Last week we begun our "Objects and Materials" science unit. To kick start our learning, we gathered around a big green mat with a multitude of objects. The kiddos got a chance to explore the objects and discuss what types of materials they were made of. We learned that some objects can be made of fabric, metal, wood, plastic, rubber, and glass.
After we were done exploring, we discussed characteristics such as pliable and rigid to describe objects. We then took turns playing "I spy!" where the kiddos needed to include: 1) the color and 2) the material the object was made out of.
One of the kiddos pointed out that some objects are made of more than one type of material. For an example, a tennis ball might be made out of fabric and rubber. I introduced them to a special math tool called a Venn Diagram. Using the SMART board, we sorted objects that are made of plastic and wood. We will be expanding our learning by sorting our objects we brought from home to create our very own "I Spy" book!! Stay tuned for the excitement.
This week we have begun new math centers. We are continuing to work on our number sense with these fun activities!
Say, Make, Write: First they pick a card from the basket, say the question (some were choosing to write it down as they say it), make it on the number line, then lastly, write the question with the answer. This activity is giving the kiddos hands on experience with those tricky subtraction questions!
One more, one less: First the kiddos roll the dice, put the number in the middle and write down one more and one less. They are able to use a number line need or can have the option to challenge themselves by only using their brain! Once they are finished, they are also challenged to go back and write the number sentence. ( ex: #+1= ___or #-1= ____)
Bean flip: At this center, we are working on solidifying out friends to 10. They put the 10 beans into the basket, shake them up, dump them out and then record the different colors onto their paper.
Make ten: This center is also working on those friends to ten! Here we are using cards to make friends to ten pairs. After a pair is picked up, new cards are dealt in their place to continuously play. This center has been a total hit!!
Hundreds chart: At this center, the kids are challenged to write numbers 1-100. They are able to use a hundreds chart if they need, or can do it on their own. Once they are done, they put the gems on all the 10s and practice skip counting.
We have one more center, which is on Seesaw. Stay tuned to see your child's learning on their online portfolio!!
Today in Grade One, we began learning Fry's First 100 words! Each week, we will be introduced to a new list of words. By the end of the week, your child should know how to read all of the words on the list. These words are high frequency words in texts that your children engage in, therefore are essential to know "just like that!'
Tonight list one was sent home and contains 25 words. Please try to practice these words every night to aid your child's reading practice. Your child should be able to show you how the one-breath boxes word, however if they forget, you must take one big deep breath in and say all the words in the box by the time you are able to breath out. If you would like extra practice, I have added an attachment that has accessible flash cards you can print out and use at home!
Last week in grade one, we were busy learning about peace in lieu of Remembrance Day. We read, "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr and explored different ways peace can be seen, felt and shown. The kiddos took it to their own writing and wrote about what Peace means to them. Some children chose to copy the examples we came up with together and some challenged themselves to write their own thoughts!
Later on in the week, we briefly discussed the wars that Canada has been involved in. We learned that long ago, Canadian soldiers faught for Canada to be a free country. We had a special visitor, Glen Kirkland, come into our classroom. We were so lucky to have him share his experience when he was deployed to Afghanistan. He explained that before they got there, the children were not allowed to go to school and often their moms were not allowed the leave the house. The grade one's listened so intently to his story and asked him very thought-provoking questions.
He shared his special connection to Remembrance Day as he lost many friends due to an accident while he was in Afghanistan. He taught us that Remembrance Day is a special day where we get to remember all the people who have died in war.
To wrap up our unit on Remembrance Day, we created a multi-media poppy art project where the grade one's got to experiment with mixing paint and using tissue paper and buttons to create poppies. They worked very hard on their project and it turned out beautifully!