Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thursday, January 17th

Happy Thursday!

Today in math, we revisited making ten, as we will be using the concept tomorrow to help us do calculations with larger numbers. As a reminder, here is an example of how we can make ten to make solving addition problems easier. 


In language arts today, we read and illustrated Yeh-Shen, the Chinese Cinderella. If you would like to listen to the story together at home, here is a video:


In art today, students continued their work with making imagination art. In ICT, we played coding games, in real life! Students created a code and their group partners had to act the code out. 

In unit of inquiry, students continued to plan their PYP skits and practiced. Some students even began to create some costumes!

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of Book Reading
~Math, lesson 3 (due Friday, 1/18)

SPECIAL DATES:

1/19 Parent Teacher Conferences
1/28-2/1 Literacy Week
2/1 Storybook Character Dress Up

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wednesday, January 16th

Happy Wednesday!

Today we had our first morning assembly for the new year. Nurse Ito took the time out of her day to tell us how we can prevent spreading germs at school and keeping ourselves healthy. This includes tips like getting a lot of sleep at night and staying warm with jackets. We also learned about our new PYP profile of the month: inquirers. All of the students had a great understanding of what it means to be an inquirer and how it helps us further our learning. I look forward to all the questions we'll be hearing this month. 

In math today, we concentrated on adding like terms together. For example, if you see 23 + 4, it is 4 ones, so we can add it to the 3 ones, and end with 27. If we see 23 + 40, the 4 is in the tens, so we can add the 4(0) to the 2(0) to get 63. I have seen that some students are having trouble visualizing this, so tomorrow I will help them explore some ways to rewrite these equations, such as vertically or drawing connecting lines to the ones and tens. 

In literacy centers, we reviewed different kinds of sentence endings, which we worked on together just before we left for the winter break. 

For our unit of inquiry, we had some more time to work on our skits that show our PYP profiles with fairy tale elements. When we perform our skits, we will have the class vote to see who will represent our class on literacy week to perform in front of the whole school, where the winners with the best skit will gain a prize. Our students are motivated to do their best, and I am excited to see what they come up with. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ Kids
~ ICT Worksheet (due Thursday, 1/17)
~Math, lesson 2 (due Friday, 1/18)

SPECIAL DATES:

1/19 Parent Teacher Conferences
1/28-2/1 Literacy Week
2/1 Storybook Character Dress Up

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tuesday, January 15th

Happy Tuesday!

Today in math, we begun with reviewing our math facts with number bonds as well as simple addition equations to help with our exploration into addition and subtraction within 100. Please help make sure your child is confident in these concepts as it will be extremely helpful moving forward.

For language arts today, we read the African version of Cinderella: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. If you would like to listen to the story at home, please watch the video below. 


In PSPE, students played used their new throwing skills in a game of handball. In ICT, students had their first lesson on how they should treat others in online spaces. In class, they read a story and started a worksheet together with Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin would like the students to finish this worksheet and bring it to him by this Thursday.

For inquiry today, we worked on several topics. We first discussed the elements of a fairy tale that we saw in Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. Then, we discussed how we would like to decorate our door for Literacy Week. Afterwards, we began to plan for skits on the PYP profile that we will perform for each other, and one group will perform for the school, on literacy week. One of the questions from our wonder wall was "how can we show our imagination in acting". To help us answer this question, we will be creating small skits to demonstrate one of the PYP profiles. As an extra challenge, I am challenging our students to create these skits with the elements of a fairy tale involved! I am excited to see and show everyone the final results. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of book reading
~ ICT Worksheet (due Thursday, 1/17)
~Math, lesson 1 (due Friday, 1/18)

SPECIAL DATES:

1/19 Parent Teacher Conferences
1/28-2/1 Literacy Week

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Friday, January 11th

Happy Friday!

This morning we resumed our buddy time with Mr. G's 5th grade class. To show their class how we can use our imagination when solving problems, we did a puzzle sheet together with our buddies before reading books together if we finished. 

In math today, we continued our work on adding more or less to a number. To prepare for the our work in +/- 100 starting next week, we explored how to unbundle numbers if we don't have enough from one unit to take away. For example, if we need to take away 10 from 203, we will have to unbundle a ten to get the answer. Additionally, I reminded students that if there are more than 10 of a unit, we can bundle and add to the next unit. Please see the examples below. 

 Picture 1 shows 10 less than 203. Since we have no 10s to take from, we must unbundle 1 hundred to create 10 tens, then take away one. 
Picture 2 shows 3 hundreds and 13 ones. We know that 10 tens make 1 ten, so we bundled 10 ones to make 1 ten. 

