Div 15

Month: April 2020 (Page 1 of 2)

Lesson 11

Lesson 11: April 30, 2020

 Today’s Activities

Just a friendly note: Teachers are required to start taking attendance this week. I will be submitting the attendance record to the School weekly (every Friday). Please do one of the following: send me an email, comment on our class blog, book a phone call with me, and continue to send me pictures of your child’s work – whatever works best for your busy schedule.  I need to have contact with parents once a week to record your child’s attendance.

Morning Meeting ~ 15 minutes

  • Print First and Last Name (3 times)
  • Melting Down: Video to calm our bodies down
  • Temperature check hand signal that we use to indicate how you are feeling (Thumbs Up= Feeling great, Thumbs to the side= feeling okay, Thumbs down= not feeling well)
  • Watch The Tiny Seed read by Ms. Harstone

Plants (Science) ~ 20 minutes

  1. Can you recall the parts of the plant? Tell your family all the parts of the plant you know.
  2. Below are descriptions that you can read together with your family’s help. What is the job of each part of the plant?

3. I want you to pretend that you are a plant! Stand nice and tall. Pretend that your feet are the roots. They are anchored to the ground and they cannot move. Pretend that your body is the STEM and you are sucking up water like a straw.  Stretch your arms out wide and pretend that they are the LEAVES. The job of the LEAVES is to soak in light and air to make food for the plant. The FLOWERS job is to attract insects that will help pollinate flowers and make new flowers grow.

 

Printing Letters Continued (Literacy) ~15 minutes (Optional)

  1. Use a large container (Tupperware, large cardboard box, a casserole dish or a lunch container)
  2. Fill the container with salt, sand, flour, dirt, or shaving cream (Whatever you have at your home)
  3. Use your finger or a paint brush to write letters, words, or sentences
  4. Read Term 2 Report Card to see what group your child will be in. (If you are not sure what group your child is in please email me!)
  • Letter Group: If I wrote on your child’s report card  “your child knows some letters of the alphabet”. Please practice printing Upper and Lower Case letters. Here is an example of the alphabet.

  • Word Group: If I wrote on your child’s report card  “your child knows most letters of the alphabet”. Practice writing Dolch’s List of Sight Words.

DolchLists- Blog (click on green link)

  • Sentence Group: If I wrote on your report card  “your child’s knows all letters of the alphabet and is beginning to write simple sentences”. Please practice writing these sentences.

DolchLists- Blog (click on green link). Examples: the Bold words are on Dolch’s List

  • I want to play.
  • I think I need to use the bathroom.
  • I wish I can fly.
  • I want to jump in a mud puddle.
Just a reminder that every student is working at their own pace. At the end of Kindergarten students are expected to know all the letters, their sounds and a few sight words from the Pre-Primer/Primer List. We are going to celebrate all efforts of learning!

Lesson 10

Lesson 10: April 29, 2020

 Today’s Activities

Just a friendly note: Teachers are required to start taking attendance this week. I will be submitting the attendance record to the School weekly (every Friday). Please do one of the following: send me an email, comment on our class blog, book a phone call with me, and continue to send me pictures of your child’s work – whatever works best for your busy schedule.  I need to have contact with parents once a week to record your child’s attendance.

Morning Meeting ~ 15 minutes

  • Morning Meeting with Ms. Harstone
  • Print First and Last Name (3 times)
  • Practice 5 Finger Breathing Strategy
  • Temperature check hand signal that we use to indicate how you are feeling (Thumbs Up= Feeling great, Thumbs to the side= feeling okay, Thumbs down= not feeling well)

Have your child explain their feelings or discuss how you can help each other today.

 

Story Workshop  (Literacy) ~30 minutes

  1. Watch the story:  Splish, Splash, Spring read by Ms. Harstone
  2. Brain storm with your family about what activities you like to do during Spring time ? (ex. go for a walk, play outside, jump in rain puddles, smelling fresh flowers, going to the beach)
  3. Using Loose Parts, create a story about Spring Time.

 

Brain Break (PE) ~10 minutes

Here is an optional video if your child has lots of energy to burn!

We have been working very hard learning about the parts of a plant!

