A successful math program will have an emphasis on number sense at its core. This month we are exploring 5-ness. Here is a review of some of our work this week.
We used many engaging texts that focus on number sense and groups of 5 during our math meetings this week. These books are now a part of our math centre so that students can review them and play with manipulatives to further enhance their understanding of the numbers 1 through 5.
During centre explorations children had the opportunity to count the items (to 5) in the jars. Many students also sorted and patterned the manipulatives.
Students enjoyed playing Race to 100 this week. Race to 100 teaches students how to read a die and has them practice one-to-one correspondence as they fill in their game sheet boxes to match the number they rolled. (Last week we played a partner game called Finger Flashes, ask your child to teach it to you!)
Over the past two weeks students have learned about the meaning of peace and what peace looks like in the classroom and on the playground. Students learned that green behaviour or bucket-filling behaviour is being a PEACEMAKER; and that red behaviour or bucket-dipping behaviour is being a PEACE-BREAKER. Students also learned about symbols of peace including the poppy and the dove. In art students decorated a large poppy collaboratively and also engaged in two individual poppy art projects.
This past Monday during our Outdoor Classroom period we went to the Whiteside student garden located at the back of our school (our class is planting and taking care of half of one plot this year). As this was our very first introduction to our garden students took time inside of the classroom first to observe and sketch the bulbs that we would be planting that day. We also made wonders about the bulbs to add to our Wonder Window- our classroom's wondering space. Then after recess we proceeded to the garden. Students learned that the bulbs were in fact Snowcrocus- we would be planting flowers! Students observed me (Ms T.) planting the bulbs this time around but were assured that the next time we plant they will be in charge of the process. Because it was such a gorgeous autumn day we stayed outdoors after the planting to create patterns with nature. Students also explored making patterns with nature 2 weeks ago but this time I had my camera to document their superb work.
The children have been fascinated by spiders this week. We have read stories about them, made spider patterns, made and ate a spider cooking craft and have printed spider fact sentences in our spider fact books. One of the highlights of this week's spider inquiry was the creation of our spider playscape. We flipped over a small table and spun a web using yarn. This took coordination and cooperation as the students interacted with one another about how to lace and weave the yarn around the table legs. On the second day we moved the spider playscape into our dramatic play centre and added some pretend spiders. Students were delighted to engage in small world play with their friends. They were roleplaying that the spiders were a naughty family on the hunt for insects, which involved turn taking and speaking in role.
Wednesday's Pattern Day was a huge success for our Kinders. They were super excited to be wearing clothes with patterns and to show these patterns to each other during Morning Meeting. Our table explorations on Wednesday morning included making patterns with apples, making patterns with bears, and of course clipboards were provided for students to record their patterns on paper- our Kinders feel VERY important when they are working on a clipboard. After lunch the real 'work' began. The creation of Patternville. Students worked in three groups to create Patternville. Their first job was to create a building for the city and use cut out squares to make windows for their building- in a pattern of course. Next they were asked to glue their building on the mural provided and to go ahead and draw streets, cars, trees, parks, people, and all other things that are usually seen in a city. After the murals were completed students were given blocks to build with on top of their murals. Students were now building 3D buildings in patterns on top of their paper buildings. To help develop their understanding of their patterning I was sure to ask questions such as "why is your pattern a pattern?" and "How are these patterns alike and different?"
Next week in math students will go hunting outside for patterns in nature and investigate growing patterns.
This week's post is the same as the notice that went home Friday afternoon. If your child was away Friday this post is especially for you so that you are in the know!
Taking our children outdoors and into our natural world is a valuable learning experience. Every Monday Division 17 ventures into our outdoor school community after recess to discover and explore by directly engaging with our school’s natural surroundings. This weekend we are asking you to take your child out and about around your home community to collect natural treasures for your child to then bring to school on Monday and share with the class. Some examples of natural treasures include pinecones, leaves, twigs, bugs, branches- big or small, flowers, stones, and much more. Please collect these items in a plastic bag, Ziploc bag, jar, container, or box. Our hopes are to have students compare their home treasures to our school treasures, practice their sorting skills, and see what ‘wonders’ come out of this activity. Happy collecting!
This past Monday we had our first Mindset Monday of the year. This is our day to focus on having a growth mindset rather than a fixed one. We do this by posing one or two discussion questions during Morning Meeting. This week students were asked to brainstorm the things that they are not able to do YET. Our list included: reading, riding a bike, printing our name, and ice skating. Students were quick to show an understanding that although they cannot do these activities YET through hard work and perseverance they will achieve their goals eventually.
This past Monday was also our first Social Responsibility lesson. Social Responsibility and Mindfulness are taught every Monday after lunch with Mlle. Adams class. We read How Full is Your Bucket? This book suggests that everyone has an invisible bucket that needs to filled with positive experiences such as recognition or praise, and when we are negative toward another person we are dipping from their bucket. This idea will be a guiding theme throughout the year in our classroom as we strive to teach students to be mindful about how they treat others.
We have been having a great time learning math and literacy skills using our names.
We built our names with loose parts and counted the letters.
What a lovely first week we had together! The children were so eager and did a wonderful job becoming familiar with our classroom space and materials. We had a lot of time to engage in different explorations that were set up at our large rectangular tables, which also gave us a lot of time to chat and become more comfortable with one another. One of the exploratory activities that we had set up from Wednesday through Friday that you may have noticed, was a collaborative process art project that the students completed on two canvases. The two canvases symbolize the two groups that the students were divided into for gradual entry. Next week these canvases will be on display in our classroom side by side to then symbolize the coming together of our classroom community. Please be assured that your child's face will never be shown on this blog as we aim to respect the privacy of all children and families.