Thursday, 9 November 2017

November 2017

November News

We are keeping very busy at school. The school yard is muddy in some areas so sending a spare set of clothes to be kept at school in case of a slip and fall would be a good idea. Please label the bag. Thanks to those families who have already looked after this.
We are presenting our shared reading poem Little Poppy tomorrow at the Remembrance Day assembly. The assembly begins at 9:15.
I am looking forward to meeting with you and your child next week. For those who haven't signed up on the google drive interview chart please try to do so as soon as possible. It is found on the top of the scroll down menu of the Nottawa home page. The link is this,  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ouC_B4VgFxa6Ru3ZPFXj5mRzsUbSZOkrRxfZCzhY3_0/edit?usp=sharing​ but it may not work on a secondary site.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. Keeping the communication flowing is the best way to to help your child have a successful school year.

I am excited to announce that we are getting a Lakehead student teacher for a 4 week teaching block. Miss. Leimgardt and will be with us every day. It is a great opportunity for the students to interact and learn from another professional in the classroom. It is also shows the students even adults continue to learn. I find it helpful to have 2 people in the room to provide more support to the students when they need it. I am encouraging Miss. Leimgardt to sit in on interviews to learn how student/parent/teacher interviews are run and to provide her with the opportunity to get to know each child. If you don't want her to be part of the interview please let me know. 

 Our Math unit that we have been working on is Patterning, the expectations are listed below. Most students are successful with colour and shape patterns. We also learn about growing/shrinking patterns and number patterns.
Grade 1
Grade 2
1m58Identify, describe, extend, and create repeating patterns
2m59 identify, describe, extend, and create repeating patterns, growing patterns, and shrinking patterns
1m60: identify, describe, and extend, through investigation, geometric repeating patterns involving one attribute

1m63: identify a rule for a repeating pattern
2m61: identify and describe, through investigation, growing patterns and shrinking patterns generated by the repeated addition or subtraction of 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s on a number line and on a hundreds chart
1m61: identify and extend, through investigation, numeric repeating patterns

1m62: describe numeric repeating patterns in a hundreds chart
2m62: identify, describe, and create through investigation, growing patterns and shrinking patterns involving addition and subtraction, with and without the use of calculators
1m64: create a repeating pattern involving one attribute

2m66: create a repeating pattern by combining two attributes

2m65: create growing or shrinking patterns
1m62: describe numeric repeating patterns in a hundreds chart

1m65: represent a given repeating pattern in a variety of ways
2m64: represent a given growing or shrinking pattern in a variety of ways


2m63: identify repeating, growing, and shrinking patterns found in real-life contexts

2m67: demonstrate, through investigation, an understanding that a pattern results from repeating an operation or making a repeated change to an attribute

Reading and then returning the home reading books frequently is appreciated. Working on math, reading, spelling and writing at home is always appreciated. Using Raz Kids and Mathletics are very good practice of skills we are working on at school.
There are a couple of links on the blog of labeled patterning, abcyapatterns and salamander math that have pattern practice activities.
Looking for patterns all around your home and when you are out in the environment can be a fun activity. Try playing an I Spy game finding different types of patterns e.g. shape, size, colour, growing or shrinking number patterns. Patterns are everywhere and finding them in places outside of school helps to make the connection that things we are working on in school are part of life outside of school.
 Carol McTaggart 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

OCTOBER 2017 News

We have had a few changes since the last post. The Social Studies and Science teacher is now Ms. Brady. We have S.S. and Science on Day 2, 3, and 4 now. Library book exchange will be period 3 Day 5 and Media will be Day 3 period 6. 

Please initial the agenda each day so I know you are reading it.
Shared reading folders should go home Friday and be practiced over the weekends and returned Mondays.

We have started our reading groups and leveled home reading books went home last week. We are very lucky to have parent volunteers in to read with students and switch the books most days of the week, so please read each night and return the books regularly. I understand reading lengthy books in one night may not be possible. 

