December Updates

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Wow!! The month has flown by! I can’t believe how much fun we have had together. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Snowshoeing

We had an amazing afternoon of physical literacy in the beautiful sunshine with the grade 3/4’s! The snowball that they made was ABSOLUTELY EPIC!! So big that it took a lot of teamwork to get it to move.

 

 

 

Inline Skating

Huge thank you to Shelby from Alien Inline for teaching us so many cool new things about inline skating. The improvements from our first time on inline skates was absolutely amazing. Almost as though we were at a Roller Derby.

Woodsy Wednesday Fun!

Each Wednesday, we venture down to the woods for our DPA with the grade 3/4’s. We have had fun exploring the woods, checking up on Squirrel Village, finding cool treasures like lichen on fallen tree branches, hibernating and camouflaging in the woods and using our imaginations to make houses, campfires and so much more. Thanks for dressing your child appropriately so that they can maximize our favourite time of the week.

 

 

 

Language Learning

We have been very busy during Language Learning. We have been making story maps and completing book reviews – examining story elements such as character, setting, the beginning, middle and end of stories, as well as our favourite parts.

We have been participating in guided reading groups with the assistance of Ms. Bell and Mrs. Thomsen.

We have introduced a new word family (phonogram or “chunk”) weekly. Each phonogram will have a book or word wheel which will accompany it depending on your child’s grade. Learning phonograms help us to become better readers and spellers by helping us to decode unfamiliar words as well as generate new words.

We have also completed a “Making Words” lesson each week which has also come home with your child. Making words is a cool way to ‘play with’ or manipulate letters and sounds to make new words – an essential skill to becoming able to decode as well as build words.

Our Home Reading Program is in full swing. Trade days are Fridays. Your child should have 4-6 books in their home reading bag. One or two should be familiar books that they can use to practice their fluency, phrasing, intonation and comprehension. The new books that they receive each week should help them use their decoding skills/strategies – looking at the first letter and making that sound, looking for word families/chunks, looking at the pictures for clues, skipping the word and coming back to it, etc. Thank you for reading with your child for 15 minutes daily!!!

Flashlight Friday Pictures

 

Math

We have been exploring numbers to 10 (grade 1) and 20 (grade 2). We have talked about equality and inequality in equations. We have been practicing a very important Addition Strategy “Making Ten” – i.e., 5+5, 6+4  or 4+6, 3+7 or 7+3, 2+8 and 8+2 and 1+9 and 9+1 as well as all of the three and four digit combinations that add up to ten as well. We have been exploring repeating patterns and talked about what makes a pattern: it repeats, is predictable, and has two or more elements in the core. Grade 2 students will also be looking at growing patterns. We have also been practicing our skill of visualization through Quick Draw and reinforcing our knowledge of geometry terms.

 

Science

We have begun our exploration of Magnets. We have talked about what we think we know and asked questions about what we want to know. We have explored the 3 different types and talked about how they become weak and how they stay strong. We have made predictions about tested materials to see if they are magnetic. as always there are a few surprises. Our study of magnets will wrap up in January.

 

Gingerbread STEM Challenge

Exciting news!! Our whole school will be participating in a STEM challenge that has us answering the following question: “What goods and services are found in a thriving community?” Planning began in our Houses today and building will begin this Thursday, December 14 – all afternoon. We are hoping to have the majority of our community construction complete and on display in the gym for you to enjoy the night of December 19th (Christmas Concert). A note will be going home with your child in regards to materials we are looking for. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

For more information, please go to http://gingerbreadstemcommunity.weebly.com/

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Alien Inline Skating Dates – November 8, December 7 & 8

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We are so fortunate to have Alien Inline Skating back at Seba Beach School this year. If your child has their own helmet, please have them bring it to school on these dates. Also, clean dry socks are a must!!! Stay posted as I will try my best to share some pictures and maybe even some short videos with you.

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Learning Conversations

November7

Thank you to all who were able to make it in this evening to chat about where your child is at. We still have one more evening tomorrow from 5-8 pm and I still have spaces to fill. Please use the following link to register for Parent Teacher Interviews http://sebabeach.schoolappointments.com/ OR phone Sharon Shave at the school at 780-797-3733 and she will be sure to fit you in.

 

 

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Happy Halloween Everyone

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

A quick note of thanks to many today. First, a big thank you goes out to our Leadership Students and Mr. Chiles for a fantastic morning of centres. Well done!! Second, thank you to our Grade 9 buddies for helping us to create our first blog post about a Halloween Cinquain Poem. And finally, thank you also to Jessie and Elizabeth, Isabella, Deagan and Carell for our yummy snacks this morning. Fun was had by all!!

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Making Words Monday

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Today your child should have came home with a white sheet of paper as well as some small blue pieces of paper (5 or 7 depending on which sheet they have) that each have a letter on them. Ask your child why some letters are red (vowels) and some are in pencil (consonants). We use this activity at school to “play” or manipulate letters and their corresponding sounds to make words. These sheets are for you to keep. Allow your child to stretch out the sounds as they manipulate/spell the words. Please practice making words with your child at home.

