Grade 1 - December 1 / 2017


Barbara Reid Visit

We were so excited to meet Barbara Reid! The author and illustrator explained her creative process and brought samples of her art to show. She loved our artwork and we enjoyed meeting her and hearing her speak. Please check our Facebook page (dated on November 28) for more videos and photos of this event!

Thank you to everyone who helped this wonderful day come together and to the Cloth Family for their generous support of this event.

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In literacy, we continue reading and writing letters. We are also having the children read with us individually and revisiting our Spelling and Writing diagnostic assessments.

In math we learned two new strategies for helping us to understand numbers: number lines and deconstructing whole numbers into parts. The students enjoyed making their own clocks so that we can practise telling time together.

In Art, the Grade 1s learned all about American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Students were able to describe his artwork, discuss the colours and lines used, and compare him to our past artist of the month, Pablo Picasso. The Grade 1s began creating pieces inspired by his unique style.

In French, the students have continued the centres that they started last week. Among other things, the students have been reading the play, La poule Maboule, with the teacher. The students were also working on les phrases folles (silly sentences), writing in their French journal and making paper puppets in order to practise the play.  

Looking ahead

Soon we will be launching our new unit of inquiry. As part of that unit we investigate, and then build, miniature habitats. We are looking for materials to help with the construction of these habitats. If you are able to send in any of the following, we would be most appreciative:

  • Artificial/Spanish moss (used for dried flower arrangements)
  • cotton balls
  • tissue paper in a variety of colours
  • miniature artificial plants and trees (dollhouse size)
  • artificial snow
  • small twigs
  • plasticine (colours required are: brown, light blue, black, red, white, grey, light green)
  • cardboard cut in small squares


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Important Dates

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