1E Blog

Dear Grade 1 Students and Parents,

We hope you’re enjoying your first day off! The grade 1 teachers have put together some optional home learning for you do over the next week. We highly recommend that some of the following work is completed to ensure continuity of learning.

Reading: Raz-Kids reading
All students have Raz-Kids logins (at the beginning of their communication book or will be sent home tonight via email.) Please spend some time on Raz-Kids (10-15 minutes a day). Otherwise, please read any books available at home. Make sure to read daily.

Writing: Recount Writing
Grade 1 students have been learning about recounts. Writing to recount is a personal retelling of events that have already occurred. The children understand that a recount consists of an introduction (orientation), body and conclusion (feeling/opinion). Please use this recount plan to help support your writing. Here is an example of a recount.

Math: Math Games
Grade 1 teachers recommend the website www.mathgames.com  to practice all strands of math. The children can choose both grade 1 and grade 2 games. Children can also explore Greg Tang Math games.

Unit of Inquiry
The current Unit of Inquiry focuses on exploration. The students have learned that explorers explore for many reasons and explorers need to be prepared. With those two understandings, here are two different learning engagements.

  1. Where in the World
    You have an extra week of holiday at Chinese New Year. Use Google Earth to choose a place that you would like to explore anywhere in the world. Look carefully at the place and locate landmarks. Complete the following planning for an exploration recording sheet. 
  2. Explore your Neighborhood
    You are home and have some time to explore your neighborhood. Use Google Earth to look at your home and the area around your home. Complete this recording sheet to prepare yourself for your exploration. Once you’ve completed this, please go on your exploration. While exploring, please sketch some different things that you see or find (plants, animals, landmarks, buildings, etc.) After exploring, write a recount of your exploration and your findings.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the home learning.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Kind Regards,

The Grade 1 Team

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1E Blog – January 29 – February 2

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE IN TIME:
This week we:
-inquired into some reasons why people explore (curiosity, to learn)
-explored the desert, Mars and other locations using VR glasses
-thought like explorers and generated questions while exploring places


LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
-watch Dinosaur Zoo at HKAPA ( we had some 1E stars in the show)
-compared and contrasted the features of procedural writing and recount writing
-developed our recount writing skills
-focused on the initial orientation/setting of a recount (who, what, where, when, why)
-worked with individualized student spelling patterns using Words Their Way

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
-celebrated the 100th day of school with math rotations in the G1 classrooms
-inquired into number patterns
-explored and practised skip counting strategies

REMINDERS:
February 9: 1E assembly 6th Floor Forum 9:30-10:10
February 9: House Day (wear PE uniform)
February 12-14:Dress Down Days (Students can wear lunar new year clothing)
February 13: Chinese New Year Flower Fair (Grade 1 will attend from 12:50-1:30)
February 15-26: Chinese New Year holiday
February 28: Field trip to Peng Chau (more information below)
March 1: Immunizations for students who signed up
March 7: Alan Dick Community Day

Field Trip to Peng Chau – February 28
We will be exploring Peng Chau Island for our current unit of inquiry.  Due to the location of this field trip, please note the following special arrangements.  Students are to meet their class at Central Pier #6 at 7:30am in order to catch the 8:00am ferry.  Students should wear their PE uniform, sunscreen and mosquito repellant.  Students should bring a small backpack containing snacks, lunch, water bottle and a child octopus card with at least $52 to cover the ferry costs.  Please note that if your child is on school lunch that day, there will be NO sandwiches provided as we will all meet at the ferry pier that morning.  All students should bring their own packed lunch.  We will arrive back at Central Pier #6 at 1:00pm and take a bus back to CDNIS, arriving at 1:45pm.  If you would like to take your child home directly from the pier, please indicate so on the permission form.  If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate so on the permission form that was sent home this week.  We are looking for lots of volunteers!

Reporting in the Lower School (Grades 1-6): Parent Feedback
This year marks the introduction of a revised reporting ecosystem in Grades 1-6. Click this link to have an opportunity to offer your feedback on how your child’s learning is communicated to you.LS Coffee Morning: “I want my child to be happy” The wish and reality.
8 Feb at LLAC, 8-9: 30 am.  As parents, we want the best for our child, rush to help, soothe, and fix, it’s only natural. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share her insight and research findings on how a certain kind of devotion to happiness creed hurts in long run, rather than help. RSVP
 Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie
stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – January 22 – 26

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE IN TIME:
This week we:
-inquired into what it means to explore
-dreamt about places we wanted to explore and thought about: things we would take, how we would get there
-read stories about characters who went on adventurous explorations

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
-examine picture books that included recount writing
-inquired into the features of recounts

