Language Arts we introduced the Reading Power of visualization: making pictures in your head. The Reading Power, visualize, enables students to be more aware of the descriptive language that good writers use in their text. We practiced a simple visualization exercise where I called out a single word and students made a picture of that word in their heads. They then described what they saw to a partner. For ‘ice cream’ for example, what flavour was their ice cream? What kind of cone did they have? How many scoops of ice cream? We decided that some words (e.g. puppies, ice cream, lollipops) are much easier to visualize than words like “the” or “at.” I also read a story with the cover of the book covered up, and I did not show the students the pictures. They had to visualize the story as I was reading it. Then students were asked to write 1 word to sum up what the story was about. It was interesting to see who got it. The next day I read the story again, “Picture a Tree” by Barbara Reid, revealing the pictures. The students then got to make their visualizations of the tree with plasticine – they brought it home today.
Math we continued to explore different addition strategies, such as Count On (e.g. What is 3+2? I count past 3 two times) and Make Ten (e.g. What is 9+5? I can take 1 from the 5 and add it to the 9 to make 10, then add the 10 to the 4) using unifix cubes, number lines and ten frames. We made unifix towers ten blocks high in different combinations using two different colours. We learned a new iPad game called, “How Much, How Many?” which asked problem solving questions such as, “which is fewer, the carrots or the peas?” and “how many fewer peas are there?” We also learned a game called, “Spin to Ten” which your child brought home and hopefully taught you how to play.
Bible we continued learning about Moses – how God spoke to him in the burning bush and told him to tell Pharaoh to let God’s people go. Moses did not think he was good enough to do this. We talked about how God will give us all the skills we need in order to do whatever he is wanting us to do. We do not have to be afraid or worried or think we can’t do it. We also learned about the ten plagues that God sent to Egypt when Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go. The students will illustrate pictures for each of the plagues next week.
Inquiry we began our new unit, Amazing Adaptations. Students are expected to learn how animals adapt to their environment to meet their basic needs. We introduced the big idea: animals adapt and change to survive. I showed the class some cool pictures of animals blending into their environments to peak their interests and we talked about what it means to adapt to an environment.
Thank you to Jeremy’s family who came in to share about themselves. We met Jeremy’s dad, Paul, his mom, Margaret, and his sister Jazley, who is in Grade Four. Paul and Margaret lived in Vancouver and then moved to Richmond when Jeremy was born (June 23, 2012). Jeremy has loved reading since a young age, as well as climbing everywhere, and singing aloud on stage since preschool. Jeremy’s grandparents visited Canada in 2014. The family has been to places like Grouse Mountain and the Space Needle in Seattle.
- Tomorrow there is NO SCHOOL – it is a professional development day for teachers
- Scholastic orders are due Thursday November 29.
- Your child will need to bring a small bag (about a quarter cup) of nut-free candy to decorate their cookies during our annual Christmas cookie decorating Friday, November 30 during family groups. It is also a day to dress up in red and green.
- Our last Bible verse before the Christmas break will be sent home next week.
- The teacher who is taking over for me in January, Mrs. Catherine Chen, will be here all of next week with me in order to meet the students and get to know them and the routines of our class. Make sure you introduce yourself to her.
Have a blessed weekend!