I will organize a treat schedule next week for parents to send in a healthy treat for school celebrations.
I look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the Meet the Teacher event beginning at 5:00 until 6:30.I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with their family. 

 The next math unit we have just started is Data Management. 
Sorting and organizing 

Grade 1 and 2  Mathematics – Unit 2: Data Management
Curriculum Expectations Flowchart


Grade 1
Grade 2

1m69 collect and organize categorical primary data and display the data using concrete   graphs and pictographs, without regard to the  order of labels on the horizontal axis;
1m70 read and describe primary data presented in concrete graphs and pictographs;
2m73 collect and organize categorical or discrete primary data and display the data, using tally charts, concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers, with labels ordered appropriately along horizontal axes, as needed;

2m74 read and describe primary data in tally charts, concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers;

1m72: demonstrate an ability to organize objects into categories by sorting and classifying objects using one attribute, and by describing informal sorting experiences
2m76: demonstrate an ability to organize objects into categories, by sorting and classifying objects using two attributes simultaneously

1m73: collect and organize primary data that is categorical (i.e., that can be organized into categories based on qualities such as colour or hobby), and display the data using one-to-one correspondence, prepared templates of concrete graphs and pictographs (with titles and labels), and a variety of recording methods
2m78: collect and organize primary data that is categorical or discrete (i.e., that can be counted, such as the number of students absent), and display the data using one-to-one correspondence in concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers, with appropriate titles and labels and with labels ordered appropriately along horizontal axes, as needed
2m77: gather data to answer a question, using a simple survey with a limited number of responses

1m74: read primary data presented in concrete graphs and pictographs, and describe the data using comparative language

2m79: read primary data presented in concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers and describe the data using mathematical language

2m82: demonstrate an understanding of data displayed in a graph (e.g., by telling a story, by drawing a picture), by comparing different parts of the data and by making statements about the data as a whole

1m75: pose and answer questions about collected data

2m80: pose and answer questions about class-generated data in concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and tally charts



2m81: distinguish between numbers that represent data values and numbers that represent the frequency of an event

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

September news 2017

New School Year !

Welcome to Grades 1/2!
 I am thrilled to begin the new school year with a wonderful group of grade 1/2 students.
We are quickly developing some routines and expectations for our classroom. We are also enjoying this summer weather! 
Up coming events: Sept. 26 th walking trip to Kennedy's apple orchard
                                  Sept. 27th Picture day
                                Sept. 28th Terry Fox Run/Walk dress for weather, please try to donate $2
                                Sept. 29th "CARING" Character assembly, family members are welcome

RESPECT for each other and our classroom environment is important for our class to run smoothly. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED !

Please make sure your child has a pair of indoor shoes ( running shoes for the gym) which most certainly can be the same shoes. It is important that the agenda comes to school daily. Please initial the agenda daily, so I know you have read it.

The following is our schedule;
Our Gym periods are scheduled period 2 on Day 2 and period 5 on Day 4.
Library book exchange is scheduled for day 3. 
Social Studies and Science will be taught by Ellen Denny. The students are taught by her on Day 2, 4 and 5 period 4. 
Mr. Morin will be teaching Music on Day 1, period 6.
Media will be taught by Mrs. Johnson on day 3 period 5.  

Thank you to all the parents who sent in the information sheet to help me get to know your child. I find these very helpful and insightful.
 I have begun diagnostic testing to establish your child's reading, writing and math levels.

The agenda will be the main source of communication and I will write READ everyday so that your child can be encouraged to spend at least 15 minutes a day either reading to you or having you read to them. I will begin a Home reading program after I determine everyone's reading level. I expect to have reading levels determined by the end of this week. We have literacy in the morning. It would probably work out best to have the parents who indicated they can come in and help with the home reading program come in the morning blocks. I will be in touch soon.


It is very important that a note, communicating any change in bus riding, home port or a different person picking up your child, be written in the agenda.    

