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      Mrs. Neto’s Gr.1 & 2 

   March & April Curriculum Update

          Dear Parents,

     I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe.

 Due to our current state with the COVID-19 outbreak, I am providing you with a curriculum update on what we have been working on in class during March, and looking forward into April. I hope this assists with focusing your efforts in what to work on at home with your child. I am also providing a list of learning websites that you can find good resources in. Also, please visit the provincial online LEARN AT HOME tool for additional resources.

  I will keep you all in my prayers and continue to hope for the best. I look forward to being back at school and seeing all the children happy and healthy. 


*Some online resources:

BrainPop

Curiosity Stream

Tinker

Outschool

Udemy

iReady

Best Academy (Math)

Khan Academy

Creative Bug

Discovery Education

Curriculum

Language Arts

 Great Language Online Resource! 
classoommagazines.scholastic.com - *Scholastic has created a free learn from home site with 20+ days of learning and activities - scroll down to find Grade One and Two.

Continue to read books daily. Our students have become great little readers.

Please continue to work on reading fluency (reading like your talking - not like a robot). Our main focus is on reading comprehension - understanding what is being read and the ability to take information from the text. Having children answer comprehension questions after reading would be very beneficial. All answers should be written in complete sentences, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a ., ! or ? Keeping a daily Journal would help children continue writing and share with you their thoughts, feelings and home adventures.

Mathematics

Grade One

We have finished our addition and subtraction unit. The students are experts at solving simple equations now and they know many different strategies to help them figure out the answers.

We are currently working on nonstandard measuring. The students had fun measuring items from around the classroom using snap cubes, gold coins, fish crackers and paperclips. Students have finished with linear measurement and were going to begin exploring area, mass (weight using a balance scale) and capacity.

-estimate, measure (i.e., by minimizing overlaps and gaps), and describe area, through investigation using non-standard units (e.g.,“It took about 15 index cards to cover my desk, with only a little bit of space left over.”)

-estimate, measure, and describe the capacity and/or mass of an object, through investigation using non-standard units (e.g.,“My journal has the same mass as 13 pencils.” “The juice can has the same capacity as 4 pop cans.”)

Following measurement is a unit on skip counting.

Skip Counting : students are encouraged to work on counting forward by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100, using a variety of tools and strategies (e.g., move with steps; skip count on a number line; place counters on a hundreds chart; connect cubes to show equal groups; count groups of nickels, or dimes)

- count backwards from 20 by 2’s and 5’s, using a variety of tools (e.g., number lines, hundreds charts)

Grade Two Math

We have finished our addition and subtraction unit. The students are experts at solving complex equations now and they know many different strategies to help them figure out the answers. They are also very good at answering word problems, by finding key words to determine wether to add or subtract, and answering questions using numbers, pictures and words.

Our current math unit is on measuring. The students had fun measuring items from around the classroom. In this unit students learn to choose personal benchmarks for measuring a centimeter (width of pinky finger) and a meter (both arms stretched out). We have been estimating and measuring the length, height and distance using standard units (centimetre and metre) and non-standard units (snap cubes, straws and paperclips). Our next focus was on measuring and recording the capacity/mass of objects using non-standard units, and compare and order a collection of objects. Students can work on exploring area -investigate the size of an area and the number of units needed to cover the surface and perimeter (number of units around the outside of an object).

In April the grade two students would be working on: Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 25’s! Students should work on counting forwards by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s to 200, using number lines and hundreds charts, starting from multiples of 1, 2, 5, and 10 (e.g., count by 5’s from 15; count by 25’s from 125). Also continue to practice counting backwards by 1’s from 50 and any number less than 50, and count backwards by 10’s from 100 and any number less than 100, using number lines and hundreds charts.

Students should explore, growing patterns and shrinking patterns generated by the repeated addition or subtraction of 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s on a number line and on a hundreds chart.

Towards the end of the month, they will use this knowledge to help them count money! Grade two students are expected to be able to – estimate, count, and represent (using the ¢ symbol) the value of a collection of coins with a maximum value of one dollar.

Science

Grade One

We have started a new unit on different forms of Energy.

Understanding Basic Concepts 

-demonstrate an understanding that energy is what makes the things they do or see happen 

-demonstrate an understanding that the sun, as the earth's principal source of energy, warms the air, land, and water; is a source of light for the earth; and makes it possible to grow food 

  • identify food as a source of energy for themselves and other living things 
  • identify everyday uses of various sources of energy (e.g., food to help animals, including humans, survive and move; natural gas to heat homes and schools; petroleum to power cars and buses; electricity to power lights; batteries to power toys) 
  • demonstrate an understanding that humans get the energy resources they need from the world around them (e.g., the wood, oil, and gas to heat our homes and cook our food) and that the supply of many of these resources is limited so care needs to be taken in how we use them

Grade Two

     Our current unit of study is on Air and Water in the Environment. In this unit students explore the Water Cycle. 


Big Ideas: 

• Living things need air and water to survive. 

  • Changes to air and water affect living things and the environment. 
  • Our actions affect the quality of air and water, and its ability to sustain life.

Videos on Youtube: Bill Nye Water Cycle, World Water Day, Magic School Bus Water Works

* investigate the characteristics of air (e.g., air takes up space, has mass) and its uses (e.g., living things breathe air to stay alive; air makes certain activities possible: helps keep a kite flying and a sailboat moving) 

* investigate the characteristics of water (e.g., water takes up space, flows or moves when not contained, has mass) and its uses (e.g., living things need water to stay alive; water makes things move: spins a water wheel; water makes certain activities possible: keeps a white-water raft afloat) 

* investigate the stages of the water cycle, including evaporation (e.g., heat water in a kettle), condensation (e.g., collect the water vapour from the kettle on an overturned mirror), precipitation (e.g., allow the water vapour on the overturned mirror to collect, cool, and drop), and collection (e.g., let the dripping water accumulate in a container)

Our last Science unit for both grades will be on Living Things - Growth and Changes in Animals in the months of May/June.

Religion

During this Lenten season we are reminded of how important it is to continue to share our prayers on a daily basis - pray for the health of our families, healthcare workers, food and medical supply providers. The children learn about Holy Week and the Easter story (last supper, Jesus’ death and resurrection).  We also discuss the importance of doing good deeds and making others smile as we prepare to welcome Jesus back into our hearts.

I will provide another newsletter at the end of April.

I pray for all your safety and for a vaccine.

God Bless you all & Stay Safe!

Mrs. N. Neto