October 26

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Language Arts we learned some new reading strategies to help us decode unknown words. Lips the Fish: get your lips ready and say the first few sounds of the word out loud. Chunky Monkey: chunk the word; look for a chunk that you know (-ing, -and, -art, -old, etc.) It would be helpful if you used this same terminology at home with your child.

Students wrote about what they like to do during Exploration time and why, who they play with, and what core competency they use.

We began the author, Mo Willems. The class was already quite familiar with his Elephant and Piggie books, as well as his Pigeon series. We listened to an interview with him and learned how and why he writes and illustrates his books. The students got to learn how to draw Elephant and Piggie and Pigeon on their white boards while watching tutorials on the Smart Board. The students then came up with their own Elephant and Piggie or Pigeon book ideas, using the Thinking Skills Core Competency: I can get ideas from the world around me. They were very creative and engaged in this activity! We will finish these books next week, as well as read them to the class.

Students have also continued to work on their printing books and the routines for the Words Their Way program.

Math we played some domino and card games to improve our number sense, focusing on ‘equal to’ and ‘1 more than’ and ‘2 more than.’  Ask your child if he/she can teach you how to play those games.


Students also filled in their own November calendar with dates that are important to them. Please go over it with them at home and add classes or events they may be missing. Please help your child put the calendar in a place where they can see and make use of it to reinforce the concept of time. Some suggested that they would like to tape it to their doors, inside their room or on the refrigerator door.  We discussed how the calendar can help us organize our routines.

Bible we learned about Jacob and Esau. We read the story and watched a video clip. Students also wrote about the story in their Bible journals. It’s surprising that even though Jacob messed up, he still got God’s blessing. Like Jacob, we all mess up sometimes but God still wants us to be a part of his story.

Art we finished our leaf pictures by using sandpaper to give the background texture around the leaves and then painted over the picture with a watercolour wash.

Inquiry we got into groups to brainstorm and write down ideas about how we contribute to one of four groups: family, church, school, a sports team. Students then presented these to the class. The Communication Core Competency that we focused on here was: I can share my ideas and learning. 

Computers we started a typing program called All the Right Type (ATRT).  ATRT is a web-based program that helps build students’ touch-typing fluency and speed.  We will use this program during our computer lessons each week to teach foundational touch-typing skills.

Thank you to Micah Y’s family for coming in to share about themselves! We learned that Micah’s mom, Gloria, was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada for high school in Steveston and then University at UBC. She works for a life insurance company. Her younger brother, Alex, lives in Hong Kong with her parents. Micah’s dad, Kevin, was born in Norwich, England and grew up in Sheffield. He came to Canada to go to UBC and works as a Computer Programmer in Richmond. He has 3 sisters: Karen and Jenny who moved to Singapore, and Jade who is studying here at UBC. His parents live in England but they are here now to help out. Micah has a younger brother, Jonah, who is in P3 at RCS. Micah came from Jesse Wok. He enjoys skiing, swimming, climbing, skating, drawing, and he is learning to play the piano. The family goes to Tapestry church and Micah attends Awana. When they travel, they usually either go East to Asia or West to England to visit family. For their last trip to England in 2016 they did a grand tour of the theme parks: Peppa Pig World, Thomas Land, and Lego Land.

Reminders/ Notices:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are held Monday from 3:15-6 pm and Tuesday 12 pm – 8 pm. There is NO SCHOOL Tuesday.
  • Because we don’t have school on Tuesday, we will have library on Thursday next week.
  • We do not dress up for/celebrate Halloween at school. Wednesday will be a regular day.
  • Our school book fair is scheduled for Oct 29 to Nov 2.  If you are interested in buying books for your child, you can visit the fair at these times: Monday 9:30am-6:00pmTuesday 12:00pm-8:00pm (closed between 5:00-6:00)

    Wednesday 8:30am-3:15pm

    Thursday 8:30am-3:15pm

    You are also welcome to purchase books for our classroom library.  A wish list will be compiled.

