Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday, May 17th

Happy Friday!

Today in math we worked on drawing multiplication sentences in arrays and tape diagrams. In art, students continued their animal life cycle projects. 

In reading today, we tried Rosie Revere for the first time off script. We did a very good job! Please support your child in memorizing their parts if they are still unsure about them. In JNL, students practiced their katakana and kanji skills. 

For our unit of inquiry, we finally had our kindergarten projects! Groups did such a great job in presenting, and were eager to answer questions from the kindergarteners. To wrap up the day, we had a reflection session on our orientations. 

See everyone tomorrow for ICF!

weekend'S HOMEWORK:

~ 10 minutes of free
~ Memorize Rosie Revere!

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins
5/22 Grade 4 Fundraising
5/21 Picture Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thursday, May 16th

Happy Thursday!

This morning, we had some time to play the compliment game together before we headed off to Japanese and ICT. In PSPE today, we practiced our basketball skills. 

In math today, we worked on multiples of four. I have heard that many students have watched all of the times tables series already, but we watched the fours table together in class. Feel free to watch the video below together (again?) at home as well. For problem sets, we worked on identifying multiples of four and practiced solving multiplication word problems with four fact families. 


In literacy centers, we continued to work on expanding sentences with different conjunctions and more details. Then, we went straight into our unit of inquiry, where we prepared for our presentations tomorrow. Many groups have practiced over and over again, and I know that everyone will do a great job tomorrow!

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~ 10 minutes of book reading
~ Math, lesson 8 (due Friday, 5/17)
~ Memorize Rosie Revere!

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins
5/22 Grade 4 Fundraising
5/21 Picture Day (most likely, subject to change)


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wednesday, May 15th

Happy Wednesday!

This morning, we had the pleasure of the school counselor, Mr. Thomas, visiting our class to help us with our conflict resolution skills. He helped the students practice saying their "I feel" statements, but added on a new important part that we haven't done as a class together, "so please...". For example: "I feel sad when you take my seat, so please find another seat." This new addition is important because it helps other students know what would help the individual feel better. Thank you, Mr. Thomas, for this important lesson! 

In literacy centers today, we worked on using conjunctions to help expand our sentences, along with our new skill of using details to support as well. After library, we had our very first earthquake drill at the new campus. I noticed that some students are without their emergency hoods; please make sure that your child has an emergency hood in case a real emergency occurs. 

In math today, we worked on division skills using multiples of 3.In class, we watched a helpful song that the students can use for memorizing their 3 times table at home. For some reason I can't upload the video below, so please click here to see the video. We also concentrated on how we can draw math pictures to label what we know in the question as well as what we do not know. See the examples below (questions are written underneath).

1. 3 students share a pack of 12 pencils. How many pencils does each student get?
2. The school buys 12 boxes of pencils. Each classroom gets 3 boxes. How many classrooms get boxes of pencils?

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~ 10 minutes of RAZ Kids
~ Math, lesson 7 (due Friday, 5/17)
~ Memorize Rosie Revere!

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins
5/22 Grade 4 Fundraising
5/21 Picture Day (most likely, subject to change)

Tuesday, May 14th

Happy Tuesday!

Today, we started off the morning by watching this video about the 2 times table. Some students may already have a song to help them with their multiplication, or perhaps don't need it, but if the chorus of the song helps your child with their multiplication facts, please feel free to have them listen to it at home. 


Our class had the pleasure of a grade two student doing her inquiry project aiding us with class today. In their inquiry class, they are learning about roles and helping the community, and she chose to help first grade! After she introduced herself, we did some work on identifying finding the number of groups or finding the number in the group in division while working on our 2 fact families. 

For our unit of inquiry, we continued to work on our projects for the kindergarteners this Friday. Many groups are almost finished and practicing their presentations! I am very proud of everyone's hard work. 

In language arts today, we continued to work on haikus. For those who finished their first haiku, they began to work on a second haiku about first grade, which I would like to put together to create a book of first grade haikus by the end of the year. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of Book Reading
~Math, lesson 6 (due Friday, 5/17)
~ Memorize Rosie Revere!

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins
5/21 Picture Day (most likely, subject to change)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Monday, May 13th

Happy Monday!

We started off our morning again by, once again, practicing for our Celebration of Learning with Rosie Revere. Our goal is to be mostly off script by Friday, so that we can start working on staging, costumes, etc. the week after. I have heard that some students would like it in a bigger font, or are continue to lose their script, so I will be sending the script out on email. Please help review lines at home with your child, and remind them to recite nice and slowly. The students should know their parts, but feel free to email if they have forgotten and need a reminder for memorizing at home. 

In ICT, students continued to create aids for their presentations this Friday. In our Unit of Inquiry, students worked on their actual presentations. Then, we moved into our Literacy Centers. 

In math today, we worked on using a tape diagram to express our division problems. These are very similar to when we learned tape diagrams with repeated addition. Please see below for an example. 

