Busy day!

We had a very busy day today! In the morning we spent some time with our buddies. We decorated gingerbread cookies, cut out paper snowflakes and read together.

We also started building our roller coasters. Thank you to everyone who brought in cardboard rolls! 

Students did a great job at our winter concert this afternoon and evening. Thank you to all the parents who braved the snow and were able to make it to our concert! 

I sent home a couple extra home reading books so students can continue reading over the winter holidays. If you’d like a few more for your child over the break, just let me know and I’d be happy to send more.

Science World

We had a wonderful time on our Science World field trip today! Students started off with some free exploration time in the morning. We then saw an OMNIMAX film about bugs in the rainforest. The film taught us many interesting facts about bugs and showed us the life cycle of a butterfly. Life cycles are something we are learning about throughout the year, so it was a great addition to our science curriculum. Following the film, students participated in a force and motion workshop in which they built ramps and completed challenges in order to explore the concepts of gravity, friction, and momentum. Here are a couple photos from the workshop:

We watched the locomotion stage show and had a bit more free exploration time before heading back to the bus. It was a busy day full of learning! Thank you so much to the parents who helped out on our field trip!

Force and Motion

We have begun a new science unit in force and motion. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring push and pull forces, gravity, friction, and magnetic force. Students are already looking forward to our field trip to Science World in December!

To support our force and motion unit, I am hoping to get some items from home that would be good for making ramps. If you have any empty paper towel rolls (preferred) or toilet paper rolls we would love it if you can send them to school so that we can participate in some hands on learning!

Thank you!

accessing school information

In the interest of saving paper, Sperling is no longer sending home monthly calendars. I try to put the important dates that directly pertain to our class in my monthly newsletter, but I know many of you appreciate seeing what’s going on at Sperling each month in a calendar format. You can go to the Sperling Website, and you will see the monthly calendar is under the Calendar tab on the top menu bar. You can also access it on the right sidebar – this area also lists upcoming events. The great thing about having the calendar online is that if there ever needs to be a change part way through the month we can update it.

If you scroll down to the bottom of Sperling’s website, you will see an area on the bottom right that says “subscribe by email”. If you enter your email, you will receive a message each time we post to the Sperling website or make changes to the school calendar.

Hope that helps!

Counting collections

The last couple days students have been working on making estimations and counting between 20 and 100 objects using counting collections. Counting collections are a great way to build a strong foundation in number sense. I give each student a bag of objects (beads, beans, dry pasta…) and simply ask them to count how many objects are in their bag. Students quickly figure out that if they count one by one, they lose their spot easily. Most students then realize that if they make groups of 5 or 10, they can then use their skip counting skills to count more efficiently. Counting collections are easy to do at home! All your child needs is a large quantity of objects, and a piece of paper. They can start by recording their estimation, then count the objects and reflect on how close their estimation was to the actual number of objects.

Here are some ways students organized their objects in order to count more efficiently:

 

Reading Strategies

We have been working on a few different reading strategies. Here are some ways you can help your child practice these reading strategies at home:

  1. Make predictions (Comprehension)
  • Before reading a story, ask your child to look at the picture on the cover and read the title. Ask them to predict what they think the story is about, and what might happen.
  • Have your child read the pictures (look at each picture in the book without reading the words). Ask your child if his/her prediction has changed.
  • At the end of the story, check what actually happened with their prediction.

2. Retell the story (Comprehension)

  • While reading the story, it is helpful to check in on your child’s comprehension. A quick way to do this is to find the “qui?” and the “quoi?” (Who are the characters in the story right now? What are they doing/What is happening?)
  • At the end of the book, ask your child to tell you what happened in the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story. This can be done in any language.

To get the most out of their home reading books, I recommend your child reads each book five times throughout the week. Here is what you can work on each day:

  1. Monday: Make predictions and read the pictures
  2. Tuesday: Read slowly, taking time to decode words accurately
  3. Wednesday: Read again, focusing on difficult vocabulary; help your child use strategies (look at the picture, continue reading and come back…) to understand new words
  4. Thursday: Read again and focus on comprehension – retell the story
  5. Friday: Read for fluency and expression, focusing on punctuation and dialogue.

Reminders

Hello parents,

Just a couple reminders that didn’t make it in to the agenda today:

  1. Tomorrow (Friday) is our library day – I know its been a bit confusing with the pro-d-day and Terry Fox Run but we will be having our normal library period tomorrow afternoon. 
  2. Hot lunch tomorrow

Growing patterns

This week we have been learning about growing patterns! Students worked with different materials to create their own growing patterns. Here are some of students’ creations:

We are working on identifying pattern rules. Students use the sentence frame “À partir de ___, ajoute ___ chaque fois” which means starting with ___ add ___ each time. If you would like to practice this with your child at home, you can look at the pictures together and identifying the pattern rule. Your child can also draw what should come next in the pattern.

Welcome!

Hello Division 15 parents and welcome to our class blog!

I plan to post updates about things we are working on, reminders, and ways you can support your child’s learning at home. This is the first time I am trying out a class blog so please be patient with me as I figure things out. I welcome any feedback you have!