    More Book Fair information from Ms. Huber: 

    • The library will be open for book exchange on Monday, Thursday and Friday as per usual (no book exchange on Wednesday) 
    • Students will have opportunities to browse the fair during their library classes. 
    • Ms. Huber sent an email with specific details.  Please look at it for more information.
  • November Scholastic orders are due Friday November 9
  • Some students do not have a box of extra clothes at school. Please send an extra shirt, pants, underwear and socks in case any accidents should happen.
  • Thank you to parents who have offered to volunteer for the skating field trip on Nov 13. All volunteers are welcome to come and encouraged to do so. Students will need help putting on their skates and taking them off. You are welcome to come on the ice but you do not have to. Volunteers will need to drive separately and meet us at the rink at 10:30 as we do not have room on the bus.

Have a good weekend and I look forward to meeting you next week during our Parent-teacher conferences!

October 19

Thank you to Caleb’s family who came in to share about themselves this week! We learned that Caleb’s dad, Frederick, is a Freight Forwarder. He organizes the shipment of things from China to Vancouver for example. Caleb’s mom, Wise, is a dentist and Caleb is a great patient of hers. Caleb’s brother, Eric, is in Grade Six and he likes Pokemon, the game Battleship, and golfing.  Caleb enjoys skiing, skating, piano, swimming, biking, painting, sushi and building Lego. He goes to Awana where he memorizes Bible verses and gets awards, and he went to a camp with church friends this past summer. Their family has been to places like the Aquarium, Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Disneyland and Universal Studios and Japan. Frederick’s parents live in Hong Kong and they plan on visiting them during Spring Break. Caleb has pet fish which he got from a carnival.










In Language Arts we began our spelling program, Words Their Way (WTW).  Students are learning how to prepare their WTW sorts and the classroom routines needed with this program. Individualized spelling lists/sorts will be sent home and spelling quizzes will begin when the students are more familiar with this program, most likely a few weeks from now. If you would like more information in the meantime, please refer to the “Words Their Way” tab on my blog. It tells you what you will be doing at home with your child each day of the week once we send the word sorts home. Please note that this program is NOT about memorization. It is about understanding the patterns in the words. When it comes to the spelling tests on Fridays (in a couple weeks), students will get one mark for spelling the word correctly and one mark for writing it in the proper category (according to its pattern).


I have enjoyed listening to the students read their home reading to me, they are doing such an incredible job! Please continue to listen to your child read a home reading book each day and record the title in the Back and Forth book on the proper day. Please continue to bring in the home reading books on your child’s specified day. We introduced a new reading strategy to our CAFE menu called Eagle Eye. Eagle Eye is looking at the pictures for clues to help figure out the word. You could reinforce this strategy at home when need be.

The students wrote about their friends in their writing journal: who their friends are, why they are their friends, and what they like to do with them.

In Math, we will be focusing on developing the students’ number sense, their intuition about numbers and their relationships.  Number sense is something that grows and develops over time as a result of exploring numbers, visualizing them in a variety of contexts, and relating them in ways that are not limited by traditional algorithms.  In order to help your child grow their number sense, we will be focusing on four aspects of number sense:

  1. Subitization (recognizing a small amount of objects at a glance)
  1. The concept of one more, two more, one less, two less
  1. 5 and 10 as anchor numbers
  1. Part-part-whole relationships

This week, we did various activities counting by 2s and counting by 5s, including movement songs, tossing a bean bag back and forth with a partner while counting, and using a program with number tiles called Marcy Cook Math. The students have to do some problem solving to figure out which number tile goes on which missing spot and each number can only be used once.


In Bible we read the story of Abraham and watched the short video, ‘God’s Story: Abraham.’ The students learned that Abraham and Sarah had a baby when they were very old; anything is possible with God. They wrote about this in their Bible journals.