This method is similar to the division/multiplication number bond, but is another option to solve equations if students understand this form better. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ Kids
~Math, lesson 5 (due Friday, 5/17)
~ Memorize Rosie Revere!

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins
5/21 Picture Day (most likely, subject to change)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 10th

Happy Friday!

What a day! We started off our morning by working again on division and working on recognizing the fact that in division we are looking for either the number of groups or the number of things in the group. After a quick time together on the floor, we broke into groups and did math centers, having time to do Mathletics and some multiplication coloring as well as work in small groups with me. 

In art today, students worked on planning for their animal art projects. In reading, we did another read through of Rosie Revere followed by some time to review their memorization. Then, we tried to do a practice run where students attempted to say their lines without looking. While it wasn't perfect, it was a very good start! My goal is to have all lines memorized by next Friday, so please help your child run their lines over the weekend for when we practice again on Monday, etc. 

For our unit of inquiry, students continued work on their projects for the kindergarteners. Many groups got a lot of progress done and I can tell that they will have excellent presentations and shows for next Friday. I am very excited to see the finished product. 

Please remember that if your child is interested in the Hot Shots donation tournament, the money is due on Monday. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

weekend'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of free reading
~ Memorize Rosie Revere

SPECIAL DATES:

5/13 Hot Shots Participant Money Due
5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins

Thursday, May 9th

Happy Thursday!

This morning after morning work, we were able to play the compliment game together after a long time. It was nice to be able to hear such kind words about everyone being said in the classroom again. 

In ICT, students attempted to create something on the computer to help them with their presentation to the kindergarteners. In PSPE, students continued to work on their basketball skills with Mr. Tyler. 

In math today, we continued to work on dividing numbers. After reviewing the definition of factors (the number of groups times the number in a group), we tried some division equations with tiles and math drawings. We discovered that in division, we can either be looking for the number of groups or the number in the group. Some students show that they need support in switching from multiplication to division (ie writing along the lines of 6 divided by 3 = 18), so please keep a look out for that in the homework. 

In literacy centers, we continued expanding our sentences with details. 

For our unit of inquiry, students began to work on their plans that they created for their presentations to the kindergarteners. Many groups began either writing skits or creating poster drafts to express our systems and organization in first grade. Excellent start!

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of book reading
~Math, lesson 3 (due Friday, 5/10)

SPECIAL DATES:

5/13 Hot Shots Participant Money Due
5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday, May 8th

Happy Wednesday!

Today we had another primary assembly. At this assembly, Mr. Aldridge explained about Horizon's next major fundraiser, Hot Shots, where students will help raise money for schools that can't afford nice PSPE facilities through a short basketball competition. One round in the competition is 500 yen, and every attempt thereafter is another 500 yen. If your child is interested in playing, please send them with the appropriate amount of money before the 13th. 

In literacy centers today, we continued to work on how we can expand sentences to include more details while writing. 

After library, we had a very exciting math class. Today, we took our first try with division. We began by reviewing the definition of factors and products in multiplication sentences. Together, we defined factors as either the number of groups or the number inside the group. Then I gave the class a challenge: they had to make four equal groups with all of our classmates and one person in the middle, but without talking! Although it took some time, our class won at my challenge and I happily rewarded everyone a Dojo point. From there, we related what we did to a division sentence: 20 divided by 4 equals 5. Some students were quick to notice that the division sentence matched the factors and product of 4 x 5 = 20, which is just the connection that I would like for them to see to help make division easier. I also taught the students how to make a multiplication/division number bond (see below) to help visualize multiplication and division in a different way. Then, we went into working with blocks. In pairs, students had the opportunity to divide a certain number of tiles by using the fair share strategy. This strategy stresses that each person (or group) should have an equal amount so that it is fair! I used examples of dividing jelly beans between Mr. Zach, Mr. Chuck, and myself and translated our actions into division sentences to help students with their first encounter of division. Although not everyone is perfect at the concept just yet, it was a very good start to how we divide.



Lastly, I have some news about ICF. Students and parents are encouraged to come in traditional culture outfits to celebrate the occasion. There are many performances throughout the day, as well as many food booths, so it is sure to be an amazing festival! 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ Kids
~Math, lesson 2 (due Friday, 5/10)

SPECIAL DATES:

5/13 Hot Shots Participant Money Due
5/18 ICF
5/20 MAPs Testing Begins

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tuesday, May 7th

Welcome back to school!

Our class had so much to say about our spring break vacations during circle time, that we had to move our math period to later in the day! I am very glad that so many students had so much fun over the break. 

Please note that this week's spelling words are a little more tricky than usual, as they contain silent letter pairs (ie gn, wr, kn). Please pay close attention to your child's spelling practice at home to help them for the test on Friday. 