 As you can see in their agendas we have started doing weekly spelling words. We will be practicing sight words, using the alphabet as a guide. The number words are used for spelling because the students are suppose to be able to read and write them for this first unit in math. Grade 1: number words one - ten and grade 2: one - twenty.  Depending how successful the individual students do on the quizzes, will help me to determine their number of spelling words and the difficulty. I want the children to feel successful. 

Developing reading skills is a priority in grade one and two. I will be sending home books at your child's reading level for them to practice at home. I would appreciate the books being returned as soon as your child has mastered reading the book so it can be redistributed and your child can get a new one. Shared reading folders should be returned on Monday and the students are encouraged to read the poems over the weekend.




These are the math expectations for the unit we are currently working on. I will put the date of the first quiz in the agenda.

Grade 1
Grade 2

1m8 Read, represent, compare and order whole numbers to 31
2m8 Read, represent, compare, and whole numbers  (only up to 50 in unit 1)

1m11 Represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 31, using a variety of tools and contexts
2m11 Represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50, using a variety of tools

1m12 Read and print in words whole numbers to ten, using meaningful contexts
2m12 Read and print in words whole numbers to twenty, using meaningful contexts

1m13 Demonstrate, using concrete materials, the concept of conservation of number
2m14 Determine, using concrete materials, the ten that is nearest to a given two-digit number, and justify the answer




1m14 Relate numbers to the anchors of 5 and 10



1m17 Estimate the number of objects in a set, and check by counting


1m20 Demonstrate, using concrete materials, the concept of one-to-one correspondence between number and objects when counting


1m24 Using ordinal numbers thirty-first in meaningful contexts



2m21 Locate whole numbers to 50 on a number line and on a partial number line that goes from 34 to 41
  
As a school we will be purchasing the computer programs Raz- Kids and Mathletics for the students to use. We hope to have them organized by the beginning of October. The grade 2 students who had accounts in grade 1 can still continue on their old account until the end of the month.
I have established a new class for Remind which is a message system that can send a quick text to your phone to remind about trips, library and events or activities that involve our class. The sign up info is below: Please sign up! :)


I am looking forward to an exciting year working with you and your child as a team.

                                                                              Thanks, Carol McTaggart

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

June 2017 News

Wow, time is going quickly and the end of this school year is coming to a close soon.  We have several activities and events planned during the next month, as well as lots of things to learn before the end of the month.

We have 2 trips in June, King's Wharf Theater on June 8th and students need to arrive at school by 8:45. No money is needed for this trip, students should pack a healthy lunch and bring lots to drink. They will not be permitted to purchase food or candy from the concession stand.

We have a trip to Blue Mountain Resort planned for June 23rd doing a variety of activities for the day.

The Fun Fair is after school on the 8th of June. The children are always excited about the great activities.Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our "beach basket" for the Fun fair auction. It is getting quite full with great items.

The Jump Rope for Heart event is on the afternoon of June 12th and the primary play day is scheduled for June 13th.

 The June assembly is on the 22nd and it will have the theme of Canada's 150th and wearing red and white to show patriotism
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The talent show is on the last day of school for the students, the 29th.
I will put reminders in the agenda to help with tracking and necessary items for all these events.

The class began working on Probability in math this week. It is a short unit and we will have our quiz Monday the 12th. The expectations are listed below. Most of the students seem to understand the concepts but discussions at home using the terms from the chart below will be helpful.

Unit 11: Probability
Curriculum Expectations Flowchart


Grade 1
Grade 2

1m71 describe the likelihood that everyday events will happen

2m75 describe probability in everyday situations and simple games.