In literacy centers, we continued our work on identifying and choosing prepositions. 

For our unit of inquiry, we reviewed The Egyptian Cinderella and identified why that version of Cinderella is still a fairy tale. We also compared and contrasted how the the two Cinderellas we have read so far are different. Because we are concentrating on so many types of Cinderellas, we will decorate our door as a Japanese version of Cinderella for literacy week! As extra homework, please help your child brainstorm ideas that we can do to make our door beautiful. If your child would like to use the computer to print out images, or create an example of what we can do out of construction paper, that is definitely encouraged. The paper is just a guide for convenience, so let your child's creativity run free!

After work with Cinderella, we created a Wonder Wall to help guide our unit instead of a KWL chart. Each student wrote questions about what they want to learn about imagination. Here is a picture of our wall.


Lastly, I gave our class time to finish the puzzles that we started yesterday. Many more students were able to practice their growth mindset and solve puzzles compared to yesterday! Excellent job, grade 1 grey. 

I hope everyone enjoys the three day weekend!

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of free reading
~Literacy Door Decoration Brainstorm


SPECIAL DATES:

1/14 National Holiday (No School)
1/19 Parent Teacher Conferences
1/28-2/1 Literacy Week

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thursday, January 10th

Happy Thursday!

In math class today, we did some more work with ordering numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least in different forms, to help link the ideas to more and less than other numbers. Practicing more and less than will help with our concept building of addition and subtraction within 100 that we will begin working on next week. 

For our unit of inquiry and language arts combination today, we finished creating our poster on the elements of a fairy tale. 



We then thought about all of these elements in relation to Cinderella and created an organizational chart to record our ideas. Then, we finished our reading and illustrations of The Egyptian Cinderella, followed by a youtube version of the actual storybook. If you would like to listen to the book at home together, please watch the video below. 


In art class, students worked on imagination drawings, in which their peers drew lines on their paper and they were challenged to create different pictures from each of the lines. 

In our final period, we focused on the question "how does imagination help us solve problems." To do this, we had 5 different stations of unique puzzles for the students to solve. We were not able to finish all of the puzzles, so I will find time for the students to continue tomorrow. As an example puzzle, we did this worksheet together in class. Ask your child to show you how to do this puzzle at home!



TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of book reading
~Math, lesson 19 (due Friday, 1/11)


SPECIAL DATES:

1/14 National Holiday (No School)
1/19 Parent Teacher Conferences
1/28-2/1 Literacy Week

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Wednesday, January 9th

Happy Wednesday!

Today in math, we worked on 100, 10, and 1 more than/less than. We concentrated on both drawing using place value disks (circles with numbers inside) and saying the sentences out loud (ie 100 more than 457 is 557). When doing the homework at home tonight, please have your child practice saying these sentences out loud for practice.

In literacy centers, we worked on prepositions. I told students that prepositions show how two words are related to each other. To help them with this idea, I created this poster to show that many prepositions show anywhere a mouse might go. The students are aware that these are not all of the prepositions (others include during, through, or to), but it's a good place to start.


During library, they read the second chapter of The Little Prince. In this chapter, the pilot meets the little prince, who helps the pilot to become more open minded. If you would like to listen to chapter two together at home, I have added the video below. Chapter two starts at 3:20.


For our unit of inquiry today, we began to look at the elements that make up a fairy tale in preparation for our journey to discover how imagination helps us consider different perspectives. We began with learning about the protagonist, the antagonist, problems and solutions, and magic. In class, we were able to connect all of these concepts with Cinderella. Ask your child about these elements in Cinderella at home.

For our last activity of the day, we began to read and illustrate The Egyptian Cinderella. While we were able to talk about Egypt a bit in class, your child would benefit from learning more about Egypt at home (we had some great questions such as why did they build pyramids for kings and the old Egyptian alphabet). Looking into these topics at home will enrich your child's experience when we complete the story and look into its cultural aspects.

To help with our studies of fairy tales, and provide you with more resources for stories at home, I have found the website Story Nory that has a wide variety of different fairy tales that you can read with your child at home. All of the stories that I have seen so far also have an audio file, so your child can listen and read along at the same time. There are also other categories of stories that you can explore together. Please click here to visit the website. 

Lastly, yesterday everyone should have received an email about parent teacher conferences (PTC). As you know, each meeting is strictly 15 minutes so that we do not get off schedule. Soon, I will send out an additional email soon that asks if you have any specific questions so that I can prepare the information that you would like to know. Also, upon request we can schedule to do our PTC before, during, or after school if that better fits your schedule. Please email me if you favor this option.

