Monday, 23 November 2020

Elements of Stories and the Numbers 11-20




Story Elements- Characters, Setting and Problem

We have started a unit on story elements. We used the story "Gros Ours Grincheux" to introduce story elements. We talked about the characters (les personnages), the setting (l'endroit) as well as the problem in the story. We glued the characters on a chart paper. The main character (the bear) was in the cave and the secondary characters were in the forest. The problem was under the 2 settings. 

This is our sorting of the characters from the story "Gros Ours Grincheux"

Next we drew a picture of our bedrooms and labelled the picture. We then read a story about a lost Teddy Bear, "Trouv├ę." In the story a bear finds a stuffy in the woods and tries to  find the owner. From this story we were inspired to have lost a toy in our stories that would introduce a problem into what we were writing about our rooms. 

The grade 1's will draw the missing toy hidden in their room somewhere and copy writing. The grade 2's will write about the toy being missing, who finds the toy and where they find the toy. 

The pictures below show a vocabulary building activity we did before writing.




The Numbers 11-20

In the next week we will be working with the numbers 11-20. We will be looking at all the different ways we can describe numbers relative to 10. Describing numbers relative to 10 is an important concept as our number system is a base 10 system. This is the very beginning of Place Value. 

In our morning math baskets we are practicing addition and decomposing numbers which are based on the activities that you read about in the last post. The grade 1's are working on representing decomposed numbers and addition stories using drawings and numbers. The grade 2's are working on writing accurate number facts using + and =. They are also self-evaluating which facts they have memorized. 



FreshGrade Connect

For those who have not left a comment yet, could you please leave a ­čśÇ or a ­čĹŹin the comment box for the "Readers's Workshop" or "Making 9" so that I know you have seen the most recent activities. FreshGrade is one of the tools I have to touch base with you about your child. It would be helpful to me if you could use a quick emoji so I have some feedback that you have seen the items. Thanks so much to those who have left comments so far this fall. 

Please do not feel that you have to go back and acknowledge every item I just want to ensure that  you have access to your child's portfolio. I know you do not have a lot of time as a busy parent as there is so much to do and you may not have anything you wish to add as a comment. 

If you have not yet logged on to FreshGrade or downloaded the app, please email me as your invite will have expired and I will have to resend the invite. 

There is a post that you can find on the right hand column that describes how to log on to FreshGrade.
 


Thursday, 12 November 2020

Fall Leaves and Number Sense


Fall leaves

We began this unit by brainstorming all we knew about fall. We made a list of questions that the class was wondering about fall and leaves. Some of the things that they were wondering were; why the leaves fall, what happened when the leaves are on the ground and if the leaves are living after they fall. We have spent the last few weeks exploring these ideas.

As you have seen on FreshGrade, we went outside and looked at the trees. We brought leaves into the class to classify and sort. We read several books about leaves and the different kinds of leaves. 

This week to summarize the unit, I asked the children to draw all the things that they know about leaves and have learned about leaves. They shared their drawings with a partner. This learning routine is called "Give 1 Get 1" where the children make a list of knowledge and then shared it with others.
We then watched a video about why the leaves change colours. The children went back to their drawings and added the new information about why the leaves change colours. 

Math

We have started our unit on number sense. This week we are working with the numbers 7-10. The grade 1's are focusing on all the different ways to decompose each number. Decomposing numbers means showing numbers in parts such as 7 is 1 & 6, 2 & 5, 3 & 4. The grade 2's are taking the opportunity to memorize (or review) addition facts for each number. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the numbers 11-20 which will include an introduction to place value. 

We are using a variety of materials to explore numbers from 7-20. Some of these materials are pictured below including: dice, cuisinaire rods and 10 Frames. 



FreshGrade

FreshGrade is the digital portfolio that I am using to share your child's learning with you as the learning  is in progress during class time. This allows you to see what is happening throughout the year and leading up to the report cards in January and June. There is a website post about how to log on in the column on the right of this webpage.

