Happy Birthday Doctor Seuss! On Monday March 3rd we celebrated this special day by reading TONS of Dr. Seuss books. Some of our favourites during Reader’s Workshop were Hop on Pop, One Fish – Two Fish – Red Fish – Blue Fish, Ten Apples Up on Top, The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Came Back. Students rotated to different books and with different buddies, practicing their fluency, tone of voice and spying sight words.
For Writer’s Workshop, we read “The Cat in the Hat” and giggled about the silly stuff that Thing 1 and Thing 2 did once they came out of that big red box. Students were then given the story starter “If Thing 1 and Thing 2 were let out in my house …” and asked to finish it off! Would they be silly and play with them? Would they be responsible and try to calm them down? Or maybe a little bit of both? Ask your son or daughter how their story ended! Remember – we “Think it! Say it! Write it!”
As a wrap up to the day, students listened to “Oh The Places You’ll Go”, one of my Dr. Seuss favourites J The following day, we tied this story into our Science unit on Solids, Liquids and Gases – if you were to travel on a solid, through a liquid or gas, how might you travel? For example, buses and bikes travel on solids, boats and water skis travel through liquids, and hot air balloons and gliders travel through the gaseous air! Can you think of other ways to travel?
This week was all about subtraction strategies. Do you count back on your fingers? Do you use a number line? Maybe you’re in grade 2 and you draw base ten blocks? Whatever strategy you use you have to explain it with Words, Images and Numbers (*To have a W.I.N.ing strategy!). Above are the two class examples we went through as lessons, one for the grade ones (#s less than 18) and the grade twos (#’s less than 100).
These are some of the types of questions students answered independently in class:
Isabelle has 8 markers. She gave some to David. Now she has 5 markers. How many did she give to David?
Benjamin has 12 pennies. Isabel has 4 pennies. How many more pennies deos Benjamin have than Isabel?
Kojo collected 37 eggs from his chickens. He and his family sold 12 at the market. How many eggs do Kojo and his family have left?
Jerome has 86 seeds to plant. He planted 32 before he had to take a break and drink some water. How many seeds does he have left to plant?
** Try to make up some of your own word problems at home! Don’t forget to show how you know what the answer is. The answer is not the most important part – it’s the strategy and the thinking that got you there!!
We had a special assembly this week to learn a little bit more about anaphylaxis. We talked about food allergies and why it’s important to respect students with these allergies. We even watched a short film - Alexander the Elephant Who Couldn’t Eat Peanuts.
Did you hear the GREAT BIG CRUNCH?!? The whole school crunched into tasty, crispy apples on Thursday March 6th to celebrate Food Share’s day of good food education.
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.