Grade 1 Assembly

09/23/2010

The Grade 1 Assembly was the first grade to present an assembly this year and it was quite a success with great music, audience participation and was a thorough reflection on the various things we are doing in Grade 1 at this point in the year.

Miss Sally’s class opened the assembly with each student reading a line of a poem expressing the various activities we do. Miss Ellen’s class then presented examples of these activities including a book talk from their author study, an audience-participation round of the math game ‘Top It’ and sharing learning from parent presentations of different celebrations from our Unit of Inquiry.

All Grade 1 classes finished off the assembly with a dance to the World Cup song ‘Wavin’ Flag’. Please take a moment to watch our performance.

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Mathematics

05/11/2010

To end the year, we have been looking at reading various types of graphs (bar graphs, tally graphs, Venn diagrams). We expect students to use terms such as “most common, least common” and answer various questions about the graph. We are also introducing fractions where students are expected to identify the coloured-in parts of a whole as well as match a fraction to a diagram. Lastly, students have been very busy reviewing the various concepts we have covered over the course of the year as it’s that special culmination time of year again.


What’s Happening in Maths

03/26/2010

Grade 1 has been exploring such terms as half, third, sharing, and
double with various scenarios. We will be moving forward with such
games as ‘Guess the Rule’ and ‘What’s the Missing Number’ ( . + 3 = 5
or 4 = 6 – . ) which explore the relationship between numbers. We
will also be reviewing concepts studied earlier in the year such as
place value, money coins, telling time and representing numbers in
different ways such as in words, tallies, coins, rods and cubes.

Feel free to practice at home with different ways of representing a number
sentence.

3 + 5 = 8 or 8 = 3 + 5
5 + 3 = 8 and 3 = 8 – 5
8 – 3 = 5 as well as 8 – 5 = 3

We will be sending home fact triangles shortly so you can practice
these number sentence families.


What’s Happening in Maths

02/16/2010

Mathematics

We are learning the order of the months of the year and days of the week. We are also working on place value and recognizing that the number 35 is made up of 3 tens and 5 ones, as well as reviewing word problems that require addition, subtraction or comparing amounts. As always, we are playing many games in class in order to practice and revisit other skills such as money, clock, number bonds and mental math.

Should you wish to practice any math at home, we suggest practicing number bonds to 10 (quick mental addition AND subtraction to 10) and solving 2-3 step number problems. In class, children are encouraged to draw the problem and then write the number sentence (equation) before solving the problem. Problems can be given verbally or read to your child as reading is not the priority of this exercise.