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ Kids (there is an error with RAZ Kids and I'm not positive it will be fixed in time, if it is not working, please just do book reading or fairy tale reading from Storynory!)
~Math, lesson 18 (due Friday, 1/11)
~ Fairy Tale discussion sheet


SPECIAL DATES:

1/14 National Holiday (No School)
1/19 Parent Teacher Conferences
1/28-2/1 Literacy Week

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tuesday, January 8th

Happy Tuesday!

Today we started our language arts and inquiry topic of fairy tales. Fairy tales will help us explore our question: "how does imagination help us consider other perspectives?" We will be using different versions of Cinderella to help students understand how culture can change the way people use their imagination. Today, we read an adaptation of the French version of Cinderella, which is the most common version of Cinderella that most people know and Disney adapted. Then, I had students brainstorm what makes Cinderella a fairy tale. Tomorrow, we will be taking a closer look at the elements that make up a fairy tale, so I have sent an extra worksheet home for homework. The homework is simply to discuss different fairy tales your family knows together and either write them down or draw pictures of them. I am looking forward to hearing what they come up with tomorrow. 

In math, we continued practicing using our less than, greater than, and equal to signs as well as using them in sentences. In PSPE, students practiced throwing a ball underhand and overhand. In ICT, students finished up their table of contents, then moved into typing about what they did over the holiday break. 

For our unit of inquiry today, we focused on acting a a way to demonstrate and enjoy our imagination. We played many improvisation games to practice being spontaneous and acting games to help us learn how to express ourselves. Playing charades at home is a great way to practice these skills at home!

Please don't forget to bring books for the library tomorrow that were borrowed over the break.

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of book reading
~Math, lesson 18 (due Friday, 1/11)
~ Fairy Tale discussion sheet


SPECIAL DATES:

1/14 National Holiday (No School)
1/28-2/1 Literacy Week

Monday, January 7th

Welcome back to school!

We had a very exciting morning where we changed seats, talked about our vacations, and met a new classmate joining us in G1G. I loved hearing about what our class did over the break and I'm sure everyone is refreshed and ready to dive into our new theme: how we express ourselves. 

Our main idea for the theme is "imagination is a helpful tool in accessing the world and beyond." To help our class understand what that means, I told them to think of imagination as a key that unlocks the door to the world! Everyone still needs help with this concept, so please discuss it with your child. Our three lines of inquiry for the theme are: "how can we demonstrate and enjoy our imagination," "how does imagination help us consider other perspectives," and "how does imagination help us solve problems?" I am looking forward to diving into our imagination and learning how to use it as a tool to expand our thinking. 

In art today, we collected back some of our old masterpieces and played a drawing game. In JAL, we learned how to greet others "Happy New Year!"

For math today we worked on drawing our numbers into HTO (Hundreds, Tens, and Ones) charts, then comparing using less than, greater than, equal to in sentences as well as their corresponding symbols (<, >, =). While students are able to understand how to use all three symbols, many have difficulty in using the vocabulary "less than" and "greater than", so please be sure to review this with your child at home and try to use the vocabulary in at home discussions. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ kids
~Math, lesson 17 (due Friday, 1/11)


SPECIAL DATES:

1/28-2/1 Literacy Week

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Friday, December 14th

Happy Friday!!

Today was a blast! We started off the morning with our last buddy meeting for the year. Then, we finished up some work that we needed to finish, such as reflections and our pen pal letters. For our literacy centers, we once again practiced proper sentence endings for different types of sentences. In the afternoon, we quickly took a spelling test, cleaned our desks, then cleaned the classroom before having our Fun Friday Food Party! The students were so excited to share their snacks and play with their toys. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our party a great success. 

There is no official homework over the break besides reading every day (please follow the holiday reading log with dates up to the beginning of school). I also highly encourage you to partake in the suggested winter work that I have personalized for each student in the grades (coming soon, I hope). In addition, I will be sending some other ways that you can keep education in your homes during the break if you are interested via email very soon. 

Thank you all for your support during this first term, and I am excited to see what else our class can do together in the upcoming terms. 

Have a wonderful winter holiday and a happy new year!

Winter break HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of reading every day (same schedule)
~ Suggested winter work (from report card)
~ Study those sight words! (from literacy center groups)


SPECIAL DATES:

12/15 Winter Break!
1/7 School Resumes

Thursday, December 13th

Happy Thursday!

Today was a day full of reflection. We began our day by taking our last math tests of the term. After math tests were complete, I let students take some of our extra math coloring sheets home in case they wanted to work on them over the break. Some students took one of each, so I hope they are able to complete them all over the vacation!

