On Thursday, we welcomed a new student, Maria Paise! She has joined Ms Mary’s class and the children were delighted to finally meet her!
In Literacy, we continue to examine Non-fiction texts. You can support this at home by playing a scavenger hunt game! Ask your child to go on a hunt and find all the Non-fiction books and texts in the house! An additional challenge would be to have him/her point to the different text features (glossary, captions, etc) and name them.
Also in Literacy and Unit of Inquiry, the students have begun to take the facts they’ve learned from their habitat research and have started writing letters as an animal of their choice. As their animal, they are in the initial stages of writing a thank you to the habitat for all it provides. The tricky part is weaving in the facts they’ve come to learn into the body of the letter! This will be one of the longer projects we’ve undertaken. This week was just the initial draft. Next week, we look forward to revising the letters. This task has been the children’s first foray into draft writing!
In Math, we continue to explore the passage of time. We are beginning to branch out into reading calendars and thermometers and will soon begin to explore time to the hour and half hour. This week, students enjoyed pairing up and using a stopwatch to time themselves doing a variety of tasks (hopping on one foot 10 times, singing Happy Birthday, etc). The goal was to estimate which tasks would take: less time, the same amount of time, or more time than it takes to sing the ABC’s. After making a guess for each task, the students timed themselves doing each task and wrote their answers down in a comprehensive list/table.
This week in Art, the Grade 1s continued working on their art history piece. They are adding colour and detail to their wood panel using watercolour paint, oil pastel, pencil crayon, and Sharpie marker. The art room is always looking for recycled materials for free art time and Art Club. If you have any boxes, containers, toilet paper rolls, cardboard, or anything else you can think of, we would love to take it in the art room!
In PHE next week, the Grade 1 students will be starting a target game unit. They will be playing games that will be working on sending an object towards a target while avoiding any obstacles. They will be working on key skills and strategies for games like bocce ball, bowling, and curling.
In Music, the Grade 1s sang a song called The Elevator as they learned the scale using solfege syllables and hand signs. The students also did very well playing a rhythmic Tic Tac Toe game. The Grade 1s continue to practice their Habitat song and now we are using djembes, xylophones and maracas for an accompaniment.
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In French, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Grade 1, 2 and 3 students will see Gregg LeRock in concert. He is an educator and a musician who performs for children in French. Please follow the link below to see the Venturing Out form for this field trip.
VO form here: Venturing Out form
Evelyn Calhoun and Katherine Almeida
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the morning of Thursday, February 14th. Students do not have to exchange cards but if they do, we ask that they include everyone in their class.
1A (Kristy Purcell)
1B (Mary Moffat Johannson)
Our school-wide Wellness Week is coming up! Please see the poster below for each days details.
Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.
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- Aug 23, 2019 Grade 1 - August 22 / 2019 Aug 23, 2019
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- Aug 22, 2018 Grade 1 - August 22 / 2018 Aug 22, 2018
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