The latest comprehension strategy we have been learning is visualizing.

When Readers visualize while reading:

  • they are using words they hear or read in a text to create visual images or “movies in the mind”.
  • they can turn on their brains just as they would turn on their TVs, to enjoy the many images they create.
  • they’re training their brains for when they begin to read books that don’t include pictures with text.
  • they are encouraged to activate their imaginations as they read
  • they combine their own background knowledge with the words of the author to create mental images that enhance understanding of the text and bring reading to life.
  • they are able to activate all their senses to create mental images.
  • it is most likely when reading books about places, weather, or seasons that are filled with rich, descriptive, and vivid language.” Adrienne Gear, Reading Power

Math Unit: Data Analysis

To Parents and Adults at Home…

Our class began working on a second mathematics unit on data analysis. Data analysis relates to the collection, organization, and interpretation of information.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Collect data to find information or solve a problem.
  • Organize data using tally marks, charts, lists, and line plots.
  • Construct and label line plots and bar graphs.
  • Read and interpret charts, line plots, and bar graphs.

Here are some suggestions for activities you can do with your child.

Have your child collect and organize data at home to help make an important decision. For example, he or she could collect and organize data to decide the flavour of birthday cake to bake for the next family birthday. Your child should write a question to ask family members, collect and organize the results, and decide what flavour of birthday cake to bake.

With your child, look for examples of bar graphs in newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet. Have your child share 3 things that she or he knows by looking at the bar graph.

Upcoming Dates in April

Friday, April 2 – Good Friday (No Classes)
– SCC Story Walk begins
– World Autism Day

Monday, April 5 – Easter Break Begins

Monday, April 12 – Students return to classes

Monday, April 19 – Story Walk questions due
– Earth Week activities begin (Mindful Monday)

Tuesday, April 20 –  Turn it off Tuesday

Wednesday, April 21 – Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, April 22 – Thankful Thursday

Friday, April 23 – Friendly Friday


The latest comprehension strategy we have been learning is inferring.

“When readers learn to infer while reading:

  • they learn to look for clues in text, in pictures, and their own knowledge that will help them to make sense of the text.
  • they are encouraged to become good “book detectives.”
  • they learn that some authors write very little text but leave clues for the reader to discover and interpret.
  • they understand that the expression “less is more” means that fewer words on the page means more thinking for the reader.
  • they are learning to fill in, their heads, what’s not written on the page.
  • they are more likely to say, “Oh, I get it now!” While they read , than “Huh? I don’t get it.” – Adrienne Gear, Reading Power

Math: Multiplication and Division

Dear Parents,

Your child’s class is starting a mathematics unit on multiplication and division. Multiplication and division are basic computational skills that children must eventually master in order to succeed in higher levels of mathematics. The focus of this unit is on developing an understanding of the processes of multiplication and division in order to develop strategies for multiplying and dividing whole numbers up to 5 x 5. Children will use counters, number lines, and arrays to develop their understanding.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Model multiplication and division up to 5 x 5
  • Find strategies to multiply and divide up to 5 x 5
  • Pose and solve story problems involving multiplication and division.

Encourage your child to share different strategies used to multiply and divide.

We use multiplication and division in many day-to-day situations.
Here are some suggestions for activities you can do at home:

  • Look for things that come in groups of 2, 3, 4, and 5. Create problems. For example: Bikes have 2 tires. How many tires are on 4 bikes?
  • Use a deck of playing cards, using only the 1s (Aces) to 5s. Shuffle the cards. Flip the first card. This represents the number of groups. Flip the second card. This represents the number of objects in each group. Have your child draw a picture to match the cards, and write a multiplication and division sentence to match the picture. Continue until all cards are used up.

Instructions for Google Meet

The students are bringing home some instructions for logging on to Google Meet. Here are the instructions in case they do not make it home. We will double check today to make sure the students still have their usernames and passwords in the front of their planners.

Addition and Subtraction Update #3

Two and Three Digit Addition:

We continue to work hard at maximizing our learning about numeracy while exploring addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers. The students have many strategies for working with three digit number equations.  The samples below are examples of some of the strategies we have been working with. Please keep in mind that these are just basic examples and individual students will often take apart and re-construct the numerals in unique ways that match their understanding of numbers. When this happens it is often a very good sign that they are good mathematical thinkers. There is a big difference between blindly following steps to get the correct sum and being able to make efficient adjustments to strategies based on the problem that is presented.


300 + 200 = 500 (add the hundreds)
60 + 50 = 110       (add the tens)
8+7 = 15                (add the ones)
500 + 110 = 610  (add your answers from the 100s, and 10s)
610 + 15 = 625 (add answer from the 1s the sum of the 100s and 10s)

Another Variation

+ 257
500  (add the hundreds)
110   (add the tens)
_15     (add the ones)

For both addition and subtraction some students need to build/draw base 10 materials to help them visualize what is happening to solve three digit problems.

Upcoming Dates in March

March 1-14 – Virtual Book Fair

March 2 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

March 4 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

March 5  – Bed Head Day / Wacky Hair Day

March 8 – No classes for students

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – Green Is The Theme

March 19 – Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day

March 25 – Learning Summaries go home

March 26 – No school

Thursday April 1 – Mismatched / Backwards Day

March Student Learning Conferences

This letter was sent out in an email from the school last week.  I included it here for you in case you missed it.  Please sign up for a time that works for your family.  The conferences will be the same format as in October.  I know we were all wishing things could be different but we can make the best of it and meet online anyways!  I am looking to forward to sharing and celebrating your child’s progress with you!


Upcoming Dates

February 22 – Students return to class

February 24 – Pink Shirt Day

February 26 – Last day to book Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

March 1-14 – Virtual Book Fair

March 2 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

March 4 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences