Grade 1 - October 4 / 2018


A short week this week, but a good one!

MATH - We continued to explore various patterns (especially looking for patterns in a 100’s chart and calendars). Speaking of calendars, this week we began naming the months of the year in order, and reading the date on a calendar. To solidify our number knowledge, we have begun counting forward by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100. You can help at home by asking your child to count aloud by the aforementioned numbers.

LITERACY - We have been focussing on oral language and how voice, tone and volume can help people emphasize different parts of their speech and communicate meaning. In media literacy, we have been talking about personal perspective. For example, why some movies, or media, appeals to different audiences. In writing, we continued the theme of “voice” by expressing thoughts and feelings in personal journals.

CULTURE - We have been exploring Canadian artists to figure out what makes Canada “Canada”. Next week, we will visit the McMichael gallery to learn about the Group of Seven who represented Canada through visual art. This week, however, we introduced Canadian musicians and explored how Canada is represented through music.  

Important Reminder: The first day upon returning from Thanksgiving (Tuesday, Oct. 9th) we will be going on a field trip. Please remember to pack snacks and a water bottle for your child and appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather that day. We will be spending some time outdoors, so all weather gear (splash pants, rain boots, etc.,) can be useful.

FRENCH - The students have been practising to sing the national anthem in French. They have also been learning a new French song about Canada called, Au Canada, by an artist called Gregg Lerock. He is a French Canadian teacher and singer who performs across Canada to French core and immersion students. We will be seeing him perform in early 2019. Listen to the song here: Au Canada

MUSIC - The Grade 1s used the xylophones to accompany our song “I’m Not Scared”. We also started a song about the Canadian provinces and territories. The Grade 1s discussed what they are thankful for and we sang the Raffi song “Thanks A Lot”.


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