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
-started to begin practicing for our assembly that will share our knowledge on both 2D and 3D shapes
-wrote shape riddles using mathematical language
-used 3D solids to work with edges, faces and vertices

REMINDERS:
February 1: Kids Fest Dinosaur Zoo
February 9: 1E Assembly
February 13: CNY Flower Fair
February 13: CNY Concert and Dress Down Day
February 12-14: Wear Chinese Traditional clothes (or regular uniform)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog Post – January 15 – 19


WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE IN TIME:
This week we:
-read Sadie and the Snowman and empathised with her melting snowman problem; this motivated us to design ice-cooling prototypes
-tested our designs effectiveness with ice (our most successful design lasted 4 hrs and 2 min)
-began our new UOI, central idea: Exploration creates change and leads to new opportunities
-began to record what we know about exploration

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
-worked with the diagraph th
-created a book using book creator to explain our design process
-wrote for different purposes: to describe, to recount, to explain

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
-inquired into 3D shape through various math centres

Government Dental Visit
Students who registered for the School Dental Care Services program at the beginning of the school year will be visiting the dentist on Thursday, January 25 at 8:40AM.  On the day of the appointment, please remember to send your child’s own toothbrush and the SDCS handbook if they have one.  Parents are welcome to attend the dental appointment if they wish.  The address is MacLehose Dental Centre 1/F, 286 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai.  If you have any questions regarding the dental program, you may contact the school nurse.

Important Dates.
January 25: 1E Dentist Appointments (8:40am-9:50am)
January 26: Dress Down Day
February 9: 1E Assembly
February 13: CNY Flower Fair
February 13: CNY Concert and Dress Down Day
February 12-14: Wear Chinese Traditional clothes (or regular uniform)

Have a lovely weekend.

Stephanie

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1E Blog – January 8 – 12

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES:
This week we:
-inquired into the reasons products change over longer periods of time (eg. wheel)
-listened to Tanner Holland (G6) tell us about action he is taking to help raise money and awareness about the problem with plastics in the seas
-used the design cycle to begin designing our own ocean awareness poster about the problem with plastic in the seas
-used pre-set instructions to create a hoop glider, and then tested it and redesigned the hoop glider with improvements of our own

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
-wrote procedural text for our summative assessment task to explain how to make a hoop glider
-reviewed our own writing goals and progress, and started to generate a list of new possible goals
-explored the diagraph ch

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
-solidified our understandings of the properties of 2D shapes
-used mathematical vocabulary to describe the shapes we worked with
-sorted and classified 2D shapes according to different attributes
-explored the draw with shapes app to create pictures

VISUAL ART:
In visual arts we:
-used the book Iggy Peck Architect to inspire building designs of our own
-used straight lines to create 2D shapes, polygons, sides in our designs

REMINDERS:
January 16: Dance lessons begin (during PE)
January 18-19: Learning Reviews
January 25: 1E Dental Visit
January 26: Dress Down Day ($20 donation, theme to be announced)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – January 2 – 5

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES:
This week we:
-used design principles in student initiated creations (think-plan-create-improve)
-inquired into, Why is snow white? We then brainstormed ideas on how we could test what we learned. We experimented with translucent wax paper, we tested the paper (eg. folded it, scrunched it, angled it, etc.), we made a plan and then tried it out. Voila… a paper snowflake with similar properties!

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
-wrote about our holidays
-reinforced and implemented what good readers do: read to self, listen to reading, participate in guided reading activities and discussions
-made predictions about text read, and evaluated our predictions after reading to ensure good comprehension

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
-began to create shape dictionaries with new terminology (i.e. dimension, length, width, side, corner, polygon)
-investigated and explored the properties of 2D shapes
-used new mathematical terminology to describe the shapes used in our paintings

VISUAL ART:
In visual arts we:
-created Kandinsky inspired paintings using 2D shapes
-began to work in the art room with Mr. Brown for Visual Arts

REMINDERS:
January 12: House Day (wear PE uniform)
January 16: Dance lessons begin (more information coming soon)
January 18-19: Learning Review
January 25: 1E Dental Visit (only those students who enrolled in September)
January 26: Dress Down Day ($20 donation)
February 9:  1E Assembly 9:30 Forum (save the date)
*Please note there is No G1 assembly on January 26th, as originally posted in the assembly dates*

GOOD-BYE
It is a sad day today for 1E as we say good-by to Tara.  We are all disappointed to see her go, but hope that the new adventure that awaits her in Canada will be wonderful. We wish you all the best Tara!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie
stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – December 11 – 13

We had an exciting festive week with our class Christmas Party and the Winter Sing-a-long in the LLAC. According to students, “They were both awesome!” Thank you so much for all of the parents who joined us for our celebration on Monday and helped contribute a snack/game for the students to enjoy. A huge thank you to Clare and Rachel who orchestrated the whole party – class moms extraordinaire!

