GR1N2

Miss Laidlaw Room 4

JANUARY
JANUARY 2014

Ours to Discover
Appreciations
Thank you to Parent Council, Third Day Worship Centre, and all of the community organizations and volunteers who helped with our December celebrations. Thank you to the school community for supporting our fundraising efforts to help The Philippines by purchasing our holiday cards. Thank you to Mr. Ward of CFB Kingston for delivering the thank you cards we wrote for 424 Tiger Squadron in CFB Trenton.

Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley is based on a popular mininovel series of the same name. Children all over the world are invited to create 2D versions of themselves and send them around the community and/or the world. We are continuing to practice writing friendly letters, which will accompany our Flat Stanleys. We will use this as ongoing literacy practice—and as part of our Social Studies curricula: The Local Community (Grade 1) and Global Communities (Grade 2). If you have connections with a community helper or know somebody living abroad, we would appreciate the opportunity to include this as part of our inquiry learning!

After School Routines
If after-school arrangements have changed for your child in the new year, please let me know in writing. Also, Running & Reading resumes this week!

Daily Physical Activity (DPA)
We are loving being active by dancing to “Just Dance Kids” and relaxing and stretching with “Cosmic Kids Yoga.” Videos for these activities can be found online on YouTube.

Spelling and Sight Words Homework
We will resume next week (January 1317) as I complete a Words Their Way assessment with the children this week. Every student’s number of sight words (reading) improved in the first term! Thank you for helping at home!

GR1N2
Miss Laidlaw Room 4

JANUARY
JANUARY 2014

Ours to Discover
Mathematics
Before the winter break, we began to explore simple addition and how to communicate our work (in writing, speaking, symbols, drawing pictures, and with manipulatives). We will continue these skills—and make connections to subtraction and simple multiplication. One manipulative we regularly use is a Ten Frame. It is a rectangle with two rows and five columns. It is a simple way to visually represent numbers.

Language: Sound Segmentation
Sound segmentation is the ability to break words into individual sounds. This is an essential skill for developing reading and writing skills. For example, the word “run” is broken into the sounds r-ŭ-n. The word “cat” has the sounds k-ă-t. To write, the student must be able to break the word into its sound components then select letters to represent those sounds on paper. One strategy we’ve been practicing has been to “karate chop the word.” Students chop the different sounds they hear. The focus is on the sounds, not the spelling, so “tape” is t-ā-p (three sounds). This is especially useful when learning to write independently. We are learning about tricky sounds (vowels and digraphs) in class. When reading, problem words can be sounded out by saying the individual sounds then blending them together. Blending individual sounds to create a word is also important for developing readers (r-ŭ-n is run). So, instead of spelling or reading a problematic word for your child, encourage him/her to figure it out using these strategies! Some students may still need help with these strategies.

Manipulative: Ten Frame (Blank)

Manipulatives, such as dried beans, are placed in the boxes. The top row should be filled before moving on to the second row.

Representing the Number 6

Possible questions to pose to your child:
* What number does this represent? * How many more will make ten? (6 + ? = 10) * Six is how many less than ten? (10 - ? = 6) * Can you write that in a number sentence? * Is it greater (bigger) or less than 5? * How do you know? * How might I represent a number greater than 10 using ten frames? * Create simple mathematical word problems for your child to solve.

Sincerely,

Miss Laidlaw
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