Heads Up

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A message from Year 1

We have started our third unit of inquiry, “Let’s Tell a Story.” The central idea is, “People tell stories to provide entertainment and to share information.” The boys began this unit by deconstructing well-known fairytales into the elements of a story: setting, characters, problem, climax, resolution and ending. They then plotted their stories and realized that stories need to have a problem, or rising action, to make them interesting. Reading and talking about stories is definitely a hit. They just love being read to and will crawl forward until I have almost 18 fully engaged boys at my feet and fully engaged.

A big part of this unit is also writing stories. The boys have begun their first stories, breaking into the same categories as above: setting, characters, problem, climax, resolution and ending. We are going through each piece together. What seems like a daunting task is often the most requested. I usually have the boys ask first thing in the morning, “When are we going to work on our stories?” Many of the boys are keeping the detail of their stories as a special surprise for you.

We will continue to use our writer’s checklist to ensure our best work is on the page. Self and peer editing is a skill that will continue to grow throughout this unit and beyond. We will also continue to focus on the different parts of speech (nouns, verbs and adjectives) to really add rich detail to our writing.

In math, we are fully engaged in measurement. Students will work with linear measurements and review and extend their use of thermometers and clocks. We are measuring many objects (including ourselves and others) using a variety of methods. We will also be reviewing addition and subtraction, ensuring their automaticity (automatic recall) of basic facts. Telling time using the phrasing, “quarter before ___” and quarter after ___” is also part of this unit.

The Festival of Carols was last Sunday. We are starting to get into the festive spirit and are always thinking about ways we can spread kindness in our school community. Ask your son about how he filled a bucket at school today. This could be holding a door, helping a friend or even making sure the lunchroom is extra tidy before being dismissed. Any act of kindness, no matter how small, makes an impact.

Christie Gordon