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Halloween STEM Challenge – Wings Wanted

October23

Today we were given a STEM challenge called “Wings Wanted”. Special thanks goes out to @kerrtrac #KTSTEMChallenge for the lesson ideas. With Halloween around the corner, we figured it would be fun to create our own ‘Bat Wings’ (which look an awful lot like a paper airplane). Students were first given a quick lesson on how to make a paper airplane (because most of us weren’t quite sure how). Next, they were given a single piece of paper and a copy of a bat body to use. They were allowed scissors if they chose to use them and tape to fasten the bat body to the wings. The constraints were the following: only use the materials provided, the bat body must be attached to the wings and a time limit of 20 minutes. If finished early, they could decorate their bat’s wings. Here are just few of the finished products.

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Our Letter to Robert Munsch

October19

 

Today our class wrote a letter to Robert Munsch. Before reading one of his new stories “The Enormous Suitcase”, we shared what we would pack in our own suitcase if we were going on a trip somewhere. After sharing with our partners and in small groups, we wrote down all of our ideas on our very own sheets. Let me just say, I would love to go on a trip with all of my friends – they came up with so many amazing ideas. We are hoping to get a letter back from Robert Munsch.

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Schoolyard Clean Up – Waste and Our World

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The Grade 3/4 class were good stewards of the earth today. After watching a video about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch yesterday, we decided to take some action, go outside and clean up all of the litter in our “own backyard”. Equipped with gloves and garbage bags, our goal was to fill a large black garbage bag full of litter from our playground and the surrounding woods. We were successful!! Fantastic work Earth Rangers 🙂

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Pajama Day is this Friday, October 20th!! Come to school in your favourite, most spectacular pajamas!

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September Classroom Update

October5

Welcome to our Classroom Blog!

 

They say that time flies while you are having fun – well September flew by!! We are working hard at settling into our new school routines. Each morning we head outside for about 25 minutes of Daily Physical Activity. Please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions – unless there are some drastic shifts in the weather, we need the fresh air and play time. During this time, your child is negotiating the physical environment as well as social situations that provide opportunities for building new friendships. I encourage your child to have an extra set or layer of clothes that they can keep in their lockers as well as an extra pair of mitts, socks, etc.

New this year is an extra afternoon recess! Because of this, we try to also have an extra snack in the afternoon. Please pack an extra healthy snack or two such as cheese and crackers, fruit, veggies, granola bar, etc for your child to enjoy in the afternoon.

We have been working on creating a mindful classroom environment. We have incorporated brain breaks both energizing and relaxing into our daily schedule. We have been learning about the importance of breathing (in through the nose and out through the mouth) and how it is the remote control to our brain. We have also been learning about the difference between reporting and tattling. Feel free to ask your child to explain these to you. We have practiced a fire drill and will be talking about fire safety in October. We will also explore making healthy food choices guided by the Canada Food Guide and tracking the food we are eating.

In Language Learning, we have been using Daily Five to build our stamina with Read to Self. We have been practicing the 3 ways to read a book – reading the pictures, reading the words and retelling a story. We have also been trying to write everyday or almost everyday. We have also introduced some literacy stations which we will be building upon in the coming months. The grade one students will be reviewing letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds. The grade two students will be using their knowledge of letters and sounds to study word families. We will continue to build our sight word vocabularies as well. Your child should have been given a username and password to use for Raz Kids. If you have misplaced it, please feel free to contact me and I will resend it again.

In Math, we have been investigating and exploring our Spatial Reasoning and Thinking skills through Geometry – specifically the attributes or characteristics of 2D shapes and 3D objects. We have been learning a lot of new vocabulary – i.e., horizontal, vertical, diagonal, to the right, to the left, faces, edges, vertex/vertices, etc. Learning and understanding this new vocabulary allows us the ability to communicate with each other about how to Build, Explain, Represent, Compare 2D shapes and 3D objects. We have been doing a lot of tracing of 3D objects and comparing them to our criteria, building number puzzles and practicing our visualization skills through Quick Draw. Please ask your child about it! We have also begun “Survey Says” where each week we survey the students in our class and ask them a question whereby we track the data through tally charts, bar graphs and pictographs. Your child should have been given a username and password to use for Prodigy. If you have misplaced it, please feel free to contact me and I will resend it again.

In Science we have been exploring Seasonal Changes and working on our Cardboard Challenge Creations. We can’t wait to share them with you! You are invited to come and join us in the school gym on Thursday, October 5th from 2:10pm -2:40pm. Your child will be allowed to take home their creation following the event.

Some Quick Reminders:

Belongings

Thank you for labeling your child’s belongings (i.e., shoes, backpacks, lunch bags, etc.) It is very important that your child have indoor shoes that they are able to independently put on and take off. If your child has indoor shoes with laces, please be sure they know how to tie them. Also, please ensure that your child does not bring to school anything that is valuable and may be easily misplaced or lost (i.e., tablets/iPads, iPods, etc.).

Parent Volunteers

I welcome parents in our classroom. Please contact me by writing a note or by phone or email prior to your visit so that I can plan to make the best use of your time!

If you have any special gifts or talents that you would be willing to share with us, we would be thrilled to have you. Are you a writer, storyteller, baker, artist or musician? Do you work in a cool place that little people may enjoy visiting? Please let me know.

Letter of Introduction

I would to invite you to write me a short letter introducing your precious child to me. You may want to share what makes your child unique and special, his/her likes/dislikes, interests, fears, allergies or anything else of which you think that I should be aware.

If you have anything else that you think I may be interested in, please call me or write me a note.

Thank you for your support and involvement in your child’s education and learning. Together WE make a great team!

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