To celebrate our year of learning together, our class- The Tulip Tree Learners- has co-wrote a book about the Tulip Trees that grow beside our school playground. This book is currently being displayed on the bulletin board outside of our classroom, please come and check it out! The photos below are just a small sample of our students' hard work.
Everyday after lunch we are viewing an eagle cam and discussing what we are seeing and wondering. Yesterday, students shared that they would like parents to know about this eagle cam so that they can view it from home. Here is the link!
Students were very excited about our small snowfall this past week. We created snowflakes with loose parts to celebrate; as well as mini snow people during Outdoor Classroom time.
In Math, we focussed on sequencing numbers from 1-20 and 1-10. We did 'clothesline' math as a whole group, and then went to work independently. K's completed a sequencing cut and paste activity, while our Grade Ones had the opportunity to try the clothesline on the their own.
Run, run, as fast as you can,
You can't catch me,
I'm the Gingerbread Man!
Students in Division 17 have a mystery to solve. On Tuesday, Ms Tsougrianis brought a tray of gingerbread men to the dramatic play centre, for the students to explore and play pretend with. However, on Wednesday, the tray of gingerbread cookies was gone! Students looked everywhere and grew more and more curious about their whereabouts. Students could not let their disappearance go- they wanted to investigate. With the help of Mrs. Kawas, students furthered their search by creating WANTED posters, which they eagerly posted around the classroom and in the hallways. Then, out of the blue, a photograph was found in our classroom of the gingerbread men having a PARTY in our classroom dollhouse with Elfie (Elfie is our classroom Elf that is always watching us be socially responsible). Students were so frustrated over the photograph that they decided to show these gingerbread men that they are in fact the bosses, and so they spent an entire period making traps. We plan to set up the traps to catch the gingerbread this coming week. Please enjoy the photos below. We will update you on this mysterious case shortly.
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!