Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Where did January Go?

January seems to have disappeared on us. Room 41 has had a great start to 2018! 
Some highlights from our month include the Winnipeg symphony visit, indoor recess, outdoor recess, Learn to Skate for the grade 3 students and lots of great learning.
Literature Circles

Students have been busy in literature circles this month. Literature circles are our new book clubs. During literature circles students have a chance to choose their book from a selection of book sets that I put out. They meet throughout the week to discuss the book with their  literature circle group. Also during their reading time they record summaries about what is happening and their thinking about the book. Students are able to read at their own pace and switch books when they are ready. 
In math we have been working on a variety of  problem solving skills. Students have been working on identifying the important information in a math problem. They have also been focusing on looking at what the question is asking them to find out. Students are given time to talk about the problem and possible solutions before trying to solve the problem independently. Students have also  been exploring different ways to show how they figured out the problems in an organized way through tables  & lists. Some of the problems that we have been working on take time to solve and may require a few different tries. We have been discussing how we can learn from our errors and try different strategies. 

In math stations we have been exploring number and specifically subtraction and addition.
In mental math we have been working on subtracting 10 and talking about the greedy 9 strategy. For example, if you have an equation like 16-9 think 16-10 +1.
We have been learning about multiplication and division. We have been learning about when to apply multiplication and division through problem solving


In writing we have been working on reading like writers. Students have been searching for what great writers do while reading and are encouraged to apply it to their own writing. We have been looking at great hooks or lead sentences to pull in the reader. We learned that EB White wrote different lead sentences to Charlottes Webb before it was published. Students have begun to try and apply different ways to start their writing. 
In art we learned about Vincent Van Gogh. As we studied his artwork we learned about one point perspective. We created rooms just like Vincent using perspective and oil pastels.

Theme Studies

Students finished off sharing their traditions wi5 their classmates through the making of a class graphic novel. They also studied how others celebrate different traditions. In Theme Studies we began learning about homes around the world. We will be exploring what does a home mean to us. We read a very powerful book called Stepping Stones as we learned about refugees. We will be looking at how homes around the world are the same and different and are a basic human right. Students will be exploring the continent of Africa in our up and coming study. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

December is Here!

December is here! We had a wonderful first term and it was great seeing everyone at student-led conferences. It has been so incredible watching the progress from the start of the year as readers, writers and mathematicians.

We have had a great start to our Integrated Arts Program. Students have been creating Stop Motion Animation videos around freedom.   Our last session is Wednesday, December 6th.

In math we will be continuing to work on problem solving. Students have begun to work on  repeated addition and multiplication. We have also been working on using the mental math strategy of making 10 to help with addition and subtraction facts. 

We will be learning about different traditions and celebrations from around the world this month. 

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Important Dates for December

Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Lock down drill practice in the morning.
Tuesday, Dec. 5- Early dismissal.
Wednesday, December 6th- Our last Integrated Arts.
Tuesday, December 19th- Early Dismissal.
Tuesday December 19th - Winter Concert 2 pm and 7 pm.
Friday, December 22nd - PJ party.
Friday, December 22nd- Last day of classes.

Monday, January 8th- First Day of classes.
Tuesday, January 9th- Early Dismissal.

Monday, January 15th- WSO field trip.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Busy Month of October!

Halloween is Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. We will be having a Halloween party.  Students are invited to dress up.  They can change into costumes after lunch. Please remember no play weapons should be brought to school. Thank you to families that have volunteered to bring  in a treat. Students can bring in a drink to have with their snack on that day.

October has been a very busy month  of learning.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Our First Month of School

We have had a very successful first month of school. We will be celebrating our first month with a PJ and stuffy day after the long weekend. Students are invited to wear their PJ's and can bring a stuffy on Tuesday, October 10th.

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