Monday, June 8, 2015

Retelling Billy Goats Gruff During Play

Dear Olympia,

You were an active participant in our inquiry into stories. You were able to remember many details from stories and retell them in different ways. Here is an example of you retelling The Billy Goats Gruff with friends during your free play: 


Ms. Alison

Subitizing with Dominoes

Dear Olympia,

One of your favourite math games this year has been dominoes. You enjoyed playing with your friends and matching the numbers of dots. By playing this game and some dot cube games, you began to subitize. That means that you could recognize how many dots were on the domino without even counting them. Subitizing is an important skills that can help you to combine numbers together as you explore addition. What a great skills to have developed!

Ms. Alison


A Beginning Reader

Dear Olympia,

Since the beginning of the year, you've been very interested in books. You often pretend and memorized read to your friends during your free playtime and independent reading time. To read the words, you use your memory of a story, as well as the clues in the illustrations. Using your alphabet knowledge, you are even starting to sound out some words! These are all important steps to becoming a great reader. Keep on reading! 

Ms. Alison


A Thinker & Inquirer

Dear Olympia,

During our inquiry into shapes, you became interested in 2D and 3D shapes. When you were asked what the difference between them was, you began to explore with the different shape materials we have in the classroom. You noticed that 2D shapes are flat. Then you formed a theory: "If I keep adding hexagons on top it will be a 3D shape". You pursued this question with research, cutting out hexagons with your friends and gluing them on top of each other until they became "3D". This project shows that you are an inquirer and a thinker who ask questions, solves problems and conducts research. 

Ms. Alison


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Writing: Before & After

Dear Olympia,

You have made a lot of progress in writing this year. Here is a sample of your work from September:


This work shows that you knew many letters and could represent some strong consonant sounds correctly. Here is a sample of your work from April:


This work shows that you can correctly record beginning sounds and also write some middle and ending sounds. You write in full ideas or sentences and are experimenting with spacing. 

Congratulations on your progress Olympia! You have worked hard on your writing. 

Ms. Alison


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Book Family Went on a Field Trip - by Olympia

Olympia created and told this story using the iStopMotion app on our class iPads with the help of a Grade 3 buddy.