Div. 18 – Ms. Vlasic
 

Well Div. 18 we made it!!!

You are all officially entering Gr. 2 and Gr. 3 now, and all our hard work this year, in the classroom and through remote learning is paying off. I want to thank each of the students for their kindness, patience and for being brave as we switched to online school. I am SO proud of you all.  I also want to thank all the parents and families that helped their children complete their work throughout this third term, for juggling all the logins, Zooms, art, math and reading projects. You are greatly appreciated!

June 22nd – 24th

  • I encourage everyone to sign up for the Burnaby Public Library Summer Reading program. You can do so online through any Burnaby Public Library, using your library card number (if you do not have one, the library can create an account for you easily). Basically, all summer you will record any books you reason a sheet like this:

 At the end of the summer you actually get a real medal for reading!!! I did every summer when I was your age through the Burnaby Public Library, and I always had a great time 🙂 

More information can be found at : https://www.bpl.bc.ca/kids/kids-events-and-programs/summer-reading-club

  • There will be a Gr. 7 leaving assembly on Tuesday June 23rd at 9:30 am. This is to celebrate the Gr. 7’s that will be leaving Taylor Park this year to begin High School. We will be watching this assembly from within the school on Zoom on Tuesday for those of you attending in class instruction. For those at home – join if you can using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtf-Gupz8vHNYzgviQE4SrSlvRp22U72Oa
  • There will be a goodbye assembly on Thursday June 24th at 9:00 am for all students. This is also voluntary, but the administration has planned some ways to say goodbye to all the students this year – join if you can 🙂 Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtf-Gupz8vHNYzgviQE4SrSlvRp22U72Oa
  • This Summer, don’t forget to read as much as you can, whenever you can! Read to a family member, or have them read to you, read by yourself, or even listen to reading online 🙂
    • As June ends, our unlimited use of Epic Books unfortunately ends as well. The company has however created a way for families to continue using a scaled back version of Epic Books from home over the summer. Information can be found at https://www.getepic.com/learn/introducing-epic-free/

I will see some of you in school on Tuesday. And I will see some of you when you come to pick up your report cards on Wednesday. I can’t wait to say Goodbye to you in person 🙂

Lastly, give yourselves a huge pat on the back Div. 18. You made it through online school in a global pandemic. You are all superheroes! One day you will be a grown up and look back at this, knowing that you have been a part of history.

 

Have a wonderful summer, and I will see you all soon.

Lots of love,

Ms. Vlasic

Hello Div. 18 🙂

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy their weekend – despite this weather we are having! As we near the end of the school year, I have been asked by our school librarian Ms. Zimmerschied to pass along notices of overdue books that students may have had checked out since before Spring Break. I will email those families with the names of the books in question. Please drop these off in the bin at the Taylor Park front door so they can be returned to the library this week. If you do not receive an email from me about any books – it means your child has none checked out 🙂 Thank you. 

 

June 15th – 19th

Core Activities : 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • Journals: Write a letter to your future self in September, using appropriate letter format like we have practiced. Write to yourself about how you are feeling, how the end of the school year has been, if you have missed anything, what you want to do this summer, or what you hope September will be like. Write about anything you would like to tell your future self 🙂 Sign the letter to yourself and put it in an envelope and ask an adult to put it in a safe place for you. If you remember, open it up in September! 
  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account
  • Math: This week we will focus on double digit subtraction WITH borrowing. This means that when we are subtracting, the top number might be smaller than the bottom digit – we will then have to borrow from the ‘neighbouring’ tens group. I know that sounds complicated – but I promise it isn’t too hard once you start. Here are some charts to show my thinking:

Here are a couple videos to help explain how to do this subtraction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv8URIRgCdo 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egjDLFX9VHg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Buyaqe_L5-Y

For this week, I would like everyone to try these math problems:

You may notice that each of the questions has a lot of space beneath it – show your work. How did you count? How did you subtract?

