Busy bees

Thank you to all parents who came in to see us working hard on Monday during Open House.


In Maths this week we looked at more story word problems and talked about different strategies we can use to combine two or more numbers, every time explaining and recording how we figured out the total. The class was introduced to seven peas and carrots where we had to find and share all the possible combinations of 7.

We played two new games; Three Towers of 10; a game where we worked with different combinations of one number as we built cube towers using two colors, and Heads and Tails; another game focusing on number combinations.



In Writers’ Workshop we learned that in order to make stories come to life we have to ‘unfreeze’ people and make them move and talk.

We spoke about the purpose of speech marks to mark what people in our stories are saying. Check out some of our writing using speech marks!

We learned that good stories are a lot like a spider; writers tell their stories in small steps, bit by bit. We thought about Itsy-Bitsy.



In Readers’ Workshop we started a new chart for solving hard words and practiced checking the picture and looking for all parts of the word to help us if we are stuck.

We continued practicing to read with smooth voices, remembering not to karate-chop words. When it comes to tricky words we learned not to rely on just one strategy. We know we can check the picture and look at all parts of the word to help us. Here we are using strategies to help us figure out words our reading partners covered up with a sticky note. It was fun!


We had Art on Wednesday. Firstly, we read a book called Mix it Up. We followed the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly saw how colors appeared, mixed, splattered and vanished by our imagination.

After we were introduced to the color wheel and painted our very own color wheel using water colors!

We turned this into a really cool eye picture! Check out those colorful eyes and funky eyelashes!


Enjoy your long weekend!

Happy Hardworking 1G

Congratulations to our Student Council class representative this year Olivia!


In Readers’ workshop this week we read more and more! We learned about rereading to smooth out our voices and reading in big scoops. We learned that another good habit is to reread, to look for the ‘hidden story’ – the story we didn’t notice the first time. We pretended to be reporters and talked about all the good habits we have developed so far. The class also talked about when readers pick up a good habit they sometimes pick up bad habits by mistake. In order to get stronger as a reader we need to know our bad habits and ‘drop them’.  We are setting reading goals every day!

We especially love reading with our reading partners.


This week in Writers’ workshop we focused on writing teeny tiny (seed) stories instead of big (watermelon) topics. We worked with a writing partner and learned that writers add to their writing by imagining the questions their partners might ask.

The class set up a museum of writing to celebrate and admire our work so far.

We had a look at the Grade 1 narrative writing checklist to understand what we need to work on. We looked through all our writing so far and revised our work; making sure we have included the criteria from the checklist.



In Maths Investigation we learned to play double compare dots, double compare and five-in-a-row. In these games, we always had to figure out how many numbers there are altogether. We also played a new game called roll and record where we had to add two dice together and it’s a race with numbers to see which number gets to the top first. We had a lot of fun!

The class started looking at story word problems and recorded down our way of solving the problem. We came up with many different strategies and approaches.



We were introduced to Real Script and practiced our pen hold and posture. We had fun using our fountain pens!



In the library Ms. Gerken showed Ms. Schumacher how we take a sneak peek at the beginning of a book before we start reading.

We look forward to welcoming you into our classroom on Monday for Open House day.

Come and join the fun!

We love 1G!

In Writers’ Workshop this week the class focused on writing a small moment story. We all learned how to write a story by first thinking of an idea, planning through touching and telling and sketching across the pages and finally writing. We also worked on revising our stories asking the 5 W’s; Who? What? When? Where? and Why? We talked about and used different strategies to help us spell tricky words, for example ‘say it, slide it, hear it, write it’.


In Readers’ Workshop we talked about what habits are and that readers have good habits they do without reminders every time they read. We all know to take a sneak peek at the beginning, check our sneak peek and to do something at the end like rereading our favorite part.

We also used reading mats to keep track and help us set goals when reading.


In Maths Investigations we have been focusing on counting and ordering quantities and comparing numbers. We learned to play some games like collect 20, start with/get with, compare dots and compare. We used connecting cubes to build staircases and had a lesson with mystery bags where we had to count the contents and make a representation that shows what and how many are in the bag. This was very fun and exciting! We discussed strategies of putting numbers in order and learned about greater than, less than and equal to. We know that mathematicians use symbols to show these.


We started Word Work lessons, together with 1P, where we are focusing on getting those key word patterns and skills to help us with our reading and writing. Here some of us are working with sand, magnetic letters, whiteboards and ipads to practice our word list.


In Art we learned about an artist called Amadeo Modigliani and made our own portraits in his style (head and shoulders, oval-shaped face, long neck, almond-shaped eyes, long, sometimes twisted nose, pursed lips) using oil pastels.


The class got to take a second book from the library and listened to a fun story called Androcles and the Lion.


We also all signed onto a computer in the PC Lab and played games on Starfall.


On Friday we welcomed two new classmates to 1G!


I hope you all have a fabulous weekend filled with lots of reading! See you all on Monday!

First week of school!

We loved our first week of 1st Grade!!!

Here we are on the first day of school #bestfirstdayoffirstgradeever

This week we learned all about our classmates, who we are, where we come from and what we like.

Below is our birthday wall!

We discussed what it means to be a unique individual, one of our SMEOs (Saint Maur Essential Outcome), and completed a self-portrait explaining why each of us is unique.

We wrote a story…

…read books and did some Maths review. Here some of us are exploring cubes, pattern blocks and Geoblocks.

We had fun playing games at recess time.

We went to the library and the MacLab and had Japanese, Religion, Music and PE class for the first time!

