Hooray for our Mystery Reader! And especially when it is a father! Today's Mystery Reader was Blayden's dad Skip. He brought us two magnificent books called 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers and 'Harry the Dirty Dog' by Gene Zion. Blayden was all joy to see his father come and he sat on his lap all the way through the reading.
Today's focus of Author's Chair is illustration styles, our current area of studies. Practically every day students work at their Writers Workshops creating all kind of books. They have to make sure they include all the necessary components of a book such as a title, end pages, staying on one topic, and they also have to both write and illustrate their stories on every page. Students can employ a variety of illustrations: vertical or horizontal layout, speech bubbles, action lines, zooming in and out, etc. Well done, authors!
Today's presentations were the culmination of Inquiry Circles, an initiative of our librarian Ms. Tanja. In collaboration with grade 1 teachers we divided students into four groups based on their interests and questions about our Unit of Inquiry on homes. Throughout several sessions we followed certain steps to guide students with their inquiries. We sorted questions, we discussed their interests, we read books, talked to experts, and searched Primary portal for information. The last step was to summarize their findings and present. 1ai students did a great job!
Thanks to Kayton's mom Lisa 1ai enjoyed a delightful snack today! All the kids assembled around a big square table and learned how to peel bananas, how to cut them in slices, how to put some soy paste (which tastes EXACTLY like peanut butter!), and a marshmallow to top. That was the yummiest snack ever! Thank you, Lisa.
Today's Mystery Reader was someone who knows a lot about animals - it was Niall's mom Alane. Alane is a veterinarian and she just captivated her audience by telling us about some very unusual, and even grose, experiences she had with animals, especially cows! And of course the books our Mystery Reader brought were all about animals as well. Thank you, Alane. It was very interesting!
Look at the three homes below and choose one to write about. Here are some questions to consider as you are writing:
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Today 1Ai had to exercise their inquiry skills together with their buddies. As they are learning about single Venn Diagrams, each student had to come up with a Yes or No question and then go around to ask everybody and record their answers. That was a lot of fun! Plenty of data was collected and analysed. Great job, everyone!
Today's Share A Snack was all about CUPCAKES!!! Harley's mom Alena brought us some very yummy home-baked cupcakes to decorate. The students had quite a choice of flavours and colours to choose from: vanilla icing, chocolate icing, chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, and more. The students were very creative in their design. Thank you, Alena.
1Ai is starting a new math unit on graphs. After having conducted an initial assessment on graphs at the end of last week, today we have started our first lesson on the topic. Today we introduced students to a simple form of categorizing information into 'Yes' and 'No' areas using a simple Venn Diagram consisting of just one circle. Each student in the class had to answer a simple question whether s/he has any pets or not, write their initials on the board and then count and compare the answers.