Also, thank you very much to everyone for the lovely gift certificate and wine. It is a very thoughtful and generous gift. I hope wherever you may be this holiday season that you enjoy the holiday with your family and friends and that the break brings a slower pace and lots of quality time together.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Looking forward to lots of fun in the 1E classroom in 2018.

Important Dates:
December 14January 1: Winter Break
January 12: House Day (wear PE uniform)
January 18-19: Learning Review
January 25: 1E Dental Visit (only those students who enrolled in September)
January 26: Dress Down Day ($20 donation)

Stephanie

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1E Blog – December 4 – 8

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES:
This week we:

  • used the design model to make a prototype for playground maker’s space (Empathize – What is the problem? Define – What can we do to help? Ideate – Brainstorm, draw, make a plan  Create – Make a prototype)
  • visited Dodomites bakery to learn how bread is made
  • worked collaboratively with design partners

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • began to explore literacy elements as a comprehension strategy in reading (i.e. genre, characters, setting, problem/solution, plot)
  • wrote about the bread making process

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:

  • collected data to help inform decisions on our playground design
  • organized and recorded data in bar and pictographs (both horizontal and vertical formats)
  • inquired into the purpose of titles, labels and numbers in graphs
  • recorded our understandings of shapes in a pre-assessment task

    VISUAL ART:
    In visual arts we:

  • continued with the festive spirit
  • we created snowman and tree ornaments
  • worked with G8 students to design an aluminum tree ornament

REMINDERS:
December 11: 1E Christmas Celebration 1:15-2:15
December 13: Dress Down Day
December 13: Early Dismissal 11am
December 14-January 1: Winter Break

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – December 4 – 8

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES:
This week we:

  • explored the design building process (Empathize – What is the problem? Define – What can we do to help? Ideate – Brainstorm, draw, make a plan.)
  • implemented and built our ideas in design challenges
  • reflected on the successes and challenges of working collaboratively when designing

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • began to explore literacy elements as a comprehension strategy in reading (i.e. genre, characters, setting, problem/solution, plot)
  • inquired into the phoneme SH (as a beginning, middle, end sound; adding ing to verbs with sh)
  • experimented with procedural writing (including the features)

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:

  • collected data
  • organized and recorded data in bar and pictographs
  • inquired into the purpose of labels and numbers in graphs

    VISUAL ART:
    In visual arts we:

  • began to get in the festive spirit
  • collaboratively created a Christmas tree (our product made with the raw material of paper)
  • began to make ornaments for our tree

REMINDERS:
December 6: Field Trip to Dodomites Bakery
December 11: 1E Christmas Celebration 1:15-2:15
December 13: Dress Down Day
December 13: Early Dismissal 11am
December 14-January 1: Winter Break

Field Trip to Dodomites Bakery:
On Wednesday, December 6, we will have our field trip to the Dodomites Bakery.  Students should wear PE uniform and bring a small backpack to carry their lunch and water bottle. Students who have ordered school lunch will be provided with a packed lunch.  We will miss Chinese so students do not need to bring their Chinese folders.

Winter Uniforms
A gentle reminder that as the weather begins to chill, students are expected to still be in full uniform. If they wear sweaters and jackets that are not CDNIS uniform in the morning, when they arrive, they are expected to keep them in their lockers/cubbies during the day.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – November 20 -24

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES:

Central Idea: Many Products go through a process of change to suit human needs.

This week we:
•dissected our new central idea, exploring new vocabulary within (i.e. products, process)
•hunted for products in our environment
•explored the reason why these products were created
•drew product designs for the gizmo, from our Read a-loud book The Gizmo, to explain what raw materials and features we thought were part of this design
•completed a design challenge: Design and build a structure that can support 2 cups off the ground, and as far apart as possible.

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • began to inquire into procedural writing
  • wrote about the process of making potato chips
  • reflected on the design building process
  • played games with ll, ss, zz, ff phonemes

    MATHEMATICS:
    In mathematics we:
  • added to +- reflections in our Book Creator Book (Doubles +1, adding with zero)
  • worked with open-ended questions
  • used visual representations of numbers to make connection with +- equationsREMINDERS:
    December 6: Field Trip to Dodomites Bakery
    December 11: 1E Christmas Celebration 1:15-2:15
    December 13: Dress Down Day
    December 13: Early Dismissal 11am
    December 14-January 1: Winter Break

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Stephanie

 

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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