It snowed this week!! It's winter :) Please be sure to send indoor shoes and to label all your child’s winter belongings – hats, scarves, mitts etc. As a treat, we added to winter songs to our Poems and Songs book, “Welcome to Wintertown” and “The Weather’s Just Fine!”.
On Monday, students did a picture walk (you can do a picture walkbefore you’ve read a book to predict what the text might be about orafter you’ve read a book to re-tell what the text was about) of Big Al . As they retold the story, they were asked to think about the ‘little fish’ and their point of view – how did they see Big Al at the beginning of the story? How did the little fish see Big Al at the end of the story?
As we’re nearing the middle of the term, we’re switching our main focus from Social Studies into Science as we take a look at Energy and Waster. Students listened to the story Where Does The Garbage Go? and they also buddied up to read Where We Get EnergyWhere We Get Energy(grade 2s) and Using Less Energy(grade 1s).
During another Reader’s Workshop, the grade ones read through a passage “How Plastic is Recycled” and the twos read “Maria Recycles” looking for the main idea and supporting details. (both passages taken from Read Works , a free resource!)
This week the grade 2s worked with Kendra turning our “What’s in our lunch?” tally chart into a bar graph for the grade 1s. The grade 1s took some time to focus on strategies that should be used when taking a survey; ask the question clearly, keep track of who you’ve asked by writing names or using the name plates at table groups, organize your data neatly so it’s easy to read and understand when you’re done!
Students are loving BUZZ! It’s an easy and quick game that we play when we have some extra time; we all stand in a circle, start at one and count out loud one at a time by 1s … 1, 2, 3, 4, BUZZ, 6, 7, 8, 9, BUZZ, 11, 12, 13, 14, BUZZ! If a student miscounts or forgets to ‘buzz’ when we’re at a ‘skip count by 5s’ #, then they sit out until the next round ;)
It was Kendra’s last week L We had a wonderful celebration on Friday afternoon where Kendra shared special notes with each of the students and we shared our special book, the one we wrote just for her, full of ‘Teacher Tips’ (e.g., give the students candy when they’re good, taken them on lots of field trips and help them with their writing!).
Kendra has been an invaluable member of our classroom community and she promises to come back and visit!
*She’s also been tutoring some older students from both Annette/High Park because she lives in the local neighbourhood, so if ever you think your children could use a little extra homework help, please feel free to reach out!
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.