Keep up the hard work busy bees!

Welcome to Grade 1! 2018-2019

Enjoy the welcome video from Mr. Palagi and myself


All about myself:






All About Grade 1:



Beginning of the year questionnaire to help me get to know your child:


Thank yous and Goodbyes!


As the school year has come to a close I want to take a moment to thank you all!

Thank you for supporting all of my efforts this school year. I have really enjoyed teaching your child and all the hugs, smiles and kind words your child has shared with me.

Thank you for making sure your child made it to school on time, for taking the time to read and sign all the notes and forms that have come home, and for reading with your child and helping them learn.

Thank you for making my first year at Saint Maur so memorable and wonderful!

Wishing you all an enjoyable and restful summer holiday!

Remember, my door is always open! And to those leaving our school, please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. All the best!

I hope you enjoy the following video which captures a second a day leading up to the day of our final ES assembly on April 24th. Due to technical phone problems the rest of the seconds sadly never saved.

Last Week of School!

During the last week of school the class spent time tidying up their belongings and things around the classroom. We have many things to take home from our amazing year in Grade 1!


In Real Scrip we practiced writing both x height and rising ligatures to s.


In Maths the class finished our final Unit! With our partner, we wrote a few sentences about our building and planned where our building will go on the class town.

We constructed our 3D buildings on the large street grid.

We gave directions from one place to another in the classroom and on a map of the class town we made. As a class we developed a code for giving directions and used this code to record trips through the class town. We also completed the end of unit assessment where we were given 2D representations of four different buildings and we had to look at four Geoblock buildings and decide which plan represents which building.

Finally, the class completed our post-assessment for Unit 9. We did it!



In IPC, we presented our insect research projects. We learned a lot of interesting facts about many different insects!



We did some fun reflection activities about what we loved this year and what we look forward to doing during the Summer vacation.


We look forward to our end of year picnic at Yamashita park tomorrow!


The end is almost here!

On Monday and Friday morning, the class got to work with Mr. Levy for Maker Space! It was so much fun!


We continued working on Real Script and practiced letter formation within structural families, in particular emblem u letters, emblem n letters, and vertical and diagonal downstroke letters.


On Friday we read with 3B for the LAST time!


In Maths, we completed the post assessment for Unit 8 and the pre-assessment for our last Unit in Maths for the year! The class was introduced to the new unit on geometry and matched 3D Geoblocks to 2D outlines (‘footprints’) of Geoblock faces. In our books, we had to determine the identity of a mystery object, given its 2D outline and worked to match 2D pictures of Geoblocks to actual blocks. We discussed strategies for matching 2D representations to 3D objects.

The class also played ‘Blocks in a Sock’ using tactile information to try to identify a 3D shape.

As a class, we looked at some Mystery Boxes and talked about what kind of box we think it could be and why. We discussed characteristics of boxes, like the number of faces. It was fun revealing the mystery boxes.

We had to draw a picture of a given Geoblock building as accurately as possible. We also constructed a Geoblock building and then tried to represent the geometric characteristics of it on paper. We had fun building with the Geoblocks!

The class discussed buildings they have seen in their community and buildings they want their class Geoblock town to have. In pairs, we chose a building to design, build, and draw for the class town.


In Art, we got to use the Art room in the Fine Arts building and created a mosaic with many small colored pieces of cutout shapes to fill an insect outline.


In IPC, we continued working on our insect research project finding information from a range of different resources.

We started preparing our posters which we will use to present our information to the class next week.



In Writers’ the class continued working on Real Script. We were introduced to exit strokes and ligatures and practiced writing using our fountain pens.


In Readers’ we learned that the best way to recommended books we love is by introducing the book title and main characters, retell the big things but be careful not to spoil the end and to pass along the life lesson. We practiced giving a book recommendation with a reading partner.

We chose a part of a book to perform to the class remembering to use our best storytelling voice, bringing the book to life.

The class also enjoyed some new Mr. Potter and Tabby books.

On Wednesday we read outside with 1P!


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

The class were introduced to How Many Squares; an activity that involves figuring out the total number of squares in a set that includes a combination of singles, pairs and groups of 5s.

The class revisited games about combinations of ten and were introduced to Rolls Tens; a game that involves collecting connecting cubes and grouping them in rows of 10. We were also introduced to a game called Ten Plus where we had to combine two single-digit numbers and then record that total in terms of how it relates to 10.

Finally, we completed an end of unit assessment solving two problems about combining equal-sized groups.



In IPC we learned about various insects and chose an insect we would like to do research on.



On Wednesday the class was invited to go to the Science building and view the Grade 6 Science Fair investigations. It was really interesting!



In Art, the class finished their seed mosaic!



We are all looking forward to our end of year field-trip at Heiwanomoi Koen & Athletics Course tomorrow!


getting ready for the Spring Concert

On Monday the class enjoyed a special Kazenoko performance!

In Writers’ the class celebrated their book series! Well-done everyone!

We were introduced to Real Script and practiced our pen hold and posture. We had fun using our fountain pens for the first time!


In Maths the class started Unit 8 by completing a pre-assessment. 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 and created our own writing a number sequence as high as we could. We talked about common counting errors. The class had to figure out how many hands a group of students have. We recorded and shared our solution strategies.



In IPC the class learned the main body parts of an insect and distinguished what insects ‘can’, ‘have’ and ‘are’. We discussed the difference between insects and other bugs and sorted insects in groups: ‘insect or not’.


In Art we made cards for ….


We look forward to our Spring Concert tomorrow at 6pm!