 

Supplementary Activities :  

  • This week’s class Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday, June 17th at 10:00am. Please join us if you can. The link will be posted on FreshGrade to remain private to only Div. 18.
  • Art: This week we will be making tessellation artwork. Tessellations are an arrangement of shapes, closely fitted together. When we pick a shape and repeat it over and over in drawing, this creates a tessellation. Here are two examples I have made before: The shapes I chose to use are basic, just an arrow, or a plus sign. However, when you repeat them over and over and choose interesting colours, your tessellations become more and more complex. What shapes will you use?
  • When you go outside this week for a walk with your family, or to play, I challenge you to try to make a rock sculpture, sort of like an Inukshuk. Inukshuks are traditionally made by Inuit peoples in the Northern parts of Canada to be used as signs or communication. The Nunavut flag has a typical Inukshuk on it:

You might recognize another Inukshuk here in Vancouver in English Bay :

The Inukshuk in English Bay was created by Alvin Kanak of Rankin Inlet for the City of Vancouver. This week, try to make your own rock sculpture by carefully balancing stones on one another to create a form. You might have to be very patient 🙂 

Here are some stone towers I found on a hike in Coquitlam this weekend:

 

As always, do what is comfortable for yourselves and your families. I am here to help so if you need anything at all, please feel free to reach out.

 

Ms. Vlasic

Hello all,

I hope everyone has had a fun weekend. It was so nice to learn more about amphibians and reptiles on Friday last week, I did not know many of those facts myself! I hope you have fun with this week’s learning activities 🙂 If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to reach out. For this week’s Zoom meeting, on Wednesday June 10th at 10:00 am, we will be doing a guided drawing so if you are able to come, please be prepared with paper and drawing pencils. Thank you.

 

June 8th – 12th 

 

Core Activities : 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • Journals: This week, I encourage students to watch this CBC Kids News question and answer segment. https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/watch-is-it-safe-to-go-swimming-during-covid-19-coronavirus-pools-lakes The question is posed by an 11 year old kid from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the other side of Canada. He asks if it will be safe to swim during the Coronavirus outbreak. Check out the video. In your journals this week, I would like students to write about something they are hoping to be able to do this summer outside of their homes, if restrictions continue to be lifted. What is everyone looking forward to? Here is an example I did in my journal to show everyone:

 

You may consider beginning your writing with the sentence starter “This summer, I would like to …” Please remember to use appropriate punctuation, periods, capitals, and challenge yourself to explain your ideas with the word ‘because’ – this is what great writers do! 🙂 

  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account
  • Math: This week we will practice something double digit subtraction WITHOUT borrowing. This means that even though the numbers may look big, you are really still practicing the same subtraction that you became masters of last week. In double digit subtraction we will take two numbers that have 2 digits (such as 99, or 17, or 45) and subtract one from the other! Here are a couple charts I made to show you what I mean:

This week, I would like to see all students try these math questions:

 

Supplementary Activities :  

  • This week’s class Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday, June 10th at 10:00am. This week we will try to do a guided drawing together, so bring some paper and drawing pencils if you can join us 🙂  
  • Poetry: If you have time, this week I am encouraging students to try creating a ‘Shape Poem.’ It is very easy to do – you pick an animal, person, or object to be your topic. Then you write a few lines about this animal, person or object. But! You must write the lines in the exact shape of that animal, person or object. I know it sounds tricky, but I know our class can do this 🙂 Here is an example of a ‘Snake Shape Poem’ I made to show everyone:

The ‘Shape Poem’ says: “A slipper snake slithers slowly across sand. It smells with it’s tongue and scares many, but really just wants to be left alone.” 

There are lots of great examples on the internet as well to help you get started, people have used all sorts of shapes such as kites, hands, birds, trees, and even people! This website shows some great examples done by kids that might be a few grades older http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/shape.html

  • Art: This week I am challenging you to make a ‘Mystery Portrait.’ Some of you may have tried this once in our classroom for fun before, but if you haven’t I encourage you to try this with a family member – the results are always a silly mystery! Here’s what to do: Take a blank paper and a pencil or marker. Try to draw a family member, yourself in front of a mirror, or even a stuffie without looking down at your page, and without ever lifting your pencil or marker from the page! Those are the two main challenges. The pictures will always turn out like a silly mystery. Here, I tried to draw my father from a photograph I have of him:

Looks pretty silly right? Here, I tried to draw myself!

To make the picture even sillier I coloured in all the different spaces with different colours. What will yours look like? 

