Mrs. Cowley – K/1

Marlborough Elementary – 2019/2020

June 22, 2020
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June 22 – 25 Activities

Hello friends! This is the last post of weekly activities.Β I’m amazed that we’ve made it to the end of the school year! I had such a blast teaching and meeting each and every one of you and will miss our class so much! We had so much fun learning!

Remote learning friends: Please don’t forget to come pick up your supplies, notebooks, and report cards tomorrow, June 23, at your assigned time. Please be on time and only come at the designated time. Leave the grounds right afterwards to avoid crowding and socializing and don’t forget to keep 2m distance!

Here are a few fun activities for our last week:
1) Go on a virtual field trip and explore animals at the Vancouver Aquarium. Look at this video of cute sea lions chasing toy cars at St. Louis zoo.

2) Set up a camping trip inside your home. Set up tents, turn off the lights, and close the blinds. Kids can bring pillows and read by flashlight. Serve s’mores for snacks (you can make them in the microwave – yum!).

3) Make a list of 10 things you are looking forward to doing in the summer.
4) Using chalk, draw a memoryΒ on the sidewalk. You can draw a memory from this year or write a kind message to someone in your class.

5) Have a picnic in the park to celebrate completing K/1 this year with your family. Pack some blankets, a stuffed animal, sandwiches, and snacks to enjoy!

6) Read under your favourite tree.

It has been such a pleasure being your teacher this year. You are special, you are loved. I will always hold onto our memories. Congratulations on finishing your Kindergarten and Grade One year! Have a wonderful summer! Please visit my classroom anytime next school year!

Love,
Mrs. Cowley

June 15, 2020
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June 15 – 19 Activities

Hello friends! It’s Father’s Day Week! Did you know that Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday?
My favourite memory with my dad is when we flew to Nara, Japan, and visited Nara Park. That park is famous because it’s known for all the deers that like to live inside that park. I was so excited to feed the deers at that park but some of them were very impatient when I tried to feed them some sesame biscuits. I will never forget spending time with my dad in Japan. Do you have a favourite memory with your dad?

Question of the day: What is your favourite thing about your dad? My favourite thing about my dad is that he loves to sing. My dad is in a choir with many members and he’s always singing wherever he goes. It makes me smile.

Zoom Meeting:
This Thursday will be our last Zoom meeting. We will do a Go Noodle virtually, share a favourite memory/activity from our year, and watch a special presentation. I hope you can all join us! See you on Thursday at 10am sharp!

 

Here are some activities you can complete on your own time. You do not have to complete all the activities. Please do what you can and feel free to share them with me. If you want to do these activities again, please do so. πŸ™‚

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Literacy:

  1. Reading Stamina. Read for 20-25 minutes daily to yourself. Are there any words you don’t know? You can look them up in a dictionary to find out the meaning.
  2. Interview your Dad with these blanks to fill in.
  3. Write an acrostic poem using your Dad’s name. My dad’s name is Kevin.
    Kind hearted
    Eats sushi
    Very hard working
    Incredible Dad
    Never stops singing
  4. Make your own coupon book for your dad. Cut out rectangular strips of paper and write down chores or things you want to do to show your dad that you love him. Here are some examples of things you can do. You can help your dad wash the car so you can write “Wash the car” as one of your coupon slips. Click on this link for more ideas.

  5. Create your own book about an adventure you’ve had with your dad. Staple a few white sheets together to create your book and start drawing and writing! Make sure your book has a title.

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Numeracy:

  1. Can you count backwards from 10? 30? 50? 100?
  2. How many socks do you have? Count by two’s to find out!

  3. How far can you jump? Try 5 jumps and measure each one with a measuring tape.
  4. What can you make with 30 rocks?

  5. Choose an object you have lots of in your house. Make a tally chart to count and show how many.

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Physical Activity:

  1. Put on your favourite song and sing and dance along!
  2. Complete some more Go Noodle exercises.
  3. Draw a maze using chalk on a sidewalk. Complete the maze as quickly as you can!
  4. Do 10 push ups and 10 sit ups. Can you do any more?

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Optional Crafts & Activities:

  1. Milk Carton Bird Houses.
  2. Father’s Day Sharpie Mugs. Click this link to learn more about the instructions. You will need some Sharpies and some plain white mugs.
  3. Dad Rocks Father’s Day Gift. This is a fun gift to make for your dad.

Have a lovely week everyone!

Love,
Mrs. Cowley

June 8, 2020
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June 8 – 12 Activities

Hello friends! Hope you’re all doing well and enjoyed your weekend! This week is colour week! Teachers have Professional Day on Wednesday so we will not be responding to any emails that day.Β 

Question of the day: What’s your favourite colour? My favourite colour is lavender purple and light blue. Please leave a comment below.

