Grade 1 - Oct. 17 / 2019



Please remember to send your child to school with outside clothing (sweaters, coats, splash pants, outside shoes, and rainboots).

Unit of Inquiry

We continue to explore the idea of describing our identity to others using animals much like how the First Nation Peoples of Canada do. Each animal represents not only sacred teachings, but also behaviour characteristics that are passed down through oral storytelling to younger generations. Our summative project for our Unit of Inquiry will involve the children selecting one of the animals we have discussed, that represents characteristics they identify in themselves to create their own artistic representation using a multitude of mediums. Once all artwork has been completed, and the students have reflected on their work, we aim to create a book with photos of the artwork and their reflective writing as a showcase piece.


In math we are working on some addition facts to ten this week. We have explored grouping one into tens, and tens into hundreds. We will be continuing counting and grouping with spiders, pumpkins and bats to get us in the Halloween mood!


We continue to play with and seek out blends in our language classes this week we have focussed on TH. We have also worked on our writing skills, paying particular attention to sentence construction (using appropriate punctuation and cases.). Tied into our Unit of Inquiry, we have also explored the notion of oral storytelling to express our own ideas with clarity to others. We have also begun to work on learning how to create lists. A fun activity at home might be to have your child write out a list of what you need from the grocery store.


The Grade 1’s are nearing the end of their locomotion unit. We have explored numerous movement patterns such as leaping, sliding, hopping, skipping, jumping, and many more!


In Music, we continue to review songs and dances about Canada. The students also used the xylophones to accompany themselves in the Hallowe’en song I’m Not Scared.


In French, the students received a copy of the play, La poule Maboule. The students practised reading the French play for the first time as a class with the teacher. The students will read the play in small groups with the teacher in the near future. Grade 1 is working on their fluency as French readers.


The Grade One students will be working on self-portraits in the style of Modigliani in the coming weeks.



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