Sunday, 26 May 2013

This Week in Grade 1/2 -- Letter Writing, Asking Questions and Mapping!

It's almost that time! With one month left, the end is near.
This post is gonna be a quick one, as I desperately need to OPEN my report cards! UGGGH!

We still have sooooo much to do in so little time.... so we're truckin' along! The benefits of teaching a younger grade is that they have very little concept of time :)
This week we did a little "synthesizing"
(asking questions while we read). This is our reading focus this month.
I created a K W L page and went from there.
Here it is if you would like to use it:
The book we used was about ANACONDAS!
{The Boys LOVED it!}

We have dove into letter writing and wrote letters to Farmer Brown (from the book Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type)
Each student chose an animal to write from the perspective of, asking Farmer Brown for something specific and why they thought they deserved it. The kids are almost done their good copies, which I will share soon because they are SOOO darn cute!

This week we also dug deep into Plural Work!
I picked up this cute freebie to assist :)
I used it in many different ways. Below are some pictures where I had the kids sort with a partner the words under the headings they belonged with.
{s or es}.

Finally, in Social Studies, we are working on a mini- project called "Me On The Map". It's turning out very cute! I will post some pictures soon about this, as well the sheets to accompany it.
 Very easy, but impactful.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Saturday, 18 May 2013

This Week in Grade 1/2

Ummm.... When did May even begin!?! Wow! Time is a flyin'!
With only 6 weeks or so left, our classroom is getting busier and busier!

This week we finished our Informational Research Writing Projects.

We have been working on asking strong questions- "I Wonder Questions" and then reading to learn more. We then try to use the text to support our "I Wonder Questions". This week, we created Animal posters to wear and created an iMovie with our I Wonder Books. (note- The Gr.1's and 2's had different expectations for this activity).
The kids LOVED this!!!

{Here} is the booklet I created if you would like to take a peak at it or use it in your own room.

We also began letter writing this week!
During TPT's Teacher's Appreciation week I purchased Erica Bohrer's Letter Writing Unit. I love it!

We created letter writing pockets for the kids to keep their letters and letter writing activities.

 We read one of my favourite books "Dear Mr. Blueberry"!
Dear Mr. Blueberry, I love whales very much and I think I saw one in my pond today. Please send me some information on whales." It's vacation time, so Emily has to write to her teacher to help when she discovers a blue whale living in her pond. Mr. Blueberry answers that she must be mistaken, because whales live in the ocean, not in ponds.

Throughout the summer, Emily and Mr. Blueberry exchange letters, until Emily has a happy surprise to share with her teacher. In the process, Emily learns a lot about whales. And Mr. Blueberry leans even more about imagination, faith, and love.

About a month ago, my students and I dove into informational writing (See the post here). This book was perfect to begin our letting writing unit with because it was also about Whales and the kids got to use their previous knowledge to respond back to Emily's letters!

We wrote a "share the pen" letter back to Emily. I made copies of this letter and sent it home for the kids to read with their parents at night.

We also wrote letters in pairs to the author! Adorable!

 In Science & Math, we finally completed our bouncy balls!! They turned out Awesome!!!
We re-discussed the properties of liquids and solids and dove in!

Next week, we are going to dive deep into PLURALS....

 We have a long weekend here in Canada!
Have a great weekend, wherever you are :)

Saturday, 11 May 2013


May 1st marked the first day of serious TEST PREP.  When I say serious, I really mean that it is the beginning of "confidence building" with my students. All year I have been trying to instill confidence in my student's ability to complete and assess their own work.  My goal for our 3 days of  EQAO testing is to send my students in with the attitude that they can do it! In the past I have been told by former students that the three days of testing were some of the best days of their grade 3 year. The students have been preparing for this all year so to say that we are starting this in May is really not very accurate. They have been exposed to questions similar to the text questions since September.  May is the month that they see the set up and packages exactly the way they will be seeing it at the end of the month. 

Here is our "I CAN DO IT" EQAO booklets. 

I found some inspiring words on pinterest under test preparations.
We have been working on past tests and putting their answers on a bump it up wall to show them how to take their answers to the next level.
I have had such a positive response from the children already.  They have been having so much fun, and of course I have been rewarding them with outside fun time (soccer baseball) and plenty of fishy crackers and fruit.
We also have planted bean seeds in cd cases, another wonderful idea from pinterest. They turned out amazing and the students are so exciting to record the changes each day. Once the beans have sprouted the first leaves we will label them and send them home to be planted in a garden.  
 Hope everyone has a great Mother's day!
Here is what we ended up doing for Mother's day in the classroom.  We didn't have the time to do the silhouettes, so I had the students create a rectangle and provide me with the perimeter of it. They taped it with painters tape and used chalkboard paint to fill it in. They still turned out great. We added bows and used velcro to attach a piece of chalk to the board. Some of the students made it a TO DO: list and included things like ....hug mom, kiss mom.  So cute.
I didn't get a chance to take a picture of a finished one. We had a talent show at our school as well as it being education week so the week was pretty much a blur.  I am so proud of what I did get accomplished. The finished products were similar to this, except we had  pretty ribbon tied through the top and foam letters that spelt out MOM or MOMMY.  The students commented on how this was one of their favourite gifts they have ever made for mom.  I really was proud of them and had quite a few compliments from my colleagues.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Summing Up Our Fraction Unit!

 This week we finished up our Fraction Unit!
Check out some of the activities we did.
Fraction Kites! This activity is great for any grade! You can make it easy-- asking the kids to use only a few colours or you can even cut down the square to make it small (with fewer squares).  It can be made more challenging by asking them to use MANY different colours.

Pizza Fractions!
Here are some pizza freebies I found:
Easy-peasy and the kids LOVED it! We pretended we were working at a pizzeria! A couple kiddos were almost fired (hehe). Who wants a pizza slice with ONE mushroom! C'mon! I played some Italian music and we got workin'! Hehe!!!

Fraction- Pillars- Carol Carroll's fabulous idea!! Very cute!!!!
Definitely would do these again! Another easy, yet practical activity.

Today we did a Fraction Sort. I bought a package called "Fraction Fun" from The Teacher's Wife a few years ago, and I finally got to use it this year! This fraction sort was a great way to assess fractions quickly!

Onto Addition and Subtraction! :)
It's almost here......