I use FreshGrade to share pictures and videos of activities we are doing at school. I also post  assessments that have detailed written comments and sometimes a snapshot of where the child is on the "proficiency scale" (Proficient, developing etc.). The purpose of these assessments are so you can quickly see what your child is doing at school and what the next steps for your child are. 

The children give consent for me to take their picture. This means that they are sharing work that they feel is complete and meets the criteria (the expectations of the activity). I encourage you to ask your children about the things you see on FreshGrade.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Building our classroom family

Building a classroom family- Routines

We have been learning the routines for the class including coming in to class, snack time, lunch time and all the hand washing routines that we have for this year. We have just started our reading routines and next week I am hoping to add our story bins that are part of our reading time. 

We are working on the 100 chart and the idea that numerals are names for "how many" and the numeral always represents that amount. We are also working on place value as we count each day that we have at school. 

Being a learner

Over the next few weeks we are going to focus on what it looks like to be a learner in a grade 1/ 2 class. In my class we focus a lot on what we think, know and how we get an answer rather than focus on a single answer. I also try to have the students share their ideas and thinking as much as possible. 

Next week we will be talking about what a reader, writer and mathematician does. A reader shares their ideas, chooses a "just right" book, shows they understand the story through play and uses many strategies to read new books. A writer shares their ideas through drawings and print, shares their writing and can change their ideas. Finally, a mathematician makes mistakes, shares their ideas and thinking, shows their thinking and looks for patterns in numbers. This will set up the foundation for all our conversations about learning for the year and hopefully all along their school journey.


Healthy attendance

Thank you to all the families that have been keeping children home when they have had any symptoms. Already we have seen that the "stay home when sick" has brought many changes in school for students and staff. We are all learning and navigating these new expectations together. 

There seems to be some confusion about the "stay home when sick" vs the Daily Health Assessment. The way I have interpreted it is as follows:
  • BC CDC Guidelines for K-12 says "stay home when sick" (pg 15).
  • Then check the Daily Health Assessment, not to see if you can go to school but rather whether the symptoms are those that need to be brought to the attention of 811 or another health care provider. 
  • If the symptoms are not those that need to be brought to 811, then return to school when no longer sick. 
Please do not worry about the days your children are missing. In grade 1/ 2 we continually circle back to concepts and ideas so that all children have a chance to explore and master new ideas. 



Connection with you at home- Digital Portfolios

This year I will continue to communicate your child's learning through a digital portfolio as well as two report cards, one in January and one in June. This year I am returning to Freshgrade Connect as the application for the digital portfolio. I find it easier to use and if we shut down at all you will be able to add pictures and videos to your child's portfolio yourself, so that I can assess their work. As with Ed Inform, it meets all privacy laws and the information is hosted in Canada.

This week I will be adding the parent emails to the application and you should receive an invite to Freshgrade in your email Wednesday or Thursday. I have already started an assessment activity about reading/ creating stories and I am beginning one about patterns. I use the assessments to write comments about what your child is doing as well as how they are doing. 

Consent form

There is a consent form coming home this week. As digital portfolios are a part of reporting (a continuous report card), the consent is specific to whether or not you give consent for group photos of your child to be seen in other classmates' portfolios or not. 

Please let me know if you want the invitation to go to 1 family email or to each parent as I do not want to "blow up" your inboxes.

How to log on to Freshgrade Connect

When you receive the email you will be asked to create a login. Please create a log in to Freshgrade Connect and not Freshgrade Classic as the classic is for teachers only. 

Here are some screen shots that may help:
This the Freshgrade Connect welcome screen, use the green button to log on and set up your password.




