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:
- Subitization (recognizing a small amount of objects at a glance)
- The concept of one more, two more, one less, two less
- 5 and 10 as anchor numbers
- 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.’
- 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!