Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Doubles Facts Song

Friendly Numbers for 10

We have been doing a lot of single digit addition in math class.  The students have been practicing their addition math facts with sums up to 18 through math games, calendar math activities, number talks, etc.  One of the strategies we have been applying to help us to solve larger multi-step addition questions (e.g. 3+7+1+6) or  addition questions with sums that are over 10 (e.g. 9+6) is to look for the 'Friendly Numbers for 10' in addition questions.  These are the number pairs that add up to 10 (9 & 1, 2 & 8, 3 & 7, 4 & 6, 5 & 5).  Learning to identify 'Friendly Numbers for 10' in math equations can help us to solve larger multi-step addition questions (e.g. 3+7+1+6) or  addition questions with sums that are over 10 (e.g. 9+6).  Each day we do activities that reinforce the 'Friendly Numbers' concept. Here is an example of a question we did together:  3+7+1+6  
There is 1 friendly number set in this equation (3+7) so we rewrote the equation as 10+1+6.  The students were able to tell me that 1+6 is 7 so we rewrote the equation a second time as 10+7 and very quickly they were able to figure out that the sum of that equation is 17.  We invite you to practice this strategy at home with your child! 


Special Visitors!

Yesterday we had two special visitors in our grade one class: Mrs. Fields and her baby boy Thomas! 
The students were very respectful, calm and quiet when they came into the class! Mrs. Fields told us all about baby Thomas and how he has grown and changed over the past four months. Through our discussions and questions we learned that babies need three basic things: food, love and care.  These are some of the insightful questions that the students asked during the visit: 

"Can he walk yet?" 
"Does he have any teeth?" 
"What does he eat?"
"What toys does he like to play with?"
"Where does he sleep?"
"Does he listen to music?"
"Can he talk yet?"

Thursday, 9 November 2017

This Week


1. Remembrance Day Ceremony 10-11am Friday, November 10th in the Gymnasium. Poppies will be sold, send a donation with your child if you wish.

2. Parent-Teacher interviews next week Thursday, November 16th from 4:00-8:20pm


This Week:

We have been reading 'Tough Boris' by Mem Fox this week, and learning about describing words (adjectives). This is part of our GRA 2017 project. We have received postcards from three schools. One was located in Rhode Island right by the ocean. Ask your children about the turtle eggs they saw in the pictures!

We have been talking about 2D shapes this week and discovering how many sides and vertices they have.

We art painting poppies in perspective this week. Yesterday we painted a "moody sky" to classical music. We tucked in our chairs and stood up like real artists. Lots of fun! Today we are painting the poppies and adding green stems with oil pastels.

Here is a snapshot:

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Request for Headphones

Image result for drawing of headphones

Please send in a pair of headphones for your child (not earbuds). The students need to have their own headphones when we use technology in the classroom.  They can be purchased at the dollar store, or you may already have an extra pair at home! The earphones will be returned at the end of the school year.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!