We have had a great time taking part in the Holiday Card Exchange this year! I signed our class up to take part in a Global Christmas Card exchange this year! This card exchange is coordinated by Jennifer Wagner. Over 1000 teachers worldwide took part this year! We were responsible for sending out 32 cards to different schools in the world. Each of the schools in our group was responsible for sending us a card back! The theme for the cards this year was Lights. We sent off our cards in the early part of December and started receiving cards during the last week of school before the holiday break. We received the rest of the cards after Christmas.
We sent cards to faraway places like New Zealand, Japan, and Kenya! We sent cards to other parts of Canada such as Newfoundland and Ontario. We sent many cards to schools all over the United States. And we got some wonderful cards back. Some of the cards had pictures of the classes, or letters from the student who made the card.
I bought a map of the world and we displayed our mail and where it came from! You can see our mail on the display board outside of the gym. We also used Google Maps on our Promethean Board to figure out where each of our cards came from and how far away the school was from us! Using the Promethean board was awesome because I could zero in on a location of a swipe of my fingers. Very cool.
As part of the project we had to include an information page about our school. We had to include what the average temperature would be in December, how many boys and girls were in our classes, and what we liked about our school. We found out some very interesting things. The fact that the children were most interested in was how many boys or girls were in the classes!
This picture show some of our mail on one day! Very exciting to get mail just for us! The stamps were very pretty too!
This is a closeup of the letter from Nairobi, Kenya. We learned a lot from this letter.
We learned a lot about different schools around the world and how big the world is! We also learned how much fun it is to get mail! I think we are all a little sad that this project is done. We liked getting Christmas cards!
We hope they liked our cards too!
We had a great time on our Polar Express Day! The day started off with a special visit from Santa!
We had a great visit together! He wanted to hear the song we did for the Christmas concert!
We gave him one of our guitars and we sang the North Pole Rock and Roll song together! Lots of fun!
The other Grade One class joined us aboard the Polar Express with some very special Polar Express tickets! We had a great time together. We had hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and lots of amazing treats just like on the Polar Express. Thank you to all the parents who helped supply all the goodies this time! The two groups gathered on the carpet to watch the movie The Polar Express in the afternoon. It was a real treat to see it on our new Promethean board!
Here is a picture of the very important mail we received from the North Pole! Our buddies helped us write letters to Santa and our replies came to the school! Very exciting!
We have continued to learn about coding with the Hour of Code designed for this year! This is a great set of lessons about coding with Elsa from the Frozen movie. The students learned how to make Elsa make a snowflake design on the ice using coding. By putting a set of commands using Blockly the students made Elsa move on the ice.
We are so lucky because we can show this on our wonderful Promethean board so that everyone can see it clearly. The best part is that the students can come up to the board and move the pieces around themselves. You can bet that I have a lot of volunteers for that job!
We have also returned to the computer lab and worked on the Angry Birds Hour of Code and had a lot of fun trying to complete the Hour of Code by ourselves with just a little help from some wonderful students in our Grade Seven class who helped the students log on. It was really neat to see everyone helping each other out whenever someone got stumped!
It was really neat to see other classes in our school also try the Hour of Code. I think we had five classes at our school take part!
We have been having a lot of fun learning to use our new Promethean Board and learning to read at the same time! I have been learning how to use the board. While learning about the board and all the neat things we are going to be able to do with it, I found this really neat set of pages called Cut Up Sentences that lets the children move words around the screen to make up sentences.
We have been having a lot of fun with this one and the children really like coming up to the board and moving the tiles into the correct order!
I made a set for the children to use on their own. They have been having a lot of fun creating sentences with their own word tiles and then sharing them with each other.
We have also used the Promethean Board to do our addition stories together. I was able to create a copy of the assignment we were working on the board and then we filled in the equations together! The students created the math stories on their work spaces using our skeleton and spider manipulatives and then we recorded the corresponding equations.
The children were very keen to have a turn writing the addition sentence on the big screen!
We did a lot of math together!