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Grade 1 Weekly Update (14 January)

Wow! What a crazy week. Thank you so much for your cooperation and patience during the switch over to online learning. Ms Sindhu and I were totally blown away by how well the children engaged and behaved during their lessons today. Well Done Grade 1! 

Here is what we did this week:

This week we continued inquiring into 2D and 3D shapes and their properties! The children thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on creative element of this. We reviewed and earned about the names and properties of the shapes. We used sticks and balls with holes in them to create the "edges and vertices" of 3D shaped figures, looked at nets to see which 2D shapes and how many makeup 3D shapes' flat surfaces or faces.  We filled in charts to say how many corners/sides are on each 2D shape and how many edges/vertices and faces make up each 3D shape.  During their online math lesson, they were asked to go on a 2D and 3D shape hunt and to create a style of home from around the world using 3D shapes. They are to take a photo of their creation and post it to SeeSaw using the ADD (+) and upload (^ arrow) tools. 

During our inquiry, we were fortunate enough to have Ms Bissu present to us about her childhood home in Nepal!  She had pictures and videos and it was so engaging for the students.  They had so many questions. We used a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast our Hong Kong apartments with Ms. Bissu’s Village home in Nepal.  During our online lesson, we started to learn about landscapes and how they may have an impact on the types of homes that are built in a certain area. We also discussed how people live in certain places due to being born there, family connections, jobs and the desire to explore. We know that people also need to live near things they must have for survival such as fresh water and food, or weather that is not too extreme.  We know people are attracted to live in places where the weather is nice and the scenery is beautiful. We will not be getting into major push/pull factors of why people live where they do. On Monday, we will learn about how climate affects where people live and the types of homes they build. WE will then each choose a place and home type we are interested in researching!

We used a word bank of different kinds of homes around the world to label pictures of them, which required sounding out and process of illumination!  We wrote in a similarities and differences T chart comparing Ms Bissu's childhood home in Nepal with our homes in Hong Kong now. learned about small moment writing, in which we take one big idea and find the social, small moment in it. Students brainstormed 10 things they know well or love a lot and added them to an idea heart because "we write best about things we know and love".  One of these ideas will later be a topic for our small moment writing. 

We talked about resilience and being flexible to change - like we are all being now! I am SO proud of how the students listened, responded and worked today during on-line learning! 

Every Monday, P5 between 1:00-1:40 we will read with the students in small groups who are generally around the same level.  This will be guided reading in which the teacher will present a book and the students will read in unison or take turns reading a page.  At the end of the session, we will discuss the book with them.  Please note that when it is not your child's designated reading time, they are to use this time to work in their yellow Handwriting workbook or their New Wave Spelling workbook on the next Unit 7 - medial sounds: pgs 50-53. I will explain this to them in the first morning session on Monday as well.  They will receive a google meet link for their time at either 1:00-1:20 or 1:20-1:40.

MANY thanks to parents who helped get your child's things out of their learning packs today for them to work on (2D and 3D shape hunt sheet and Heart ideas sheet)

Shabbat Shalom,

Andrea Edwards