Johnny's favourite part of our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry was telling stories with musical instruments. He wanted to include this group work in his portfolio because: "I did a good job of playing instruments to retell The Three Little Pigs". Here is our work!
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 Johnny's explanation of how and why he grew. During our class discussion, he said: "My height is tall because everyone else is smaller."
As a class, we read stories about the numbers one through 10. Through the stories we learned about symbols that represent the numbers and how to form the numbers. Johnny loved these stories and wanted the review work to be included in his portfolio. He selected this piece because: "I like how I draw and there's 7 colours in the rainbow so we drew a rainbow."
Johnny can identify numbers up to 100. He is continuing to consolidate number sequences and has been concentrating on numbers in the teens. Here he is with Daniel, figuring out the numbers before and after a number in the teens.
Johnny has been working on consolidating his alphabet knowledge and gaining confidence to apply it consistently in his writing. Here is an example of the sorting work he completes in his word study journal. In this activity he worked on sorting picture cards of words that start with the sounds 'b', 'm', 'r', and 's':
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 Johnny's reflection on his Student-led Conference:
"I was a bit nervous but then I was okay."
Johnny made this pattern using different manipulatives we have in the classroom. He chose to include this work in his portfolio because: "I like orange and I like red." Johnny's work shows his ability to create and extend simple patterns.
Recently we have been doing a lot of playing with shapes. We have been studying their form and observing how they appear in different ways in the world around us. Johnny can confidently name the common shapes: circle, triangle, square and rectangle. He is also challenging himself to learn the names of new, more complicated shapes. He demonstrates this knowledge as he names the shapes in the video below. Johnny chose this piece for his portfolio because: "I like stamps".