Zoom Meeting:
On Thursday, we’ll have another Scavenger Hunt! πŸ™‚ See you then! Our last Zoom meeting of the year is next Thursday, June 18. We will do a Go Noodle video, watch a special presentationΒ and have our last class meeting about our favourite memory/activity from this year.

 

Here are some activities you can complete on your own time. You do not have to complete all the activities. Please do what you can and feel free to share them with me. If you want to do these activities again, please do so. πŸ™‚

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Literacy:

  1. Find 5 toys. For K figure out the beginning letter sound for each toy. For Gr 1 figure out the end letter sound of each toy.
  2. Make something out ofΒ playdough. Then write or draw a story about it.
  3. Create a picture using some stickers you have at home and write a sticker story. You can name your sticker character’s name with a colour. I.e. My character’s name is Purple. Purple likes to take her dog outside for a walk and watch the clouds float around in the sky.Β 
  4. Draw a rainbow using the correct colours in order. Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet. Can you label all the colours of the rainbow?
  5. Write a colour equation. What happens when red and yellow mix? What happens when blue and red mix? What happens when you mix white and black? What happens when you mix red and white together? You can experiment with some paint or food colouring to find the answer. What are your predictions before you find your answer?
    My predictions are…
    red + yellow = ?
    blue + red = ?
    white + black = ?
    red + white = ?

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Numeracy:

  1. Count backwards from 20 two times while washing your hands.
  2. Practice printing the numbers 1-10 (K) 1-30 (Gr. 1) with some sidewalk chalk.
  3. Keep a running tally chart of how many birds you see out your window in 1 day.
  4. Use play dough to make a circle, square, triangle and a rectangle. What other shapes can you make? Can you make a pentagon? Or octagon? Can you make a heart? Or a star?

  5. Can you make a ten frame using materials you find inside or outside your home? You can use little sticks to make a ten frame. You can use some pipe cleaners to create one. Can you list all the different ways to make ten?
  6. If you have an empty egg carton in your house, use the egg carton to sort your Lego blocks or other coloured materials (i.e. buttons, pom toms) inside each egg holder.

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Physical Activity:

  1. Throw a frisbee with your family.
  2. How long can you balance on one foot for? Can you try the other foot? Which one can you balance on more easily? Your left foot or right foot?
  3. Go outside for a bike ride.

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Optional Crafts & Activities:

  1. Create your own colours and name them! Fill out the included colour palette. This is one of my favourite activities!
    Click on this link for this activity.
  2. Go outside and create a fairy garden. Take a picture of it to share with your friends! Here is a link for more inspiration. Here is another link to make a paper house for your fairy.


    Have a lovely week everyone!Love,
    Mrs. Cowley

June 1, 2020
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June 1 – June 5 Activities

Good morning friends! Good morning to you! How do you do?
It’s the first of June and I love being in the sun and enjoying summer weather. I love dipping my toes in the water at the beach. I love biking around my neighbourhood. I love lining up at the ice cream parlour and choosing my favourite ice cream flavours.

Question of the day: What’s your favourite ice cream flavour? My all time favourite is chocolate. I’ve always loved chocolate the most. Strawberry comes second and then matcha comes third. Whenever I have a chance to try samples of different flavours, I still end up choosing chocolate. I’m one loyal chocolate fan.

Zoom Meeting:
On Thursday, we’ll have Mystery Bag. This is when I put two objects in two bags. The class will try to ask questions and guess what’s inside the bags. Looking forward to trying this guessing game with you!

Here are some activities you can complete on your own time. You do not have to complete all the activities. Please do what you can and feel free to share them with me. If you want to do these activities again, please do so. πŸ™‚

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Literacy:

  1. Explore Starfall and try some literacy activities on this program.
  2. How many words can you think of that rhyme with ‘June’?
  3. Visit your favourite spot in your house and write a message of gratitude to nature in your journal. “I am grateful to nature because …”

  4. Read for 15-20 minutes every day of this week. Can you read for a longer period of time?
  5. Draw a picture of the setting from a book you read or listened to this week. Write a sentence explaining where your setting takes place. “The setting in my book takes place in …”

  6. Complete this sentence and draw a picture to illustrate what you would do. “If I was a butterfly, I would…”

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Numeracy:

  1. Find a flower with many petals. Count how many petals do you see? Can you use skip counting by 2’s to count? Can you use skip counting by 5’s to count?
  2. Go on a walk. How many animalsΒ or insects did you see on your trip? Use addition to find the total.
  3. How many toothpicks long is your bed? If you don’t have tooth picks, you can use another unit of measure to measure the length of your bed.
  4. Make a tally chart of how many different types of flowers you see when you go outside.
  5. Deck of cards game. Turn over the top card and count that many beans, pennies, coins etc. Repeat!
  6. Count backwards from 20 two times while washing your hands.

