This week in Grade 1, the students were excited to get back and see their friends after the winter break. We started off the week by reviewing what we have done in 2014.
In Language Arts, I read stories to the students and had them retell the stories. We also started with our new “Slide In” book and read the first story in that book (Good Night). We also covered activities in the workbook. We also did writing at the end of the week. Students wrote to me about how to grow a plant. Students used words such as first, second, third and finally in their writings. In Math, we continued our unit by introducing “coins” to the students. We looked at and investigated what different coins are worth and their names. Also, students learned how to combine coins in order to make different amounts. In Science, students were really happy to see how much their plants have grown. Students can identify them and tell me the different parts of the plant. We ended the week by doing an Oral Test in Science to finish up “The Living Things” unit. In Social Studies, we started a new unit “Special Things”. We talked about and discussed what makes us happy and what we do on different occasions. Student also role played what is it like to meet new neighbors and how we should welcome each other.
This week in Grade 1, the students started off the week by having a Math Subtraction Test. Yet again, I was really happy with the results. We followed that by having a spelling test on Tuesday. We also had a Author come in and read books to the students.
In Language Arts, we learned all the different signs that we see on the streets and what they mean. Students were able to recognize the signs and now are familiar of what the signs are. When you are driving around with your children and see a sign ask them questions and see what they know. Students also wrote to me about three things they like to do. In Math, after the subtraction test, we started a new unit (Time, Money, and Temperature). In Science, students were extra happy to see their plants grow bigger and bigger. Students are still recording what they see and observe every week. We also covered and looked at the Canadian Food Guide and the students learned the 4 different food groups and followed it by activities in their Science workbook. In Social Studies, we finished up our last lesson in Rules and Responsibilities in which the students had a look at some pictures and were able to tell me what different rules different families have and the responsibilities that each person in the family has.
This week in grade 1, the students started off the week by having a Math Addition Test. I was really proud from the results. All the students in Grade 1 did awesome and made me really proud. We followed by having a spelling test on Tuesday.
In Language Arts, this week we covered activities in our “Swing In” workbook along with the readings related to it. we also did reading comprehension activities and writing. Students wrote about what they are going to be doing during their winter break. In Math, we finished up with subtraction and did a review for the entire unit to get ready for the test this Monday the 8th. In Science, students are really impressed so far with the plants we planted in class. The plants are growing really good because the students always remind me to water and take care of their plants for them. We also discussed about the life cycle of the human being, and the life cycle of a butterfly. In Social Studies, we discussed that we all have rights and what these rights are. Students also had the opportunity to draw a picture of a place that makes them happy and talk about it in front of the class.
This week, students in grade 1 received students of the month awards.
In Language Arts, our focus this week was on retelling stories after hearing it from a parent or a relative at home. We also touched on the “Recounts” topic. Also, we reviewed all the grammar we have learned so far and learned what are pronouns. In Math, we focus this whole week on reviewing Addition and doing a lot of examples and learned different strategies on how to add. I did this to prepare the students for the test on Monday. In Science, we had a look at our in class plants that we planted last week and we recorded what we saw so far. plants are only one week old and growing quickly because the students always remind me to water their plants for them. In Social Studies, we continued to discuss how important rules are and who is responsible to follow these rules. Also, we discussed what is our role at home and what is our parents role at home. In Art , this month and the next is going to be focused on winter theme. Students have created 3-D snowmans, mittens, snow flakes and still working on their snow bears.
In the past two weeks, I was talking and teaching the students on how to prepare to adapt to the weather change. We discussed that we need heavy layers of clothing to keep us warm to avoid being sick. Students should have two set footwear, in door shoes and outdoor boots. Students are required to take off their boots and put on their shoes before entering the class, and taking off their shoes and wearing their boots before going outside. However, when the weather is too cold, we usually stay and have indoor recess in which the students can do or play games that are indoor appropriate.
In Language Arts, we have been working on reading, writing, grammar, reading comprehension, recounts, and retelling stories. The focus has been on retelling stories in the last two weeks. I would read a story to the students and the students would retell the story the way they understood the story. In Math, we had a Math test on the Data Management and Probability Unit. Once finished from that unit, we started our new unit Addition and Subtraction. Students were really happy to start this unit because they like being challenged on to answer subtraction or addition questions. We used different strategies on how to add or subtract numbers. We also included real life stories that can help us with our addition and subtraction. In Science, we have been discussing and learning a lot about living things. Students now understand and know that human, animals, and plants are living things. Students have learned the different parts of the human body. Also, students learned about the different parts of the animals body, and how different animals move differently, some animals move on 4 legs, some animals move on 2 legs, some animals fly, some animals swim and some animals glide. In Social, studies, we continued to discuss about the rules at home, at school, and in the community. Students learned about how there are different rules in different places. For example, the rules in the library are different than the rules of a grocery store. We ended this last week with parent teacher interviews which went really well. Students were also given words to practice over the weekend for their upcoming spelling test.
This week students walked in to a new seating plan in class. Students loved their new desks and the way they were arranged.
