Noticing Seasonal Changes at David Grey Park

Today we re-visited David Grey Park to notice seasonal changes.  We talked about ‘CURIOSITY’ before we left to give us a lens for investigating.  We wanted to see if the colours we had seen previously had changed as well as wondering why some other things may have changed in our environment.  The children’s excitement abounded as we explored and discussed what we saw.

We each had the option of picking one leaf to take back to the school grounds with us and we created a community found art piece by placing our leaves on top of one another.  When asked how they felt at the park today, the children said they felt ‘happy, calm and excited!’

“I felt curious when I noticed that the trees had no leaves”
“I felt curious when I saw those bright orange leaves, they were yellow last time I think!”
“I saw that big rock and it was covered in moss this time!”

Thank you to Ms. LeBrun for taking some of the photos for us!  

Counting Collections

In Math, we have explored patterning using a variety of materials and now we are also working on our number sense.

We began a counting collections project which allows us to develop our understanding of number, one-to-one correspondence and counting skills. We are working in partners and pick a bag that has a different amount of objects inside. Working together, we can use cups to sort our objects, count the objects and then record our thinking.

Counting Collections

Math Number Sense Curricular Connections

Big Ideas:
– Numbers to 10 and 20 can be decomposed into 10s and 1s
– One to one correspondence and a sense of 5 and 10 are essential for fluency with numbers


Drop Everything and Read Day

What a great day spent in our pyjamas today!  After lunch, the whole school dedicated time to one of our most important activities….READING!!!

We met with Ms. Lawder’s, Ms. Fraser’s and Ms. Keilty’s class in the Library and read many books together.  What a great way to build community!

In The Reading Zone, Nancie Atwell teaches us, “A child sitting in a quiet room with a good book isn’t a flashy or marketable teaching method. It just happens to be the only way anyone can became a reader.”

Story Workshop

Story Workshop is a playful Literacy routine that allows students to use a variety of materials to develop their storytelling skills. It promotes creative thinking and communication, as children tell, share and record their stories. As our understanding of elements of a story develops, we begin to add details, dialogue and depth to our wonderful stories!  Using this structure, children are engaging in Reading, Writing and Oral Language development simultaneously using a variety of engaging materials.

Curricular connections:
Big Ideas:
– Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy
– Everyone has a unique story to share
– Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world
– Playing with language helps us discover how language works

Learning Standards:
– Use foundational concepts of print, oral and visual texts
– Recognize the structure and elements of a story (beginning, middle, end & title, characters, setting and plot)
– Identify, organize and present ideas in a variety of forms
– Create stories and other texts to deepen awareness of self, family and community

Looking Closely for Colours at David Grey Park

On Thursday, we walked to David Grey Park with Ms. Cole’s class.  We read a story called Colours by Pantone before we left.  Instead of looking for “green” and “red,” we wanted to look more closely and use descriptive language when looking for colours.

“I was finding leaves, I wanted to pick purple, it was a dark purple”
“We found colours.  I found beige on the leaves.  I noticed it was cold.”
“We were investigating leaves and colours and I found water crystals.  They were very delicate water crystals.  Water crystals come from the rain and sometimes when they break they turn into puddles”
“We pictured things on the colour cards.  I found leaf green and bark brown!”
“We looked for different colours we matched them to the chips.  I found blue on garbage cans and red on a truck beside the park.”

Math Games

Foundational Math skills and processes are important in Kindergarten and Grade 1.  When we work with numbers and patterns in a variety of ways we gain a deeper understanding of concepts. A few of the Big Ideas From the curriculum include:

  • Numbers to 10 and 20 represent quantities that can be decomposed into 10s and 1s
  • One to one correspondence and a sense of 5 and 10 are essential for fluency with numbers
  • Addition and subtraction with numbers with numbers to 10 can be modelled concretely, pictorially and symbolically to develop computational fluency

By working with math materials in hands on and collaborative ways, it helps us to see that we can work with numbers in many different ways to understand a number better.


Painted Turtle Project

Today we had a wonderful opportunity to hear about some local Painted Turtles.  Bill from the Painted Turtle Project visited our school to teach us about the turtles living in Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake.

Some of our questions:
– how old do the turtles get?
– how big do the turtles get?
– how do more turtles grow?

Some of our noticings:
– “their claws are prickly”
– “they are so wiggly”
– “it keeps trying to crawl back to me!

We learned that in the wild, we should not try to touch the turtles…unless we see a turtle on a road or a street, then we should help it get back to the forest or lake.

What a great opportunity!