 

As always, I would love to see your learning! Please upload to FreshGrade anything you feel comfortable with 🙂

Ms. Vlasic

Hello Div. 18 🙂

I hope everyone is doing well, and has had a great weekend. This week, some Taylor Park students will be returning to in-class instruction. As a result, I will be on-site Mon/Tues in our classroom. I will continue to get our learning opportunities out by Monday mornings, but I do apologize as I will be unavailable to Zoom during these two days. As well, my responses to FreshGrade and emails may be delayed on these two days. Thank you for understanding as we move forward in this new phase of learning and teaching. As well, we have been lucky to be extended an opportunity to visit the Vancouver Aquarium via Zoom field trip! The time slot available for our class is at 2:15PM on Friday June 5th. I recognize that this is a Pro – D Day, so if you are able to come I am sure we will have fun – but this is not mandatory. The theme will be reptiles and amphibians 🙂

June 1st – 4th 

Core Activities : 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • Journals: For this week I want to ask you to think creatively. Your topic is: If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why? What does this food smell like, taste like, look like, sound like, feel like? Try using your 5 senses to help you describe the food, and give a reason why you would want to eat this food forever. I have uploaded an example to FreshGrade 🙂 
  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account
  • Math: This week we will begin to look at basic subtraction facts and processes. Subtracting is the opposite of adding because we are always ‘taking away’ some number, ‘removing’ or using the ‘minus’ sign. For example, if I have 5 pencils, and I lose 2 of them, how many pencils do you think I would have left? Let’s explore a few ways to find the answer. Check out these charts I have made that help explain subtracting a bit: 

This week, I am hoping for Gr. 1’s to complete these math questions:

 

And for Gr. 2’s to complete these math questions:

If you would like some extra math work, I encourage you to try both! 

 

Supplementary Activities :  

  • Families – I recognize that Friday is a Pro D Day at Taylor Park, however we do have something special planned so I hope you are able to attend – This week’s class Zoom meeting is on Friday June 5th at 2:15 – please join if you can. We will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium to learn about reptiles and amphibians! Oliver in our class has been a member of the Vancouver Aquarium for a long time, and has been invited to take his classmates for a virtual lesson – thank you Oliver! The Zoom link will be provided by the Aquarium later this week and I will post it to our class FreshGrade to remain private, as soon as I can 🙂  Parents – as before you are of course welcome to join us, and if anyone would prefer to have their cameras off for privacy that is absolutely ok. The Vancouver Aquarium The link will be posted on FreshGrade to remain private to only Div. 18. 
  • If you have time, try this cardboard Dinosaur artwork idea! You can decorate the dinosaurs however you want, even using yarn, glitter, or construction paper. Here are a few pictures to show the steps on how I made my example:

Step 1: Draw your dinosaur shape on cardboard, with the legs separate

Step 2: Colour and fill in your dinosaur. Remember to fill in both sides so your dinosaur can be 3D

Step 3: Cut out the three parts of the dinosaur – remember to cut the little black indents on the legs carefully, so they can be attached to the body. You might need to ask an adult to help with this part

Step 4: Assemble!

  • Check out these ‘Podcasts’ recorded by Mr. Cockram’s class (gr. 6/7) https://westwords.podbean.com/ They are specifically for the primary students of Taylor Park and all feature variations of classic tales – You could draw a picture to show the beginning, middle, or end of one of these stories. 
  • I challenge you to take a video of yourself, showing and talking how you would subtract two numbers. For example, you could use 10 buttons, take away 7 of them, and then show what is left. I have uploaded a video of myself doing the same to your FreshGrade accounts – check it out and make your own 🙂 

Good Morning Div. 18 Families  🙂

This week we will have two Zoom meetings! One on Wednesday May 27th at 10:00 am like we have been doing every week, as well as a whole school assembly on Friday May 29th at 9:00 am. Both of these Zoom meetings are optional – attend if you can. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Wednesday! This week I am hoping we can practice our letter writing to send our thanks to Mr. Allan (Gary) for showing us his wolf sanctuary last week. We have written letters before to Santa Claus in the Winter time, so I am hoping that some of you remember a few of the tips and tricks. I hope you have fun with this week’s activities, and enjoy yourselves.

 

May 25th – 29th

Core Activities : 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • Journals: Write a letter to Mr. Allan to say ‘Thanks’ for showing us his wolf sanctuary. Here are some ideas for what you could include: 
  • What did you like the most?
  • Do you have any questions you would like to ask?
  • Did you learn anything new about wolves that you maybe didn’t know before?
  • How did you feel when watching the wolves?

