Our first Math unit focuses on patterning. We have worked hard to find a pattern, describe a pattern, continue a given pattern, and create our own pattern. Now the students are exploring how patterns can be related!
Yesterday we examined the patterns below. We practiced describing these patterns using words (e.g. scissors, glue, glue), letters (e.g. A, B, B...), and numbers (e.g. 1, 2, 2...).
Ask your child to describe the patterns below.
How are they similar? Different?
It is so important for the children to verbalize and justify their thinking. This helps deepen understanding not only in Math, but in any subject or situation. Don't be surprised if your child struggles with this skill at first. With daily practice together, we will only get better at explaining and justifying our thinking.
The boys and girls in our class are incredibly kind-hearted, responsible kids who work really hard to make smart choices each day. They're a fantastic bunch!
But, rules are meant to be broken. At least, that's what our new friend, the pigeon, keeps telling us! This past week we have really enjoyed a series of books by author Mo Willems that feature a persuasive, sassy pigeon who is always pushing the limits!
Inspired by the picture books, the students set out to create their own set of rules for the pigeon, just in case he ever swings by Jean Vanier! Would he know how to behave in school?
We followed the directed drawing instructions by Mo Willems himself to draw our own unique pigeons. Then we wrote our own speech bubbles and did lots of careful cutting and gluing.
Ta da! Our very own set of pigeon rules!
This project was excellent for reviewing our classroom and school expectations, and the students were so engaged. Who knew drawing a pigeon was so easy? There are now little pigeon doodles everywhere! To see all of our pigeon projects, please check our hall bulletin board!