Grade 1d News

17 December 2015

Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the Winter break. Happy Christmas, to those who celebrate it, and best wishes to everyone for a time of fun with the family over the next two weeks.

Speaking personally, I am so pleased to have started the Winter Break. Naturally, I am looking forward to re-charging my batteries, but that is not the only reason I am happy to have reached this milestone. I am also genuinely impressed with the way the children have grown and developed in their skills and maturity over the past 16 weeks. Most of you will have received a sample-pack of work done through the year to date in your child's home folder this week. Each student is on the way with their learning journey and definitely moving forward. I am also grateful for the support of the wider 1D community as I have transitioned to First Grade at ASD. I am most definitely on a learning journey as well, and I believe I have mostly been moving in a forward direction :-)

Photos in this week's photo folder include Pajama day, the Christmas Party, Math games, Social Studies research and other fun activities. As always, a few highlights have been included below but there are many others in the photo folder.


(Below - Finlay and friends get carried away making paper snowflakes.)

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Coming Events in 1D and Lower Elementary school


December 18 - January 2 Winter Break

January 2016 January 3 Welcome Back – Happy New Year!
January 5 Full Day - Special Afternoon Schedule
January 10-14 AMA Book Fair
January 19 - Full Day of School
January 21 - No School
January 24-28 - Visiting Artist – Danny Gregory


Learning a Lesson

When readers notice a change in the character’s feeling, we think about why that change may have occurred.

Author’s Message

To understand the author’s message we need to ask some questions:

  • What is the problem?

  • What does the character do about the problem?

  • What does the character learn?

  • What does the author want us to learn?


Big Ideas:


    • Stay close to story, can’t just write ‘The End’

    • Can end with a feeling, dialogue, most important part (or heart of the story)

    • Spelling strategy - Magic E


Big Idea: Time Introduction Boot Camp- only to the hour

Essential Questions:

  • Why do we need to be able to tell time?

  • What does the hour hand on a clock tell us?

Teaching Points:

  • Make a connection between a number line and telling time

  • Tell and write time to the hour using analog and digital clocks

  • Know the parts of a clock

Social Studies

Big idea: Homes/Shelter

  • Review the different ecosystems and connect discussion to the world map

  • Describe pictures of homes from each ecosystem

  • Work on ecosystems research project

  • Homework: Watch Brain Pop Jr. on “Homes.”