Good morning from Grade 1,
Well I truly do not know where the time is going. I still cannot believe that it is 2018 and already the beginning of February. Last Friday, we finished our wonderful unit How We Organize Ourselves. I LOVE science so this was a great unit to plan learning experiences for the students. We did many experiments relating to air and sound in order for the students to gain an understanding of their properties.
Our new unit begins this Monday. This unit will enable the students to tap into their imagination and learn to express themselves through story telling. Below are the highlights of our 4th Unit of Inquiry.
Unit of Inquiry
How We Express Ourselves
Central Idea: Stories inform, provoke and make us reflect on the world around us
Lines of Inquiry:
- What a story is
- The purpose behind stories
- Different ways stories are created and shared
- What is a story?
- How can you share a story?
- Why do we have stories?
- How can we tell that a story has achieved its purpose?
Creativity and Confidence as a reader, writer and story teller.
- Students will be open-minded when listening to stories, realizing that they need to be tolerant of the viewpoint of others and appreciating the differences in writing styles and content.
- Students will be risk-takers as they brainstorm ideas and write their own narratives.
- They will confidently share their stories with others
- Students will use their thinking skills when they interpret an author’s intention behind the writing and explore the techniques that author uses to create a great story (words, images). Students will attempt to apply this new knowledge in writing, images or verbally to their own personal narratives.
- Students will use their communication skills when they listen to read-aloud stories. They will share their ideas as to what made the story interesting/great/funny or the things they did not like about the story
- Reading Skills: When making inferences and drawing conclusions about stories
- Writing Skills: When recording information and observations about stories and creating their own stories.
Some images from our tuning in activities. Students are exploring the different ways that people express themselves – through music, art….today students watched a video of performance artist Heather Hansen and after created their own charcoal/pencil drawing listening to a peace mantra.
Writing to Entertain
When younger students are learning about narratives, they need to be provided with many opportunities to listen to narratives being read, as well as to watch visual narratives in the form of cartoons or videos. These varied experiences enable discussions, retellings, sequencing and modeling of narratives, structures and features to take place. This is all part of the initial stage in the writing process called ‘Building the field’, where students develop their knowledge of and vocabulary about narratives.
In our Writing to Entertain unit, students will learn the purpose, text structure and language features of narrative writing.
Purpose: to entertain and/or instruct readers by telling a series of events with a problem and a solution. We will be exploring fables, tall tales and fairy tales from around the world.
Text Structure: Students will learn that narratives follow a structure beginning with the Orientation. Here the main character is introduced in a setting of time and place. This is followed by a Complication in which the character encounters a problem. The last structure is called Resolution whereby the problem is solved.
Language Features: Students will explore the language features found in narratives. We will be looking at nouns, past tense verbs and time and sequence words.
This week, we will be finishing up our Shape and Space unit. Students have been exploring maps, reading and creating map keys, using positional and directional words associated with reading maps as well as locating features on a grid using coordinates.
Justin and Khalif finding their way out of a maze. This activity was followed by students directing their partner out of a maze. Janne is directing Rafael out of a maze using cardinal directions – North, South, East and West.
Students had fun exploring different types of maps
In our stand alone math unit we will continue with our number strand.
Strand Title: Number
Conceptual understanding (Phase 2)
- Number operations can be modelled in a variety of ways
- recognise notes according to their value
- solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies.
- count and order notes according to their value
- describe and order coins and notes according to their value
- count and order small collections of coins and notes according to their value in real-life situations
In our Unit of Inquiry math, students will learn the strategies that will help them solve word problems and number stories.