Remember to use the correct format for writing a letter. Here is an example to help you remember:

At the end of the week, I will send all the photos of our letters to Mr. Allan to thank him for showing us around the wolf sanctuary!

If you happened to miss our Zoom last week, I encourage you to still write a letter. You could write to a family member that you do not live with and miss, or to someone you would like to meet, or to a friend in our class even. 

  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account
  • Math Challenge:
  1. The number/answer is 99. What could the math question be?
    Think of ten or more different math questions/problems that have an answer of 99.
    Use words, pictures, numbers and symbols and addition or even subtraction if you are comfortable. Record all the questions on paper or using technology.
    How are they the same? How are they different?

      2. At the market, a banana costs $3, an apple is $1, an orange is $2, a watermelon is $6 and a container of strawberries is $5. What different combinations of fruit can you buy for $12? How will you share your solutions to this task?

 

Supplementary Activities :  

 

 

I drew a raccoon:

What will you draw?

  • Move around – Invent your own brain break movement activity! Record a video of you doing a dance, stretch, song, or other activity to get your body moving and post it to your FreshGrade account. In our class we have often played ‘Mingle Mingle Mingle’ Charades and Simon Says.
  • Try this game with a family member: Tape a piece of paper to a family member’s back, as well as to the wall. You will take a pencil or a marker and draw an image on the paper on your partner’s back. As you draw, your partner will try to copy the lines you have done onto the paper in front of them (taped to the wall) step by step. When you are finished, compare the drawings to see if they are similar 🙂 This can be used as another way to practice letters, spelling words and numbers too! 

 

As always, do what you can and what  you are comfortable with accomplishing. I am here to help if anyone needs it. A huge thank you to everyone who has sent in their writing from last week about Personal and Social Responsibility! It is much appreciated 🙂

 

Ms. Vlasic

Hello families of Div. 18,

I hope everyone has had a relaxing long weekend. I look forward to the activities that this week will bring! This week’s journal writing activity is especially important. Every term, students have completed a self-assessment in class. This self assessment is included in your child’s report card. For this third term, I will need students to complete this journal entry to reflect on their growth and goals throughout this school year. The topic focuses on personal and social responsibility – which all of us have been greatly involved in by caring for our community and staying home. If there is any more support or  direction I can give to help students complete this please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing everyone at our class Zoom on Wednesday! 🙂

May 19th – 22nd 

Core Activities : 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • Journals:The ‘Core Competencies’ are overarching themes that we teach throughout the school year across all subjects. They focus on communication, critical and creative thinking, as well as personal and social responsibility. These themes help guide our students into becoming respectful and responsible individuals. More information can be found at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies  Each term we have focused on a Core Competency (such as a focus on communication – written, verbal and body language, as well as creative and critical thinking – through building and group challenges). Students have also completed and sent home a self-assessment with each report card. Students have chosen how they believe they are doing in various tasks. For the third term of school, students must complete one more self-assessment, which will focus on personal and social responsibility. Students, this week in your journal I encourage you to think about how you have taken care of yourself or others this school year. Did you remember to take a walk, do 5 finger breathing, take a break or drink of water when you need to return to the Green Zone? Did you ask for a hug from a friend or trusted adult? Did you read a book that you enjoy, draw a picture or write about something to make yourself feel calm and ready to learn? Did you invite a friend to play, or try to cheer up a classmate you noticed maybe was having a bad day? Did you bang pots to thank doctors, nurses and essential service workers for helping care for us all? Did you check in with family members to see how they are doing?

Please include: 

  1. At least one example of something you have done for your personal and social well – being this school year (it is appropriate to write about something you have done at home to make yourself or others feel happy during social distancing). You can use the writing prompt “This school year I … “ 
  2. Something that you would really like to work on and get better at in the next school year. You can use the writing prompt “Next year I want to … “ 

Here is an example I have done :

Please remember to use full sentences. 

