February Learning

WRITING WORKSHOP – Reviews (Opinion Writing)

  • Beginning our Opinion Writing unit, students will start by writing about the best item in their collection and giving reasons for their opinion
  • Explain opinions of their collections in convincing ways by elaborating
  • Use a checklist for good opinion writing to reflect on our own writing
  • Write disagreement opinion pieces about the collections of peers
  • How to bolster arguments in our opinions about our collections
  • Editing and publishing our opinion pieces and sharing our final piece
  • Begin to write reviews (of movies, restaurants, toys) to persuade others
  • Write persuasive reviews of movies, games, toys, restaurants and more.
  • Work on talking directly to the reader
  • Make comparisons in their writing
  • Hook their reader with an interesting introduction and catchy conclusion

READING WORKSHOP – Readers Have Big Jobs to Do

  • Readers set goals to become stronger
  • We will start our new reading unit Readers Have Big Jobs to DoStudents will:
  • Learn to be the boss of their own reading
  • How to use everything they know to solve a word
  • How to check-it and self-correct as they read
  • Readers get help when they need it
  • We will work on adding new strategies to our toolbox for solving hard words:
  • Think about the story to problem-solve words
  • Think about what kind of word would fit
  • Slow down to break up long words
  • Continue to self-check Does it look right? Does it make sense? Does it sound right?

UNIT OF INQUIRY – How We Express Ourselves: Humans express their creativity through art.

  • While exploring the key concept of Form, inquire into the different ways artists use line, shape, and color.
  • Examine and discuss various pieces of art, paying special attention to how to artists chose to use lines, shapes, and color.
  • Create pieces of art using various mediums (paper, oil pastels, etc.) that showcase different types of lines.
  • Distinguishing between geometric and organic shapes; creating a word wall of known shapes.
  • Use shapes made from a variety of materials (such as pattern blocks, tangrams, paper, etc). to create pictures and designs.
  • Inquire into color by mixing paints to make as many colors as possible.
  • Explore the color wheel (including primary, secondary, and intermediate colors) and the relationships between these colors.
  • As they create their own pieces of art, practice explaining the choices they make, in terms of materials, subject matter, colors, lines, shapes, etc.
  • Discuss various famous pieces of art—what they see/think/wonder, what they like/dislike about the pieces, etc.
  • Articulate their own questions about art, and work towards answering these questions.

MATH – Unit 5

  • Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1
  • Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 – 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2.
  • Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 + ? = 11, 5 = _ – 3, 6 + 6 = _.
  • Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.

WORD STUDY

  • We will continue to review the ‘Bossy E’ (long vowel) rule and begin to study the ‘Two Vowels Go Walking’ (long vowel) rule

Weekly Update: February 12-14

  • I have added some new photos of class working on different projects. You can find them on the menu on the right side under FEBRUARY photos.
  • Our students have been practicing for our Chinese New Year assembly and are excited to present their hard work tomorrow! Hope to see you there at 10:00am! Don’t forget, students may come to school dressed in traditional Chinese dress or red clothing.
  • I wish everyone a happy new year! Enjoy the holidays with your family and see you at the end of February!
    • Tuesday, Feb 13 – 10:00am Grade One Chinese New Year Assembly
    • Feb. 15-25 – Chinese New Year holiday
    • Tuesday, March 27 – G1/G2 Parent Introduction to Main Campus at 1:30pm (1161 Hongqiao Rd.)

Weekly Update: February 5-9

  • We watched part of a phonics video in class during Word Study last week. We are currently studying long vowel sounds. The students wanted to watch more of the video so I am sharing the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=povlhSuCOt8&t=181s
  • A reminder that our Chinese New Year Assembly is next Tuesday at 10:00am. Hope to see you all there! Note: Students may come to school wearing traditional Chinese dress or red clothing to represent good luck in the New Year.
    • Tuesday, Feb 13 – 10:00am Grade One Chinese New Year Assembly
    • Feb. 15-25 – Chinese New Year holiday
    • Tuesday, March 27 – G1/G2 Parent Introduction to Main Campus at 1:30pm (1161 Hongqiao Rd.)

Message from Heather Knight

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those that joined me Thursday morning for the Reading Development in the Early Years parent coffee. I hope you walked away with a better understanding of reading development and our program, as well as some useful ways to help your young reader. A great additional resource is the Nightly Reading homework: Best Practice for Parents video. You can access this by clicking here. (Please note you will need a VPN.)