In Art we continued working on our fall leaves using pastels to colour them in. Next week we will be using sandpaper with crayons and watercolour paint as a finishing wash. These different mediums will give the pictures some texture. They will be up on the bulletin board outside of the classroom when they are done.

In Inquiry we discussed how the properties of matter contribute to its function. For instance, bridges need to be a solid in order for cars to drive over top of them to get over water. Would a bridge work if it were made out of liquid? The students brainstormed and recorded how we use solids, liquids and gases at home to wrap up the unit.

We began our new inquiry unit of Me to We.  The students will be exploring the roles that they have at home, in school, and in their community and how they can contribute to the groups that they belong to.  This week, we defined the groups that we belong to (e.g. family, school, class, sports team, etc.) and talked about the big idea to this unit: ‘we are better together.’


Notices/ Reminders:

  • The next Show and Tell item will be something that represents a group that your child belongs to. This ties into our ‘Me to We’ inquiry unit. For example, if your child is on a soccer team, he/she could bring in a medal or trophy the team won or a picture of the team. If your child is in Awana, he/she could bring badges received or a book that is used.
  • We will be going skating on November 13 and January 23, leaving the school at 10:15 and arriving back at 12:15. If you are able to come to Minoru ice rink to help the students put on skates and/or skate with the children, please let me know. We could use as many parents as possible. You can meet us at the rink at 10:30 am on those days. Thank you!
  • We will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium as part of our Inquiry unit of Animal Adaptations on Tuesday, Dec 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 10:00 am to 1:45 pm, meeting us at the Aquarium. The admission fee for the first five parents to email me as a volunteer will be covered as part of the group rate at the aquarium. Please let me know if you have a season’s pass. 

Have a great weekend!   




I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving long weekend!

Thank you to Alithia’s family who came in to share about themselves! We learned that Alithia has two younger brothers: Aidan, and Ashton who is 2 months old and was baptized on Sept. 30. Her parents are Amy and Andy – all A nameAs in the family! They live with her grandparents, Theresa and Raymond. Alithia loves to play and swim at the beach and play silly games with her brothers. She likes singing and playing the violin. She was recently in a musical. The family goes to REC (Richmond Emmanuel Church) and they have 2 cats: Meme who is black and 13 yrs. old, and Momo who is white and 12 yrs. old. Andy enjoys playing the guitar.










Recently in ….

  • Language Arts
    • We did word family matching activities on Starfall and read a story with the short u sound.

      • Students wrote sentences that I dictated with the short u sound
    • Students wrote about their Thanksgiving weekend, trying to include lots of detail (the 5 Ws: Who, What, When, Where, Why).
    • Each child should have received their home reading package this week.  Please help or have your child record their books in their Back and Forth book each weekday.  The package needs to come back to school on the day of the week specified on the bag so that your child can exchange for new books.
  • Math we explored the idea of equal sets, one more, two more and one less or two less-concepts that are important for algebraic thinking and number sense. Young children tend to grasp the idea of “more than” much more readily than “less than”. Therefore, it would be helpful to incorporate the language of “less than” when you are sharing some math concepts with your child. We used ten-frames, dominoes, and playing cards while doing this.
  • Art students experimented with line, colour and pattern when beginning fall pictures. They traced different shaped fall leaves, overlapping one another on a white piece of paper. They will then colour them in with pastels next week and use sandpaper to create a bumpy texture, as well as a watercolour paint wash on top.
  •  Bible students coloured a rainbow on the cover of their Bible journals to remember God’s promise to Noah that he would never flood the world again.
  • Story Workshop students were able to paint pictures to come up with the idea for the middle of the story that they began last time, and then write it.
  • Inquiry we sang a rap song about matter:

  • We had a ‘Scientist’ come into our classroom to talk about Matter and do various experiments with us. Students enjoyed using pipettes to drop water on coins to witness the concept of ‘cohesion’ between the water molecules – they stick together and the water doesn’t spill off of the coin right away – it forms a bubble on top. Students also got to mix a solid (baking soda) with a liquid (vinegar) to watch gas bubbles form. They were happy to make Oobleck and take it home (a funny substance that is both solid and liquid).
  • Students also worked in groups to research information about a particular state of matter (solid, liquid or gas), record what they found, and present their information to the class. With this task, the students were exercising the Communication Core Competency: “I can collect and share information.”