In math, we began to prepare for division by reviewing what we have learned already during the last term. Please click on "foundations of multiplication and division" if you would like a reminder on what we have worked on already (equal groups, __ groups of ___, arrays, columns, rows, repeated addition...). To help with our transition to division, I have started to teach vocabulary such as "factors" and "product" (ie 4 and 3 are factors of 12). I hope for the students to become familiar with the vocabulary by the end of the week, which will help them understand the concept of division further down the line. I have also passed back tests for addition and subtraction, so please check your child's backpack. 

For our unit of inquiry today, students got into their groups to create a schedule of what they need to do for their kindergarten presentations. We are aiming to do our activity on the 17th, so students had to decide what needs to be done, and by when they aim to finish it. All groups were able to identify what they need finished and most have fixed a schedule to help them with their self-management. 

In Language Arts today, we learned what a haiku is! Students deduced that a haiku is formed with syllables, and worked hard to find the 5-7-5 pattern. Then, we had time to try to write a haiku ourselves on any topic that we liked. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of Book Reading
~Math, lesson 1 (due Friday, 5/10)

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Friday, April 26th

Happy Friday!

Today, everyone did a great job keeping focus before going off on vacation. 

After our math tests, we had art class. In art, students finished up their light projects, and also filled out a self reflection based off Bloom's Taxonomy. 

In Language Arts today, we took the time to finish up our cinquain poems, and some even had a chance to upload a reflection onto Seesaw. 

For inquiry today, each group chose at least three topics that they want to have in their project for the kindergarteners. This will make it easier for them to design what they will do when the break is over. 

Then, we went into a well deserved Fun Friday. Due to all the rain this week, we had the opportunity to finish watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which we had been watching sporadically over rainy day breaks. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Golden Week vacation, and see everyone on Tuesday the 7th!

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of reading
~Memorize parts in Rosie Revere!!!

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thursday, April 25th

Happy Thursday!

This morning we had our first whole primary assembly! Mr. Aldridge explained about all the displays that we're going to work on together, although we didn't have time to break into our groups and work today. With the little time we had left after the assembly, we worked on some assembly essential agreements to follow for the future. 

In PSPE today, we did some dribbling and passing practice. We ended our PSPE time by doing a passing race, where each team passes the ball to the end and dribbles their way to the front. It was such a fun time! 

In math today, we took our practice math test. Please be sure your child pays close attention to when it asks for addition and subtraction, and looks to see when they need to show their work. 

For our unit of inquiry today, we did some more brainstorming in our groups to make our kindergarten projects. In literacy centers, we focused on adjectives and the nouns that they describe. 

Tomorrow, the students have earned a well deserved Fun Friday! Please allow your child to bring one invaluable small toy that can fit into their locker until the appropriate time for us to play in the afternoon. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of Book Reading
~Math, Review Test (due Friday, 4/26)

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wednesday, April 24th

Happy Wednesday!

We started off the morning by talking about our assembly that we're going to have tomorrow. Tomorrow, our students are going to get in groups with the other primary students to create displays for our school hallways, including star of the month, PYP learner profile, and essential agreement posters. Students got to choose what they want to work on for the upcoming weeks, and I am very excited to see how they can bring their organization and responsibility skills to their groups. 

Mr. Tyler was not here again for PSPE today, so I had the pleasure of doing PSPE with our class! We worked on basketball skills together, which include dribbling and taking shots at the hoop. Lastly, we played a basketball game I learned from my time in elementary school called Horse. Please ask your child how to play! 

In literacy centers today, we continued to work on how to expand our sentences with details. Then, in math we did some final work with addition and subtraction word problems. Tomorrow will be our practice test for the test on Friday!

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of RAZ Kids
~Math, lesson 15 (due Friday, 4/26)

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF

Tuesday, April 23rd

Happy Tuesday,

Today we started the day by practicing our math skills. We did more work with subtraction, in both vertical and picture form. We also did work in solving problems such as 81 - ___ = 19 and how to solve the blank; drawing the numbers in a number bond to see their relation or using arrow way are both good techniques in finding the answer to this equation. 

For our unit of inquiry today, we did lots of work. We began by analyzing what steps we took to create our clean up system. Then, answered questions about what responsibility means and what a role is. Most importantly, students discussed and contemplated why it is important for people to be responsible to do their roles. Then, students separated into different groups to begin planning a system to create their final group project. Each group will be creating something to help the Kindergarteners know what to expect when they go to first grade. The three ideas our class came up with was a role model activity, a presentation, and a show. Currently, students are brainstorming what they think their projects should teach the kindergarteners exactly. 

In writing today, we learned how to make a cinquain poem. These poems do not rhyme, but use parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Many students are almost done, so I expect for them to have a finished product to share on Seesaw by the end of the week. 

TODAY'S HOMEWORK:

~10 minutes of Book Reading
~Math, lesson 14 (due Friday, 4/26)

SPECIAL DATES:

5/18 ICF