February- March Learning Goals
Thank you for your continued support in our nightly reading program. The students have made many gains in their reading abilities since the beginning of the year.
Students are continuing their work on retelling text. We have also been discussing a variety of text and their features. This will be a major discussion topic for the remainder of the year. To discuss the features of a text helps to understand the text. As a way too “measure” comprehension, students need to be able to make inferences by answering questions about the text. They use information from the text to support their answers and explain their thinking. We will be really focusing on developing this comprehension skill over the course of the second term. We will begin answering questions orally and then in written format.
Writing is a complex task and we continue to build our ability to write in complete sentences that are detailed. Every single student in this class has shown growth in ability, working on their own goals and increasing stamina in writing. Right now, we are exploring how all writing has a purpose (to inform, to persuade, to describe or to entertain). Any piece of literature we see, we are really exploring the purpose, as well as the audience, picking out the topic, and learning about the different forms of writing (letters, advertisements, songs, poems, narratives, reports, recipes, procedural writing, etc.). Knowing this really helps understand why we write. Students, in the next while, will be working on some different forms of writing. We will be working on some opinion and information writing in science. We will also be working on fictional stories of our own! Each piece of writing does take a while to produce as I want students to understand the process of writing (brainstorm ideas, write the rough copy and this term students will be expected to revise/edit and publish a final piece).
Listening Skills &Responding Skills
Students will continue to fully engage themselves in proper listening and speaking skills, picking up on the speaker’s message (through all subject areas) and being able to reiterate in their own words in complete ideas and sentences that fully support their thinking. The students already use some of the Productive Talk moves (agree or respectfully disagree) during our class lessons. They will be introduced to more as we move through the month (i.e., adding on to a comment or repeating a comment made by another student). This is a life skill as students begin to independently learn to actively listen and verbally summarize ideas they comprehend.
Focus: Greater Numbers, Addition & Subtraction, Introduction to Measurement
Daily, we do a lot of work that builds number sense concepts and mental math skills. These skills are really underlying all math skills and daily exposure is essential. However, our main focus in February and March will be building our strategies to add and subtract through problem solving skills using whole numbers to 20. Students are building their ability to see a math problem and attempt to solve the problem using a strategy of their choice. Also, this month, we will be working on being introduced to measurement skills. Students will also be exploring the concept of capacity and mass (mL and L, and kg), reinforced by our pancake making. We will also be starting to explore linear measurement with non- standard units of measurement (vs. cm, m, km).
Understanding Matter and Energy in our Lives
Since the concept of energy can be abstract, it is important to approach this topic in a practical, hands-on manner. The students will participate and reflect on experiments that focus on renewable and non-renewable energy. Students will explore and identify different ways in which energy is used every day, especially by living things as a means of survival. Students will also develop an understanding that they have a variety of choices when using energy, and that these choices should be made responsibly.
UNDERSTANDING LIFE SYSTEMS NEEDS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING THINGS
Young children have an inherent curiosity about things in nature. This topic takes advantage of that curiosity by beginning a study of a variety of living things, including humans. The focus is on investigating the basic needs and characteristics of living things, observing their similarities and differences, and developing an understanding of their general characteristics. In this unit students will discover that all living things have some similar needs, and many also have unique needs. Students will recognize that humans have a special responsibility for maintaining a healthy environment, so that they and other living things can continue to have their needs met by that environment. Students will learn why all living things are important and why they should be treated with care and respect. Grade 1 students have a natural tendency to ask questions and an increasing ability to solve problems. Students will learn how to independently access information and write a brief information report. They will benefit from having numerous opportunities to explore information about the needs of many animals. They will participate in activities that can nourish their curiosity and help them develop a caring and respectful attitude towards all living things.
Lent and Holy Week
This month we are beginning our Lenten journey with the celebration of Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.
As we continue our journey through Lent, we will deepen our friendship with Jesus through our efforts at prayer, through the sacrifices we chose to make or through trying to do a little more to show our love and friendship for others.