Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The 4 Seasons

In IBL we were learning about the 4 seasons. -Cara
We learned about fall, winter, spring and summer. -Chelsea
We went in groups and we had to write what we were going to do. We had to practice. We did a dress rehearsal before we did it.-Jaelyn
We had to get all of our stuff like costumes and props and we put them on for the movie.-Katya
We brought lots of things from home. -Ella
We had a green screen and we stood in front of it because then there was pictures behind us so we could pick the background. -Grayson
We picked the background on the computers. -Nia
We liked dressing up! -Chelsea
We made 4 movies. -Cav
Today we watched the movies, The 4 Seasons. -Colin

Here are our movies!

We Love Fall! from Erin Clarke on Vimeo.

We Love Winter! from Erin Clarke on Vimeo.

We Love Summer! from Erin Clarke on Vimeo.

We Love Spring! from Erin Clarke on Vimeo.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Choice Time in Room 9

In Room 9, sometimes we get to have Choice Time! Choice Time is a favourite thing for many of the kids in our class. Here are some of the things we like about Choice Time:

We like to make crafts. -Grayson
We build up in Choice Time with the blocks and all of the other stuff. It is fun. -Cav
We make beautiful art and we have fun with building and we really like toys so we don't want to break stuff. -Jaelyn
I like all of the choices. -Colin
We like drawing on paper and building with blocks and Bananagrams. -Chelsea
We like to play with all of the toys. -Katya
We like to read books. -Ella
We like playing with the toys. We let each other play. -Megan
We have to share the toys. -Tristin
We include people at choice time. -Henning
If people are playing on the ground, watch out for them. -Jaelyn
You have to listen to the rules when you play. You have to clean up your mess when you're mess when you're done. -Chelsea
I like playing with paper. -Maggie
My favourite are the blocks. -Colin
Be nice at choice time. -Katya
We take care of the toys. -Nia
If somebody asks you if they want a book, give them one. -Ella
You have to be kind to the other kids when you play. -Eben
Be gentle with the toys. -Cav

During choice time I see kids playing together, cooperating, designing, building, making things, problem solving, using their imaginations, inventing stories, and having a whole pile of fun! It's a time when kids have choice in the materials they want to use, the activity they want to do, and how they want to do it.

This year my goal is to transform our Choice Time activities and choices into a "Makerspace" time. The "Maker Movement" is something that many educators are bringing into their classrooms and library spaces as it embraces a child's natural curiosity and supports the notion of learning by doing. Play is an essential component. Technology also plays a role in Makerspaces. Children become producers of digital products rather than consumers of products created by others. This year we will explore coding as one element of our Makerspace time. This type of hands-on learning/playing incorporates so many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) outcomes while kids create, cooperate and learn together. -Ms. Clarke

Monday, September 21, 2015

Today we read the book "Stick and Stone". It is all about being a good friend. The kids of Room 9 did some thinking and talking about what makes a good friend. Here are their ideas:

Good friends are kind and they share the toys. ~Colin
Making new friends is good. ~Henning
Good friends are nice. If somebody didn't know how to read, you could help them. ~Ella
Good friends are respectful. ~Katya
Be thankful for your friends. ~Tristin
Be helpful to people. Don't fight with your friends. Friends stand up for each other. Be good to one another. ~Jaelyn
Listen to what your friends are saying. ~Megan
Don't hit your friends. ~Cavanaugh
Share books with each other. Help people when they get hurt. Friends go to the park together. You can teach someone to pump on the swings.~Chelsea
Friends play together. ~Maggie
Share everything. ~Grayson
Friends play tag. ~Eli
Friends make things for each other. ~Cara
Friends play nicely together. ~Nia
Friends have playdates. ~Masen
Friends play. ~Sophie
Friends are caring. ~Eben

This is our very first class blog post of the school year! The kids of Room 9 are not totally sure about what blogging is, but everyone was excited to share their ideas and see their name on the big screen :)

The Kids of Room 9 are terrific friends and show kindness, play together, help each other and get along so well in and out of our classroom. I feel so lucky to be a part of this group this year. Stay tuned... ~Ms. Clarke

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Here we go!