This is the login screen:



Saturday, 3 October 2020

FreshGrade Connect- Digital Portfolios

 

Connection with you at home- Digital Portfolios


Freshgrade Connect logon- The digital portfolio for this year


This year I will continue to communicate your child's learning through a digital portfolio as well as two report cards, one in January and one in June. This year I am returning to Freshgrade Connect as the application for the digital portfolio. I find it easier to use and if we shut down at all you will be able to add pictures and videos to your child's portfolio yourself, so that I can assess their work. As with Ed Inform, it meets all privacy laws and the information is hosted in Canada.

This week I will be adding the parent emails to the application and you should receive an invite to Freshgrade in your email Wednesday or Thursday. I have already started an assessment activity about reading/ creating stories and I am beginning one about patterns. I use the assessments to write comments about what your child is doing as well as how they are doing. 

Consent form

There is a consent form coming home this week. As digital portfolios are a part of reporting (a continuous report card), the consent is specific to whether or not you give consent for group photos of your child to be seen in other classmates' portfolios or not. 

Please let me know if you want the invitation to go to 1 family email or to each parent as I do not want to "blow up" your inboxes.

How to log on to Freshgrade Connect

When you receive the email you will be asked to create a login. Please create a log in to Freshgrade Connect and not Freshgrade Classic as the classic is for teachers only. 

Here are some screen shots that may help:

This is a picture of the app if you are downloading from App store or google play.


This the Freshgrade Connect welcome screen on a browser, use the green button to log on and set up your password.




This is the login screen:

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Welcome to Vicki's class

Welcome to our classroom home!



Blog posts


Welcome to your peek into our busy class!  I use this website to send updates about what we are doing in the classroom. The posts will include themes that we are exploring as well as interesting things that I want to share with you about our days. I generally send out an email notice when I put new information here on the blog.

Often with a post, I will include a section for you titled "Things you can do". This will include suggestions of things to do at home to extend the learning that happens at home, as well as suggestions of specific questions you can ask that may get a more detailed answers than "What did you do today?". These suggestions are ways for your child to share with you what they can do. You can see for yourself how your child is learning and growing their brain!

COVID and school closures.

This website is also where I post learning activities if/when we close  during the year. Feel free to browse through last year's posts to see the format I was using during the school closure last year.

Resources for you on this website.

Tabs along the top of this webpage:

As you can see there are many pages along the top of the site with resources for you and your child. They are there for your convenience and to extend the learning that we are doing in class. They are by no means meant as homework. If you child is asking to read or wants to share a song with you that we have been singing in class, the links are at the top of the page. 

These pages also include many resources that I have chosen and curated that I feel are appropriate for the grade and stage of my class. Feel free to explore and use these pages as best fits you and your family.

Links to September newsletters:

Here are copies of the Welcome Letter and Parent Handbook that will becoming home in the first few days of school. Please read both documents as they give you an overview of our class routines and rules for the year. 

Some changes for this year due to COVID included in these 2 documents are:
  1. Food and snack routines
  2. Routines in class to keep you child safe
Every year the school district requires us to send out the Code of Conduct for the school. This document sets up how we interact as a community with the roles for both staff and students. It also outlines the responsibilities and possible consequences for all members of our community.
 
Please note that there are no toys permitted at school. This is a long standing rule but even more important at the time of COVID to minimize sharing and cross contamination. 



Thursday, 28 May 2020

Reopening of school



Welcome back (again!) ­čśÇ

In- class changes

If you are returning to school, you will have received this information in an email. I thought I would put it here on the website for easy reference. 

There are a few changes for our restart:
  • please bring a FULL water bottle, the water fountains have been shut off
  • all plastic containers and compost will return home in the lunch kit as recycling and compost has been suspended at the school
  • please send your child dressed for the weather (rain/ sun and hot) as we are to be outside as much as possible
  • NO agendas at this time. I will continue to communicate by email and the website. 

Drop off and Pick up

Drop off -School start is now 8:15 .

We need to have a staggered start, we will no longer be lining up and waiting for the bell with the aim to create distance between the children.