  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account
  • Math Challenge: This week we will be learning about double digit addition WITH Regrouping. I have posted a video of myself explaining the idea of double digit addition with regrouping on your child’s Freshgrade account. Give it a look when you have time. Here are two charts I have made to help explain double digit addition as well:

Here are some videos that may help with additional explanations of double digit addition with regrouping:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-add-subtract/arith-review-add-within-100a/v/addition-with-regrouping

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayFAh4VNMFA

Your math activity for this week will be to complete these questions on a separate paper :

If you would like to do even more, I invite you to show me your work on one of these questions in either standard form, expanded form, base ten form, or on a number line like the examples above. Just like last week, this will help you to continue to practice double digit addition. Try creating base ten groups with items and counters you have around your house such as marbles, coins, beans or paper clips.

 

Supplementary Activities :  

  • This week’s class Zoom meeting is on Wednesday May 20th at 10:00am – join if you can. The link will be posted on FreshGrade to remain private to only Div. 18. This week, we will be going on a virtual field trip! We will be attending a session led by Gary R. Allen and his wolf named Tundra. He runs the Tundra Speaks program outside of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. There he educates students, schools and visitors all about wolves, their conservation needs, and the importance of wolves in First Nations culture. Mr. Allen has requested that for this session, all mics are muted and questions are saved for the end. More information can be found at https://tundraspeaks.com/school-and-community-events/ . For this Zoom, Ms. Allen has requested that all students keep their mics muted. He will happily answer any questions at the end – you may record them on the ‘chat’ feature of Zoom. Parents are invited to attend if they would like, and families – feel free to leave your cameras off as well if you would prefer. 
  • If you have time, I encourage you to try this art project – A self portrait is a picture the artist does of themselves. I am challenging you to include not only a picture of yourselves, but also of what you might be thinking about. I did an example to show everyone, and in mine I am thinking about the things that make me happy (such as mountains, sunshine, my dog, books and ice cream).    What will you think about in your self portrait?
  • National Geographic has created this resource where we can use our computers to travel to Son Doong cave in Vietnam. It is the world’s largest cave, and we are so lucky we can explore inside of it – while staying in our houses! Give it a look, and if you have time consider trying to make a map of where you have explored inside the cave. Cave Exploration link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news-features/son-doong-cave/2/#s=pano70 
  • Our music teacher Ms. Hintersteininger has selected a new song for students to learn throughout this term. More information is available at her class blog https://sd41blogs.ca/hintersteiningerk/ – The song is titled ‘A Million Dreams’ – You might give it a listen, and see if you can start learning to sing along.

As always, please do what is right for your family at this time. I am happy to help in any way that I can. Please upload your journal works to FreshGrade, and any other tasks you complete if you would like to – I love seeing what everyone is up to!

Thank you,

Ms. Vlasic

Hello Div. 18 Families 🙂

I hope everyone got to enjoy the beautiful weather we had this weekend! As well, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and grandmothers in Div. 18 – I hope you had a wonderful day!

May 11th – 15th Focus: Reading Comprehension & Double Digit Addition (without regrouping)

Core Activities : 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • Journals: Watch the new video of Ms. Vlasic reading “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late” on FreshGrade: Then, answer at least two of these comprehension questions about the story in your journal.
    • What happens in the beginning of the story?
    • What is the problem in the story?
    • How does the problem get solved? 
    • Who is the main character? How do you know?

Please remember to use proper punctuation such as periods, exclamation marks and capitals in the right places, just like you would at school. If you find you would like an extra challenge when writing, try to explain why you think the Pigeon would want to stay up late? 

  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account.
  • This week we will begin reviewing double digit addition. I have posted a video of myself explaining this chart on your child’s Freshgrade account. Give it a look when you have time. Here are two charts I have made to help explain double digit addition:    

Your math activity for this week will be to complete these questions on a separate paper :

 

If you would like to do even more, I invite you to show me your work on one of these questions in either standard form, expanded form, base ten form, or on a number line like the example above. This will help you to continue to practice double digit addition, but  encourage thinking about how to solve a problem in more than one way – to create flexible math brains!