I can't believe that it's been over a year since I've posted here... and what a year it has been! I am just returning to work after a year of maternity leave. My son, Bennett, will be 1 in October. This year has absolutely flown by!

All of the same feelings of nervous exitement, uncertainty, and hope have coming flooding back as I set up my classroom for another year, perhaps more than ever before. I can't wait to meet my kids and see what big things we can do together!

This year we will be posting here regularly to share all of the things we do in Grade 1. Check back often to see what we're up to!

One of my favourite things about being a teacher is that every September brings with it a new beginning... and in Grade 1 the beginning is magic. I can't wait to see what kind of magic we make this year.

-Ms. Clarke

Friday, June 27, 2014

200 Awesome Days!!!

Today is the last day of school. We are doing our final blog post right now. It was an awesome year! -Nick

The funnest part of this year was the butterflies. They were painted lady butterflies. -Matt D

My favourite thing was the finger painting rainbows. -Anna

The funnest part of the year for my was paper mache. -Karys

My favourite part of the year was reading all of those chapter books. -Jonathan

Field Day was my favourite because of the sponge game and bouncy castle. -Jackson

My favourite part of the year was when we made our Rube Goldberg machines. -Nick

My favourite part was doing paper mache. -Claire & Cali & Gabby & Danika

My favourite part was paper mache because you had to paint your guy. -Ashten

My favourite part was paper mache because it was messy. -Cole

My favourite part of the year was Gotta Go! -Grace & Kayla

I liked paper mache best out of the whole year because it was messy. -Katrina

My favourite part of the year was having parties! -Dylan R

My favourite part of the year was Ms. Clarke reading chapter books to us. -Gavin

The best part of this year was the duct tape boats. -Carter

My favourite part of the year was field day because I got tons of candy. -Dylan W

My favourite part of the year was the play. -Amaryllis

My favourite part of the year was playing with all of my friends. -Maddy

It has been AWESOME year in Grade 1 & 2! I couldn't have asked for a better group of children and families to work and learn with this year. The end of the school year is always bittersweet, as I (and the kids) love summer, but we are so sad that our year together is over.

This year is a bit of a different feeling for me, as I won't be returning to the classroom in the fall. I will take on a different role at home with a new wee one to take care of. I will try and post here occasionally during this new adventure.

Until then... Have a safe and happy summer!


Friday, May 9, 2014


We were learning about 3D and 2D shapes. We had to make a playground with a partner. They had to have 3-2D and 3-3D shapes. -Matt D

It took us a while to build it but we finished and Ms. Clarke put the people's names in a bin and then she picked one out and whoever's name it was, got to take their playground home. -Nick

At the end we had to explain what our 2D shapes and 3D shapes were and tell the class what each piece was. Then we had to fill out the criteria. -Dyaln W

Here are some pictures of our playgrounds:

Our Caterpillar Adventure!

Yesterday we got caterpillars. We got containers and Ms. Clarke mixed the food. Then we put the food in the containers and poked holes with a tack in the lid. Then we got a paint brush and we put two caterpillars in each container. -Karys

Today when we got to school, the caterpillars were getting a little bigger. Danika took a picture of the caterpillars for Instagram. We are learning about Instagram. When we started doing Instagram Jonathan and Karys took pictures. -Anna

Today before the announcements we had to write in our Butterfly Journals about what they looked like and what they are doing. You have to draw a diagram and we're going to count how many days we keep them for. -Kayla

Some of our caterpillars are small, and some are a little bit bigger than others. Some have already shedded their skin, but some haven't. -Maddy

Yesterday when we got the caterpillars we were all excited! There were 86 caterpillars but some died. There were more caterpillars than last year. -Matt D

Right now they are all larvae. Next they make a chrysalis/pupa. Then they slowly start to come out of their chysalis and then they sit on their chysalis to let their wings dry. Then they will lay some eggs and die. Then it happens all over again. -Dylan W

When they are all full grown, we are going to let them go free. -Nick

Kicks for Kids!

