# Last Week of April

This week the class continued with their Maker’s Space projects. We had a lot of fun!

In IPC, we dissected a flower, identifying each part in close detail and recorded down some sketches.

In Math the class made predictions about the number of hands for successive numbers of people. We recorded and shared our solution strategies. We solved many problems about counting and combining things that come in groups of 2, 4, 5 and 10.

This week the class continued working hard with Real Script.

In Art, the students worked on creating a mosaic of a flower – filling in a flower template with little cut out squares of paper.

On Tuesday we enjoyed a movie with popcorn for our third class reward!

We also prepared our game. We look forward to Food Fair on Monday.

# The Sun is Shining

This week the class started Maker’s Space. For the next two weeks 1G will be working with Mr. Levy on an exciting project!

In IPC on Monday we planted our seeds!

On Tuesday the class read outside with 3RB.

In Math the class started Unit 8 by completing a pre-assessment. Please see the blog post ‘Unit 8’ for more information.

We learned a new game called Ten Turns which involves rolling a dice, collecting counters and keeping track of the total. We discussed strategies for efficient counting, particularly counting on.

The class revisited the 100 chart and played Missing Numbers; identifying and recording numbers that are missing.

We also revisited counting strips, talked about common counting errors and created our own writing a number sequence as high as we could.

On Thursday we 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!

# April Smiles

At the start of this week in Writers’ Workshop the class finished their first series! We edited our work by fixing any spelling and revised our stories by adding more and making any final changes. We shared our favorite book from our series with the class.

We looked at what realistic fiction writers do that makes their stories feel real. We learned that they often call on their own experiences to write stories that seem real. We recalled the steps fiction writers follow and started writing a new series with a new character.

In Readers’ Workshop we practiced rereading to smooth out any bumpy parts and to show the big feelings in each part. We learned that rereading helps us to perform our books.

We learned that stories are like fortune cookies – when you open up a story you may find there’s a little life lesson inside it. With a partner, we talked about the lessons that characters learned and what the character or characters realize when the problem is fixed.

We also learned to not just think about life lessons at the end of a story, but also to think about them when we start reading a new book. We predicted the lessons particular books will teach.

In IPC the classes discussed what plants need to survive and started to create a poster including the essential elements.

With a partner we made a greenhouse baggy where we will observe the growth of some beans over the next weeks.

Finally, we looked at a flowering plant in more detail and learned the key labels of flowers.

In Art we were introduced to an artist called Romero Britto. We sketched a flower garden and used markers to fill the picture in with bright bold colors and patterns inspired by his style. At the end, we traced over the outlines with a black marker to emphasize the shapes and patterns.

In Math the class continued working on number sequences. We had to determine what shape comes in a certain position in a repeating shape pattern. We also looked at what is the same about ‘The Penny Jar’, ‘Staircase Towers’ and ‘Shape Patterns’.

We completed an end-of-unit assessment as well as the post-assessment for Unit 7. Well-done!

# Hello April

In Writers’ Workshop 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 then continued writing their series and were reminded to stretch out their sentences adding lots of details. We learned that one way, writers add ‘sparkle’ to their fictions books is to see what kinds of things their favorite authors do. We looked at a mentor text and discussed things the author does, that we like, that we can add to our own stories.

In Readers’ Workshop we 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. We learned to expect a character’s feelings to change across a story and when feelings change, readers take action by changing their reading voice to show the new feelings. With a partner, we practiced changing our reading voice, and also tried to use our whole body to show feelings.

The class created a chart called ‘Clues that Help Readers Know HOW to Read’ investigating what clues authors leave, that readers can use, to bring characters to life.

We chose a book we want to bring to life and started reading and rereading it to make our voices really shine. We then took turns rehearsing a part using our best reading voices. We acted as directors watching, listening closely and giving each other tips using ‘Cut!’ and ‘Action!’ cards.

In Math we completed an assessment activity of making a repeating pattern. We were introduced to ‘The Penny Jar’ in which we had to determine number sequences that represents a constant rate of increase of 2 or 3. The class was also introduced to ‘Staircase Tower’ where we imagined cube towers and recorded the number sequences that describe the increasing heights of the towers. We discussed the sequence 2, 4, 6, 8 and practiced counting in 2s.

Finally, the class was introduced to ‘Shape Patterns’ where we made a pattern on a number strip with two kinds of shapes.

In IPC, we started a new unit about Flowers and Insects. We completed a pre-assessment where we had to label parts of a flower and parts of an insect as much as we could. We discussed the differences between living and non-living things.

On Friday we learned about a potato plant and learned that plants have different parts and each part has a different job.