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Physical Activity:

  1. Wash your hands while singing the Row, row, row your boat 2 times.
  2. Put on your favourite song and sing and dance along!
  3. Do 10 jumping jacks and 5 push-ups. Repeat as many times as you can!

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Optional Crafts & Activities:

  1. Design your own butterfly. Please click on this link for an enlargement of the photo below. Here is a template for you to colour in your butterfly. If you are unable to print this template, you can also try sketching one yourself. Can you find the painted lady butterfly? Which butterfly looks most special to you?
  2. Find some flowers outside and sketch them using a black marker. Colour them with water-colour paint or markers after you’ve finished your sketch.

Have a lovely week everyone!

Love,
Mrs. Cowley

May 27, 2020
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Measurement Week // Sharing Gallery





It looks like Div. 35 has been busy measuring things around the house! I hope you found it fun and interesting to learn how to use different measuring tools to find the height and length of different objects. Thank you for sharing your work!

Don’t forget we’ve got our Zoom meeting tomorrow at 10am! Wear your pyjamas and prepare ONE Show and Tell. See you then!

Love,
Mrs. Cowley

 

May 25, 2020
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May 25 – 29 Activities

Hi everyone! This week is measurement week! We will focus on using different tools to measure things we find around our house.

Did youΒ have a lovely long weekend? This weekend, I got to do some gardening. I’m growing lettuce, kale, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snow peas and green beans. I’m looking forward to eating fresh produce. How are your plants growing?
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Question of the Day: What is your favourite insect/bug? My favourite insects are butterflies and lady bugs. I love how butterflies have such beautiful colours on their wings. Lady bugs look friendly and cute. Please share what your favourite insect is by leaving a comment below.


Poem of the Week: I hope you’ve been keeping up with our caterpillars! They have now all turned into chrysalis. PleaseΒ check the Painted Lady Caterpillars tab to see pictures and videos.

Zoom Meeting:

On Thursday, please have ONE Show and Tell item ready. It can be anything that is special to you. Please also tell us two things about your Show and Tell. We will also dress up in our pyjamas!Β See you then!

 

Here are some activities you can complete on your own time. You do not have to complete all the activities. Please do what you can and feel free to share them with me. If you want to do these activities again, please do so. πŸ™‚

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Literacy:

  1. Be creative! Draw/Write a sentence about what your ‘not a box’ is. “It’s not a box, it’s a ________.”

  2. Reading stamina. Read by yourself for 20 minutes every day. You will read 5 books by the end of the week. Rate which one is your favourite. Which one is your least favourite. Why?
  3. First write the alphabet from A to Z. Then try writing the alphabet starting from Z to A.
  4. Story Workshop. Can you create a story about 3 little caterpillars? Use any loose parts or materials to create a representation of your story. You can also draw a picture.
  5. Observe the painted lady caterpillar videos I’ve posted and draw everything you see. Label what you see in the picture. Do you see silk webs? Do you see any details on the caterpillars?

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Numeracy:

  1. Measure how tall you are in books and hand prints. Before you measure how tall you are using your hand print, you will need to trace and cut out a few of your hand prints to use to measure your height. How many hand print unit tall are you? How many books unit tall are you?
  2. Build the tallest tower you can using any materials you have at home. When you finish building it, measure how tall it is using a measuring tape, paper clips, lego blocks, or other units you have at home. How tall was it? I wonder who can build the tallest tower in the class.
  3. Find a ruler in your house. What do you notice about the ruler? Can you find 1cm long on your ruler? Can you find 5cm long? Can you find 20cm? Please remember that when you use something to measure something, you need to line up your measurements properly to measure things.
  4. Can you list 3-5 reasons why we need to measure things? What is measurement used for? For example, we need to measure how long a couch is to make sure it fits in your living room.
  5. Can you measure your favourite stuffed animal and another object inside your room using a standard measure of unit (i.e. ruler)? Don’t forget to line up your tool at the edge of the object. Measure the height and the length! Record your answers on a piece of paper.

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Physical Activity:

  1. Complete threeΒ Cosmic KidsΒ exercises.
  2. If you have a skipping rope at home, skip for 15 minutes outside. If you have a hula hoop at home, hula for 15 minutes outside.
  3. Go on a hike or a walk. What kinds of beauty do you find outside? What do you appreciate about the outdoors?

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Optional Crafts & Activities:

  1. Create a fort out of objects. You can use pillows or rocks or anything you can find. This fort can be large or small. Measure how tall this fort is. Can you also measure how long this fort is? Can you measure how wide this fort is?
  2. Hungry Caterpillar Craft. Please see the link for instructions on creating this craft.

Have a lovely week and stay safe!

Missing you all,
Mrs. Cowley

May 21, 2020
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Think Outside The Box Week // Sharing Gallery







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We had such a fun Zoom meeting today. I enjoyed drawing Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie with you today! You all did a wonderful job! We missed all our friends who couldn’t join us! Please don’t forget to send me an update/photo of your work each week.