In Language Arts we finished with our Jump In book and started with our new book “Swing In”. The first story we read in the book was called ‘Clouds’. We started this story by talking about which students liked or disliked rain. We followed the reading with workbook activities. We also did reading comprehension this week. In Math, students learned how to conduct surveys. We also covered and talked about things that we always do, sometimes do and never do and added things to a graph. We finished up the week by reviewing for our math test on Monday. In Science, we also finished our first unit book “Objects and Materials” and started with a new unit “Living Things”. We discussed and talked about the fact that humans, animals and plants are living things. We also covered the important parts of the human body. In Social Studies, we finished our first unit “Friends and Families” and ended the week with a short oral quiz about this unit.
This week all the students were looking forward to go on the field trip to Colasanti’s. On Tuesday October 28, grade 1 along with the grade 1/2 students went on a field trip to Colasanti’s. At Colasanti’s, we started off the day by watching an animal show. Students were able to see and hear the parrot talk and play. Some students had the opportunity to touch a few animals, such as the snake. After watching the animal show, we headed out to see and pet the animals that they had. Students were really excited to play and touch the animals. After petting and playing with the animals, we headed back to the lunchroom and had our lunches. After finishing our lunches we gathered up and head back to school.
Aside from having fun at Colasanti’s this week, we had fun learning in class. We finished our first part in Language Arts with the book “Jump In”. We also learned what nouns are. Students were able to point out the nouns in the sentences that I read to them. In Math, we continued with our Data Management and Probability unit. Students are familiar and now know how to sort, read a graph, and make a graph. In Science, we did an in class experiment in which we mixed salt with water, oil with water and juice with water. Before doing the experiment, I asked the students to predict what was going to happen before we actually start the experiment. Students were really engaged and loved the outcome of the experiment. In Social studies, we touched on how families change. Sometimes rules change as we grow but sometimes it remains the same no matter how old we get. We ended the week with the students of the month award which was granted to the students that have successfully understood and fulfilled the meaning of cooperation.
This week in grade 1 was fantastic! Students were working well with each other knowing that our main focus for student of the month is cooperation. We did a few group activities throughout the week in all the subjects.
In Language Arts, we kicked off the week by reading a new story in the Jump In book followed by the workbook activities. We also did reading comprehension activities. Also, we read story books that students brought in to share with the class. In Math, we had a unit 2 "Numbers test", and started a new unit Probability and Graphs. In Science, we reviewed what we have learned in the first unit so far and I gave the students 12 questions that we all solved as a class and I followed that by asking those same questions to the students individually. In Social Studies, we touched on different aspects of when we might get angry or upset from a family member and what to do to make things better. This week students were informed that we will being going on a field trip to Colasantis on Tuesday, October the 28th.
We had a lot of fun this week in Grade 1. It was a really productive week after having the weekend and Monday off. We read 3 story books in class, and we also played a few learning games.
In Language Arts, we reviewed the long and short vowels, we did a reading comprehension activity, and we also covered all 4 strands of reading. In our Jump In book, we read ‘Shape Walk’ and did activities in the Jump In workbook. At the end of the week, the students got a list of 7 spelling words in which they will write them 5 times each along with a sentence for each word. In Math, we reviewed how to use the 5 and 10 frames and we played a game with the 10 frame using counters and dice. We also learned how to estimate and do problem solving. At the end of the week, we reviewed the entire unit and did examples of the questions that will be on the test on Monday. In Science, students learned the difference between natural and human made materials. We also made an in class plan of what to do to protect our environment by recycling and reusing some objects. In Social Studies, students had a really fun time making their own puppets and had a puppet show. The puppet show was to show their roles at home and at school of how they communicate with their friends and families.
Grade 1 came in looking all beautiful and fancy Tuesday morning after the Eid break. All the students were dressed in their Eid clothes and ready for the party. We brought in snacks and desserts for this occasion. We ended the day with watching the movie “Frozen”.
For our subjects during the week, we covered Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education. In Math, we continued to explore numbers and how we can use numbers in different ways. We reviewed counting up by 2’s and backwards from ten to zero. Throughout the week, I introduced the students to the “Fantastic 5” and the “Terrific 10” charts and explained the difference between more and less. Using counters, students were able to use their charts and tell me how many more or less counters they have on their charts. In Language Arts, we started the week with writing our spelling test. Throughout the week, we continued with our guided reading sessions with all my groups and did workbook activities. In Science, students were really excited for the experiment that we all worked on together. We used different materials and fasteners to build an instrument (drum) that turned out really nice. Students had turns at the end of the experiment to tryout our Grade 1 drum. In Social Studies, we learned about the different needs and services each family requires to be able to survive and live in a safe environment. We also learned where we can get our needs from and the different services our community has to offer us.
