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!

Enjoy the long weekend!

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.



Spring is here!

On Monday we had a fun field trip to Marine Park for a beach clean up! Thank you all parent chaperones for coming.



In Writers’ Workshop 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’ Workshop we learned that readers get to know the other characters as well as the main character. 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 not only learn more about our characters, but also to try to sound like the character.



In Math the class was introduced to ‘Make a Train’ where we had to make a repeating cube pattern by putting units together.



In Art, we completed our 4-technique project using oil pastels and water colors. We learned about Fauvism which uses bight bold colors as well as Impressionism and an artist called Claude Monet. Look at our amazing portraits!




We are looking forward to celebrating Japanese Culture Day together tomorrow!

March Smiles

This week in Writers’ Workshop 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.

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’ Workshop 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.

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.




In Math, the class started Unit 7 which focuses on number patterns and number sequences. We played ‘What Comes Next?’ determining what comes next in a repeating pattern. We made our own patterns with connecting cubes and described what it is that makes our cube train a pattern. The class was introduced to body movement patterns. We worked to represent cube train patterns with movement sequences and vice versa.

As a class, we played ‘What Comes Next?’  making two cube trains, each with 12 cubes, but one had a repeating pattern and one did not. We were introduced to ‘Break a Train’ in which we had to break a cube pattern into units.



We are all looking forward to our field trip on Monday!

Have a great weekend!

Never stop learning!

In Writers’ Workshop 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. Finally, we worked on writing a satisfying ending for our readers by including how our character gets out of trouble.




In Readers’ Workshop 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.

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



In Math, the class continued solving several addition and subtraction story problems.

As a class, we recorded down strategies for subtracting and listed strategies for solving addition problems.

We completed Unit 6. Well-done!



In Art, we learned about a style called Pop Art which uses mostly the primary colors. We used markers to complete the second quarter of our artwork with this technique.

Hello March!

In Writers’ Workshop this week the class revised their sentences checking for punctuation as well as adding in linking words to connect ideas to make their writing just right. We also were reminded to not just fix up sentences but also fix up words using a range of spelling strategies. The class reviewed all their book reviews, giving them checkups referring to the opinion writing checklist, to make sure their writing is as strong as it can be before choosing a final published piece. The class celebrated the end of the unit by reading aloud their chosen piece of writing. Well-done!




In Readers’ Workshop we discusses what makes reading sound great. We gathered the strategies readers use and added them to a new chart called ‘Ways to Sound like a Reading STAR!’.

We then picked a page to share and show off our star reading with the class.

We learned that to make our reading sound its very best, it sometimes helps to have an audience. To celebrate the end of our ‘Be a Reading Boss!’ unit we made an audiobook recording to the book Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend.

3RB came in to listen to our audio recording of the book on Tuesday!

On Thursday we read with 1P; not only taking it in turns to read aloud, listen carefully and give feedback, but also to provide tips to help one another smooth out any ‘bumpy’ parts or add more expression.




In IPC, with 1P, we shared our research/opinions about an endangered animal we want to help. We then narrowed down our choices and picked two endangered animals we hope to adpot: the Sumatran Rhino and the Amur Leopard.

In small groups we researched many interesting facts about these two animals on Chromebooks and I-pads and learned more about their need for our help.




In Math, 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.

We also 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. On Friday, the class revisited subtraction variations of Roll and Record and Five-in-a-Row.

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.