Next Zoom meeting: Morning Meeting, Show and Tell.
Dress up theme: Pajamas

Happy Thursday!

Love,
Mrs. Cowley

May 19, 2020
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May 19 – 22 Activities

Hello friends! It’s Think Outside the Box Week!
How are you doing? Did you enjoy the May long weekend? This weekend, I baked banana bread and ordered Swiss Chalet rotisserie chicken. I hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather we had yesterday.

Question of the day: What’s your favourite fruit and vegetables? Did you know that it’s important for children to eat 1.5 servings of fruit and 1.5 servings of vegetables every day! Here are some examples.

Zoom Meeting:
This Thursday, we are going to share what Zones of Regulation we’re in and then we’re going to do a directed drawing of Pigeon and Elephant or Piggie if we have enough time. Please make sure you have a few blank pieces of paper or a whiteboard and a black marker/Sharpie/whiteboard marker if you have one at home. It’ll be fun to do some drawing together. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to this meeting!

 

Here are some activities you can complete on your own time. You do not have to complete all the activities. Please do what you can and feel free to share them with me. If you want to do these activities again, please do so. πŸ™‚

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Literacy:

  1. Complete 3 Raz Kids readings and record 2 of them. Which reading was your favourite? Why was it your favourite?
  2. Please watch the “Not A Stick” video I pre-recorded. This book is written by Antoinette Portis. Find one medium sized stick and create your own ‘not a stick’ drawing/painting/representation using loose parts. Write a sentence about what your ‘not a stick’ is. “This is not a stick…it’s a _______.”
  3. Butterfly Life Cycle. Think outside the box! How can you represent this life cycle using a drawing or a painting or materials or food you have at home? Use anything else you can think of! Be creative! Please label all the steps in the butterfly life cycle.Β Watch this video to review the life cycle.

    Here are some examples:

  4. Cooking with mom/dad. Help your parent cook and draw 3 steps you saw them do in order. For example: wash vegetables, cook the meat, put it on the plate. Grade 1’s: please draw and write 3-5 steps of your cooking process. You can use connecting words like:* First
    * Second/Next
    * Third/Then
    * Lastly/Finally

    Example: First, I collected all my pancake ingredients. Next, I mixed flour, eggs, baking powder and sugar and salt together. Then, I poured the batter onto a hot, greased frying pan. Lastly, I ate my delicious pancake and shared some with Mr. Cowley.

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Numeracy:

  1. Review Canadian coins. Find each Canadian coin andΒ see if you can name them and also remember how much they are worth. If you can’t remember which coin is which, practice the Canada In My Pocket song to help you remember.Β Here are our Canadian bills. How can we remember how much each bill is worth? We can definitely look at the colours to help us remember them! On a piece of paper, draw 5 rectangles and write in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 inside each rectangle. Colour in the rectangles according to their value.Β 
  2. Store Project. Last week, you had the chance to create/decorate your store using a shoebox. You also created a sign for your store. This week, you will create things or find things in your home to sell. Once you are done, you can label how much each product costs. For example, this student used skittles as ice cream cones. There’s a sign on the left side with a list of how much each flavour ice cream costs.
  3. When you finish creating your store, you can start selling your products and goods to your family members. They will need some paper coins you cut out last week to use to buy some goods. If you don’t have a lot of customers, how can you attract more people to come buy your products?
  4. If you have a piggy bank, add up all the coins you have inside your bank. What would you want to buy with the money you have? What are you saving up for? It’s important to think about what are important needs vs. wants. There are some things that we want but it’s not necessarily things we need. It’s nice to have things that we want but sometimes it’s more important to focus on things that we need.

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Physical Activity:

  1. Do 30 jumping jacks every day to increase your heart rate. Balance on each foot for 10 seconds each.
  2. Go outside and play catch with a soft ball to practice your underhand throwing.
  3. Go biking around your neighbourhood.
  4. Create a food journal. Draw or write down what kinds of fruits and vegetables you’ve eaten each day of this week to check and see if you’ve eaten 1.5 servings of fruit and 1.5 servings of vegetables.

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Optional Crafts:

  1. Butterfly Life Cycle Necklace.Β You will need these materials: (If you don’t have these materials, find other ways to complete this activity. If you don’t have these types of pastas, you can always draw a picture of them.)Hole punch
    Green construction paper
    Rotini pasta
    Shell pasta
    Bow tie pasta
    Liquid watercolors or food coloring
    Hemp string (yarn or any kind of string would work)
    Paper straw (a plastic straw would work as well)

    Click on this link for more instructions.

  2. Coffee Filter Butterflies. Please watch the YouTube video for instructions on making this craft.

Thanks so much for completing these activities. Please don’t forget to send work to me each week! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Love,
Mrs. Cowley