 

 

Lesson 9

Lesson 9: April 28, 2020

 Today’s Activities

 

Morning Meeting ~ 20 minutes

  • Morning Meeting with Ms. Harstone
  • Practice printing your first and last name
  • Practice box breathing strategy from video
  • Temperature check hand signal that we use to indicate how you are feeling (Thumbs Up= Feeling great, Thumbs to the side= feeling okay, Thumbs down= not feeling well)

Have your child explain their feelings or discuss how you can help each other today.

  • Alphabet Jive read by Ms. Harstone (practice 2 more times with your family)

Alphabet Jive PDF to practice at home!

 

Parts of a Plant (Science) ~20 minutes

  1. Today we are going to learn about parts of a plant. Look at the photo below are read all the parts (with support).

2. Draw your favourite flower

3. Label the 4 parts of the flower (Flower, Stem, Leaves, Roots) by copying the words from up above.

Challenge: If your child chooses to participate, they can try spelling the word on their own using kid language!

 

Please send me a picture!

Thank you Essential Workers!

 

 

Ramadan

Today is the start of “Ramadan” for our Muslim friends.   Ramadan is a celebration for 1 whole month and is one of the most important celebrations for Muslims–sort of like Christmas or Easter are important for Christian people (and even non-Christian people).
Ramadan is a time when Muslim people practice kindness, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and charity. Many Muslim people fast, which means they do not eat or drink anything from the time the sun comes up until it goes down!  That is a very long time!  When people are fasting they are able to think about other people who don’t have as much as we do and it reminds them not to be wasteful.
Even if you are not Muslim it is always interesting to learn about celebrations and beliefs that our friends have.  Here is a cool video of kids talking about what Ramadan is.  After you watch it tell me what you think about it!
To watch the Ramadan video click HERE

Lesson 8: Fun Friday! (Optional)

Hi Division 15!

I am so proud of all of you! All of you have been working very hard on your learning and it reflects in the pictures that you send me.

Another accomplishment to be celebrated is that our class has read over 250 books through Epic! Books! Congratulations everyone!

 

Celebrating Essential Workers (Art) ~ 20 minutes

Today I would like to dedicate this lesson to show our appreciation to essential service workers in our community that continue to work very hard everyday. These workers may be grocery store workers, doctors, nurses, garbage collectors …etc. who continue to do their jobs to keep our communities running while we keep safe at home. Some of your family members may be one of these workers. Make sure you thank them! Some of you may have participated in the 7 pm cheers for these workers every night  as well! If you have already created a poster, add details and more words to it or make a new one with a different theme or message, if possible.

  1. With parent support, brainstorm what jobs in the community are considered essential services (beyond the few I listed above).
  2. Use any supplies that you may have at home like paper, crayons, paint, glue…etc. to create a poster.  This doesn’t need to be on large fancy paper.
  3. Write words of thanks.  Your poster may be for a specific worker or for all of them.  For instance, it may say “We love and support nurses!” or “I am grateful for the police, fire and ambulance keeping us safe!”

Send me pictures! 🙂

 

Just a friendly reminder that Monday is a Professional Development Day for teachers. I will not be posting a lesson on Monday. Please explore the Parent Resource section!

Also, I will not be assigning books to read on Epic! Books. If you have spare time please have your child read a story on Epic Books! A goal would be reading one book per day.

Have a great long weekend!

Love, Ms. Harstone

Lesson 7

Lesson 7: April 23, 2020

 Today’s Activities

 

Morning Meeting ~ 10 minutes

  • Practice printing your first and last name
  • Morning Yoga to get our body and brains energized
  • Temperature check hand signal that we use to indicate how you are feeling (Thumbs Up= Feeling great, Thumbs to the side= feeling okay, Thumbs down= not feeling well)

Have your child explain their feelings or discuss how you can help each other today.

  • Listen to the story One Bean read by Ms. Harstone (Click the green link)

 

Music with Mrs. Raap ~20 minutes

Please look at Mrs.Raap’s blog (click on the green words to access blog).  This blog is for all grade levels so family members can join! Please look at April 20-24 Active Listening section to read the activity.

Mrs. Raap’s Blog Link

Lesson 6

Lesson 6: April 22, 2020

 Today’s Activities

 

Morning Meeting ~ 10 minutes

  • Practice printing your first and last name
  • Mindfulness video to calm your body on YouTube
  • Temperature check hand signal that we use to indicate how you are feeling (Thumbs Up= Feeling great, Thumbs to the side= feeling okay, Thumbs down= not feeling well)

Have your child explain their feelings or discuss how you can help each other today.

