Friday, February 26, 2010

Working At Latest Our Literacy and Math Centres

Below is an Animoto video of my class completing the latest round of literacy and math centres. Watch this video with your child and talk about the different activities. Which one did your child enjoy the most? Why? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Our Visit From A Fireman

This morning, a firefighter came here and did a presentation. He taught us about the smoke mask, and if we don't have one, we need to try to hold our breath without breathing in the smoke. He taught us the Firefighter ABC's. He taught us that if we have fire on our clothes, we need to roll over. He taught us about having a fire safety meeting place. He taught us a lot.

Thank you!
The Grade 1's

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Learning During Centre Time: Aviva's Class

Here's a video of our last round of literacy and math centres. Watch this video with your children and talk to them about what they were doing and learning during these centres. What did they enjoy the most about these centres? Please leave a comment here to let me know. I love hearing what the students think!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Video Of Our 100th Day Of School

Today was a very exciting day in Grade 1: our 100th day of school! Watch this video of our special day with your children, and talk to them about some of the exciting things that they did at school today. We would love to hear about what they enjoyed the most! Add a comment here letting us know.

Have a great evening, and we look forward to seeing you at school tomorrow for Day 101!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Community Project: Our Global Collaboration

Through Twitter, I was able to get my class involved in a Community Project that allows us to connect with ten schools in the United States and learn about their communities while also sharing about ours. This Community Project ties in perfectly with our current Social Studies Unit.

My students are really excited about this project! They have already used Google Docs to contribute to a slideshow about communities and Google Forms to answer questions about the importance of different community helpers. As long as we can work out the timing issues, they will be involved in a Skype call next week with @jgriffith2's class to discuss communities and community helpers. @jgriffith2 is a Grade 2 teacher in Randolph, New York, and she is the person in charge of this project.

In the upcoming weeks, my students will get to use Google Earth to find these different communities on the map, and Google Wave to talk in real time with students at these different schools in the United States to pose and answer questions about communities and community helpers.

Involvement in this project has really showed me the power of communication on a global level. My students are so engaged in this Social Studies Unit because they're not just reading about it in a book, but experiencing it with other students too. It's amazing to me that my students are now proficiently using tools that six months ago I didn't even know existed. While these tools are fascinating in their own right, more than that, they are allowing my students to learn and making them want to learn too.

What do you think about this project? What are your child's thoughts on this project? Please comment here and share your opinions. I would love to know what you're thinking!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Mrs. Howe's First Blog Entry: Our Special Dental Presentation

Today Mrs. Howe and her Grade One class decided to write their first blog. We hope you enjoy it.

This morning we had a dental presentation from one of our parents and two other students who are attending the Ontario Dental Education Institute. The students learned about good brushing and flossing habits as well as healthy foods for teeth. The presenters came dressed in Tooth, Tooth Fairy and Dental Hygienist costumes which excited the children and helped them to better understand the importance of good Tooth Care!

Here are some of the comments the students had after the presentation:

Maleeha liked when she saw the Tooth Fairy.

Victoria and Nicholle said, "I liked when we got the loot bags with new toothbrushes".

Shay's favourite part was when she brushed Bob the Builder's Teeth.

Milan liked when the Tooth Fairy told us the story.

Jenna liked seeing the tooth.

Zain said, " I liked when I got to see my mom helping the Tooth Fairy".

Sabrina said, "I like when the dentist brushed off the sugar bugs".

Here is a VoiceThread presentation that we made to comment on some of the photographs that we took today. You can comment on this VoiceThread too. We hope you do!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Hat Wordle By Miss Dunsiger's Students

Click on this link to hear our auditory blog entry that we made today using JING.

Hope you enjoy it, and hope you comment too!

Miss Dunsiger's Class