1E Blog – November 13 – 17

SHARING THE PLANET:
This week we:

  • published our understandings about how water gets to our homes using Book Creator
  • made models of the water system
  • created a poster to share our understandings and encourage others about the choices people can make to help sustain Earth’s resources
  • completed our Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • wrote descriptive sentences about a chosen object (appearance, texture, use, etc.)
  • explored and experimented with digraph phonemes (ll, ss, ff, zz)
  • continued collecting evidence of our progress with our writing goals

    MATHEMATICS:

In mathematics we:

  • continued to inquire into different addition and subtraction strategies (eg. Counting Back, Doubles +1)
  • inquired into the relationship between addition and subtraction
  • used images to find representation of + and –
  • reflected on the effectiveness of using different strategies “Does this work well for me?”
  • played games to experiment with each strategy

REMINDERS:
November 24: Dress Down Day (Theme: Future Dream Job)
December 6: Field Trip to Dodomites Bakery
December 13: Early Dismissal 11:00

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie
stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

 

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1E Blog – November 6 – 10

SHARING THE PLANET:
This week we:

  • made predictions and recorded our thinking on how we thought water got to our home
  • visited the Aberdeen Reservoir
  • used photos from our excursion to help explain and record our new understandings about how water gets to our homes
  • began to explore some of the problems with the world’s water


LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • wrote poems about water
  • used non-fiction text features to help inquire into water
  • recorded our ideas in simple notes while researching about water
  • wrote recounts about our trip to the reservoir
  • wrote to explain how water from the reservoir gets to our homes

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:

  • continued to inquire into different addition strategies (eg. Counting on, Doubles)
  • reflected on the effectiveness of each strategy: Does this work well for me? Can I calculate the sum quickly and accurately?
  • played games to experiment with each strategy
  • please help your child practise their double sums (up to 10+10) at home.  Our speed is increasing but a few extra minutes a day would make a huge difference for mastery!

REMINDERS:

November 17: House Day (wear PE uniform)
November 24: Dress Down Day
December 6: Field Trip to Dodomites Bakery (field trip form will be sent next week)
December 13: Early Dismissal 11:00

Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder
Does your child find everyday tasks challenging? Are they distracted by touch/sounds/lights? Do they find it challenging to sit still for a short while? These are just some of the symptoms which might stand out to you. In this parenting talk on November 15 from 8am-9:30 am in the LLAC, Lorena Kastner will provide an understanding of SPD and strategies for you to understand and assist your child. RSVP here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie
stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – October 30 – November 3


Happy Halloween!

As always, Halloween was so much fun. Thank you to everyone who joined us, contributed snacks and helped make our celebration so much fun.  A special thank you to Clare and Rachel, for an incredibly well organized and engaging mix of Halloween activities.

SHARING THE PLANET:
This week we:
•recorded more wonderings about natural resources and continued to find answers to our questions
•began to examine the differences between needs and wants
•examined how mining minerals can change our planet and the choices people can make to help limit the damage
•inquired into water (Where can we find it? What are its different forms?)

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • explored and experimented with phonemes (v w y z j n k e), words and text
  • practised blending sounds; chunking sounds; and then rereading
  • built CVC / CCVC/CVCC words, sorting them into treasure (true words) or trash (not real words)
  • continued working with non fiction texts by locating, understanding and using different features of non fiction books (including the contents page, index and glossary)
  • posted a writing and reading sample for the month of October to track our progressMATHEMATICS:In mathematics we:
  • represented addition sentences using concrete materials
  • began to inquire into different addition strategies (eg. Counting on)
  • reflected on the effectiveness of a strategy “Does this work well for me?”

Visual Arts:
In visual art we:
•created Halloween creatures using paper as the media

REMINDERS:
November 7: Field Trip to Aberdeen Reservoir (More information below)
November 8: Paint Your House
November 10: Remembrance Day Service 9:40-10:20 in LLAC (Seating for parents limited to the balcony.)
November 17: House Day
November 24: Dress Down Day

Field Trip to Aberdeen Reservoir Park – Wednesday, November 8
Students should wear their hat and PE uniform and apply sunscreen and insect repellant prior to arriving at school.  Students should bring a small backpack for their snack and water bottle.  Since students will have an active morning, it would be a good idea to pack a larger snack than usual.

Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder
Does your child find everyday tasks challenging? Are they distracted by touch/sounds/lights? Do they find it challenging to sit still for a short while? These are just some of the symptoms which might stand out to you. In this parenting talk on November 15 from 8am-9:30 am in the LLAC, Lorena Kastner will provide an understanding of SPD and strategies for you to understand and assist your child. RSVP here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie
stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – October 23 – 27


SHARING THE PLANET:
This week we:
•recorded our wonderings and started to find answers to our questions
•made a choice to plant cuttings so that we help sustain Earth’s plant resources
•inquired into different rocks and minerals
•investigated the uses of different rocks and minerals
•conducted an experiment to answer the question, Will a mountain last forever?
•recorded some new understanding in our writing book

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
•explored and experimented with phonemes (f l r d b h i u), words and text
•practised blending sounds; stretching sounds; and then rereading
•continued to examine the role of vowels in words and syllables playing CVC / CCVC/CVCC word games
•continued working with non fiction texts by locating, understanding and using different features of non fiction books (including the contents page, index and glossary)

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
•sequenced our birthdates using month and days as measurements of time
•named, sorted and counted coins
•demonstrated an understanding of the value of some HK coins
•used coins to represent monetary values
•showed multiple ways to make up the same monetary value
•used the vocabulary value, dollars, coins, exchange, amount, symbol

