Next week the grade 2/3/4s will be starting their own blogs. There has been a lot to do to get ready. We started by looking at blog posts and brainstorming what makes a good post. Here is the criteria we came up with:
We will use this criteria as we work on our own blogs to make sure we are writing quality posts.
Next we talked about commenting and constructed criteria for a good comment. We discussed Dead End comments (those that end the conversation, like “I like your post.”) and Highway comments (those that keep the conversation going). Here is the criteria we came up with for a quality comment:
We also spent time discussing internet safety. The students know that they should never share their YAPPY.
Y-your full name
So that we could practice our blogging skills we started with paper blogging. Each student wrote a blog post on paper and then we used post-it notes to leave “Highway” comments for each other.
Tomorrow we will begin setting up our blogs and you should see posts in the very near future! Do you have a blog?
On Monday mornings the K-3s enjoy reading books together. We can read the pictures or the words and we remember to sit elbow to elbow and knee to knee so both partners can see the pictures.
Here are some of our favourite books:
Mya-My favourite book in the entire world is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
Caleb-My favourite book is Marvel Super Heroes because it has Spiderman in it.
Kaleigh-My favourite, favourite book is Frozen.
Joey-The Book with No Pictures is really, really funny!
Storm-I love to read with friends. I like the Rainbow Fairy book.
Star-My favourite book is Cinderella.
Eli-My favourite book is Star Wars.
Alexandra-My favourite book in the whole entire world is La La Loopsy.
Cherish-My favourite book is Puppy Place because my favourite animal is in it.
Mackenzie-My favourite is the dolphin book I was reading today. The dolphins save people and it is kind of a challenge.
Owen-Magic Treehouse is my favourite because Dad and I read it at home. It is the desert one.
Hilary-My favourite is the book about dogs.
Sierra-I like Curious George. I really like that one!
What is your favourite book?
This morning we filled our book baskets with “Good Fit” books. The first day of book shopping in a new school year is always so much fun!
Before we shopped, we talked about what makes a book a good fit. We use the, “I Pick” strategy to make sure we are picking great books that will help us become better readers. You can use “I Pick” at home too!
Screenshot from: “The Daily Cafe” by Bouchey and Moser
Do you have a favourite book?
This morning we talked about our summer holidays while learning about a Web 2.0 tool called Padlet. We would love if you clicked on the Padlet below and added a bubble about your summer!
Do you know Pete the Cat? Pete is one cool cat. He is the main character in the very popular books written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by Kimberly and James Dean.
We love Pete the Cat because he loves to groove and never loses his cool. In one of the books, Pete’s white shoes are constantly changing colours as he accidentally steps in one thing after another, but does Pete get upset? “Goodness no.”
We love Pete so much, we made Pete’s of our own!
In our classroom we use Daily 5 for our Literacy time. The Daily 5 is a framework which provides large chunks of focused time for reading, writing, and word study; increased student independence and responsibility; student choice; and goal setting.
Each day students select from five choices while working towards their personalized reading and writing goals. Individual student needs are met through whole-group and small-group focus lessons, as well as one-on-one conferring sessions.
The choices are introduced one at a time, and as the students’ stamina and independence increase, additional choices are added. The five choices are:
Read to Self,
Work on Writing,
Read to Someone,
Listen to Reading, and
This week we launched Read to Self and after only two days of practice we have already built almost 8 minutes of stamina. We learned that there are different ways to read a book (read the pictures, read the words, or retell a familiar story) and we also met our first Reading Buddy, Eagle Eye.
Here’s a look at Read to Self in our classroom:
We had a wonderful first day of school in K/1/2/3. We began our morning with a familiar fairytale retold by author Jan Brett and then we went on a Bear Hunt. Be sure to ask your child what their favourite part of the story was and go on a Bear Hunt of your own!
Next we made self portraits to add to our coconut tree in the hallway. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, look who’s in our classroom!
After a tour around the school we finished our first day with a game of Hands Up tag and Go Go Go Stop in the gym. Our K/1/2/3s are amazing at freezing like statues!
We can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
The next claymation movie makers may just be in our class! Today during tech time the K/1/2/3s began work on their stop motion animation projects. We learned about an app called iStopMotion and tried out some simple animations using plasticine. The students learned that you need to make small movements so that your video will look smooth and that it is very important to keep the camera still. This week was a time to practice and experiment. Next week we will begin work on our masterpieces!
Happy New Year everyone! We had a wonderful first day back full of learning.
The students did a fantastic job during Daily 5 today and the grade 2/3s have all picked new goals to start the new year. Parents, please talk to your child about their reading goals and remember that all students should be reading at least 20-30 minutes each day at home. The younger students should be picture reading and reading books with you. The older, more confident readers, may enjoy reading to themselves, but will also benefit greatly from regular time reading aloud to you or their siblings.
This afternoon, the students buddied up and wrote Storybirds together. Storybird is a great digital story writing web 2.0 tool that allows students to create stories that can be embedded on their blogs once they are finished. The students have 1000s of pieces of original art to choose from for their illustrations and then write their masterpieces! The students will be continuing work on their books later this week.
Here’s a sneak peek at our stories:
Today we had a Remembrance Day Assembly to honour the memory of the thousands of brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. We remember the soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.
Several of the students in our class prepared something to share in the assembly.
When all the soldiers fought,
And how many died was a lot,
Because they brought us peace,
Remembering is the least
That we can do
They went away to war,
Saving what we had before,
And every Remembrance Day,
All filmed in black and white and gray.
We remember what they did,
None of them cowered or hid.
They did it all for us.
As the poppies sprout up my feet
The sadness, and sorrow returns
From the war
Poppies sprout their core
Now let’s sit in peace, and think about war
Remembrance Day is not a fun day at all. Over 65000 people died for our freedom. The worst fighting in the war was in Belgium. Every year on November at the 11th hour at 11th day we go into the big kids’ class and do speeches like this one. After we have two minutes of silence. Always Remember the war and the soldiers.
A poppy is to remember the young men and women
who died in the war and
who fought courageously for our freedom.
For some the day to remember
this is happy because the Great War is over,
for others it is sad because war is still raging.
As this poem comes to an end
Remembrance Day draws near.
I wish war was a not a thing.