It is only January 7th and yet we are on day 4 of the new year together! It was great to see so many smiling faces back in class last week. This week we are wrapping up our Jan Brett author study. We read many of her books in December and I’m so happy to see that the kids are still interested in her books after the break. In this theme we have been focusing on story elements (setting, characters, problem, solution) and on comparing and contrasting stories. The students love to find out that Jan Brett gains inspiration for many of her stories from books she read as a child. It helps us as young writers to know that we can take a published book and change some elements to create an entirely new story that is all our own! Here is a link to a Wallwisher we worked on before Christmas telling about our favourite Jan Brett books:
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We are now up to four of our five “dailies” in our Daily 5 literacy program. Students are able to choose from Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, or Work on Writing during each of our rounds. We have two or three rounds each morning, as well as some literacy mini-lessons on reading strategies and writing skills. We also enjoy a teacher read-aloud each day with a book from our featured theme. (This month, it’s Mrs. Brokenshire’s favourite – a Jan Brett author study!!) Here is a look at our Daily 5 in action:
We introduced our third activity in our Daily 5 language arts program. This one is called Read to Someone, and it is very popular with the class. Here’s a look at our first time trying out this shared reading activity.
Happy New Year! New year = new things to learn about! This week we began several new units of study including our second poetry mini-unit in language arts, a unit on fractions in math, and a science unit on “Hearing and Sound”. We also reviewed our anchor charts in Daily 5 literacy so that we could exercise our “muscle memories” and recall the correct ways to work independently in reading, writing, and word work activities. 14 new words were posted on the word wall over the break, and we practiced spelling them and relating them to many other words that use their spelling patterns. We were especially excited to welcome our inline skating instructor to our gym classes this week, and we look forward to having another skate time with Kenny next week. Thank you to all the families who came out to enjoy our “Family Inline Skate Night” on Friday!
One of our daily literacy activities is “Read to Self”. Students choose from their collection of “good fit books” and find a quiet spot in the classroom to read independently. We are building up our stamina as readers, and currently we are at about 15 minutes! This is one of our favourite times of the day. We put on some quiet music, and just read…
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After our turkey feasts over the long Thanksgiving weekend, we got back into the swing of things with a busy short week. On Tuesday, local firefighters chatted with classes about fire prevention. We walked to the mall on Wednesday for Silver Cove’s “Rocktoberfest”. There were so many rocks, minerals, and gemstones to examine as a wrap-up to our Rocks and Minerals science unit. In math, we have been studying polygons and working on improving our basic addition facts. We have mastered ten and a half minutes of stamina as readers AND writers in Daily 5, and we are looking forward to adding to this time next week. We are also finishing up our Robert Munsch language arts theme, and we have really enjoyed blogging about our favourite Munsch stories.