Month: March 2016

Structures in our Local Community

Today, in Grade One Science, we identified and examined structures in our local community. 

We began by brainstorming a list of different structures in our community. 

  
After, we picked a few structures to examine more closely.

  
Then, the students used some books about structures to help them identify and examine other structures within our local community. 

   
   
Finally, they recorded their findings on a chart.

  

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Story of the Month

The last day of every month, the students complete a writing task to document their favourite event of the month – we call this our “Story of the Month”. 

We always begin by brainstorming events that occurred during the month; we use our calendar to identify important dates and to remember events that occurred in the class and school. 

   
 
After, the students look at their writing from the past month and decide on a writing goal for this month. 

   

Magic “e”

Today we practised how to read words with a magic “e”. We began by reading a 3 letter word, writing the word and drawing a corresponding picture. After, we added a magic “e” and recorded the new word and matching picture. 

  
 
Students will have the opportunity to practise this reading skill over the next few weeks at our word work literacy center. 

Citizenship Award Winner

Congratulations to Geo for winning the Citizenship Award this month! Geo demonstrates citizenship by being a great member of our classroom community: he helps clean up, follows the rules without reminders and tries his best. When we received two new students this month, Geo greeted them with a smile and made them feel welcome by giving them tours and playing with them at recess. Way to go Geo!

  

Math Talk

Today we tried our first Math Talk; the purpose of Math Talk is to examine a picture and identify all the mathematical elements of the picture including shapes, numbers, patterns,  length, etc. 

Here is our math talk picture for today – students were told to ignore the questions at the top.

  
After examining the picture for a minute, students recorded their math thinking.

  
Many students said that they “saw a pattern”, but no students explained what kind of pattern or where they saw the pattern. 

After, we discussed the picture together and identified other math that we saw including shapes, patterns and numbers. 

  
The students learned that math is everywhere, we just have to look for it and learn how to explain it. We are going to try this activity again several times in a few weeks and see how our ability to “see” and “talk” math improves.