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!

Hello May

In Writers’ the class got ready to publish their book series. We completed our front cover, book title page and a ‘Meet the Author’ page. The class had time to revise, edit and make work ready to celebrate next week. We each completed a fiction writing checklist ticking off things we did in our book series.


In Maths 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’.

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



In Readers’ we learned that readers give recommendations as a way to pass along favorite stories and important life lessons. We recommended books we love and read with a reading partner.

On Wednesday, we read with 3B.


In Art, we worked on making a flower mosaic using a range of seeds. It was hard but fun!


In IPC, we dissected a flower, identifying each part in close detail and recorded down some sketches. We got to go to the Science building and work in Ms. Suziki’s lab!

We also learned about the flowering plants life cycle and were introduced to the importance of bees.

Last week of April

In Writers’ the class continued working on their book series. We were reminded that writers use punctuation to give orders to their readers. For example, adding an exclamation mark to a part they want to sound exciting or using ellipses to create suspense. We learned that authors try to add details to their own illustrations to give additional information too. We worked on making punctuation choices by rereading parts of our books and went back to add detail to our pictures.

The class looked at what our favorite series authors do and thought about what we could add and edit in our own fiction books.


In Readers’ we learned that when we compare books, categories begin to form and you can group books together. We compared and categorized our own books, also thinking about the book’s life lesson. We shared our books and the new categories.


In Maths 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 built 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 planted our seeds!

We also each made a greenhouse baggy where we will observe the growth of a bean over the next weeks.

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


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

April smiles

In Writers’ this week the class continued working on their second series. We tried a new skill of sketching parts of the story first, summarizing the details and then writing the sentences.

We learned that fiction writers often divide their story into chapters by breaking it into three parts; the beginning, the middle (or trouble) and the end (or getting the character out of trouble).

We learned that some authors play with patterns to stretch out parts of their stories. We tried this in our own writing and included three details or three examples when describing something.

The class checked for items from the Grade 2 Fiction Writing Checklist to see what they are already doing across the books they have written in their second series and what they can plan to do next as writers.

Finally, we made a list of some super writing powers that we have and can have as super series writers.


In Readers’ we 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.

On Wednesday we read with 3B!

We also learned that readers compare and contrast books thinking what is the same and what is different. With a partner, we found similarities and differences between books considering the plots, characters’ feelings and endings.



In Maths the class continued working with various cube train patterns. 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 also were introduced to ‘Make a Train’ where we had to make a repeating cube pattern by putting units together.


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.


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.

We looked at a potato plant and learned that plants have different parts and each part has a different job. The class discussed what plants need to survive and started to create a poster including the essential elements. Finally, we carried out an investigation to show how water is transported through the stem using a celery plant. We will record the results next week!


The sun is shining

At the start of this week in Writers’ 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’ 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 also 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.



In Maths we completed Unit 6 and 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.



On Thursday we had a fun field trip to the JAL Factory!


In Art, 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 introduced to pointillism and an artist called George Seurat. We used markers to fill out the first quarter of our sketch using tiny dots (pointillism).

Hello April

This week the class continued working hard practicing for their assembly. Well-done 1G! You did an AMAZING job on Friday! As Ms. Kitani said…you rocked it!


In Writers’ the class 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 revisited a mentor text and found something we like that we can add to our own stories.


In Readers’ 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.

On Wednesday we read outside in the beautiful Spring weather!


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 Maths 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.


In IPC we enjoyed Ryo’s dad coming in to tell us all about his job. Thank you!

Happy Easter!

In Writers’ on Monday 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 used this rest of the week’s Writers’ and Readers’ lessons to start preparing for 1G’s assembly which will take place on Friday 6th April.


In the library on Tuesday we got to look at some POP-UP books!


In Math we 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.

The class also revisited subtraction variations of Roll and Record and Five-in-a-Row.

Additionally, we solved several addition and subtraction story problems.



In IPC the class shared their mini-presentation of what they would like to be when they grow up together with 1P.


In Art on Thursday the students 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!


Friday was Japanese Culture Day. In the morning, the class learned about haiku poems and wrote their own Haiku’s on a topic of their choice. The ES sang some Japanese songs and enjoyed watching a Kyogen performance.

Thank you, all parents who contributed to the potluck lunch and who helped with activities in the afternoon. We had a blast!

Happy Holidays!


Spring is here!

In Writers’ 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’ 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. We also learned that readers get to know the other characters as well as the main character.

On Wednesday, we read with 3B.

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 learn more about our characters.

We also 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.



In Maths 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.

Finally we solved a How Many of Each? problem trying to find all the combinations of 10 red and blue crayons.



In IPC Ms. Kitani came in to share with us the important role and responsibilities she has within her job title.

Grade 1 walked around the neighborhood and stopped by local places to find out the number of people working there and the types of jobs carried out.

We talked about what we would like to be when we are older and started to prepare a mini presentation answering questions about our responsibilities and how our job affects people in the community.


Never stop learning, Never give up

This week in Writers’ we worked on writing a satisfying ending for our readers by including how our character gets out of trouble. 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.

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

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.


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

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

Finally, we revisited How Many of Each? problems, trying to find all the possible combinations of 12 red and blue crayons.



In IPC we investigated ‘what if..’ questions in groups reflecting on what to do in a specific situation and who in our community we could call for help. We thought more about the jobs people have at our school, what that job entails and how that job is helpful to us. We planned questions to ask our school community regarding their job and their responsibilities.

Then in groups we went to interview these members of staff. It was a lot of fun!


In Art we completed ‘imagination’ portraits. Using a range of different media, we completed a self-portrait of what we would like to be when we are older.


On Tuesday Grade 1 visited the Ikebana exhibition in the Ehrismann Residence which included the work of parents from the school’s Adult Enrichment Program. The arrangements of flowers was beautiful!