On the way to school on Tuesday, I was listening to Hot 103.1 and heard someone talking about the West Broadway Youth Outreach's program, Kicks for Kids. WBYO runs a variety of programs for kids in their neighbourhood. Right now they are training for the 5ish Fun Run on June 1. Some of the kids don't have proper running shoes so WBYO is asking for donations of new or gently used runners for kids and youth. I shared this information with the Kids of Room 9 and they thought it was a good idea to help! I am, as always, very proud of them. -Ms. Clarke

Yesterday the Kids of Room 9 picked a job for Kicks for Kids. The jobs were posters, letter, and announcements. The posters had pictures of shoes and a title on it. We're going to put them on the bulletin board and all around the school. -Anna

Today we made posters. Next week we are going to hang them up. -Claire

The announcements are going to go on Monday. We are going to start collecting shoes on Monday. Last night Ms. Clarke went and got 4 pairs of shoes to start us off. -Cali

Our goal is 50 pairs of runners. On the posters we had to have something about WBYO and about the dates and the sizes (we'll take any size). -Dylan W

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Trip to the Marsh!

Today we went to Oak Hammock Marsh. First we got on the bus. When we got there we went inside and learned about AMPHIBIANS and REPTILES. We learned about a lot of animals. At the end we played a game. -Dylan R

The game was called Hot Frog. We passed a stuffed animal snake to the next person and the next person passed it to another person. The stuffed animal frog could jump to the next person or across. The frog couldn't touch the snake. -Anna

Then we went upstairs and looked at some stuff that you can find on the trail like eggs, skat (poop), nests, fur, feathers, owl pellets, sticks chewed by animals, and bones. Then we went outside and started to look for some clues for different animals. We got to use magnifiying glasses. Some people found nests, underground holes, ground squirrels, birds, feathers, fur, footprints, and tons and tons of skat. -Dylan W

We heard frogs and saw two dead ones. We heard different kinds of birds like red-winged blackbird, and the yellow-headed blackbird, black-ringed gull, Canada geese, and ducks. -Cole

After we went inside to wash our hands for lunch. After lunch we went outside and went critter dipping. Abby (our group leader) told us all of the different critters we could find in the marsh. These are some of the critters we found:
-phantom midges
-blood worms
-water mites
-damsel flies
-dragonfly nimphs
-and the first tiger beetle of the year! -Maddy

Gabby found a tiger beetle. We were on a floating dock so then everyone went to go see the tiger beetle, and the docked was tipping. Grace almost went for a swim! Her feet got wet but she didn't go for a swim. Ms. Clarke and Mr. Lapage we worried that she was going to fall in so they tried to balance out the dock. -Cali

When we were finished critter dipping, we went inside to take bathroom breaks and after we got all of the people, we went outside and we got on the bus. On the way, me and Anna saw some ducklings in the pond. -Claire

Thank you to all of the parents that helped out on the field trip! My dad, Jackson's mom, Matt G's mom, Kayla's mom, and Mr. Lapage! -Katrina

Monday, April 21, 2014

Writing Residency Week!

Last week, we were talking about a teacher named Mrs. Augusta. She was coming to our school to help us be better writers. She was working in Mrs. Abrahams class and Mrs. Kosolowski's class. Ms. Clarke had to watch them talk about it and we got to go to the library and watch movies. That's totally fair. -Jonathan

The movies that we watched were The Ant Bully and second one was James and the Giant Peach. The third one was Chrysanthemum and then The Weekend with Wendell. -Matt G

In our classrrom we were writing about characters. We did 8 character maps. First Ms. Clarke took a picture of the character and glued it to the middle of the paper. Then we read the book. Then after we read the book, we would put things about them.  -Maddy

The characters were Chester, Clarice Bean, Edward, Nora, Charles, Yoko, and Wemberly... and Cali! Cali sat on the stool and she couldn't talk and we had to say stuff about her. And at the end Cali was going to correct it. We asked her some questions too. -Karys

We are going to create a character and we're going to put them in an adventure. We are going to be the author! -Cali