Room 3: Múinteoir Anne Marie
Welcome to our learning page for children in Múinteoir Anne Marie’s Class. This page is for parents of children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class. It’s updated for the school closure: March 12th to 29th. I have sent home some packs of work today to help organise children’s learning time over the break. It may be helpful to set part of the day also for some of the activities here (and further down on this page):
- Children could practise touch typing on https://www.typingclub.com/
- I have included some other activities incorporating revision such as wordsearches, reading extracts and Maths challenges from NRich.
- Children could practise their cursive handwriting.
Weekly Learning Guides
All parents have received these Guides on the Class Dojo. Children are welcome to send work on the Class Dojo app for feedback. Please contact me during school hours if you have any questions.
This is the Weekly Learning Guide for the week beginning Monday, March 23rd.
This is the Weekly Learning Guide for the week beginning Monday, March 30th.
Below, you’ll find some suggestions for parents to support children’s learning in the home from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. These suggestions are specific to children’s age and stage of development. The practical activities for learning in the home focus on the concepts and skills that are appropriate for children in Stages 2 and 3:
Class Novels: Children can finish “Alfie Green and the Magical Gift” by Joe O’Brien. Some activities are suggested in the teaching guide that I have included in the packs and you’ll see the linked below. I have also included the next novel “The Legend of Spud Murphy” for children to read with you. Any time spent reading over the next few weeks would be very valuable. Encourage the children to take time out to read books of interest too. Websites to support children’s reading:
- Author of Alfie Green
- Teaching guide for exploring the text
- Children could complete a book review (template in pack) when finished.
Children are familiar with the website “Into the Book”. We have explored a range of comprehension strategies in the teaching section and children have watched short clips for each strategy. We have only briefly explored the children’s section. It features a range of games where children have to apply the strategies to different contexts. Time to explore these activities would be beneficial.
Children are beginning a new genre on report writing and we will continue this on return to school. In Term 2, we have explored poetry and narrative writing. This time could be valuable to help your children revise some features of these genres and to practise some of the skills we have been developing. They could write an acrostic poem, a diamante poem or a limerick. In narrative writing we have been working on story leads such as the action lead or the dialogue lead. Children could write a story/ develop a lead. Focus on setting, characters, events, problem and solution when planning. A comic book layout might also interest the children. Check out Ken Nesbitt’s website to support children’s poetry appreciation and writing.
Children can work on their current word sort and the next one, if included in the pack. Children are familiar with the routine but may need a little check in if there are “oddballs” in their sorts. They read, cut, sort and write the words. Ask them to explain the different spelling patterns.Children can also work on Unit 25 and Unit 26 in their Sounds in Focus books.
Topic 1: Weight
Suitable activities for home: Sorting items according to weight, measuring on scales, weighing two objects to determine which is heavier/lighter, exploring kilogrammes, investigating that kilogrammes come in different sizes using items in the kitchen, sorting (greater than, less than or equal to a kilogramme).
Topic 2: Subtraction without renaming
Suitable activities for home: Ask your child to make a hundred square. Call out various numbers, for example 77. Ask your child to place a counter on this number/ the number that is 10 less/ 20 less than that number. Explore different ways of subtracting on the hundred square. Children have some experience of this.
Topic 3: 3D shapes
I have included some activities in the children’s packs. Activities for home include: Naming the shapes – cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder, cone, sorting items by shape and investigating if shapes will roll and/or stack.
Also… Children have their Shadow Books and can work on the next activities on weight, subtraction and 3D shapes (p32-36). Children can revise topics we’ve explored to date and work on any missed sections or activities. Children will enjoy playing Topmarks Maths Games and/or joining Mathletics online.
Children might find some ideas on their Active Homework activity sheet which is also available here.
I have sent home the “Léigh sa Bhaile” book. Children can choose extracts to read and practise answering the questions. Audio clips are also available online for this. Information for online links is in the textbook. Children will enjoy also exploring Cúla 4, the Irish Channel.
The Seidean Sí website also has lovely books online that the children can explore, some card games and other activities. You must select the “canúint” on entry which determines the pronunciation of the text. Children can choose “Connachta”
Children could work on a project based on a topic of choice. It could be presented in any format on return to school. We have recently used BookCreator and children have received a tutorial on how to use it. It might be a good time to explore the application.
We have been discussing project work recently in class and some children have already selected a topic. Children could start their project with a narrow focus and three or four key questions which they might seek to answer. Kiddle might be a suitable search engine for the children to use. Children will enjoy researching the National Geographic Kids site for animal and nature-based topics.
Art and Poetry
Children could explore this drawing lesson from http://www.iamanartist.ie/drawing/ Read the stimulus (the poem, Accidentally) and follow up with the drawing activity.
By Maxine W. Kumin
Once – I didn’t mean to,
but that was that –
I yawned in the sunshine
and swallowed a gnat.
I’d rather eat mushrooms
and bullfrog’s legs,
I’d rather have pepper
all over my eggs
than open my mouth
on a sleepy day
and close on a gnat
going down that way.
It tasted sort of salty.
It didn’t hurt a bit.
I accidentally ate a gnat
and that was it!
Think about… What happens to your face when you yawn? Have a look in the mirror. How wide do you open your mouth? What happens to your eyes? How much of the inside of your mouth can you see? Are your teeth visible? How does your face feel when you yawn? Look at yourself yawning in the mirror and make drawings of yourself. Look very closely at your features to see what happens to the muscles in their faces when you yawn. (You might feel giggles coming on when you do this!). Look at your face from different angles and make a few drawings. Remember to sign and date your drawings when you have finished because… you are an artist!