  • I will open the class door at 8:15. Please do not all try and arrive for 8:15. If you are an early bird I suggest a drop off 8:05-8:10 for some play time outside, if you get going more slowly then aim for 8:10-8:20 ish
  • between 8:15-8:30 we will be doing art, finishing unfinished work etc.. This will be an individual work block, not centres.

Pick Up- School end is now 1:58

I will aim to be outside in front of our class after 1:45. We will be singing, listening to a story or playing a group game. I will begin to dismiss the students as soon as I see you, starting as soon as we come outside.

  • When you arrive please stay on the sidewalk before the green space by our classroom (effectively at the edge of school property, not closer to the school than the fire hydrant, please.) 
  • Again try to stagger your pick up time eg. 1:45- 1:55. 2:00- 2:10. After 2:10 your child will be waiting by the flagpole for you. At this time these are the ONLY pick up arrangements. Your child cannot wait by the picnic tables or in the office for example.


Older siblings

All older siblings will be on the field and you will meet your older child by the field. Older siblings will not be picking up younger siblings from the classroom at this time.

This is a lot and many changes to our routines. The best advice I have for you is to quote a well known doctor in our province "Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe". We are being mindful and protecting those around us.


Friday, 22 May 2020

May 25-29th- Mapping and Landforms

Learning Activities May 25th-29th - Mapping and Landforms.

Zoom meetings this week- Are Cancelled

This week I will be back in the classroom getting ready to welcome you back. So, the Zoom meetings this week are cancelled. I regret cancelling the Zoom meetings. I could not have imagined all that there Is to do before I welcome you back next week. 


Learning Activities

Please read to the end of the blog post today. There are some changes to the Learning Letters as school will be in session June 1st. Also I found some fun and place based pictures for social distancing released by the City of Colwood.

Here are the detailed instructions for the week. Click Here

Lundi- Monday
Mardi- Tuesday
Mercredi- Wednesday
Jeudi- Thursday
Vendredi- Friday
ZOOM small groups. 
Please sign up today. 




1. Story time with Vicki- 

2. Mapping Task- What is a map?
What stories can you tell?

3. Math task: Subtraction videos

1. YouTube
OR
Pirouette Cacahu├Ęte (a different version)

2. Mapping task- Math on a map

3. Math task: Subtraction games




1. YouTube
OR


2. Practicing and making- Landforms


1. Storytime 

2. Mapping task – Creating a map

3. Optional: Math task: Subtraction games

1. YouTube
OR
Pirouette Cacahu├Ęte(a different version that might give you ideas for the task today.)

2. ADST task:Pirouette Cacahu├Ęte’s house

3. Optional:  Photo to be shared with the class. 
Due: ASAP


Learning Activities in June during reopening

Starting the week of June 1st, we are continuing to provide remote learning for those students staying at home. At this moment, I am not sure what that will look like, however, given that I will have students 4 days a week, I will not be able to write up as detailed plans as you are used to. As we move forward into this partial opening, I will keep emailing you as I update this blog with more information.

There are always the activities on the page of this website "Activities for kids", songs under "Songs we are singing", reading under "Home Reading", as well as all the past activities from the last few months that you can go back and revisit to continue the learning that has been happening in your home.

Social Distancing

After I had finished and sent out the learning activities, the City of Colwood released a series of pictures of signs up in the city that show what 2m might look like. I thought you might like to see them since one of the math tasks was to come up with your own poster for what 2m. I personally like the bull kelp photo. I think it would have been the one my own boys would relate to. 



 Sharing Learning - just 1 photo this time.

With the return to in-class instruction, please send a photo that I can share in class and your child can explain to the class:
  1. Why they chose this activity to share.
  2. What they like about the activity.
  3. What they did if things were difficult.
  4. What they would change if they were to repeat the activity so that it continues to be a "Brain growing" activity.
Thanks for all the work you put into sharing the learning that was happening at home and how your children were doing. It has been a great help to me as I sit down to write report cards that summarize the learning that has been going on since February.