During our unit of inquiry today, we reflected on our central idea and lines of inquiry for the unit of Where We Are in Place and Time. After that, I showed the students their letters from their penpals, which I was finally able to get a hold of. The students were excited to see what their friends in San Diego had written them and eager to write back. I also bought some Japanese erasers for our San Diego friends, and some of our students helped me wrap and label the gifts for when I bring them to their school. 

In art, students had their long awaited game time with Mr. Aldridge in which they had to draw something and other students guessed what they had drawn. It gave students a chance to both work on their art skills and their sportsmanship. In ICT, students finished their work on their table of contents. I am hoping that by the 3rd term, they are able to perfect their table of contents and you can see the growth in their computer and planning skills. 

For our last period, we spend some time reflecting about the term on worksheets. Some of the students were able to record their reflections on Seesaw, but some data was deleted due to the wifi connection. Tomorrow, I will have more students take the time to record a video to send via Seesaw. 

Remember that tomorrow is our Fun Friday Food party! If you bring food, make sure all of the ingredients are labelled clearly and if your child will bring a toy they must have their name on it. I'm looking forward to our party tomorrow!

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of free reading


SPECIAL DATES:

12/15 Winter Break!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wednesday, December 12th

Happy Wednesday!

Today after Japanese class, we had our review math test. While many students were able to imply the answer, I reminded students that they must be clear and circle their final answer clearly as well as answer the question being asked. For example, in the question where students must show skip jumping from 500 to 800 using hundreds (c), many students simply answered 300 when the correct answer should be 3 hundred yen coins, or 3 coins. Please make sure your child is clear on this concept. Please send me an email if you need another copy of the review test. 

For literacy centers, we focused on the three different types of sentence endings: periods, exclamation marks, and question marks. 

In library today, we read the first chapter of The Little Prince together, as Ms. Elif was out sick today. Please tell your child what you think this picture is, then ask what the picture really is!


During our unit of inquiry, we had our table community presentations! It was amazing to see everyone's hard work. We ended the day with a gallery walk so that everyone could get a close up view of their communities. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ Kids
~Math, review test (to be turned in Thursday, 12/13)


SPECIAL DATES:

12/15 Winter Break!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Tuesday, December 11th

Happy Tuesday!

This morning in math, we attempted to answer the question "how many 10 yen coins are in one 1000 yen bill?" Students had to draw math pictures to show the answer. After drawing answers with a partner, we had a gallery walk so that all of the students could see their peers' work. Then, they had a chance to draw another way to show 1000 that they saw while walking around. Students have a practice math test tomorrow. Be prepared.

After math, we took some time to complete our table community brochures and add details to our maps. 

In PSPE, students continued to play soccer. In ICT, students continued their table of contents. 

For our unit of inquiry, we practiced for our table presentations tomorrow. After some practicing, groups were free to continue their maps and perfect their brochures. 

 Lastly, I have sent the email with the excel sheet for snacks to bring on Friday. Remember to label foods with all of the ingredients inside. Additionally, please make sure your child's name is on their toy for Fun Friday.

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of free reading
~Math, lesson 16 (to be turned in Thursday, 12/13)


SPECIAL DATES:

12/15 Winter Break!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Monday, December 10th

Happy Monday!

It's the final week before winter break! We started off our Monday by working on our final table community projects. The maps are coming along nicely and brochures well on their way to being complete. I hope to start table presentations on Wednesday, so continue the good work!

In PSPE today, students played soccer with Mr. Tyler. Mr. Tyler has seen that many of our students will come outside without their jackets, and it is becoming very cold. Please remind your child to wear a jacket whenever they're outside and I will remind them from the classroom as well. 

In art, the students learned how to make paper snowflakes. In music, students sang some songs from Snow Time that they were not able to sing in the performance. In JAL, students started to create a story from their time tables. 

For math today, we used our concept of benchmark numbers to create a number line. I have drawn an example of what we worked on below. On the homework, it is important to show everything in black, but the purple is optional. 

The last number should say 900 on the line.

Finally, this Friday we will have an end of term party as well as a Fun Friday. This means two things: 1. Students are allowed to bring a small invaluable toy on Friday to be put in their cubbies and that they can take out during our party in the afternoon. 2. We will be allowing students to bring food to share with their class on Friday, but all foods must be labelled clearly. I will soon email out a sheet to to remind everyone with a sign up sheet for types of foods and drinks so that we do not have too much of one type of snack. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ kids
~Math, lesson 15 (to be turned in Thursday, 12/13)


SPECIAL DATES:

12/15 Winter Break!