Happy Mid-Winter break!

In Writers’ Workshop this week we were reminded of all we know about how to write convincing reviews and planned a book review using a book we like and are familiar with. We thought of what reasons we will give, which details we will share and which comparison we can use to help persuade readers to read the book being reviewed.

We learned that writers of book reviews give a sneak peek summary without giving everything away. We wrote our sneak peek introductions and were careful to share only the most important things readers will need to know about the book and also a few things that will make them curious but not the ending!



In Readers’ Workshop we learned that to really understand a book, it’s important not just to pay close attention to the actions, but also pay attention to the dialogue. With a reading partner, we practiced keeping track of whose talking as we read. We also thought about not only who is talking, but how they are saying it (e.g. whispered, shouted, mumbled, etc.)

We had a small ‘Reader’s Theatre’ to perform a few scenes from a familiar book; keeping track of who is speaking as well as considering how the characters sound.

We learned that when you figure out how to read a word, but you don’t know what it means, you should stop and think about it. It is important to stop and solve new words in both fiction and nonfiction books. Partners can also teach one another what new words mean as a way to build vocabulary.

We also learned that to be really in charge of our reading we need to use everything we know quickly – to use all the tools to get the job done fast and keep going!




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

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




In Art on Wednesday, 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 reminded of a style by George Seurat called pointillism. We used markers to fill out the first quarter of our sketch using tiny dots (pointillism). It took A LOT of concentration and patience.



In IPC at the moment Grade 1 is focusing on how we can be moral citizens and make the world a better place. We brainstormed ideas and thought of not only how we could achieve those ideas as a first grader, but also how we can convince other people. On Wednesday we went for a walk to get more ideas of what we could do to help in our local area.

We survived 100 days of school!

Thank you to all families who came in to see us on Monday for the Student-Led Conferences. We enjoyed showing off our learning with you.


On Friday the class celebrated their 100th day of school!

This is what we might look like when we are 100 years old!



We loved receiving our Valentine’s Day cards from our secret student on Thursday!



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 Make 10 where we had to find two cards that combine to make 10. During the week, we also worked on solving story problems and shared strategies that helped us to solve it.




In Writers’ Workshop this week we continued to use all we learned last week to write our reviews. We referred to the editing checklist to give our reviews a ‘checkup’ ensuring our writing is easy to read. We then practiced reading our writing with a partner, making sure our tone is persuasive.

We had the chance to put together anthologies of pieces that go together. In groups, we came up with a catchy title for our anthology and designed a front cover.

Each group shared their anthology giving a little ‘commercial’ to convince everyone to read it.

To celebrate, we placed our writing in a new basket in the classroom library labelled ‘1G Reviews’.




In Readers’ Workshop we learned that readers only slow down to read a word when the have to. Instead they read most of the words in their books in a snap and keep going, making their reading as smooth as it can be. With a reading buddy, we watched out for words we knew and could read quickly checking if it’s a snap word. We also each used a copy of the chart to reflect on the strategies we have learned and set a goal for ourselves.

We started a new chart called ‘Tools for Understanding Our Books’. We learned that we work hard to understand the books we are reading by rereading to figure out how everything fits together and then checking if we are getting it. Another tool readers use to understand their books is their imagination. We pay full attention to what’s happening and imagine more than just what’s in the pictures. With a partner, we had a chance to act out scenes from a book to understand what is happening.

We are what we do

This week the class was busy preparing and practicing for the Student-Led Conferences. We look forward to showing you all of our amazing work on Monday 11th February!


On Monday it was BEAUTIFUL weather so we went to the park with 1P. It was a lot of fun!



In Writers’ Workshop we learned that writers write introductions to grab the reader’s attention. One way to do this is to ask questions, name your topic and then tell your opinion. We learned that review writers include important information (what your topic is, where to find it and when to go/how to play) to convince readers.

Sometimes including a small moment story in persuasive reviews can make writing even more convincing. We added small moments to our writing. We also made sure to tell the reader to do something at the end of our review writing.



In Readers’ Workshop we learned that readers can use words they know to read words they don’t know. When you are stuck on a word you can think, “do I know how to read or write a word that looks like this one?” We looked at using known words to help make connections to new or unknown words.

We were reminded that vowels can make two sounds and that some sounds are sneaky because they don’t look the way they sound.

We practiced the strategy; ‘try it many ways.’ The class went on a word hunt for sneaky sounds in our books and added them to a class chart.



In Maths we were shown eight different tapes placed on the floor that were of different distances. We predicted the lengths and used ‘kid steps’, using our feet, to measure and record the length of two tapes confirming which one is longer.

The class also investigated if the size of a person’s foot might lead to different measurements. We used different units (steps of a baby, basketball player and craft sticks) to measure three different tapes and compared the measurements.

We also measured how far different animals, including a first grader, can jump and solved combining and comparing word problems. Finally, we completed the post-assessment for Unit 5. Great work!



In the PC Lab this week we went on Typing Club. We learned to touch-type letters ‘f’, ‘j’, ‘d’, ‘k’, ‘s’, ‘l’ and even some more. We tried hard to type using all fingers, without looking at the keyboard.



In Art this week the class made their own Valentine’s day cards for someone in the Elementary School. Next week, on February 14th, we will give and receive our cards.



On Wednesday everyone enjoyed their second class reward!

Hello February

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


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

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.

We then learned that there are people whose job it is to play video games or eat at restaurants and then write a review. The class started a new type of opinion writing called review writing. We each chose a topic for review e.g. a game, movie, toy, restaurant, vacation.




In Readers’ Workshop 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. We also learned that as the books we choose get harder, some words also get hard, but we can slow down and look at all the parts of a word and read it part by part.




In Math we started the unit by measuring various objects using connecting cubes. We compared measurements and made decisions about how to record a measurement that is in between whole numbers of cubes.

We also practiced measuring objects using tiles and paper clips and discussed our measuring techniques. We listened to a story about a girl who makes a number of measurement errors and had to identify and correct the errors. We had to measure the lengths of fish in inches to determine which one met the specific length requirements.

The class worked together on a story problem about fish. We worked on developing measurement techniques and solving comparison problems. Finally, we all invented a new fish, making a keeper of our own.