1m76:  describe the likelihood that everyday events will occur, using mathematical language (i.e., impossible, unlikely, less likely, more likely, certain)
2m83: describe probability as a measure of the likelihood that an event will occur, using mathematical language (i.e., impossible, unlikely, less likely, equally likely, more likely, certain)



2m84: describe the probability that an event will occur, through investigation with simple games and probability experiments and using mathematical language


We will have another short unit of Geometry and Spatial Sense. It is related to locations and maps which the students have covered most of during their mapping unit in Social studies and we when participating in action songs.
Mathematics – Unit 12: Geometry
Curriculum Expectations Flowchart



Grade 1
Grade 2

1m45 describe the relative locations of objects using positional language.
2m46  describe and represent the relative locations of objects, and represent objects on a map.

1m55: describe the relative locations of objects or people using positional language



1m56: describe the relative locations of objects on concrete maps created in the classroom
2m56: describe the relative locations and the movements of objects on a map


2m57: draw simple maps of familiar settings, and describe the relative locations of objects on the maps






 After that it will be our final unit of Number Sense, Fractions.
 Time is flying. JUNE, WOW!!!!!
Carol

Sunday, 7 May 2017

May News 2017

May News

Time is moving quickly towards the end of the school year. I am hoping that the weather will improve and the primary yard will be dried up soon. Sending a spare set of clothes is a good idea because the yard is so wet.
 
 The swimming lessons went very well and I was proud of the improvements all the students made in their swimming skills.

I hope all the mom's have a wonderful Mother's Day next Sunday.

 We performed a drumming presentation at Music Mania. They did a fantastic job and it was a fun filled music morning. Thanks to the parents that came out to visit Art Expo, the students were very proud of their pieces of art work.

 Most students have completed a Google Slide report about an animal of their choice. They will be presenting their slide presentation beginning this week. They have also been typing up a narrative in Google Docs that they wrote and we edited together. The exposure and practice using the technology is good experience for them. They can access Google Drive from home using their school email and password.

We will finish up with equal equations, fact families, repeated addition and subtraction, making groups of and dividing groups this week. I will give them a small quiz on Wednesday.We will begin working on money in math Thursday. Regular practice at home determining the names and values of coins will be needed. Adding and subtracting the coins also requires practice. 

We have a PD day Friday the 19th of May.
Grade 1                                                                      Grade 2
1m15 identify and describe various coins (i.e.,penny, nickel, dime, quarter, $1 coin, $2 coin), using coin manipulatives or drawings, and state their value (e.g., the value of a penny is one cent; the value of a toonie is two dollars)
1m16: represent money amounts to 20¢, through investigation using coin manipulatives
2m11: represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 100, including money amounts to 100 cents, using a variety of tools
2m13: compose and decompose two-digit numbers in a variety of ways, using concrete materials



2m18: estimate, count, and represent (using the cents symbol) the value of a collection of coins with a maximum value of one dollar
1m27: add and subtract money amounts to 10¢, using coin manipulatives and drawings cents, using a variety of tools and strategies
2m27: add and subtract money amounts to 100 cents, using a variety of tools and strategies
 Continue to use Mathletics and Raz-Kids at home for review and practice.

I am very pleased with the improvement of reading skills of all the students, KEEP READING!
Remember to ask questions about what the students have read, they need to read for meaning and show comprehension.
Carol

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

April News 2017

April News 2017

We are continuing to wait for some warm Spring weather. The yard is very wet and muddy, please make sure your child has a spare set of clothes at school.

Swimming is on April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. The bus leaves Nottawa at approximately noon.
Our first swimming lesson is tomorrow. The students need to get themselves undressed and dressed independently. They also need to gather their wet items up and put it in their bags. Please chat with your child about being responsible and appropriate in the change room and at swimming lessons. The students are asked to wear their swim suit to school, bring a bag to put a wet bathing suit into, underwear and maybe a spare pair of socks for after swimming. The pizza will arrive for first break and we bring our lunches to eat after swimming in the gym at the YMCA. 
 

Easter is next week and we will dye some hard boiled eggs. Please send in hard boiled eggs on Tuesday. We will have a egg hunt on Thursday, with the chocolate mini ones and any donations are welcome.
Our Number Sense Quiz for this unit will be the week, after Easter on the Thursday the 20th because the week is short and we have swimming. I will put it in the agenda as well.

