Mrs. N.'s SK/Grade 1 Class

March Newsletter

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!

Scientists In School

Attached are photos from our recent Scientists In School workshop on Structures. It was fantastic to see all of the students engaged in the various hands-on activities the workshop had to offer. The session culminated in the students creating their own structures - stools - using newspapers and tape, and they actually worked! Thank you to Scientist Julie for making it such an enjoyable experience. The Grade Ones will be beginning their unit on Energy after March Break.

Math

We have wrapped up our unit on 2D shapes and 3D figures which corresponded well with the Grade 1 Science unit on Structures, Objects and Materials. We also integrated shapes into Art class by building 3D structures and symmetry butterflies. The Grade Ones have started a short unit on number patterns, while the Senior Kindergartens are revisiting learned concepts via Math Centres. We will then move on to simple addition and subtraction of whole numbers (SKs with sums up to 10, Grade 1s with sums up to 20).

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.

Safety

With Spring just around the corner (hopefully!) and increased time spent playing outdoors, now is a good time to review with your child personal contact information in the event of an emergency, such as their full name, address and phone number. This information, as well as "Stranger Danger" is discussed with the students as part of the Kindergarten Health curriculum, but it is always good to reinforce these concepts by having a chat at home.

Literacy

Through our Morning Message activities, students have been learning about adding detail to their sentences, or, as I have been describing, turning "Blah" sentences into "Ha!" sentences. Grade Ones are encouraged to be more descriptive by answering the questions "Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?" in their writing and are learning to add adjectives (i.e. describing words) to make their work more interesting. Senior Kindergarten students are being encouraged to extend their writing by adding more sentences and using the classroom Word Wall to correctly spell words that have been introduced to them in class.

Educational Websites

Here is a short list of educational websites that are used in the classroom that are FREE of charge, in the event your child is interested in accessing them from home:


starfall.com

abcya.com

pbskids.org

tvokids.com

storylineonline.net

tumblebooks.com Logon: Bogart Password: Books