We are busy learning and exploring our world in Grade 1! This week we explored our cultures and folktales! We learned about traditions, customs, and celebrations – considering how we are alike and different. We celebrated our own cultures and the diversity in our class!
We read folktales from around the world, practicing identifying story elements and the sequence of events. Then, we researched folktales from our own country or culture. Each student retold the folktale using storytelling strategies!
In Science, we inquired into objects in our sky. We wondered, “Why does the moon look lit in the nighttime sky?” We made our own constellation projectors out of toilet paper rolls!
We experimented with shadows.
In Math, we learned about graphs. We learned how to make graphs and how to read bar graphs. We created a bar graph about the languages we speak in our class.
Shiel and Ala thanked our medical workers and our scientists for their efforts during this time!
This week in English language arts we have officially started our last portion of English sounds. We have learned all about /qu/ and /ou/. We have also learned four new sight words. This week they were; some, have, your, what.
In maths we continued learning about shapes. The features of the shapes also enabled us to learn all about classifying. We classified them by all the possible categories; their sides, their edges, their faces. We also classified a group of monsters by their body parts just for fun!
In Social studies we have continued exploring maps and globes. This time that lead us to learn about the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the Earth. We learned about all of them and their location of our planet. It was quite opening to how different various parts of Earth are!
For Kindergarten and Prekindergarten we have decided to recognize the whole family as our students are not yet completely independent and rely on parents’ help to succeed with schoolwork.
For the month of May, I have chosen Neel and the Bhojwani family. This month Neel has attended every single virtual lesson and was always actively participating. He was motivated to work, even when the activities were challenging. Each day his voice was shining through his schoolwork and the additional projects that I received from him and his parents. He has also made incredible progress since the beginning of virtual learning. It’s been pure joy to work with him and see him blossom!
Liliana Lublinski Lili has been exceptionally active during the VLE time. She Produced several excellent videos where (she and her dog Yuki!) taught us about science or how to help the environment. She showed outstanding commitment in her group project in Social Studies. She was the only student representing our class in the Math Kangaroo in Polish. She is also a very kind and caring friend, making sure everyone is happy and always ready to compromise.
I have chosen Arnur as the third grade student of the month!
Arnur is a hard-working and caring student in the third grade! During this period of VLE, Arnur has continuously been committed to doing his best. He participates in all of his classes and even attends additional, optional classes with enthusiasm. During group work, Arnur collaborates with his peers and is kind to everyone. When something is challenging, he does his best to work through the problem, demonstrating a growth mindset. Arnur is not afraid to take risks in his learning and try new things! He is a brave and courageous person. Since the beginning of the year, Arnur has consistently been recognized by various teachers in the D12 building for his impeccable manners. He is polite, calm, courteous, and respectful to all. We are proud to have Arnur in our class!