Rainy Days: *If it’s raining in the morning, students are asked to proceed to their classes for early arrival at 8:45 am. We get started with some Bookflix or Storyline Online on the SmartBoard while everyone filters in. Please send indoor shoes to be kept at school in our red ‘shoe bin’! It’s that time of year when students wear rain boots J
Word Work - we learned the procedures for how to use our spelling materials; how to set them up, how to use them, and how to tidy them up. We realized that it's important to spell our words correctly when we're writing, because we care about our ideas and the people who will read them. Spending time practicing our spelling (and our printing!) will help us to become not only better spellers, printers and writers, but also better readers! Our new Scrabble Scramble “Say Cheese on Class Photo Day” – how many new words can you make?
A second Word Work activity we started was “Give me Five” – choose five words that you KNOW how to spell, copying from the Word Wall, a book, a poster in the room, our daily schedule etc., and take the time to print them properly on our printing paper (no capitals, proper sizing etc.) Once they’re printed, choose one word and use it in a sentence.
Star Wars Reads Day was a great success! It helped us launch another Daily Five centre, Read to Someone. Ask your son or daughter what EEKK! means and the steps to follow to be a successful reading buddy. And what are the three Ways to Read a Book? Read the words, read the pictures, retell a familiar story.
Books we watched and read this week:
Bookflix: Bear Has a Story to Tell (under Animals & Nature), My Neighbourhood (Family & Community)
Storyline Online: I need my Monster
Class Picture Day, Say Cheese
I Just Forgot (all about responsibility, October’s Character Education Trait)
The Night Before Thanksgiving
Wind in the Willows – a year has passed and it’s summer again! Toad is still obsessed with his shiny motor cars so Rat, Badger and Mole have decided to move in to Toad Hall and help their friend realize the err of his ways.
During a Writer’s Workshop this week we talked and wrote about our needs, wants and how places in our community provide services. With the sentence starter on the SmartBoard “When I need ___ I go to ___” students worked in their writing journals. The second day, we used the same sentence starter but students worked on achieving an individual writing goal “My sentences start with a capital; My sentences end with punctuation; I spell my Word Wall Words correctly; there are spaces between my words; I can read my sentence and it makes sense”.
We continued to work with data this week, starting by taking surveys with simple yes or no answers (Do you like dogs?), then moving into multiple options (Do you walk, bike or drive to school?). We played some sorting games on the carpet and built ‘human picto graphs’ as we labeled different spots on the carpet, for example lunchroom, home, daycare and students lined up to show where they usually ate lunch.
The Overall Expectations for Data Management:
organizing objects into categories using one attribute (grade 2, two attributes);
collecting and organizing categorical data;
reading and displaying data using concrete graphs and pictographs (grade 2, line and bar graphs);
We used the Feelings Flash Cards by Todd Parr to act out emotions, focusing on facial expressions and body language. How would you look if you were: confused, exhausted, silly, frustrated?
XCountry – congratulations to our first timers, Julian, Findley, Gabriel H and Duncan! We had a great day at Ashbridges Bay, running with other grade 1 boys from across the South of TDSB. A great way to celebrate Fun & Run Club J
NEXT week is Galina's last week :( She has been an amazing asset to our room 102 community and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors! We'll have a little farewell celebration on Thursday the 16th.
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.