1E Blog – September 18 – 22


WHO WE ARE:
This week we:

  • inquired into the skeletal system
    •created skeleton models with scientific labels
  • used subject specific vocabulary (skeleton, skull, jaw, sternum, ribs, spine, bones, joint)
  • developed new understandings about the skeletal system
  • used Make-Do tools and cardboard to create joints and bones models to demonstrate how these body parts function together
  • began our body science lessons which focused on learning proper scientific words for body parts; determined who our trusted adults are; understand the difference between secrets we tell and secrets we keep

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • began a new read-a-loud by Paul Jennings, called The Cabbage Patch Fib
  • wrote sentences about the skeletal system
  • posted an oral recording of our understanding of one body system
  • read non-fiction texts
  • played games with high frequency words to develop reading and spelling skills (i.e BOOM, Go Fish, etc.)
  • enjoyed visiting the book fair and finding amazing new books

    MATHEMATICS:
    In mathematics we:
  • used counters to compose numbers
  • sequenced whole numbers (What comes before___? after ___?)
  • worked with open ended number sense questions (e.g. The answer is 5. What is the question?     Show 17 in as many ways as you can.)
  • represented numbers with place value blocks
  • explored the difference between teens/ty  e.g. 13 / 30

    VISUAL ART:
    In visual arts we:
  • inquired into the Day of the Dead celebration and its use of skeletons
  • cut and constructed paper skeletons
  • designed and turned our skeletons into sugar skeletons
  • used a variety of media in our art (i.e. paper, markers, paint)

    REMINDERS:
    Gr 1 Immunizations – September 25th
    Pancake and Pajama Day – Wednesday, September 27
    Students can wear their pajamas to school (no dress down fee). Pancakes will be served in the cafeteria.  For $34, students will get pancakes, a sausage, vegetables and a drink.  Students in Gr 1 who are buying pancakes on the day should bring exact change in an envelope labeled with their name and class. Students who have school lunch will receive pancakes at no extra cost.

    Three Way Learning Conversations
    –  September 28/29th

    October BreakOctober 2-9th
    First Day of SwimmingOctober 13th
    House Day– October 13th (Wear PE House shirt and casual clothes on bottom – No $)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – September 11 – 14

WHO WE ARE:
This week we:

•inquired into the circulatory system
•created circulatory models with veins and arteries, blood movement
•used subject specific vocabulary (circulate, blood vessels, veins, arteries)
•developed new understandings about the circulatory system
-the heart pumps blood throughout the body;
-blood carries oxygen and collects waste;
-arteries take blood away from the heart;
-veins bring blood back to the heart
-blood vessels are tubes

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

•continued practising proper letter formation of rounded lowercase letters (such as c, a, g, d, o)
•focused on effectively using multiple fluency reading strategies: read Just Right books, back up and REREAD text, VORACIOUS reading
•wrote descriptive sentences about the body
•developed reading stamina (we are up to 14 min. of focused ‘read to self ‘)

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:

•used calculators to explore counting
•compared and ordered whole numbers
•read and printed numerals
•explored the difference between digits and numbers
•represented numbers with base ten blocks

PERFORMING ARTS:
Our first Friday Fun in the Forum of the year is next Friday, September 22 during lunch recess. Check out this post on Ms. Benusa’s blog for more information on this performing opportunity.

REMINDERS:
Three Way Learning Conversations–  September 28/29th
1E Book Fair Visit – Wednesday, September 20th
(Bring $ if your child would like to purchase books)
Gr 1 Immunizations – September 25th
October Break – October 2-9th
First Day of Swimming – October 13th

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephaniestephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – September 4 – 8

WHO WE ARE/VISUAL ART:
This week we:

•inquired into the 5 Vital Organs and the function of each organ (brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys)
•examined how these organs are protected in our body’s skull and rib cage
•constructed models of the vital organs and their protective bone cage
•conducted experiments: 1) filtered “blood” to observe the function of the kidneys  2) made predictions/observe what “bile”does to food, once the liver has produced it

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
•began practising proper letter formation of rounded lowercase letters (such as c, a, g, d, o)
• read and wrote high frequency words practicing the technique of LOOK, COVER, WRITE, CHECK; played games with our words (i.e. memory match, modeling words with playdough, stamp words, etc.)
•read in guided reading groups, noticing high frequency words in the text and utilizing the technique of “back up and reread”, for accuracy and comprehension

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:

•extended patterns that other created
•compared and contrasted patterns
•explored, analyzed and created growing patterns (i.e ABAABAAAB, ABAABBAAABBB, etc.)
•explored number relationships using concrete materials
•used Xtramath as a tool on our iPads for basic number facts, focusing on accuracy of sums

HOME READING:
Thanks so much for helping us get off to a great start with home readers. We continue to work on building regular routines so the children independently choose a book, as well as pack it themselves in their zip folder and school bag to bring home.  Building responsibility and independence is the goal.  Thanks for your patience, helpful reminders and understanding (as well as sending some aunties to retrieve things) as we develop these skills!

