Monday, February 25, 2013

Objects and Materials Inquiry

Last week we started a new inquiry on objects and materials. We started by getting time to explore different materials and objects Mrs. van Rees put around the room. We asked lots of questions and enjoyed playing with the objects. They all felt different and smelled different too. Some were hard, some were soft. Then we looked at a book about materials and most of the class was interested in metal or wood. Today we did some research about wood and metal. We wrote down some important facts about the materials and asked lots of questions too. We started thinking of lots of objects made from these 2 materials. I think we're going to make lists of all the things we know later this week. Keep posted to see all the learning we're doing with 'objects and materials'.

Monday, February 11, 2013

100th Day of School!

Today we are 100 days smarter - we celebrated the 100th day of Grade One! Some of us brought in 100 items to count and show to others. We know that if you put 10 items into 10 groups, you make 100. See our pictures below!

On Twitter, Mrs. van Rees found that that there were other classes that was celebrating 100's day too. A Grade 1 class from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan were trying to get 100 tweets for 100's day by tweeting out their 100th day stories and items. We followed along using the hashtag #100storiesof100 and added our pictures and stories too.

We made lists of different things in our classroom. We made 10 different lists of 10 things - that way we had a list of 100 things altogether!

We also tried to find out how many times our names could be written in a hundreds chart. It was fun writing our name so many times, but it was tricky counting how many times we actually wrote it.

Did your class or will your class celebrate the 100th day of school? If so, we'd love to hear about it!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dr. Pepper

This is Dr. Pepper. He is an elephant webkinz and he's our writing buddy. We voted on his name and Dr. Pepper got the most votes.

Dr. Pepper goes home with each of us. We get to have him at our house for a few days and write about our adventures. All our writing goes into a binder that we share with the class when we bring Dr. Pepper back to school.

We love having Dr. Pepper join us at home! Do you or did you ever have a writing buddy? We'd love to hear about your adventures!

Friday, February 1, 2013


We have started reading online using Raz-Kids. It's like a home reading program, but online with books that can be read to us! We can also read the book ourselves AND answer questions about the book. It's a pretty great website!

To log on at home, go to :

Teacher username: jvanrees

Our passwords were sent home a few weeks ago.