Yo! Yes? Is a great book that shows empathy; the grade 7 & 8 students did a rendition of the story at our Empathy Assembly but then we went back to class, read the book and watched the video on You Tube.
During Writer’s Workshop this month, students have been focusing on two forms of writing: the grade 1s are writing lists and the grade 2s are writing letters. To get everyone geared up for Writer’s Workshop, we wrote some draft letters to Santa.
Winter Words & Poetry: __ here, __ there, ___, ___ everywhere! Students brainstormed a whole list of winter words and then used them to create their own poems. Using an anchor chart to spell unfamiliar with is one of our main learning goals this term. Winter Word Searches have been a fun addition to our Word Work Daily Five centre this month! Ask your son or daughter about some of the winter words they have been learning how to read and spell!
Students had the chance to do some real life data management – we took a vote to see which chapter book we should read now that we’ve finished Flat Stanley! All of our choices were related to winter / holidays; Junie B Jones, Magic School Bus, Magic Tree House, Canadian Flyer and Flat Stanley. First we took our survey using tally marks and then we analyzed the data to see which book received the most votes… a new Flat Stanley it is!
We took another classroom survey and asked “Which song do you want to hear at our winter sing-a-long: Frosty, The Dreidle Song, Jingle Bells?” After collecting our data using tally marks, the grade 1s were asked to use their math journals to analyze the data in as many ways as possible: ___ has the most; ___ has the least; ___ has # more votes than ___; ___ has # less votes than ___ etc. As the grade 1s were analyzing this data, I worked with the grade 2s to analyze a whole package of data related to foods (favourites, amounts sold, amounts eaten etc.)
~ Deck the Halls with … Math! ~ We’ve been using traditional symbols of winter holiday celebrations (Diyas for Diwali, Menorahs for Hanukkah, Kinaras for Kwanza and decorated Trees for Christmas) to display what we know about composing #s to 18 (grade 1s) and #s from 20 – 99 (grade 2s). When you come in to the school next, check out our displays in the halls – we used # sentences, images, base tens, ten frames, tally marks and more!
We read Switch on! Switch off! and had a discussion about - what is electricity? Where does this energy come from? Afterwards, students brainstormed lists of as many items that they could think of that use electricity, then they drew pictures (with labels!) of “My house with electrical energy” and “My house without electrical energy”. *This activity was a lead in to our Pioneer Village trip!
Traditional Holiday Arts & Crafts: A big thank you to all the parents that came in this month to help out with our arts & crafts! Students rotated through six different centres, 3 arts based and 3 math/language based. At one, students played some ‘Big Board Games’ all about Christmas traditions, at another they read holiday books about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and the winter season while at the last centre they sat with me to work on writing, all about their plans for the winter holiday (grade 1s wrote in list form while the grade 2s wrote me a letter). I won’t give away what students made at the arts and crafts stations, but I will give you some hints – they’re all about our holiday traditions involving big family feasts, candle light and some good cuddle time with our favourite books J)
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.