REMINDERS
International Library Day – Tuesday, September 12 (no pay DDD in International Dress (a county’s colours/attire, etc.)
Immunization Forms Due – September 14th
Grade 1 CURRICULUM EVENING
– Wednesday, September 13th
No school for students PD- September 15th
Three Way Learning Conversations–  September 28/29th
1E Book Fair Visit – Wednesday, September 20th
Gr 1 Immunizations – September 25th
October BreakOctober 2-9th
First Day of SwimmingOctober 13th

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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Home Reading

Home Reading Begins Today

Today students will bring home their first home reading book. These books are sent home for students to develop reading skills, but also to help build the routine of reading at home and encourage a love of reading. The books that students are currently choosing are based on a rough reading level for both fluency and comprehension. I am still observing and tweaking student levels as I read independently and in guided reading groups. Please be patient over the next few weeks as we find the ‘just right’ books for your child.

Please expect a book to come home in their zippy pouch each day. Help develop daily reading routines at home each afternoon. Regular one-to-one practice is essential for developing reading skills. Please read the book each afternoon, fill in the reading log, and return the book to school in the zippy pouch the next morning.

Strategies to Use:
•ask your child to warm up and read a page to themselves first, before reading aloud
•have your child ‘back up and reread’ any pages that had some more challenging vocabulary (this helps with comprehension)
•ask your child to read it a second time focusing on a fluent pace the second time through
•find high frequency words that appear in the text – READ it, LOOK at it, COVER it, try to SPELL/WRITE it, CHECK it
•have fun and talk about what you read

Thank you for your help and support.

Stephanie

 

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1E Blog – August 28 – September 1

WHO WE ARE:
This week we:

•recorded our current understanding of what is on the outside and insides of our bodies
•inquired into the nervous system and the role of the brain, spinal cord and nerves
•inquired into how parts of our body work together when we dance (with Ms. Saunders)
LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

•played spelling games with high frequency and high-interest words
• wrote in our writing books about personal experiences (typhoons)
• focused on proper letter formation using lines (tall, small, fall lines)
•practised reading to self and listening to reading on our iPads (graphing progress of our reading stamina)
•introduced Literacy Centres, including guided reading groups

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:

•sorted objects using multiple attributes
•compared and contrasted attributes of objects
•explored patterns and pattern rules (using different attributes)
•identified relationships between and among patterns
•used the vocabulary attribute, pattern and repeat when discussing our work
•constructed multiple patterns of our own, including a nerve model

VISUAL ART:
In visual arts we:

•created body models of the nervous system
•strengthened fine motor skills (tracing, cutting, molding clay)

Home Reading Begins Next Week
On Monday students will bring home their first leveled home reading book. These books are sent home for students to develop reading skills, but also to help build daily reading routines at home and foster a love of reading. More information will be sent home on Monday.

Guest Speaker for Who We Are

We are looking for a guest speaker for our unit of inquiry Who We Are. If you are a doctor, physiotherapist or nurse and would like to make a presentation about some aspect body and how it functions, we would appreciate it.

 
REMINDERS:
Immunization Forms Due – September 15th
Grade 1 CURRICULUM EVENING
– Wednesday, September 13th
No school for students PD- September 15th
Three Way Learning Conversations–  September 28/29th
1E Book Fair Visit – Wednesday, September 20

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

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1E Blog – August 21 – 24

We now have two weeks of Grade one successfully under way.  Students are becoming familiar with all of the 1E routines and are more organized and independent with each passing day.  They are truly looking like grade one students, which is great to see!

WHO WE ARE:
Our first unit of Inquiry is underway. Our Central Idea is our body has parts that work together to perform specific functions. The parent overview with more information can be found on the Programme Overview tab (Who We Are) above.