If it helps, here are two more videos explaining double digit addition without regrouping from Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5rmfHlHy20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV-fovwMtu4

 

Supplementary Activities :  

 

  • This week’s class Zoom meeting is on Wednesday May 13th at 10:00am – join if you can. The link will be posted on FreshGrade to remain private to only Div. 18. This week, we will try to do a guided drawing art activity, so remember to bring a pencil and paper to the session! 🙂 
  • Review our class reading strategies with a family member. Can you show them how you use one of the strategies? For example, if you know you often use picture clues to tell what is in a story, can you show a family member where you get the picture clues and what they help you with? Try to be a teacher and show someone how useful at least one of the strategies can be. (These are the key principles I have used to teach reading in our class throughout the school year to help students build independence when reading).
    Here is a picture of our class strategies bookmark, as well as our strategies poster to help you remember:
  • Consider playing ‘Emotion Charades’ with your family: Each member writes 3 different emotion words (such as angry, excited, shy) on a small paper and puts them in a hat. Each person selects a paper from the hat and acts it out – everyone else has to guess what it is!
  • Get your wiggles out with some Cosmic Kids Yoga at https://cosmickids.com/category/watch/  You can do a ‘Zen’ yoga practice, to help us slow down and breathe, you can do an ‘Active’ yoga practice to get a lot of energy out, or you can do a ‘Focus’ yoga practice. I really like the ‘Focus’ videos, because they help put me in the Green Zone to be calm and ready to learn.

Hello Everyone,

Hope you have had a great weekend. We had some crazy weather yesterday – did anyone else get caught in that hail storm? I was enjoying a walk around Burnaby Lake until the hail began and my shoes got soaked!

I would like to welcome our new student Ryan to our class this week – he will be joining us in Div. 18 and can’t wait to meet you all 🙂

This week’s writing activities will focus on using descriptive words. We have practiced this quite a bit in our classroom, especially with Ms. Schmidt. When writing, remember to use describing words that will help paint a picture for your reader to see. Use adjectives and action words to explain what you are writing about. I hope you have fun with this week’s activities.

May 4th – 8th 

Core Activities : 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • Journal writing: Choose an object or thing. Your challenge this week is to write about this object without naming it , so the reader has to guess what your object is – king of like how we give hints to each other when we play ‘Headbanz.’ We have done a lot of learning about and practicing using describing words to make our writing great, so please use those ‘triple scoop and juicy’ words to explain what your object is.

Here is my example:     Can you guess what I am writing about?  Do not worry about drawing a picture for this week, as you will want to keep your object a secret for the reader to guess. Try it out on members of your family to see if they know what you are writing about. 

  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account.
  • Math Challenge: 
    • Challenge #1 -Write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in the circles so that each line has the same total. 
    • Challenge #2 – Write the numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 in the correct place so that each side of the square adds up to 12.

Here is a clue to get started:  

I would expect Gr. 1’s to try Challenge #1, and Gr. 2’s to try both if they have time.

 

Supplementary Activities :  

  • This week’s class Zoom meeting is on Wednesday May 6th at 10:00am – join if you can. The link will be posted on FreshGrade to remain private to only Div. 18. This week, Gr. 2’s are invited to ‘Show and Tell’ one item. Each student will have a few minutes to share and answer questions.
  • Poetry : 
    • An acrostic poem is a very fun poem for kids.  Each acrostic poem has a topic idea or word running down the left side of the poem. Each letter in the topic word has a new thought that runs off the side from left to right and is relevant to the topic word.  The topic word is typically the title as well. If you have time, I would love to see you try to make an acrostic poem out of your name. Write your name along the left side of a page, and then choose a word to describe yourself for each of those letters! I know this may sound confusing, so I made an example out of my name :
    •       If you find that making your poem a sentence is hard, try just writing a describing word for each letter of your name – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! 
  • I have uploaded a video of myself reading a story for Div. 18 on FreshGrade 🙂 Give it a listen – If you are comfortable, try recording yourself reading out loud too, and post it on FreshGrade. A whole story or even a page, I’d love to hear you read!  
  • Last week we learned about ‘Forces and Motion.’ One of the forces we discussed was Gravity – the force that pulls objects down to the Earth. Did you know that gravity is different in space? Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made a few videos about this when he was on the Canadian Space Station. Check them out if you have time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZx0RIV0wss&list=RDCMUCdNtqpHlU1pCaVy2wlzxHKQ&start_radio=1&t=20 
  • If you have time, I encourage you to try to do an outdoor scavenger hunt. This helps us notice more about the nature all around us, even when we are going on a walk through our neighbourhood. Here is an example of some things you could look for:

 

Please upload one or more of these activities to your FreshGrade account when you have time. As always, do what works best for your family, and please reach out if there is anything I can do to support or help.

