Busy January

In Writers’ Workshop 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 classmate’s collection.

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. Lastly, 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’.



In Readers’ Workshop we learned that readers do 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. On Thursday we showed off our reading with 3RB buddies!




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.



In Maths we completed our last survey; choosing a question we wanted to investigate with two possible answers, collected the data from our classmates. We shared our results with the class. This week marked the end of Unit 4. Well-done! We also completed the pre-assessment for Unit 5.



In SWI we investigated the question ‘How many sounds does the <c> grapheme make?’ We found so many! This week, we also learned about digraphs.



On Tuesday morning Ms. Yamada had us for Readers’. We earned a wacky reward….can you guess what it was?


We look forward to a great FRIDAY FUN DAY tomorrow!

New Me, Fun Me

In Writers’ Workshop 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 Ms Gerken’s magnet collection and decided which is our favorite. We shared our own collections with the class.

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’ Workshop 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, we reviewed the correct way of using tally marks as a way to help and make it easier to count. With a partner, 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.

Then we asked the questions and recorded our class mates’ responses. We used our information collected from our survey question and made a representation of the data to show what we found out.

We also made a representation of how old children in our class are and talked about the representation. Lastly, we created a representation showing the ages of us and our siblings.

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 2019.


In Writers’ Workshop we continued writing our nonfiction chapter books. We were reminded of the craft moves, like pop-out words and speech bubbles, from Unit 1, that writers use to give more information or to make some information stand out. We revisited our work to see if we might use craft moves in our writing.

We played an editing checklist game with a partner where we had to check off an item (e.g. vowels in every word) and make changes to our work as needed. We decided what part of our book we would like to share with the class and practiced reading using our best teaching voice.

We then self-assessed our work using the Information Writing Checklist.

Finally, we set up a museum exhibit to celebrate our writing! We have not only become nonfiction writers, we’ve all become teachers! We learned how to teach others with our writing; by writing a lot of interesting details, by making pictures into teach pictures and by putting information into chapters. We can all be very proud of ourselves!



In Readers’ Worksop we learned that it’s important to check in with your audience when reading to make sure they are with you and understand the information you are sharing. With a reading buddy, we always checked for understanding, pointing to pictures, asking questions or re-reading parts. We continued using post-it notes to remember where to stop and what to talk about.

We also had a chance to use drama to bring the topic to life. It was a lot of fun!

The class celebrated all they have learned in Unit 2 about ‘How to get Super Smart about Nonfiction Topics’ and ‘How to Read Aloud like an Expert’ with 1P.



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 power polygons.

We also played Guess My Rule with People. It was fun! We made a representation to show the results of one of the rules: ‘Students wearing grey sweaters’.

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



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