Jan 10

Dear Parents,  

It was nice to see the students come back from the holiday refreshed and readied to begin the second term.  The students reconnected with their friends and exchanged stories of what they did over their Christmas break.  As well, here are some pictures that we took for today’s Pajama Day: 

A reading strategy that we introduced this week was “Chunky Monkey”.  When a student sees a longer unknown word, he/she is encouraged to look for a chunk of the word that is embedded within that unfamiliar word.  The following video illustrates this strategy: 

The author that we will be looking at for the next few weeks is Kevin Henkes.  He is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books and novels.  This week, we watched a short video interview with Kevin Henkes discussing his writing process with books like Chester’s Way, Kitten’s First Moon, and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  Some students noted that he likes to use mice as his main characters and uses lots of sentences to describe his characters at the beginning of most of his stories.  

In Math, we reviewed some of the addition strategies that we have covered before the break such as “count on”, “make ten”, and “near doubles”.  I also introduced the “up and down” strategy (e.g. the traditional way of adding the numbers from top to bottom) for addition but I cautioned the students that this is only one of the many ways to add numbers.  In order to develop our number sense, we need to be flexible and be able to use many different strategies to add numbers.  The vertical algorithm or “up and down” strategy tends to be more mechanical and may not enhance young children’s number sense.   

Over the next two months, the students will be looking at the lives of five judges: Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon and Samson.  They will be learning about the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges where the Israelites forget their covenant with God, oppress by their neighbours, and plead to God for a deliverer.  This week, the students were introduced to the role of a judge, the cycle of disobedience, and our new memory verse, 2 Corinthians 6:16.  Just for your information, 1C will be presenting Chapel on Mar 13, the last day before Spring break begins. 

We started our new Inquiry unit of Amazing Adaptations.  Students are expected to learn how animals adapt to their environment to meet their basic needs.  This week, we launched the unit by introducing the big idea to this unit: animals adapt and change to live.  We also discussed what animals need to survive.  The students suggested that animals need shelter, food, water, and air to live.   

In Health, we will be looking at ways to stay safe while we are at home, school or out and about. This week, we explored how we can prepare for a fire, and what are our emergency plans at home and school.  

A reminder that Club begins next week.  The following students are involved this term (Jan 14-Mar 1):  

Monday Hockey Club (lunch): Aaron, Kyler 

Monday Origami Club (lunch): Anique 

Tuesday Basketball Club (lunch): James 

Thursday Throwback Club (lunch): Aiden, Bevelyn, Eden, Jasmine, Pelec 

We will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium as part of our Inquiry unit on Animal Adaptation on Tuesday, February 11.  Please email me if you can volunteer to be a group leader that day.  You will be taking care of a small group of students around the aquarium.  We will be requiring your assistance from 8:45 to 2:45.   The cost of the admission fee is $16, unless you have a season pass at the aquarium.  There will be spaces on the school bus for parent volunteers. 

Have a great weekend! 

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