The students are working on writing narratives and we have been writing detailed reading responses and recording the beginning, middle and end of books. We have learned about the reading skills of predicting and inferring, from what the pictures show and text, in books we read together and on our own.

Earth day is being celebrated on April 20th and the community clean up will be 26th in the morning.

The Optimism assembly on April 28th. Parents are welcome to come to all assemblies. That date is also Neon colour day ! It was nice to see so many parents come the Integrity assembly last month to support our class. :)

It is a busy month! I will keep you posted on other items as they arise.

May 2nd we are travelling to Worsley Elementary school to participate in Music mania.

Nottawa's ART EXPO is on May 3rd, I hope everyone will be able to come and see our artistic talents on display.

Thanks for your continued support in your child's educational learning journey. 


Carol

Thursday, 9 March 2017

March News

We had a busy February and March is already sliding by quickly. The time is changing this weekend and March break is upon us. I am sure everyone is looking forward to some down time. Hopefully the weather will be nice and the children can play outside, ski, snowshoe or just hang out with their friends.

 There is an assembly tomorrow period 3 to wish Ms. Garvan and Mrs. Weeks well on their maternity leaves. The teachers are playing the intermediate girls volleyball team period 4.

Our class along with Mrs. Shaw's class will be running the spirit assembly at the end of the month. Our theme is INTEGRITY. We have discussed integrity and will continue to do so to help the students understand why it is important to have integrity. It is also the assembly to promote Down's Syndrome Awareness by doing a "ROCK YOUR SOCKS" theme. Keep your eyes open for some cool socks to wear for the assembly day.

Our next math unit beginning after the break is number sense again.  Below are the expectations that can be reviewed during March break. Mathletics, Raz Kids and any of the links at the side of the blog are all good ways to promote learning, during quiet time, over the break.
 I hope everyone has a wonderful March Break with their family. I am looking forward to some sunshine and warm temperatures. 
Carol

Grade 1 Unit 7 Number Sense


1m8  read, represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50
1m9 demonstrate an understanding of magnitude by counting forward to 100
1m10 solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of strategies                                            
1m11: represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50, using a variety of tools and contexts
1m21: count forward by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's to100, using a variety of tools and strategies
1m25: solve a variety of problems involving the addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 20, using concrete materials and drawings
1m26: solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of mental strategies


Grade 2 Unit 7 Number Sense                                                
                                                                                                      


2m8 read, represent, compare, and whole numbers to 100
2m9 demonstrate an understanding of magnitude by counting forward to 200 and backwards from 50, using multiples of various numbers as starting points
2m10 solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of one- and two-digit whole numbers, using a variety of strategies, and investigate multiplication and division
2m11represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 100, using a variety of tools;
2m21: locate whole numbers to 100 on a number line and on a partial number line


2m23: describe relationships between quantities by using whole-number addition and subtraction
2m26: solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers, with and without regrouping, using concrete materials, student generated algorithms, and standard algorithms
2m14: determine, using concrete materials, the ten that is nearest to a given two-digit number, and justify the answer

2m60 demonstrate an understanding of the concept of equality between pairs of expressions, using concrete materials, symbols, and addition and subtraction to 18
2m68: demonstrate an understanding of the concept of equality by partitioning whole numbers to 10 in a variety of ways, using concrete materials
2m69: represent, through investigation with concrete materials and pictures, two number expressions that are equal, using the equal sign
2m24: represent and explain, through investigation using concrete materials and drawings, multiplication as the combining of equal groups
2m70: determine the missing number in equations involving addition and subtraction to 18, using a variety of tools and strategies
2m71: identify, through investigation, and use the commutative property of addition to facilitate computation with whole numbers
2m72: identify, through investigation, the properties of zero in addition and subtraction (i.e., when you add zero to a number, the number does not change; when you subtract zero from a number, the number does not change)