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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Setting a goal for the New Year is a tradition in Canada.  We used this opportunity to learn many new vocabulary words such as resolution, celebrate and confetti !
The students worked through this project by first remembering some of the things that they did in 2011, stating which was their favourite book read, naming a new friend and sharing what they were proud of learning.  They then thought about what they might like to improve in, stop, or get better at.  Finally they were ready to share their goals which were as varied as "learn better", "learn to handwrite", "learn to ignore my brother"  and "be healthy."

Making ourselves in paper form allows the students to continue to practise their fine motor skills, creativity, and even some mathematics.  Note that the stockings on the legs are following a specific pattern!

These little cuties are based on another teacher's idea from a blog.  Sadly I don't remember which one, but I am so grateful that so many teachers are sharing their wonderful ideas within the blogging world.  It allows me to continue to change activities to suit my student's needs!

The students played some wonderful New Year's Games that I found on the blog "First Grade Parade"
(Having fun makes learning easy!)

Over the holidays, I spent time creating a new unit for January.  Traditionally I focus on the stories found in Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad series.  Because of the combined class, I felt it was important to offer the students something different so the theme is Winter and Snow.  This first week we will explore activities related to winter.  Next week we will look closely at snowflakes (cute!!) and explore the tracks made by animals in the snow and then we will continue to keep with the theme as we work on snowmen.  There's lots of reading and writing to share so come back often!

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