  • Listen to the story Flower Garden read by Ms. Harstone (Click the green Flower Garden to access story)

 

Measurement Length  (Math) ~20 minutes

Today we are going to measure a room in your house! We are going to see how long a room is with our bodies.

  1. Watch Youtube Video of how to measure using non standard measurement.

2.  Pick a room to measure or you can measure your carpet.

3. Find objects (blocks, pencil crayons, toys …etc) to mark your measurement.

4. Make an estimate (educated guess) how many body lengths it takes to reach from one end of the room to the other.

5. Lay down on the ground. Make sure your feet are touching the wall. Place an object (blocks, pencil crayons, toys) at the top of your head and another one at your feet. Gently sit up, reposition your body to where the toy was at your feet. Keep doing that until you reach the other side of the room.

6. On a piece of paper draw how you measured and write the number of how many of your body lengths it took to reach the other side of the room.

7. Challenge (optional): repeat steps 2-6 but with a different family member.

Please send me pictures!

 

Lesson 5

Lesson 5: April 21, 2020

 Today’s Activities

 

Morning Meeting ~ 5 minutes

  • Practice printing your first and last name
  • Finding a Quiet Place- Calming Meditation Video YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKDLEdpRIRE
  • Temperature check hand signal that we use to indicate how you are feeling (Thumbs Up= Feeling great, Thumbs to the side= feeling okay, Thumbs down= not feeling well)

Have your child explain their feelings or discuss how you can help each other today

  • Watch a story Brave As Can Be read by Ms. Harstone (Click on the green link)

 

Printing Letters (Literacy) ~30 minutes

  1. Use a large container (Tupperware, large cardboard box, a casserole dish or a lunch container)
  2. Fill the container with salt, sand, flour, dirt, or shaving cream (Whatever you have at your home)
  3. Use your finger or a paint brush to write letters, words, or sentences
  4. Read Term 2 Report Card to see what group your child will be in. (If you are not sure what group your child is in please email me!)
  • Letter Group: If I wrote on your report card  “your child knows some letters of the alphabet”. Please practice printing Upper and Lower Case letters. Here is an example of the alphabet.

  • Word Group: If I wrote on your report card  “your child knows most letters of the alphabet”. Practice writing Dolch’s List of Sight Words.

DolchLists- Blog (click on green link)

 

  • Sentence Group: If I wrote on your report card  “your child knows all letters of the alphabet and is beginning to write simple sentences”. Please practice writing these sentences.

DolchLists- Blog (click on green link). Examples: the Bold words are on Dolch’s List

  • I want to play.
  • I think I need to use the bathroom.
  • I wish I can fly.
  • I want to jump in a puddle.
Just a reminder that every student is working at their own pace. At the end of Kindergarten students are expected to know all the letters, their sounds and a few sight words from the Pre-Primer/Primer List. We are going to celebrate all efforts of learning!

Reflection (Core Competencies) ~ 2 minutes

  • Scroll through the blog and take a look at your friends work. Tell a family member one compliment you like about your friend’s work.

Division 15 Students’ Explorations

Look at our amazing Forts! I love seeing your brothers and sisters participating in your learning!

 

Here are some finding from our Scavenger Hunt!

Parent Resources

Hi Division 15 Families,

Here are some educational Apps or Websites that are Literacy and Math focused (optional).  Please feel free to explore the websites. You will need to help your child navigate through the Apps/ Websites until they become more familiar with the website.

Math and Literacy Apps (Free)

  • Khan Academy Kids (download the App on your tablet/ phone, unfortunately this resource will not work on a computer)
  • Starfall Education (please use the Website version, do not download the app)

Math (Free)

  • Splash Learn (Website) :  (Click on green link)
  • SplashLearn- Kids Math (App).
  • IXL Math: https://ca.ixl.com/

Literacy (Free)

  • Epic! Books (you should have received an email from Epic! Books to download the free version until June 30, 2020. Please email me if you did not receive an email from Epic! Books). Your child should read at least 2 books per day.
  • Morley School Librarian: Mrs.Yee’s Blog: https://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/morley-library/
  • Unite for Literacy (has a large selection of levelled books) https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

Music (Mrs. Raap)

  • Please check Mrs. Raaps blog for music ideas: http://sd41blogs.ca/raapc/

PE 

  • Go Noodle (YouTube)
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga (Go Noodle)
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