Category Archives: Grade 1

Hour of Code

This week every student at the junior school is participating in Hour of Code.

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! See for details.

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Dissection of the Hornet’s Nest

Yesterday during 1EW’s library block Ms. Walker cut open the giant hornet’s nest. As we cut the middle of the nest none of us knew what to expect. The inside was AMAZING. The look on the student’s faces was priceless. Here are some photos to give you an idea of what the grade 1 class got to explore yesterday.

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Diamond Destruction!

Today, Marco in 1EW, came to visit Mr. Weber to talk about crystals.  We talked about how crystals form, how crystals get their colour, and also how to cut crystals.  This led us to talking about diamond blades, because diamonds are the hardest thing on earth.  That means they can be put on the blade of a saw, and then you can use that saw to cut through ALMOST ANYTHING!  We’re talking about the hardest things you can think of, like limestone, metal, and concrete.

Check out this awesome video that we watched.  In this video, you’ll see a guy cutting through all sorts of things.  It’s so so cool!

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National Geographic Stories

Today Mr. Weber’s Grade 1 reading group was introduced to National Geographic Magazine.  We spent some time perusing a bunch of back issues, and then each boy chose one article to read carefully.  After reading, we tried to answer some questions about the articles we read:

  1. Remember – describe what your article was about. (2-3 sentences)
  2. Understand – what is the most important thing for the reader to take away from this story? (what is the message?)
  3. Apply – what questions (2-3) would you ask the author if you could talk with them?
  4. Analyze – how does this story connect to your own life? (at least 1 good sentence)
  5. Evaluate – is the story trying to convince us of something? (is it trying to make us think something?)
  6. Create – can you create something new that, if added, would make this story better? (a picture or some added writing) – do this on the back

Here are the links to the articles that each boy read:

Mr. Weber – Daisetsuzan: Big Snow Mountain, published August 2008

Noaah – Sailfish in the Whirl, published September 2008

Gabriel – Frozen Assets: Send Me to Siberia, published June 2008

Derek – Japan’s Nuclear Refugees, published December 2011

Isaac – Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas?, published July 2008

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Overheard in the Library 40

In reference to Mr. Weber’s dice-themed Western shirt: “You look like a professional Yahtzee player!”


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Mr. Weber’s Grade 1 reading group has been reading the best book together recently – Mark Haddon’s Boom!  It tells the story of Jimbo and Charlie, middle school students who bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language.  What does “spudvetch” actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd’s eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him?  Perhaps Mr. Kidd and Mrs. Pearce are bank robbers talking in code.  Perhaps they’re spies.  Perhaps they are aliens.  Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out.

Derek, Gabriel, Isaac, and Noaah would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a funny, mysterious, and exciting adventure story.  Check out author Mark Haddon talking about the process of writing this book:

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Happy 101st Day of School!

Every year the Grade 1 boys celebrate 100 days of school. The 100th day was actually this past Friday, which coincided with the Primary field trip to the symphony. So, instead, they had a party today – 101!

One benefit of being in the library is our proximity to the Primary  wing and its abundance of cupcakes for every occasion. Today’s was pretty unique!

101 cupcake

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