Next week will be Dance week. All specialist (Music, French, PE) classes will be cancelled. Students will be attending 30 minutes dance classes taught by a dancing instructor from Monday to Friday. Library will be changed to Wednesday instead!
During our literacy centres this week, we talked about how we can learn from good writers and examined ways that you can wrap up a story by rereading some of the books that we have read as a class this year. Students noticed that some books end when there is a solution to the problem (e.g Swimmy by Leo Lionni), the main character learns a lesson (e.g. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes), or a surprise (e.g. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch). I also took some time to touch base and conference with the students on their writing over the last few weeks. We talked about things that they are doing well and things that they can improve on. We continued to examine the reading strategy that we introduced last week, Ask question and Skippy frog. We talked about how asking questions before, during and after we read is a way to help us understand our text better.
For the next few weeks, our featured author will be Kathryn Otoshi. Some of her books that we will be reading aloud in class are Zero, One and Two. We watched a video interview of her telling us how she remembered spending lots of time in the library when she was young, how she usually gets ideas for her books from real life experiences, and how she usually writes first and draws after to let the picture also tell part of the story in her books.
In Math, we continued to discuss ways that you can subtract numbers. We discussed and practiced a new subtraction strategy, Back Over Ten (e.g. 13-4 can be thought of as 13-3 to get to 10 first, then take away one more to get to 9). For students to use this efficient strategy to subtract, however, students must master (being able to recall without prompting) a good number of addition facts before hand. Something that you could do while driving with your child is to ask him/her the sum of any given two addends. When presented as a game, young children often find solving simple addition question engaging.
In Bible, we looked at the story of another judge, Deborah, from the Book of Judges. We learned how she was sent by God to deliver the Israelites from King Jabin and the Canaanites. Some students began to comment on how the Israelites keep forgetting about God.
As we continued to discuss ways to be safe in Health with the students, we examined the topic of bullying by reading One by Kathryn Otoshi. We defined a bully as someone who says or does hurtful things repeatedly to another person. When being bullied, we should not feel embarrassed and tell an adult immediately. We can also tell the bully how you feel calmly or stay with friends who can help us. When seeing someone being bullied, we should help by telling an adult about what happened.
In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky, we explored how autumn affects us in what we need to wear, as well as what we can see and do. We also created a Wonder Wall on our outside display to illustrate what are some questions that students may still have about this unit. It is our hope that the students continue to be curious about their world around them and take the initiative to find their own answers.
This week, two families came in to share with us what makes their family unique. Elias’ mom and dad told us about their connection with different countries such as Korea (where their family is from), US (where they met), Australia (where some of their family members live), and Canada. As a family, they enjoy traveling, making arts and crafts, biking, playing squash, learning magic tricks and math. They are thankful to God for His love, providing for their family, and bringing them to Canada, RCS, and their church community. Meanwhile, Asher and his dad showed us pictures of Asher’s sisters, Naomi and Nevia, his grandparents, and great grandma. We found out that Asher’s dad is studying at Regent College and his mom is a high school science teacher. Asher loves playing with Lego, UNO and Rush Hour, going to the aquarium, making pizza at home, and reading books by Peter Reynolds. One of their favourite verse from the Bible is 1 Peter 2:9:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Have a great weekend!