This week I (Kendra) taught the class as part of my practicum expectation so I will fill you in on what we did!
Language Arts: We continued with our Daily 5 routines this week. Thanks to the parents who came in to run our “literacy games” centre! Students know that they are to try centres that they don’t always sign up for – ask your son/ daughter what centre they tried this week? We also wrote a first and second draft of our Progress Report Reflections (now posted outside our classroom).
Social Studies: This week we finished up our Mini Flip Books showing our responsibilities as a son/ daughter, student, and friend. We also started reading a story and listened to a book talk on the Smart Board called Lily and the Paper Man which is about a young girl who is scared of a homeless man she always sees; with his torn clothes, holey boots, and lack of hat on a cold winter day, Lily asks her mom about the man. We discussed similar experiences we’ve had in our lives; we will finish this story next week! This led to our big activity on Friday afternoon – our class took responsibility for our school community and sorted the whole Lost and Found bin so students could easily find their lost items. Anything that is unclaimed next by week will get donated to people who are less fortunate – like the Paper Man. The class really enjoyed taking this responsibility on!
Math: We learned about tally charts and bar graphs this week! As an introduction we did a class survey asking the question: How did you get to school today? This was a practice for our class tally chart: What’s in your lunch? For the next couple weeks we’re tracking what food group our recess snacks belong in using tally marks! We also practiced tallying with our big buddies this week.
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.