Mrs. N.'s SK/Grade 1 Class
New Show and Share Topic!
The focus for our next round of STARs of the Day is TRAVEL! Students are asked to bring in an item they have acquired in recent travels such as a souvenir, postcard, guidebook, map, photo album, etc., and talk about it and their experience. Items can be derived from travel to other cities/countries or local points of interest such as the CN Tower, Canada’s Wonderland, Niagara Falls, the zoo, or a beach, to name a few.
The idea behind this topic is that it educates students about far away places or local destinations without actually travelling there. Students will also find it easier to talk to their peers about a personal experience. This activity fulfills expectations in both oral communication and media literacy (interpreting messages of media forms).
Please have your child practice discussing their item and travel experience with you prior to coming to school. Have them focus on answering the following questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How? during their presentation. I will kick off the presentations by sharing a few of my own travel experiences with the class. Student presentations will begin upon their return from March Break. Please refer to the March class calendar for your child's presentation date. If your child's name does not appear on the calendar, their turn will take place in April.
I am looking forward to travelling around the world with your children!
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Here are some ideas to extend your child's learning at home:
1) Ask you child to take a handful of something (e.g. Cheerios, nuts, raisins, beans, etc.) and place it on a plate/tray/table. Have them first estimate the number of items, then have them practise counting the items by 10s, 5s and then 2s.
2) Write the numbers from 1 - 50 ( or 1-20 for SKs). Cover one or more numbers with a sticky or penny and ask your child to identify the missing number. Ask them to explain how they arrived at their answer.
3) Using blocks, pennies, crayons, etc. as visual and tactile representations, create a number sentence (e.g. a group of 5 crayons, then place another group of 3 crayons beside it; start with a group of 15 pennies, then take away and place 4 of those pennies to the side). Ask your child to identify and write the corresponding number sentence using numerals and symbols (e.g. 5 + 3= 8; 15-4=11) and state the number sentence orally.
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