Reminders/ Notices…

  • Parent volunteering: if you would like to volunteer in the classroom, please write your name on the calendar that is posted outside of our classroom with the hour in which you would like to volunteer
    • ie. Lisa Down  9:00 – 10:00
    • 1 parent per day, and 1 hour per day
  • Clubs began this week.
    • If you did not sign up for a club, unfortunately we cannot sign up your child at this point.
    • The club that your child is in is listed on a sheet outside of our classroom. The students who have an after school club this term are Nathan, Micah C and Olivia on Fridays from 2:45 – 3:15 upstairs in Room 203.
  • Scholastic orders are due Monday Oct. 15
  • From now on, the Grade One teachers will be on supervision outside on Mondays after school. This means that the specialty teacher at the end of the day will be dismissing the students. This term it is Mrs. Chong. Please give her grace and tell her your child’s name when you come.

Have a great weekend!

October 3

I can’t believe it is October already and Thanksgiving is coming up!

This week was a short week but here is a capture of what we did in…..

Language Arts we discussed what we are thankful for, watched a video of some of the amazing gifts God has given us, and we made a brainstorm web of things we were thankful for. We then wrote booklets about what we are thankful for. Each page has a different idea: “I am thankful for _______ because _______.” We talked about publishing work and that this should be their best work because it will be ‘published’ (put out on the bulletin boards outside of the classroom). This will be coming soon but we did not quite finish them.

We also focused on the short i sound this week. Again, students wrote simple i sentences that I said out loud on their lined white boards and in their Writing Journals.

Math we summarized what we learned about patterns. Students suggested that they repeat, they can be growing, we can translate patterns using ‘abab’, the part that repeats is the ‘core’ and the core is made up of a number of ‘elements.’ We also see patterns all around us; there are natural and human-made patterns everywhere. Patterns help us to make predictions and understand our world. We then talked about equal and non-equal sets. Students had to compare the amounts on playing cards, 10-frames and dominos and record some equal sets they found and unequal sets they found.

Bible we wrote about Noah in our Bible journals. The students included what happened in the story and what they learned from the story. Most of them would say that God is trying to teach us to trust and obey him, even when things may seem a bit strange (like for Noah to build an ark in a desert when there was no water around). We also watched a video about Noah.

Inquiry we talked about the properties of matter. Students used their 5 senses to describe objects in the classroom to a partner. They played a guessing game where one student had to pick 3 items and describe one, and the other partner had to guess which object he/she was talking about.

Art we made fall leaves using water colour paint, and drew various patterns on them with sharpies. These will go up on a bulletin board shortly.



  • No school until Tuesday, October 9
  • We will have library the first day we are back.
  • Scholastic will  be due Monday October 15
  • We will begin our home reading program starting next Tuesday.  10 students will begin and bring home their reading package (in a large Ziploc bag) on Tuesday, 5 students on Wednesday, 5 students on Thursday, and 5 students on Friday.  Please help or have your child record the title of the book inside the small row at the bottom of each date box in your child’s Back and Forth book on the night that you have read with your child.  The expectation is for you to read with your child for 10 minutes each weeknight. Your child will read his/her home reading book to you. However, we do understand that all households are busy and you may miss a night of reading from time to time.  The books will be returned a week from the day you got them and not earlier (books can always be re-read or other books from the library can be read). For more information on how you can help at home, refer to the blue handout in your child’s home reading package.  For your convenience, you can simply place the home reading book package inside the clear plastic pocket at the back of the Back and Forth book.

Happy Thanksgiving!