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On Thursday, we walked to the post office to deliver our letters to Santa
It was great to get outside and enjoy the outdoors together
This week, we also started looking at symmetry.
We designed our own symmetrical pictures and looked for symmetry around the classroom
Students have been enjoying bringing in special items to show and share. A common theme this month, has been sharing something that belonged to our Dad's when they were younger.
On Friday afternoon, students have catch-up time to finish any incomplete activities. Once finished, they have some free choice time to engage in any activity around the classroom.
This week some students chose to work at our new whiteboard table, creating fun pictures and images; some enjoyed organizing blocks by colour and shape; and others wrote out our classroom rules and enjoyed playing the role of the teacher with their peers.
This week, students participated in number line activities.
The students were given the numbers 1-100 and had to line up according to the called out task
We lined up by 1s, 2s and 5s (forward and backward)
To conclude our states of matter unit in science, students made Oobleck. We made predictions and tested if items sank or float.
This week we also participated in 'Operation Tiny Troops'
Students made Christmas cards with friendly messages and pictures to send to troops overseas
Students have been enjoying their time at recess building forts
Tomorrow our class will be having a Pajama Day as a reward for filling up the gem jar!
Students may wear their pajamas and bring in a stuffy of their choice.
Investigating 2-D Shapes
This week we started investigating and discussing 2-D figures.
The students worked in groups and talked about what they already know.
We've been discussing the terms;
polygons (shapes that have three or more straight lines) and
vertices (two lines that meet to form a corner)
Retelling a Story
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been working on retelling stories.
Students have read a variety of fiction books as a whole class and in small groups.
We know that to retell a story, we need to identify the; characters, setting, problem, events and solution.
Students have been practicing completing Go Maps to practice recalling these parts of the story.
Our First Skating Trip
We had so much fun skating on our first skating trip.
It was so great to see the different skill levels and friends helping each other to improve their skills.
Thank you to all the parents volunteers that came and enjoyed the afternoon with us.
Science- States of Matter
Over the past few weeks we have been exploring states of matter.
We've been discussing the properties of solids and liquids through various activities and investigations.
For Remembrance Day, students painted beautiful poppy posters.
Students followed a step by step lesson. They used their paint brush in various ways and got to explore with various brush sizes.
Remembrance Day Liturgy
The students did an amazing job at this years Remembrance Day Ceremony.
This week we had a visit from Father Schroff.
We prepared questions to ask and discussed All Saints Day and the meaning of Halloween
On Tuesday, students participated in a pumpkin investigation.
We estimated and counted the amount of seeds, discussed the characteristics and made predictions whether it would sink or float.
Halloween was so much fun!
Students had a great time at the dance-a-thon and enjoyed participating in Halloween games and activities.
We've been busy the past couple of weeks with many exciting activities.
Last week we had our Thanksgiving Mass at St. Catherine's church. We also had a presentation on fire safety, and bus safety. The students participated well in all activities and showed respect to our school guests.
We have also continued to participate in the Global Read Aloud with Mrs. Michea's Grade 1 class.
Last week we read the book Wild Berries by Julie Flett. The students reflected on their favourite family traditions and discussed activities they enjoy doing with their grandparents.
This week, we read the book You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith. Students reflected on what it mean's to 'hold you up'. We discussed ways we can hold each other up at home and at school.
In Math, we've started working on patterning.
We've been discussing changing attributes and working on labeling different patterns (ex: AB, ABBA). The students are having a lot of fun identifying different patterns around the classroom as well as making their own creative patterns with different manipulatives.
In health, we discussed germs and the importance of hand washing.
We got to explore proper hand wash techniques with the Glitter Bug from Ottawa Public Health.
In art, we explored warm and cool colours.
The students did a fantastic job on their leaf artwork.
This week, we started the Global Read Aloud with Mrs. Michea's class. We connected with students from London, Ontario, and students at St. Anne's school in Kanata, Ontario. The focus book of the week was, 'My Heart Fills with Happiness' by Monique Gray. After reading the book, students discussed and reflected on things that fill their heart with happiness.
Next week, we will reconnect with our schools to share our thoughts and feelings.
In math, we have continued our number talk discussions during our morning calendar routine.
We have also continued working on place value. This week we focused on expanded form and the value of each digit.
In art, students starting exploring warm and cool colours using pastels.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.
This week the students participated in Orange Shirt Day. We wear orange shirts to honour the children who survived Residential Schools.
It is an opportunity for us to reflect and act on the importance of showing kindness to others.
Every Child Matters
Our class is scheduled to visit the library every Wednesday morning. Please bring your library books back each Wednesday.
Students may only sign books out if they bring back both their French and English book from the previous week.