On Friday we used our painted paper to create the most fabulous pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. Here are some photos of our jack-o-lanterns. They have such personality!
The K/1/2/3s would like to thank volunteer firefighters Glen and Jason and paramedic Tyler (who is also a volunteer firefighter) for coming to visit the school yesterday. We learned about fire safety and got to take a tour of the firetruck and the ambulance as part of Fire Prevention Week. We hope that families will check their smoke alarms and talk about their Home Fire Escape plans. The students all brought home pamphlets that can be used to make a Fire Escape plan.
Eli-I learned to check your smoke alarm every month. I thought it was every 2 months.
James-I really liked the loud siren.
Mackenzie-I learned that you should know your phone number, address, and then 911.
Loden-I learned that they have spotlights.
Caleb-I learned theta they use axes when they are stuck
Alexandra-I like the sirens.
Jacob-I learned about the axe.
Cherish-I learned that the ambulance has more than one siren.
Sierra-The ambulance has lots of stuff inside of it. I knew that because I have ridden in it before.
Harmony-I learned because I was listening.
On Friday we began work on our next art project. We looked at several books by author and illustrator Eric Carle as inspiration. For this project the students first needed to create painted paper. We practiced mixing paint and adding texture to our paintings using different tools and techniques. Stay tuned to see what this painted paper turns into this week!
The K/1/2/3s are wonderful artists! We finished our self-portraits on Friday using a combination of paint and pastels. Can you guess who is who?
This morning four more students had a chance to tell us about the books they are reading at home. We have been talking a lot about making sure we are reading “Good Fit” books. Good Fit books are books that aren’t too hard or too easy. A book that is too easy won’t give them the chance to practice using reading strategies and a book that is too hard can be frustrating. There should only be one or two tricky words on a page in a shorter book and no more than five on a page in a chapter book. Students can also access their RAZ-Kids accounts from home if they would rather read a digital book (parents, let me know if you need the log-in information).
Sierra-I read Rescue Princesses and I am at the part where Prince Samuel was trying to dig up turtle eggs. The princesses tried to stop him. They have magic rings so they can talk to each other.
Rhys-I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My favourite part is when he is in the chamber and he has to speak snake to get in to where Riddle is in the chamber with the glowing eyes snake thing.
Cherish- The book I read is called Dogs and it’s about what dogs can do to help.
Eli-I read the Gruffalo. I read in my room and my mom helped me.
Each morning the grade 2/3/4s begin the day by discussing the books they read at home the day before. We also talk about how important it is to read at home for extra practice and for enjoyment. This morning Alexandra, Ava, Mackenzie, and Loden told us about the books they are reading at home. Tomorrow the rest of the students will have a chance to talk about their books.
Alexandra-I read a Barbie book. I read a little bit. It was a good book.
Ava-I read Harry Potter last night and I am at the part where the cat, that is actually a girl, was sitting on Dursley’s wall.
Mackenzie-I read Robert Munch and it was Playhouse. My favourite part was close to the end when she asks her mom if she can have a play daddy or a play mommy. She makes her own out of cardboard. When she went in for breakfast her mom had made a play Rene.
Loden-Last night I read Mathew and the Midnight Pirates. It is a kid’s chapter book. I am on chapter two I think. It’s about a kid who dresses up like pirates and then in the middle of the night pirates come, but they don’t like water so they come in a wagon that looks like a boat.
We would love to hear about the books others are currently enjoying too!
The grade 2/3s tried a new math game today that will help them practice making 10 (an important concept we build on when doing mental math). In this game students have to find a number’s partner to make 10 as quickly as they can. Many of the students wanted to be able to play at home and I let them know we would put the link here on our blog.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back students and families and those who are new to our school as well.
The first two weeks have been very busy in our classroom! We have been working on building our reading and writing stamina back up. Students in grades 2/3/4 have already reached 12 minutes of Read to Self stamina. They are able to find a good spot, get started reading right away, get into the “zone”, use their reading strategies and pick “good fit” books. The K/1/2/3s have also been enjoying Read to Someone. Here are a few pictures of our fantastic readers in action!
Families, you can support our learning at home by reading “good fit” books with your child every day. 15 to 20 minutes a night goes a long way in building strong and confident readers. Be sure to ask your child to share the reading strategies we have focussed on so far with you (Check for Understanding, Back-up and Re-read, Cross Checking, and Tune into Interesting Words).
Just before Spring Break the students all participated in our school science fair. This is always a wonderful day where we get to share our learning with our friends, families and the community. The students have an opportunity to complete a study or experiment on a topic that they are interested in. Take a look at some of the fantastic projects below:
Great job, K-4s!
Today was our final Wild Heart session with Joey Clarkson. We have had a great time singing and some of us have even worked on writing our own songs. Here is a video of us singing the song a group of the intermediate students wrote. There is also a short clip of a second song another group wrote. We hope Joey can come back again next year! Have you ever written a song before?