Grade 1 - December 7 / 2018


As we approach the final weeks prior to the holidays, Grade One, continues to work at a rapid pace! It is amazing how much the children have progressed over the last few months. We will be taking time to reassess where the children are at in both their reading and math understanding.


In Literacy, we continue to practise letter writing and we are now starting the initial stages of research in our Unit of Inquiry, which centres around animals and their habitats.  As we watch videos and read various types of informational texts, we are beginning to sort and gather information. This also includes expanding our vocabulary that has to do with habitats and new species. We would encourage you to send in any books you might have at home pertaining to animals and habitats (to show how families can also have information to share!). Working with informational and nonfiction texts allows the students to contrast these styles with fictional texts, noticing differences in text features (eg, the table of contents, side bars, labels, etc.)


In Math, we have pushed our understanding of data gathering to the stage of data analysis. This requires the children to try and pull pertinent information from the various types of graphs that we have created. We have been working specifically with pictographs, bar graphs and concrete graphs. The children are asked to discover what could be considered as true or false statements that they can derive therin.


This week in Art, the Grade 1s were introduced to the process of self-assessment. From now on, students will be identifying if they feel they are a novice, apprentice, practitioner, or expert when working on their art pieces.


They will choose their category and stick a sticker with the identifying word on the back of their art piece. I will continue to use this vocabulary when assessing student artwork. You will start to see visual art rubrics coming home which look like this:



In French, the students completed a new language manipulation activity called les phrases folles (silly sentences). The students were very creative and made many wonderful phrases folles on their own, using many words from the play we are studying, that is La poule Maboule. They created them with word cards, copied them out and illustrated them. Fantastique!


The Grade 1’s have been rehearsing their song Happy Holiday for the December 14th Assembly at 8:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend. We are also listening and moving to the music of The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky.


Reminder for outdoor recess during the winter weather... Students in Grades 1 - 3 are expected to have and wear a coat, snow pants, hats, mittens and boots to keep them both warm and dry from the time of the first snowfall or as of December 1, whichever comes first, for all outdoor recess play times.


Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.