Class 1-1 Updates
It's hard to believe term one is almost over. I hope everyone is having a wonderful new year so far and that this year brings health and happiness to everyone.
Curriculum updates :
Math- Number sense is our focus right now. After finishing up our unit on 2-D and 3-D solids, we are focusing on addition and subtraction.
Language- Reader's and Writer's Workshop are still a main focus in our classroom. During Writer's Workshop student's continue to write about whatever they choose applying what we learn from mini lessons. We are working on conventions - Upper case letters at the beginning of sentences and periods at the end of sentences. In Reader's Workshop we are learning to predict and infer based on what we know. Since we seem to be so interested in Scaredy Squirrel, we are talking about text-to-text and text-to-self connections.
Science- Our unit on Materials, Objects and Everyday structures is in full force and leading up to an exciting inquiry project.
Social Studies- We are talking about respect and also about "new years resolutions"
Health- Wrapping up our unit on healthy eating and healthy food! This tied in nicely with our unit in science and talking about recycling and reducing waste. Healthy food often has less waste than unhealthy food.
Just a reminder to everyone that I now use Twitter to post more frequent updates about our class. You do not need Twitter to be able to see it! My handle is @msmcguiresclass :)
Mid- November Update
Math – Number sense will be ongoing throughout the year.
We will be focusing on data management in November, looking collecting information, graphing, and tallying
Language – Writer’s workshop and literacy centres. This is a great way to get children reading and writing in a creative and independent way.
Science – Seasons and cycles.
We are talking about the 4 seasons, how humans, animals and all living things need to adapt to the change in weather during the seasons.
Cycles (months of the year, days of the week, seasons etc.)
Weekly Update - October 16- 20
We have had an amazing week in class 1-1!! Time is really flying but we’ve made a lot of progress once again. We’re almost ready for Literacy Centres which will be a big component of our grade 1 program. Ask your child to tell you about their special Writers Workshop folders they got yesterday. You will have an opportunity to see them at student conferences.
I sent home the form yesterday with conference times for that. Please pick your top 3 times and I will do my best to accommodate everyone. A reminder they are student- led conferences and therefore they must be there.
We have started our unit in patterning and sorting. Next week we are going to go on walk in and around the school and try and find patterns in our everyday lives. If you want to start that discussion at home that would be great! Looking at patterns on sidewalks, at parks or even neighbourhood homes!
Presentations in Social Studies were very impressive! Everyone brought their rubrics home yesterday with a star ( the heart) and a wish (the star). I met with all students to explain what they did well and what they can continue to work on for next time! Overall they were very very well done so thank you families for helping your child be prepared!
Thank you to Mrs. Datseris for volunteering her time to exchange Home Reading books on Mondays. This is a huge help!! It is important that all Home Reading is returned Friday to ensure it’s at school in time for me to read the book with your child on Friday and then exchange it for a new one on Monday to send home. ( Please keep them at home until Friday. Sorry if I was unclear, but Home Reading is meant to read throughout the week, in some cases multiple times, to develop fluency by reading the same book at the appropriate level).
The Milk, Pizza and Pita programs will all be running next week! Pizza is on Tuesdays, Pita is Thursday and milk is everyday. Thank you to our student helpers for making sure this all runs smoothly in our class.
I think that’s all! Please email me if you have any questions. I hope you are all able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!
CRW is currently running a food drive, We Scare Hunger Away, all food will be donated to the local Oakville Food Bank. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
Weekly Update - October 10- 13
Another busy week has come and gone!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Thank you to everyone who returned their home reading duo tangs today. If any were not returned, please make sure they get returned on Monday. That will be your child's opportunity to exchange their home reading book for a new one and add their first sticker to their book worm!
Poetry duo tangs came home again today (navy blue). We worked a lot on expression and reading the poem in different voices this week, ask your child to show you! I have attached a picture of the word work we did with the poem and the coloured leaves art from this week. Some students were very excited about real leaves and collected some at recess to add to our bulletin board. It looks great! Again, a reminder the poetry duo tangs are due to school on Monday.
