Friday, September 18

Our musical instruments!

Another busy day. Here are a few highlights:

We’ve been working on increasing our writing stamina. Each day (almost) I’ve been giving a mini-lesson on writing. This week we’ve been working on strategies for ideas to write about. I’m happy to report we’ve built up our stamina to 20 minutes. Next week we’ll work on going even longer.

We started reading the book “Terry Fox: A Story of Hope”.

We did music today. We’re working on playing together as a whole class and reading rhythms. We got our tempo up pretty quick as we worked on playing different patterns on cups. We even got a chance try out a few rhythm patterns with Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Up”.

In Math we played a dice game called “Pig” and strategy game called “Three Hexagons.” 

I wonder what my class did for French and Phys. Ed. today? I hope someone decides to leave a comment to let me know!

In your agenda:

  • Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 17

51kK9C5OW8LHighlights of the day:

  • We read “Mr. Maxwell’s Mouse” and finished “My Father’s Dragon.”
  • Mr. Newton and I continued listening to students read.
  • We worked on identifying and creating number patterns for math and started work on rocks and minerals for science.
  • Our class had outdoor phys. ed. and French today.

In your agenda:

Lunch orders are due tomorrow.

Monday, September 14

I’m craving bagels after today’s math game!

Today we learned a lot about hearing loss. Thanks to Amen and Sandra for preparing their presentation.

In Math, we continued to look at patterns and also learned a new game called “Pico, Fermi, Bagels.”

We finished the day with Art (where we are learning about a technique called foreshortening) and a visit to the school library.

In your agenda:

  • A few students need to finish their “About Me” posters tonight.

Friday, September 11

What a busy week! I’ll sleep really well tonight.

I appreciate all the hard work and enthusiasm from my students. You all worked well and quickly getting used to all the new routines.

 I wish everyone a good weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

If you can, leave a comment letting us know what you are doing this weekend

In your agenda:

  • Leave a comment on our blog…if you can.
  • Get lots of rest for your second week of school!

Wednesday, September 9

Another excellent day! For Language Arts, we started work on writing recounts and read “Enemy Pie”. In math we started our unit on patterning by identifying the attributes of a variety of beads. The students then made bracelets and necklaces with the beads and will be identifying the pattern, by attribute, they created. We finished the day working on creating headers for our new blogs while listening to “My Father’s Dragon”.

In your agenda:

  • Thanks to all of the students who brought in their blog permission forms. Please bring it in as soon as you can. (Click here for a copy)
  • Thanks to all the parents who have already signed on with Information on how to do that can be found here. (Click here for a copy)

Tuesday, September 8

For me, the first day of school is kind of like jumping into a cold lake. The change from vacation mode to school mode is an abrupt one!

What a fantastic start to the year! I was very pleased with how quickly everyone settled in and I look forward to working with all of you this year.

This section of the blog is where I do my best to put whatever you should have written in your agenda. That way if, for some strange reason, you left your agenda at school, or, even stranger, you “forgot” to write in your agenda, you (and maybe even your parents) can find out by visiting here.

In your agenda:

  • A few students need to finish their journal title page and first entry called “Three Things You Should Know About Me”
  • a newsletter from Mr. Toft was sent home today. (Click here for a copy)
  • Please return the “Blog and Media” permission form as quickly as possible (Click here for a copy)
  • Information about receiving text/email reminders (Click here for a copy)

A student asked for the school supply list. Click here for a copy.