Good morning parents,
As grade one begins a new unit, I would like to reflect on last week’s Fabulous Friday. As a teacher, I could not have been more proud of the students. The How We Organize Ourselves unit introduced new skills that we will continue to grow throughout the year. One being their research skills. Fabulous Friday was a wonderful way for the students to demonstrate all the effort they put into their projects. Many comments from other teachers and students were about the confidence and writing abilities of the children. Their performance when introducing the unit was amazing and they really enjoyed being ‘on stage’. So well done grade one!!!
On Monday we began our third unit How The World Works. I have to admit that this is one of my favorite units as I LOVE science. My goal is to inspire the children to tap into their curiosity about the world and find ways to explore through experiments. With just 4 days in, I am amazed at how much we have already done! To hear the students talking at snack (when they think I cannot hear them:) that they can’t wait to come back to class is a wonderful feeling as a teacher.
I will be sending home a document that gives a brief explanation of the new unit. In this blog I will cover in detail what we will be doing for the next 5 weeks.
I was inspired at the workshop I attended a few weeks ago at BIS regarding technology in the classroom. So I will be using videos and other sources to document the learning of the students. I will be sending videos home more often as well as other links to give you a more detailed experience of your child’s learning.
Also, please feel free to come and visit during any of the lessons. We would love to have you join our class.
How The World Works
Central Idea: Using the scientific method helps us analyze natural phenomenon
Lines of Inquiry:
- The principles of science (scientific method)
- Natural Phenomena around us
- Properties of air, sound and light
- Global Responsibility
Teacher Questions covered:
- How do scientists do experiments?
- How can we benefit from the natural phenomena around us?
- How does understanding the properties of air, sound and light help us do this?
- What is our global responsibility towards our use of natural phenomena?
Measurement: length, mass, temperature, volume)
The following will be covered during this math unit:
- Standard units allow us to have a common language to identify, compare, order and sequence objects and events
- We use tools to measure the attributes of objects and events
- Estimation allows us to measure with different levels of accuracy
- Understand the use of standard units to measure length, mass, temperature and volume
- Compare and order several objects based on length, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units
- Compare masses of objects using balance scales
- Select appropriate tools and units of measurement
Stand alone math
Shape and Space
- Specific vocabulary can be used to describe an object’s position in space
- Understand that directions for locations can be represented by coordinates on a grid
- Locate features on a grid using coordinates
- Interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the relative positions of key features
Writing to Instruct
Writing features: instructions/experiments/recipes
Purpose: to describe (or instruct) how something is done through a series of sequences/steps
Students will be exploring the importance of instructions in games/experiments/recipes
Activities: students will be writing their own instructions for games/experiments/recipes
In reading, we will continue with our guided reading groups/reading centers and quiet reading
During word study, students will continue to work through different learning centers covering letter sounds, sentence structures, sight words, writing stories and other activities relating to the development of their writing and reading skills