 

Thanks,

Ms. Vlasic

Hello Div. 18!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend 🙂

Below are the activities for this week – please take your time with them, and do what you can, and what works best for your family. This week I am introducing a new concept that we have not covered in our classroom before – Forces and Motion. I am hoping to just get the basics across to students in Div. 18 and get them recognizing that forces and motion are all around them all the time. I hope you have fun with this week’s activities!

Please reach out if there is anything I can do to help.

April 28th – May 1st :

Core Activities: 

  • Read 20 minutes daily – just as we would have every day in our classroom for Daily 5
  • Read the assigned book in your Epic profile, and please try to answer the questions about that book. This will help me check everyone’s understanding of the stories they read – just like we do during Daily 5 in school when you ‘Read with Teacher’ 
  • This week we will be learning about ‘Forces and Motion’ 
  • In your journal, can you write some examples of ways you might use forces? Some ideas I can think of might be: riding your bike, stirring your soup, blowing bubbles or even opening a door! All those actions include a push or a pull motion. 
  • Do the assigned activity on your Zorbit account.
  •  Choose a number: 10, 25, 58, or 99 and write that number down on a piece of paper. What number is 2 more? What number is 2 less? What number is 5 more? What number is 5 less? What number is 10 more? What number is 10 less? Record all seven numbers in order from greatest to least.

 

Supplementary Activities: 

 

  • This week’s class Zoom meeting is on Wednesday April 29thnd at 10:00am – join if you can. The link will be posted on FreshGrade to remain private to only Div. 18. This week, Gr. 1’s are invited to ‘Show and Tell’ one item. Each student will have a few minutes to share and answer questions. Next week we will do Gr.2’s show and tell.
  • I uploaded a video of a ‘Forces and Motion’ experiment I did in my backyard to FreshGrade for everyone to see.  Give it a watch and see if you can make your own ramps to explore the forces of friction and gravity. You can use books, magazines, boxes, paper towel rolls or anything flat to make the ramp, and anything that will roll to push down it such as a toy car, a can or a ball. Try different surfaces! Maybe one of the ramps has a kitchen towel or fabric on it, another might have aluminum foil or clear wrap. Which ramp goes the fastest? Which ramp goes the slowest? How can you change your ramp to change the force and motion? Record your observations in your journal. Here is an example of what you could write –
  • Let’s use a push force to make a painting! You will need some paint, paper, and a straw. Start by adding paint to a paper, then use a straw to push the paint around instead of a paintbrush by blowing at the paint through the straw. You’ll get some pretty silly things! I added some details to mine with a sharpie after my paint dried to make a group of jellyfish. What will yours look like? 
  • Go for a walk with your family and see if you can find any examples of forces in action. Some examples might be people pushing bikes or strollers, or pulling open doors, maybe even cherry blossoms falling to the sky. If you want an extra challenge, try to make a list of all the forces you see! 

 

See you at our class zoom soon! 🙂

Ms. Vlasic

Hi everyone,

It was so nice to see so many of you on Zoom today 🙂 Thank you for helping make our online scavenger hunt successful!

I want to share some supports from the school to families that are available:

  • Our music teacher Ms. Hintersteininger has updated her blog as well at  https://sd41blogs.ca/hintersteiningerk/ Here she lists some activities, some calming strategies she has been teaching all students throughout the year, and a video message to share with everyone.
  • Our school counselor Mr. Anderson has also created a blog at  https://sd41blogs.ca/andersons/ Here he provides access to child – friendly Covid-19 information, as well as community supports such as mental health lines, counselling and child and family services.
  • Our administration has created this document Community Support Services Combined which outlines some supports for families within the community as well.

The school staff are also trying to contact any families that run or operate small businesses within our community. We are hoping to make a list of businesses run by families of Taylor Park that we can publish in our May school newsletter. This would encourage Taylor Park families to help support one another in these trying times. Please let me know if you have a business or company you think could be included in this list.

[edit] : I apologize – us teachers were very excited to find a way to help the Taylor Park community, but it appears we are not allowed to promote any businesses at all – so we cannot collect and distribute any information about this.

Hope you’re all having a great week,

Ms. Vlasic

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