Your child’s teacher is always the best source of information specific to your child’s individual progress. I am always happy to speak to you regarding child development and literacy. If you are looking for further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Heather Knight

ECE Vice Principal

 

January Learning

WRITING WORKSHOPNonfiction Chapter Books (Informative Writing)

  • Use different kinds of writing in our nonfiction chapter books (how-to chapter, lists, diagrams, etc.)
  • Include an introduction and concluding chapter.
  • Practice fixing up our writing using a checklist to check for punctuation, capitals and spelling.
  • Planning how to write longer chapter books.
  • Editing our nonfiction books to consistently include end punctuation
  • Using author’s craft moves from our Small Moments unit in our current books (pop-out words, speech bubbles, ellipses, etc.)
  • Editing our books to make them easier to read
  • Preparing our books for our end of unit celebratio
  • Celebrating the end of our nonfiction chapter book unit. Students will be bringing home their nonfiction writing after the holiday

READING WORKSHOP Learning About the World (Nonfiction Texts)

  • Crashing words parts together to solve whole words
  • Learning new vocabulary as we read.
  •  Finding and thinking about key words.
  • Rereading a page to find the “just-right” sound.
  • Continuing to find and share key words in our nonfiction texts
  • Rereading to smooth our voice and make it more lively
  • Finding and marking interesting facts in our books to share with our reading partners
  • Reading with feeling and adding more expression to our voice as we read
  • Figuring out how our text is organized: separate chapters? or a story?
  • Reading with feeling and adding more expression to our voice as we read
  • Figuring out how our text is organized: separate chapters? or a story?
  • Identifying keywords in our books and explaining what they mean to our reading partners.
  • Reading aloud our books like an expert
  • Using drama to bring our reading to life

How the World Works: Understanding weather patterns informs decision making.

  • We will be asking the question: How can we measure weather? Students will inquire into different tools used to measure weather. They will study the tools, guess what they measure and give them a name.
  • We will watch videos to learn about how the tools are used to confirm if our guess were correct or not.
  • We will be creating some winter artwork connected with our unit.
  • We will use a ‘Zooming Out’ method to study zoomed in photographs of a snowflake
  • We will be researching the answer the questions: Where does snow come from? How are snowflakes formed?
  • We will make snowflake art.
  • We will inquire into how weather changes day to day and season to season.
  • We will use a See, Think, Wonder routine when watching a time lapse video of the seasons.
  • We will inquire into the daily weather changes that occur with the seasons and how this impacts the behaviour of plants, animals and humans.
  • Discuss how the weather affects human choices and activities in the different seasons.
  • Act out the water cycle and practice putting it in the correct sequence.
  • Complete an in-class water cycle experiment and think about what form the water cycle takes in each season.
  • Research and find answers to students’ questions about our unit.
  • We will be working on creating a book on an iPad to share our learning in this unit for our summative assessment.

MATH –  Unit 4

  • Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
  • Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
  • Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.
  • Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.

WORD STUDY

  • We will continue to review different sound blends (tch, ng, qu, th, sh, ch, ck, tr, dr).
  • We will be studying the ‘Bossy E’ (long vowel) rule:

Weekly Update: January 29 – February 2

  • Since we unexpectedly had Friday off last week, I am sending home your child’s blue book bag today. Please return the bag and all four leveled texts on Friday.
  • There is going to be a second introduction to the SCIS Main Campus for all Kindergarten and G1 parents on March 27 at 1:30pm in the Plaza. Any questions can be directed to Kevin Haggith, LS Principal.
  • I am still encouraging parents to sign up to be a Mystery Visitor! You can come in and read a book in any language or do an activity with our class, whatever you would like! Visiting family members also make great Mystery Visitors! Please send me an email reminder when you sign up. You can sign up here.
    • Tuesday, Feb 13 – 10:00am Grade One Chinese New Year Assembly
    • Feb. 15-25 – Chinese New Year holiday
    • Tuesday, March 27 – G1/G2 Parent Introduction to Main Campus at 1:30pm (1161 Hongqiao Rd.)

Reading Development Parent Session

Join ECE Vice Principal, Heather Knight, in exploring reading development in children from 2-7 years old, literacy instruction at the ECE and how you can support developing readers of any age at home.  Please RSVP by Jan. 30. Confirmations will be sent on Jan. 31. Sessions can accommodate 36 participants with a minimum of 8.

10:00 am Session     5:00 pm Session

Weekly Update: January 22-26

  • Tomorrow is Family Music Night! I hope to see many of you there! It will be tons of fun with special performance from parents at the beginning of the night so be sure to arrive on time! (5:00-6:00pm)
  • This Thursday the main campus is hosting an Open House for parents of students who will be in Grade Two and Grade One next year. It is at 10:00am at 1161 Hongqiao Rd. This session offers you the opportunity to ask any questions about the transition to main campus next year.
  • Grade One will be presenting a Chinese New Year assembly organized by our Mandarin teachers. The assembly will be at 10:00am on Tuesday, February 13 and all parents are invited!
  • Class photos are available for purchase online, please see the post below.
  • I would also like to encourage parents to sign up to be our Mystery Visitor! You can come in and read a book in any language or do an activity with our class, whatever you would like! Visiting family members also make great Mystery Visitors! You can sign up here.
  • Blue books bags will be sent home again on Friday. Please be sure to send them back again next Friday.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 23 – 5:00pm, ECE Family Music Night
    • Thursday, Jan. 25 – Grade Two Open House on Main Campus at 10:00am (1161 Hongqiao Rd.)
    • Tuesday, Feb 13 – 10:00am Grade One Chinese New Year Assembly
    • Feb. 15-25 – Chinese New Year holiday