January 12

January 12

It was nice to see the students come back from the holiday refreshed and ready to begin learning again. The students reconnected with their friends and exchanged stories of what they did over their Christmas break. With pajama day and snow on Friday, it was an exciting day!

When it snows, the students will be playing outside throughout the day. Please also help your child come to school prepared for outdoor play (i.e. with boots, mittens, hat, scarf, snow pants). Please also check backpacks for wet clothes after school and send back a change for the next day. It might also help to have an extra pair of socks in student backpacks as well. Thank you for your help!

The reading strategy we talked about this week was visualizing. I explained to the students that visualizing is like creating a movie in their mind. They closed their eyes, I said a word (ex. ice-cream, flower, crayon), they imagined a picture in their brain and then shared what they saw. The students realized that they all saw different things in their brain and that’s okay!

The author that we will be looking at for the next couple of 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.

In math, students took what they know about doubles and applied it to doubles plus one (ex. I know that 2+2 =4 so when I see 2+3, I just add 1 more and it is 5).

Over the next couple of months we will be reading from Judges. Students will be learning about the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges where the Israelites forget their covenant with God, oppressed 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.

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.

A reminder that Club begins next week.

Upcoming dates

  • Tuesday, January 28th: Grade 1 Ice Skating (10:15-12:15). Please email me if you will be able to join us. Thank you! 
  • Friday, January 31st: Teacher’s Professional Development Day. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS.
  • Monday, February 17th: Family Day. NO SCHOOL.
  • Tuesday, February 18th: Vancouver Aquarium 8:45-2:4. Please email me if you are able to join us!
  • Thursday, February 27th: Student-led Conferences


Posted January 12, 2020 by jneibel in category Uncategorized

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