VISUAL ART:
In visual arts we:
•used diagonal and horizontal lines to draw gem shaped minerals
•used oil pastels and water colour paints to develop and understanding that these two resources (water and oil) don’t mix
•blended two analogous colours (as these are often found in nature)
•sprinkled salt on our paint to create a textured shimmer effect

REMINDERS:
Tuesday, October 31: Halloween – Parents are welcome to join the festivities below:
9:40-10:05 Halloween Parade (6th F outdoor pitch)
10:10-10:45 Halloween Sing-a-long Assembly (Alan Dick Forum)
10:45-11:30 Halloween celebration (1024 1E classroom)

November 8: Field trip to Aberdeen Reservoir

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – October 16 – 20


WHO WE ARE:
This week we:

  • inquired into the different types of natural resources (air, water, plants, soil, rocks, mineral, fossil fuels)
  • focused on plants/trees and the different resources that they provide (oxygen, wood, paper, food)
  • examined how these natural resources are used
  • read several fictional text to help us deepen our understanding of the importance of plants: The Curious Garden, The Great Paper Caper, The Giving Tree


LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:

  • continued to work on achieving our writing goals while writing in different ways
  • explored and experimented with phonemes (s m c t g p a o), words and text
  • read new words using phonics as the primary approach
  • continued to examine the role of vowels in words and syllables
  • began inquiring into the features of non-fiction text with Mrs. Lovegrove
  • brainstormed and choose personal goals for ourselves

    MATHEMATICS:
    In mathematics we:
  • used ordinal numbers to 10th
  • estimated the measurement of time using non-standard units
  • read analog clocks and told time to the hour
  • estimated and solved oral measurement problems related to everyday issues (e.g. About how long does it take me to count to 100? Which takes longer? A or B?)


VISUAL ART:
In visual arts we:

  • created a water colour birch tree landscape
  • used vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines to create birch trees and their branches using tape
  • used cool colours
  • painted with water colours to create a ‘bleed’ effect
  • sprinkled salt on our paint to create a textured effect

From our Guidance Department:
Bilingualism in Children: Separating Fact from Fiction Join us at LLAC for a presentation that focuses on the nature of bilingual development; ESL & language delay; the benefits of bilingualism; and common myths & misconceptions. On 24thOctober (Tuesday) at 8:00-10:00 am with Arthur Fang, a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. 

REMINDERS:
Send in a Halloween Decoration – 1/child ** Please don’t buy a new decoration!  Have your child draw/paint/sculpt, etc. something that feels festive for Halloween! Feel free to recycle an old decoration too.
Friday, October 27: Dress Down Day ($20, theme is sportswear)
Tuesday, October 31: Halloween
November 8: Field trip to Aberdeen Reservoir

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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1E Blog – October 10 – 13

WHO WE ARE:
This week we:
•recorded our understandings and posted about our creature and its body parts and functions as our final WWA task
•used the VR glasses to complete our inquiry on the human body

Read more about what we were doing here: http://digitallearning.cdnis.edu.hk/2017/10/11/virtual-reality-experiences-in-gr-1/

•began inquiring into our new Central idea: Earth’s natural resources play a central role in our lives and need to be preserved
•inquired into the difference between natural and man-made objects on the greenroof

LITERACY:
This week in writing and reading we:
•wrote about our holidays, while trying to focus on our writing goals
•inquired into the 5 vowels a e i o u (and sometimes y)
•worked with syllables and practiced chunking syllables as we sound out words we write
•examined how every syllable in a word needs a vowel
•began our daily read aloud each day with a friend

MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
•began to inquire into time
•ordered sequences of events using pictures and words
•used the vocabulary before, next, after to describe a time order

REMINDERS:
Wednesday, October 18: School Photo day (wear summer uniform, white socks and black shoes)
Thursday, October 19: Mutka and Marie will talk to us about Diwali
Friday, October 27: Dress Down Day ($20, theme is sportswear)
Tuesday, October 31: Halloween
November 8: Field trip to Aberdeen Reservoir

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

 

 

 

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Swimming Begins on Friday

Swimming starts this Friday!
Swimming begins this Friday October 13th. It will continue until November 24. 1E will go to the pool at 1:20 and will depart for home/buses at 2:20pm directly from the pool. Parents are welcome to watch their child swim from the viewing area. Students are expected to change themselves in the change room.

On Friday, students should bring a swimming bag which includes:
-Swimsuit
-Googles
-Towel
-Swim cap (optional)
-Extra swimming bag for wet clothes

All items should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.

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

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1E Blog – September 25 – 29


WHO WE ARE:
This week we:

  • used our knowledge and understanding of the human body to create a creature that had body part that function like a human’s as our summative assessment task
  • used subject specific vocabulary to label my creature’s body parts
  • used the Book Creator app to help explain how my creature’s body parts function and work together (we’ll post once complete, after the holiday)

    LITERACY:

This week in writing and reading we:

  • posted an oral recording “my reading” in September
  • analyzed different elements of writing
  • chose a writing goal after analyzing some of my own writing


MATHEMATICS:
In mathematics we:
•sequenced whole numbers (What comes before___? After ___? What comes 2 before___? 2 after ­­­­____?)
•built numbers using place value blocks
•composed and decomposed numbers using 10 frames

THURSDAY / FRIDAY:
3 Way Learning Conversations Appointments
Students should be in regular uniform.

REMINDERS:
October Break – October 2-9th
First Day of Swimming – October 13th
House Day– October 13th (Wear PE Uniform ** Note change to uniform on bottom**)

Have an amazing holiday.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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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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