Over the last week, we have explored 2D shapes. As the majority of students already know the names of the shapes- hearts, squares, diamonds, rectangles, etc.- we have spent most of our time describing and comparing them. Below are photos of the three shapes explorations that were set out for students today. The first provocation asked students to cut out shapes from magazines and glue them on the appropriate poster. The second provocation invited students to create shapes with rulers and protractors on a collaborative mural. The third asked for students to create the 2D shapes of their choice with popsicle sticks.
Next week we will begin to explore 3D shapes, but we will continue to discuss and explore 2D shapes in math and in art over the course of the year.
Last weekend, families were asked to collect nature treasures from their home communities. On Monday morning our students were thrilled to share their collections. From colourful leaves to snails, the treasures were beautiful! After exploring the treasures, students were placed in small groups and asked to sort their treasures in any way that made sense to them. After treasures were sorted, students discussed their groups' sorting rules. Last, students were given markers and asked to print or draw out their rules. Enjoy the photos below!
One of the most important things in starting off a school year is building a sense of community where students feel safe and secure. Of course, this means having students understand teachers' rules and expectations, the proper ways to handle classroom materials and tools, and social courtesies. This past week we decided to have students lead the thinking in terms of how we can work together to make our classroom the BEST Kindergarten class that ever was. Students did this by using loose parts to create their ideal classroom. As they collaborated with one another in small groups, teachers circulated and asked the students to consider the following questions: what does the ideal classroom look like? Sound like? How do the children treat each other in the ideal classroom? How would the students feel being in your classroom?
Afterward, we collaborated as a whole class on the carpet. It was very insightful to hear the students' thoughts and ideas. As we move forward in the coming weeks, we will use the ideas that were generated through this activity to highlight model behaviour that we notice from our students. Please feel free to carry on this conversation in your home, to help enforce the idea that there are things we can do in the classroom to make it ideal. Let's all do our part! Thank you.
Wow! What an exciting first two weeks of school. We have enjoyed getting to know one another by playing a lot of name games and partner games. It is our hope that by the end of September each child knows everyone's name.
We have also jumped right into our Kindergarten and Grade One curriculums. Students have been spending a lot of time looking at and playing with letters and words.
Our Grade One's are working on reviewing Kindergarten sight words and studying their new Grade One sight words in the photographs above. Below you can see our enthusiastic K's searching for letters in magazines and pasting them appropriately on the big white paper.
We are looking forward to doing more printing next week as we focus on our Collaboration inquiry and About Me inquiry. Have a lovely weekend!
Mastering sight words is essential to becoming a good reader! I just had to post these super cute photos of our class playing a new sight word game. Usually, on Wednesdays, after our library book exchange, students participate in a literacy activity called 'Writing the Wall'. This is a game where they walk around our classroom with a mini white board or a clipboard and simply practice reading and then writing down different words that are visible around the classroom. However, this past Wednesday we printed our sight words on Post-its and stuck one to everyone's back. The students found it absolutely delightful to walk around the room and copy the words off each other's back. Enjoy!
Last week Division 17 was all about FLOWERS! We studied flowers in our Whiteside Outdoor Community, drew flowers, added flowers to our sensory bins, and made gorgeous fairy potions.
To make our potions we cut up flowers (kindly donated to us by Broadmoor Safeway) and then added a bit of water from our classroom sink. However, the mixing became very enthusiastic once the students began using their pipettes to add coloured water as well.
Students were thrilled to take their potions home at the end of the day. I encourage families that want to make potions at home to use clear cups or jars so that students can also see the mixture from the outside of the jar. In our case we used red cups because they were what we had on hand and we are all about reusing materials we already have in Division 17. Enjoy the photos below!
We were super excited last week to learn about and explore Ollies and Spheros. Ollies and Spheros are robust robots that can be controlled using a bluetooth enabled device- in our case, iPads.
By exploring these robots students are learning beginner programming and coding skills.
This coming week we will revisit using the iPads when we begin learning about Stop Motion Animation. More on that to come!
This past Wednesday we celebrated the 100th day of school. As this is a fun milestone that we have been looking forward to all year we spent the morning reviewing photos of special events and learning that have taken place in our classroom up until this point. Before recess we even took advantage of this day to practice counting to 100 by walking around the classroom and touching 100 things with our pinky finger. But as a teacher my personal favourite thing about 100 day is combining all aspects of curriculum into a focussed activity. We incorporate reading, writing, art and science throughout the week leading up to and the actual day itself. It's a whole curriculum approach to learning, including the partner piece of sharing our 100 things homework.
Over the past couple of months, you may have heard your child talking about the STEM challenges that they have been participating in, in the library. As well, last week's blog post was about the Wonderful Bridges that our students had created during one of those challenges. But what is STEM? In a nutshell, STEM (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) combines rigorous academic areas with the technical challenges of mastering skills in these areas. This intentional grouping develops critical thinking, creativity, engineering design process, and problem solving skills. Please enjoy the pictures below of a challenge that students worked on last week. The challenge was to build a house with walls, a door, windows, and a roof.