September 29 – October 2
This week in Grade 1, all the students were really excited and couldn’t wait for the Eid break. I did a few activities with the students in regards to the Eid. My students were really excited to make Eid cards for their families. In addition, we learned a lot in our other subjects. In Math, we started the week by doing a Math test of unit 1 (Sorting and Patterning). Throughout the week, students were able to count up to 50, count by 2’s, and count backwards. Students are starting to recognize the importance of numbers and how numbers are used everyday and everywhere in our daily lives. Students were able to separate two groups using counters and explain which group has more or less and by how many. In Language Arts, we started our usual week by doing a spelling test. In reading, I continued the guided reading with my groups throughout the week. We read a new story in our “Jump In” book followed by activities. We also did reading comprehension. This week, students were introduced and became familiar with titles and how they should start with uppercase letters. In science, we continued talking about structure, the importance of structures, and what materials each structure consists of. Students constructed and made their own little cities that consisted of houses, buildings, schools, parks, streets, and traveling stations. Students picked one structure from their city and were able to tell me what objects that structure is made out of. In Social Studies, we learned that there are different types of houses in our cities but they all belong to the same community. We also looked at our school and discussed the different rooms we have in our school and that our school is part of the community. We ended the week by gathering on the carpet and doing our appreciation circle, in which each student tells me who they appreciated throughout the week and why.
In our fourth week of Grade 1, all the students feel that they are one team. They follow the class and school rules, and they know what I am expecting from them in the morning, recess, lunch, salah, and then finally home time.
We also covered these subjects, Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Art. In Language Arts, we started our week by doing a spelling test of 10 words I have previously given the students to study at home throughout the weekend. Also, we focused during this week on when we should use upper case letters and when we should use lower case letters. For reading, I continued my everyday morning routine by reading a book to the students followed by a guided reading session with my groups and a read to self for other students. Also, we read another 2 stories in our language book “Jump In”. I ended the week by giving the students a list of 7 spelling words which they will practice on the weekend for the spelling test on Monday. In Math, we reviewed numbers, and how important it is know our numbers. Students were also taught how to use a calculator. Students were able to count up to 100, and count backwards from 10-0. Students also copied on their math notebooks how to write the numbers from 0-10 in words. In Science, we reviewed “The 5 senses” and did an experiment on items that water goes through and doesn’t go through. Students were really familiar on what are their 5 senses are and how they use their senses. In Social Studies, we discussed what our local community is and examples of what is part of our community.
In our third week of Grade 1, students feel more comfortable following along with the classroom routines we have established. Students are becoming well aware about the classroom and school rules on what is and what isn’t allowed.
We also covered these subjects, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Art. In Language Arts, we started our week by doing a spelling test of the 8 words I have previously given the students to study at home throughout the weekend. Also, we focused during this week on how to correctly write the upper and lower case letters for writing. For reading, I continued my everyday morning routine by reading a book to the students followed by a guided reading session with my groups and a read to self for other students. Also, we started reading our language subject book part 1 “Jump In” in which we have covered 2 stories so far within that book, followed by activities done in the workbook. I ended the week by giving the students a list of 10 spelling words which they will practice on the weekend for the spelling test on Monday. In Math, we continued with our unit 1 “Sorting and Patterning”. I have included lessons that we have used projectors for which were really engaging for students. Students learned all different 5 attributes they need to know in patterning. We also used our Math workbooks this week which was really fun for the students to work with. We ended the week by talking about numbers, how and why numbers are really important. In Science, we reviewed objects and materials and worked on activities in our workbooks. We followed that lesson by “The 5 senses”. Students were really familiar on what are their 5 senses and how do they use their senses. In Arts, I have printed out a butterfly for the students and introduced to them “Pointillism” in which they used dots to colour in their butterflies.
In our second week of Grade 1, I went over the class routines with the students and what is expected from them throughout the 2014-2015 school year.
We also covered these subjects, Math, Language Arts, Science, Art and Phys-Ed. In Math, we learned about sorting and patterns. Students were familiar with how to sort and organize things all around us to make it easier for us to find things in a quick and easy way. Also, we touched on what attributes means and the different types of attributes that we would be looking for in a pattern. In Language Arts, we learned the alphabets, important words we use in our daily life, what is reading comprehension and grammar. For the alphabets, students recognized what an upper case letter is and what a lower case letter is. In grammar we learned the vowels. For reading comprehension, I prepared a passage with questions related to it for the students to answer. At the end of the week, students were given 8 spelling words to practice how to read and write. I started each Language Arts class with the Grade 1 students by reading a few pages of a novel called “Owen Foote”. At the end of each reading, we would discuss together what was happening in the story. Throughout the week, I did a read aloud to the students, put students into groups for a guided reading session, shared reading and read to self session. We also worked on Science and touched on what are objects and what are materials. The students also had Art in which they traced their hands, printed their first and last name on them and colored them in, which were put on the bulletin board. Our theme for the month is “Helpfulness”, so the purpose of our art lesson is to show others that we can help with our own two hands. To checkout this bulletin board, please click on the gallery button and look through the pictures.
In our first week of Grade 1, the students and I worked together on getting to know the school and class routines as well as getting to know one another. We went over our routines each day until I was certain that the students were familiar enough with them. The routines included lining up properly, hanging bags in the lockers and bringing in lunch boxes, water bottles and school supplies into the class. We also touched up on safety rules in and outside the class as well as classroom and school rules. I also made sure students are aware of what they should do in case of an emergency.