Math video

Math video

We watched a math based video and students recorded all of the math words, numbers and concepts they could find.  It was a great way to remind us that math is part of our daily lives.  After the video, students shared some of their findings.  We were amazed at all the patterns, shapes, numbers and addition sentences that were discovered.

Math Centers

Math Centers

Last week we practiced math centers (that touched on numerous math strands- patterning, number sense, geometry and spatial sense).  We continue to build our stamina and practice the routines involved in our center time.  Soon we will have the students start documenting their own learning using iPads.

  

Reading Buddies… well, so much more

Reading Buddies… well, so much more

Today we met with our buddies from Ms Nicolaides grade 7/8 class.  We will be doing some reading but also some team building and some coding activities with them.  It was so nice to start a partnership with this class. Today our buddies were interviewing us for a Humans of SWO project that will be on display during open house.

Today we went on a scavenger hunt outside to search for patterns. It was amazing to see the students working as a team and looking high and low for patterns to share with the rest of us.

Visualization

Visualization

Today we read the story “The Gruffalo”, but Ms. Persaud covered all of the pictures.  Students practiced making pictures in their minds and then illustrated a picture of what they thought the Gruffalo looked like based on the clues from the story.  Tomorrow we will have a look at all of the pictures we drew and look at the pictures in the actual book to see if our visualization matches what was described.

  

Sight word assessment

Sight word assessment

During the first week of school I conducted a quick sight word assessment on each of the students. The results can be found in your child’s agenda. Please remember these are words we hope students will know by the end of grade 1 and that this was just one snapshot in time.

You can support your child at home by choosing some of the words and playing games with them. For example:

1. Write the words on cue cards and hid them around the house and have a scavenger hunt.

2. Write 2 sets of the words on cue cards and play Go fish or memory.

3. Use the cue cards words to write “silly sentences”

4. Point out these words when reading stories together

Read alouds

Read alouds

Here are some of the read alouds we focussed on last week. We are promoting a growth mindset and the power of the word “yet”.  We are trying to promote the idea that through practice and perseverance we can accomplish anything!  So let’s change the conversation from “I’m not good at _____” to “I’m not good at ____ yet!”