our feet by covering an outline of our foot with tiles. The class created a representation of all the data and we discussed what we noticed.

We also covered our foot outline with smaller materials, such as pennies. We checked our abilities to count a set of 40-50 objects and discussed strategies for accurately counting larger amounts.

The class was introduced to counting strips where we had to count and write the sequence of numbers as high as we could. We discussed patterns in numbers, noticing the place where the numbers ‘change’ and strategies for writing numbers that are difficult.

 

 

We hope you enjoyed our performances at the Christmas Concert on Friday November 30th!