Field Trip - Arts Commons
This past Monday, our class enjoyed a fun-filled day of arts, crafts, music, and dance at the Arts Commons! Students first met with an artist who had the students participate in a blind drawing exercise and then discuss what abstract art is. Then students got the chance to produce their own abstract art which focused on using their five senses to describe their favourite foods. Students had to think about what is tastes like, smells like, feels like, and sounds like while they eat it. It was great to see students exploring their creative side with the help of our artist! After lunch, our class moved to a dance activity which was focused around "building things". Students learned a two minute dance about construction workers. Students were having so much getting to add their own personality into the dance and let loose! All week, the students and I have been doing the dance before recess to ensure we still remember our moves!
This week in math the grade 1's have been moving onto addition with sums from 0-20. I'm encouraging students to try different strategies other than finger counting to come to their solutions. One of the strategies we've worked on has been counting on which involves more mental math skills. Over spring break, ask your student if they can solve some addition equations using the counting on strategy!
The grade 2's have been continuing to work on their two digit addition with regrouping. After spring break, the grade 2's will be moving onto subtraction.
As a whole class, we've been working on our estimation skills through Dan Meyer's Three Act Math series which works on students ability to problem solve in a real-world situation.
This week students have been doing daily reflections/stories in their writing journals. Each day we set aside some time for students to work on their stories or reflection of activities and most love it so much they continue into exploration time! Students also finished their Snow Globe Stories which will be posted on the bulletin board after spring break! We've also been playing games such as "Boggle" and "Scrabble" to work on word formation and increasing our vocabulary.
This week, students finished building their boats as well as participated in the boat show where students got to present their creations to the class. One by one, students got to test their boats to see if they floated and if their boat could carry a load (wooden blocks). Students were very excited/surprised that every single boat in our class floated! Students then reflected on the building process and if they would make any adjustments to their original design.
Fun Lunch forms are due back Friday April 13th in order to secure your spot.
The Math Fair night will be April 19th for students to go around to different classrooms and teach their parents different math games and activities!
The rescheduled field trip to the Calgary Tower will be on Monday April 23rd.
Our class is visiting the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on Tuesday April 24th.
Have a great spring break & see everyone back on Tuesday April 10th!
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.