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Miss Laidlaw Room 4

November 2013

Ours to Discover
Once again, thank you to everyone at home for continuing to support your childs learning. Thank you to Sergeant de Bartok and Captain Cochrane of the Canadian Forces for answering our e-mails and questions. Thank you to our Kaleidoscope, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Running and Reading volunteers. Thank you to those who helped our students with their cookie dough fundraising. Thank you to Parent Council for organizing our fundraisers and hot lunches. Thank you to our SLC students who are doing an amazing job with our Frontenac Knights!

We are currently in the middle of our two-week-long math curriculum spiral focusing on two-dimensional geometry. Were using manipulatives like Pattern Blocks and GeoBoards to support visual learners. Our read-aloud book, The Greedy Triangle, and our shapes-themed guided reading texts are a useful link to literacy.

Health: Power to Play

Power to Play is a superhero-themed program encouraging healthy eating and physical activity for children. Created by Registered Dietitians and teachers, this resource was provided by KFL&A Public Health and is used in classrooms across Ontario. Power to Plays lessons are crosscurricular and include several expectations from the Language, Math, Arts, and Physical Education curricula as well. More information can be found online at www.ontario.teachnutrition.org.

Language: Writing
We are practicing writing friendly letters. I would like students to write and send letters to Santa. Please notify me if you would like your child to complete an alternative assignment due to any religious, cultural, and/or personal reason. Thank you!

Miss Laidlaw Room 4


Ours to Discover
Language: Reading
We are currently working on decoding (reading) consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC words). These words have the short vowel sound. For example: dad, her, pin, mom, and pup. In class, we refer to these short vowel sound as Vowel Bat sounds (referencing a popular phonics song on YouTube). We are also learning about the Magic E. It goes to the ends of some CVC words. The Magic E changes to vowel sound to a long vowel sound. Long vowels say their own name. For example: made, here, pine, home, and cute. Students learned that the Magic E used all its power to make the vowel strong and has no power left to make a sound (so the E at the end of the word is silent). We read and analyzed the following poem in class. Can you and your child find the five Magic E (CVCe) words?

iPad Apps We Are Using

Haiku Deck Describing and defining things Creating graphs Educreations Recording math talk as it happens Visually documenting thinking Super Why Using pictures clues to read words Rhyming families Printing letters and phonics Skitch Labelling pictures and text documents Manipulating photographs

Useful Websites
storylineonline.net - audiobooks for kids abcya.com - cross-curricular games starfall.com - early literacy and phonics pbskids.org - educational games

Magic E I hang around the ends of words, so silently I sneak. But, oh, the magic I perform To make the long vowel speak! I hang around the end of words And I am not to blame Because I like to pinch the vowel and make it say its name.


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Please have your child complete at least one row of 3 every week. Please initial the box once your child completes the task. Please return your BINGO card on or before Friday each week. Due Friday, November 29, 2013. Twitter: @Grade1_2Knights http://misslaidlaw.weebly.com

Help pack your lunchbag for school. Aim for four!

With an adult or older sibling, practice doubling numbers. How far can you go? (Whats 1+1? Whats 2+2? Whats 3+3?)

Read a book or have one read to you. Retell the main events to an adult or sibling.

Write a friendly letter to a friend or family member and deliver it. Remember to include the three parts (greeting, message, goodbye)!

Look at a piece of artwork (Picasso, Monet, etc.). What colours and shapes do you see? How does it make you feel? Do you like it?

If everyone wears mittens in our class (19 kids) how many mittens do we have in total? (use a calculator, equation, picture, and/or use manipulatives)

Practice writing numbers 1-10. Beware of reversals (backwards numbers)!

Learn your phone number and/or home address. Its good to know in case of an emergency.

Go to the grocery store with an adult. What country are the bananas from? Can you find that country on a world map?

** These tasks are intended for your child to practice skills from the Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, The Arts, and Health and Physical Education curricula. Extra practice, help, and feedback from home will supplement what we re practicing in classand allow our students to show off how smart and talented they are!