This week we:

  • explored sensory stations using our 5 senses
  • analyzed 5 senses body parts and their function
  • made connections between the body parts and how they collect and send information to our brains

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • both read and wrote high frequency and high-interest words (adding to our word wall)
  • wrote in our writing books about personal experiences
  • focused on spacing between words, demonstrating an awareness of this convention of written text
  • practised reading to self and graphed our progress as we developed reading stamina
  • read with G5 students to find “just right” books


MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:

  • sorted different objects by choosing an attribute
  • recognized similaries and differences in a variety of attributes
  • used the vocabulary sort, set, and attribute when discussing our work


VISUAL ART:
This week we painted full body paintings of ourselves. We strived to:


•incorporate all our body parts

•draw larger proportions on large format paper


VOLUNTEER/ 1E CLASS MOM:
I am looking for a 1E Class Mom. If you are willing to help please let me know, as I promise I am not too demanding with the work load!

 

MAKERS SPACE MATERIALS NEEDED:
1E needs items collected for our Maker’s Space.  Once used at home, PLEASE send in:
-toilet/paper towel rolls
-plastic/metal caps from bottles
-metal tabs from pop/beer cans
-small cardboard boxes (no bigger than a tissue box)
-scraps of old wrapping paper, wall paper (anything with a print)

Grade 1 has been working on a new community song in preparation for their assembly next week. Check it out on the Performing Arts blog here.

REMINDERS:
Medical Forms -If you opted for DENTAL, you must include $20 with the completed form.
ASA – After School Activities began on Monday, August 21st. Students who have a sports ASA are welcome to wear their CDNIS PE uniform on their ASA day.
ART SHIRT – Please remember to send in an old (preferably large) shirt to use during art lessons. We hope to be very creatively messy this year!
Grade 1 CURRICULUM EVENING– Wednesday, September 13th

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1E Blog – August 14 – 18


Hello 1E Parents,

1E has had a great start to the school year and the children are adjusting to new routines and the excitement that comes along with starting a new school year. 1E is a very dynamic diverse group and they seem to compliment each other very nicely. It has been a fantastic first week!

I just wanted to let you know a few of the upcoming activities for 1E and to ensure that you are able to access the 1E blog.

PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE THE LONGEST POST DUE TO BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. I PROMISE THEY WILL BE INFORMATIVE BUT A QUICK READ BEGINNING NEXT WEEK.

1E BLOG

The 1E blog is where I will put all information regarding the class, pictures, links, home learning and any other important information for school. It is easy to access – here is the link.  http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/teachers/stephaniehudswell/

I usually update it once a week on a Friday, and it is very important you read the updates to help you and your child keep up to date with what is going on in class. I don’t use feedburner, as I don’t like the several hour delay before it sends notifications that the blog has been updated.  As a result I always send a notification email to parents whenever I update any postings on the blog so you will know immediately.

HOMEWORK
Each night your child is expected to read for approximately 10 minutes. This reading time can take a variety of forms and could entail your child reading to you, reading silently to themselves, reading with a sibling or friend or being read to by an adult. Daily reading is assigned with the goal of making reading a daily habit. We want to foster a love of reading as well as develop reading and comprehension skills.

During this reading time your child must read the assigned leveled reader that they will bring home each day. During the remainder of the 10 minutes they may choose what they read, and the reading format.

COMMUNICATION BOOK
Important information should be recorded in your child’s COMMUNICATION BOOK. Please check this book each day. If you have a message for me please write them in the book. Changes to home routines must be recorded here. It is difficult to check email regularly throughout the day so I may not read an email message until after the children have left for home.

There will be times that something unforeseen comes up last minute, please call the school directly so that a message is brought to me. Please do NOT email me or Ms. Pies changes to home routines on that given day. Thanks for your understanding and help with this.

CLASS MOM – If you are interested in being the class Mom for 1E please send me an email to let me know you are interested. I promise I am not too demanding with the work load!

REMINDERS:
HAT – Hats must be worn in order to go out onto the playground at recess. Please send one labelled with your child’s name to leave at school.

PE uniform should be worn on Tuesday and Friday. 

ART SHIRT – Please send in an old (preferably large) shirt to use during art lessons. We hope to be very creatively messy this year!

ASA – After School Activities begin on Monday, August 21st.

DRESS DOWN DAY – Friday August 25th – Wear your house colours.

Grade 1 CURRICULUM EVENING– Wednesday, September 13th

G1 ASSEMBLY DATES – The schedule for G1 Assembly dates is posted below in a separate post for your reference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stephanie       stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

 

 

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Assembly Dates

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First Day of School

It was so great to have the chance to meet so many of you at Open House.  For those that were unable to attend I look forward to meeting you very soon!

I hope the transition back into early bedtimes and early rises goes smoothly this weekend, and they are bright eyed and ready for the day on Monday morning.  Please remind your child to bring their bag up to their cubbie outside the classroom when they arrive at school. I will meet them all on the 9th floor playground when the bell rings at 7:45.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!

Stephanie

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