Social Studies presentations will start on Monday. Your child was sent home with their date (either Mon. or Tues.) and some tips to help them prepare for their first presentation! We will be moving onto Science and starting with Seasons later next week.
In agendas today I also sent home all the Raz Kids information for logging on at home. It is in the front pocket.
In math we are moving on to sorting and patterning. We started our unit on sorting today talking about things we sort in our every day lives. Many students found great examples of sorting in our class!
Reminders for next week:
Picture Day is on Tuesday (October 17)
New class jobs will start on Monday
New home reading will be sent home Monday
Library is on Thursday (we missed it last week because we had a switch day)
Weekly Update - October 2- 6
It was great to meet so many families on Tuesday at the Pirate Picnic! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and were able to get a glimpse into our classroom and what we have going on in Grade One so far. This week we made more progress with settling into routines and learning to be more independent.
We have been practising our "Quiet 10" writing and some of your child's work samples came home yesterday. We have also been working on our "reading stamina", which your child can tell you about. We have made it to 4 minutes of reading stamina in our practice sessions so far.
We are moving along with math and we're going to start patterning and sorting in the next week or so. If you have time this weekend you can talk about "more and less" (up to 10) with your child. We were working on that this week. Becoming more familiar with numbers and number relationships is important before we move into addition later in the year. In grade one, students should know how to read and write their number words to ten.
Poetry duo tangs were sent home yesterday for the first time. Our poem of the week was Thanksgiving Turkey. We had many opportunities to practise the poem as a class so hopefully your child can recite it to you. Our words of the week were "it, my, is, and & the". They should be circled in their poem and you can do some sight word practise with those if you feel your child is struggling. Please make sure your child brings back their poetry duo tang on Tuesday as well (normally on a Monday but there is no school this Monday for Thanksgiving).Our Home Reading will start on Tuesday! More information will be sent home with that.
Our Social Studies project was sent home in the Zippy bags this week. Presentations will be on October 16 and 17. A schedule will be sent home next week so each child knows when their day to present will be! We will be talking about time lines this week and how our roles have changed since we were babies (then toddlers, children etc. and our roles continue to change as we grow older).
Lastly, I must apologize to everyone, I completely forgot to send our beautiful Turkey crafts home at the end of the day yesterday. They were in a separate pile to prevent them from getting shoved in the Zippy and getting ruined, and of course they were forgotten!! I have taken a picture of them and attached it to this email!
Wishing you all a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving,
Weekly Update - September 25- 29
Hello Grade One Families!
We have had a great first week together in room 207! We are mostly settled into our classroom routines and expectations. We have been working hard at becoming more independent!
Some of your child's work they have been working on since the start of school was sent home today in their Zippie. Some was unfinished and that's okay! If you want to work on it at home or save it for another time, it's up to you. None of the work returned is expected to be returned to school.
In Math, we will continue to work on numbers and number relationships. We have spent a lot of time talking about numbers and number words, representations of numbers, and what numbers mean in our every day lives.
I have finished collecting reading scores so that we can ensure your child is choosing books at the right level for independent reading. We have started Writer's Workshop and they seem to really enjoy sharing the gift of writing with each other.
In Social Studies we have started our unit on Roles and Responsibilities in our lives. It would be great to talk about the different roles and responsibilities parents have and share that with your child.
Next week we will have some changes implemented in the classroom that will help reduce transitions and distractions and make the class run smoothly. Your child will no longer be copying an agenda message into their agenda but I will provide the information with any upcoming dates and information every Monday for the week. We will also have classroom "jobs" starting Monday, instead of the Busy Bee, for now. Everyone will have a chance to learn more about Roles and Responsibilities with their classroom job!
We will continue to reinforce expectations in the class and focus on the Learning Skills:
- Independent Work
- Self- Regulation
The Terry Fox Run was cancelled today due to the weather forecast this afternoon and it has been rescheduled for Monday, periods 5 & 6. We finished our week with sharing our favourite part about our first week together and it was great to hear so many positive and thoughtful things!
It has been great meeting some of you already and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Pirate Picnic on October 3rd!