Term 1 Week 13 Update

Wow! We made it through our CIS evaluation week. I am so proud of all the children who displayed their best behaviour and learning while both on camera and off.

Mr. Green has brought in his guitar so music lessons were very fun for the children. They also got to play some instruments.

Mr. Green also came up with a great mentoring activity for our assembly on Teamwork. The students worked together to use string and a rubber band to lift paper cups. They definitely needed to work together!

As some of you may know, the injury in my foot has not healed as I thought it had but thankfully during the last few weeks I have taught them some games in PE which they can play without much demonstration from me. We also played some old favourites from last year which the students familiar with the game taught the new students from this year how to play.

In Maths we continued learning about measurement. We focused this week on weight and capacity. They were able to do some exciting (and a little messy) experiements.

In Phonics we learned new spelling patterns such as “SS” “FF” and “LL” at the end of words. We learned that words that end with S/F/L that are preceded by a short vowel often have that letter doubled at the end.

In IPC we continued on our Celebrations unit and we learned a bit about the Jewish celebration of lights called Hannukah. We made a dreidel which is a traditional toy used to play a game with chocolate coins known as gelt. The students were excited to make their dreidles as well as play and take a bunch of chocolate home. We also made a traditional Hanuukah food called “latkes” which are potato pancakes. The children thought these were delicious and asked that I share the recipe with you. You can find the recipe here. Please note, the recipe says to eat them with apple sauce or sour cream. We just tried them plain with a little salt.

That’s all for this week! We’ll see you next week for another jam-packed week of fun learning.

Term 1 Week 12 Update

These children sure are learning the meaning and proper usage of “jam-packed” as we had another jam-packed week of new and exciting learning. We started new units in IPC, Maths, and Literacy!

In Maths we began learning about measurement. We started by working on length and height. The children got longer/shorter right away but we needed to spend a little extra time on taller/shorter. They did get it in the end. We used lots of hands-on activities to learn these concepts and re-enforce the proper vocabulary. We counted out the letters in our names and represented them with snap cubes so we could compare names and see who had a longer or shorter name. We had a scavenger hunt in the classroom looking for items that were longer, shorter, or the same length as a Popsicle stick. We made play dough snakes and ordered them from shortest to longest. In pairs we traced our bodies onto paper and ordered them so the children could see the height difference in class. Sometimes these paper models weren’t the most accurate so they didn’t perfectly line up with who actually was the tallest or shortest in the class but it was a great visual aid for them to order the paper cutouts. We also made a height mini book looking for items that were taller and shorter than other things in the class.

In Phonics we finished up our Short Vowels that we’ve been working on for the last 5 weeks with Short Vowel E. We’re on to new spelling patterns from next week. It’s been really exciting watching the children grow into more confident readers and writers. For the members of our class that are being introduced to the letters of the alphabet we made it all the way to X this week. Everyone is excited to make it to letter Z on Tuesday.

In Literacy we began working on simple rhymes. We reviewed rhyming words with a slideshow game. We have been reading a lot of Dr. Seuss as he has amazing rhymes in his books. The students read along to Hop on Pop and listened intently as I attempted Fox in Socks (the tongue twister book) and we all enjoyed Green Eggs and Ham today. We’ve also been learning simple rhymes we can sing and clap along to. We worked on Pat-a-Cake this week and I’m pleased to see the children working on both rhythm and rhyme with this clapping game. I’ve promised them next week we’ll try the more difficult and longer Miss Mary Mack. Wish us luck!

Let’s Celebrate is our newest unit in IPC and that will take us to the end of the term. We began with a class party on Tuesday as our Entry Point. It was declared as “the best day ever” (we do seem to have a lot of those, but I’m certainly not complaining). We made decorations and party hats, listened to some music, and had some snacks. We continued the theme with our Knowledge Harvest where the students helped me make a poster of all the celebrations they know or have been a part of. Then, we made a timeline of celebrations in our lives. Thank you to all the parents who emailed me photos to put on the timelines. Finally today we learned a bit about Diwali as it is celebrated on Saturday and we did a compare and contrast with Chuseok.

If any families would like to share their Diwali pictures with me over the weekend I will make a slideshow so students can see how you celebrated this weekend. We would do this on Tuesday.

In PE we played lots of running and catching games. We also brought in a new game called “Rotten Eggs” where there are 2 people throwing “rotten eggs” at the students (soft balls) if you get hit with the ball you must freeze. You can be unfrozen if someone crawls between your legs. They found this very enjoyable!

That’s all for this week. Next week is our CIS inspection so please remember there is no class for students on Friday. Have a happy weekend and I’ll see you all Monday for another jam-packed week!

Term 1 Week 11 Update

I taught the kids “jam-packed” today to explain the busy day we had but really we had a jam-packed week full of exciting learning.

With Mrs. Sim teaching Mr. Green’s class this week, the students got a little change in their music class. They were very excited to learn with her.

In Maths we worked on symmetry. We looked at patterns with mirrors to see how they were the same on both sides if we looked through a mirror. We looked at symmetry in nature – specifically butterflies – and made a butterfly symmetry craft. Also we played a Thumbs Up Thumbs Down and Move It! review game where the children had to decide if a line through a shape was a line of symmetry and give their answer with a thumbs up or down (some of them were quite tricky) and every few slides the students did some exercise at their desk such as jumping jacks or desk push-ups. They declared that a real winner and said we should do more activities like that in the future.

In Phonics we looked at the Short Vowel O in CVC words and also looked at the sounds of letters O-S for those of us learning our alphabet. Next week is Short Vowel E and then we’ll be done all our short vowels and onto learning new sounds and spelling patterns!
In Literacy we finished up instructions by writing instructions for making sandwiches. We worked in groups and began by writing a draft with a word mat to help us. Then we revised our instructions – many children had to be reminded that instructions need verbs. After that, we published our instructions and Ms. Jiyu laminated them so that today we could move onto the final step of making the sandwiches. We traded instructions between groups and made another group’s sandwich based on their instructions. Of course we all got the opportunity to have a little taste of our sandwich creations.

In IPC we finished up our Push Me Pull You unit on forces. Thank you to all the parents who could make it to our virtual show and tell. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to have you all into the class for our celebrations of learning. This week we learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and made PSAs. We created our own toys to show pushes and pulls. Finally, we looked at what happens when movement comes to a sudden stop with great force by rolling a homemade car with a (boiled) egg down a ramp and having it knock into a stopper. My egg cracked and the students were tasked with keeping their eggs in their cars to avoid breaking. They had a lot of fun with this activity.

No one was happier than the kids that I am out of my boot and able to do proper PE again. We went to both the field and the gymnasium and played a variety of games involving movement such as running and hopping and skipping. We played “the penguin game” that required the students to walk like penguins until I called out a number and they had to arrange themselves with that many students – no more and no less – on a mat. If they didn’t have the right number of students on the mat that group had to do some callisthenics.

That’s all for this week. We’ll see you on Monday for all-new learning adventures!