Addition and subtraction – We have been working hard to learn about adding and subtracting. The students are learning how to use tools such as a ruler, number line, hundred’s chart, manipulatives, and even their fingers to figure out different + and – questions. We are also working on a variety of problem solving that involve addition and subtraction concepts. Students are beginning to recognize important words within questions that help them identify whether the question involves adding or subtracting (e.g. altogether and in all tell you to add, how many are left and how many more tell you to subtract).
Hot Pencils – Has your child told you about ‘hot pencils’ yet? This is one small part of our math time each day that the children are really enjoying. Each day the students have 2 minutes to try to complete 12 math questions. If they correctly answer all 12, they move on to the next ‘level’/strategy the next day. The purpose of ‘hot pencils’ is to work on particular adding and subtracting strategies while improving the children’s speed and accuracy.
Fractions – Our next unit in math is fractions. We will be learning about half, thirds, and quarters.
Home Reading – Thank you to everyone for your help and support in reading with your child at home. It is so amazing to see how many books each child is reading at home and to see the improvement in their reading levels. Please help your child make a reading goal for May. May is the last official month of our home reading since June gets quite busy for many families. I hope the children are enjoying receiving their end of month reading certificates and rewards. May reading rewards will occur on Wednesday, May 31st, so students have 31 days to reach their new goal!
Fairy Tales – We have begun a unit on fairy tales. Students have explored a variety of characteristics/elements commonly found in fairy tales (e.g. talking objects/animals, castles, forests, good vs. evil, royalty, once upon a time, happily every after) and will be listening to, and responding to, many different fairy tales in the upcoming weeks. Not only will students be hearing traditional and fractured fairy tales, they will also be writing their own as a culminating task to this unit.
Materials, Objects, and Structures – We have been learning about a variety of objects, the materials with which they are made from and the purpose/benefit of a particular material (e.g. a stop sign shouldn’t be made out of paper, our clothing shouldn’t be made out of metal, etc.). The students are currently learning about different structures and bridges. We are investigating what makes a structure sturdy and strong.
Mindful Minesing Moments – On Friday all students had the opportunity to experience a variety of different activities aimed at providing children with different ways to assist them in relieving stress and to manage their emotions. What a fantastic opportunity for our school. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day and the variety of sessions they participated in (yoga/meditation, art, team building, outdoor education, daily physical activities, and personality colours).
Golf – Springwater Golf course has offered two golfing sessions for our students. We have already participated in one ‘lesson’ and will be going back to the gym for our second session next Monday (May 8th).
Music Monday – Our class has been practising the Music Monday song “Sing It Together” and will be participating with the grade 2’s and 3’s in the nation wide singing of it tomorrow after morning recess. Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist.
Bike Safety – On Thursday afternoon at 2:00 we will be going to the gym to learn about bicycle safety
Book fair – The school book fair will be taking place this week from Wednesday – Friday. As a class we will be visiting the book fair, but families are welcome to browse the selection on Wednesday from 9am-8pm, Thursday from 9am-5pm, or Friday from 9am-12pm.
Friday, June 12 – Blue Jays Day
Friday, June 19 – PA Day