During our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry, Denzil worked on creating his own stories. Here is one that he created in his stories journal. He used his drawings skills and his knowledge of letters and sounds to record his story with illustrations and writing. Ms. Alison thinks this is an example of Denzil's best work because he took risks to invent stories using his creativity and imagination.
Denzil is beginning to recognize basic sight words, sound out new words, and use the illustrations to help him read. This activity shows that he is knowledgeable because he is applying his understanding of letter-sound relationships and the strategies we use during shared reading to read independently.
Denzil said: "I can read this book because I use the pictures to help me."
This week we measured our heights for the very last time in K1. We noticed that once again, we had all grown taller! We reflected individually and as a whole class on the changes that had happened. We also made comparisons between each other's heights using math vocabulary, like taller and shorter.
Here is Denzil's explanation of how and why he grew. During our class discussion, he said:
All year we have been working on representing numbers in different ways. Denzil wanted the particular piece to be included in his portfolio because: "I counted how many dots there were and then put them in the rectangle [ten frame]."
Denzil has a strong concept of number and can count up to about 80. He is working on consolidating his knowledge of numbers in the teens, including their sequences and how they are pronounced. Here he is working with Henry to decide what numbers come before and after a given number in the teens. They used the 0 to 20 Number Line when they needed it for support.
Denzil has been working on consolidating his alphabet knowledge and gaining confidence to apply it consistently in his writing. After sorting picture cards of words that start with the sounds 'b', 'm', 'r', and 's' in his word study journal, he worked with a friend to label picture cards for 'r' and 'm' words using sticky notes:
Student-led conferences are a chance for students to take the lead and show their families some of their best work, favourite activities, and how much progress they've made over the year.
In other words . . . a celebration of learning!
Here is Denzil's reflection on his Student-led Conference:
"When my mum told me it was time, I said 'YAY! Student-led Conferences!'"