Sunday, November 30, 2014

Daily and Seasonal Change

  In science we have been learning about Daily and Seasonal Changes.

First we looked at how our world changes between day and night. How do day and night affect what we do?


We explored thermometers and the temperature.


Then we looked at the weather:

We observed and recorded the weather:

We learned how different kinds of weather affect our everyday lives:

We learned how people prepare for different kinds of weather:

Finally, we are learning about the different seasons and how the seasons affect us.

(We will learn more about each season as it happens)
(We will be learning more about Energy in December when we begin the Energy in Our Lives Science strand)

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p.s. I continue to have difficulties accessing our blog. I cannot access it on the computers at school, and I cannot load proper pictures to it with my phone or my ipad.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Math Monday -- Estimating

 We are currently exploring estimation.

Estimating is difficult to get your head around in Grade 1! We all want to count to get the "right" answer. It is hard for children to understand why they just can't count the objects. If I ask them to make a guess, they often seem to think that I am trying to "trick" them, and then they guess a wild number :)

Why do we need to learn estimating?

Estimation is a higher-level skill (than simply counting) that requires students to be able to coceptualize and mentally manipulate numbers (Van de Walle).

1) Without estimation skills, students aren’t able to determine if their answer is within a reasonable range. 
2) Estimating helps children to learn the concept of how quantities relate to each other.


We will continue estimating throughout the year, throughout different math strands. For now we are focusing on estimating as it relates to quantity.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014


  We drew the pumpkins with light coloured crayons on yellow construction paper -- then mixed red and yellow paint right on our pumpkins. The crayon resisted the paint to create the illusion of the grooves in the pumpkins. Then we played around a lot with our paper facial features before we glued them down. These pumpkins have A LOT of personality!

 (if you click on the photos you can see the detail!)

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