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A message from Year 1

Worms!

Year 1 has two vermicomposting bins to learn about composting and how red wiggler worms can have a positive impact on our planet by creating soil. Every Monday, the boys have a specific job to help care for the worm bins. The boys rip newspaper into small pieces to make new bedding, they cut food into smaller pieces and they help organize the worm bins. Following this, they record their job, observations and wonders in their Worm Journal with a labelled drawing. The boys have made interesting observations and have seen how worms turn food into soil. 

We are wrapping up our second unit of Inquiry with a whole class action project. Each student has chosen a specific sustainable action that can create a positive impact on keeping our planet healthy. These actions can be categorized under reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. Year 1 boys are designing action posters and sharing facts about the seemingly small ways we can have a lasting positive impact. Their action poster along with a small write up will be turned into a book. We look forward to sharing this project with you on SeeSaw. 

Our third unit of Inquiry is called Tell me a Story. The central idea is: People share stories to provide information and entertain. In this unit, we explore different ways of storytelling, various types of stories and map stories out to determine what components a story requires. We use a story map to outline setting, characters, problem, climax, resolution and ending. We look at traditional fairytales and eventually write our own stories. While becoming authors of their stories, the boys also turn into actors when we start exploring plays. Stay tuned for more information about the Year 1 play in December. 

In Language, the boys were introduced to a new literacy station, guided reading. In a small group setting, readers are encouraged to think within, beyond and about texts while exploring a levelled book. Additionally, we are working on developing self-editing using a class writing checklist. This checklist includes:

  • neatest printing
  • correctly formed letters
  • capital letters
  • punctuation
  • finger spaces between words
  • personal spaces between letters

Each student is encouraged to use this checklist to edit his own work before showing a teacher. This allows the boys to re-read their work to catch mistakes. It fosters ownership and independence in their daily writing. Feel free to use this checklist for any writing activities at home. 

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration, 

 

Sophie Lurz

slurz@ucc.on.ca